June 5, 2009

Art Exhibit Pays Homage to 100-Year Old Town and Its Residents

SAN YSIDRO, CA — Homenaje a San Ysidro: A Portrait in Three Parts will open at Casa Familiar’s THE FRONT: A Collaborative of Art, Culture, Design and Urbanism, this coming Friday June 5th 2009 from 6pm to 9pm.

The exhibition will juxtapose photographs of spaces ranging from a nun’s garden to the expanding border wall, people ranging from a public health leader and “charro” (rodeo cowboy) to a border rights activist, and allegorical paintings by Father Gonzalo, a priest at a local church.

For the last year, artist and writer Susannah Bielak has immersed herself in stories of San Ysidro—the U.S. community bordering Tijuana. San Ysidro is host to the world’s largest port of entry, and a small town currently celebrating its Centennial. It is a place where rural landscape and militarization; small town Americana and Mexican identity; religion and commerce; kitsch and tradition, and family and politics rub up against one another. Homenaje a San Ysidro speaks to these contrasts.

The exhibition will run from June 5 – June 26, 2009. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm or by appointment. This exhibit is part of a year-long celebration to honor the town of San Ysidro on its 100th birthday. For more information on the San Ysidro Centennial, please visit www.sanysidro100.com.

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