Summer White Festival

By Edward Swift

Fábrica la Aurora will open its doors to welcome friends and visitors to its Summer White Festival. In years past many of the attendees arrived decked out in white, but white is not mandatory. You will not be turned away if you arrive looking like a rainbow, so white or no white, make plans to attend the celebration on August 6 from 5 to 8pm. There will be live music in the courtyards along with ice cream topped off with a splash of tequila, if one chooses.

Summer White Festival
Sat, Aug 6, 5–8pm
Fábrica la Aurora

For this occasion, various galleries including Cseis, Galeria Florencia Riestra, Skot Foreman, and Fernando Diaz will exhibit new works. Moyshen Gallery will be presenting an exposition of collective works by Guatemalan artists. Merry Calderoni will show a continuation of her Colores series: abstract expressionist paintings in bright colors as opposed to the earthy palette for which she is known. Studio Calderoni will also feature the work of guest artist Jade Arroyo, a jeweler and clothes designer. Beatriz Castañeda Gallery will exhibit several new paintings prepared for the event and will unveil two sculptures for the first time in the gallery.

Sualglass has invited cellist Christine Fleming to perform for the occasion. She will be surrounded by beautiful art glass created by Susana Alonso. Zoho Gallery will show new work by Edna Dickinson, titled “Envueltos.” Galería 910 and Galería Aller will have discounts on paintings and sculptures. In addition, 910 will host a collective exhibition. Tracy King, whose inaugural opening was part of the July Art Walk, will be highlighting her butterfly series, and James Harvey will display his ballerinas drawn on transparent fabric and mounted on a ceiling hoop that turns. The work is life size and the dancers are in constant movement. Edina Sagert will have a group show of all her artists, including my latest work. I will return with a figurative series entitled “Only One Leg to Stand On.” Although still in progress, the figures are finished enough to display but not yet for sale. Mary Rapp has had one of her small paper cutouts made into a metal, freestanding sculpture and will unveil it at the party. The new work is much larger than the cutout and, appropriately, it is white.

For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool, as was changing the dinner menu to include a cold soup, aspic, or chilled cucumber sandwiches. Fortunately, in San Miguel we don’t need to consider the heat too much after the rainy season arrives, so be prepared to see white sweaters along with lacy frocks, seersucker jackets, and imaginative hats. Whatever you choose to wear, we hope to see you at the celebration.


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