Brilliant Colors of Van Gogh Shine at Mural Under the Stars

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Gregorio Luke will end his summer series “Mural Under the Stars” at the ArtExchange (ArtX) on Saturday, August 23rd from 8pm-midnight.  With the urban landscape as the backdrop; attendees will experience an evening of live music, stunning images projected on a large screen, an enlightening lecture, and a chance to view the work of local artists.

Gregorio Luke specifically chose Vincent Van Gogh for the presentation at ArtX.  He explains, “Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime. My goal is to inspire the community to make sure our local artists do not face the same fate.”  Based on exhaustive examination of Van Gogh’s letters and armed with the most recent research, Mr. Luke will explore Van Gogh’s early life as a missionary and art dealer; his artistic formation, as well as his draftsmanship and extraordinary use of color.  

This event is brought to you by the ArtExchange, ARCOS, and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal.  Niko Galvez, the CEO of the ArtExchange, is excited to host an event of this scale in Downtown Long Beach.  “The purpose of the ArtExchange is to empower professional artists, educate emerging artists, and engage the community in art.  This event embodies our vision.  Mural under the Stars will fill an empty parking lot with Van Gogh’s brilliant paintings, Gregorio’s striking voice, and art to inspire our community.  This is an amazing kick off for the upcoming year at ArtX.”

The outdoor screening will be held in the parking lot north of Acres of Books (corner of 3rd and Elm). After the presentation, the community is invited to join us in the Art Exchange galley for a mixer with local artists and live music.  Admission is free, however, seating is limited so please bring your own chairs.

Gregorio Luke is educated in the Latin American culture and arts and has held his presentations all over lecture halls, museums, and universities from around the world to audiences of 5,000.  He was the Director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, as well as former Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C., and Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles.

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