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Cultural Center gallery showcases Latinx community members

The show, titled “Kitchen Saints,” will be on display in the gallery through May 21.

A person cooking.
Kandace Creel Falcón, interdisciplinary feminist scholar, writer and visual artist of Erhard, Minn.
Contributed / New York Mills Cultural Center
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NEW YORK MILLS — The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has on display, and for sale, paintings and photographs by artist Kandace Creel Falcón of Erhard, Minn.

The show, titled “Kitchen Saints,” will be on display in the gallery through May 21.

Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar, writer and visual artist. KCF's life passion grounds the power of narrative for social transformation, according to a Cultural Center news release. Drawn to interdisciplinary inquiry and mixed-media methods of painting, fabric arts and writing, KCF brings together various mediums to make sense of the world around them.

“'Kitchen Saints' is a gathering of original oil paintings on found wood, giclée prints of digitally manipulated geographic portraits and human subject portraits, acrylic painting studies from my studio practice, and a zine of collected stories of Otter Tail County Latinx food workers and community members," reads their artist statement. "This multidisciplinary approach allows multiple points of entry for exploring the role of Latinx foodways in our rural communities. This exhibition grows out of a grant from Rethos where I collected stories and photographs of Latinx people and places connected by food in Otter Tail County from 2020-2021.”

Pieces of wood with paintings on them.
Original oil paintings on found wood are being displayed in the New York Mills Cultural Center gallery through May 21, 2022.
Contributed / New York Mills Regional Cultural Center

The paintings of the “Kitchen Saints” are vibrant and joyful. KCF said “all of the works are tied together by my desire for recognition, dignity, and acknowledgment of our Latinx presence in rural places enhanced by my investment in bold, vibrant color, and joyous imagery that I hope encourages deeper engagement by the viewer.”


A reception will be held Friday, May 20 from 3-5 p.m., with an artist talk at 4. This event is free to attend and all are welcome. Refreshments will be available.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s gallery is always free and open to the public. The Center continues to observe COVID safety guidelines, and requests people to stay home if ill.

These activities are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through an operating support grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

To learn more, visit kulcher.org or call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339.

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