The Art of Love: Art for Love

By Margaret Failoni

Of all the different loves, what greater love than that for your fellow man? For many years artists have been sought out to donate their work for charity fundraisers and seldom have they refused. The generosity of the art community is well known and once again they have been approached for art donations, and this time around it is to benefit CASA. Original works: sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints will be donated in full, for an art sale which will take place in the Espacio Carral at the Aurora Design Center from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14, St. Valentine’s Day. All the works will have the “love” theme and the artists have been requested to keep within the measurement of 50×50 centimeters, allowing collectors to purchase small but major works. The list of participants is daunting, with artists from Mexico City and San Miguel: Ana Quiroz (whose work is now on view in Mexico City’s Chopo Museum), Betsabé Romero (who was last seen in the Hotel Matilda mega exhibition dedicated to this artist), Antonio Ortiz Gritón (work donated by the Florencia Riestre Gallery), Marilo Carral (who lends us her space for the occasion), Marisa Boullosa and Georgina Quintana (who open a show at the Toy Museum in a few weeks), Maite Herrera Lasso, Rodrigo de la Serra, Eduardo Silva, Siobahn O’Donaghue, Ana Thiel, Edward Swift, Santiago Corral, Alejandro Rivera Leal, Martha Zavala, and Edgar Soberon. This is an extraordinary opportunity to spread the love around: help CASA and help yourselves to some great art.

Art benefit sale: The Art of Love: Art for Love, Benefiting CASA. Fri, Feb 10, 5-8pm (inauguration). Sat, Feb 11-Tue, Feb 14, 11-5pm. Espacio Carral, Fábrica La Aurora

Speaking of love, CASA has been working assiduously for 30 years to alleviate the suffering and better the living conditions of the San Miguel population, and now their altruistic endeavors and hard work are being appreciated throughout the Republic: from family planning to peer counseling for safe sex among the youth, the first midwifery school in Latin America, free and anonymous HIV blood testing, a hospital, school and daycare center, refuge, legal counseling and medical care for battered women. Their assistance stretches out to all walks of life. Without the generosity of volunteer workers and fundraisers it would be impossible to continue such a precious and valuable endeavor.

San Miguel enjoys the reputation of being an oasis of progressive thinking, of generosity and altruism (the largest number of NGOs in all of Mexico), and of artists and art lovers; this art sale is the perfect opportunity to step up to the bat and live up to this reputation.

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