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John Hillmer Exhibit at Bordello Galeria

By Kristen Fry

Former San Miguel de Allende artist John Hillmer returns to Bordello Galeria’s courtyard over Easter weekend, bringing with him a mix of paintings and prints that touch on common themes in his work—music, myths, México, and madness.

Art Opening
Music, Myth, México, and Madness
John Hillmer
Sat, Apr 20, 12–6pm
Sun, Apr 21, 12–5pm
Pop Up Art Gallery
Bordello Galeria
Organos 19, Centro

Just a few of the celebrities who have championed Hillmer’s stage murals have included Ray Charles, Jimmy Cliff, Keb’ Mo’, and Maya Angelou. More than 50 music, literary, and community events across North America have used his illustrations and designs, including the Northwest Folklife Festival and the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.

Hillmer’s art often plays with animal spirits. There are fish rising from saxophones, chakra jackrabbits, meditating monkeys, and small birds on bare shoulders whispering great truths. As with any animal, including the human animal, they all have something to say and something to teach. What that is, exactly, is left to the viewer to decide.

Alive in these pieces is the infectious energy of spirituality, color, play, and travel.

“I travel quite a bit but still can’t shake the kind of sublime and mysterious quality that is unique to México. I call it Mextacy.

This definitely shows up in Hillmer’s work and inspires others to see the sublime of this beautiful, complex country.

Last year, Hillmer landed back in Tequisquiapan, another pueblo magico not too far away from San Miguel.

“It’s the town of my Mexican birth since I first fell in love with México there about 20 years ago,” he says. “And while I realize it’s not exactly an art town como San Miguel, I’ve opened a little gallery space there called Studio Quixote, which I share with a wonderful silver jeweler and a protege of hers who sells some badass silver skull rings for the biker crowd. It’s a lovely, interesting little town.”

Hillmer invites the public to stop by the Bordello Galeria courtyard over Easter weekend and perhaps have a tequila  and share the Mextacy.


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