Two old friends talking about art and their lives, how art has impacted their lives, and how their lives are represented in their art.
After an hour or two spent in the company of Judy Dykstra-Brown and Jesús López Vega, it’s clear that the bond between these friends whose lives have intertwined over many years remains as strong as ever.
Their combined show, “The Poet’s Eye, the Artist’s Tongue,” opens Saturday, March 26 at the at the Lopez Vega Gallery in West Ajijic, and will include a display of their work and short presentations of their writings.
Jesús describes Judy as a sensitive woman in touch with her emotions, a quality that is exhibited very clearly in her large and diverse body of work. He says her love for the Mexican people was instantaneous and commends the fact that has integrated herself into the artistic community in a special way.
Judy paints, sculpts and has worked as a silversmith, designing jewelry. She is a dedicated poet and writes every day. It is in her daily writing that she says she finds the greatest solace and discovers her voice as an artist.
She has sought out the work of local artists and her home is a tribute to the stories and rich culture of Mexico. Surrounded with narratives that bring her comfort, she writes and paints ceaselessly.