“Amor y Sexo” art show and demonstration, a one-time only event

By Henry Vermillion

Live nude artist’s models. An exhibit of erotic and romantic paintings. An opportunity to help paint and complete a large painting of a nude. Live music, food and drink from some of San Miguel de Allende’s leading restaurants: all of this and more in a pastoral garden setting close to the heart of San Miguel. These are some of the treats in store for guests at the unique “Amor y Sexo” art show, which will be held at callejón Chepito 22 from 3 to 6pm on Sunday, March 17.

Art
“Amor y Sexo”
Erotic and romantic paintings
Sun, Mar 17, 3-6pm
Callejón Chepito 22

The show is for art collectors, artists, and anyone who wants to enjoy an art-filled afternoon in a beautiful setting.

The idea for the show was hatched months ago at a reunion party of seven well-known San Miguel painters who had taken part in a lavish and successful exhibit in León the previous September. The artists are Cristina Alfaro, Juan Ezcurdia, Javier González, Cat Grall (who is the hostess for the event), Mario Oliva, Henry Vermillion and Britt Zaist.

The artists will draw or paint from live artist’s models during the event; guests who want to draw or paint are invited to do so, or may simply watch the art process. In addition, a large prepared canvas will be set up and visitors are invited to help finish the painting of a nude figure on it. The finished painting will be sold by silent auction at the show. The proceeds will be donated to an animal protection nonprofit group.

What will the display of paintings look like? Obviously, each artist’s style is different. Some will not be of the figure. Many are subtle. There may be a suggestive landscape. Many involve the nude figure. Some will be more romantic than erotic. Prices will be more than reasonable.

Both Western and Eastern art have strong traditions which go back more than two thousand years of the depiction of love and of sexual themes. Love is universal. Unfortunately, in the past hundred years or so, these themes have been more easily treated by the films than by painters. We don’t now live in a romantic age, and sexual matters are mostly stigmatized. This show is, on the contrary, a celebration of both love and sexuality.

To go the event, proceed up Cuesta de San José, the dividing street between the Balcones and Atascadero neighborhoods. Callejón Chepito is the narrow alley leading off to the right just before the shrine of the Cross-of the Traveler. Signs and balloons will be posted. Chepito 22 is almost a hundred meters along the passageway, and is on the left. Parking is limited on Cuesta de San José, so a taxi ride might be advisable.

 

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