Today Joy and I felt a sense of accomplishment. We entered two pieces in a ‘Call for Entries’ at the Corpus Christi Art Center. Panic to make the deadline made for good motivation although I have to say most of the credit goes to Joy for encouraging me to fulfill some of the dreams I have.
When I first heard of this invitation it immediately sparked my interest. It was initiated by The Big Read from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. The theme surrounded a book by Rudolfo Anaya, ‘Bless Me Ultima’.
The story is magical realism about a young boy who struggles with his future pulled by the desires of his parents who came from different strong family backgrounds and the confusion of his cultural heritage. An elderly family member comes to live with his family, Ultima, a ‘curandera/healer’. Folklore, religion and myths of Hispanic culture were to be represented. We chose to show a layered ‘story’ with the top canvas picturing the Virgin of Guadalupe with a ‘torn out’ area to reveal a canvas layer behind depicting historical religion and culture of Pre-Columbian peoples.
The exhibit opens November 6 with a reception November 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Art center of Corpus Christi.
I have to say we enjoyed the work and the feeling of actually bringing a small dream to fruition.