By Laura Morales and Bonnie Arbittier – TheRivardReport.com – Photo: Bonnie Arbittier | Rivard Report.
Photo: Jesse Treviño (left) and assistant Julio Menendez-Martinez work on restoring La Virgin de Guadalupe Veladora at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio, Texas.
For 17 years, La Virgen de Guadalupe Veladora has stood like a candle on a windowsill watching over the West Side, but age had worn and cracked its ceramic titles, once colorful but faded by the sun. Water seeping into the mortar had caused many of them to fall off. After days of restoration using weatherproof ceramics, renowned local muralist Jesse Treviño reflected on his work.