La Cosecha Galeria - Literally translated means, “The Harvest Gallery”, but metaphorically it has a much deeper meaning. To make use of what is available, in the area, the fruit at hand. Instead of looking elsewhere for sustenance, to grow and feed off our own talent. In 2002 the first Latino owned and managed art gallery in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area was born, La Cosecha Galeria (The Harvest Gallery). But it stood for much more; it was an understanding, a union, an opportunity to display an identity. The ability to open the doors to other artists as an outlet to what is possible. Well received by the community, who until then were starved for a place to showcase their culture and artistic abilities. It always held a warm place in their heart and a revered memory for those that worked with them.
Founded by the vision of 3 artists, Palin Perez-Jackson (1973-2009) - Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York. This trailblazing enterpriser had made art his profession...made it his life.
Gabriel Gonzalez – Was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1984, where he grew up on West 25th and Clark. He attended high school at Cleveland School of the Arts and graduated in 1999. Gonzalez continued his education at Ohio University where he studied Art and photography.
Will “Topiltzin” Sanchez – Born Guillermo Sanchez Jr., in the small town of Adrian, Michigan. Of Mexican decent, he first embraced his culture at a very young age due to his great grandfathers’ history of struggle to be recognized as a people. To be accepted both as another citizen of America the society as a whole and to continue the long tradition of revolution of thought in a country born of rebelliousness. After the passing of Palin Perez Jackson (1973-2009), it reignited a passion to bring a lasting memorial to the public of one of Cleveland’s most influential artist, entrepreneur and patron of his culture.
Since, La Cosecha has added future baseball Hall of Famer Omar Vizquel to it’s stable of artists, bringing his talent back to Cleveland. Not in the way of which Indians fans long for, but still in a valuable and much needed capacity. He has agreed to join La Cosecha Galeria, a visual arts program. Bringing much needed attention and revenue to local non-profits, By doing so, he will establish it as one of the premier galleries in the nation. Along with the beautiful and multi-talented Rosalina Morales. In 2009 she was a novice to the art world. Full of hope, confident that her passion for art and obvious talent would allow her to become a main stay as an “Outsider” genre artist. Watching her bright smile and twinkling eyes, blossom into one of the most well known and consistent sellers in less than a year.
More recently, La Cosecha Galeria has established itself as the premier event manager, promoter, art designer of the largest events held in the Latino community during the last few months in Ohio.