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What was first … The Egg or Stirling Dickinson?

By AlTirado

How is it that we have reached the point where San Miguel is well known internationally as a tourist destination as well as an artistic destination?

Metaphorically speaking it is said that, “Who was first the egg or the hen,” because somehow life began. In San Miguel we live, breathe, and even drink, art. We owe it all to Stirling Dickinson who came here in 1934 driving a 1929 Ford with his friend Heath Bowman on a trip they called the Mexican Odyssey and published in a book with Dickinson illustrations. In 1938, Dickinson was appointed director of the University School of Fine Arts of San Miguel de Allende, and he promoted that in the universities of North America. Thus the door was opened so that, at the beginning, veterans of war would come with scholarships to study art and then came generations of artists or those who discovered that they wanted to be artists.

In 2009, just arrived in San Miguel, I published the first book of Art In San Miguel and a year later came the second volume. About sixty local artists filled their pages, and their publication was a success. That was for me the “egg” or … the “chicken”? And I continue to produce pages full of art.

My new publication is San Miguel Art Magazine, and this month will be the third issue of the digital magazine. We grew up in the current of technology that drags us with its daily innovations and we immerse ourselves in it. This has given us many advantages, mainly in its distribution. We can reach any place in the world because the magazine is in the ISSUU international publisher platform, and because we are in the social networks that are the most important arteries of information in our days of chaotic information.

Our primary purpose is to promote the brilliant artistic activity of San Miguel de Allende with its artistic values and celebrate the artistic glories of Mexico. This month we have Edgardo Kerlegand and his painting of human fantasy; the colorful streets in the photography of Karen Lee Dunn; Mario Misrahi with his contemporary Mexican style; the stunning photography of Jo Brenzo; and as a special guest, Leonora Carrington with a beautiful text by Dr. Gabriel Weisz Carrington, her son.

Look for the magazine of this month and the previous ones in


alTirado is photographer and fiction writer; publisher of the books Art in San Miguel; and editor of the electronic San Miguel Art magazine.


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