Fine Art • Antiques • Old West Collectibles
An Interwoven Legacy:
The Guerra family cultivates new culture with deep roots.
Most Texans with deep roots in the state treasure the contributions their ancestors made to its unique history. But there may not be a clan with a keener appreciation of its role in this immense and storied land than the Guerra family of far South Texas.
The first members of the Guerra family to step foot in the New World arrived from Spain in the early 1600s, landing in the Mexican port of Vera Cruz, which was then part of Nueva España. Several generations later, having established themselves in the colonial government, the Guerras acquired a land grant in the Rio Grande Valley. Here they colonized territories that would become part of Mexico and the United States, building communities and fostering a proud Texas legacy. READ MORE...
Che Guerra holds a Spanish oil-on-copper retablo at Nuevo Santander Gallery.
A South Texas Story:
Guerra family loans art, artifacts to Briscoe Western Museum
Antonio López de Santa Anna, the Mexican military leader who coined himself “the Napoleon of the West,” is well-remembered for his role in the fight for Mexico’s independence from Spain and for defeating Texan soldiers at the Battle of the Alamo. Less than a month later, his forces were defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto and the next day he was discovered by Texans hiding in a swamp dressed in a private’s uniform.
One piece of the general and former president’s legacy, a dress sword, is now on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio thanks to a loan from Enrique and José “Che” Guerra, father-and-son Rio Grande Valley natives and art collectors. The museum opened on Oct. 26. Located by the River Walk, it is the city’s first museum dedicated exclusively to Western history and art, with more than 700 pieces, including a full-size reproduction of a Wells Fargo stagecoach...
“What we’re doing right now is loaning more than 50 items to the museum that have to do mainly with the Spanish colonial period in South Texas,” Jose said. “What we’re trying to do is tell the story of the West, the whole story, pre-Alamo.”
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Nuevo Santander Gallery
Centerpiece to the thriving arts district of McAllen, Texas--owner Becky Guerra talks about the vision of this traditional Spanish 1700's styled gallery, and the artists they serve.
Beyond the cowboy
South Texas cattle rancher Enrique E. Guerra, known for having one of the country's greatest collections of Spanish and Mexican colonial art and artifacts, also has loaned objects to the museum, including a 16th century viceroy saddle and a dress sword that belonged to Santa Anna. Guerra's son, José “Che” Guerra, owner of Nuevo Santander Gallery in McAllen and a member of the museum's board, also has lent objects.
McAllen Chamber announces McAllen's Man & Woman of the Year 2012
The McAllen Chamber is proud to announce Dr. John Gerling, DDS, MSD and Becky Guerra owner of Nuevo Santander Gallery and The Patio on Guerra as the 2012 Man & Woman of the Year. Since 1955, the Chamber has honored outstanding individuals for their contributions to the City of McAllen. These men and women are not only successful in their careers, but also volunteer countless hours serving on committees and boards, supporting worthy causes and making a positive impact on our community.
A Peaceful World at Nuevo Santander.
Distressing world events seem to surround us — the gulf oil spill with its undetermined effect on the environment and the drug violence in Mexico have been with us all summer. It is time to visit the artists at Nuevo Santander Gallery for assurance that the world is still all right.
The Gallery is currently featuring the mesquite works of Chris Hawley. Always working with mesquite, he celebrates our environmental heritage with his realistically carved aquatic creatures. His subject is initially roughed out with a chain saw and then sculpted further using grinders and sanders. For these pieces, he has chosen to reflect coastal gulf life. “The Squid” is impressive. Highly polished, it seems to confidently float across the table upon which it rests. READ MORE...
A Peaceful World At Nuevo Santander