December 18, 2019
This exhibit showcases a select group of artistic interpretations of Mary in a variety of mediums from artists in and around Ventura County. Those artists include Xavier Montes, Ray Cirerol, Syliva Raz, Gayel Childress, Heriberto Luna and Graciela Gandara, J. Michael Walker, and Ricardo Flores.
Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus is venerated in several different roles. She is known by many names including Our Lady, Blessed Mother, La Virgen Morena, Empress of the Americas, Tonantizin. No matter how we refer to her, the Virgen Mary has been a symbol of hope, protection and comfort to those who follow her. She has served as daughter, cousin, wife, mother, and bereaved parent. Her life story has been a link between heaven and earth. She is very much a part of the lives of those who revere her. She can take the form of an iconographic symbol in the home, a cry for help in times of trouble or illness, or a blessing given by a grandmother as protection against harm. Virgencitas is on display at the Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula now through February 15, 2020.
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