Casa de Rosado Offers a Unique Kind of Community Space
Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

Casa de Rosado, 204 E. Mt Hope, Lansing, MI. Bottom right:  A place to gather in the gallery.  
 
Photos courtesy of Casa de Rosado. 
 
LANSING, MI -- Built in 1918, Casa de Rosado is a community space that encourages reflection, conversation and creativity.  The home radiates around a large granite fireplace, creating a natural setting for people to gather and enjoy our local artists and writer’s works.  Skilled craftsman framed each room with exquisite woodwork throughout the home. 
 
The home, located at 204 W Mt. Hope, was originally owned by the first Studebaker dealers in Lansing.  It was later owned by the Teels, of which Teel Street was named after.  The Teels had 12 children and they needed a larger house.  A carriage house used to sit on the south end of the property; however, it was torn down after it fell into disrepair.
 
One of their first events this year is a two month exhibit called Raise Your Voice, an exhibit focused solely on social justice. Running from April 7 to May 28, the exhibit will feature a variety of works from local artists and writers and host two receptions with musical guests. Submissions from local writers, artists and photographers are encouraged. Poets and writers are also invited to read for the April 7th and May 6th opening receptions. Send jpgs or samples to art@theresarosado.com or stop by the gallery with your work by appointment. The deadline for submissions is March 24, 2017. 
 
Owner, Theresa Rosado said, “It is my hope that the community will join me in enjoying the home as a shared intimate creative space exclusively focused on social justice, diversity and the environment.”
In addition to works highlighting social justice, Casa de Rosado will host an annual eight week Day of the Dead exhibit.  
 
In Mexico, November 1st is dedicated as Dia De Los Inocentes, a day to honor and respect the innocents, children & infants to be more specific. November 2nd is Dia De Los Muertos, the day to honor deceased adults.
 
On these days, altars are made in honor of them. People build them on their loved ones graves, at home or anywhere they find rightful to honor their loved ones. They make ofrendas (offerings) to the dead of their favorite foods, toys (for children), pictures, pan de muertos, sugar skulls and many other things that help guide the spirits of the dead safely to the altars. Marigolds, known as the flowers of the dead, are usually prominent in the altars.
 
Rosado graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s of science degree, working primarily as an illustrator and writer. Inspired by the works of Mexican muralists, retablos and Persian medieval iconography, Rosado’s works have been shown for over 20 years in both local and national exhibits. Latin American Women Artists of the United States, a book written by Robert Henkes, features a chapter of her work. Rosado’s recent projects include the cover and assistant research for the book  Hoosier School Heist: How Corporations and Theocrats Stole Democracy From Public Education by Doug Martin and a five part investigative feature for NUVO, Indiana’s largest independent news weekly.
 
Casa de Rosado is also open to experimental and edgy work, as well as, mature work by established artists.  They encourage artists to submit work that other galleries reject as risky.  Frequently, they will run call for artists and post them on their Facebook page or local even sections.
 
A collection of books by local writers for the reading room in the gallery is underway.  During Casa de Rosado’s first year they will spend time repairing, organizing and cleaning the home.
 
Rosado said, “We are looking forward to being a part of the community and look forward to the possibility of opening the facility to more events in the upcoming years.”
 
Casa de Rosado is usually open Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm and by appointment.  An artist, writer or musician or person whose work focuses on social justice, diversity or the environment can contact them at https://www.facebook.com/Casa-de-Rosado-805030536302750/.
 
Printed in the March 19, 2017 - April 1, 2017 edition.
 
 
 

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