October 2011 Newsletter
We were traveling South on a trip to Chula Vista in San Diego County, when we looked up and saw some strange tall buildings ahead of us. We had been listening to a very exciting audio book and we had been quite engrossed. I thought we were coming up to downtown San Diego, but no, we had gone much further! Suddenly the road branched into MANY lanes and there was a big, big sign right in our face:
M E X I C O
The letters stretched from left all the way across to the far right and there was no turning back. It challenged our best language and diplomatic skills to find out where we could do a U-turn. Mexico was very happy to have us. Not quite so helpful were the officers of the USA, for you see, we had no passports with us! So we were thinking of hanging around to celebrate Latino Heritage!
This celebration lasts from September 15 and goes right through until October 15.
The most exciting Mexican celebrations are on September 16, Independence Day, and May 5, Cinco de Mayo.
Each city in Mexico has a Zócalo, where celebrations take place and people of all ages come out to enjoy themselves. The square livens up with music, laughter and vibrant colors. Parades are so popular that people wake up early and rush to the streets, seeking a good spot to watch and enjoy them. It takes months of rehearsal and preparation for marching bands to perform and compete, all wanting to be the best. There is usually dancing and music in the square with the ever so popular mariachi bands.
No celebration can be complete without food. A few days before the big event, hundreds of stalls start aligning on the streets near the Zócalo.
Restaurants all over offer the most representative of Mexican cuisine: Mole Poblano is a thick spicy sauce that comes from blending more than 40 ingredients, and is spread on top of turkey or chicken with Mexican style red rice. Mole is so popular that it is served on nearly every important Mexican occasion.
Back to our adventure: All was well that ended well, for a charming Mexican mother with a happy toddler on her hip pointed out the way, and we joined the fleet of cars going back to the US of A.
Quote for the Month
"Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.
~ Cesar Chavez ~
Artist of the Month – Segura Torres
He lives and works in Guadalajara, where the art scene is well developed. For those with an interest in Mexican paintings, both modern and traditional, you can visit that part of the world, or stay closer to home and come to a Picture Lady Gallery!
As we move into the last three months of the year and the leaves begin to turn to red and gold, we are reminded this is the season for friendship and togetherness.
If you are expecting guests (perhaps your in-laws?) and you have photographs of them, what better way to show your appreciation than to have a Photo-to-Artwork of them on your wall?
We are now doing collages, that means you can bring a selection of precious pictures and put them all together in one.
Now Scheduling Shows
Our calendar is open and we are scheduling shows for 2012. In the months of January and February we typically schedule Diversity shows to celebrate Black History. Please contact us to book an event.
How You Can Find Us
Call 661 242 1010 or go to www.picturelady.com/schedule.htm to see where we will be doing shows. The password is "art" (without the quotes).
Until next month!
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