Richness of Mayan Culture on Display Life-Sized Paintings Part of Exhibit at Rolling Meadows Gallery

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Byline: Eileen O. Daday Daily Herald Correspondent

Fourteen life-sized paintings of Guatemalans formed a procession of sorts on the walls of the Northwest Cultural Council gallery in Rolling Meadows on Sunday.

Each person depicted on the canvases represents a different Mayan village in Guatemala, as told by the colorful costumes and rich detail woven into each painting.

The artist, Winifred Godfrey of Chicago, was on hand Sunday to meet with supporters during an informal reception at the gallery. Her exhibit opened in October and will remain on display through Dec. 28.

The exhibit also includes woven textiles hand-crafted in Guatemala, from the collection of Bill Goldberg of Chicago. He is a former math teacher at Lane Tech High School who discovered the rich folklore and heritage woven into the textiles while visiting Latin America.

"I never knew anything about textiles, embroidery or brocade before," Goldberg said. "But I find the textiles of Guatemala to be very colorful and extraordinary. …