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Special Showing of Javier García at Galería Izamal

By Henry A. Vermillion

Galeria Izamal begins a series of special exhibits of work by its member artists with a cocktail opening for Javier Garcia from 6 to 8pm on Saturday, December 12. The gallery is in downtown San Miguel de Allende (next to the Teatro Ángela Peralta). Last month, the gallery celebrated its 23rd anniversary.

New Exhibit at Galería Izamal
Sat, Dec 12, 6-8pm
Mesones 80

Javier is a well-known native son of San Miguel. His vigorous cityscapes are full of movement and energy. “I love to paint outside, on the streets,” he says. “To paint directly, drawing with the brush, gives me the freedom I need. I put my feelings directly onto the canvas, developing and changing what I see in front of me.” He has traveled far from San Miguel, painting on the streets of London, Río de Janeiro, Ecuador, Peru, and New York City. Unlike many painters, he enjoys the interaction with passersby who watch him paint and over the years, has made many friends among those who stop to watch.

In the end, he always returns to his base in San Miguel. He is currently building a new studio near the Presa Allende west of San Miguel. “I love the light here—it’s so clear. In London or New York, my palette changes because of the different light.” His roots in San Miguel de Allende go back two generations. His grandfather, Pedro Barrera, operated a popular pulquería downtown on the corner of Loreto and Insurgents for more than 20 years.

Why is he a painter, and not, say, a lawyer, like his late father? “I decided to be a painter when I was 16. Painting resolves many things in my life—spiritually, intellectually, and when you´re lucky, you can pay the bills with art.” Over the years, he has spent much time teaching and working with children and young people. He has helped Elsmarie Norby with her children´s art project and has taught art to children at La Biblioteca. “I learn from kid´s art—it´s spontaneous and honest.”

In January, Galeria Izamal will feature the work of the popular Roberto López Fuentevilla, and in February, Juan Ezcurdia—perhaps the best know San Miguel artist—will have a special showing. Their current work, along with other Izamal artists Maria Bracho, Steven Cary, Mary Jo Dolle, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist can also be seen at the gallery


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