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The bold and the ephemeral

By Kathleen Cammarata

Kathleen Cammarata, one of San Miguel de Allende’s most non-promotional artistic treasures, opens her stunning glass and steel studio the first Sunday of the month to exhibit her work and showcase other artists’ works. Cammarata’s work stands tall on its own, but because of her generosity of spirit, she promotes other artists’ works.

Kathleen Cammarata’s Open Studio
Sun, Nov 3, 1-4pm
Esperanza Studio
Alameda 6
Col. San Antonio

Cammarata breathes art. She says she does not know where her visions come from. They just appear in the middle of the night or in the process of picking up a brush. It defies my art historian experience to direct you to other artists for comparison; she is just that original. She is a natural in that she is primarily self-taught. Perhaps it is the “Mozart Syndrome” where nature trumps nurture. But early notice of her gift gave Cammarata the impetus and drive to nurture her natural gift.

It is a fool’s task to try to describe Cammarata’s work, like using words to make music, but worth a modest effort. She will open your eyes to another universe of her creative vision. If you are looking for easily recognizable comforting images, forget it. You will enter a world of profound originality.

Adjectives would most likely be dreamy, mysterious, sensual, organic, and other-worldly. Cammarata uses the human body often as a springboard for further embellishment and exploration. She celebrates the sensual female body in drawings and mixed media on paper and moves seamlessly into utterly abstract forms.

Cammarata’s major works are large oils on canvas with stunning use of color, contrast and elegiac form. One senses the mysterious underworld of the oceans, the unknown world of the universe, and the organic mysteries of life itself. The work is visually explosive.

This coming Sunday, November 3, Kathleen generously opens her studio again to another fellow artist, this time jeweler Roberto Buchanan from neighboring Guanajuato. Buchanan is originally from Argentina and has exhibited his fine and original jewelry in Argentina, Peru and Mexico. He is a craftsman par excellence. Cammarata herself owns a piece of Buchanan’s work.

Buchanan’s jewelry is exquisitely delicate and ephemeral. He works mostly in silver and sometimes in copper and wood, adding semi-precious jewels sparingly, which punctuate his geometry of pattern. He insists on each work having its own personality and soul. His words describe his vision and method best: “My jewelry is mainly characterized by the inquiry into the beauty through design, originality and creating unique pieces.

Made entirely by hand, the pieces are the result of the combination of different materials, mainly silver, copper and different woods.

In each piece there is a new universe; no piece is the same as another. Each piece is a product of its memento, of the combination of its elements, and also of the unpredictable reaction of the forms on the metal.”


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