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10 traditions …in fine contemporary art and craft

By Cati Demme

10 traditions …in fine contemporary art and craft
Open house
Sun, Jul 6, 2-7pm
Relox 46 (corner of Insurgentes)
Open to the public

1. Amate paper…the indigenous tradition of hammering bark into sheets. The work here shows traditional cut motifs representing such figures as the god of corn, the god of mango and many more. The Trejo Gonzalez family from Puebla has passed this tradition down for generations and is exclusively represented by Heidi LeVasseur, co-owner of the B&B Casa de la Cuesta.

2. Mask-making is another indigenous tradition. Usually carved out of wood they are embellished with paint, leather, fabric, mirrors, sequins, found materials and or feathers. These masks are made to be worn in specific ceremonies. Bill LeVasseur, founder of The Other Face of Mexico Museum housed at B&B Casa de la Cuesta has been collecting masks for 25years.

3. Jewelry as “wearable art.” The jewelry here created by Linda Soberman and Lulu Torbet is not your conventional jewelry. Soberman uses recycled materials such as inner tubes, hardware and antique buttons. Torbet, who always surprises us with her playfulness, presents earrings which wrap around your ear; instead of just hanging passively they interact with whoever is adventurous enough to wear them.

4. Wood Block Prints with a twist. These impressive wood block prints use Picasso’s technique of “reductive” carving so that only one block is used. Picasso devised this technique while he was enduring WWI in France and materials were scarce. Artist Steve Thompson uses up to eight colors in this laborious process, which yields very elegant and collectable limited edition prints depicting views of San Miguel.

5. Ceramics reach a new level of ingenuity when created for the Danisha Collection by husband and wife team Dan and Nisha Ferguson. This series of “city escape” bowls use the motifs of urban life and city buildings. Each bowl is a hand-decorated surprise, and either decorated on the interior or the exterior, a new meaning is brought to the term “inner city.” Gerry Gill Collection presents Gill’s take on the “plate,” using rich surfaces and flower-like embellishments.

6. Photography is a medium, which has limitless potential for creative expression, whether in the imagery or the technique. Both artists Norma Suarez and Lulu Torbet use innovative and unconventional techniques in their photography creating lyrical and evocative imagery.

7. Painting is used in two totally different styles in this exhibit. Gerry Gill evokes the spaciousness and rich color of the flowered fields of Mexico. In some of her works she also incorporates very personal imagery, which creates an elusive collage of line and color. Nisha Ferguson uses her lively sense of color and theatrical sense of space to create a new and refreshing vision of San Miguel and its buildings.

8. Ironwork also takes on a new form of expression here as the Gerry Gill Design Collection presents Gerry’s whimsical wrought –iron, “branch” motif tables. The original design was Gill’s 1999 brainchild and they continue to be timeless, at home with either contemporary or colonial architecture.

9. Drawing from observation is key to artist Cati Demme. She feels her discoveries made in observing and drawing an object far outdo anything she could possibly imagine. In depicting plant forms in tones of grays and dramatic line she emphasizes the incredible grace of form and innocent eroticism we so often miss in passing.

10. Wood carving takes on a new meaning with Gerard Gendron’s elegant minimalistic wood sculpture. Each piece has its own distinctive and evocative character, showcasing the beauty of natural wood finish.

Galería Relox 46 is located in a 16th-century Colonial building in the center of San Miguel. Appointments may be made by calling 415-106-4962 or contacting



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