Collectors of Mexican-American art loan pieces to library

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Hailing from San Antonio, El Progreso Memorial Library’s artist of the month for September is not an artist at all. Instead, the couple, Harriett and Ricardo Romo, are avid art collectors and long-time patrons of the arts.

The connection to Uvalde comes through Daniel Mello, who was a classmate of Ricardo’s at one time. Mello is married to Diane Treviño, owner of Once Upon a Time Antiques.

On display this month is a selection of the Romos’ collection of fine art prints and oil paintings by a variety of emerging and now-well-established Mexican-American artists from the last 50 years. Much of their collection represents important first steps in the Chicano and Latino art movements in the United States from the 1970s to present.


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