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MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES WITH MORGAN BRIG AND GEOFFREY GORMAN
Feb
14
to Feb 22

MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES WITH MORGAN BRIG AND GEOFFREY GORMAN

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato - Mexico

February 14-22, 2020

We love taking artists to San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO heritage city that has been home for artists since the 1930s. Cobblestone-lined streets, art galleries, colorful doors that open into mysterious courtyards, alleyways filled with beautiful plantings, centuries-old buildings and, of course, the bells of the pink Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel in the Jardin. You never know what or who you will find in the Jardin, day or night. 

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Morgan Brig and Geoffrey Gorman loved it in San Miguel so they committed to teaching again in 2020. Casa de la Noche, where we hold our workshops, has a wonderful studio and attached outdoor balcony that is perfect for this class.

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ITINERARY

Day 1, Feb. 14.  Everyone arrives and we will meet for introductions and walk to our favorite taco stand on the street nearby if everyone is up for it, otherwise, it’s off to bed after a full day of traveling. 

Day 2, Feb. 15 Each morning breakfast is served either outside on the patio or inside at the dining table. Your choice. 

9:30 We will meet Geoffrey and Morgan in the studio where they will share some of their work and discuss how to allow the surroundings of San Miguel, the color, the patterns, and found objects to become an inspiration for figurative and animal work. Both will talk about their different approaches in conceiving and creating forms and also how each uses human, or part human, part animal or animal to create a finished piece. 

We will break for lunch and then Geoffrey will demonstrate how he carves and utilizes foam as an armature for a finished sculpture. Class will work along with the demos. At 4:30 we will break for a quick walking tour and then dinner will be at 8:00 this evening. 

Artists carving into foam

Artists carving into foam

Day 3, Feb. 16 Breakfast and then into the studio at 9:30. Geoffrey will demonstrate how to cover the foam with a variety of materials, including canvas or a colored fabric, bike tires, inner tubes and using wire and nails to attach the material to the foam.

Hard to take a pic without Geoffrey moving his hands!

Hard to take a pic without Geoffrey moving his hands!

Lunch, then Morgan will teach how to use the mapp gas torches to enamel copper and how to attach a photo decal to it. Each participant has the option to use that as part of the face, or a talisman, or perhaps an image on the body to convey a story or an internal body part. Class ends at 4:30. Free time until cooking class this evening with Chef Ana Elena Martinez. 

Joint piece made by Morgan and Geoffrey

Joint piece made by Morgan and Geoffrey

Day 4, Feb. 17 Breakfast and then studio at 9:30. This morning Morgan and Geoffrey will give a demo showing how to make appendages/parts:  noses, ears, etc. Morgan will also show how these appendages could be made with copper, either brazing and/or hammering them. Participants will start to build their forms.

Morgan teaching how to work with copper

Morgan teaching how to work with copper

After lunch, Geoffrey will talk about carving wood, using different types of glues and the use of other types of ephemera to complete a sculpture. He will also demonstrate how he rusts and creates a weathered finish on each piece. After class ends at 4:30, there will be free time until dinner at 7:30. 

Day 5, Feb. 18 Breakfast We will work in the studio until noon. Then lunch is on your own and you will have the afternoon free to explore San Miguel. At 3:30 we will walk to our friend Hermes Arroyo home/studio and his merry band of mojigangas. You will love them all.

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We'll walk down to have dinner near the jardin. 

Day 6, Feb. 19  Breakfast and in the studio at 9:30. This morning Geoffrey will talk about how Mexico and its amazing history of dynamic art and artists has influenced and affected his sculpture. It's a full day in the studio with Morgan and Geoffrey assisting when needed. Lunch and dinner. 

Day 7. Feb. 20  Breakfast and another full day in the studio. Lunch and dinner. 

Ana Elena Martinez, Geoffrey Gorman, Kathie Vezzani and Morgan Brig in San Miguel

Ana Elena Martinez, Geoffrey Gorman, Kathie Vezzani and Morgan Brig in San Miguel

In this workshop, Morgan and Geoffrey will share their techniques of creating spectacular mixed media sculptures. We're huge fans, we admit it. 

First of all, there's torching, rusting, wire wrapping, metal, enameling, sewing, adding bits of this and that - what's not to love?!

