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Casa de Arte show spotlights Chiapas region

In 2011, Rick Williams and Mara Odette Guererro-Williams brought a welcome infusion of the culture of Central Mexico to Allentown when they opened Casa de Arte, a gallery dedicated to linking the vibrant arts scenes of Buffalo and Curenavaca. Now, with a new exhibition titled “Chiapas,” the Casa de Arte founders are turning their attention to a different region in Mexico: the southernmost state of Chiapas.

The show, which opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through July 28, features pictures by photojournalist Orin Langelle, etchings by Chiapan artist Antún Kojtom and textiles made by indigenous weavers from the area. The Chiapas region has a rich cultural history and is home to many sites, ruins and artifacts from the Mayan period and from many other ancient cultures. Williams called Chiapas Mexico’s “most fascinating” state.

For more information on the exhibition, call 240-9248 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski