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Discover Two New Artists in “The Faces of San Miguel”


By Kathleen Nicoletti

Jo Stern lives and paints in San Miguel in the winters, and in Nova Scotia, Canada, during the summers. In Nova Scotia, it’s lighthouses and boats, but in San Miguel, her passion is for people and faces.

Drawing from life has been her decades-long vocation, and it’s the expressiveness of the human face that has become her challenge more recently. It’s not enough for her to capture a likeness, but to imbue the image with personality and passion, creating a dialogue with her subject.

Some of her best subjects have been friends and acquaintances, and lately what has been grabbing her attention is strangers in an animated discussion at a local restaurant, or a young girl putting on her makeup while riding the bus, or women coming home fatigued after a long day’s work. Stern says, “My formula is surprise, humor, and empathy mixed with the magic ingredients of plastilita, gel, and marble dust.”

Since Peter Nicoletti arrived in San Miguel de Allende four years ago, he’s been totally dedicated to perfecting his sculpting technique. His portraits and figures in clay and bronze are graceful, elegant, and pleasing to the eye. He can create a remarkable likeness. This was certainly accomplished with his bronze portrait of jazz musician Doug Robinson. He’s a meticulous craftsman whose style is reminiscent of other times. His admiration for neoclassic artistry shows in his work.

Nicoletti enjoys sharing his process with other artists and friends. He invites everyone to view his work in progress every Thursday from 11am until 2pm at the rustic and gorgeous setting of an unfinished Catholic church located at Orizaba 43 in Colonia San Antonio, where he rents space from maestro Juan Carballido Olalde, who also offers ceramic classes at his studio, Alto Fuego. Nicoletti suggests you bring a camera to photograph the incredibly beautiful walls of the unfinished structure.

Refreshments will be served on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday at noon, a special cake baked by Denise Rosenfeld will be served, and Doug Robinson will be presented with his bronze portrait by Peter Nicoletti. Also on Sunday, classical guitarist Miguel Angel Omaña and singer Karla Barajas will be performing.

Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Escuela de Educación Especial de San Miguel de Allende, an institution that offers comprehensive education to students with hearing disabilities.


Peter Nicoletti

Peter Nicoletti’s Black Mavourneen

is mesmerizing. Her face shows sorrow

and joy. She has both spirituality and sensuality.

Blanca Serpentina symbolizes the good side of

duality, a soundless white flame of purity.


“Faces of San Miguel”

Work by Jo Stern and Peter Nicoletti

Sat–Sun, Mar 24 and 25, 11am–5pm

Bordello Galería

Casa de la Noche, Órganos 19


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