Monday, February 4, 2013

Sierra Gorda exhibit up

The exhibit is now up and running!  Entitled Junípero Serra in Mexico: Five Missions in the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro, the show can be seen in the historic Casa de la Guerra,  Santa Barbara, California and will run through April 28.
The Casa is open to the public on weekends from 12 to 4 pm. There will be a public reception on Thursday, March 7th, from 5 to 8 pm with free admission.

The mission churches of the Sierra Gorda, co-founded by Junípero Serra before he arrived in California, are noted for their spectacular painted and sculpted fronts.  They are the subject of this traveling exhibit by photographer Jeff Becom, a specialist in capturing the colorful architecture of the Americas. The exhibit has been curated by Julianne Burton-Carvajal and includes a suite of original drawings of the Sierra Gorda missions by your editor, Richard Perry.

Here are some views of the installation:


  1. Richard: Thanks for saving and preserving a record this amazing cultural art and architecture for posterity. I had a beautiful trip To Sierra Gordo; it is an amazing Place! Charles M. Lovell New Orleans

    1. Thank you Charles.
      The credit goes primarily to the photographer Jeff Becom. One of the main attractions of the exhibit is that these beautiful photographs were taken before the church fronts were swathed in protective black netting, which now obscures much of the all important detail.