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At last! Jimmy Ray Lives!

By Carol Wheeler

No more waiting! Saturday, February 4, is the day of the rapturous, highly anticipated Grand Opening of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray, at 1pm in La Cieneguita, on the grounds of Casa de las Ranas, the much-photographed home of Anado McLauchlin and Richard Schultz, featured in magazines from Manhattan to Beijing.

Art opening: The Chapel of Jimmy Ray. Sat, Feb 4, 1-5pm. Casa de las Ranas, La Cieneguita. For directions email Visit

Everyone is invited to the Inaugural Exhibit, featuring the irreverent constructions of Anado himself, in a body of work entitled “Installed Poetry: Assemblages from the Major Arcana of the Tarot,” as well as the work of internationally acclaimed artist photographer Spencer Tunick, who is known for his large “photographic installations” of nudes all over the planet. He will be exhibiting 30 never-before-shown photos taken on the streets of Mexico City in the early mornings of January 2009.

The entire installation—three buildings lavished both outside and in with paint, broken glass, mirrors, mosaics and the glowing colors of over 20,000 recycled bottles—is the creation of Anado and his crew. And the chapel itself is dedicated to Anado’s mythical muse, Jimmy Ray.

Guests will be arriving from all over Mexico and the world for this event. Costumed actors from the experimental theater troupe Cartaphilus Teatro of Mexico City will add to the excitement by appearing in the compound in various unexpected ways.

So, to see this dazzling display of artistic endeavor for yourself, jump in a cab and tell the driver to go to the church in La Cieneguita, then bear right up the hill around the church to the event itself (if you’re driving yourself, know that parking will be available). Anado can be contacted at for more detailed directions. And if looking at art installations makes you hungry, you can satisfy your appetite at the Hierbabuena Cocina, San Miguel’s gourmet food truck, which will be on hand selling its goodies.

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