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Create Your Own Ritablo


Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/9/2006

As part of the Deschutes Public Library’s A Novel Idea … Read Together, local artist, Cristina Acosta will lead an art workshop on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at The Art Station in Bend. The presentation is part of the Novel Idea … Read Together, community-reading project offered by Deschutes Public Library and the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. The workshop is free and limited to 12 participants. Please call 312-1032 to register. The workshop is sponsored in part by The Art Station.

Participants in the workshop will work with Acosta to create their own personal ritablo using collage and other simple techniques. According to Acosta, ritablos are expressions of gratitude or remembrance. “Creating a ritablo allows people to honor something special,” says Acosta. Historically speaking, says Acosta, ritablos are related to the iconography of the Byzantine era. “When people migrated and settled far from their family homes and churches, they created their own visual imagery.” Cristina Acosta is a nationally renowned artist, author, design and color consultant. She is the author of Paint Happy, (Northlight Books), the illustrator of the Costa Rican creation story, When Woman Became the Sea (Beyond Words Publishing) and a contributor to a variety of home décor and art magazines including a column for /Latina Style/ magazine. Her art is in collections, galleries and museums. For more information please visit www.CristinaAcosta.com

During the month of April, the Library will be hosting a variety of events in support of the Novel Idea … Read Together project. The programs are designed to give residents of Deschutes County a context for better understanding this year’s selected novel, González & Daughter Trucking Co. by María Amparo Escandón. The tale of Libertad, her father and her fellow inmates at the Mexicali Penal Institution for Women, is a story that has feet planted firmly on both sides of the U.S. and Mexican boarder and explores the themes of family, freedom, redemption and the power of storytelling. For a complete listing of Novel Idea programs, please call 312-1032.

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