Mexican Art on Display at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

Posted on Feb 15 by SEASONS Magazine

This winter and into the spring, two Mexican-themed exhibitions arrive at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.  On display, from February 23 through March 31, are “Rafael Perea de la Cabada: Alien Heartland” and “Mexican Prints: Selections from the Gil Garcia and Marti Correa de Garcia Collection.”  A free public reception will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 4 to 6 p.m.


“Alien Heartland” includes drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures, which explore themes of Mexican-American culture.  Being raised in Mexico City, Perea de la Cabada spent half of his life in his native country before traveling to California to receive his Master’s degree in Fine Arts in painting from UC Santa Barbara.  Perea’s artwork is held in private museums in Mexico, Puerto Rico and even several countries in Europe.  His exhibition offers a reflection of Perea’s contemporary Mexican-American heritage.

“Mexican Prints” exhibits the holdings of local collectors Gil Garcia and Marti Correa de Garcia. Garcia is the head architect of Garcia Architects and Advisors, while Correa de Garcia is the treasurer of the Santa Barbara/Puerto Vallarta Sister City Committee.  Most of the prints in this collection come from the mid-20th century, capture the graphic aesthetic of Mexico and highlight works of many Mexican artists, such as Francisco Toledo, Rufino Tamayo and Carlos Merida.

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information,  call 805/565–6162 or e-mail

— Brittany Norris


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