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Cultural center looks ahead to stretch of celebrations, events in the community.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCC - An exhibition of works by artist Yolanda Valdés-Rementería will be on display for several weeks in a gallery at Chehalem Cultural Center.

The stretch between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 could be a special one for the community of Newberg — particularly at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and with that comes several culturally relevant festivities and events.

"The Chehalem Cultural Center … is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month this year with multiple artist exhibitions and events throughout the month," a press release from CCC said. "This is the third year they have partnered with Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana to present this series of bilingual events.

Leading the way in HHM events will be a free art exhibition of works by Yolanda Valdés-Rementería. The solo exhibition, titled Explorando Nuestra Humanidad (Exploring our Humanity), will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

"A lifelong artist and advocate for equity, education, women's rights and farmworker rights, Ms. Yolanda Valdés-Rementería's solo exhibition presents paintings inspired by unity, empathy and celebrating diversity," the CCC release said. "A native of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Valdés-Rementería is a prolific Portland-based artist and instructor with deep roots in Oregon arts and Latino communities."

On Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., CCC will host a concert featuring local artists Martín Zarzar, Randa Benaziz and Ricárdo Cardenas. It will explore the influence of Arabic music on Ibero-American music. Tickets for the show can be purchased for $25 online (chehalemculturalcenter.org/online-store/hhm-2021-concierto).

Another art exhibition is on tap for Oct. 5 through Sept. 4, featuring Yakima artist Christie Tirado in an exhibit that depicts migrant farmworkers and is titled "Gráfica del Campo: Cultivando el Valle de Yakima (Gráfica del Campo: Cultivating the Yakima Valley)."

The work will be on view 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, with an artist's reception event held Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.

"The purpose of my art is to shed light on a demographic of people whose hard work often goes under-recognized and underappreciated," Tirado wrote in her artist's statement. "I want my prints not only to unveil narratives of this diaspora in the valley but also spark conversations about the realities of the labor carried out by America's essential workers, as well as highlight their value and contribution to this region and our nation's overall economy."

Finally, a culinary demonstration focused on empanadas will be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, with tickets available for $10 online (chehalemculturalcenter.org/online-store/hhm-2021-empanadas).

"Empanadas, crescent-shaped pastries baked or fried around savory or sweet fillings, are commonly found in every Hispanic country," the CCC release said. "In this culinary event, chefs from around Oregon will demonstrate how to make their empanadas and reveal the origins of the dish in Arab cuisine. Presenting chefs are Alejandro Diestra (Restaurante Andina), María García (Café Revolución), Alejandra Kochanowski (AleCocina), and Ricardo Martín (Antojitos Yucatecos)."


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