LOS ANGELES - City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell shined the Council spotlight on Echo Park artist Patssi Valdez during a special ceremony Tuesday at City Hall to honor Latinas in the Arts.
The event was part of the City’s celebration to recognize Latino Heritage Month in Los Angeles. Speaking from his chair with Valdez at his side, O’Farrell spoke on the positive inspirations and contributions that latinas in the arts have had on their respective communities.
“It’s a great pleasure to recognize all of you inspirational Latinas who are contributing to our community through the arts.” said O’Farrell. “Each one of you is to be commended for your contributions to the community, raising awareness, and positively making an impact in the arts."
Valdez is a renowned painter, performance, and installation artist who also assisted in production design for local films. As a performance artist, she depicted important female figures of Latin American culture and has had many of her works featured in exhibits in museums across the country, including the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian.
"I was honored to be recognized today along with some amazing Latina movers and shakers in the City of Angels,” said Valdez. “I was especially proud to represent the 13th District, and I want to thank the Councilmember for including me in the special ceremony at City Hall."
Councilwoman Nury Martinez honored ;legendary musician Sheila E. as part of the ceremony.
Councilmember O'Farrell is the Chair of the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee [Mitch Bio].
PHOTO: Sheri Mandel