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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A group of women are developing new ways to ensure all Latino artists have a voice in Indiana.

“There’s so much talent in Indy and Latinas are as talented as anyone else, and we’re so happy about that,” said Mirvia Sol Eckert, co-founder of Indy Latina Artists.

Mirvia Sol Eckert, from Puerto Rico, and Mary Mindiola, from Venezuela, are on a mission to empower Latino artists and bring them to light.

“People always want to see the artist behind the art and that’s very, very important, so I want them to feel confident. That’s our goal,” Eckert said.

That’s why they created an all-female group called Indy Latina Artists which offers mentorship and exposure opportunities in both Spanish and English.

The duo met years ago and found they shared a lot in common.

“She was Latina like me, so there was a connection and then I saw her at different shows. She started showing up at different shows with me and we just started talking,” Mary E. Mindiola said. , co-founder of Indy Latina Artists.

Last week, the group debuted their inaugural exhibition at the third-floor gallery at Saks Fifth Avenue. The exhibition runs until October 9.

“My culture is very, very important to me and so I used these warm Caribbean colors to express my feelings, so I used a lot of different colors that were very vibrant,” Eckert said.

“A lot of the artists that we have are just emerging, getting a sense of what it’s all about and they’re very talented. They want to be out there. They just don’t know how. They’re a bit shy, they are intimidated by language,” Mindiola said.

“We hope they feel comfortable with us. Let them come to us. Some of them, we help them with their bios. This Saks was their first time exhibiting,” Eckert said.

Indy Latina Artists will host another event to showcase more art at the Circle City Industrial Complex in February 2023.

For more information about the group, you can contact Mirvia Sol Eckert and Mary Mindiola at [email protected]

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