Mendocino College Art Gallery Welcomes Artist Manuel Fernando Rios’ Exhibit Everyday People

January 31, 2020

The Mendocino College Art Gallery is pleased to announce Everyday People, an art show curated by Sacramento based Artist Manuel Fernando Rios. Rios has also invited fellow artists; Aida Lizalde, Beth Consetta Rubel, Jennifer Lugris, and Maceo Montoya to show their original artwork and in doing so share with the community a few examples of the many exciting and important works being created by artists of color in the California art scene. The show will be on exhibit from February 13 through March 15 and will kick off with an opening reception from 4 – 6 pm on February 13.

“Everyday People is an exploration of the mundane human experience,” says Rios. “The popularity of social media creates an environment of instant gratification. People are rapidly posting or viewing the most exciting times in life on various platforms multiple times a day. This exhibition aims to take the time to appreciate people living their lives during the in between times.”

“My goal is to produce a healthy discourse over topics that take people out of their safe space,” says Artist Beth Consetta Rubel of her work. “This is evident in my ongoing series, “The Paper Bag Test”. Within this series, I illustrate African American subjects—many of them everyday people along with influential public figures.”

Manuel Fernando Rios is an accomplished artist and college instructor at American River College and Sierra College, and his work is in numerous collections including the American River College private collection as well as the Royal Chicano Air Force permanent collection at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library at San José State University. He has also shown work in the Museum of the African Diaspora (M.o.A.D.) in San Francisco, CA, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA and the Museum of Culture and the Environment at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

The Mendocino College Art Gallery is located at 1000 Hensley Creek Rd in Ukiah. CA and can be contacted for more information by phone at 707-468-3207 or email at gallery@mendocino.edu. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm.