Donna Parker Celebrates her First Anniversary at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Donna Parker celebrates her first year at Galería Izamal in downtown San Miguel with a special showing of new work called “The Owl and the Pussycat” on Saturday, March 21, from 6 to 8pm. Donna’s imaginative paintings follow in the tradition of the late Marion Perlet (also an Izamal artist) and those of her mentor, the late Toller Cranston, to whom this show is dedicated. The Russian-Canadian artist Andrew Osta is another member of this new San Miguel School of magic realism.

Donna Parker Celebrates her
First Anniversary
Sat, Mar 21, 6-8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Donna’s paintings gained strength and most especially, vivid color, when she moved several years ago from the Canadian plains of her childhood to San Miguel. She shares images of exotic beautiful women gorgeously robed, princesses on painted elephants, and robed nuns careening on ice skates. We see a fuzzy-feathered angel (with two fuzzy-feathered helpers) replacing the moon and stars into their proper places in the heavens after they have all fallen to the ground. The “Owl and the Pussycat” paintings whimsically illustrate the famous nursery rhyme in her own unique style. Her paintings all have the imagination and charm of children’s paintings combined with the technical mastery of medieval icon painters. The energy given out from these works is positive and spiritual.

Relating to this exhibition, she has written about Toller Cranston, “You will be at this show in spirit and I shall feel your congratulatory hug and kiss. You will always be a part of my life. I still hear your voice as I paint.”

The work of Izamal artists and jewelers María Bracho, Steven Cary, Mary Jo Dolle, Juan Ezcurdia, Javier García, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist will also be seen. Galería Izamal is located at Mesones 80, next door to the Teatro Ángela Peralta.


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