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Art exhibition brings local talent to forefront

October 9, 2018

The Odessa Hispanic Art Association will present the community with a way to support local artists at their seventh annual art exhibition, gala and sale Thursday.

OHAA is a nonprofit geared toward connecting the public with talented artists and the best works of art in the Permian Basin, their press release stated.

Liliana Marquez, OHAA Vice President, said that pieces will be showcased by a variety of artists from Odessa, Midland and Big Spring. She said some artists at the event are as young as 14 years old and many are local college students.

“We have so much talent for the little Odessa we are,” she said. “We are a community of artists.”

Marquez said the exhibition provides the community a front row seat to the vibrant art culture that Odessa has to offer, but “our young generation of artists are really the ones that really gain.”

She said that an artist can become even more motivated to pursue their passion after selling one of their creations.

The exhibition will be held at Dee’s Bistro and Grill and also feature City Manager Michael Marrero as a guest speaker.

“It gives an opportunity for our community to have the city manager talk about what’s going to be happening in downtown Odessa and how the city of Odessa just recently started an art collection,” Marquez said. “(The event) combines together the community with what’s going on.”

Marquez said that although the event aligns with Hispanic Heritage Month, everyone is welcome to attend the family-friendly event.

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