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Art Gallery, Coffee house set to open in San Elizario first of its kind in community

By: Chrisdyann Uribe
EL PASO, Texas - A new type of caf is coming to the Borderland where you can order your coffee with a side of culture.

Caf Galeria in San Elizario is expected to open in early April.

Its part caf and part art gallery where customers can purchase paintings displayed on the walls.

Its been a dream since many years ago of wanting to open a caf one day. Not only for my love for art but also I wanted to get the community involved, get the children involved, said Patricia Reyes-Renteria, owner of the coffee shop.

Reyes-Renteria feels many in the community are unable to get access to many of the galleries in El Paso, so she decided to bring the gallery to them.

A lot of times, a lot of the children arent able to drive way out to El Paso or downtown. They dont have a way of getting there and thats why Im here, Reyes-Renteria said.

Not only will her caf be pleasing to the taste buds and eyes but also the hearts of the children she hopes to touch.

The reason why I chose here was because I think a lot of the children sometimes may be intimidated because they might think that the art is for an older crowd. And thats what Im trying to go against that and say, Hey kids, this is not just for us older folks, its for everyone, Reyes-Renteria said.

She also plans on providing an opportunity to other up and coming artists.

The artists that are a little shy to present their work, shes giving the opportunity here to display some artwork, said Andy Gomez, a local artist.

Reyes-Renteria plans on giving classes in San Elizario to people of all ages. She even expects to hang some of their artwork in her caf and provide a clear path for children to realize there is opportunity for everyone.

We might meet the next Picasso or the next Van Gogh in these children. We just dont know it, Reyes-Renteria said.

The caf will be located at 12600 Glorietta Road.

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