December 9, 2022
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us on Friday, December 9th for the opening of “Our Lady” our December exhibit & right on time for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Come to our Cultural Center at 1701 Jarboe, KCMO 64108 and visit our exhibit along with some pop-up local vendors, cookies from Perfectly Mixed and more!

Our Lady of Guadalupe | Feast Day December 12

On December 9, 1531, a 57-year-old Aztec, Juan Diego, saw the Blessed Mother on a hill in Mexico City. She told Juan to have a church built in her honor. When Juan went to ask Bishop Zumarraga about this, the bishop did not understand the Indian dialect—and he did not believe in the vision Juan described.

Three days later, on December 12, Mary appeared again to Juan Diego, and this time she gave him a sign for the bishop. “Take these roses to the bishop,” she said, as she arranged in his cloak beautiful roses she had Juan Diego pick from the hillside although it was winter. When he was admitted into the bishop’s room, Juan Diego opened his cloak, and out dropped the roses. On the cloak there remained an image of Mary as she had appeared to Juan Diego.

The image of Mary on the cloak is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe for an interesting reason. On that same day, Mary appeared to Juan’s uncle and cured him, giving him a message for the bishop, saying that she would “crush the serpent’s head.” The bishop did not understand the Indians’ language. The Indian word for “crush the serpent” sounded to him like “Guadalupe,” the name of Mary’s shrine in Spain. Thinking that the Virgin wanted the new shrine to have the same name, the bishop called her Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mary appeared to Juan Diego dressed as an Aztec woman to show her love and compassion to an oppressed group of people. Mary had heard the prayers and pain of these people, and she came to give them hope.

Today Our Lady of Guadalupe is seen as an important part of the Mexican culture.  Her image is an icon that is represented in many ways in pop culture through the years.  Her image is seen on t-shirts, bags, stickers, tattoos and so much more.  Our Lady of Guadalupe is a symbol of hope, beauty and cultural pride. 

We are happy to have our exhibit that is focused on her image and meaning through individual art pieces by local artists, collection pieces from individuals to art work from our Hand in Hand Folk Art Collection.  A beautiful way to honor her and what she means to so many!

Serafin Lopez
Emiliano Zapata
Eulalia Pulido
Luis Merlo
Dan Dakotas
Erick Felix
Luis Garcia

Perfectly Mixed
Shop Vernoica Style
Virginia Oropeza
Rosa Almaraz
PM Productions
Panaderia Americas
Hecho KC

Music: by Mariachi Fuego

Also presenting select curated pieces from the Mattie Rhodes Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection.

To learn more about the Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection visit: