And the Show Goes On: Quince Camaleones Exhibit of Paintings and Ceramics
By Brigid Quinn
The exhibit of art and ceramics by members of Quince Camaleones continues in the restaurant and gallery at Café Muro through January. The exhibit, which originally opened on November 8, has proven to be quite popular. The pieces that sell are quickly replaced with new works. The artists are generously donating 25 percent of what they earn from the sales of their works to Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora A.C.
Muro Café and Gallery,
Calle Loreto 10-B
Until the end of January 2015
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 Camaleones” 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 business people, gallery owners, professional artists, and those with degrees or backgrounds in art. Some, however, had never picked up a paint brush or kneaded clay before their art classes with Maestro Ernesto de la Pena Folch and ceramic classes with Maestra Rosa Torres.
We invite you to have a meal at Cafe Muro, check out the paintings and ceramics, and know that when you buy something you are not only collecting art, you are also helping some of your Mexican neighbors become more financially secure.