BPUB hosts the third annual resaca art exhibition
July 20 — The Brownsville Public Utilities Board is hosting its third annual “Resaca” exhibition in partnership with the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.
The art exhibit is designed to raise awareness of the environmental and ecological impact of resacas and promote how water bodies showcase the city’s natural beauty.
More than 10 local artists have been selected to be part of this exhibition, which opened publicly on July 16 at the museum. Artists were invited to interpret resacas and local wildlife through two and three-dimensional works of art to show the unique ecosystem of the region and the vital role resacas play in the community.
“BPUB is always looking to get involved in events that reflect the kind of work we do,” BPUB spokesperson Cleiri Quezada said in a previous interview.
“Showing our resacas like this is an effective way to educate people about the work we are doing to restore them, and it continues to teach the community and visitors why resacas are not only beautiful but one of the most important natural resources for Brownsville. . “
According to Quezada, r esacas play an important role during floods and droughts. Resacas provide water storage capacity during periods of heavy rains due to the fact that resaca levels can be lowered to make way for stormwater runoff. In addition, during drought, they can provide an important alternative resource for water, she said.
“Resacas are a unique ecosystem and play a vital role in our community. They provide multiple benefits to our community as well as native plants and wildlife,” Quezada said.
Liliana Ede, a local artist who participates in the resaca exhibition, said her work was a bit abstract, but when she worked there she had resacas in her head. She said for these pieces that she decided to paint the colors that are reflected from the sky on the resacas.
“I believe resacas are very important in Brownsville. They bring the city to life and have special flora and fauna,” she said. “They bring peace and harmony to the community and I think they are beneficial because of their uniqueness.”
Isabel Valle, a local artist who has taken part in the Resaca exhibition for the past three years, said her work was not only inspired by the resacas but also by the times we lived in during the lockdown due to of the pandemic. In her work, she presents resacas with ducks.
“My work represents two themes:” la reunión de cuates “, something that we missed a lot because we could not do it and the other is” alone “because that’s how we have lived for a year, ”she said. .
Deyanira Ramirez, executive director of the museum, said the museum’s collaboration with BPUB is very important as it helps raise awareness of the importance of taking care of resacas in the community.
“This is our third year of working with this exhibit and it has received a great welcome from the community,” she said.
“We hope this tradition continues and we invite the families of the community, the students to come and see it so that they can learn more about the resacas and their importance.”