A.M.C. Presents: "OPEN YOUR EYES"

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A.M.C. Presents: "OPEN YOUR EYES"
Curated by: EFREN LUNA

July 15th, 2011 - August 15th, 2011
Opening: July 15th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

culver city/west la
(323) 931-8337
Mon-Fri 7-8:30 ; Sat-Sun 7-8
performance, pop, figurative, sculpture



Opening Reception:
Friday July 15th, 2011 7pm -10pm
...(Exhibit runs through August 15th)

Vees Cafe
5418 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 931-8337

Curated by:
Efren Luna

Exhibiting artists:
MER YOUNG & Imelda Cervantes

Performance by:

Music set by:

Art, Music & Culture is proud to present “Open Your Eyes” an exhibition featuring up and coming artists Mer Young and Imelda Cervantes.

Join us on Friday July 15th for the opening reception with special performance by recording artists ILHAME PARIS with music set by DJ NADIR.

The selected artworks will be on display July 15th, 2011 through August 15th, 2011.

MER is a self taught, emerging visual artist, based in Long Beach, California. She has an extraordinary sense of observation and is able to capture the beauty of faces that inspire her. MER shares the importance of better understanding people is to “Open your eyes to a world beyond your own”. Her paintings have been in many group exhibitions in Southern California and Mexico. Her vision is to also educate through art with multicultural focus.

Imelda Cervantes is a self-taught artist that is open to many types of art; she is a painter working with acrylics, she has also delved in the Mexican art called “repujado”. Imelda went to the University of California, Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Aside from focusing on her career after college, she has dedicated more time for her passion for art. The reverence she has for life; the cup of coffee in the morning with a “pan dulce”, the evenings she enjoys looking at the ocean next to her husband, the road trips up and down the coast, where she notices beautiful views, the everyday possibility of learning or seeing something new and inspiring; these are all images that capture her imagination. Imelda has an adventurous personality, strong spirit and demonstrates a deep passion for her art. She has an extreme pride of her Mexican heritage and you can see that through some of her latest art pieces. Imelda loves to visit museums, art galleries, cultural and social events for inspiration and to enrich her mind. She is a true believer that art may be somewhat of a picture diary if one makes it out that way. In Imelda’s art there is one thing in common, that it will always be colorful, like her spirit and the life she creates for herself by always surrounding herself with beauty and the experience of a good time.
[Photo disclaimer: The picture used in our promo flyer shows some of the Imelda Cervantes artworks along with other artists’ works from a previous show she was part of.]

ILHAME (pronounced Eelum) has Morocco in her blood, Paris in her heart and music in her soul. ILHAME PARIS always knew music would be her constant muse. Born in the 17th District of Paris, ILHAME'S first musical experience was alongside her older sister, having innocent fun imitating famous musicians singing the songs of Soul, Funk and R&B stars such as Luther Vandross, Rose Royce and Bill Withers. In grade school ILHAME'S music teacher noticed her natural talent as a vocalist and encouraged her to pursue her love of music.

ILHAME decided to finance her own album. In 2005, she traveled to Los Angeles and recorded a major part of her debut album. As ILHAME states, “I live, eat and sleep music. I love what I do”. In addition to recording, she has sold out shows at Le Reservoir and La Scene concert venues in Paris. She’s opened shows for ERYKAH BADU, DWELE, VAN HUNT and toured with THE ROOTS. She also opened for QUESTLOVE at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

ILHAME'S cover of Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” has garnered strong internet airplay and effusive critical acclaim. Her version is sung in French and Arabic. She has collaborated with SHAFIQ from SA-RA, singing on tracks he produced and is featured on his song "Le Star". She has also recorded tracks featuring T3 from SLUM VILLAGE and Big Pooh from LITTLE BROTHER. ILHAME has also recorded a song with music produced by NICOLAY of THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE.

For more info contact:

Efren Luna
Founder, Director
Art, Music & Culture