60 Years of Art: An anthology of Art Exhibits produced in Puerto Vallarta for over the past six decades will be on display beginning December 18, 2009 and running until January 14, 2010.
by Rubén Cham firstname.lastname@example.org
The importance of the exhibit lies in the historical significance of its contents: through the selected works, the viewer can appreciate the journey of the visual arts of Vallarta over six decades of evolution. Its central purpose is to document, promote and revaluate the art.
During the opening ceremony, acknowledgements will be made to Ramon Barragan; the organizer and participant of the first art exhibition in Vallarta and the creator of the first version of the sculpture of Miguel Hidalgo in the Park by the same name, and to Manuel Lepe, perhaps the greatest local artist in historical terms.
In 1952, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Hotel Paraíso, Ramón Barragán, Esteban Ramírez Güereño and Joaquín Rodríguez Pedroza, organized the first visual arts exhibition in this city.
Much water has flowed under the bridge since then: from the primitive or naïve style imposed primarily by Manuel Lepe, and Javier Niño as the foundation and hallmark of the Vallarta School of Painting that attracted a significant number of followers in the art market and the artistic community; over the years, the art produced in this city has gone beyond “localism” and adopted a universal character which places it in the global movement of contemporary art. This is evident in the work of artists like Fernando Sanchez or Ireri Topete.
The list of exhibitors registered to date of this writing, in alphabetical order, is: Edward Alexandre, Dr. Ayotl, Ramón Barragán, Cecilia Bojórquez, Helmuth Bornemann, Regino Carrillo, Rafael Castillón, Ada Colorina, Cinthia Corona, Rogelio Díaz, Pepe Gutiérrez, Angeline Kyba, Marcella Lepe, Manuel Lepe, Gustavo López, Jorge López, José Marca, Z. Marissa, Édgar Martínez, Luis Fco. Martínez, Héctor Montes, Luz Elena Moreno, Israel Niño, Javier Niño, Pico Reséndiz, Saúl Salcedo, Fernando Sánchez, Pedro Tello, and Ireri Topete.
The opening is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, from 6 pm to 9 pm at Paco – Studio & Gallery, Venustiano Carranza 512, Tel: 222-8168.