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Art and the Creative Muse

Tim Hazell 2

Tim Hazell1

By René de Rebecca and Carolina Parra

The Pergola Gallery kicks off its bilingual San Miguel de Allende’s Capital of Culture 2019 series on March 28 with an informal talk and performance, “Creativity in Art,” by interdisciplinary artist Tim Hazell.

The Pergola Gallery series brings the creative work and aesthetics of the artists it represents to a wider audience.

Hazell moves freely between vision and creative action, using diverse mediums of poetry, music, visual arts, theater, and cinema to transform encounters with inner and daily life. His color line and contour evoke different sources of inspiration—in particular, references to symbolic behavior and ritual and how they define products of craftsmanship that are emblematic of cultures with widely disparate traditions.

In native communities, rhythms of planting and harvesting and the manufacture and repair of ritual objects, tools, and musical instruments belong to their world of transitory things. Universal and enduring human emotions are manifested in their poetry, philosophy, music, and humanism, expressions that document the fragility of life and the transience of beauty.

Isolated settlements and great civilizations shared the view that struggles for survival were part of a custodial relationship with a living universe and a reaffirmation of the awesome power and omnipotence of nature.

Hazell’s investigations with dry mediums, paint, and mixed media range from flurries of spontaneous gesture to strong intellectual processes of analysis. Objects that are normally experienced in static ambient relationships are randomly juxtaposed, creating new and tantalizing contextual situations.

A professor of fine arts and the director of art at the Instituto Allende from 1998–2001, Hazell has a visual arts catalogue that reflects indigenous and contemporary influences. His work appears in 60 international shows and private collections in Canada, the United States, México, and Europe. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, and the San Miguel Community Foundation. He is the founder and director of the Cinco de Mayo Music Academy and the Pro Musica Youth Chamber Orchestra and is Pro Musica’s vice president as well as its director of music education.

Hazell is the author of four books published by the Texas Heritage Music Foundation and two feature films—Inner Earth, with Emmy-award-winning composer and pianist Ken Bichel, and Rituals, featured at the 2016 San Miguel Writer’s Conference. Musical collaborations include A Forest of Americas with Doug Robinson and two CDs of original music for solo piano with co-composer Liz Stone, interpreted by renowned pianist Marta García Renart. He also writes Cultural Perspectives, a column of food anthropology for Atención San Miguel.

This event takes place at the gallery space at Ancha de San Antonio 20, inside the Instituto Allende, at 12pm. Comfortable seats will be provided, and there is no admissions charge.


Talk and Performance

“Creativity in Art”

Tim Hazell

Thu, Mar 28, 12pm

Pérgola Art Gallery

Ancha de San Antonio 20

No admission charge


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