eMeLe-K “An Afro Latin Thing for Martin Luther King" at LATEA

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers' home base, the Clemente on the Lower East Side is gearing up for eMeLe-K!

MLK Martin Luther King fro-Latinos LES the Clemente LATEA theater

MeLe-K is a yearly project curated by Rodger Taylor and Miguel Trelles, paying cultural homage to Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.  The weeklong "thing" seeks to provide a forum for Afro-Latinos, African Americans and all who believe in Dr. King's life example and respect his memory.  Artists and audiences are invited to engage in artistic exchanges while celebrating the U.S. Civil Rights movement and the tremendous contributions Afro-Latinos make to society.

The festival includes the following events:

MON / JAN 14 @ 8:00 PM
Duo: Miguel Zenón & Marcus Gilmore

TUES / JAN 15 @ 7:00 PM
Griotic performance with mbira:
“I See the Promised Land” by Arthur Flowers;
Talk: Dr. Ben Jochannan Matta,
By Dr. Georgina Falu;
Moderated by Dr. Arthur Lewin, Baruch College

WED / JAN 16 @ 8:00PM
Open Screen: Afro Latino Fest NYC presents
Selection by Mai-Elka Prado and Amilcar Priestley

THURS /, JAN 17 @ 8:00 PM
Staged Reading: La Greña
Written by Julissa Contreras

FRI / JAN 18 @ 7:00 PM
ArTalk moderated by Alexis Mendoza
8:30 PM Artists Reception: eMeLe-K

SAT / JAN 19 @ 8:00 PM
Concert: Afro Souls Sounds
THABISA and Trio

SUN / JAN 20 @ 11:00 AM
Worship: The Dewitt Reformed Church
Rev. Dr. Michael Edwards, Senior Pastor
280 Rivington Street

MeLE -K runs from January 14 -20. All events to be held at Teatro LATEA (except Sunday, Jan. 20), 2nd Floor, The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey), accessible via J/M/Z and F trains to Essex/Delancey



Posted in Afro- Latino, LES, Martin Luther King, MLK, The Clemente

Artist Juan Sanchez at The Clemente in Honor of MLK

Posted on January 17, 2018 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers just framed a fantastic artwork by important Nuyorican artist Juan Sanchez. We floated the print using mulberry paper hinges and created a shadow box frame with black wood molding and spacers. The signed print from an original mixed media work is being shown as part of Teatro Latea’s week-long Afro-Latin tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The artwork will be featured in the festival’s art exhibition. “eMeLe ~ K”, opening Jan. 17. The show was produced by Frames and Stretcher’s Miguel Trelles and co-curator Alexis Mendoza.

Miguel Trelles with custom framed artwork print by Nuyorican artist Juan SanchezMiguel in the studio with framed artwork by Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez is a major figure to emerge from the New York art scene in the later twentieth century. He was born to Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn and his work addresses themes of Puerto Rican life in both New York and the island. Sanchez is a politically motivated artist who often includes press clippings about Puerto Rican ethnic and cultural concerns. This print is a good example of the artist’s signature style – colorful mixed media assemblage works on canvas.

Nuyorican artist Juan Sanchez 
Artist Juan Sanchez (photo courtesy of Hunter College)

Sanchez received his BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA from Rutgers University. His work has been shown or is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena in Rio Piedras, PR and El Centro Wilfredo Lam in Havana, Cuba. He is currently a professor of art at Hunter College in New York.
eMeLe ~ K MLK Martin Luther King Memorial Afro-Latino celebration art LES

We’re proud to have our studio in one of the Lower East Side’s premier cultural destinations. The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is home to numerous artist studios, galleries, and theater including Teatro Latea. The "eMeLe ~ K" event runs through Sunday, January 21. We hope you can join us for the festivities!

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Puppetmaster Manuel Moran Champions Latino Theater in PR and on the LES

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Manuel Moran is a major force in puppet theater and the Latino art community and we’re fortunate to share with him an affiliation with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center here on the Lower East Side. He recently brought us a great framing project. Moran’s latest film is a documentary called “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” about the origins of puppet theater in the Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It provides a unique insight into the work of many prominent pioneers and puppet companies from the two countries. We framed his poster for the movie with our usual high-standard museum board and glass along with black hardwood moldings.

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano poster framing
The framed poster for Titeres en el Hispano

A native of Puerto Rico, Moran is an actor, director, producer and puppeteer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. SEA is the first Puerto Rican organization dedicated to the arts in education with simultaneous operations in Puerto Rico and the United States. Its objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality for kids, youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural and artistic events. Moran is the recipient of numerous awards and his positions and affiliations include being the Vice-President of UNIMA (Union Internacionale de la Marionnette), the oldest international theater organization in the world and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clemente. He lives and divides his time between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

puppeteer actor director Manuel Moran
Puppeteer, actor and director Manuel Moran

BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest is a month long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts in New York City. “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” had its US debut at Teatro SEA during the BORIMIX festival here at the Clemente last November. We look forward to working more with this super talented man!

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano puppet theater documentary movie posterPoster for the film from its premier


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Hot Art Meets Indie Music Scene: Miguel Trelles at A2IM

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Migual Trelles prints Frames and StretchersTwo of the prints we framed for A2IM

The 2017 A2IM Indie Week independent music conference is being held this week at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and Frames and Stretchers is proud to have framed several works being exhibited as part of the event. A2IM Indie Week 2017 is an international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. 2017’s Indie Week is the largest to date, and includes interactive panels, workshops, keynote speeches by Independent music luminaries, and one-on-one discussions. Miguel Trelles is a long time resident artist at the Clemente as well as a partner here at Frames and Stretchers. His work was chosen to grace the walls of the Teatro LATEA space on the second floor where the “One-on–One” networking sessions are taking place during the conference.

Miguel Trelles prints art exhibition A2IM INdie Music conference The ClemeneteTrelles's work installed in the One-on-One room at the conference

Miguel Trelles is a painter/printmaker with a Latin American sensibility that incorporates a passion for his Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, a fascination with pre-Columbian cultures and a keen awareness of Latin American and Latino history. Trelles is known for his on-going Chino-Latino painting series, which blends a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic with references to Chinese sources and imagery. His paintings are included in several permanent collections including: Fundación Gabarrón (Spain), Deutsche Bank (New York), and the Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico). His work has been addressed in various art publications such as “Arte al Día”, “Art in America”, “Art Nexus” and “YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art”.

Miguel Trelles art painting drawing studio The ClementsMiguel Trelles in his studio at the Clemente

If you find yourself on the Lower East Side please come visit Miguel Trelles studio and Frames and Stretchers and see Miguel’s work for yourself!



Posted in #A2IM Indie Week, #Frames and Stretches, #Miguel Trelles, #the Clemente