Another Opening! Another Show! The Chapel of Jimmy Ray presents ZOA

By Carol Wheeler, photo by David McKenzie

San Miguel’s most exotic, most thrilling, most out-of-the-way gallery is having its first big 2013 opening on Saturday, January 26, from 1 to 5pm. The show is called ZOA and it presents the work of three major San Miguel artists–Zoe Siegel, Oscar Martinez Heredia, and Anado McLauchlin–all together at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray in La Cieneguita (not really so hard to get to–last year 1500 people showed up for one opening; more than half that for another). Obviously, openings at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray gallery are as much community events as art openings, but the art promises to be quite exciting on its own.

Art Opening
ZOA: Three Artists
Sat, Jan 26, 1-5pm
Zoe Siegel, Oscar Martinez Heredia, Anado McLauchlin
Chapel of Jimmy Ray, La Cieneguita

Zoe Siegel’s latest work is wall sculpture inspired “by the human body… particularly the interior of the body–spines, bones and baby teeth…,” as Zoe puts it. For this show, she uses wire, paper, wax and plaster to ethereal and wondrous effect. Plaster over Styrofoam forms the backbone of the sculptures. As she describes it, “other materials emerge, pierce, or are supported by the plaster base.”

Oscar, it is said, can do anything–his work is extremely diverse. This time he’s showing sculpture and drawing. According to Oscar, “the sculpture is made of transparent plastic tape” and “the drawings are inspired by the sculpture.” To Oscar, the material he’s using is “like a halo, like an identical copy of itself, like the ozone layer to planet earth.” His previous work is in many collections and exhibitions, both inside and outside Mexico.

Anado, at whose compound the Chapel of Jimmy Ray is located, needs no introduction to many both here and abroad. His house, which he shares with Richard Schultz, his husband, is known as Casa de las Ranas, and has been featured in many international periodicals including the New York Times, where Joyce Wadler called it “gorgeous.” Even the exterior is definitely worth a trip. Anado’s work, which takes color beyond color as most know it, will add to the show “assemblages, mirrors, jewelry and maybe a kitchen sink,” he says, adding, “You never know.” He does promise some surprises but he refuses to reveal in advance what they might be.

Refreshments at the opening will again be offered by Hierbabuena Food Truck with Jennifer Posner and Gaby Green, whose enticing cuisine has been feeding sanmiguelenses and particularly Jimmy Ray opening attendees for a while now, to great applause and much lip-smacking.

For directions to the ZOA event, email It’s just a little way out of town, it’s easy to take a taxi, and there actually is a bus to La Cieneguita, too.


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