The "Faces of SRJC" photography exhibition, up since May at the Herold Mahoney Library Gallery in Petaluma, CA, is closing today. I'm so proud to have had my work featured in this prestigious gallery! My portrait of an Aztec dancer holding her baby was among the images selected for this exhibition. These are photos from the opening reception on May 11, 2017.
Here I am standing in front of my piece. I was so impressed by the professional installation of the pieces! The grant that funded the exhibition also paid for the mounting and framing. The framing gives the exhibit a unified feel. Though each piece depicted a different story, all the stories told something of the human spirit.
This placard describes the inspiration behind the photography exhibition.
This was taken as the crowd began to thin out. There was an even larger turn-out than this!
The art label next to my piece read as follows: Though I often feel disconnected from my Aztec and Mexican roots, this portrait reminds me that the connection that a child feels to his mother transcends time and culture, and I am part of this timeless connection. Wrapped closely to his mother’s chest in traditional textiles, the baby peeks out and gazes in wonder. He calls me to remain in wonder, to look at my own desire to know, love and serve the Creator as the ancient Aztec dancing rituals continue to demonstrate to this day. I took this photo at the Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa campus celebration of El Dia de los Muertos in November 2016.
The gallery opening was an all-out Sonoma County feast! Local cheeses of several varieties with fresh fruit and crackers were a delightful treat as I mingled with other artists and guests.
My piece was among those selected in the "memory" category.
The Herold Mahoney Library Gallery exterior.
My entry was featured on the exhibit opening webpage.