The Border is Not a Line.
It is a Place.

A Third Nation

Neither truly Mexico nor the United States, the uniqueness of this 1,911-mile-long strip of land, snuggled tightly between the two countries, warranted an icon to convey the mixture of hope, desperation, goodness, mystery, evil, and vitality inherent along La Frontera.

In answer to this call, Rancho Feliz Founder – Gil Gillenwater – and original “Guardian Warrior” Sculptor – John Soderberg – co-created and an original bronze image, La Virgen de La Frontera, to symbolize this “area of exception”. In addition, they co-authored a companion book, The Border Virgin: Queen of the Third Nation, that details:

  • Rancho Feliz’s 35 years of volunteer work on the U.S./Mexico border.
  • The philosophy behind Rancho Feliz’s unconventional approach to charity.
  • The intricate process of creating the original Virgen de La Frontera bronze.

Book $30 + $5 shipping

Bronze $5,800 – Introductory Price (plus shipping)
The 1st ten bronzes offered at the introductory price of $5,800 each.
Photos above show front and back of the bronze.

Both the book and the bronze are for sale with a portion of the proceeds donated to Rancho Feliz’s ongoing good works.

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For more information about the book and bronze, please email [email protected]