A special art exhibit honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe by artist Lalo Garcia was on display Wednesday, November 23, at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles.
“Un Pincel Guadalupano” — also known as “A Guadalupan Brush” — features 13 works of art located in close proximity to the chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The chapel houses the only known relic of St. Juan Diego’s tilma, or cloak, in the United States, according to officials with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The exhibit, which includes images of the Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, will be open to the public throughout December. For 491 years, Catholics have considered the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe a symbol of faith, compassion and hope.
“She chooses us to carry out her tasks, as a sign of her love for us, she entrusts us and like Saint Juan Diego, we must obey her requests, she chose me to paint her story, to paint her face and paint a beautiful image,” Garcia said.
The exhibit commemorates the festivities leading up to the December 11 feast at the Cathedral of Las Mañanitas, featuring local dancers, a special rosary and mariachis and a musical tribute, culminating in a midnight mass celebrated by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.
Born in Michoacán, Mexico, García was the principal artist of the mural at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe overlooking the Hollywood Freeway in Cathedral Square.
Garcia’s work can also be seen in several Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Garcia, whose work celebrates his love of Mexican folklore and his Catholic faith, has created artwork that has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Mexico, Poland and Spain.
His recent commissions include:
– St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood;
– The Chapel of the Holy Cross of Providence, in Mission Hills;
– White Memorial Medical Center in LA; and
– Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard.
For more information, please visit https://www.lalogarcia.com.