From Los Angeles to Bakersfield, comes "Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art," which opens Thursday at Todd Madigan Gallery at Cal State Bakersfield.

The exhibition celebrates the 45th anniversary of the East Los Angeles cultural and community art organization Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG).

Founded by a Franciscan nun, Sister Karen Boccalero, and artists Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez, and Frank Hernandez in East Los Angeles, SHG has been prolific, producing more than 1,000 art print editions, including 54 Atelier projects and exhibitions all over the world. The organization remains dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latinx artists.

Featuring more than 50 fine art prints from throughout the organization’s history, this display is inspired by the Chicano movement (El Movimiento) of the late 1960s and printmaking's rise as a legitimate art form during that period.

The free reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the gallery on campus (9001 Stockdale Highway), just south of Stockdale Highway and west of Don Hart Drive West.

"Entre Tinta y Lucha" will remain on display through March 9. Gallery hours are 1-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on the gallery, visit toddmadigangallery.org. To learn more about SHG, visit SelfHelpGraphics.com.

Art meets math in 'Geometrix'

If you're looking for the convergence of art appreciation and supporting your community, you'd be on the right track with "Geometrix," opening at The Empty Space Gallery.

In its second year, the show features work from students in a pilot math program at South High School. The program's goal is to help underserved students complete high-level mathematics courses — starting with algebra as freshmen and finishing with Advanced Placement calculus as seniors — to make them competitive at the college level and STEM fields.

The pieces are created by South High sophomores, who complete an art project expressing the beauty of geometry as art to aid the program.

These creative efforts pay it forward, with prints of the works being sold for $10 to $15 and proceeds going to help pay for seniors' AP calculus exams. (Exam fee is $94 per student.)

Nearly 40 works will be on display, including paintings, drawings and mixed-media pieces. 

This exhibit will be on view starting Friday, which also marks the premiere of "The Last Five Years" on stage. An artists reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the gallery when the prints will be for sale along with music and refreshments. "Geometrix" will remain on display during the theater's lobby hours through April 6.

The Empty Space is at 706 Oak St. Those who would like to help with students' exam fees, cane donate at esonline.org/artgallery.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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