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Ribera Arts Review - January 09, 2021

Beautify Ajijic

Artists Ted Shaw, his wife Ana Romo, Rocio Vera, muralist Juan Romo, and jewelry creator Cesar Matta are on a quest to beautify Ajijic while at the same time trying to find projects to keep talented local artists working during this year’s very slow high season.

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Shaw notes that art sales are at an all-time low and local artists are hurting.

So the quintet has begun a program to paint murals, with the area under Ajijic’s pier as the location for the first project. After a presentation at the Ajijic Rotary Club, the next project will be near the Cruz Roja building in Chapala, Shaw says. Artists with time and who are looking for work should contact the group. Anyone who can donate funds, paint or other materials is welcome to check out the BeautifyAjijic Facebook page.

Benefit concerts

The Lake Chapala Society hosts two benefit concerts by Branden and James, “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road.”

The show is a musical mash-up celebrating the brilliance of Elton John’s greatest hits, plus favorite tunes from iconic films “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz,” as well as the hit Broadway show “Wicked.” The concert will benefit LCS.

Both concerts are Friday, January 22, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the LCS Garden.

Tickets will be limited to 100 seats for each performance, advanced purchase only. No tickets sold at the gate. VIP tickets (50 seats, features prime location with table) are 500 pesos; general admission tickets (50 arranged in rows) are 350 pesos.

Advance tickets may be purchased via the LCS website or in person at the LCS office.

Virtual art show

Although Covid-19 restrictions have curtailed evening art events just as the season unfolds, the Ajijic Society of the Arts (ASA) is holding Virtual Art Shows at AjijicArtSale.com, where you can find works by local artists, review them and claim them online. You can search by artist or by type of art and refine the search by a variety of details. Once selected, the artist will email the buyer to arrange payment and pick up.

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Monologue workshop

There is still one space left for the Bare Stage and BRAVO! Theatres’ Acting Monologue Workshops 

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with Bernadette Jones held mid-January to mid-February.

The workshops, to be conducted via Zoom, will introduce acting techniques for stage and camera using a selected monologue from a play of your choice, or suggested by the instructor. Mastering this monologue will enhance your acting skills on many levels.

A 35-year career veteran in the professional theater and film world, Jones brings a wealth of experience directing, coaching and teaching actors.

The culmination of this Monologue Workshop will be a live showcase performance, when it is safe to gather as a group once again. The Showcase will be at either the BRAVO! Theatre or Bare Stage Theatre.

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Efren gonzalez at the coast

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“Mercado del Pueblo” by Efren Gonzalez is one of his works that will be up at Galeria La Manzanilla beginning Friday, January 15. Gonzalez will be at the gallery that day for the opening cocktail from 4 to 7 p.m. The Ajijic-based artist shows at least once a year there and in the past has offered art classes as well. He is currently giving a workshop at a private home in the beach town. The following week he will be giving a course in Melaque at La Paloma Ocean Retreat, then at Galeria Dante in Puerto Vallarta and possibly a workshop in Manzanillo before heading home to Ajijic. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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