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Ribera Arts Review - February 10, 2024

Art fairs

• 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).

pg17aAdmission is free, and there is ample parking on the lake front. Any profit from the participation fee paid by the artists will benefit LCS’ 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.

• American Legion Post 7 Chapala holds a handmade artisans’ market every Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. Find arts, crafts, textiles, ceramics, stationary foods and more. Live music. Vendors with handmade products can rent a table for 100 pesos. Information: 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..

Live Music

• The Beatles Experience, a show by Beatles tribute band Garden Fete, will be offered as a free concert, Sunday, February 11, 12:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala.

• Tekila Blues and Roll, Mary’s Island and Chelo Jonathan and Sergio will perform at a benefit concert for Saul Carrera, a 21-year-old man who suffered a dramatic motorcycle accident, on Saturday, February 17, 3 to 11 p.m. at Constitucion 44 in Ajijic. Enjoy live music, food and drink. Tickets are 200 pesos. Information: 332-800-9412.

• Saxophonist and composer Lucas Martínez presents his project “Traces of Memory” at La Cochera Cultural Sunday, February 18, 6:30 p.m. Martínez has captivated audiences with  over 100 concerts throughout this year in Europe. For this concert, he shares the stage with Eleazar “Chuco” Soto, Gilberto Ríos on double bass, Sofía Ramírez on piano, and Miguel Soto on drums. Tickets are 350 pesos. Reservations at 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..

Workshops/Classes

pg17cThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.." /> As part of the Festival del Febrero, violinist Annalee Patipanakoon will give a master class on February 16, while pianist David Fung will do the same on February 18. Both are at 6 p.m. at the Haus Der Musik, Constitucion 112B in Ajijic. Free entrance.

• La Cochera Cultural offers two workshops by Ines Queiros next weekend: A bundle dye, ecoprinting and Tatakizome workshop is Friday, February 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A painting with soy mile and dyeing with biowaste workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, prices and booking, 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..

• Master potter Macario Covarrubias Murguía will give pottery creation workshops in four sessions, February 20, 22, 27 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at La Bella Vida, Constitucion 6 in Ajijic. Covarrubias studied under famed Jalisco ceramicists Jorge Wilmot Mason and Fernando Carmona. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 376-766-5131 for more information.

• Gabriel Lara-Art Studio & Workshops, Carretera 7 (in front of the Ajijic Bus Station) offers various workshops. Open Studios: Work on your on project with your own supplies or take art classes in painting and papier maché. A weaving workshop is on for February 29, March 1 and March 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a cost of 1,800 pesos, all materials included.  Manos Libres Open Studio brings inspiration to artists, beginners and advanced, by providing a open space to create and connect with other creatives at Lakeside. A Nomad Room is a shared space to work on your own project. An Atelier Room, where you can offer your own workshop for the community or take painting  and papel mache classes. And a Holistic Room, a space to lease for holistic therapies.

Exhibits

• Artful Codgers Art Show, an exhibit celebrating Lakeside residents and snowbirds over the age of 60, will open with a “All Out Rock’n” reception Saturday, February 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Ajijic Cultural Center on the Ajijic plaza. All show proceeds and donations go to support the Ajijic Cultural Center. For detailed information and entry forms, contact Melody via whatsapp 331-112-4076 or 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..

• 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.

• Beth Myers is offering limited copies of her original paintings to be sold at reduced prices at the close of her exhibit at Casa del Sol Inn Wednesday, February 21, 3 to 5 p.m. She will sign the works as you enjoy complementary Lemon Drop Martinis.

• The Art Show Amigas will be showcasing their work and that of photographer Mónica Cárdenas in front of her gallery on the San Antonio Tlayacapan Plaza Thursday, February 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy music, art and complimentary beverages.

• “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.

Lakeside artists called

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.

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