by Jerry Lafferty, Banderas News
The Peter Gray Art Museum on the campus of Centro Universidad de la Costa (CUC) will hold a reception and open house on Friday, November 27 at 5 pm to honor recent donors to its extensive art collection.
Everyone is invited to attend, free of charge, to share in light refreshments, meet and thank the new donors, and importantly get acquainted with this exciting addition to the Puerto Vallarta art scene.
By way of background, Peter Gray, whom many of you know as a strong advocate for many local charitable and cultural activities over the past 15 years, started the museum named in his honor in 2005. With his passing last year, responsibility for the future of the museum passed to a non-profit Board headed by his wife, Buri Gray, Nacho Cadena of La Leche Restaurant and the City Cultural Commission.
The objective of the Museum remains to provide students at CUC, and the City at-large, with an exposure to art that they might otherwise not experience, particularly if enrolled in technical degree programs. The art on display ranges in scope from 18th Century to more contemporary work, by Mexican and International artists, both paintings and sculptures.
Philanthropist Peter Gray founded the museum named in his honor in 2005.
All art work was donated by Peter himself, local artists and galleries, and generous patrons from Puerto Vallarta and beyond. Prominent artists on display include Joan Miro, Beatriz Castaneda, Carlos Merida, Jose Luis Cuevas, Pedro Coronel, and Pedro Friedeberg, among others.
So, please do plan to venture out to CUC for this opening event of the winter season. You’ll come away proud of one of the crown jewels of the PV art scene. While on campus, take the opportunity to explore an expanding and beautiful college, its impressive architecture, and the adjacent reptile research station where you’ll encounter “Goliath,” one of the largest crocodiles ever found in this area.
CUC is located just north of the airport. Head inland from the main highway connecting Puerto Vallarta with Nuevo Vallarta and Nayarit, turning onto the road to Ixtapa that intersects with the main highway slightly north of the new Home Depot. Travel approximately 2 miles, where, at a traffic signal, you’ll see the entrance road to CUC on the right. Parking is provided on campus, near the main entrance. To find the art museum, walk towards the reptile station, asking students along the way if you don’t see the crowd gathering at the museum.
For further information regarding this exciting event, contact Buri Gray at (322) 221-5285, Ann Lafferty at 221-6156, Elinor Prawer at 221-5032, or Dorothy Piontkowski at 209-0064.