June 25, 2001


Subject: go alma
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 09:19:52 EDT
From: LynnSATX@aol.com
To: almalopez@earthlink.net


      Being an Atheist Hispanic woman, I do not see a disrespectful image. I see women wanting respect. Respect for the artist having an image, and respect for the women not afraid to show their body. Growing up in a Catholic family, i can understand the passion for women wanting to move foward. To be proud of their body and above all to be proud of their "MIND". Thank you Alma.


Subject: Notre Dame
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 08:52:55 -0500
From: Michael Carlisle <michaelc@carlisleins.com>
To: "'almalopez@earthlink.net'" <almalopez@earthlink.net>
CC: "'michaelc@carkisleins.com'" <michaelc@carkisleins.com>

Dear Alma

This is a short letter to let you know that I support you in your work.I have become very intersted in religous art.I find some work to be very liberating! Thoughout history artist have portrayed the holy family in many ways.Michael Angelo painted naked angels all over the celing to the Sistine Chapel.It was only afterwards that he had to cover up most of the nudity.However, the alagory still remains! The main reason that angels are portayed naked is because they are without sin! Another artist that you may know is Nicolas Poussin. He painted very contraversal images of the holy family.Leanordo de Vinci has some nice work also.The image of Vergin de Guadalupe is it's self an alagory of art.I see it, but mosr people do not.I would rather not tell any one. Let them discover it on there own.

Anyway keep up the good work I am pleased with it. I hope you can disregard my spelling.May Gods blessing be with you!

Warm Reguards


Subject: (no subject)
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 10:29:58 EDT
From: Eabogado@aol.com
To: almalopez@earthlink.net

Eh..I can see why some people mightbe offended. But u do have your right os self-expression.Especially as a Chicana. I know what you're going thru since

I represented a teacher here in San Antonio when she was sanctioned for using the book "Bless Me Ultima" in one of her classes.

Where can I get a print?
herman segovia


Subject: art?free speech?
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 12:49:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: jesse galvan <jgalvanunion@yahoo.com>
To: almalopez@earthlink.net

Hi Alma, I read an article this morning about your painting. I don't want to say that I found it offensive, but I didn't like it. I don't consider it art, but yes it is your freedom of speech. I have a cousin that lives there in California who is an artist and we've had several discussions in the past about the definition of art, freedom of speech, etc. I've always felt the lack of education is very harmful and too much education if not used properly for the advancement of the whole is also a shame/abuse of valuable time. If your intend in this painting was to get attention, then you've done it. If your intend was in anger to the people that worship this religious Virgin, then again, you've done it. In the article, the closing apology was that 'you are a mexican' and thats your reasoning for this. I honestly think that that its a shame that this is what you want to let other people know that this is the best that you can do, because you are a mexican. Consider taking this art to a museum in Mexico and lets catch their reaction.

Thank you, Jesse Galvan


Subject: Our Lady
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 19:35:08 EDT
From: PadTny@aol.com
To: almalopez@earthlink.net

What's all the fuss?  I teach both 1st year confirmation and am one the RCIA team at our Catholic Church here in SA, TX.  Although I don't like some of the "art" out there, I do respect others views.  Lighten up people!  The depiction of "Our Lady" is your interpretation of how you see strong Latina types,  and if your models are lesbeins, so what?.  I mean here's one man that says YOU GO GIRL!  Thanks Tony