By Derick Nicholas
Harriet Ballard and Rosie Moore will exhibit their new work of recent paintings and prints entitled “Random Order,” at an opening in the Pergola Gallery, located in the Instituto Allende on Thursday, March 19, at 6:00pm. Both artists have exhibited in various locations over the last two decades, both in San Miguel and in the United States, most recently at galleries in their home cities: Ballard at Cleveland’s Bonfoey Gallery, and Moore at Marin-Price, in Washington D.C.
Both hold Masters of Fine Arts degrees, Ballard from the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Institute Allende, and Moore from the American University in Washington. There are other similarities. Both like to sail and have done so for all their lives. Both use similar imagery of domestic interiors (bowls, plants, tables, cats), exterior landscape (boats and water), and geometric patterns (stripes and grids). Additionally, they both challenge boundary lines of everyday perspective. Rosie Moore likes to stay closer to recognizable forms and the marine life that surrounds her summer home in Maine. Ballard likes to explore the boundaries between recognizable forms and abstract mark-making.
A few paintings by Thomas Lips and Jeff Coffin, both resident painters, will also be on exhibit. Thomas Lips, an investment advisor, paints landscapes of Mexico and the New England coast. Jeff Coffin, a longtime resident of San Miguel, who had a successful one man show at Montemorelos University, focuses on portraits and abstract paintings. The exhibition “Random Order” promises to be a visual treat.