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Something Old Meets Something New: Presenting Galería Nuvo de Pozos


By Don Sibley

Sunday, November 5, marked the beginning of Galería Nuvo de Pozos. Located inside the historic Escuela Modelo in Mineral de Pozos, a Pueblo Mágico, the gallery’s inaugural collective exhibition features prominent artists from San Miguel, as well as others throughout México and the US. Local visitors will recognize some familiar artist’s names, like Margaret Dawit, José Ignacio “Nacho” Maldonado, Daniel Rueffert, and Joaquín Piñero. The works from ten artists in this inaugural exhibition range from realism to expressionism to abstract.

Galería Nuvo owners Marilyn and Don Sibley are no strangers to the art scene in México. They operated the much-admired Galería Pérgola at the Instituto Allende from 2004 until 2011. During those years, Galería Pérgola set a high standard for quality art and professionalism, while representing many prominent artists throughout México.

Galería Pérgola’s Mexican Modern Masters biennial exhibitions were particularly popular and featured a historical perspective through works by artists Rufino Tamayo,

David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Luis Cuevas, among others.

Galería Nuvo will be an anchor tenant for the Escuela Modelo. In fact, the gallery’s name was inspired by the rebirth of this institution dedicated to the arts. Housed in a large neoclassical building, the “Model School” was founded in 1897 and represented a new educational system for its time. The school flourished for several years until it suffered setbacks caused by the revolutionary period and later the Cristero War in the early 1900s. It ultimately ceased operation during the worldwide crisis that resulted from the Great Depression. After a massive three-year renovation project, the Escuela Modelo was inaugurated in May of this year by the governor of the state of Guanajuato.

The building’s architecture is an impressive blend of the original structure and modern influences. Among the classes and workshops offered by the school are drawing, painting, jewelry design, photography, music, dance, and drama.

The quaint town of Pozos is an easy 45-minute drive from San Miguel and offers a “worlds apart” experience. Main attractions include exploring the centuries-old mining ruins and browsing shops featuring everything from pre-Hispanic musical instruments to handmade dolls.

Galería Nuvo de Pozos is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am–7 pm and by appointment.


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