‘Mexican Calendar Paintings’ coming to Starr County Campus

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This collage depicts some of the artwork shown in the Mexican calendar exhibit.

South Texas College, in conjunction with its partner in education Half Spoon, LLC, is bringing authentic early 20th century Mexican calendar paintings to the Starr County community for viewing. The exhibit includes original paintings from widely-known Mexican artists such Jose Bribiesca, Demetrio, Jesus Helguera, Eduardo Catano and Armando Drechsler.

The exhibit opens Thursday, April 24 at the STC Library Art Gallery on the STC Starr County Campus with a reception from 6-8 p.m.  The exhibit will be on view through May 23, 2008. There will also be an Art Lecture at 5 p.m. on May 1 at STC at the Starr County Campus Auditorium, Bldg. E.  The campus is located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City.

Admission to the reception, exhibit and lecture is free and open to the public.

The Art Lecture will be given by Ricardo and Debbie Backal, owners of the Mexican calendar art collection and founders of Half Spoon, LLC.  Half Spoon is an arts organization committed to art education and bringing art to the Rio Grande Valley. The Backals will cover a history and retrospective of Mexican Calendar art with a question and answer session afterwards.

 “The calendar images present not only pictorial references to Mexico's historic past, but bring forth conflicting values and attitudes embodied within their imagery,” said Debbie Backal of Half Spoon LLC. “This type of artwork has a long and fascinating history and we want to further illuminate viewers about how the pieces celebrate ancient Mexican cultures and traditions with the assistance of social and artistic movements set up by the new, post-revolutionary government.”

“The art depicts a critical period of history in Mexico and highlights the country’s exquisite cultural heritage and pride,” said Jose Cruz, vice president for Information Services and Planning at STC, and executive sponsor of the gallery program. “We hope that those who see the exhibit will be able to identify with the spirit of the peoples of Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley, grasping how these portraits truly encompass the spirit of the artists and the peoples they portrayed in these vibrant early 20th Century scenes.”

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery program exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information please call: (956)872-3488, email: libraryart@southtexascollege.edu or visit the website: www.southtexascollege.edu/libraryart.