Media Advisory/Calendar Release

Talento Bilingue de Houston presents, The Unseen, Oil Paintings by Kay Sarver



What:    The Unseen, Oil paintings by Kay Sarver


Exhibition dates:   October 5 - November 18, 2012


Opening Reception:   Thursday, October 11, 6 - 9 pm

                                      Light refreshments served

Where:   Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen Dr.

                Houston, Texas, 77003

About the show and artist:                                                                                   


The Unseen investigates the hidden world of immigrants from south of the border, and the noble way they perform their jobs and live their lives.

This series of paintings portrays the invisible army of workers who keep America moving. It is an immense workforce that is ignored, abused, and denigrated as they perform their daily tasks.  We look the other way, and while their presence is inconspicuous, their effect on our country is profound. These individuals gladly take on all the menial, backbreaking jobs, for little or no money - work that no American citizen will likely do.  These jobs make up an indelible part of our country’s infrastructure. Without this workforce, our economy, and the structure of our everyday lives would crumble.

Not even having the status of second-class citizens, immigrants have become the focus of political vitriol, in a philosophical sleight of hand which misdirects the attention of the American people. “The enemy is within!  Build a wall!  Deport the illegal aliens!”  Yet no one loves America more than her immigrants.  They take nothing for granted, and appreciate the chance, however small, to live the American Dream. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants.

“Having been employed in the restaurant industry for a number of years,  many of my co-workers were people from south of the border, who were resilient, hard-working, and often illegal.  We became friends, and shared many things.  After hearing their countless stories, it became evident that my road in life had been paved with prosperous opportunity in comparison to their heart-wrenching journeys of pain and daily struggles to survive.”

The Unseen barely scratches the surface of the migrant-worker issue in this country, as it presents this topic through a soft focus lens, encouraging all to understand that the unseen masses who work among us are worthy of our attention, empathy, and respect.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sarver attended the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Fine Arts.  In 1976, She moved to Florida, and then to Houston, Texas, in 1978.   Recent highlights of her art career include  Essence: a solo show at Archway Gallery, 2011;  Hunting Art Prize Finalist, 2011; Honorable Mention: Art League’s Juried Show, Gambol, 2011; The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center, 2012.  Sarver has been a member of Archway Gallery since 2006, and where she serves as the curator. 

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