Art students’ work available as cards
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Paintings by the students of La Biblioteca art classes have been transformed into cards, which could make an ideal Christmas gift. Through the sale of these cards the painting workshop at La Biblioteca could become self-sustaining.
Printing of the cards began in 2011 with the event Pinceladas (Brushstrokes), which had the goal of collecting funds to support the art workshops that the Biblioteca offered for free to San Miguel children. In addition to raising money, the purpose of the cards “is to show the work of the talented students that we have at La Biblioteca and support their creativity,” commented Julieta Moreno, art director.
Cards for every occasion are being printed, such as for Day of the Dead, Independence Day and Christmas. Moreno said that “the selected works represent an achievement for the workshop in the development of the creative expression of the students, which can be celebrated with the purchase of these cards.” In addition, Moreno commented, “These cards have an impressive creative quality. If someone has ideas, time, materials, books or any other donation that can be useful for the workshop. The workshop has huge potential, but we need people’s help to make it grow.” The cards can be purchased at La Tienda in La Biblioteca or at the front desk of the Teatro Santa Ana for 10 pesos each.
Daniel Beltrán is a 14-year-old student in the painting workshop; his cards, according to his teacher, Irineo Muñoz, “are very creative and colorful” and are some of the most requested. Daniel commented that when his mother enrolled him in a summer course at the Biblioteca, “I did not even like painting, but later I discovered that I was talented, and two years ago I enrolled in regular classes.” He added that he is most often asked: “Where do you get all this imagination, and what is your inspiration?” His answer is: “I cannot answer because I don’t even know. For the catrina on the postcard for the Day of the Dead I got inspiration from a mural by Diego Rivera. I think that I just did not like the dress, so I made some changes.” Another of his paintings, also reproduced on a card, depicts children breaking a piñata. About that scene he commented, “I painted this because the Christmas parties and the piñatas are very colorful.”