Hispanic artist offers colorful reflections at General Convention

By ENS staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012

Enedina Vasquez of San Antonio, Texas, is the Hispanic Ministries Team’s artist-in-residence at General Convention in Indianapolis.

[Episcopal News Service — Indianapolis] General Convention is, for the most part, a world of words, but Enedina Vasquez is giving it a visual interpretation with colorful drawings reflecting her experiences at this year’s meeting in Indianapolis.

Vasquez, a resident of San Antonio, in the Diocese of West Texas, is at the convention as artist-in-residence for the Hispanic Ministries team headed by Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, missioner for Latino/Hispanic ministries for the Episcopal Church.

Vasquez’s artworks and written reflections may be found here.

She served in a similar capacity at the New Communities Conference held in San Diego, California, earlier this year.

Enedina Vasquez has created a series of drawings illustrating the Anglican Communion’s “Five Marks of Mission,” which have been adopted as guiding principles by the Episcopal Church. The fourth mark is illustrated here.

It was at that meeting that Vasquez began to draw on her iPad colorful reactions to the issues being discussed at that meeting, which focused on ethnic and emerging ministries in the Episcopal Church. For instance, when she participated in a Native American sage and water prayer blessing, she painted a sprig of sage with droplets of water streaming from it, set against the blue sky. When one of the speakers mentioned that the Episcopal Church should “change our context or at least consider it …” Vasquez drew the Episcopal shield in just a few strokes of red, white, and blue as if it were in motion, streaming in the wind.

A retired schoolteacher, Vasquez owns a business that produces fused glass art pieces. Her artworks have been exhibited in major museums in the United States, Mexico, Japan and Germany. She is a also a published author, poet and playwright; her play, Te Traigo Estas Flores Y Marshmallow Peeps, was produced in the Shakespeare Theater Festival in New York by Joseph Papp.

She is a graduate of Sewanee, University of the South’s Education for Ministry program, and a member of Daughters of the King.

On Day 2 of General Convention, Vasquez illustrated the bemused reaction of an attendee trying to find her way around.

“In today’s world of speedy technology, with young people who text rapidly on cell phones their news of the day, their cares, their fears, the Episcopal Church must go in that direction to catch their eyes so that they can receive the good news of Christ,” says Vasquez. “We must produce and send out news that is instantaneous, to the minute, colorful, whimsical, short and to the point. In 2012, creative ways are available to us through Facebook and Twitter (to mention a few) — and it is the artists that throughout history have reflected the true news of the day for all ages and times.”


Comments (8)

  1. Jean Olsen says:

    I would LOVE to see more of her work, perhaps through ECVA? The bright colors and simple designs express the metaphors for events at GC77.

  2. Roz Dimon says:

    Very cool Enedina – Thanks for bringing the 77th to us in a new and colorful “plugged in” light. These are fun and led one into a different kind of presence with the conventions “goings on.” The art of today — which you speak to — has the ability to “touch” beyond touch – how spiritual is that? And powerful.

  3. Holly Stauffer says:

    I would love a tshirt with the top image!

  4. Father Richard Aguilar says:

    Dear friends:

    Enedina is a gift to anyone who hears her voice and sees the light of her art. So grateful that she is a leader in the Episcopal Church and sharing her insights and illuminations at the General Convention.

    Look up her website at EneArt.com. Meeting Enedina is a way to learn of Latin@ spirituality and San Antonio Folk art. So proud to call Enedina, “mi Amiga!”

    De su carnal from el WestSide

  5. Father Richard Aguilar says:

    dear friends: Enedina is a voice from the WestSide of San Antonio and a dear friend of many persons throughout the world. She is a gift to everyone who knows her insights and illuminations. Grateful that she is a leader in the Episcopal Church and sharing her art at the General Convention. Pray that Christ brings all into fellowship through the words and work of Enedina, mi amiga del barrio.

  6. Imelda Favila says:

    I saw a segment of the Texas County Reporter featuring Ms Vasquez. At once I was caught with her enthusiam for Hispanic culture and her unique way of creating art and expressions reflecting the very essence of our culture. Her home, from what I saw on the program, is a colorful reminder of what being Hispanic is all about. I would love to meet her in person and see her home. Ms Vasquez, you are truly “un orgullo Hispano”. Thank you.

  7. Mary Carmen Ponce says:

    Ms. Enedina
    I saw a segment of the Texas Country Report ……I love the way you speak and see things in life…. I enjoyed your art ….. I would love to meet you and talk with you…..
    Thank You….. I hope to hear from you.
    Mary Carmen…..

  8. Joan Reed says:

    Ms. Vasquez, I saw a segment on Texas Country Report today and was so taken with your kind demeanor and soft speaking. I got a wonderful feeling that you are a very special person and told my niece that is a lovely and gentle lady I would love to sit down and talk with – I bet she could share some very wonderful thoughts.

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