Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Show is up at the Frank Bette

This friday, Nov 14th 7-9 pm is the opening reception for our Semana Santa Show at the Frank Bette Center, 1601 Paru St Alameda, CA. 

Here are preview images of the wall layouts.  People have been saying great things about the show!  Come see it in person.  It runs until Nov 30th.

The procession started at Templo Del Carmen

Sharing meals and enjoying festival treats are an important part of life in San luis Potosì

The Procession of silence had no spoken words but was filled with the sound of trumpets and drums.

Many activities filled the entire holiday period of Semana Santa (Holy Week)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Exhibition of Photos November 6-30 at Frank Bette Center

Our long awaited exhibition of photos from the trip to San Luis Potosì is almost here.   We've gotten 35 photos mounted for the show.  They look impressive. 

Fred and I will be hanging the show next week.  It will be opening for viewing Thursday Nov 6th.   Opening reception party is Friday November 14th 7-9 PM at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda CA. 

On Saturday, November 15th we are having a special Guatemalan craft market to go with the exhibit.  It is a fund raiser for the Frank Bette.  Please stop by.

Here's a small selection of images, all taken by Fred Fago, from the show.   We focused on the procession of silence and activities in San Luis Potosì during Easter week.

In conjunction with the Semana Santa cultural traditions show we are having a one day Guatemalan Craft show.

Friday, May 2, 2014

A fond fairwell on our last night.

Leaving is always a little sad. Tuesday evening we were able to have some time to visit with Nuria, Marta and George.  A fond fair well to new friends.  We worked well as a team to capture images and meet people during a special time, Semana Santa in San Luis Potosì.
George hold Churro, their older dog.  In the mirror is Marta with Squeak, the lively puppy.

Chufa, the German Shepard, loves to play water games with Nuria

The Team, now friends, Marta, Margaret, George, Fred, and Nuria

Chufa, tired of us talking, instead of playing with her,  grabs my precious journal off the table and runs off.  A crazy game of chase follows.  George gives her a chunk of cheese in exchange for my book, only slightly worse for wear.  Thank god I didn't have to tell every one that the dog ate my homework.

A toast to one all.  Hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did.  We will have an exhibition of photos, paintings and prose from the trip at the Frank Bette Center, Alameda, for the month of November, 2014. Best regards to everyone, Margaret

Coming Home ~wed

Wednesday, April 30, we made an early start, with USA airport requirements in mind, and arrived at the airport well ahead of our fellow travelers.  Fortunately another flight was going out early or there might not have been any agents or immigration officers.  But the girls were there selling coffee in the waiting room once we'd cleared security.
The coffee cafe in The San Luis Potosì Airport

How quickly our ears readjust to the sounds of English and hectic busy airports.  Our layover and customs clearing was Houston Airport, a huge hub for United Airlines.
We have a great view of all the planes coming into the terminal.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A selfie in Zacatecas

We hated to leave Zacatecas. There were many more museums to see and streets to walk. This antique city is very charming. Even a few people who spoke English. Fred was finding the trip more stressful than me because he speaks so little Spanish. My Spanish is only good for simple ideas, but I am feeling more comfortable with it. A smile and hand waving gets us a long way. Everyone has been very helpful.  Caught the midday bus back to San Luis Potosì.  The buses always have a movie.  Am I getting so used to hearing Spanish that the American Movie, "The Word" seemed right in Spanish?

Bell tower Zacatecas

Across the street from our hotel was Templo del Sagrado Corazon which was built in 1747.  Church seems to be a very important aspect of many peoples lives here. Talking to people, several told us that some of the young people are moving away from church, but for the older generation church remains a strong thread in their daily lives. Mexico went through a period in the 1800's when the government enacted the secular period and many churches were taken over by the government and turned into other uses. But as time went on most have returned to church ownership.