GALERIA IZAMAL – IN ITS 29TH YEAR IS THE OLDEST GALLERY IN SMA
By Henry Vermillion
In 1992, I was one of a handful of painters having coffee in the patio of the ancient Meson de San Jose on Calle Mesones. We were commiserating about how the three art galleries in town (there were only three) were not selling much of our work. They stuck our stuff in their bodegas where they never saw the light, etc.
“Wait”, said one of us. “Look at that!” It was a “FOR RENT” sign on one of the little locales around the patio. “Let’s start our own gallery!” And, in November of that year, Galeria Izamal opened in that 15 by 15-foot space. To invent a phrase, the rest is history. Our spacious new downtown location is at Jesus 25, just a few steps past Cuadrante.
Over the years, Galeria Izamal has featured the art of Jaime Goded, Peter Leventhal, Marion Perlet, Keith Miller, Stan Goldberg (the creator of “Archie” comics), Roberto Fuentevilla, Gerardo Ruiz, Jesus Real, and many others. In our beginning years, through a connection with a Mexico City gallery, we also showed the work of famed Mexican artists Francisco Zuniga, Rufino Tamayo, Jose Luis Cuevas, and Roberto Montenegro.
Galeria Izamal is and has always been a co-op, which means that each of the members shares all gallery expenses and work. Since the gallery takes no commission from artist´s sales, artist member’s prices are generally forty or fifty percent less than in commercial galleries.
Current gallery artists are Ted Davis, photographer; painters Juan Ezcurdia, Jeff Ferst, Javier Garcia, Cissy Smith Marks, Lawrence Selevan, Henry Vermillion, Britt Zaist, and the late artist/matador John Fulton; jeweler, Wolfgang Lichter. Britt is also the gallery manager.
The gallery is open daily from 11 am to 6:30 pm.
Galería Izamal Celebrates Its 29th Anniversary
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SUE GRIFFIN, GALERIA IZAMAL GUEST SCULPTOR/ARTIST
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Oklahoma State University, I decided to attend law school. I put my creative urges aside and received my Juris doctorate in 1992 from Tulsa University. I practiced law for 15 years and retired in 2007.
I then moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Since living here I have had the opportunity to delve back into my creative side. I began clay sculpting 10 years ago. It was love at first touch.
The clay I use in my work is from Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico. The pieces are hand-built using slab and coil techniques. Colors are added by using underglazes and glazes and then they are low fired. Each piece is fired one or two times depending on the look I want to achieve.
About Sue´s Crow: I’ve always like to do things to make people cock their heads a bit. In other words to hear or see something differently. Even chuckle or laugh a bit. Something clever usually does the trick. Crows are definitely known for their cleverness. Just to sculpt a crow would not accomplish my desire for the head cock. Thus the birth of the cocky crow, dancing about in a pair of shoes! Sculpting crows became an easy project for me but liking a challenge, I began making extremely detailed shoes for them to wear. The first shoed crow danced in red stiletto high heels. I definitely got the reaction I was looking for. So many styles of shoes to still create!
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