Home, Studio, and Gallery Tour Shows Off Some of San Miguel’s Top Art Sites
By Maia Williams
Bring your camera! The jaw-dropping homes and landscapes, studios and shops, and galleries we visit will create an unforgettable San Miguel experience. Stops highlight the genius of artists, architects, and designers. These properties and their owners have been profiled internationally from Montreal to Tokyo.
This unique outing includes a personal tour of the most unusual home and gallery in all of México, Made by Anado, where the owners share the stories behind the memorable buildings, walls, and art installations. The artist and his partner are as colorful as the place they call home.
At the next stop, we’ll explore another extraordinary home in a lush setting and Trip Advisor’s #1 San Miguel shopping destination, Galeria Atotonilco, showcasing 6,500 square feet of the best folk art from México, Columbia, Guatemala, Panama, and beyond. The artistic traditions specific to each village or region are sustained by the gallery’s purchases, handled directly by the owner, who spent three decades as a studio artist while developing a discerning eye and deep respect for the families who produce artisan-quality craft and design.
We complete our escape to the country at the “Sistine Chapel of México,” Santuario de Atotonilco. Built in 1750 by Father Luis Felipe Néri, the church’s walls and ceilings are covered with poems and Bible stories painted by Miguel Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre, who spent 30 years completing the project. It is the second most visited pilgrimage site in the country (the first in México and the world is the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City).
Light snacks and bottled water are included. You are welcome to bring additional food items and beverages. Please dress comfortably.
An optional, no-cost tour extension may be added at the drop-off location to explore the region’s most comprehensive arts complex, Fábrica la Aurora. For your dining pleasure, several restaurants offering a variety of cuisines are located within the structure.
This tour often sells out. Please purchase your ticket today. The tour is led by Maia Williams, San Miguel Writers’ Conference codirector. Proceeds help to support the building of a community center in San Miguel’s original indigenous settlement, San Miguel Viejo, by the local nonprofit, Ojalá Niños and San Miguel’s annual arts and culture magazine, Crossroads: La Vida Creativa en San Miguel de Allende.
Art, Architecture, and Design Tour
“Escape to the Country”
Fri, Nov 29, 10:30am–2:30pm
Includes transportation, fees, light refreshments
Advance Purchase Only:
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