Masks pay homage to the hummingbird

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

The first Hummingbird Festival is taking place in the city from September 6 to 8, and as part of the celebration an exhibit featuring hummingbird-themed masks will be held at the toy museum. Some students from the Biblioteca’s art program helped decorate the masks.

Alfredo García and Jim McKeever, creators of the festival, came up with the idea of presenting an exhibit of masks based on the world’s smallest bird. Thirty of the cardboard masks were distributed to Mexican and foreign artists, and 20 were given to organizations that work with children. Four of them were given to art students from the Biblioteca.

Julieta Moreno, artistic director of the Biblioteca, commented that she wanted to support this festival because in San Miguel all the civic organizations must work together to achieve better results. The masks, she said, were given to the advanced students in the painting class, so they can put their talent to the test.

Daniel Beltran, a student of painting, said that he decorated his mask with painted feathers and sparkles and depicted small birds, some of which are tied together and others that are untethered, waiting, he said, for love.

Sandra Pamela Rodríguez commented that she thought for a week about how she was going to decorate her mask, and in the end she decided to paint butterflies to represent freedom and used her favorite color, pink.

Local artist David Leonardo told Atención that he read about hummingbirds to find out about their favorite colors. He also introduced symmetry into his design for the mask by placing a small mirror on it, which he said represents a window to the meaning of the hummingbird in ancient Mexican cultures.

The exhibit is open at the Museo La Esquina at Núñez 40 Wednesdays through Saturdays 10am–5:30pm and Sundays 10am–2pm until Sunday, September 15.

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