Wrap up some art & whimsy this holiday season

By Ernesto Pérez

Forget fruit cake, cookies and ceramic snowman vases—what you need is creativity that is original, whimsical, often wearable and handmade in San Miguel de Allende—and, the best part: you can buy it without getting paint on your hands or pins in your fingers!

8th Annual Art & Whimsy Holiday Sale
Sat, Dec 14, and Sun, Dec 15, 11am-5pm
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
La Cieneguita
With artists and designers Anado McLauchlin and Patrice Wynne

Impressively imaginative gift buying—the kind guaranteed to place you in the “Gift Givers Hall of Fame”—is delightful and easy! Artists and designers Anado McLauchlin and Patrice Wynne invite you to the 8th Annual Art and Whimsy Holiday Sale, Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, from 11am to 5pm, at The Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. Featured in the New York Times, this artful location is an experience of vibrant colors, whimsy, artistic pizzazz and cool, located in La Cieneguita, only 10 minutes outside San Miguel.

The weekend happening includes the best of Made by Anado, featuring the magical creations of Anado, whose dazzling furniture and mosaic tile installations have been featured in dozens of extraordinary San Miguel homes and exhibited on most continents. McLauchlin delights in stirring up a gumbo of all that is creative, joyful, sacred, profane and adorned. A visionary artist and creator of inspired outsider art, he creates collectable jewelry, art t-shirts, shrines, altars, mirrors, furniture and note cards. Anado’s art pieces infuse beauty into the ordinary and enliven any place in your home with playfulness. In addition, McLauchlin and his partner, art historian Richard Schultz, known as the Brothers Groove, will introduce you to their family of burros: Lolita, Cleopatra and Barbarella.

The Holiday Sale is also featuring the best of Abrazos Boutique, Patrice’s destination store, a feast for the senses filled with original Mexican themed home wares and clothing, located at Zacateros 24. Inspired by the traditions of Mexico and passionate about Mexican color and style, Wynne opened Abrazos in 2010 to showcase her award-winning collection of aprons, handbags, men’s shirts and ties, bathrobes, baby bibs and más. She uses imported fine cotton textiles printed with iconic Mexican images such as Día de Muertos skeletons, Frida Kahlo portraits, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lotería, Chili Peppers and Corazones. The Abrazos Collection is sold in museums and boutiques throughout Mexico and the world. Everything at Abrazos is made locally under fair trade practices by San Miguel seamstresses, providing economic opportunities for the women and encouraging their talents to flourish.

This is also a chance to visit the Chapel of Jimmy Ray — a phantasmagoria of glass, tile, mosaics, color and visionary imagination — a never-ending work of art, known internationally for festive performance art celebrations and outsider exhibitions. No matter how many times you’ve visited, you will always see something new and surprising.

As those of you know who have visited before, every event held here is a party — so get in the holiday spirit and bring your family and friends! If you are coming by car, get directions from the website: http://www.chapelofjimmyraygallery.com/. Park at the base of the church and walk up the right, past the donkeys and gardens to the happiest place in San Miguel. Oh yes, and cookies will be served!


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