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The “new” at the new Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Many things are changed at Galería Izamal. A “What´s New” opening will take place on Saturday, July 26, from 6-8pm.

The ‘new’ at the new Galería Izamal
Sat, Jul 26, 6-8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

In fact, Galeria Izamal is proud to be one of the oldest established art galleries in San Miguel; it was founded in 1992. But recently the space at Mesones 80 downtown has had a makeover. It’s newly varnished, painted and redecorated .The artist members of the gallery invite our old friends, new friends and collectors to help us show off and to celebrate.

The fine jeweler Maria Bracho will rejoin the gallery with work strikingly different from the work she featured in her previous tenure here some six years ago, when she took a break to raise a growing family. The show is in part a welcome back to Maria.

Each artist will feature new work, and in some cases new directions for their work.

Alphabetically: María Bracho’s new jewelry features beautifully oxidized colorful copper pieces with unconventional bracelets featuring hand-painted canvas. You have to see to appreciate.

Steve Cary says “My latest work features isolated, ordinary objects such as a man’s hat or a blue fish which are seen out of their ordinary context. They are a contemporary interpretation of the Pop aesthetic.”

Jeweler Mary Jo Dolle will feature new necklaces of natural blister pearls in a range of subtle colors. Other pieces feature amber or gorgeous peridot, amethyst and other semi-precious jewels.

The well-known and sought-after painter Juan Ezcurdia’s new work is “simpler, subtler, and small format,” and some will continue his latest fascination—pianos.

The popular San Miguel-born Javier Garcia´s new paintings continue to reflect his vigorous, expressive style in both landscape and figures.

Sculptures were a major part of Cat Grall’s portfolio in her native France, and she will feature new sculptures here for the first time in Mexico. She studied sculpture in Vallauris, France, where Picasso’s cubist paintings (rather than his ceramics) inspired her to make cubist sculptures.

Printmaker and painter Felipe López is another son of San Miguel. Here for the first time we’ll see two other sides of his impressive talent… wall-mounted stained glass work and works of sculpture.

Dorothy Donna Parker’s new series of paintings are entitled “Animals and Angels.” In one, an angel leads a camel; in another a flying horse soars with a red-winged angel. In a third, a red angel shares the pictorial space with a bird.

Among Henry Vermillion’s new offerings is a large mountainous landscape seen through leaf-shaped forms surrounded by dark. (Again, easier seen than described.) He will probably also show a small series of water-colored drawings about the fairy tale “Rapunzel.” They were suggested by the childhood work of his daughter.

Finally (but certainly not least), Britt Zaist’s newest work features her classic beautiful colored ink stains and pours, this time showcased on wax paper collaged on canvas. She has developed her techniques of staining wax and rice papers over a period of 30 years.

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