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  • ASHLAND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

    Inocente in Ashland

    Inocente Izucar, the young artist featured in an Oscar-winning documentary, will be in town showing her art while the film plays at the Ashland Independent Film Festival
  • Inocente Izucar went from homeless girl to the belle of the Academy Awards ceremony after her life story was featured in a documentary.
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    • Meet the Artist
      Prints of Inocente Izucar's paintings will be on display and available for purchase at Illahe Gallery and Studio, 215 Fourth St., Ashland.
      The short exhibit is open during Ashland's First Friday...
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      Meet the Artist
      Prints of Inocente Izucar's paintings will be on display and available for purchase at Illahe Gallery and Studio, 215 Fourth St., Ashland.

      The short exhibit is open during Ashland's First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

      Izucar will be at the gallery on Friday evening for an artist's reception.

      Gallery owner Sue Springer said most of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will go to Izucar. The prints range in price from $25 to $200.

      "They are bright, cheerful and delightful. They are so full of life," Springer said.
  • Inocente Izucar went from homeless girl to the belle of the Academy Awards ceremony after her life story was featured in a documentary.
    The documentary film and Izucar herself are coming to Ashland as part of the Ashland Independent Film Festival, which runs April 4-8.
    Called "Inocente," the 40-minute documentary is showing at noon Saturday, April 6, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.
    It follows Izucar when she was 15 years old, living in homeless shelters with her siblings and mother. Her physically abusive father had been deported to Mexico, and Izucar's mother struggled to care for her children.
    Izucar's life reached a low point when her mother planned to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge and tried to persuade her daughter to jump with her. Izucar talked her mother out of it.
    The irrepressible girl turned to art, painting vibrant scenes and even her face. She was aided in her creative efforts by the San Diego nonprofit ARTS: A Reason to Survive.
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