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Ribera Arts Review - February 14, 2015

Dual Show

Local photographer Jill Flyer and painter/sculptor Navarro Tadeo are sharing the spotlight for two weeks in a special dual show that opened on Friday, February 13 in Galeria Sol Mexico at Colón 13 in Ajijic. 

While Lakesiders are well acquainted with Flyer’s Mexican-themed photography, she has also received acclaim in U.S. exhibits, competitions and magazines. This show features a number of new works in black and white as well as color, including some gicle prints on canvas. During this show she has selected work to offer at discounted prices. 

Tadeo’s exciting work has been described as being created with a pre-Columbian essence that is transformed with contemporary elements. He brings symbolism-filled vision with unique sculpture and paintings full of style and color. His 40-year career has been replete with acclaim and honors. He was singled out by a presidential committee as one of Mexico’s most promising artists. He latest tribute came in 2014 when he represented Mexico in Paris.

Art Exhibit

The Lake Chapala Painting Guild’s new collection of oils, acrylics, pastels, water colors, collages and mixed media works will open at the Ajijic Cultural Center with a Friday, February 14 celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. The show will remain in the center on the Ajijic plaza through Wednesday, February 25.

Jocotepec Show

Antonio López Vega is displaying a new show of paintings and ceramics entitled Persecución del Tiempo de del Ocaso (Persecution of Time and of Dusk). The show opens Saturday, February 14, 7 p.m. in the Casa de Cultura de Jocotepec with live music and cocktails to toast the artist and his success.  


Showstoppers 10, the exciting presentation of music from Broadway to the movies -and even an original composition - is set for Sunday, February 15 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar. The bar opens at 3 p.m. with the show starting at 4 p.m.

During this annual event there’s tons of new talent on deck, including guest instrumentalists, and works that are accompanied by piano, cello, acoustic bass, guitar, saxophone and flute.

Pick up tickets at Mia’s Boutique or Diane Pearl Colecciones.

ECA Craft Fair

There’ll be great deals on locally produced arts and crafts at Expo Chapala Artesenal (ECA), planned for the town’s waterfront malecón from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no entrance fee to the public. 

Exhibition booths lined up in the area of the Zalate de Feliza – the landmark ficus tree growing just outside the Beer Garden – will feature sales displays of clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, hand-loomed textiles, leather goods, decorative items and hand-crafted knickknacks made in ceramics, wrought-iron, stone and corn husks, along with regional culinary specialties and original art works.

Lakeside Little Theatre

“The Night Of The Iguana” by Tennessee Williams opens at the Lakeside Little Theatre on Friday, February 20 and runs through Sunday, March 1. 

Directed by Dave McIntosh, this classic drama is set in Mexico in the 1940s.  Starring Patrick O’Neal, Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton, the play opened on Broadway in 1961. It was nominated for a Tony Award for best play, and Leighton won the Tony for best actress.

Tickets for the local production are 225 pesos, and available by calling the box office at (376) 766-0954, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on February 18 and 19, and during those hours during the run of the show. 

Art in the City

The Jocotepec Municipal Department of Art, Culture and Tradition is organizing a free trip for area residents who want to attend to the Saturday, February 21 event which officially closes the Georg Rauch exhibit in the Government Palace in Guadalajara. 

Working with the assistance of Phyllis Rauch and Valentina Cano, the local governmental agency has arranged for a bus to leave from the Jocotepec plaza at 2:30 p.m. and return from Guadalajara at about 7 p.m. 

CARES Concert

The great-grandson of a Mexican foundling who grew to be a lawyer, scientist, liberal politician, Michoacán governor and national hero will perform in Ajijic to a sell-out crowd on Saturday, February 28, when Ajijic CARES, a new HIV/AIDS awareness program, hosts ”Red Hot and Wild.” 

Vince Martinez is the descendant of Melchior Ocampo, who served as minister of the interior under President Benito Juarez and for whom Jalisco’s neighboring state was renamed Michoacán de Ocampo. The Ocampo family left Mexico for Texas as exiles in the 1800s. 

Martinez began singing professionally at age 16 and has received a number of awards and titles. He has performed in a variety of venues and locations including his hometown of Dallas and to his most avid fans in Branson, Missouri. As he is doing with this Ajijic CARES show, Martinez has supported his Dallas community with extensive charity work, including HIV/AIDS events.

For more information on Ajijic CARES and upcoming educational projects and fundraisers, email Bobby Lancaster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (376) 766-4267.

Folk Dance

The Ballet Folclorico de Ixtlahuacan will perform typical regional dances, some audience favorites and others new to the troupe, during their Sunday, March 8, noon performance at the Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago. 

To keep their repertoire fresh and the dances authentic, these well-known performers  visit various regions of Mexico to investigate the local dances. In addition to watching the dance, they research it by talking to historians, town elders and using area archives for authentic dress.

Tickets for the March event are 150 pesos for side seats in the auditorium, 200 pesos for center seating. Tickets are available at the auditorium and SuperLake. Proceeds from the performance will be used for costumes and to fund the troupe’s future investigative endeavors.

New exhibit

“Seen in La Manzanilla,” an exhibit featuring the work of Carol Lopez, a Canadian painter based in Vancouver and the Mexican coastal village of La Manzanilla, will open in the Ajijic studio of Efren Gonzalez on Saturday, February 21 and remain up until Friday, March 6. 

Because Lopez feels the gifts and experiences that accompany artistic talent are balanced  by the responsibility to build a better team and to share in our communities, she taught painting in public schools and continuing education programs and currently  hosts an artists’ support and critique group in La Manzanilla. 

The Saskatchewan-born artist lived in other parts of Canada and the West Indies. Her extensive travels have led to art residencies in Hawaii, Bulgaria, Virginia, and Mexico, where she now spends the winters. 

To see more of the artist’s work, visit carollopez.com. Questions can be answered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.

Ajijic Society of the Arts Open Studio Tours

During the well-attended Ajijic Society of the Arts Open Studio Tours on February 7 and 8, local textile artists Gethyn Soderman, a quilt artist, and Andrea Steell modeled two of the chic garments Steell crafts from Japanese fabrics at one of the nearly two dozen featured studios. Some of the proceeds from this event will go toward the Children’s Art Program which meets each Saturday at the Lake Chapala Society.