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Nassau County Honors Ecuadorian Professionals on Ecuador’s Day of Independence

Nassau County Honors Ecuadorian Professionals on  Ecuador’s Day of Independence

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano celebrated Ecuadorian Independence Day by honoring professionals who have contributed to developing the Ecuadorian community in the United States. The event took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, 6pm, Wednesday August 10th and was organized with Marina Vinberg, CEO of the Christian Voice Newspaper.

The event opened with remarks by the Mangano, Vinberg, and the Honorable Judge Carmen Velásquez, Justice of the Supreme Court in Queens, who also received recognition from Nassau County.

Honored professionals included Monica Sarmiento Castillo of Loja, Ecuador for many years of art, professional and cultural work. Also recognized were mezzo-soprano Melania Maldonado, Reverends. Fernando and Grace Gomez, Pastors and founders of the Genesis Church; Amado Mora, Painter and cultural manager; Luis A. Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, Cinevision; Carlos Montenegro, Director of Television International Ecuador; Hilda Murillo, Ecuadorian singer; and the Ayasamana Group, a promoter of Ecuadorian culture and traditions. The 4 regions of Ecuador were highlighted by speakers from the regions: Gloria Peralta spoke of the Ecuadorian Amazon and mountains, Erika Gavilanes of the Galapagos Islands and Luis Rodriguez of the Coast.

Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive, Monica Sarmiento Castillo artist, Marina Vinberg, CEO of the Christian Voice Newspaper, 2016

Edward Mangano, Nassau County Executive, Monica Sarmiento Castillo artist, Marina Vinberg, CEO of the Christian Voice Newspaper, 2016

Monica Sarmiento-Castillo Is a painter and sculptor with more than 25 years of experience. She teaches art, art history and Spanish literature in the United States and Europe, has a PhD in Fine Arts from Complutense University, Madrid, a Master’s degree in Literature and Art from St. John’s University, Queens, NY, and is the Director of bi-Coa: Base Iberoamericana / Community of Two Americas in New York. bi/Coa promotes Iberoamerican culture and interrelation with other cultures through the project Connecting Cultures.

She received an award from the St. John’s University in 2013 for her work promoting Iberoamerican culture in the United States, is Member of Honor in the National Hispanic Honor Society, and Sigma Delta Pi, Chapter Epsilon Kappa, New York. In 2012 she was appointed the official artist representing Ecuador for the Bicentennial of the Supreme Court of Spain and was awarded the Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Carlos III, and a Certificate of Special Recognition as a Member of Merit by the Carlos III Foundation in Madrid, Spain. In 2006 she was the first female artist chosen to represent Latin America in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of UNESCO in Valencia, Spain. She is currently a member of the Junior Board of QCA, Queens Council of the Arts, in Queens, NY, and the association ALDEEU, Spanish Professionals in America. As an artist, her work is inspired by nature and a search for other dimensions using the effects of light, volume, design and characteristics of the media.

Her art has been most recently presented at the Cervantes Institut New York, 2013; Sala Magna The Supreme Court of Spain, 2012; QCC Art Gallery (City University of New York). 2011. New York Mid-Manhattan Library, Youngeum Museum of Contemporary Art. Kwanuju Kyeongki and The National Museum of Korea, South Korea, 2010 Casa Bet Gabriel. Tiberias, Israel; Kyungbok Palace, The National Museum of Korea, Seoul; MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California; Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art; Manif, Art Fair, Hangaran Art Museum; Palace of Culture (Heichal Ha Tarbut) Rishon LeZion, Israel; 2008, CosmoArte Siglo XXV Gallery, Spain; ArteAhora Latinoamérica Art Fair, Chicago; The Abstract Mind Mural. Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois; 2007 IBEROAMÉRICA Art. John P. Weatherhea Gallery. Art and Visual Comunication Center, University of Saint Francis. Fort Wayne. Indiana EEUU, The Abstract Mind Mural Chicago; O´Hare International Airport. Chicago, Illinois; XV Art Salon Ibero-American, American University Museum at the Katzen, Washington; SOFA International Art Fairs, Chicago and New York. 2005 Embassy of Ecuador. Washington.

bi/Coa : base Iberoamericana / Community of the Two Americas extends its appreciation to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. and Marina Vinberg, CEO of Christian Voice Newspaper for making this event possible.

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