by Suzanne Ludekens
Photos by Kate McKenna www.kmckenna.com
The path to wonderland led directly to Cieneguita last Saturday for the inauguration of the bejeweled kaleidoscopic gallery, the Chapel of Jimmy Ray. More than 1,500 devotees of art, beauty and inspiration came to pay homage, and enjoy the best party of the year, at Anado McLauchlin and Richard Schultz’s Casa de las Ranas.
Art and party lovers, the curious and the skeptical, friends and strangers were totally captivated by the event where spirit and imagination exploded in color, light and form.
The outrageously colorful Chapel of Jimmy Ray officially opened with the fabulous “City Dwellers” photo series by special guest photographer Spencer Tunick and host Anado McLauchlin’s “Installed Poetry,” a collection of shamanic installation pieces. An unprecedented 40 pieces were sold!
More than 30 performance artists from the Mexico City based Cartaphilus Teatro brought fantasy to life in their interpretations of ‘living statues’. Angels, devils and other creatures of whimsy delighted all as they wove their ethereal presence through the crowds.
Traditional ribbon cutting was abandoned for the presentation of the Jimmy Ray mojiganga which was ceremoniously exploded! “They asked me if I wished to keep it, but I said no. Blow it up! This life is all about impermanence,” said Anado. Mistress of Ceremonial Revelry Patrice Wynne and Maestra of Magical Music Klaudia Oliver then kept revelers in high spirits on the dance floor until the late afternoon.
For photographer Kate McKenna it was a photographer´s dream. “It didn't matter what corner you turned, there was color, energy and magic to delight and entice the heart and the eye. I was delighted when Anado asked me to be one of the official photographers (with Michael Sudheer) and immediately said "yes." But, honestly, I had no idea that it would turn out to be such a deeply moving experience. I am so glad I had my camera because it left me speechless.”
So was there a highlight to a day that was filled with so much life? For Anado; “The highlight was seeing the people’s faces and their reaction to art that was outside the box and to an environment that was drenched in wonder.”
The Chapel is scheduled to have three shows per year and will continue to develop and embellish as time passes.
The Chapel is open by appointment only, call 155-8044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.