I have attached an invitation and more detailed information about our mural inauguration here in Mexico. I hope some of you will have the time to attend. Please share with those who might help raise awareness about this event back home. See you all in November! Looking forward to returning and continuing the momentum.
September 30, 2016
Mayor Marcos Flores Morales of Zacatlan, Mexico will inaugurate the 273m./896 ft. of
mosaic panels comprising Murales Zacatlan, October 8, 2016 at 5:00 PM. Dignitaries
and visitors from Mexico and the United States will attend. Fourteen local artists who
have worked on the project since September of 2014 will join the two initiating and
inspirational powerhouses, Mary Carmen Olvera Trejo of Zacatlan and Patricia Metzner
of Philadelphia, in celebrating its completion. Photographer George Olney from San Luis
Potosi will photograph the inauguration.
This magnificent piece of public art follows the town's retaining wall and walkway at the
edge of the breathtaking Barranca de los Jilgueros (Goldfinch Gorge), including the sides
of Tunnel Road. It contains scenes paying homage to the history of the region, including
Nahuatl/Aztec deities, local agricultural communities, the town's eponymous apples,
fascinating biblical panels at the entrance to the cemetery and the staple of Mexican life
and cuisine: corn.
Wilmette Arts Guild, Chicago, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Philadelphia’s
Magic Garden supported the project funded by a grant from the Davis Charitable Trust.
This international coalition was formed with U.S and Mexican artists and local officials
in Zacatlan to create a tourist magnet for this charming town designated a Pueblo Mágico
(Magic Village) by Mexico's Secretary of Tourism in 2011.
Pueblos Mágicos are towns that illustrate the cultural richness, natural beauty and
historical significance of Mexico.
We hope that you will help us publicize this worthy and beautiful joint effort
exemplifying the love and respect between our two countries. Excellent photographs are
available from Wilmette Arts Guild photographers Howard Frank, Laura Rodriguez and
George Olney (inauguration) for an expanded presentation.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Julie Ressler, President,
Wilmette Arts Guild