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Where I Come From Art Exhibition of recent work by local artist, Arlette Cepeda


July 18th, 2013 - August 31st, 2013

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Where I Come From, a visual, autobiographical narrative of local artist Arlette Cepda’s life, will be on view at the St. George Public Library in Staten Island from July 13 through August 31, 2013.  Her work is inspired by personal experiences as a Dominican American living in New York City and in the Dominican Republic, translated and transformed into art.  Cepeda’s work is charged with emotions that, although very personal, transmit universal feelings with which the viewer can relate.


Born in New York City and raised in the Dominican Republic, Cepeda returned to New York after high school to attend Hunter College from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. Cepeda has been a Teaching Artist with the Brooklyn Arts Council and the NYC Department of Education (PS/IS 111 in Manhattan).  For several years, she was the Administrative Director of a summer dance camp co-sponsored by the Children’s Aid Society and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation.  Currently, Arlette is Sales Administrator for 
Petrossian, Inc., a caviar and gourmet foods distributor.  
“I create art to communicate, to share and to release. In one way or the other, my feelings go through a transformation; they become an object on which I deposit what I am feeling in the    moment, and this allows me to continue life’s journey.”  Cepeda is married to artist Homero Herrera Chez and together they sell their hand crafted jewelry on Etsy, Arlette is proud mother to three children, all of whom attend Staten Island public schools.  Cepeda’s work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, where she won Honorable Mention in Photography in the XXIII National Biennial, Dominican Republic; at Staten Island Museum and Wagner College’s Spotlight Gallery.