Paintings and Ceramics by Quince Cameleones
By Brigid Quinn
Hoping to surpass its successful exhibit of paintings at Cafe Muro last March,
Sat, Nov 8, 2-4pm
Muro Cafe and Gallery
Quince Cameleones will open again at the cafe on Saturday, November 8, with more paintings, and a bit of a new twist. In addition to new paintings by the collective’s artists, the show will also include works in clay from students of Rosa Torres.
The artists represented in this exhibit are listed below, and help to define the collective name, Quince Cameleones, given to them by one of their own. These artists will be exhibiting their work in the restaurant and gallery at Cafe Muro throughout the month of November and December. The opening of the exhibit on Saturday, November 8, from 2 to 4pm is Quince Cameleones’ third show this year, and the public is invited.
The artists are generously donating 25 percent of the proceeds from what they earn from the sales of their work to Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora A.C. Apoyo is a registered non-profit organization in San Miguel de Allende and was founded in 2005 to help Mexicans bootstrap themselves out of poverty and dependency and become financially secure for life. The organization provides specialized training to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start their own small family business and offers no-interest micro loans for seed money. It also provides senior high school students with additional training in computer operations, English language, basic business courses, and social skills development to equip them to secure meaningful, professional employment. Finally, Apoyo works in rural schools to develop financial literacy training for primary school children.
The name Quince Cameleones represents the many artistic and life transitions made by the painters and potters of the artists’ collective in the La Luz area of San Miguel, including their ever-changing number which can hit 20 during some seasons of the year. It also signifies the transformation these artists continue to make in their art and in their lives. Ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s, they have roots in Mexico, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Some live in San Miguel full time and others split their time between here and other parts of the globe. Their biographies reveal businesspeople and gallery owners, professional artists and those with degrees or backgrounds in art. Some, however, had never picked up a paintbrush or kneaded clay before their classes with Maestro Ernesto de la Peña Folch and Maestra Torres.
Maestro de la Pena Folch is an artist in his own right and a former director of Bellas Artes in San Miguel. He has been teaching art here in San Miguel since 2002. Maestro de la Peña Folch believes that “anyone can be an artist” and that his students “can continue to develop new and different creative processes to making their work their own.” Thus among the Quince Cameleones you will find, for example, artists who for years had considered themselves realists using water colors as their medium, now painting large and richly colored abstracts with layers of depth, in acrylic paint.
Rosa Torres is an experienced potter and teacher. In her class students learn the basic handling of clay, allowing them to make both functional and sculptural pieces with hand-building techniques, molds, and the wheel. They also experiment with a wide range of decorative methods, including glazes, slips, terra sigilata and burnishing, allowing for firing with different methods.
After the opening on Saturday, November 8, the artworks will be on display through the end of December.
The Quince Cameleones for the November exhibit are:
Juan Carlos Fernández
Ana Carmen López
Jose Luis Ramírez