I would like to introduce my collaborator, Julianne Burton-Carvajal, a Yale Ph.D. in Spanish Literature who emphasized California Studies during the last of her three decades as a member of the University of California—Santa Cruz faculty. Since 2002, she has been pursuing alternative career paths as historian, journals editor, and museum exhibitions curator specializing in California and the Hispanic Southwest. She is currently completing her fourth book related to the rich artistic and social history of Monterey, where she makes her home. I am fortunate to have Julianne contributing to this important project.
Here is an example quotation that Julianne located and associates with Mission San Juan Bautista ...
“The great road connecting the Mission establishments was called El Camino Real... A portion of this original road may still be seen as it was first made, if the traveler will look over a little barranca adjacent to Mission San Juan Bautista. The great main State Highway of California, stretching for practically one thousand miles from north to south, passes nearly all the Missions... In these modern days the traveler may step into an automobile at San Diego, set forth upon the great highway, and make a visit to all the Missions within the space of a few sunny days... In old times, they were the hospices of the land, where travelers... were always welcome and [there was] no price to pay from one end of the journey to the other.” - John Steven McGroarty. Mission Memories. Los Angeles: Neuner Corporation, 1929
In the meanwhile, I am proud to be invited back to the John XXIII Gallery in Minneapolis for an solo exhibition of the California Missions. My Elemental Cross work was in this fine gallery five years ago, and it was a wonderful experience. This is a fantastic space – you don’t see many in the shape of an oval with central columns. Exhibition dates are set for September 6 – October 26, 2014. The Opening Reception is planned for Sunday September 28th from 1 to 3pm. This will be the first time I show images from all 21 Missions.