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Dream Diaries Art Exhibit and reception

Sep 12
  • Thu / September 12, 2019
  • 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

Ames artist and former MCC student Siri Garcia will kick off the new academic year as the first featured artist in the Ray Frederick Gallery, room 306, on the Marshalltown Community College campus. His exhibit, entitled “Dream Diaries,” opens with a reception from 6:45 to 9 pm on Thursday, Sept. 12, and will be on display through noon Friday, Oct. 4.

Garcia’s exhibit will focus on Mexican-Americans. He will feature paintings of people and their stories of being directly affected by deportation as well as immigrants coming to America to live the American dream. When asked how he chose the theme of his exhibit, he said the subject was very close to his heart. “My mother was deported the spring of 2014, right before I graduated from high school. The people in the paintings are co-workers and friends. These people allowed me to tell their stories through my art. They have great stories to tell and even better to paint.” He will also have paintings of Mexican-Americans who have inspired him.

Along with the art exhibit, the reception on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6:45 to 9 pm at Marshalltown Community College, 3702 S. Center St. Faust Student Union will include a presentation. The evening will include, friends invited by Garcia who have suffered due to the current political upheaval. Guests will tell their stories on stage and Garcia will unveil a painting of them. An Ames band, K.u.b., will be performing during the reception as well. The gallery will be opened to showcase Garcia’s paintings during the course of the evening.

All artwork displayed during the exhibit will be for sale as well as Siricasso t-shirts designed by Siri. The Ray Frederick Gallery is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. For more information contact MCC Art Professor Tim Castle at 641-844-5776 or