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The Gallery Presents “A Symbolist Bouquet”

By Kathleen Hudson

Two San Miguel artists, born in Europe and educated in Canada, will combine their lyrical canvases to create “A Symbolist Bouquet” at The Gallery at La Conexión with a cocktail opening on Saturday, June 18. The exhibition will run for several months. The Gallery, an intimate space in the beautiful colonial heart of Centro, is the perfect setting for this very personal retrospective.

The Gallery Presents “A Symbolist Bouquet”
Sat, Jun 18, 6–8pm
La Conexión
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Tim Hazell and Marion Perlet are painters who evolved distinctive approaches to their craft over several decades and international exhibitions. Tim has this to say about his work: “My painting has to do with the fire and spontaneity of color and gesture. Music and poetry cross over and influence my palette and themes, as does my European background in which folk tales and beliefs run close to the surface of daily life.”

Shown together, their creations exude an ambiance. Although the artists’ influences were eclectic and diverse, the two styles converge. The late Ms. Perlet created in a genre that may be described as a combination of symbolist and naif. She achieved a commanding presence in numerous shows and distinguished private collections. Her eccentric, charismatic, and outspoken personality set her apart.

Painters of the Symbolist movement included Gustav Klimt, Odilon Redon, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Frida Kahlo. Artists of this lyric genre used myths, motifs, and the pictorial language of dream imagery—private subjective worlds. The Symbolists illustrated their chimera, passions, and flights of the imagination.

The retrospective will feature selections from a rich tableau of artworks in oils and acrylics. In addition, author/artist Tim Hazell will have four new books, published by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, on display, including A Symbolist Bouquet. This compilation of original poetry features 20 color plates of paintings by him and Marion Perlet. The late German-Canadian artist had four successful shows at The Gallery before their last joint exhibition in September 2013.

Tim Hazell spoke about his new book, A Symbolist Bouquet: “In order to make the poetry as vigorous as possible, I’ve combined unusual layouts, tight minimalist verse, longer lyric pieces, French, patois, and characteristic slang. I believe that poetry as a medium should always have the potential to generate excitement.”

Rituales (Rituals) a film based on his epic poetry premiered in February 2016 at Bellas Artes for the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. Water, fire, wind, and earth were brought to life with acting, choreography, shimmering set designs, and multi-camera effects.

Tim Hazell is Vice President of Pro Musica; Director of Music Education Outreach, Rhythm, Rhyme and Reason and the Pro Musica San Miguel Student Orchestra; and a founding member of the Bajio Repertory Theater Company.

The public is cordially invited to attend this ebullient and colorful retrospective. Upcoming events, including a book signing, private party, and film screening and gallery talk, will be announced during the summer months.


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