Art comes out of the closet

By Janice Zimolzak

Feed the Hungry San Miguel (FTHSM) is bringing a treasure trove of artworks out of the closet and into the light, to be offered at well below market prices on Saturday, July 12.

Art Comes Out of the Closet
Fine Art Sale to benefit Feed the Hungry San Miguel
Camino a la Cieneguita 100
Sat, Jul 12, 12-4pm
For more information 154-9408

More than half of this treasure trove is work that was willed to the organization by a single artist… Philip Clay (Phil) Roettinger, a high level CIA operative, a member of the US shooting team in the 1948 Summer Olympics, and a talented painter whose work appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, who moved to San Miguel in the early 1970s to paint professionally. We lost Phil in January of 2002 at the age of 86 and Feed the Hungry San Miguel inherited a large body of very good work. The Galeria Carlos Muro hosted a show where more than half of the collection was sold at a fair market price. Others were captured by fortunate bidders in silent subsequent auctions at FTHSM events.

The ridiculously low prices of the Roettinger and 30 other paintings from assorted artists at this sale-event in no way reflects the quality of the work. Each and every one deserves to be on display and in the hands of an appreciative art lover. None of the works is believed to be from artists who are presently working in San Miguel or represented by a local gallery.

Auctions and raffles are a standard and often substantial part of fundraising for nonprofits. No one is prevailed upon to underwrite these events more than the art community. Local artists, galleries, and patrons of the arts are constantly solicited and we are very grateful for their generosity and support. There are several other ways that a nonprofit receives art. Patrons sell their house in San Miguel and don’t have room to properly display the art “back home,” so they donate it to a local charity. Often they don’t have wall space in their home here, but they want to support an up and coming artist, so they buy a piece and donate it to a charity — intending for it to be exposure for the young artist. We also receive art that has been willed by artists themselves or donated by their heirs, particularly when an artist has been very prolific.

Many unsolicited gifts often end up draped in linen or bubble-wrapped and tucked away in a bodega. Feed the Hungry presently has 68 paintings in a bodega at the FTHSM Center. Can you imagine an artist waking up one day and saying “I think I’ll create something beautiful and meaningful and then put it in the closet where it will remain for many years?” Somehow that just doesn’t seem plausible. So we are taking them out of the closet to place them into the

hands of someone who will appreciate them and display them. Everything is priced to sell.

Feed the Hungry is located on Camino a la Cieneguita 100, Misión de Estación (about six minutes by taxi from the Jardin). Cross the railroad tracks and veer right onto the paved road; in less than two minutes you will see the Ramirez construction materials bodega and a tienda directly in front of you. That is where you turn right onto Camino a la Cieneguita 100, which is clearly marked with a mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe and street identification. The driveway of the Feed the Hungry Center is the second one on the left. Both turns are marked by a red Feed the Hungry sign. Saturday, July 12, from noon to 4pm.


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