Traveling Illustrations

By Elida S. Perez

A collaboration between an artist whose life was cut short by cancer and her daughter is part of a Latino art exhibit traveling to museums around the country.

Three paintings from “Little Gold Star” by Joe Hayes, a book illustrated by the late Gloria Perez and her daughter Lucia Perez, were selected to be a part of Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares. The traveling exhibit features original illustrations by 10 award-winning artists from bilingual Latino folk tales published in children’s picture books.

The illustrations were collected from stories of Spanish speaking regions including New Mexico, Puerto Rico and Central and South America.

When Gloria Perez was approached by Cinco Puntos Press to illustrate Little Gold Star, she had been battling ovarian cancer for a few years. She agreed to begin the project, but knew there was a chance she would not be able to complete it.

Lucia Perez said she and her mother painted the fourth illustration together. They presented the piece to the publishers and after Lucia Perez painted the fifth illustration on her own, they asked her to finish the project.

Of the series of 14, Gloria Perez painted the first three on her own. She and her daughter painted one together and Lucia Perez completed the work.

Gloria Perez succumbed to her disease in 1999, less than a year after beginning the project. Both of their names are on the cover of “Little Gold Star” which published the same year.

“I was proud of the fact that my mom and I were collaborating again in a way,” Lucia Perez said of being a part of the exhibit.

The exhibit, curated by Sylvia Nissley and part of the Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibits, is currently showing at the Museum of Texas Tech University until Feb. 5, 2012.

The tour schedule, including three illustrations from “Little Gold Star” by Joe Hayes, has begun and is currently in Lubbock. The tour will continue to travel around the country until 2015.


Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares

Art by Latino Artists

Curated by Sylvia Nissley

Tour Schedule

Museum of Texas Tech University

PO Box 43191

Lubbock, TX  79409-3191

November 27, 2011-February 5, 2012

Contact:           Denise Newsome

Phone:             806-742-2462


Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts,

Stedman Gallery

314 Linden Street

Camden, NJ  08102

March 4-May 13, 2012

Contact:           Nancy Maguire

Phone:             856-225-6245


Las Cruces Museum of Art

490 N. Water

Las Cruces, New Mexico  88001

September 16-November 25, 2012

Contact:           Lisa Pugh

Phone:             575-541-2159


The Carle Museum

125 West Bay Road

Amherst, MA  01002

March 5-June 9, 2013

Contact:           Heidi O’Neill

Phone:             413-658-1120


Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum

101 West Main Street

Waukesha. WI 53186-4811

July 7-September 15, 2013

Contact:          Elisabeth Engel

Phone:             262-521-2859, x225


Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ  85004-1480

October 10, 2013-January 5, 2014

Contact:           Ann Marshall

Director of Collections

Phone:             602-251-0249


Michelson Museum of Art

216 N. Bolivar

Marshall, TX  75671

January 19-March 30, 2014

Contact:           Susan Spears


Phone:             903-935-9480


Lowe Art Museum,

University of Miami

1301 Stanford Drive

Coral Gables, FL  33124-6310

November 7, 2014-January 18, 2015

Contact:           Denise Gerson

Phone:             305-284-5422

Organizer: Sylvia Nissley

2940 Valley Forge Street

Sarasota, FL 34231

Phone: 941-922-3648



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