WESLACO — Blanquita Reyes dressed in traditional Mexican attire, displaying pink, orange and teal, as she oversaw the program inside the theater room at the Mayor Joe V. Sánchez Public Library on Saturday.
Slowly, artists, authors and musicians from across the border began to fill the room for the Club de Letras y Arte, a Spanish-speaking conglomerate that meets every month to help promote Mexican culture.
But this meeting was especially important to many of the members of the club, as it happened two days from the 209th anniversary of Mexico’s independence day, 16 de Septiembre.
“We are trying to promote the poetry in Spanish, and also we are celebrating the independence,” Reyes, president of Club de Letras y Arte, said. “We combine poetry with music at this event.”
The club is a community of local authors who speak and write in Spanish. Most of the authors and artists who participate in the club are from Mexico.
Singer Mauricio de la Garza, painter Isis Hinojosa, photographer Lucy Salazar, and actress Wendy Lara, attended Saturday’s event, among many others.
“This is the first time that we celebrate the independence day of Mexico,” Angelina Almaguer, who works as the reference specialist at the library, said. “Every month we are trying to promote the poetry in Spanish. We’re trying to focus more on the local authors. They bring their books and they read their poetry to share with the public.”
Reyes explained that they are trying to promote Spanish through poetry and artwork.
“(Reyes) puts everything together. We just provide the facility,” Almaguer continued. “We’re just trying to promote (the event) with flyers, and we put it on the Facebook website. So the people are welcome to join us.”
Almaguer explained events, such as Saturday’s, are aimed more toward adults, but it is for anyone who loves Spanish poetry and art.
“We’re from Mexico, and our first language is Spanish, so we’re trying to show the public the culture from Mexico and why we celebrate,” Almaguer said. “One of the ways is through the poetry.”
Anyone interested in participating in the club is encouraged to follow the library’s Facebook page, where they post their upcoming events.
“There is no charge,” Almaguer added. “It’s all for the love of art.”