Enjoy martinis, tapas and art from Olivia Lopez.
UPDATE: Olivia’s art is now at Josie’s Bakery in Westboro Mart. January 2018
This is the second showing of Olivia’s art at Luis’ Place, the first last summer to a raving audience. Lopez graduated from Topeka High in 2002 before getting her associates from Allen County Community College in art. In 2007 Olivia embarked on what she thought would be a summer trip to Mexico. She had no idea she would love the country and people so much. She studied fine arts in Leon, GTO at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas and now, 10 years later, Lopez resides in Guanajuato, Mexico where she works part-time as an English teacher for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students at a private elementary school. She also teaches private art lessons in her studio, where she works on paintings for the Cervantino in Guanajuato and The Fiesta here in Topeka. Keeping in touch with her roots.
“The first time my little brother came to visit me in Guanajuato, my mom had put a family history book that my cousin made in his backpack. I had that book for almost seven years and I never even opened it until my brother brought it from our house,” said Olivia. “After I read it, I visited the towns where my great-grandparents were from and have found a lot of relatives that know my great grandma from Atchison, KAN. It was very interesting to hear stories from long-distant relatives that knew my great grandparents and their parents and have photos of them in their houses with letters and mail stamped from Kansas from the 1940s.”
This journey, the information and photos she found, became her primary art subjects and is representative of what you will experience at her art show.
Luis’ Place, owned by chef Luis Guillen is a high-end, Latin-inspired restaurant open to the public every Friday for lunch (11a – 2p) and by reservations that evening offering a weekly changing, four-course prix fix menu. Luis’ Place is also available for private parties.
The first Thursday of the month, Luis opens the doors for a four-part wine tasting and tapas night, keeping strong the tradition he started at his former restaurant New City Cafe. Tapas (small plates) are $5 each and the wine tasting is $14 per person. Doors open at 5p.
435 S Kansas Ave
(garden level, below Shana Cake)