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Ribera Arts Review - November 29, 2014


Using section five of her new book, “The Joy of Art: The Journey,” Ajijic artist and author Janice Kimball will present the program at the Monday, December 1, 10 a.m. meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) at La Bodega.

The owner of Aztec Art and Weaving Studios on the Carretera in Ajijic, Kimball has supported herself through art for the past 30 years. She urges other artists to “learn to document your work, become your best judge and advocate. Editing is crucial to an artist ... Discover how to edit, frame, and exhibit your work to its best advantage. Celebrate, for being an artist comes from the human side of our nature, a side not all are able to express.”

Kimball has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, Chicago, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois. She taught on many college campuses and also is certified to teach art in secondary schools. Her work is in collections at Columbia College, the Henry Ford Library and the Ukrainian Museum of Contemporary Art. Her earlier book was a novel, “Three in a Cage.”

Squeaky Wheel

The Squeaky Wheel reading is at La Rueda coffee house in San Juan Cosalá (a block west of Viva Mexico restaurant) on Wednesday, December 3, 3.15 p.m.
Reading this month are Kelly Hayes-Raitt, Bonnie Phillips, Melanie Conshue, Joan Warren, Shannon Conshue, Bob Drynan and Michael Warren.”

Meet the Writer

J. C. Romero, author of “Spirits In The Shadows ... Intriguing Ghosts Of Mexico,” will be featured at a new session of Meet the Writers at Oasis Cloud on Wednesday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.

The audience for the event has been limited to 35 attendees. To RSVP, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 765-3516.

Romero is a semi-retired archaeologist now living in Mexico after spending many years working in Egypt, where he says the “unexplainable” inside tombs and temples was nearly an everyday occurrence.

“Spirits In The Shadows ... Intriguing Ghosts Of Mexico” is a collection of ghost stories from various parts of Mexico. Here are some of the ghosts who have enjoyed Mexico for centuries, and who will probably take pleasure in being talked about for years to come.

Art Show ‘Hyena’

Multitalented artist Jose Melendrez will open “Hyena,” a show of his latest mixed media and art object pieces, Sunday, December 7, 6 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center.

Melendrez has created this innovative body of new work by using a variety of techniques that include acrylic, pastel, encaustic and three-dimensional painting.

Paint kids’ names

A two-day workshop will be presented by watercolor artist Linzy Roberts on Sunday, December 7 and Monday December 8, from 1-4 p.m. at La Bella Vida, Constitucion 6, Ajijic.

Using Roberts’ unique and whimsical alphabet, participants will be able to create their own work of art for the special child in their lives.

The cost is 500 pesos and includes all materials. There is limited space. Call Roberts at (376) 763-5083 for more details.

Jasmine’s Classic India

A concert of classical ragas is scheduled Sunday, December 7, 1 p.m. at Jasmine’s Classic India at Parroquia 12A across from the Ajijic plaza. Performing the traditional music will be Maestro Michael Robbins with his students: Juan Castanon, sarode; Efrain Moreno, tablas; Gil Ramos, bass; Nachito and Victor Garcia, violins.