Art Shows and Sales
• Art in the Plaza is on this Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Centro Laguna Mall. Enjoy live music and shop with more than 60 vendors selling gourmet food, art work in all disciplines, jewelry, textiles and more.
• A special Valentine’s Day edition of the LCS Art in the Garden shows will be held in the gardens of the Lake Chapala Society Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (16 de septiembre 16A in Ajijic). Admission is free, and there is ample parking on the lake front. Any profit from the participation fee paid by the artists will benefit LCS’s community outreach programs.
This will be the last one-day art show of this high season. The show will cover the entire LCS grounds. If you’re looking for a perfect Valentine gift that will show that special someone how much you love them, you’ll find some 70 craftspeople showing a variety of fine art and handicrafts with something for every taste and budget.
The LCS Children’s Art Program will be selling original art, plus their art cards featuring the kids’ work (including Valentine’s Day cards). This provides important income for these young artists and their families.
• In a presentation by Concerts at the Lake, Brandon and James will perform at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera Saturday, February 3, 6 p.m. They are joined by superstar vocalist Effie Passero from American Idol and Postmodern Jukebox as they present “Music of The Night.” A real tour de force of epic music making featuring duets and collaborations from Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, Judy Garland, The Eagles, The Beatles, Andrea Bocelli and much more. New York City pianist to the opera stars, Danny Zelibor will be joining them on the keys. Tickets, 500 pesos VIP and 350 pesos general seating, are available at the LCS website or at the Lake Chapala Society office.
• The Hi-Stakes, a quintet based in Amsterdam, performs Tuesday, February 6, 6 p.m. at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera (CCAR).Original melodies are authentically performed across a wide range of popular genres of the time—anything between the worlds of jazz and blues. The Hi-Stakes consists of Sam Ghezzi on vocals and tenor saxophone, Frank Groenendijk on tenor saxophone, Linus Eppinger on guitar, César Puente on double bass, and Joe Korach on drums. Tickets, 300 pesos pre-sale, 350 pesos the day of event, are available at CCAR box office, open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also open one and one half hours before any concert.
• The impressive exhibit, “Tierra Prodiga,” (Lavish Land)—200 years of painting in Jalisco, is up at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Arturo Camacho, a state history specialist in the Colegio de Jalisco. Among the show’s outstanding qualities is that it gives us a look at breathtaking gems from private collections rarely or never shown in public. This exhibit was previously shown at the Ex Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara in October 2023.
• Designers Dana Doublin, Kristina Trejo and Ale Bustamante will present a Wearable Art Show and sale in support of the Cruz Roja Chapala, Wednesday, February 14, 2 p.m. at Elegante Restaurant, Constitucion 59 in Ajijic. Reservations: 376-766-1066.
• “Identidades,” an exhibition of contemporary art from Chiapas and Oaxaca by Blanca Ricci, Ines Lara, Jesus Cuevas and Patricio Santiago, is up at the Centro Cultural Ajijic on the Ajijic Plaza.
• Artists Hana Jiang and Denise McFarlane present their work in the exhibit “Dos Almas,” at Nomad Gallery, Hidalgo 81 in Riberas del Pilar.
• “No Hablo Español,” an exhibition of a series of photographs by Phillip Malyard, inspired by Mexico’s magic realism and surrealism, is up at the Centro para la Cultura y las Artes de la Ribera.
Calling all Lakeside artists
The Centro Cultural Ajijic (CCA) invites Lakeside artists to participate in a collective exhibit to be held February 28 to March 14. Media on any theme, including paintings, drawings, etchings, photographs, reliefs and ceramic mural work, limited to 80 cms horizontal, are accepted—one work per artist. There is no cost to participate. Art should be delivered to the CCA February 22, 23 or 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.