New El Paso ISD Fine Arts Gallery opens with exhibition inspired by Alice in Wonderland
El Paso ISD Fine Arts’ first public art exhibit in the new gallery showcases imaginative works from Kindergarten to 12e elementary school students and their pint-sized interpretation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.
The opening reception for “Miniature Adventures in Wonderland” will take place from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 21, at the gallery inside the Administration Building, 1014 North Stanton Street.
The exhibition will run until October 22 and is open to the public. The Fine Arts encourages visitors attending the opening reception to dress in an Alice-inspired costume to celebrate the theme and compete for the best costume award.
“Our young EPISD artists have created a magical world, celebrating one of the most iconic and inspiring stories of all time,” said Rosa Aguilar, Visual Arts Facilitator. “As you browse the art exhibit, you’ll find yourself tumbling down the rabbit hole and embarking on a visual adventure where all-natural laws are challenged.”
This “Miniature Adventures in Wonderland” follows an exhibition closed to the public but open to employees that featured large-scale paintings by Franklin High professor and muralist Juan Galceran. In the current exhibition, the student artists created their masterpieces on canvases no larger than 8 inches, filling the gallery with a variety of interpretations of the classic that span grade levels and skills.
“Observing the artwork at this miniature scale, you get the feeling that you are involved in a private or intimate conversation,” Aguilar said. “The small-scale paintings show surreal figures and their curious challenges, the race against the clocks, the missing glove of the white rabbit, the mind-blowing puzzles of the caterpillar, the queen of hearts in a curious game of croquet and many more . “