Art Commemorative Event at Merida English Library
As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, Wed. night, March 1, there will be an event celebrating MEL history as a supporter of the artist community in Merida. Before the MEL building became a library, it was used for several years as an art studio, gallery and art school by 3 young Merida artists, and was known as El Estudio. On March 1st, we will be celebrating MEL’s long history as a supporter of the artist community by featuring the art of these three artists. The show will hang for approximately 6 weeks.
WHERE: Merida English Library
TIME: 5 TO 8:30 on Wed March 1st
Aperitivos by Moveable Feast, and Drinks will be served
A BRIEF HISTORY OF El ESTUDIO BY Mark Callaghan
In the summer of 1982, Alonso Gutierrez, painter, Victor Rendon, Photographer (deceased), and myself, Mark A. Callaghan, Painter and Printmaker, rented the building that is now the Merida English Library, where we worked and taught for about three years. Later the three of us were invited to teach at the new Bellas Artes School that was opening in Sept of 1985.
Alonso taught painting and had the first room at El Estudio for his own art work, while I had the second room for doing my own artwork and teaching drawing. The third room was a group space and I began pressing my first sheets of paper there with an ancient press donated by Pilar Camara, Alonso’s wife. Victor had the two remaining rooms for teaching photography, as well as a darkroom. The central space and the back terrace were used by everybody including students. I also taught silkscreen in a workshop constructed next to the back bathroom behind the terrace.
The three of us founded an 18 member fine arts organization at “El Estudio” called AVYAC and set up a gallery on the central walls, and sculptures in the back patio. We once had a very large opening of all of the member’s artwork, and so many people came for the opening that there was hardly space to stand. It was a huge success and there was an interesting article by Roldan Peniche Barrera published in Diario de Yucatan reporting on this event.