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“Jazz Taco” at Bordello Galeria

By Kristen Fry

John Hillmer returns to Bordello Galería’s lovely courtyard this Saturday and Sunday with an evolving mix of paintings and prints. Jazz is an abiding metaphor for Hillmer, whose large murals have shared stages with Ray Charles, Keb’ Mo,’ Taj Mahal, and Maya Angelou.

“Jazz Taco”
By John Hillmer
Sat and Sun, Apr 8 and 9, Noon‒5pm
Bordello Gallery, Órganos 19
Half block off Hernández Macías

“John’s work is both playful and sophisticated,” says Gallery owner Barbara Poole. “I suppose you could say it’s rather taco-like, since there’s always a big choice of tasty and colorful ingredients on display.”

Indeed, Hillmer’s work has focused on mixing it up through what he calls “The Three Es”—education, environment, and events. These have manifested in the form of client work, painting, and teaching—in both Seattle and at the American School in Guadalajara.

“Music, myth, madness,” and certainly Mexico remain common explorations. Hillmer spends part of his year traveling, creating, and tasting all through Mexico. These travels permeate some of his work. It’s all rather illustrative, even editorial—a strange and strong blend of graphic design and fine art.

Adding to the mix will be smiling frame-maker, carpenter, and guitar player Louis Antonio Perez. He’ll be on hand to witness some of his own handiwork, play some music, and probably enjoy tequila.

Poole’s mix is also formidable since the gallery and Casa de la Noche continue to open their doors to considerable art, education, and community service programs throughout the year in San Miguel de Allende.

Come and get the flavor of the place and Hillmer’s work. A combination of originals and affordable limited edition prints will keep the mix cooking.


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