We will focus on heads so that they fit into your suitcase. In our last workshop, everyone made 2-3 sculptures.

This Escape Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation, double occupancy at Casa de Noche

  • beautiful studio to create in

  • aiport pickup/drop off at designated time at Leon airport

  • five days of workshops with Morgan and Geoffrey

  • all meals except for two lunches and one dinner

  • Special class with local mojiganga master (the large puppets)

  • farewell celebration

  • cooking class

  • new art tribe

Price: $3,500, limited to 12 people based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $500.

Local Residence Price: $2200, includes lunches, workshop and last evening’s meal -

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due November 15, 2019

Price does not include airfare to/from Mexico or alcoholic beverages.

Airport: Leon International Airport, Guanajuato, Mexico. Code: BJX  United's Flight 6091 is a direct flight from Houston that leaves at 6:05 p.m. and arrives in Guanajuato at 8:26 pm. We will have a driver pick you up and deliver you to the hotel which will take about 1.5 hours. Return: We will leave at 9 a.m. on February 23 for the 12:55 pm United flight 6227 to Houston.

Casa de la Noche, is owned by Barbara Poole, also an artist who supports the arts in San Miguel de Allende. Her beautifully renovated B&B is ten minutes from the jardin. 

One of the many courtyards at Casa de la Noche

One of the many courtyards at Casa de la Noche

Class samples by Morgan

Class samples by Morgan

Geoffrey’s class samples

Geoffrey’s class samples

Some of the wonderful pieces made by the artists in February 2019

Some of the wonderful pieces made by the artists in February 2019

Day 8. Feb 21  Breakfast and then in the studio. Morgan and Geoffrey will lead a discussion on finishing the work including ideas on how to display work. You have time to finish your projects. Lunch and the rest of the day is free before we meet for our very special dinner celebration this evening at our friend, Paco Cardenas's home. 

Day 9. Feb 22 Trip is over and the vans will leave at 9 a.m.for Leon. 

Paco Cardenas  Photo by Sean Reagan

Paco Cardenas

Photo by Sean Reagan

This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities or the whim of the group.


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Morgan Brig is a mixed media artist from Vashon Island, WA. She loves to capture emotion in her sculptures using multiple layers of media that bring the subtlety of expression to each character. Her layers include etched metal detail, enamel patinas and found objects that suggest the old and familiar, but ask to be viewed in a new light. She often uses language and occult symbols in her designs to support her belief that there is always guidance to be found from external and internal sources as we go through life. There also is playfulness in her design inspired by her love of old metal and tin toys and her desire to lay humor next to truth or fear in her work.

 
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Geoffrey Gorman breathes life into what might be considered to be the detritus of our culture. He constructs both real and fanciful animals using sticks, rusted screws, washers, bicycle tires, old tools, bailing wire, discarded canvas, and other things that are housed in cluttered garages or the backs of closets suffering from neglect. An intense physical process goes into making each work as Gorman builds from a series of elements layer upon layer. He explores the shared identity between animals and humans. 

Gorman shows his work at the Selby Fleetwood Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico along with other galleries around the country. Gorman's work is in numerous public and private collections around the United States.

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PAINTING STUDIES WITH EDGARDO KERLEGAND
Feb
22
to Feb 29

PAINTING STUDIES WITH EDGARDO KERLEGAND

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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Feb. 22 - March 1, 2020

Edgardo Kerlegand has held a paintbrush in his hand since the age of 12. Originally from Chiapas, he now paints and resides in San Miguel de Allende where we saw his work at La Fabrica Aurora, the renovated textile mill that houses artists and galleries.

His work is powerful and interesting. His use of the tiles is intriguing and makes you linger, following the colors around the canvas.

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I am particularly drawn to his style of drawing, using loose, but thoughtful strokes to indicate the features of his subjects.

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Edgardo is interested in orthodox iconography as well as German expressionists and Mexican muralism. He looks for the universality of men and women in his paintings and drawings. He will work with each artist to develop a topic or theme for their work this week. He will help the artists develop their personal energy through drawing exercises.

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Itinerary

Day 1, Feb. 22. Everyone will arrive at the airport in Leon where we will have drivers waiting to bring you to Casa de la Noche. Depending on how you feel, we will either walk up to our favorite taco stand or you will say goodnight to rest after a day of traveling.

