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Guadalupe artists open their studios to the public

By Susan Dorf

There are many ways to view art in San Miguel. Galleries abound, new art shows and exhibits open every day, along with art walks and art fairs.

Guadalupe Open Studios
Studios of the artists of colonia Guadalupe
Sat and Sun, Feb 1–2, 11am–5pm
Colonia Guadalupe

But there is nothing quite like the experience of stepping inside an artist’s studio and getting a glimpse behind the scenes of what goes into the creative process. Open Studios events invite you to actually smell the paint, check out the workspaces, see works in progress, and talk to the actual artists about their processes and inspiration. It is a way to support the arts in your community, and a chance to view and purchase art directly from the artists themselves.

On February 1 and 2, ten accomplished artists in colonia Guadalupe will open their doors so that you can do just that. Guadalupe Open Studios is an artist-organized event that welcomes locals and visitors to come and see the creative process at work and experience first-hand a rare glimpse into the artistic diversity of our community.

On this well-marked self-guided tour, you can visit painters and printmakers, photographers and ceramicists, jewelers, comic and textile artists.

Here is sneak peek of some of the art you can see on the Guadalupe Open Studios tour:

The whimsical paintings of Diane Varney, a self-taught artist with university degrees in botany, whose art style is influenced by the cultures of the world.

Exquisite silver jewelry made by Karen Wight, who celebrates the human body in sculpted figures of bronze and resin and in oil paintings.

The unique photographs of Lulu Torbet, whose subjects range from the tarpaulins in the open markets and banged-up cars to images reflected in car windows and “found” still-lifes that mix photos with flowers and layers of painted glass.

Janelle Pietrzak’s photographs resemble dark fantasies that feature ghosts, spirits and goddesses. Her unusual images are created in camera, without the use of Photoshop. Janelle will be showing new work taken at the ex-Hacienda Jaral de Berrios, Mexico’s largest historical hacienda.

Painter and printmaker Susan Dorf is known for her colorful, richly layered acrylic and mixed media paintings, as well as hand-colored linocut prints, inspired by nature and by the colors and imagery of Mexico, filtered through her own whimsical imagination.

Isis Rodriguez will be showing comics and figurative work. She is currently illustrating a bilingual spiritual comic book called Niñají that celebrates indigenous values for a modern world.

Also the works of many more talented artists, including the ceramic tiles and mosaic calaca tabletops of Colleen Sorenson, organizer of the Muros en Blanco street art project, and Joy Wesson’s unique hand-painted canvas floor cloths will be part of the tour.

Here’s how to participate in the Guadalupe Open Studios tour:

Pick up a free map—you can find them in the January 31 issue of Atención, or in various businesses, including our generous local business sponsors, who are listed on our colorful posters. Follow the numbered map and look for the gold signs and arrows on the artists’ studio entrances. Volunteers will be available to guide you.

Along your route, check out the stunning murals from the Muros en Blanco Project and browse the local shops of colonia Guadalupe, such as El Pato art supplies and Luna de Miel. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant, such as Via Organica, Gombo’s, Hansen’s, or Media Naranja. You’ll soon see why Guadalupe is considered the Arts District of San Miguel. The artists of Guadalupe welcome you!

Visit our Facebook page to see more info and samples of Guadalupe Open Studios artists’ work at


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