Gesticulaciones de la Vida

3228591South Texas College’s Pecan Campus Library presents “Gesticulaciones de la Vida (Life’s Gesticulations),” an exhibit featuring artworks by Beatriz Guzman Velasquez. The exhibit opens Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and artist talks are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the library’s Rainbow Room. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 9. The gallery is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

Through her brightly painted images of local cemeteries, Guzman Velasquez seeks to cherish and understand the role death plays along the Mexico-Texas border.

In her works, life and death co-exist in the same place, just like in the Mexican holiday, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This popular celebration holds many traditions including building private altars called ofrendas, and honoring the deceased by leaving gifts of sugar skulls, marigolds, favorite foods, beverages and possessions at their grave sites.

Guzman Velasquez earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Texas Pan-American and participated in the San Miguel de Allende Study Abroad Program in Guanajuato, Mexico.

“Guzman Velasquez’s breathtaking use of color is what initially draws viewer’s in,” said STC Art Gallery Associate Dawn Haughey. “It is then the movement and play of the medium that holds our attention. We are so excited to be able to share her work with all of our students, faculty and community members during el Día de los Muertos.”

STC’s Library Art Gallery exhibits regional, national and international artwork, explores new visions and theories of creativity, and introduces innovative artistic expressions to the South Texas region.

For more information, contact Dawn Haughey at (956) 872-3488 or via email at, or visit