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“Art and Artists of Costa Rica,” an exhibition of work by four artists, will be displayed from July 11-August 17 at Lafayette’s Williams Visual Arts Building, 243 North Third St., Easton. The show is part of an exchange program organized by Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) that will include a discussion, reception, and two printmaking workshops.

The following artists will arrive in the United States for a two-week visit on Saturday, July 7: Tahituey Ribot Pérez, curator of museo de arte y diseño contemporáneo; Carlos Mesen Rees, director of Cana Dulce Turismo Cultural; painter Joaquin Rodriguez; and printmaker Alberto Murillo Herrera.

In November 2002, four U.S. artists will visit Costa Rica to continue the cultural exchange.

“The exchange will inspire creative expression, encourage cross-cultural fertilization, and contribute to a broader understanding of culture and art outside the borders of the participants’ own country,” says Curlee Raven Holton, EPI director and associate professor of art.

All events in connection with the exchange are free and open to the public. Here is a complete schedule:

  • Thursday, July 12, 6-7:30 p.m.: Artists will talk about the art and culture of Costa Rica. Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery, Williams Visual Arts Building.
  • Saturday, July 14, 5-7 p.m.: Opening reception for the exhibition. Williams Visual Arts Building.
  • Monday, July 16, 5-8 p.m.: Printmaking workshop with artists for adults, EPI, 421 Hamilton Street, Easton.
  • Tuesday, July 17, 3-6 p.m.: Printmaking workshop with artists for local high school students. EPI.

For more information, or to register for the workshops, contact Jim Toia, Lafayette’s director of community based teaching, Williams Visual Arts Building, (610) 330-5577.

The exhibition and workshops are sponsored by EPI in conjunction with Lafayette’s Community Based Teaching Program. Additional support for the artists’ exchange is provided by the art department.

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