Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts is pleased to present Progress and Development, paintings by artist Nathaniel Praska.
At an early age, Nathaniel Praska was introduced to painting by his grandmother. He later met and studied with Ken Roth, an accomplished plein air painter. He learned to work on location in the open, under constantly changing conditions. It helped Praska develop a relationship with immediacy, and his early work primarily focused on landscape painting.
The work presented in Progress and Development deals with the theme of gentrification and how it is affecting urban communities. Praska explores the irony that what some people call progress and development makes neighborhoods economically vulnerable, upsetting the cultural richness of a community. Vitality in a community, he argues, grows out of its racial, social and economic diversity—it is people of different backgrounds living and working beside one another.
The opening reception for Progress and Development will be on Friday, July 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mestizo Coffee house at 631 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City. Check out their Facebook page for more details.