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FRAMINGHAM – The Brazilian-American Center (BRACE) in Framingham celebrated its 11th anniversary last night, March 25, with an art & photography exhibit.

The exhibit highlighted the work of four creative individuals. They were photographer Sissi Rodrigues, artist Elianara Raquel, painter Rogelio Garcia, and photographer Luiz Madrid.

This was Madrid’s first ever photography exhibit. The Salem resident was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Madrid likes to mix poetry with photography.

He said it was hard to decided which photos to display at the exhibit. Photos selected included several from South America, including Peru and Brazil.

This summer, a book Madrid illustrated will be published.

Rodrigues works for JSNews in Boston. Born in Brazil, she is a photojournalist.

Besides her photos on display last night she was working the event taking photos, as well.

She was chatting with former District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard and Amanda Shepard, last night.

Raquel, 30, is a mural artist, who also comes Brazil.

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Framingham painter Garcia had a wall of his works on display last night. He chatted with District 5 City Councilor Noval Alexander and State Rep. Priscila Sousa about the work he has done for restaurants in downtown Framingham, including Rincon Latina on Hollis Street.

BRACE was founded by the late Father Volmar Scaravelli.

It is located at the former St. Tarcisus school on Route 135 in Framingham.

Executive Director Liliane Costa has overseen BRACE since 2014.

The event was sponsored by Mass Viana Immigration and Nationality Law and ETS Equipment Rental.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky and the Framingham City Council issued a citation to BRACE to mark the 11th anniversary.

Senate President Karen Spilka issued a proclamation in honor of the anniversary.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.