EVENT: "Everything Has a Story"

February 18, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
CucuruchosCucuruchosThe Sunday two weeks prior to Easter is the first Semana Santa celebration of the season in Antiqua, Guatemala. Families stay up all night covering the streets with elaborate flower carpets to honor the procession of heavy wooden floats which are carried around the city by Cucuruchos in purple robes and women dressed in black and white. The procession goes from early morning to late at night. 100 men carry the float honoring Jesus, and every block a new group of 100 step in without breaking the rhythm of the procession. The city is decorated with a multitude of purple robed men. Bearing the float is sacred to them, and I could see the men straining under the weight, eyes closed, often praying. As the procession passes, the thou-sands of observers are totally silent; once passed, a festive atmosphere takes over. This image was taken at the high point of the day, as the procession circled the plaza, and these men were waiting for the honor of carrying the heavy float.
Join Patrick and the rest of the Topanga Canyon Gallery Artists February 24 from 12pm-3pm for a reception at the "Everything Has a Story" show.

Artists in this group show are exhibiting pieces that have a narrative or back story:  one that you might find surprising, or one that might change how you look at the work.  Each piece or selection will be accompanied by it's story.  Come to see, and to read.

Patrick's work will feature "Cucuruchos", a limited-edition fine art photography print of his photo from Guatemala.

"Cucuruchos"
The Sunday two weeks prior to Easter is the first Semana Santa celebration of the season in Antiqua, Guatemala.  Families stay up all night covering the streets with elaborate flower carpets to honor the procession of heavy wooden floats, which are carried around the city by Cucuruchos in purple robes, and women dressed in black and white.  The procession goes from early morning to late at night.  100 men carry the float, honoring Jesus, and every block a new group of 100 step in without breaking the rhythm of the procession.  The city is decorated with a multitude of purple-robed men.  Bearing the float is sacred to them, and I could see the men straining under the weight, eyes closed, often praying.  As the procession passes, the thousands of observers are totally silent; once passed, a festive atmosphere takes over.  This image was taken at the high point of the day, as the procession circled the plaza, and these men were waiting for the honor of carrying the heavy float.


Join Patrick at the Topanga Canyon Gallery on February 24, from 12-3pm at the Reception, where you can meet the artists and discuss the work.  Can't make it to the reception?  The exhibit runs through February 27, 2019. 
 
Coming Soon:  "In the Mind's Eye" at the Topanga Canyon Gallery, featuring new works to Patrick's main collection.
 
 

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