States: Mextasy at South Texas College
by Victoria Reyna
The art gallery reception that I attended was truly one of the best experiences of my life. It was different than what I expected, but in a positive way. I thought that I would feel out of place, but everyone there was there for the same reason I was--a love for art. There was warmth to the place with paintings and sculptures surrounding the room. At the entrance, there were two tables set up with different Mexican foods such as nopales, beans, salsa, pico de gallo, and sweet bread, or pan dulce. Other selections were offered such as pasta and lemonade.
I was nervous about asking William Nericcio, the artist, about his work. I was afraid that he might think I should’ve initially understood what the message of his work was. On the contrary though, he seemed rather pleased that I had asked about that particular piece.
“Oh, that’s my favorite! I love signs!” he started. Mr. Nericcio went on to tell me that he’s always thought signs were “so cool” and had seen the caution sign thrown in the trash somewhere the same week that Jan Brewer won her fight to pass the Arizona immigration law. He expressed how wrong he thought she was, seeing as how America started with immigrants in the first place. He called her “anti-American.”
|William Nericcio exhausted or, for once bashful,|
poses with the review author, Victoria Reyna.
I had never attended such an event before, but I definitely enjoyed it. It is something I would like to do again in the future. To be surrounded by people who love and appreciate art like you do is one of the best feelings in the world.