South Broadway Cultural Center art exhibit honors Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Madre”, Helen Montgomery, acrylic on panel.

The 97th annual art exhibition honoring the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes from venerable to avant-garde through the palettes of 26 artists.

The exhibit commemorates Guadalupe’s first appearance as she introduced herself to Juan Diego as the Mother of God on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico in 1531. The exhibit will run until December 31.

“Let the Wind Blow”, Pudding Head, acrylic.

The show coincides with the annual Guadalupe Party in the South Broadway neighborhood. Families erect exterior altars to the Virgin of Guadalupe.

“I fill the rest of the gallery with individual artist pieces,” said curator Augustine Romero.

The exhibition mixes contemporary works with traditional altarpieces and a community altar by Kathy Guerro de Los Guadalupanos from St. Francis Xavier Parish.

Los Guadalupanos has helped shape and establish the tradition of honoring La Virgen de Guadalupe in the South Broadway community. For more than 80 years, a family from the parish of Saint François Xavier has been asked to erect a sanctuary in honor of La Virgen de Guadalupe during the month of December. This

Guadalupana ”, Joshua
mixed media.

The Altar is one of many on display throughout the South Broadway community.

In a cry for help in these troubled times, artist Jemez Raymond Sandoval created a Guadalupe wearing a mask and a lace dress dangling with balls. Joshua Barrera produced a stylized Virgin in mixed media. Helen Montgomery painted a traditional “Madre” in acrylic on panel.

The South Broadway Cultural Center Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“La Morenita, Ayudanos (Dark-haired woman, help us)”, Raymond Sandoval. (Courtesy of South Broadway Cultural Center)

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