If you'd rather spend your Thanksgiving holiday looking at art, than shopping, you could visit the San Angelo museum of fine arts. Lauren Blackwell has the story tonight on the 16th century "Sacred Visions" exhibit that is also part of the museum's permanent collection.
A collection of artwork some dating back to the 16-hundreds is currently on display at the San Angelo museum of fine arts. The "Sacred Visions" exhibit consists of masterpieces of Spanish colonial and Mexican religious art. "All of the objects in here or all of the paintings were created by artist who really felt and believed what they were portraying. They were created for devotional purposes and I believe they were made with a lot of devotion." Two of the large works on display were part of a 49 piece series from Guatemala and are the only two from that series in the United States. "For a small museum like ours to have such baroque masterpieces, these areby very important painters and considering that these two vial pondos are the only two from the series in the United States. We really are privileged to have them and I think they are an important piece of Texas heritage as well considering this area was once part of New Spain." Many smaller paintings on display are from Mexico painted by people who used them in their home for worship purposes. "They are just something you focus in on and you look at the details and sometimes they are a little bit comical because the artist was not a trained artist, so little details are kind of funny. But they are so beautiful and they so meaningful to the families that own them." The exhibit tells religious stories that even three or four centuries later the world can still understand. "Art is art is something that if done right, stands the test of time, their message is timeless. They were meant to portray an eternal message and they are still telling that story today." Lauren Blackwell, KLST News. The sacred visions exhibit will continue through January 13. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday.