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Dancing Maguey and Agave exhibition at Cent’Anni

By Julian Gaxiola

Artist Mary Sky Schoolcraft’s vibrant oil paintings capture the essence of the maguey and agave’s tough beauty, with a distinctive Mexican flavor. Her exhibit, Dancing Maguey and Agave, will open at Cent’Anni Restaurant on October 4.

The variegated yellow and green magueys take the form of multiarmed dancers. Works like Dancing Cobra, and Blue Agave at Midnight graphically reveal an intersection of shapes, delicate colors, and frozen movement. The Arms of the Agave reach for the sun, while in Nacimiento a new leaf is caught in the moment of its birth, unfolding from the center. A jacaranda tree engulfed in blossoms, like a Mexican dancer showing her ruffled crinolines, frames the view of the tiled dome of the iglesia. Each one of the eighteen paintings in this exhibition is strong, shapely, and full of vigor, like the Mexican women who grow from the rich red oxide soil of the Bajio.

These vivid and expressive oil paintings are currently on display and for sale at Cent’Anni Italian Ristorante, Canal 34.

Schoolcraft moved to Guanajuato four years ago after closing her gallery in Hawaii. She became enchanted by the colonial architecture, magnificent bougainvillea, lively culture, and the beauty of the Bajio. Most of all, she says, she was drawn here by the kindness and generosity of the people.

“I paint to capture the essence of what is…the magic that underlies the physical form,” says Schoolcraft. “Therefore my paintings are more expressionistic than realistic. Sometimes I am interested in the shapes, negative spaces, the design, and composition. And other times, it is the elusive quality of the light. Always there is a sense that the miraculous lives in the ordinary, that there is magic in reality, if we could just see.”

Come meet the artist Thursday, October 4, 5:30–8:30pm, at Cent’Anni Ristorante. Live jazz music to follow!


Art Reception

Dancing Maguey and Agave

Oil Paintings by Mary Sky Schoolcraft

Thu, Oct 4, 5:30–8:30pm

Cent’Anni Restaurante

Canal 34




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