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Published on May 26, 2024
Last Chance to Experience Borderland History Through Art at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San AntonioSource: Google Street View

Time's ticking for those wanting to dive into the borderland experience through the lens of art. The Latino Bookstore Community Gallery at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is hosting an eye-opening display by printmaker Celeste de Luna and painter Chris Escobar, set to wrap up on May 31st. This dynamic duo pairs their work with the haunting "Life and Death on the Border 1910-1920" exhibit, a testament to the Texas-Mexico borderlands’ turbulent past.

Cristina Ballí, the Guadalupe Center's very own executive director, said they "couldn't help but want to showcase the artistic work that is reflecting the same themes" as the historical exhibit. These words come straight from the horse's mouth—or rather, in a statement obtained by the San Antonio Report. It's clear that the art on display serves a greater purpose, merging past and present narratives.

Meanwhile, De Luna brings an intricate narrative with her woodblock print "Sunflowers and Windmills." Born in Illinois but raised in the Rio Grande Valley, her art is a concoction of old tales meeting modern tech. The San Antonio Report quotes her as saying, "I'm really trying to make sense of it myself." She's not alone in this quest, as Escobar, born to migrant workers in Utah and reared in Del Rio, paints his own stories of Mexican American culture's trials and tribulations.

For Escobar, art is a visual narrative, "about experiences, good and bad" of those who call the borderlands home. The San Antonio Report captures his essence, illustrating a man whose craft unfolds the lives of vaqueros and migrants through his drawings and paintings. His art echoes everywhere from vibrant fiestas to the silent struggles faced by many in this textured landscape.

Those intrigued by authenticity wouldn't want to miss these raw portrayals of life by the border—a life that for many still resonates today. Admission is free, but the experience is priceless. So before this exhibit says its goodbyes, make sure to pay it a visit.