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Charlotte artist, activist and community leader Rosalia Torres-Weiner will visit the Outer Banks for the Red Calaca Residency with Dare Arts August 2-27.

The residency includes an exhibition at the Vault Gallery, four unique workshops for diverse communities, and a community installation at The Courtyard.

“My art encourages dialogue about social justice issues and community concerns, and brings together a diverse citizenry through community-based grassroots collaboration,” said Torres-Weiner. “This residency is a unique opportunity for me to bring all of these things to the communities of the Outer Banks. I love taking the history, vision and character of a community and representing it through my art. I firmly believe in the transformative power of public art and the use of art as a link between communities. Over the past 25 years, North Carolina has become my home and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring my art to the Outer Banks.”

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Torres-Weiner’s exhibition Outside! Exploring colour, pattern and beauty in nature opens at Dare Arts’ Vault Gallery on Friday, August 5 during the Manteo First Friday celebrations. The opening reception will be held from 6pm to 8pm and visitors will be able to meet the artist and view her work. The exhibition will remain on view until Saturday 27 August.

“Nature has long been a theme in my work, and you’ll find organic patterns, vibrant colors, and natural motifs recurring in my canvases and murals,” Torres-Weiner said.

Workshops for children, families, young people and adults of all ages will be led by the artist during the residency. Torres-Weiner combines her creative process with community engagement through workshops to raise awareness of issues affecting immigrant communities.

An Identity Mask workshop will be held on Thursday, August 4th from 6pm to 8pm where adults and children ages 12+ will be able to create mixed media and collage masks that reflect important aspects of their personal identity.

A digital art workshop for adults 50+ will be led by Torres-Weiner on Wednesday, August 10 from 10am to 12pm. Participants expand their knowledge of using digital media on iPads to draw and print digital self-portraits.

There will be a puppetry workshop on Friday, August 12 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Courtroom Gallery, which will include a special screening of The Magic Dragon Movie. Children aged 7 to 17 are guided through the process of making a shoe box theater and paper puppets.

A fee of $20 covers tuition and all materials for each workshop. Pre-registration is required online at DareArts.org/workshops. Grants are available for all workshops. For more information on a grant email Dare Arts Executive Director Jessica Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

Torres-Weiner will be the host on Thursday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m Arte Callejero (Street Art) outside under the oak trees at Dare County Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills. Participants will work together to create a chalk art mural. The event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required online at DareArts.org/workshops to get a head count for supplies.

“We are very pleased to welcome Rosalia to the Outer Banks,” said Sands. “The Red Calaca residency is important to our community because bringing in artists from outside of our area broadens horizons. Rosalia represents the Latina and immigrant communities and we want to foster connections with our Hispanic neighbors and be more inclusive in our programming to support and encourage arts for all. I’m particularly excited to have Rosalia working with members of our community on the Collaborative Community Installation at The Courtyard.”

Anyone interested in collaborating with Torres-Weiner on the community installation at The Courtyard should contact Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com or 252-473-5558.

The residency concludes with a grand opening of a collaborative community installation at The Courtyard on Saturday, August 13 at 10am. Everyone is invited to meet Torres-Weiner along with the Outer Banks artists she will be collaborating with on this special project. This event includes a free public presentation and Q&A with the artist.

This residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Dare Arts and is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and TowneBank.

For more information on Torres-Weiner, see RedCalacaStudio.com For more information on Dare Arts, see DareArts.org or call 252-473-5558.

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