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The Secret Garden

By Janelle Pietrzak

Photographer Janelle Pietrzak will be exhibiting large color photographs from her self-portrait series “The Secret Garden.” Photographed in locations around the globe, Janelle Pietrzak’s unique images bring a new voice to the world of creative fine art photography. This exclusive event will take place in one of San Miguel de Allende’s most beautiful private hacienda-style gardens. Her first solo show in Mexico, this event is one night only, though the photographs will be on view for one month following the event.

“The Secret Garden” by Janelle Pietrzak
A pop-up-gallery event, featuring fine art, color photography
A benefit for CASA
Sat, Apr 12, 7-10pm
Undisclosed location
San Miguel de Allende
Please RSVP at
Formal attire requested

The work of Janelle Pietrzak invites you into a hidden world that evokes myth and mystery. Her photographs tempt you to shed the rubric of the outside world and for a moment believe in magic. Inspired by unique locations around the globe, Janelle Pietrzak uses self-portraiture to explore transcendence. Conjuring ghosts, goddesses and deities, her solitary figures embody the phenomenal spirits that haunt clandestine spaces.

Janelle Pietrzak summons the viewer into her long exposure photographs, and transports them to mystical places that seem more dream than reality. Similar to Victorian era images of spirits and fairies, one cannot immediately determine the truth of what is being shown. Solo figures haunt extraordinary starlit landscapes, decaying Spanish haciendas, and rugged coasts. These feminine figures are at times elusive, but always formidable. As these are indeed photographs, only the medium belies the fact that what is being seen must exist in reality. Janelle Pietrzak invites the heart to see, and requests that the mind is quieted, so that the magical can be illuminated.

A traditionalist, Janelle Pietrzak relies little on Adobe Photoshop to produce her images, rather exploring the interplay between light and time. Her photographs are performance rather than simulation; like frozen films, what the viewer sees, is what the camera has recorded. Saturated in color, indescribable blues contrast with vibrant yellows, brilliant greens and sanguine reds. Everything, from the settings to the costumes, draws the viewer in and asks them, if only for a moment, to suspend disbelief and enter “The Secret Garden.”

One of the pillars of the San Miguel community is philanthropy. “The Secret Garden” is thrilled to announce that five percent of all sales will be donated to a wonderful local organization, Centro para los Adolescentes de San Miguel de Allende (CASA). CASA was established in 1981, as a family-planning education facility and has grown to encompass more than 10 different programs. CASA reaches out to the rural communities of San Miguel de Allende with information on family planning, domestic violence prevention, sex education, LGBT, nutrition, and environmental awareness. Their services also include a daycare and preschool, maternity hospital and a midwifery school. Involving the local youth as peer educators and counselors, CASA is making a huge difference in the community.

For more information please visit our website at All attendees must RSVP at to reveal the hidden location. Formal attire is requested.


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