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Quince Camaleones: it’s their art…not their number

Brigid Quinn

The artists represented in this exhibit are listed below and help to define the collective name, Quince Camaleones, given to them by one of their own. These 18 artists will be exhibiting their work in the restaurant and gallery at Café Muro throughout the month of March. The opening of the exhibit is Saturday, March 1, from 1 to  4pm and the public is invited. The owners of the Café Muro and Gallery—Gerardo Arteaga and Carlos Muro—are generously donating 10 percent of their proceeds from this show to Hospice San Miguel, and many of the artists will be giving all or part of what they earn from the sales of their paintings to Hospice as well.

Overall, the name Quince Camaleones represents the many artistic and life transitions made by the painters of the artists’ collective in the La Luz area of San Miguel, including their ever-changing number which can hit 20 during some seasons of the year. It also signifies the transformation these painters continue to make in their art and in their lives. Not surprisingly, the art of these painters with roots from around the globe, is as diverse as their personalities and backgrounds.

Although the artists work in individual spaces within the La Luz complex, visitors to the studio will recognize a deep sense of community among them. This camaraderie can be directly linked to the vision they share with their Maestro—Ernesto de la Pena Folch, who is an artist in his own right and a former director of Bellas Artes in San Miguel. He has been teaching art here in San Miguel since 2002. Maestro de la Pena Folch believes that “anyone can be an artist” and that his students “can continue to develop new and different creative processes to making their work their own.” Thus, among the Quince Camaleones you will find, for example, artists who for years had considered themselves realists using water colors as their medium, now painting large and richly colored abstracts with layers of depth, in acrylic paint.

After the opening on Saturday, March 1, the artwork will be on display through the end of March. I think those who see these works will be amazed at their wonderful individuality of style and subject matter. It is definitely a show not to be missed.

The “Quince Camaleones” for the March exhibit are:

Harriet Ballard
Vivian Barker
Natalie Bartholet
Edith Bramson
Carolina de la Cajiga
Blanche Carregher
Jean Dorr
Kathie Drouin
Patsi Dubois
Gwenn Knight
Ana Carmen López
Denise McFarlane
Elbia Montibeller
Katrina Noel
Pat Parnall
Jeanne Pierrot
Jose Luis Ramírez
Karen Woodall

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