El Color De Mi Cultura
by Artist Isaac Alcantar
On Display August 3rd thru August 15th
Art reflects my surroundings, culture and thoughts. It is an adventure of discovery that takes me on a journey of exposure using color, texture and subject. Art allows me to express feelings including ones stimulated by living in a new culture. I started drawing cartoons when I was in elementary school and my art progressed from tracing pictures to drawing them free-hand. My parents and family encouraged me to continue with my art and in high school I took more classes in various mediums. The effect of my instructor’s critique of my work challenged me to work harder to develop my drawing skills. My journey led me to take drawing classes with Bill Stevens at the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Gwinnet County, GA. After taking drawing lessons for over two years, Mr. Stevens suggested that I learn how to paint my drawings.
On a visit to Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, GA to view their Open Art Exhibition, I met David Raderstorf, Director of Kudzu Art Zone, an organization of volunteer artists whose focus is the support and advancement of local art and artists. After I finally had an opportunity to show him my portfolio he accepted me as a student me and has been my mentor and painting instructor for over five years now. In the past year, I applied to and was accepted into eighteen juried exhibitions, including the Kudzu Open Exhibit and the Georgia Watercolor Society Member Exhibition. In February 2018 I was honored to receive an invitation from the Mexican Consulate to exhibit my first solo show.
Special Recognitions: in September 2014 Isaac received 1st and 3rd place amateur awards in the Georgia Watercolor Society Member Show and received the People Choice Award at the Atlanta Artist Center Cool Palette Exhibition in December 2014. Professional Affiliations: Isaac is a member of Art Station Stone Mountain Georgia, Atlanta Artist Center, Kudzu Art Zone in Norcross, the Georgia Watercolor Society, and Alpha Arts Guild in Alpharetta, GA.