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Bobbi Mastrangelo’s “Da Gracias Por Agua” at Hispanic Heritage Exhibition in Orange County Regional History Center: Sept 3 – October 30th, 2016

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Bobbi Mastrangelo with her Triptych: "Da Gracias Por Agua"

Bobbi Mastrangelo with her Triptych: “Da Gracias Por Agua”

Bobbi Mastrangelo is delighted to have her art chosen for the 2016 Exhibition

sponsored by The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Greater Orange County.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Exhibit 

Orange County Regional History Center

65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando

Sept. 3 through Oct. 30, 2016

Reception: September 16, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Phone: 407-836-8500


Each year, Orange County and the nation observe Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to the 30-day period from September 15 to October 15.


The date of September 15 was chosen because it’s the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. October 12, celebrated as Columbus Day or El Día de la Raza, also falls within Hispanic Heritage Month.

Agua Sagrada Cirlcle     Agua Elemento      Agua Aztec Pictured are Water Cover details from the three sculpture relief works.

More “Grate News”  Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Triptych: “Dar Gracias Por Agua” was also chosen as an Award of Excellence Winner:  Celebrating Healing Arts on Manhattan Arts 2016.  Scroll down:

You can see the individual Art Pieces, read the details of Bobbi’s research into Mexican and Aztec Art, her connection to the Poet, Jorge Argueta and the influence of Masaru Emoto concerning Water Appreciation on her blog:


Irish Blessings for St. Paddy’s Day and Everyday from Bobbi Mastrangelo

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Across the globe, all people look for excuses to celebrate life… to add joy to their days.  And St. Patricks’s Day is no exception. People of all nationalities Wear the Green and become Irish for a Day.

On March 17th, not only do I try to wear green, but I give away “Lucky Bucks” (dollar bills encased in green envelopes). The list of recipients changes each year, but includes family members, neighbors, waiters, waitresses and any service people that I see on that day. The little gift of only a dollar, makes people smile. Some save it forever and others try the lotto with “The Lucky Buck.”

In addition, I often add my “Irish Blessing” post card signed in green ink.  If you have received a Lucky Buck, I would love to have your comments.

“Irish Blessing” (Ballinasloe Water Cover)  21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

“Irish Blessing”
(Ballinasloe Water Cover)
21 ” x 15″ X 2.5″

The Creation of The Irish Blessing Sculpture Relief:

My young friend, Helen Anne Gately, gave me reference material on The Ballinasloe Water Valve Cover located on a sidewalk near her Father’s hometown in Ireland. Not only did it feature a handsome Celtic Pattern, but it also had the Gaelic Word for Water,“Uisce.”

Wear’ in of the Green and Irish Customs have always been special to me, and the beautiful cover inspired me to create a related sculpture. Capturing and executing the intricate design was a challenge. The chalky rubbing was smudged, so I had to refer to Celtic Design Books to recreate the pattern maze. Glue and sand reinforced the delicate thin walls of the sculptured relief cover.

Irish-Blessing Cover

Celtic Water Valve Cover (2002)

The piece had already been named “Irish Blessing” and was supposed to be hung the next day at The Neighborhood House in Setauket, NY. I worked on it till the wee hours of the morning. As I entered the bedroom, the dimmer light went on, paused and went off. Now mind you—I never touched the switch. You see, the sculpture, “Irish Blessing” is somehow vested with mysterious powers. And if you should happen to touch it, you also will have Special Blessings.

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