21 California Mission’s Exhibition San Francisco, CA 4K.
Thank you San Francisco and the consulate general of Mexico in San Francisco for opening the doors to exhibit my 21 California Missions from April 7, 2022 — July 29, 2022. This has been an amazing experience and a blessing to be part of a mayor and wonderful project like this. Exhibit my art here in San Francisco has been a dream come true. Now that I had reached the top of the mountain, I know for a fact that there is another top of the mountain to conquer. I am up to the challenge, and I want you my patrons and followers to be part of this spectacular experience. Like, share and subscribe to my channel and enjoy the video. mARTin
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The Spanish Missions in California comprise a series of religious and military outposts established by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan order between 1769 and 1833 to spread the Christian faith among the local natives. Beginning in 1492 with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, the Kingdom of Spain sought to establish missions to convert the natives in Nueva España (New Spain). Visitador General Jose de Galvez engaged the Franciscans, under the leadership of Friar Junipero Serra, to take charge of founding new missions in Alta California by order of King Charles III.
On July 14, 1769 Galvez sent the expedition of Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola to find a mission at San Diego and presidio at Monterey, respectively. The founding Franciscan missionaries’ idea was to find fertile soil, good water sources and natives with the objective to convert, educate, and civilize the indigenous population and to transform the natives into Spanish colonial citizens. Today, the California Missions are among the state’s oldest structures and the most visited historic monuments. There are 21 missions in California. As a visitor to the missions, I have encountered amazing things while photographing the historic Spanish establishments.
The frescoes at Mission San Miguel Arcangel are some of the most beautiful and best preserved in any California Mission. The original paintings were done in 1820. They were painted by the mission’s native residents under the guidance of Spanish diplomat and artist Esteban Carlos Munras of Monterey. Mission Santa Barbara is known as the Queen of Missions and is the only mission in the California chain remaining under control of the Franciscans without interruption from the day of its founding until the present time. Mission San Jose was renowned for its orchestra and choir developed led by Fr. Narciso Duran. The first Peruvian Pepper Tree planted in California in 1830 can be seen at the San Luis Rey de Francia Mission. Mission La Purisima Concepcion is the only mission complex not built in a quadrangle style. Mission San Juan Capistrano is known as the most magnificent stone church of all the California Missions with a cathedral-like style. The swallows of Capistrano (Las Golondrinas) are the best known feature. Santa Clara de Asis Mission is the site of the first college and the oldest university in California; founded in 1851 by the Jesuit order. Mission San Juan Bautista is the place where you can see part of the original El Camino Real (Royal Road) just beyond the walls of the mission’s cemetery.
Let me present to you this photo odyssey through the 21 California Missions which I hope you enjoy as much as I have since the day I started photographing these remarkable and enduring Spanish-Franciscan establishments.
The road to success has began. I am thankful for having you as my family, friend and patron of my art. The 21 California Missions’s exhibit at Spectrum Art Gallery was a big success, and all of this was possible because of you. Gracias mARTin.
My books have arrived directly from San Francisco. Come to spectrum art gallery on December 9th from 12-3 pm to watch my exhibit, and see my books, too. Give a gift to someone you love or give a gift to yourself.
Today is one of those days that I give thanks to God, patrons, family and friends for all of the good things that happen to me and my art. One more piece is on display in one beautiful house here in Germany thanks to my brother Isidro and Ann Cristin. It makes me happy that my art is traveling the globe, and people like it and appreciate it for many years to come. This time one of my 21 California Missions is in Germany -Mission San Antonio de Padua- and more will be on display this coming December 9th at Spectrum Art Gallery here in Fresno, CA. For the 2018 year, Morgan Hill will be the city where my 21 California Missions will be on exhibition for the months of September, October and December. Also, Guadalupe church here in San Jose, CA will be displaying my art in 2018 and more info will come when the time comes.