Mujeres en Cambio art opening

By Judy Rosenthal, photos by Mary Quagliata and Fen Taylor

Mujeres en Cambio is trying something new, instead of a luncheon. On Wednesday, February 19, 4-7 pm, at the Pérgola Gallery in the Instituto Allende, we are sponsoring an art show of two outstanding local artists—Fen Lassell Taylor and Mary Quagliata. Thirty-five percent of all their sales will be a donation to the Mujeres en Cambio scholarship program.

Exhibit by Fen Lassell Taylor
and Mary Quagliata
To benefit Mujeres en Cambio
Wed, Feb 19, 4–7pm
Galería La Pérgola
Instituto Allende


Fen Taylor was born in Germany, immigrated to the US where she studied in the Boston area, and then moved to San Miguel. She has been a potter, a stage and costume designer and a leader of birdwalks for the San Miguel de Allende Audubon Society. She identifies her mentor as “the living natural world.” In her colorful oil paintings she aims to lead the eye on a visual adventure.

Fen Taylor supports Mujeres en Cambio because she believes that women are the world’s “most undervalued resource.” When her children were young, she wrote and illustrated children’s books. She believes change is coming for girls and women because “our contribution to evolution is being creative.”

Mary Quagliata was born in California where she attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and she has spent 20 years in San Miguel. She is a potter, a video artist and a retired teacher. She now works in oil painting.

Mary has spent her life helping women in education in many countries, including 10 years in India and Laos. Her art and videos bring attention to women’s educational needs. She has personally witnessed the “Girl Effect”—when women receive education, they are less likely to be victims of domestic violence.

The Council on Foreign Relations finds that “even one additional year of primary education alone can increase a girl’s future wages by 10 to 20 percent, while an extra year of secondary school adds another 15 to 25 percent.” When women are able to earn an income, they typically reinvest “90 percent of it back into their families and communities.” Where does this 90 percent go? It is most typically spent acquiring “food, health care, home improvement, and schooling for themselves and their children.”

One of the most compelling arguments for encouraging the education of girls, particularly in developing countries, is this: education enables jobs, jobs are a source of economic growth, and economic growth is a key to development and stability. When the family is strengthened, so is the community.

For women who produce handicrafts, such as the Rancheritas of Augustín Gonzáles, knowing how to access the internet can be an efficient way to get to market—whether selling locally, regionally, or even internationally—and the internet can offer a pathway to microloans and other banking services, especially in remote areas of the campos of Mexico. Join us to shop (or purchase) the beautiful oil paintings of Fen Taylor and Mary Quagliata on Wednesday, February 19, 4-7 pm, at the Pergola Gallery in the Instituto Allende. Help send girls in the campo of Guanajuato to school.


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