Three amigas bring Mexican flavor to MFL

The Marcellus Free Library is hosting an art exhibit through the month of July that features three artists and their work that has been inspired by their experiences in Mexico. The multi-media show features the painting of Jackie Mott Brown a member of the Skaneateles Marcellus Art Guild, Geraldine Keil who features paintings, found objects and multi-media works and finally the fabric/fiber talents of Denise Kooperman.

Inspiration from Mexican art came at a young age for artist Jackie Mott Brown. Brown lived in Pasco, Mexico for a year at the age of 15 when her father and English professor was on sabbatical. Although she did not paint until much later in her career the time she spent in Mexico inspired her love of brightly hued folk art painting.

Her works called "Retablo" are in honor of the Mexican folk art of her youth. Her favorite retable depicts the story of how her family was protected by the Virgin of Guadalupe during a home invasion. "One night a robber broke in and scared the family when suddenly he turned and fled when he saw the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the wall" said Brown. Retablos are generally two dimensional in nature painted on a piece of wood, framed in black and tell an important event in the artist's life.

Artist Geraldine Keil reveals her inspiration "I had recently returned from a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula and still felt the glow of sun and sand, even though I had returned to cold New York State in mid January. I have traveled in Mexico before, but never to the Yucatan. What a joy to be greeted by the warmth of its people as well as its climate. Several of my pieces are based on observations about changes in the Mexican culture over time. One featured piece, "Beba Coca" is my comment on transitions in Mexican culture throughout its history. My Virgin of Guadalupe is stamping out the serpent, a holy symbol of the original Mayan culture, only to be capitulated herself by foreign commercial interests that followed in her footsteps."

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