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“Miradas” Exhibition arrives at Bordello Gallery

Rodrigo Ayala Art

By Kathleen Nicoletti

As I walked down Calle Correo toward the Jardín one Friday night, I felt a familiar lightness in my heart. I had been singing in Spanish with Karla and Miguel at The Nectar Café, at a class generously given by that establishment for which I am very grateful. My steps moved to the last song we had all sung, “Cielito Lindo.”

The Jardín, as always, was full of people: many taking pictures in front of the Parroquia, children running in all directions, dogs on leashes everywhere, several Mariachi bands playing music, many vendors selling dolls, balloons, shawls, and hats. I felt graceful with the music still running through my mind and body. I cut through the crowd, heading for Umaran, and home.

It was one of San Miguel de Allende’s most beautiful nights and many people were walking and weaving, as we do, along the narrow sidewalks and cobblestoned streets. As I neared Zacateros, I looked into an open, well-lit doorway, and stopped dead in my tracks. A painting had riveted and then captivated me. It was a young man’s eyes showing all the emotion of a betrayed youth, the anger, rage, and pain I could remember from my own youth. All I could do was stand and stare at it. I collected myself and stepped inside.

The small gallery had many paintings, one more striking than the other, and there was a young man painting on a rather large canvas.

“Did you paint that?” I asked, pointing to the dark mysterious eyes. I realized they were his eyes, which were now calm and enigmatic. I thought he seemed shy but realized that wasn’t quite right. Reserved was more like it. Perhaps he fell into the zone when he painted.

“Yes,” he said.

“It’s breathtaking.”

He smiled, but just slightly. He watched me as I looked at the other paintings.

This kid is really good, I thought. The brilliance of the colors he uses, the faces both realistic and abstract, the Van Gogh effect of layering the paint was like the work of an older, more accomplished artist. I could only shake my head when I thought of what he’d be like in twenty or thirty years.

I’ve been around art most of my life. I love art. I love paintings and sculpture. He does both. I decided that night that I would do all that I could to bring Rodrigo Ayala to everyone’s attention.

I’m currently arranging an art show, “Miradas,” on Saturday, August 11, at Casa de la Noche’s Bordello Gallery. If you’re an art lover, a collector, or patron of the arts don’t miss this one.

There will be classical music performances, and refreshments will be served.


Art Opening


Paintings by Rodrigo Ayala

Sat, Aug 11, 4pm

Casa de la Noche Bordello Gallery

Órganos 19, Centro

Closing ceremony

Sat, Sep 8, 4–7pm


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