United by Love and For Life 2 Laredos Exhibit & Auction 2018

United by Love and For Life 2 Laredos Exhibit & Auction 2018

Yesterday, the gallery hosted the exhibit and auction, United by Love for Life 2 Laredos, benefitting the organization, Manos de Maria. This group forms an outreach program which teaches life skills to the adolescent youth of both Laredos. The event featured artists from the sister cities who donated their pieces for sale to the appreciative audience.

Malagueña Salerosa featuring Bianca Rodriguez, Drea Pacot and Amor Brujo

Malagueña Salerosa featuring Bianca Rodriguez, Drea Pacot and Amor Brujo

Native Laredoan, Bianca Rodriguez, returns to Laredo for another spectacular evening of Flamenco dance, music and more on September 7th, 2018.  Accompanying Bianca will be Californian, Drea Pacot as well as the acclaimed local musical group, Amor Brujo. 

Tonight: Shira De LLano's "Art in Health"

Presented by the Border Region Behavioral Health Center the artwork was created by participants in Shira De Llano Art in Health Program.

Under the direction of Paty Orduna, the Shira de Llano Art in Health Program has been utilizing art as a therapeautic tool for healing for 9 years. The students produced an array of artwork that provides alternatives for self-expression and creativity far beyond their own expectations. In the process, individuals increase their self-esteem, improve their quality of life and take great pride in their creations.

Proceeds from the sale of the art go to the artists as well as the continuation of the Shira De Llano Art in Health Program.

Photos: A Tribute to Bobby Batey

Last night's Laredo Border Poetry Slam was filled with a multitude of emotions.  The outpour and reaction from the community has been awe inspiring and last night was no exception.  Thank you to all who came out and celebrated the memory of our beloved Bobby.  It was truly an unforgettable night.  Feel free to use and share the photos. 

Tonight: "On The Streets of Laredo" A Tribute to Robert Batey

On the streets of Laredo, where we have all made our way to Gallery 201 every second and fourth Thursday of the month to find comfort and laughter listening or reciting spoken word. Tonight we will do the same. 

Our community of poets lost a very important member recently.  Bobert Batey was in the Laredo Border Slam 2014 Team and led The Fake Poets Society 2015 and 2017 Team (LBS's B-team) as well as serving as a board member for the Laredo Border Slam.  Bob had a vision for this Galactic Frontera.  We must continue his vision and passion for the arts and this city.  He will be greatly missed. 

We will be celebrating Bob this Thursday a little differently than our usual slam.


  • Doors open and sign up list goes up at 8:00
  • Slam starts at 8:30 pm
  • No cut off in the sign up sheet
  • No judges
  • 3 mins poems (no time penalty)
  • No rounds
  • 2-3 poem limit for each poet
  • All props, costumes, music, or animals allowed!
  • All poems to or about Bob
  • In other words a poetry open mic if you haven't caught on! 
  • BYOB for 21 & up**

**Must have a valid ID

Candlelight Vigil right after the slam from the Gallery to On The Rocks where we will continue with an Open Mic, musicians welcome. We will walk the streets of Laredo for Bob.

Tonight: Live Stream-A-Thon Presented by the National Hispanic Institute

Join us as our local debaters raise funds to attend the Great Debate! 

Together with members of the community, our local team will be having a live-stream discussion on some of the most pressing issues facing our community in an effort to raise funds for their trip to Austin later this month.

Tonight: An Evening at the Opera with Robert Caldwell

"An Evening at the Opera with Robert Cardwell” is being coordinated by local singer/music instructor Veronica Ramirez, who was Cardwell’s voice and choir teacher at the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts (VMT).

An hour of songs from various opera classics sung by Cardwell will be followed by a light reception “meet and greet.” Cardwell will be accompanied by Emily Baltzer, a first year Masters student in Collaborative Piano and a Teaching Assistant Accompanist for the University of North Texas Opera Department. She was awarded the Bleeker Music Award and won the University of Northwestern St. Paul 2014 Concerto competition. 

After completing his apprenticeship last year, Cardwell sang the role of Sciarrone in Tosca with the Central Florida Lyric Opera. The 2015/2016 season also saw him return to the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the University of North Texas Opera. Other performance highlights include the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, with the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy, the title role of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Baron Zeta in Lehar’s The Merry Widow with the UNT Opera. Other roles with UNT Opera include Tonio in I pagliacci, The Duke in Romeo et Juliette, and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

Cardwell’s awards include the ‘Robin Angly & Miles Smith Award’ at the Lois Alba Aria Competition, Amarillo Opera’s ‘Mila Gibson Fund for Young Artist Awards,’ and the ‘Edward Baird Singer of the Year’ at the Texoma Region Convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in 2009. 

Robert Cardwell is a graduate of Raymond and Tirza Martin High School and the VMT. He secured his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance at West Texas A&M University, and is currently completing coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Texas.

Admission is $15, with proceeds to defray his expenses to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where he has been invited for the summer.

For more information contact Veronica Ramirez (956) 763-6919