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Improvisational Music and Art Unite in Joint Event at Galería Izamal



By Henry Vermillion

While improvisation is an art form common among musicians and actors, it is common for painters as well. The difference is that we normally see only the painter’s finished product.

On Sunday, September 1, Galeria Izamal will feature a public improvisation session with two artists—one a painter, the other a musician. The art and music-loving public is invited to witness this unique event.

Painter Javier Garcia will improvise on a blank canvas, and musician Gabriel Hernandez will simultaneously improvise on keyboard, both doing what they do best.

García is a native Sanmiguelense, well known for his loose, colorful, and vigorous paintings of San Miguel and of Brazil, both of which he knows well. He is a longtime member of the Izamal artists’ cooperative. Cuban-born-and-trained Gabriel Hernandez has been well known to San Miguel jazz lovers for many years. He also tours internationally with his band all over the world.

This demonstration may be one of the few opportunities to watch a professional painter at work, as though he were in his studio.

Of course, to improvise well, the artist must have mastered his or her medium, in this case, paint and brush and keyboard. Both these artists easily qualify.

Galeria Izamal will celebrate its twenty-seventh anniversary in November. Juan Ezcurdia, Javier Garcia, Cissy Smith Marks, Bill Morrow, Al Skaar, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist are painter-members, and Maria Bracho and Wolfgang Lichter are Izamal’s jewelers.

Art and Music


Javier Garcia and Gabriel Hernandez

Sun, Sep 1, 12–3pm,

Galeria Izamal

Mesones 80, Centro


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