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Westfield State University will hold an opening reception for Latino artists Carlos Alvarez and Lyle Kleinhans as part of its “Hispanic/LatinX Heritage” exhibit on Wednesday, September 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The reception will be held in the Arno Maris Art Gallery on campus in the Ely Campus Center. The exhibit runs until October 22.

Artist Carlos Alvarez was born in Medellín, Colombia. His artwork has been displayed in many prominent galleries across the country.  He holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Cleveland State University, an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, and an associate’s degree in Graphic Arts from Fundación Academia Superior y Servicios Técnicos Industriales in Medillín, Colombia.

Alvarez’s collection “Protecting the Wounds” was inspired by two memories: exhumation of human remains from a mausoleum, and when tragedy struck his hometown in Colombia.

“Those memories likened my perception of the value of a human body to that of an artifact. I thought that bodies were organic discarded materials and thus, I saw a connection to similar objects, such as decayed logs and rotten trees. These organic forms become unfamiliar cavities that are adapted as spaces, as portals,” Alvarez said in his artist statement.

Artist Lyle Kleinhans originally studied drawing and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950’s and 1960’s. After pursuing other professional interests, Kleinhans began to create art again after a 55-year hiatus, focusing on abstract figurative representations. He explored drawing for the past four years and practiced painting over the last two years.

“I like to think that my paintings are another picture of reality viewed through the skewed or jaundiced filter of my mind and in such a way as to possibly deepen the mystery of life or maybe cast light of the existence of life,” Kleinhans said in his artist statement.

The “Hispanic/LatinX Heritage” exhibit will be on display until October 22. All Arno Maris Art Gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery is located on the second level of the Ely Campus Center. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit or contact curator Faith Lund at (413) 572- 5691 or

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