There’s a new show at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery

By Sheridan Sansegundo

Anado McLauchlin has been connecting the dots in his art for over 40 years. On Saturday, August 2, from 1 to 5pm at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery in La Cieneguita, the connectedness continues in the two-person show “Connected,” with painter Diane Varney and Anado McLauchlin. We have heard that this will be another special afternoon in the colorful compound of Casa de Las Ranas, the alternative folly of a home five kilometers from Centro.

“Connected” with Diane Varney and Anado McLauchlin
Sat, Aug 2, 1-5pm
Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery
La Cieneguita
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Anado confided that he came across Diane Varney’s work a couple of years back at an art auction for a local charity. He revealed how excited he was by the mystical craftsmanship and the adorned and wonderful subject matter. He felt an immediate connection with her work and wanted to see more. Now we all get to see it! The work of Diane Varney is something that one wants to get to know. She began her career as a botanist, where her inquisitiveness led her to adopt many hats and she still wears all of them well — fiber artist, watercolorist, quilter, book binder, corporate player and gardener are just a few of her special skills. She has been a world traveller with her husband, Rob Lerner, on mountain bikes, covering more than 20 separate counties in 20 months including crossing seven 17,000-foot mountains passes in the Himalayas. She has been living in Latin America since 1996 where she has become a self-taught painter of remarkable skill.

Diane Varney’s explorations on canvas and paper are a dreamy expression of her deep roots. The skilled gardener is also a mindful artist who crafts and nurtures her vision with all the care one expects from a lover of life…. because that is the connection! Both Diane and Anado view art as a celebration and on Saturday we are all invited.

Anado will be presenting his gumbo of assemblage, mosaics, and painted bejeweled, adorned, exalted and reverently irreverent pieces. He calls this body of work “Continuations.” He continues to explore the wonder of the lost and found and the ordinary sacredness of where the dots lead him. Anado combines many different mediums and there is always a kernel of magic to be found in his outpourings.

The experimental theater group Cataphilus Teatro will again bring their troupe of performing dream masters to populate the candy-colored spectacle known as the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. All are invited to an afternoon of art and community where surprise is around every corner. Wander through the grounds of the compound that The New York Times described as “a force.” All are encouraged to dress festively and bring that sense of wonder that we all share. Be there! For directions: Carpooling or taxis are encouraged!

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