April 12, 2011

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Meridian Art Show Opening and

Hispanic Cultural Celebration


Meridian, ID – (April 12, 2011) – The City of Meridian, Meridian Arts Commission, and the Consulate of Mexico in Boise invite the public to attend an Art Show Opening and Celebration of Hispanic Culture on Tuesday, April 26, from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  The art show opening will be held at Initial Point Gallery, located on the third floor of Meridian City Hall (33 E. Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian.)  


The event will feature Muse, a collection of artwork created by Alma R. Gomez, who specializes in oil painting on canvas and wood and is recipient of a 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Ms. Gomez will be in attendance at the event to greet visitors and discuss her work.  The Muse exhibit will remain on display in Initial Point Gallery until May 19, 2011, along with selected pottery pieces by artist Christina Garcia.


Mayor Tammy de Weerd explains, “This is a great opportunity for our community to learn more about Hispanic art and culture both locally and abroad.  It has been a pleasure to partner with Mexico Consul Ricardo Pineda to bring this exhibit to Meridian’s Initial Point Gallery and we look forward to this celebration.”


Consul Pineda states, “Alma Gomez is an exceptional artist inspired by values deeply rooted in Mexican society, such as family, culture and tradition. The Consulate of Mexico in Boise proudly promotes artwork that reflects the richness of our culture, as well as what Mexico has to offer to the world. We commend Mayor De Weerd and the City of Meridian for opening their doors to Alma Gomez and the Consulate of Mexico in order to promote Mexican culture.”


In addition to the fine art displays, attendees will enjoy live music by Mariachi Tleyotltzin, dancing by the Hispanic Folkloric Dancers of Norma Pintar, cultural exhibits, and light refreshments. La Poderosa 100.7 FM Radio will also be broadcasting live from the event. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information about this event, contact Shelly Houston in the Meridian Mayor’s Office at 489-0531.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit