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Artist Ian Carter’s Exhibit, Imagined Landscapes of México, Closes with a Reception at Bordello Gallery


By Mary Ann Carter

In the spring of 2014, Ian Carter and I were having cocktails on our San Miguel de Allende patio. The sun was setting, the hummingbirds were buzzing and sipping nectar from the hummingbird feeder and the flowers. That was when we asked our landlord to allow us to spend six months each year in his house, which became our second home when he agreed to a long-term lease.

Ian had retired the year before, and the plans he made included “getting back” into watercolors, learning to play the classic guitar, learning Spanish, finishing a book that he had started in 1979, and traveling.

“Getting back” into watercolors was a struggle, and at times he thought he should try something else. He told me that watercolor painting is a duality, a partnership in which he had to allow the watercolors to sometimes do their own thing. The pleasure in this is to harness the medium and let it play a role in the painting process.

Since his return to painting, he has had three successful shows: two in Vancouver and one in San Miguel. His most recent show, Imagined Landscapes of México, has been at the Bordello Gallery this past month and is having a closing reception on February 6 at the gallery.

These paintings are of places visited in Central and Southern México, places he first sketched and photographed, then painted. The paintings are acrylic and acrylic with mixed-media. They include images of Veracruz, Xilitla, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Dolores Hidalgo, Atotonilco, Catemaco, Xilitla, Tula, and Puebla.


Art Show Closing Reception

Imagined Landscapes of Mexico

Wed, Feb 6, 4–7pm

Ian Carter

Bordello Gallery

Casa De La Noche, Órganos 19



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