Living with Art

Melanie Harris Maycotte, gallery owner and curator, wrote of work by Ezshwan Winding: “What makes Ezshwan and her art so truly special is that she takes the necessary time to stop and feel the natural changes that are synonymous with life and living, and in turn, interprets them onto the canvas with fluid expressive spatula strokes that connect the viewer with the notion of the constancy of change.

 Living with Art, Ezshwan Winding, Sat, Jan 14, 5-8pm, Gallery One- Hannah Jarmain Art, Codo 1 

 The result is the tangible integration of her feelings by the viewer. Eschwan’s work is charged with the notion that a feeling or moment in space is fleeting.”

Works by Ezshwan Winding will be on display at Gallery One, Hannah Jarmain Art.

More information at or 121 0582.

  Happy. Thank you. More please!

By Eli Hans, photo by Joseph Bennett

Once again the Studio Space hosts an art benefit featuring the found object assemblages of Joseph Bennett. His work has been shown in galleries and museums the world over, and now is your chance to see his work in person.

Happy. Thank you. More please!,To benefit the SPA, Fri, Jan 13, 6-9pm, The Studio Space, Camino al Caracol 311, Free

 A portion of the proceeds will benefit Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPA) All are welcome to view the works for one night only, Friday, January 13, and vote for your favorite work in the show. His work has been called “surreal…magical…inviting…and a joy for one to behold.” Join us for an artist’s reception and help raise some much needed funds for the SPA! 

Susan Neulist, textiles and stitchery

By Susan Santiago

Fabric artist Susan Neulist is the special guest at the Magenta Gallery this month. Susan has always experimented and explored different media, in particular fabric and paper collage. Although she has been sewing for the past 25 years, her interest in working with textiles, fabrics, and printmaking was piqued by her participation in various workshops both in the US as well as here in San Miguel de Allende, where she has lived off and on for 10 years.

 Susan Neulist , Sun, Jan 15, 3-5pm, Magenta Gallery, Hidalgo 29


She is particularly drawn to the underlying geometry found throughout the natural world; often inspired by landscapes.

This show’s highlights feature combinations of texture and complementary colors with designs from nature.

For the past few months Susan and her husband, Richard, have traveled extensively throughout South America, and in addition to making her art, she has also concentrated on improving her Spanish.

More information or call 154-9498.

Ruben Morales more than naïf

By Misty Haskett

Morelian artist Ruben Morales returns to Bordello Galeria this month. Morales’ impressionist renderings of typical Mexican subjects may seem simple at first, but the combination of economy of marks and rich colors and light allow these seemingly naïve paintings to reveal a more complex and intentional piece of art.

 Ruben Morales, Sat, Jan 14, 6 to 8pm, Bordello Galería, Órganos 19, Free

 A former student of Morelia’s Bella Artes School, Morales says he rejected most of the traditional art education and learned more from other painters he met. He works from memory and imagination, capturing everyday life in Mexico in a striking way.

Morales regards Diego Rivera is his favorite painter, though only his subject matter reflects Rivera’s style; they both pay tribute to the common man and woman. But Morales’ impressionist works are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera’s.

Morales, 65, says, “I try to create a feeling or emotion, maybe portraying melancholy or sadness.” He does this through faceless subjects in everyday situations; a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane or a girl washing clothes. The mood is evoked with simple gesture, posture, and color applied in broad strokes.

Still a simple man with simple ways, Morales sells most of his work on the street in Morelia, and despite significant outsider acclaim, his work continues to be fresh, and affordable.

He has been shown in Uruguay and in the well-known state-sponsored Mexican collectiva Casa de Artesanias in Morelia. Most recently he received award-winning recognition at the Salon International des Createurs du Siele in France.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’ work in 1996 and has since collected many of his oil paintings. She recently “discovered” him again on a trip to Morelia and invited him to exhibit at her guesthouse gallery in San Miguel.

The “Bordello Galeria” is so named because it is located in the main sala of Madam Turca’s Casa de la Noche, where notorious “ladies of the evening” once made their living.

Showings will be by appointment or chance.

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