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La Aurora celebrates eight wonderful years!

By Melanie Harris de Maycotte

One reason February is eagerly awaited by the residents and frequent visitors of San Miguel is the highly anticipated Aurora Anniversary Party, when the Aurora gallery and shop owners show their best-of-the-year shows and merchandise, chill the party beverages and  welcome the gracious community who will energize another great year.

Eighth anniversary of Fábrica La Aurora. Sat, Feb 4, 6-9pm. Fábrica La Aurora

A little history on the Fábrica

The Fábrica La Aurora wasn’t always the fabulous center for art and design that it is today.  The original textile mill was built in the year 1902 below “Las Colonias” dam, which supplied the water necessary to generate electricity for the manufacturing of the premium cotton textile known  as “manta” in Mexico. During this time, Fábrica La Aurora was the main source of jobs in San Miguel de Allende, to the degree that practically every sanmiguelense has a family member who worked at the factory. Those of us who were privileged to have lived in San Miguel prior to March 11, 1991, when the mill  closed its doors, remember the distinct sound of the whistle that would echo over town to mark the beginning and end of the work day.

It is fascinating to walk down the main corridor where photographs taken during the previous era illustrate the great changes the Fabrica has experienced over the decades and at the same time starkly contrast with the spaces as they are encountered today.

The 8th Anniversary Party

As the public has come to expect, the Aurora galleries take the opportunity of the Anniversary Party to debut great new shows. In the Santiago Corral Gallery, which will be celebrating its third anniversary, will be a new show of  landscapes and still lifes, Pinturas y cartones. In Galería/Atelier,  the public will be treated to a show-stopping installation and exhibit by  Zoë Siegel, Circles and Lines — a truly exceptional showing of  imaginative paper and wire sculptures in two and three dimensions. Another great opening will be at the studio turned gallery space of Peter Leventhal and Terra Mizwa of Mizwa’s most recent paintings. In Alquimia 4, there will be new work by jewelry artist Lila Parrilla and sculptor Victor Hugo Núñez, as well as two new additions to the gallery in the work of Mari Jose Marín and Luis Felipe de La Torre. Moyshen The Gallery, is a new gallery that has opened where Goded used to be with a show titled Sueños furtivos del alma”/”The Soul’s furtive dreams, an individual exhibition by the artist Mónica Pérez. In Manuel Chacon’s gallery you can see new work by Enrique Guillen from his show Movimiento en Masas. In Kelley Vandiver’s gallery will be a show of spiritual icons by Mary Jane Miller.

The charitable thing to do

“Isabella &” a painting series to benefit the SPA (Society for the Protection of Animals) by local artist Michael Kibble will open at Aurora’s James Harvey Gallery during the Aurora Anniversary Party. All of the opening night’s profits will be donated to the charity and then 50% will be donated for the entire month. The 16 paintings all feature the artist’s pet shih tzu, Isabella, and a variety of famous personages from the Virgin of Guadalupe to Marilyn Monroe and even Lady Gaga. The very visible contributions of this charity to the animals of our city and pet owners inspired the artist to create this fun series.

The party starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm. Please remember that parking is limited so we suggest either carpooling or  walking or taking a taxi from town. Oh yes, & don’t forget your dancing shoes!

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