The first year sounds to me as the first step, true that to take that first step we had to learn at least to crawl and then step up 😉 and here the same, we had to vacate the area, as were it was warehouse, seal , painting, cleaning, conditioning, changing dates … and it’s funny to change dates because the Gallery was initially thought for two artists, the painter Michael Oates and photographs of Mayte Martinez but when talking to my Tianguis Cultural mate Jorge Barrera, I love his work, and he commented to another artist, then another, then another that were adding themselves to the project had to change date of March through August to get the larger local ready, cause the small one was insufficient even to inaugurate already had 10 artists work, and the second place was more difficult to get ready because was for a cafeteria designed to be … which eventually had to open to give a reason for people coming from outside to handle their visa, they now come in to see the works and have a coffee.
This year (and long before) we had the invaluable support of Blanca Morales, director of the County Gallery Jaime Garza, our godmother Rosaura Dávila de Cuellar, Ing. Miguel Rubiano, Norma Morales Gonzalez, Maria Elena Gonzalez Councillor for Culture, Yolanda Montelongo Museum director Rigo Tovar, members of the Society Tamaulipeca History, Geography and Statistics which, as good historians the importance of art in our society well known, the indispensable assistance of great painters thanks to their career have the experience needed to guide those who are new to the wonderful world of art such as Onesimo Gallardo, Michael Oates and Jorge de la Fuente.
I can not fail to mention the support of the reporters from Art and Culture: Idalia Beltran, Javier Sancho, Gregorio Martinez, Lizeth Vargas, Gris Valtierra, Monica Canela, Cesar Manjarrez and Adolfo Dominguez and the local media reporters Jose Fidelino Vera and Norberto Lacarriere that with their articles and interviews made known the exhibitions, artists, lectures, workshops and concerts that take place in our facilities.
I want to pay special tribute to my children David and Arturo Castillo, Jodie my daughter in law and my grandchildren Danna and Luis Eduardo for supporting this project.
Special thanks to Leonardo Avalos and Carlos Noé because they are the ones that month-on-month carry the heaviest work as they are the ones who usually help me with museology and accommodate the works. Thank You!
This year, besides the collective exhibitions also held a Guitar Concert organized in coordination with arteencorto.com participating Abraham Sosa and students of Colegio San Juan Siglo XXI Julio Cesar Salazar and Mario Andres Ramirez also lately we had an Art History lecture by Ing. Miguel Rubiano.
Special mention deserves the auction that was held in June to benefit the Mexican Red Cross Delegation Matamoros organized with the support of Ing. Miguel Rubiano and for which were donated a painting of Manuel Robledo and Franchute’s Silkscreen made by Enrique Cattaneo donated by Mrs. Marcela Ronquillo de Hinojosa, also a lithography that Mr. Rubiano donated, to this auction attended and bought some collectors like Mrs. Florinda Pérez and Maria Luisa M. Rubiano, Roberto Mendez, Raul Silva, Maria Elena González, Nilda and Arturo Garza and Marga López, in which 14 out of 21 paintings were sold.
To Luis Zuñiga and the Circus Light let me reassure that this is your space, I hope you keep meeting your goals and get more achievements, keep growing as team. Thank you for being always here!
Then allow me to share with you the list of artists whose work has been exhibited in the gallery, some on permanent display and others in the monthly thematic exhibitions.
Carlos Noé Martínez
Cuauhtémoc Martinez Flores
Hugo de la Garza
Javier Sancho Mercado
Jorge de la Fuente
Juan Alberto Maraboto
Juan Francisco Gonzalez
Juan Jose Vela Aleman
Juan Manuel Hinojosa
Mario Alberto Velázquez
Mayte Martinez (yours truly)
Raúl González Sierra
Silvia Guerra Domene
Roberto Juarez students Regional Institute of Fine Arts in Matamoros and the College of the Faith.
To all those who have collaborated: Thank you, thank you very much!