Artists' Co-op Exhibit, 2009


San Felipe, Baja, Mexico

San Felipe Artists' Co-Op Exhibit - 2009

San Felipe's Art Co-op held an exhibition today (Dec. 5/09) at the Baja Mar's upper palpa restaurant. About a dozen local artists presented a wide spectrum of mediums, ranging from water colors to silver work.

Although the weather was cool and cloudy, a steady stream of people came to enjoy the artistic inducements of San Felipe's more visonary citizens.

Mac Davis and de Coursey, a wood turner and wood sculptor respectively, both revealed in their work the deep aesthetic that lies trapped inside the burls and planks of hardwoods.

Vickie Rama's intricate bone carvings, on their beds of black cloth, arrested the wandering eye to admire their delicate lustre.

Robin Waters' paintings and digital designs, always capable of lighting up any part of a room, called out from the corner of the venue with the elemental voices of their primary colors.

Valentina Ragsdale's marvelous portraits and landscapes were a rewarding experience.

Ron Saunder's of Baja Reflections was on hand to talk about his photographs. His keen eye for mood, composition and balance embue his work with dignity, mystery and beauty. The Baja photography in his collection is quite visceral, almost mythical in content.

Laurie Braal was there with a display of themed 'art with spirit', a collection of crucifixes overlayed with a variety of appliques, including jewels, tooled silver, jade and other interesting garniture. She sardonically calls the art form 'Cross Dressing'. Laurie also displayed a collection of carefully crafted silver flasks.

James Mann's watercolors, with their tropical and marine themes depicted in cooler tones of teal and blues,

Wendy O'Neill, whose husband Tom provided musical entertainment on his guitar, had several exhibits of her bendt glass work, -masks, plates and a variety of holders cleverly fashioned from softened glass. She also had a number of beautifully crafted mosaics available.

A fanciful collection by A. Joyce depicted featureless interracial groups of people standing side-by-side, wearing Indian or religious costumes. Interestingly, the racial distinctions disappeared when the people, still in costume, were painted as skeletons.

There were other artists, other notable expressions of their need to represent their own particular vision of the world around them. Together with the group presnted in the images below, these artists who make up San Felipe's Artistic Co-Op are a welcomed addition to the fabric of our local culture.

Click on the first thumbnail to begin the slide show.