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Ribera Arts Review - October 31, 2015

Day of Dead Art

Victor Alcazar joins ten artists at to show 20 Day of the Dead works at Studio 18 Art. The exhibit’s opening reception is on Friday, October 30, 5-7 p.m.

“(Day of the Dead) is a topic that has always impassioned me,” says Alcazar. “Emotions are high at this time. I try to put my feelings into my art.” 

Emerging Artists 

Chapala en Vivo and Restaurante La Mesa are co-sponsoring an exhibit of sculptures, photographs, paintings and prints by nine emerging artists from Guadalajara and Mexico City on Saturday, October 31, 5 p.m. at the restaurant. 

Santiago Baeza selected the works to demonstrate the quality and range of these young artists.

Restaurant La Mesa is at Carretera Poniente 19-A in Ajijic.

ASA Show & Sale

The Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) is doing an instant replay of last weekend’s postponed fall themed show and plaza sale, Marcia Lavender, the group’s co-president, has announced. 

“In all its long history the organization has never postponed an event due to bad weather,” Lavender said. “But when a local alert announced that the Ajijic Cultural Center had been named the primary emergency evacuation center last weekend, we changed our plans and waited out the storm.”

The rescheduled ASA fall show will be hung on Saturday, October 31 and remain in place until Saturday, November 7. The inauguration cocktail celebration is from 3 to 5 p.m. 

ASA members will display and sell their work in the Ajijic plaza on Sunday, November 1 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

Benefits for chapel repairs

Two excellent cultural events are on the calendar to raise funds to help cover the cost of repairs for the San José Chapel in La Floresta that was severely damaged last month by a flash flood.

Young musicians at the local CREM music school are appearing in concert Sunday, November 1, 4:30 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center. The price of admission is a donation of 100 pesos at the door.

The Tierra y Libertad folkdance troupe joins the cause with a benefit show scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 6 p.m., at the Auditorio de La Ribera. Tickets are on sale at the auditorium box office, Yoly’s Unisex Salon, Papelería Hidalgo, SuperLake and the San Andrea parish office, priced at 150 pesos for seating in the center section, 100 pesos for side seats. 

Collaborated Art Journals

ASA’s November meeting speaker, artist and educator Candace Spence, has worked in many mediums while teaching adults and children for more than 25 years. 

During the Monday, November 2, 10:30 a.m. meeting at La Bodega Restaurant, she will present the concepts she developed for two lakeside collaborated art journal projects. Each workshop included 10 to 12 area artists who learned to make their own blank art journal and then use it to inspire creativity and extend their personal artistic endeavor.

Spence’s commissioned art pieces include a 5 ft x 20 ft hand painted glazed tile mural for a California animal hospital, a mural for an elementary school in Slidell, Louisiana, posters, and a number of event and corporate logos. 

Spence was the director of four private preschools, founded a children’s art camp in San Diego, taught art in several U.S. private schools and art workshops at the children’s museums in Escondido, California; Providence, Rhode Island and New Orleans.

After moving to lakeside with her husband, Bob Klug, she has presented several workshops in gyotaku, a traditional Japanese method of printing with fish, a practice which dates to the mid-1800s. Once used by fishermen to record their catches, it has now become an art form. 

Spence and Klug own Casa Dulce Apartments in Chapala, where they have lived since 2006. 

LLT Auditions

Director Lynn Phelan has issued a call for four women and two men to audition for the upcoming production of “Good People,” a drama by David Lindsay-Abaire, to be presented at the Lakeside Little Theatre Friday January 15 through Sunday, January 24. 

Auditions are being held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. 

Phelan is issuing a special invitation to non-Caucasian actresses to participate in this play. 

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The Lakeside Little Theatre welcomes and encourages anyone interested in acting, new or experienced, to attend auditions for this or any of the season’s plays.

6th Annual Show

Galeria de Arte Axixic hosts a collective show each November for a dozen local artists. 

Each year gallery owner Jesus Lopez Vega strives to bring together some of the most representative artists at lakeside. 

 “This year’s group comprises come of the best work we’ve ever hung in my studio,” says Lopez Vega. “Some lakeside artists have a huge trajectory and visitors to the show this year will see many different kinds of media.” 

One of Lopez Vega’s new pieces is called “Alcansame si puedes” (“Catch me if you can”). The work is done in encaustic on wood in a style he terms magical realism or surrealist, and is a satire on the Day of the Dead tradition.

The show’s inauguration party is on Friday, November 6. from 3-8 p.m. and will feature music, cocktails and botanas (appetizers). Galeria de Arte Axixic is at Rio Zulu 1.

Among other artists featured are Isidro Xilonsochitl, Antonio Lopez Vega, Xill Fessenden, Judy Dykstra-Brown, Pat Apt, Major Tomas Benton, and Dan Williams.  

The Beatles Garden Fete

A special fund raiser for cancer patients at lakeside and in other villages will feature dynamite Guadalajara group Garden Fete, preforming a sure to please tribute to the Beatles at the Auditorio de la Ribera del Lago on Friday, November 6, 7 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by two new area organizations, La Organizacion y Siendo de Vida and Complice. Both are dedicated to tending to cancer patients, making sure they have the equipment, care and medications they need. Tickets for the center section are 200 pesos. Seats in the side sections are priced at 150 pesos. Tickets are available at the auditorium. For additional information about the concert or about the groups which also provide educational materials for patients and families, call (33) 1602-1420.  

Tango, Salsa, Danzon

Tango masters Anita and Juan Rosa will present a hot, glamorous program of tango dancing on Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorio de la Ribera. The program also includes danzon with Armando and Rita and salsa with Anita de Cuba. The music will be live and the instruments will be native to the the dances. Tickets at the auditorium or Diane Pearl Colecciones are 170 pesos, 200 on the day of the show.

Paint Out Ajijic

According to members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild, spectators are being recruited for the all-new “Paint Out Ajijic” event on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The interested onlookers can keep an eye on the artists who will paint in the vicinity of the Ajijic pier. 

At the end of the day, the painters will return with their finished work to the Creperie – the side annex of Restaurant Marie Isabel Viejo Posada near the pier. There the judges will take over while the artists and audience indulge in the Creperie’s menu specials and two-for-one margaritas, beer or wine. The observers will also be invited to participate in a vote for the People’s Choice award. Once the awards are presented at 3 p.m., the works will be available for purchase until 5 p.m. 

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