Visi?nes de Guadalupe

ARTINO exhibit will explore the history and impact of La Virgin

Published on LatinoLA: December 2, 2002

Visi?nes de Guadalupe

The ARTINO Arts Group of Los Angeles will hold an exhibition titled "Visi?nes de Guadalupe" at Angeles Bohemios Caf?. Showing works in the exhibition are Artists Lalo Garcia (designer of the "Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe" in the new Catholic Cathedral in downtown L.A.), Richard Ortega, Joe Bravo, Mark Vallen, Sergio Hernandez, Agustin Bravo, Lix Mario Ramirez, Manny Paz and guest artist Gabriel Lopez.

The ARTINO exhibit will open with an Artist's Reception to be held at Angeles Bohemios Caf? on December 7th, 6-9 pm. with refreshments, entertainment, and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibition runs until January 24th and is sponsored by the L.A. City Cultural Affairs Department, La Prensa de Los Angeles, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti. With their exhibition, the ARTINO Arts Group will respectfully pay tribute to "La Guadalupana"... one of Mexico's greatest symbols.

The ARTINO exhibit will explore the history and impact of the Virgin de Guadalupe on the peoples of the Americas. In December of 1531, a mere ten years after the fall of the Aztec Empire, Nuestra Se?ora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) appeared to a humble Indian peasant named Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Appearing on the hill of Tepeyac just outside of Mexico City, the dark Madonna requested of Diego that a shrine be built for her on the very spot of her apparition. As a sign of her miraculous presence she left her image emblazoned on Diego's cloak. Four centuries later the Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, and every December 12th tens of thousands of the faithful come to the original Basilica of Guadalupe on the hill of Tepeyac (which houses Juan Diego's cloak) to pray for miracles or to give thanks for those received.

The Virgin de Guadalupe is much more than an inspiration to the faithful, she is intertwined with the history of a people. September 16th, 1810, Father Hidalgo carried a banner bearing the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe when he launched the revolution that would lead to Mexico's independence from Spain. Over time the popularity of the Virgin de Guadalupe continued to increase, influencing millions outside of Mexico. The famous Chicano labor leader Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers union marched under the banner of the Virgin de Guadalupe, and of course Juan Diego was Canonized by Pope John Paul II as the first Native American Saint on July 31st, 2002.

Today, as the iconic symbol of Mexico and the protectress of the poor, dark, and humble, the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe is found everywhere. She smiles from innumerous posters, stickers, and postcards and can be found on keychains, t-shirts, and painted in street murals. To celebrate the importance of Nuestra Se?ora de Guadalupe in our communities, the ARTINO Arts Group of Los Angeles dedicates their Angeles Bohemios exhibition to La Guadalupana and her many followers.

The ARTINO Arts Group of Los Angeles is a collection of Artists who have come together to bring a greater appreciation of Latino Art to the world. Members work in a variety of styles and mediums with an emphasis on their Latino cultural roots. The Group has held many exhibitions in and around Los Angeles including shows at the famous El Pueblo Gallery on L.A.'s historic Olvera Street and a special showing in the Los Angeles City Hall offices of City Council President, Alex Padilla. Individual ARTINO Artists have pursued long careers in Art, and some have exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Casa de la Cultura in Las Cruces New Mexico and many other venues.

A Group Exhibition of Artino Artists honoring
the Vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 7, 2002 - January 24, 2003
Angeles Bohemios Caf?
3200 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA. 90026
Telephone Number: (323) 667-1083
Email Address: angelsbo@pacbell.net

Contact ARTINO for additional information:
Website: http://www.artino.us
E-mail: bravoart@earthlink.net
Fax: (323) 257-8351
Mailing Address: ARTINO, P.O. Box 920811, Sylmar, CA. 91342

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