Exhibition from May 4th to July – 2017

ORLANDO, Fla., April 20, 2017 – BB Americas Bank will celebrate diversity in the Orlando branch with a group art exhibit showcasing five local artists. The group exhibit entitled Tapestry: Las Americas United is a group exhibition curated by Patricia Isabella Byron featuring the paintings of Barbara Tiffany, Fabiola Hansen, Joan Emanuelli Sanchez, Mayra Feliú and Patricia Cavazos. The works on view explore the world of color, sense of architecture, beauty, and nature.

A VIP reception opening the exhibit is planned for Wednesday May 3rd at 6pm where the art will remain on display for viewing. Tapestry: Las Americas United opens at 5475 International Drive at 09:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4th and runs through July. Admission is free and is open.

The exhibit is part of the BB Americas Bank Cultural Series, a campaign to embrace diversity and support local artists while reinvesting into our local branches. “We brought the Cultural Series Orlando to continue our cultural mission to support local communities’ artists and curators,” said Cassio Segura, President and CEO of BB Americas Bank. “We want the community to know that we are a local bank, with a local vision and we want to be part of Orlando’s growth,” Segura said.

According to Segura, the tradition of supporting local artists and promoting diversity within the community is part of their mission that started twenty-five years ago after the first series was held at Banco do Brasil’s Cultural Centers in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Today, the cultural centers in Brazil serve as creative hubs for painters, illustrators and sculptors. More than 60 million visitors have viewed over 3,500 art projects and attended 12,000 events held at these centers since the series started in Brazil.

Curator Patricia Byron, notes “The vivid contemplation of each artist transcends back to place and home, where the artists have illustrated their own cultural diaspora into their paintings by weaving elements of their native land. From South and North America to the Caribbean Islands, each artists work emphasizes commonalities that unite nations and cultures”. Many of the artists are renowned and include such famous participants as:

Barbara Tiffany raised in Central Florida, Barbara has loved art and nature her entire life, knowing at a very early age that art would be a big part of her future. Currently works as Curator of Exhibitions at Crealde School of Art and serves as the Program Manager for the Painting and Drawing Department.

Patricia Cavazos born in 1973 in Monterrey, Mexico, Cavazos earned her BA in Architecture from the ITESM in 1994. After college, she collaborates with residential and commercial designs at “103 Grupo de Diseño” firm and later works with Luis Elizondo Williams, as a specialist on residential designs.

Mayra Feliu was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico. Throughout the years, she had the opportunity to travel to various countries, spending time in Europe.

Joan Emanuelli Sanchez is a contemporary realism artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sanchez now resides in Orlando, Florida. His distinctive personal style emanates from passion and emotion which portrays numerous perspectives in a variety of subjects in acrylics and oils.

Fabiola Hansen born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and came to the United States in 1996. She has a degree in Art Education from UCF, and took many art courses in Brazil, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and had the opportunity to study art in Florence, Italy, the cradle of the Renaissance.

Tapestry: Las Americas United, will be housed in the lobby of Banco do Brasil on I-Drive. Patrons who wish to purchase from the collection may contact the artists directly. BB Americas Bank will give all of proceeds raised from individual art sales during the exhibit back to the artist. The exhibit runs from Thursday, May 4th and runs through July 2017. For more information, visit about BB Americas Bank and the BB Americas Bank Cultural Series in Orlando.

About Tapestry, Las Americas United
Tapestry: Las Americas Unitedis the second art exhibition showcasing original artwork from local Orlando residents hosted by BB Americas Bank as part of the BB Americas Bank Cultural Series. This collection promotes the beauty of diversity within the community where the bank operates. BB Americas Bank is the first bank in the history of Orlando to open a location in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. The exhibit opens to the public on. The exhibit runs from Thursday, May 4th and runs through July 2017.