An annual silent auction fundraiser and exhibition of retablos celebrating the tradition of devotional painting, organized in collaboration with Lawndale Art Center. For this exhibition MECA invites artists from the Houston community to create original works of art following the tradition of devotional retablo making.
The theme of Retablos31 was promesas cumplidas (promises kept); promesas pedidas (promises made); devotional to a loved one (devocional a un ser amado), saint (a un santo), higher power (a un poder superior); and healing (sanación). Last year the Retablos31 community exhibitions presented artwork from 131 Houston-area artist participants.
The retablos exhibit culmintates in a Silent Auction event on Friday, November 8, 2019
After 30 years, Lawndale passed down the Retablos event to MECA and is curated by Theresa Escobedo.