The exhibition 'Blessed Passion', which opens this Friday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m.
in the Archaeological Museum of Los Baños de Alhama de Murcia is a project by Simón García, which has the collaboration of Jesús Montoya.
The latter has made the figures of the steps of Holy Week in Alhama.
Both have in common, without knowing it, in addition to their friendship and their excellent shared and coordinated work, having their family roots in the hamlet of Las Cañadas de Alhama.
Simón García's project, devised a few years ago, has come to an end, after months of great work in the realization of figures and composition of images, thrones, Nazarenes, embroidery, flowers, etc.
that reproduce a Holy Week of Alhama de Murcia on a small scale, but with all the detail of the elements that make up our processional parades, declared of Regional Tourist Interest.
Simón García Díaz imagined a few years ago a Holy Week that could be contemplated in a visit and recognize step by step, image to image, Nazarenes, floral arrangements, etc.
of each of the five brotherhoods and brotherhoods, that is, a reliable representation of the Alhamean processions, from Friday of Dolores to Easter Sunday.
Simón García was born in Alhama on June 14, 1956, son of José and Francisca, having his family roots in the hamlet of Fuente Aledo in the hamlet of Las Cañadas.
His work is recognized by and for the brotherhoods and brotherhoods of Alhama and other villages, his floral arrangements, his initiative in so many cultural activities and especially in the City of Alhama where he develops his professional work since 1980, being responsible for the assembly and design of the municipal nativity scene.
He has been Processionist of the Year in 2001 and is a Holy Week Prayer of this year 2020.
The project of 'Blessed Passion' became a priority objective for him in the last four years, entrusting the belenista Jesús Montoya the figures of the Alhamanian Holy Week that he was making based on the available graphic material.
From the commitment with the belenista, Simón begins an integral work of creativity and invention of materials to solve all the ideas that arose in his head with the objective of representing with greater fidelity the processional steps, up to a total of sixty-four thrones and of one hundred and twenty three images.
Thus began a marquetry work to make the bases of the wooden thrones that would end up being polychrome.
The embroidered velvet pallies with golden cordonería, lace and trimmed guipure emerge, like the mantles.
The arms of light have been made of braided copper wire, trimmed, soldered with tin and polychrome in gold and silver, and the lanterns of some thrones have been made with polychrome resins of the well-known Cofrade Modelism.
The colors of the brotherhoods and brotherhoods appear in the Nazarenes of each step.
For the mantles of the images the velvet embroidered with the same technique of the pallias has been used, reflecting with the maximum fidelity each and every one of the elements of the processional parades, polychrome paper flowers and golden and silver candles with silver complement, next to the Nazarenes of series and crafts, a whole project of visualization of our Week of Passion.
On these sixty-four steps stand the figures modeled by Jesús Montoya, who lives in Llano de Brujas (Murcia).
He was born on February 28, 1932, son of Ascension of Las Cañadas de Alhama and Antonio de Puente Tocinos, having dedicated his entire life to the Belenist world and religious images.
He would begin to work in the world of figures with 16 years, in one of the most important belenistic industries in Spain, that of Manuel Ortigas Méndez installed in Torre de Romo, 15 of Murcia, where he would start his first works in 1948. He worked and he learned together with teachers José Fernández and José Fernández Martínez (son).
His work consisted of modeling figures for nativity scenes, canvases and finally the finishes with polychromy, creating small sculptures scaled in great detail, which represented, in many cases, the great images.
After closing the Ortigas company, the teacher of the same, José Fernández Martínez created a new company, Decorarte, on the Palmar road, whose project Jesus Montoya joined in 1978 with his extensive belenista experience.
Montoya has done work for almost all the towns in the region of Murcia and especially in Alhama, receiving many orders of sacred art stores, brotherhoods and individuals, so that his figures, both of Bethlehem and Easter or Holy Patrons are throughout the regional geography.
In Alhama de Murcia its figures stand out in the municipal nativity scene that reach seventy percent of the total, highlighting sets as different mysteries and traditions of Alhama as the representation of the Auroros.
Similarly, he has made a large number of reproductions and numerous images of Holy Week or for private chapels.
At eighty-eight he has seen his dream come true to finish the 123 figures that make up the Simón García project, inaugurated on February 14, 2020.
Review of José Baños Serrano
Official Chronicler of the Villa de Alhama de Murcia
Source: Ayuntamiento de Alhama de Murcia