The Kenedy Ranch Museum, located at 200 E. La Parra Ave. in Sarita, Texas, presents "Retablos: The Art of Faith." The exhibit will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a lecture and presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Hall in Sarita.

The exhibit will be at the Kenedy Ranch Museum from Aug. 9 through Sept. 20.

Retablos, better known as laminas in Mexico, are small oil paintings on tin, zinc, wood or copper. The retablo is an art form originally introduced to the natives by the Spanish in post-conquest Mexico.

These oil paintings were sold to devout believers who displayed them in home altars to honor their patron saints.

Thousands of these small religious paintings have endured to give us an insight into the village life of 19th century Mexico.

Much like the retablo, the ex-voto is a devotional painting on canvas or tin which pays homage to a particular saint in the form of a short narrative. These paintings were hung on church walls or placed near a saint to commemorate divine intervention. The narrative accompanying each painting was either a written petition for divine assistance or a testimony of thanks for a miracle received.

Retablos and ex-votos reveal the spiritual beliefs of the Mexican people and their art. Their unique combination of subject and style reflects the historical, cultural and religious links between "old" and "new" worlds.

Call the museum at 361-294-5751 for more information about the exhibit.