The Napa Valley Latino Heritage Planning Committee

Napa, CA August 28, 2013

The Napa Valley Latino Heritage Planning Committee


“Ellas”, Latinas Making a Difference in the Napa Valley

Photo Exhibition

The Latino Heritage Committee (LHC) in its second year is excited to present its 1st Napa County Latino Photography Exhibition as a part of our 2nd, annual Napa Valley Latino Heritage Month, September 15th- October 15th, 2013.

The exhibition will take place at the Molinari Caffe, on Main Street in Napa, across from Veteran’s Park during the month of September, 2013. The opening night will take place on Monday, September 2nd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.   The theme for this year’s photo exhibition is “Ellas: Latinas Making a Difference in the Napa Valley”. Fifteen Latinas have been selected this year under the following three categories: Rising Stars, Stars and Legendary Stars.

This exhibition’s goal is to raise awareness about Latinas’ contributions to our Napa Valley community, and to recognize the work of talented Napa Valley Latino photographers.

The women featured in the exhibit are: Marissa Castañeda, Catalina Chávez-Tapia,  Diana Dorame,  Karla Gómez, Indira López, Laura López, Hope Lugo,  Maria López –Cisneros,  Dr. Esmeralda Mondragon,  Connie Moreno-Peraza,  Lilia Navarro,  Honorable Judge Elia M. Ortiz, Frances Ortiz-Chávez,  Melissa Rodezno, and Laura Valencia.

This year, five Latino photographers will be contributing their gifts and talents to this exhibition: Adriana Arriaga, Ignacio Colmenares, Juan Diaz Israel Valencia, and Richard Ybarra.

To learn more about local Latino Heritage Month events, visit

or contact Debbie Alter-Starr at 707-480-7436 or or Frances Ortiz-Chavez at 707-224–1786 or   A calendar of events will be availalble September 2, 2013.

If you have questions about the photography event, please contact Mari Martinez-Colmenares (Chair of the exhibition) at:

To learn more about the Latino Heritage Committee, please contact Jaime Peñaherrera at

About the Latino Heritage Committee:

The LHC creates awareness throughout the year about Latino cultures and their contributions to the Napa Valley. Napa County’s Latino population has grown by 50 percent in the past ten years and now represents over 32 percent of our citizens or over 44,000 people  Additionally, more than half of all public school students in the Napa Valley — and in the state of California — are Latino.

The diverse Latino population of the Napa County makes a significant economic contribution and has other profound positive influences on our community through their strong commitment to family, faith, education, hard work, culture and service. The committee’s goal is to honor the contributions of our Latino brothers and sisters, and help to create an inclusive environment where we can all thrive.

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