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20131114 mission-historicalThe Mission Historical Museum is seeking submissions for their “Castilian Roses in December” exhibit, a community-curated presentation to commemorate the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe.  The exhibit will run from Dec. 3 to 28, with an opening reception on Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.

On December 9, 1531, a dark-skinned female figure, the “Lady,” appeared to Juan Diego at a place where his people worshipped an Aztec mother goddess. She told Juan to go to his bishop to request that a church be built. The bishop demanded a sign.

Three days later, the Lady appeared again, instructing Juan to offer the bishop a bouquet of Castilian Roses that were miraculously blooming from the barren hilltop in December. Juan wrapped the blooms in his apron. Upon opening the tilma for the bishop, the roses dropped to the ground and a perfect image of the Lady appeared on the garment.

Her story is centuries old, but her endless promise of peace, love and compassion continues to inspire the faithful.

The museum is seeking submissions from artists for the exhibit. The submissions must have a historical and/or creative representation of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Works can stem from a traditional standpoint or a conceptual basis. They should reflect the culture, identity, and honor specific to the celebration of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Submissions can be in the form of visual art: paintings, drawings, watercolor, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, literature and poems.

The number of works permitted depends on scale and the number of participating artists. All work should include artist’s name and contact information. Artwork should be clean and in presentable condition, framed, and ready for hanging. It must include the following information: artist's name, title of the work, medium, year and price (optional).

All submissions will be considered regardless of artist’s location; however, artists are responsible for dropping off and picking up, or shipping their work to the Mission Historical Museum. Any work not retrieve by the pick-up date becomes property of MHM.

Send or drop it off to the Mission Historical Museum, ATTN: Luis Contreras, 900 Doherty Ave., Mission, TX 78572. The drop-off deadlines are Friday, Nov. 22, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pickup dates are Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.           

Call 580-8646 for more information.

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