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Ribera Arts Review - May 8, 2015

ASA donation

Deena Hafker, president of the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA), recently  pledged 21,000 pesos for art supplies and materials for the weekly Children’s Art Program and a five-day summer art camp at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS). 

The presentation took place during the ASA meeting at Restaurant La Bodega on Monday, May 3.

ASA members raised the funds during the February 2015 Open Studios event co-coordinated by Barbara Passarello and Ken Caldwell. During a single weekend, area residents paid 50 pesos to visit 19 working art studios and to watch 49 artists at work. 

The ASA founded the Children’s Art Program. A large group of their artists spend most Saturday mornings volunteering to help the 75 or more local youngsters who show up at LCS to draw and paint.  

This weekly effort – and the summer camp scheduled July 20-25 – is under the direction of LCS coordinator Danielle Page. 

Children will attend daily ASA art camp sessions from 10 a.m. to noon from Monday through Friday, followed by a sale of the works they have created on Saturday, July 26, open to the public. 

ASA volunteers teach their chosen media during the daily sessions, allowing the children to dabble in jewelry, paper mache, watercolor and various other techniques. Although there is no charge to attend the camp, children must register in advance. More information is available from Page at 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.. 

Live Jazz and art sale

Black Coffee in Centro Laguna, on the corner of the Libramiento and the Carretera, is hosting a sale and exhibition of artwork to raise funds for children with special medical needs on Saturday, May 9. Although the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m., there will be live jazz at the cafe from noon until 1:30 p.m., including a welcoming cocktail.  The event is sponsored by the Fundacion Black Coffee Gallery.

Acoustic Guitar

The popular acoustic guitarist who performs under the stage name Xi U will keep the clientele at La Ruede Gallery-Coffee Shop singing along with his selection of ballads, rock Rumbas and folk music.  Calle Porfirio Diaz 120 in San Juan Cosala, Saturday, May 9, 9 p.m.

Volunteers of the Children’s Art Program

Volunteers of the Children’s Art Program gathered during a recent meeting of the Ajijic Society of the Arts at Restaurant La Bodega. Front, from left: Richard Warmowski, program director Francisco Urzúa Ines, Danielle Page, Arlene Warmowski. Second row: Javier Zaragoza, Ginger Washburn, Dan Williams. Back: Jesus Lopez Vega, Erin Blake-Knox, Jeri Van Dyke.

Guitar Series

Throughout May and June, talented students from the University of Guadalajara School of Music will be giving presentations in the ongoing guitar series at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) in Chapala. The recitals take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Entry is free. 

This is a great opportunity in the low season to see how much musical talent Mexico has to offer.  

The schedule is:

May 14: Gabriel Trejo Huerta

May 21: Alberto Castellanos

May 28: Hector Becera 

June 4: Paulina Aguilar

June 11:  Diana Sanchez Cruz

June 18: Eric Gonzalez