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¡A la pintura!/Ode to Painting! A tribute to the poet Rafael Alberti

By Hannah McCurley

Blues of France,
Blues of Spain,
Blues of Italy.
Blue said one day,
I have a new name now:
“Pablo Blue Ruiz Picasso.”
—Rafael Alberti

You are invited to the exhibit for the “Celebration of Painting” at Casa Europa that will run until March 31. It is a unique collaboration of well-known artists of San Miguel to support the art program in the campo hosted by the Children’s Art Foundation.

Celebration of Painting
Until Thu, Mar 31
Meeting Artists/Poetry reading: Cocktail: Sun, Mar 20: 2–4pm
Casa de Europa, San Francisco 23

This is the first time a beautiful collection of artwork by many well-known artists is being shown at Casa Europa for a charitable purpose. Our primary mission is to promote Mexican and European art and culture, serving as an amiable liaison between the local art community and the economic business of San Miguel.

During the two-week art exhibit beginning March 16, we offer stimulating cultural events:

A poetry reading session (Ode to Painting!) of poems by Rafael Alberti. Carolyn Tilton, who translated it, won the National Translation Award.

Café Terrace Chat “à la Parisien.”

Just before the school break for the Semana Santa/Easter holiday, this exhibit will open its doors to school children to tour all three exhibition halls:

•Exhibit Hall A: “Through the Children’s Eyes”: Original works by the Children’s Art Foundation are on display and available for sale, priced from 100 pesos. Selected children’s works are published annually in Creative Children of San Miguel, available for sale.

•Exhibit Hall B: major work by established artists of San Miguel, whose participation shows their firm support of the children’s art program.

•Exhibit Hall C: open Café Terrace with works of the “masters” on display. There is also a stage for poetry reading sessions hosted by Maia Williams in her active role with Literary Sala.

Events for poetry lovers, art critics, art collectors, and artists:

•Meeting Artists/Poetry reading Cocktail: Sunday, March 20, 2–4pm

•“Starry Night” Cocktails: Friday, March 25, 5–7pm

•“Croissant and Mimosa”: Sunday, March 27, 1–3pm

Enjoy the exhibit, find your favorite artists, writers, and poets, or be inspired by a child’s interpretation of his world.

We would like to thank all who contributed to the event, whose support is key to the children’s “Literacy through Art” program, and to whom this exhibit is dedicated.

The list of resident artists includes Alejandra Mendoza, Leonardo Días, Edgardo Kerlegand, Ezshwan Winding, Terra Mizwa, Rita Torlen, the late Dee Ropers, Patty de la Para, David Vázquez, Jessica Vázquez, Linda Soberman, Bruce Stuart, and Susana Alonso.

Your purchase of art during the exhibit will support local artist, and also help our Children’s Literacy Through Art program. Your visit to this exceptional venue will greatly strengthen Casa Europa’s role as a community center for art and culture.


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