Wonderful art of the Yoeme Art Association will be a featured exhibition at the Tucson Birthday celebration at San Xavier Mission August 21. The Pasqua Yaqui members exhibiting their work at the mission are Rene Alvarez, Marcelino Flores and Louis David Valenzuela.
More information of the Pasqua Yaqui and the Yoeme Art Association can be seen on my previous feature article titled: The Marvels of Pasqua Yaqui Art (June 13, 2010)
It is very easy to see when viewing the art of the Yoeme that their inspiration comes from the heart. Their culture and traditions are reflected in the creations of these spiritual people. Below are just a small sampling of what you will see at the August 21 presentation and I have included the artist’s statements.
Pride, honor, and respect exist among the people and the Yaqui spiritual community is strengthened by stories of our elders teaching pride, honor, and respect in a magical context.
I honor and respect all my elders and their stories by focusing on the human aspect and natural features of our Yoemem and the colors of the festivities.
Rene Alvarez Yoeme Artist, 520-312-3204
Generations have fought to keep the God-given lands of the Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico. The land is a part of the people just as the huya-wilderness can be represented literally and figuratively exist within a branch.
Our desert landscapes are so fragile and majestic; I do my best to cherish every bit of our desert colors, textures, as accented by the life, stories, and culture of the Yoemem.
Marcelino Flores, Story Telling Oil Painter, 520-342-7396, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Truth, our traditions, serves as the core and foundation or our artistic views. Colors reflect a way life founded in the beauty of our festivals, emotions, and throughout nature. Our artists, guided by elders and traditional living, are able to expand in mind, body, and spirit.
Every aspect begins by giving thanks to the creator. Honoring your gifts is the only true way to live. Our Truth, Our traditions are one and the same as Itom Luturia.
Louis David Valenzuela, Traditional Wood Carver, 520-850-7180, EMAIL: email@example.com
The location for this Tucson Birthday celebration is located at one of Tucson’s true treasures San Xavier del Bac. The mssion was built between 1783 and 1797 by the Tohono O’odham tribe, under the direction of Spanish Franciscans. The mission opened Tucson’s first public school in Nov. 7, 1864.
Address and contact information.
Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Road,
Tucson, AZ 85746-7409
The Mission is located just off of Interstate-19 at Exit 92, on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, 6 miles south of Interstate-10 in Tucson It is one of the oldest and most well preserved missions in the southwest.
NOTE: If you are unable to attend the August 21 exhibition the Yoeme Art Association will be exhibiting at the Indoor Art Market, TUCSON MALL, August 28 & 29.