Robert Merrill Sweeny and Lisa Sidor Opening Reception

By Susan Santiago

Robert “Bo” Sweeny is a lifelong artist and recent permanent resident of San Miguel after visiting for the better part of two decades. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has studied with many wonderful artists including Adrian Deckbar, Jane Dill, Harry Callahan, Dale Chihuly, Greg Newington, Ron Pokrasso, Rhett Thurman, and Minor White.

Galería San Francisco
Fri, Apr 10, 6-8pm
Number 1 San Francisco
Second Floor

Sweeny’s work is reminiscent of the cropped abstractions of Georgia O’Keefe and of the Precisionist painter, Charles Scheeler. He utilizes paint and colored pencil to create beautiful precise imagery in exquisite detail. When not in the studio he can often be found walking the streets of San Miguel with his camera and his constant companion, a Yorkie named Widget.

Before moving to Mexico from Seattle, Sidor learned a lot about both modern and old stone and metal beads from Europe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and the Middle East from long time bead trader Sam Savar. She also studied the long rich history of beads dating back to the Indus Valley of India with help from the local bead sage Nicolette Stessin. Lisa went on to learn many beading techniques, such as pearl knotting on silk and various wrapping and braiding techniques. The result is an eclectic style that combines many interesting materials and techniques.

Sidor enjoys creating one piece by mixing many different kinds of beads: vintage glass, porcelain, cloisonné, semi precious stones, pearls, lamp worked glass, Swarovski crystals, African trade beads, and many different metals. Her most recent work features kumihimo, a very versatile Japanese braiding technique once used to bind together the armor of Japanese Samurai warriors.

Galería San Francisco invites the public to come and meet the artists on Friday, April 10, at the opening reception from 6 to 8pm.


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