Permanent Photo Exhibition at La Biblioteca
By Jade Arroyo
A few days ago, La Biblioteca opened a new permanent exhibition of photography. A series of 16 photographs related to sites of Mayan culture, donated by Richard and Dorothy Cretcher, is now exhibited permanently in the Toni Gerez Hall of Poetry.
The work includes 16 pictures of various prominent points of the Mayan culture: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Uxmal, Coba, Palenque, and Copan. The images were captured by photographer Richard Cretcher on different trips in the Riviera Maya and Central America over 40 years. The analog photos were developed by hand in a darkroom. These photos are a must-see for photography lovers, especially those who like landscapes.
The expeditions to Mayan lands were the result the couple’s talks with Toni Gerez, library founder and promoter of education, who felt a deep fascination and interest in native Mexican culture. The Poetry Hall was named in her honor. Toni was a lover of literature, especially poetry, and indigenous Mexican cultures, particularly the Nahuatl and Maya. She is celebrated also for taking on the task of translating poems into Spanish and English, redeeming Nahuatl, and the publication of several books of poetry and children’s books. Now the room is decorated with landscapes of cultures that interested her very much. This exhibition can be visited during the usual Biblioteca hours, Monday to Friday, 10am-7pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.