Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen
Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen Not Our Children, Not Their Children - Drawing by Mark Vallen
"Not Our Children, Not Their Children" - Drawing by Mark Vallen
[ Press Release updated on March. 10th, 2006 ]

Artists Examine the Post 9-11 World
Carlotta's Passion Fine Art - Eagle Rock California

February 25th through March 26th, 2006.

THE NEW NORMALCY offered original and limited edition works of art by Mark Vallen, Gregg Stone, Hanaa Al-Wardi, Peter Carrillo, Robbie Conal, Thomas E. Ellis, Carlos Flores, Margaret Garcia, Sergio Hernandez, Cindy Bendat, Cyndi Kahn, Deborah Krall, Francisco Letelier, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Poli Marichal, Juliana Martinez, Manuel Martinez, Patrick Merrill, Louie Metz, Fei Lu, Laura Molina, Andres Montoya, Roberto Munguia, Cindy Nine, Robert Nuengaye, Ramon Ramirez, Wm. Neil Roberts, Keri Rosebraugh, Hector Silva, Charles Thompson, Janice Tieken, Van Arno, Amanda Unzueta, and others.

THE NEW NORMALCY focused on the post 9-11 reality of endless war, terror, and repression.

On October 19th, 2001, former Halliburton CEO and now current sitting Vice President, Dick Cheney, christened a new term. Describing the curtailment of civil rights taken for granted by American citizens as the new normalcy, Mr. Cheney was notifying Americans that constant surveillance, arrest without charge, secret trials and military tribunals, were the order of the day. Moreover, according to Cheney, "Many of the steps we have now been forced to take will become permanent in American life." By naming this exhibition The New Normalcy, Carlotta's Passion Fine Art and the artists in the exhibit remind Mr. Cheney and other members of the Bush administration that the only things permanent in American life are our cherished freedoms and constitutional rights as United States citizens - that and our promise of liberty and justice for all.

THE NEW NORMALCY opened with an Artist's Reception held on Saturday, February 25th,
from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Some three hundred or more people packed the gallery.

Iraq War 3rd Anniversary Special Events
Performance - Poetry - Slideshows

March 18th marked the Third Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. During the exhibit, Carlotta's Passion sponsored numerous events related to the war's anniversary and to human rights and social justice.

Friday, March 10th, 8:00 pm - Readings from Marcielle Brandler and Carolina Rivera. Brandler's poetry has admirers all over the world. Some say her poetry is like that of Leonard Cohen (who has written of his admiration of her poetry), William Blake, Joni Mitchell, and Eduardo Galeano. Carolina Rivera was born in El Salvador, and she writes fiction in English and Spanish. Read more about this event.

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 pm - "Nightwing" with Hector Aristizábal, Accompanied by Enzo Fina. Where does a terrorist come from? Where do your tax dollars go? In a harrowing solo performance, Hector Aristizábal reenacts his arrest and torture by the US-supported military in Colombia and explores where the resulting emotions may lead. He is accompanied onstage by Enzo Fina who provides a live soundscore. Read more about this event.

Painting by Andres Montoya Painting by Andres Montoya
Painting by Andres Montoya Painting by Andres Montoya
"Landscape with Weapons
of Mass Destruction"
Painting by Andres Montoya
Painting by Sergio Hernandez Painting by Sergio Hernandez
Painting by Sergio Hernandez Painting by Sergio Hernandez
"Calavera Soldiers" - Painting by
Sergio Hernandez

Saturday, March 18th, 8:00 pm - Francisco Letelier Performs. Letelier is an artist, poet, and human rights activist. Born in Santiago, Chile, Francisco's family left Chile in the wake of the military overthrow of the democratically elected Salvador Allende government. His father, Orlando, was assassinated by a car bomb in Washington, D.C., in 1976. Francisco and his brother José, along with Chilean painter René Castro, formed Brigada Orlando Letelier, painting murals in 12 American cities and traveling to Nicaragua in 1980 to paint five more as part of a national literacy campaign. Now based in Venice, Letelier has worked on public art works, performances, installations, publications, and exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Read more about this event.

Friday, March 24th, 8:00 pm - Maria Armoudian & Dennis Davis Performance. Dennis Davis is a multi-talented videographer, editor, musician, composer, songwriter, and the cinematographer, editor, and composer for Beyond Babylon, a documentary short about the true cost of war. Maria Armoudian is a journalist, singer/songwriter who hosts The Insighters on KPFK 90.7 FM every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Maria performed selections from her newly released CD, Life in the New World. Read more about this event.


Saturday, March 25th, 8:00 pm - Performance by the legendary World Music band, Huayucaltia. Held in conjunction with The New Normalcy exhibit, the appearance of Huayucaltia was a benefit for The World Can't Wait - Drive Out The Bush Regime. Saturday, March 25th, 2006. Read more about this event.

Huayucaltia on Stage at the Ford Theater, 1995
Huayucaltia On Stage (at L.A.'s Ford Amphitheater 1995) at Summer Nights at the Ford (courtesy of the L.A. County Arts Commission.

Carlotta's Passion Fine Art
2012 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, California
(Eagle Rock,) 90041.

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Business hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Open Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.

For more information, please call Robert Squires, at: 323-259-1563
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Woodblock print by Patrick Merrill Woodblock print by Patrick Merrill
"4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse"
- Detail of woodblock print
by Patrick Merrill