The Shoes Are Coming

By Gigi Pfleghaar

Yes, the SHOES are coming! What do 30 of San Miguel de Allende’s most talented and respected artists have in common with Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell? They are using the shoe and its many connotations as inspiration for works of art! The end result – an exhibition entitled Art & Soles/Arte & Zapatos to take place on Sunday, March 10 from 3 to 6pm at Mariló Carral Espacio in Fabrica La Aurora.

Art & Soles
Sun, Mar 10, 3-6pm
Mariló Carral Espacio
Fábrica La Aurora
To benefit Anti-violence programs at CASA

This very special event includes an auction of the art as well as over 50 incredible raffle items and will benefit the important anti-violence programs of CASA.

What makes the shoe such an interesting subject for artists is that it is saturated with many human qualities, beginning with its structure: the tongue, eyes, throat, heel, breast and sole (spelling being overlooked). We can become deeply connected to our shoes, like people, as they are treasured, comfortable and dear to us… or abandoned, neglected, outgrown, replaced or forgotten. In short, shoes can represent us as individuals, a tribe or a culture, while also giving insight into our humanity or inhumanity; all of which is fertile ground for the creative mind and hand of the artist.

To link CASA with the shoe is a natural; CASA strives to eliminate domestic violence, step by step, through its many beneficial programs. The CASA-sponsored San Miguel Walk Against Domestic Violence celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 24 and raised funds to support three full-time psychologists in CASA’s Violence Prevention program, Previolencia.

CASA provides pro bono legal assistance to women, along with multiple peer teams, which have integrated violence prevention, awareness and referral services into their outreach programs. Additionally, CASA creates educational events dedicated to the eradication of domestic violence, as well as providing weekly support to groups in 10 rural communities.

Our talented artists include: Lena Bartula, Marisa Boullosa, Mariló Carral, Beatriz Casteñeda, Toller Cranston, Gretchen Deems, Ernesto Folch, Blanca Garcia, Gerry Gill, Joan Hall, Barbara Levine, Mary Lou Lipkin, Patricia Mahan, Kate McKenna, Anado McLauchlin, Beverly Moor, Victoria Pierce, Nan Reid, Zoë Siegel, Mariah Sirius, Maureen Smullen, Linda Soberman, Hope Swann, Lulu Torbet, Rosa Torres, Diane Varney, Karen Wight, Ezshwan Winding, Julie Zipp, and special selections from Skot Foreman Fine Art and Galeria Nudo.

The cost of this soulful event is 150 pesos, which includes two raffle tickets, a cocktail, hors d’oeuvres and sushi from Barushi Sushi catering. Advance tickets are available at La Conexión on Aldama and every Saturday at the Organic Market from 10am-1pm

So slip into your favorite shoes, kick up your heels, and join us for an event that must not be missed! Many thanks to the very generous collaboration between the art and business communities of San Miguel which have come together to make this all possible. And in the words of CASA volunteer Trish Snyder, “We are doing shoes for those who can’t walk away.”

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