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Soulfish Go Deep at Bordello Galería

By Kristen Fry

Artist John Hillmer swims back to the Bordello Galería on Órganos with a two-day show entitled “Soulfish,” a collection of paintings and prints that honor the world beneath. With fish temples, Soulfish jazz scenes, and various spiritual references, Hillmer’s mix will put some lively color and content into the context of Bordello Galeria’s lovely covered courtyard. Swim on in this Saturday and Sunday for a look and, perchance, a tequila.

By John Hillmer
Sat and Sun, Jun 6 and 7, 3-7pm
Bordello Galería
Órganos 19

Hillmer has been here before and continues, with a lively range of color, to explore themes of music, myth, madness, and Mexico. It’s a swirl to be sure and more so with some recent pieces from life at the ocean. Hillmer spends part of the year in San Miguel, part of the year in Central Oregon, and part of the year on the Mexican Pacific. Yes, he says, “It’s a broad brushstroke, and I’m always riding waves of some kind. Aren’t we all?” Hillmer covers them well, big and small, with both originals and prints. All worth a look and a ponder. Even a laugh!

John Hillmer started coming to the Bordello when he signed up for a Warren Hardy class several years ago. Since then, the tide keeps bringing him back. In the past, Hillmer taught classes at the American School of Guadalajara, made huge stage backdrops for artists like Ray Charles, Keb’ Mo’, and Maya Angelou, and completed poster design and illustration work that helped celebrate more than 50 music, literary, and community-conscious events throughout North America. Is he just another guy with a colorful past walking the streets of San Miguel?

Anyway, please come have a look, maybe get hooked, and catch the waves rolling in at the Bordello.


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