Fábrica La Aurora Anniversary Art Walk

By Edward Swift

On Saturday, January 31, La Fábrica La Aurora will host its monthly art walk with live music and new exhibitions. This art walk marks the 11th anniversary of the Fábrica as an arts and design center. Of course, the building existed long before the artists arrived. The history of the Fábrica dates back to 1902 when it opened as a textile factory equipped with cylinders, spindles, and looms. In the various rooms (now housing galleries, shops, and restaurants), raw cotton was cleaned, corded, and spun into thread. The freshly spun thread was then fed into the looms in order to produce manta, a basic fabric sometimes called muslin. Manta has many uses. It is a material for embroidery, for making blouses, shirts, shoes, and hats. It is also used as canvas for artists to paint on. Today the looms and spindles are silent but the artists are putting the building to good use, often working around the old machinery left in many of the rooms as a reminder of the Fábrica’s former life.

Art Walk Anniversary Celebration
Sat, Jan 31, 5-8pm
Fábrica La Aurora
No cost

There will be many highlights of the evening, but as of this writing only a few of them have been announced. For starters, painter/sculptor Rita Torlen has returned to the Fábrica after an absence of several years. She has set up a studio for teaching sculpture and painting in Section C.  Rolando García is also returning: after being closed for several months, he will reopen his gallery (Galería Estudio Rolando García) with an exhibition of the German painter Anita Bucherer. Galeria Alquimia will feature an exhibition of paintings by Luis Camarena and a new collection of bracelets and necklaces by jeweler Lila Parrilla.  James Harvey will show new paintings and drawings on layers of transparent fabric.

Pineda Covalin is once again offering a special gift (one evening only) with purchases of 3,000 pesos or more. The public is invited to come and travel through Pineda Covalin’s special collection of fabric designs that depict the traditions, rituals, and magic of Mexico and Latin America.

Merry Calderoni is presenting her original hand-painted ceramic platters in colorful contemporary designs. Each 18-inch plate is ready for hanging on a special wall or as a functional and stunning serving piece at your next event. Merry will also introduce large paintings combining drawings of authentic Mesoamerican designs. Handmade paper friezes, silver leaf, and ghostly spirits are also seen in this new work.

The Art Walk will take place from 5pm to 8pm, Saturday, January 31. Many of the artists will be present to answer questions and discuss their work.


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