The City of Edinburg invites the community to an opening art exhibit reception for Leila Hernandez’s, La Spiritu and the Immaculate Sacred Heart on Thursday, August 29th at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library. The reception will be from 6 pm – 8 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Professor Leila Hernandez, a native of El Salvador, received her MFA from the University of Florida. She is an artist, designer, a retired educator, and a student of life. Professor Hernandez is a fervent admirer to popular culture and ancient folklore, she studied Diseño Artesanal (Handcraft design) at the Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in the Escuela de Artes Aplicadas Carlos Alberto Imery in El Salvador. Professor Hernandez has lived in Europe and visited many museums and cultural centers that have influenced her artistic backgrounds such as The Vatican Museum, the Uffizi, Museo Nacional Del Prado, The Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and the Hermitage. She lived in Florence and Paris studying printmaking, drawing, painting and art history.

As part of the exhibit, Professor Hernandez will be hosting a workshop on Mandalas. The public will have a chance to participate and create their own mandalas, on September 10th at the Sekula Memorial Library. The term mandala originates from the Sanskrit word for “circle”. Mandalas are schematized representations of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by the concentric configuration of geometric shapes. The Tibetan mandala is a tool for gaining wisdom and compassion generally depicted as a tightly balanced, geometric composition. According to Buddhist scriptures, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them.

The reception to be held on August 29th is free and open to the public and refreshments provided, the artist will be in attendance for questions and information about her work. The workshop, to be held on September 10th from 6 pm – 8 pm is also free and open to the public with materials provided. For more information or questions, contact the Sekula Memorial Library at 956-383-6246.