Coral Gables Museum celebrating Sister City, La Antigua, Guatemala

Children dress in traditional Guatemalan attire.

The Coral Gables Museum is presenting “Arte Nuevo/Ciudad Antigua: Contemporary art from Sister City La Antigua, Guatemala” on view through Oct. 28.

The exhibit features the work of three Guatemalan contemporary artists — Víctor Arriola, Alfredo García Gil and M.A. Bello — who capture the essence of this unique place through their paintings and photographs. The exhibit celebrates La Antigua, Guatemala, which has been a Coral Gables Sister City since 1993, and coincided with Guatemala’s Independence Day (Sept. 15) and National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

When people think about La Antigua, Guatemala, visions of a small town tucked away in the volcanic mountains of Guatemala with cobblestone streets, Spanish Colonial architecture and artisan markets may come to mind. While La Antigua’s beautiful cathedrals and squares are frozen in time as a result of the devastating earthquakes and consequential abandonment of the former capital city in the 18th Century, its current residents include contemporary artists who are very much in tune with the history and traditions of La Antigua as well as the sociopolitical issues of today.

This exhibit is sponsored in part by Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Coral Gables, Marcia Del Rey and Family, and Deka Trading.

Related events and programs are made possible by program partners, the Guatemalan Consul General Gabriela Aparicio and Guatemalan Trade Office, City of Coral Gables’ International Affairs Coordinating Council, Avianca Taca and Ron Botran.

Bring the kids to a wonderful Guatemalan cultural presentation on Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m., featuring traditional costumes and delicious bean dip, hosted by Guatemalan Trade Commissioner Dunia Miranda. Plus, beautiful artisan crafts, such as Guatemalan textiles, dolls and shoes, will be available for purchase through the gift shop. And the Coral Gables Music Club Scholarship Students will perform a “Spanish Heritage Celebration Recital” at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Coral Gables Museum at 305-603-8067.

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