Day 2, Feb. 23. Each morning we will meet downstairs for breakfast, depending on the weather, either outside in the courtyard or inside at the dining room. At 9:30 we will meet in the studio to begin our day with Edgardo. This morning he will share the schedule with us and we will begin our day with warm up exercises. We will break for a quick walking tour and gorditas for lunch. We will finish the walking tour, ending back in the studio for the afternoon. This evening we will go to La Posadita to eat outside on its beautiful terrace overlooking the city skyline.

Day 3, Feb. 24. Breakfast then meet in the studio at 9:30. We will continue our lessons with Edgardo, breaking for lunch prepared by Chef Ana Elena Martinez (you will love her delicious meals). We will continue our lesson until around 4:30 when we will end for the day. You will have some free time to rest or explore before we meet at 7:00 for cooking class with Ana Elena.

Day 4, Feb. 25. Breakfast then meet in the studio at 9:30. We will paint this morning with Edgardo, break for lunch, then off we go to our amigo, Hermes Arrroyo’s mojiganga studio where you will begin creating your very own catrina. He and his family will make you feel as if their home is yours. It’s always a treat that we are able to share his studio with him and his family.

We will then make our way to the jardin before we climb the stairs to El Pegaso for our dinner on the rooftop, again looking out over the skyline.

Day 5, Feb. 26. Breakfast then another full day with Edgardo. Today we may walk to his studio at Aurora and have lunch there before returning to the studio to finish our work for the day. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 6, Feb. 27. Breakfast and a half day with Edgardo before lunch made by Ana Elena. Then our catrinas should be dry so we will make our way back to Hermes’s studio to finish painting and adorning our creations. When we are finished, we will leave time for you to wander before we meet for dinner at La Sirena for ginger margaritas and delicious seafood.

Day 7, Feb. 28. Breakfast and a full day in the classroom with Edgardo, breaking for lunch. Dinner will be at 7:00.

Day 8, Feb. 29. Breakfast and then we will finish up with Edgardo. We will have a show and tell of our work in the courtyard, then clean up the studio. The rest of the day is free for you to finish shopping or exploring San Miguel. This evening is our farewell dinner at another amigo’s home, Paco Cardenas, pastry chef and owner of Le Petit For.

Day 9, March 1. Casa de la Noche will have an early breakfast for us before we leave at 9:00 for Leon for our return trip home.

This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities of the whim of the group.



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This Escape Includes

  • Five days of instruction with Edgardo

  • Creating your personal catrina with mojiganga master Hermes Arroyo

  • 7 nights accommodation, double occupancy at Casa de La Noche

  • All meals except for one lunch and one dinner

  • Beautiful studio to create in

  • Airport pickup/drop off at designated time at Leon airport

  • Farewell celebration

  • Cooking class

  • New Art Tribe

Price: $3,100, limited to 12 people based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $500.

Local Resident Price: $1650 US includes workshop, lunches, cooking class and last evening’s dinner

A $1,000 non refundable deposit is due upon registration with the final payment due November 15, 2019

Price does not include airfare to/from Mexico or alcoholic beverages.

Airport: Leon International Airport, Guanajuato, Mexico. Code: BJX  United's Flight 6091 is a direct flight from Houston that leaves at 6:05 p.m. and arrives in Guanajuato at 8:26 pm. We will have a driver pick you up and deliver you to the hotel which will take about 1.5 hours. Return: We will leave at 9 a.m. on February 23 for the 12:55 pm United flight 6227 to Houston.

Casa de la Noche, is owned by Barbara Poole, also an artist who supports the arts in San Miguel de Allende. Her beautifully renovated B&B is ten minutes from the jardin. 

One of the many courtyards at Casa de la Noche

One of the many courtyards at Casa de la Noche

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A supply list will be provided in the trip packet. Some supplies will be provided.


Created by Hermes Arroyo

Created by Hermes Arroyo

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Edgardo Kerlegand has exhibited in the United States, Argentina, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Yugoslavia and of course in Mexico. He has over 30 years experience as both a painter and teacher at the university level including Universities of Argentina, Croatia and Mexico.

 
HermesArroyo

Hermes Arroyo is a master mojiganga artist. He and his family design their magical puppets for festivals, weddings and special occasions. Hermes also teaches others in cities throughout Mexico how to design and make these fun loving, cheeky mojigangas.

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