Cheech Marin comes to Riverside to celebrate his Chicano art museum fundraising milestone
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Cheech Marin comes to Riverside to celebrate his Chicano art museum fundraising milestone

Actor, comedian and art collector Cheech Marin reacts during a Thursday, June 7, interview at Altura Credit Union in Riverside. The credit union pledged $600,000 to the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Before he was a best-selling actor and comedian, Cheech Marin was an art lover. It started when he was about 11, admiring the ceilings during Mass, Marin said in a Thursday, June 7, interview. “There were all these paintings there, guys in togas and some of them getting barbecued – what’s the deal?” he said, chuckling. “So art was very important to me and I learned as much as I could about it by going to the library to check out the art books.” But even as Marin enthusiastically attended museums in his free time as a child, he noticed something missing. “I appreciated the art, I learned about it, but I never saw a painting that looked like me or anybody I knew in my neighborhood,” he said. But those paintings exist. Since about 1985 — the same year the comedy duo Cheech & Chong disbanded — Marin has collected more than 700 pieces of Chicano […]

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Cheech Marin comes to Riverside to celebrate his Chicano art museum fundraising milestone
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Cheech Marin comes to Riverside to celebrate his Chicano art museum fundraising milestone

Actor, comedian and art collector Cheech Marin reacts during a Thursday, June 7, interview at Altura Credit Union in Riverside. The credit union pledged $600,000 to the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Before he was a best-selling actor and comedian, Cheech Marin was an art lover. It started when he was about 11, admiring the ceilings during Mass, Marin said in a Thursday, June 7, interview. “There were all these paintings there, guys in togas and some of them getting barbecued – what’s the deal?” he said, chuckling. “So art was very important to me and I learned as much as I could about it by going to the library to check out the art books.” But even as Marin enthusiastically attended museums in his free time as a child, he noticed something missing. “I appreciated the art, I learned about it, but I never saw a painting that looked like me or anybody I knew in my neighborhood,” he said. But those paintings exist. Since about 1985 — the same year the comedy duo Cheech & Chong disbanded — Marin has collected more than 700 pieces of Chicano […]