By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
Courtesy of Instagram account of the artist, Beatrice Vasquez. Background: “Immigrant Family” 5ftx5ft. 2019
Did you know that Monarch butterflies cross the border each year to migrate between Mexico and the U.S.? We didn't. Mexican-American artist Beatrice Vasquez carved a series of portraits of immigrants with migrating butterflies that were on view this past Friday at Start with Art, a celebration of the arts in Indianapolis. Her modern approach to using traditional "papel picado" (cut paper), seductively makes a case for open borders. The Indy-based artist created this year's ARTI Awards, and that's why Beatrice Vasquez is our artist of the week.

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ARTI Award by Beatrice Vasquez
“Immigrant Family” 5ftx5ft. 2019 on display at JW Mariott Hotel for Start with Art 2019
Guests at Star with Art standing before portraits by Beatrice Vasquez
The artist poses before two of her portraits during Start with Art 2019