Sep 2, 2018


Last week I signed another one year lease for La Huipilista Artspace. (that's as much as my landlord will give) It's been a fantastic year, full of new friends and old, much art and adventure, inspiration and beauty! And it has been my extreme pleasure to host exciting exhibitions, people and events in our little corner of San Miguel. Here are some of the highlights:


We'll be celebrating our first year anniversary Friday night, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 pm,  and you're all invited back. I hope you can make it. La Huipilista Artspace, Julian Carrillo 1, Colonia Guadalupe. 

Jul 22, 2018


It's impossible to ignore the increase in volcanic activity this year, from Hawaii to 
Guatemala to Japan, disrupting the lives of thousands of people across the globe. 
This natural phenomena has been the theme of Hawaii-based artist Rose-Marie Glen's 
work for the last few years. Her exhibition "Volcanic Conversations: Madame 
Pele Speaks" opened Friday night to a receptive crowd, who now want to know 
more about her process and hear her first-hand stories of what it's like 
to live near this Goddess, Madame Pele.

We've scheduled an artist talk and demonstration of the Japanese 
woodblock process called Mokuhanga, next Sunday, July 29,
at 4pm here at La Huipilista Artspace. Julian Carrillo 1, in Colonia 
Guadalupe.  Admission is free, come join us if you can! 

Jun 27, 2018


Symbiotic Tensions installation at La Huipilista Artspace, 2018
This collaborative installation by Elaine Grenier and Sylvia Tello Trumbull has captivated every visitor to the gallery for almost an entire month. Organic, mystical, space - transforming, it's been compared to icy stalagmites and pods from another dimension. Originally slated to end on June 30, we've decided to hold it over 2 more weeks, until July 8. 
Here's what the artists had to say about their working together and the birth of these forms. 

Apr 23, 2018


When curator / artist Alberto Lenz approached me about being in an exhibition of artist chairs, I was at once delighted. Eight artists, eight chairs, all chairs being identical at the start, handcrafted by a carpenter hired by Lenz. Even more exciting was the prospect that this would be the first of a few exhibitions with the same type of chairs, by many different artists, in the year to come. I hopped on the bandwagon with a full-on YES.

All chairs began like this, made of pine with a
traditional rustic shape.
Querying him about where the exhibition would take place, I realized that part of the puzzle had not yet been formulated or formalized. So naturally, I offered him La Huipilista Artspace. It's a perfect place for something out of the normal range of galleries here in San Miguel de Allende, and he immediately agreed. So, here we are, 2 weeks into the exhibition TAKE A CHAIR, and it's a total artistic success. Works by Ri Anderson, Federico Correo, Erica Daborn, Alejandra Mendoza, Gene Johnson and Linda Soberman are accompanied by those of Lenz and yours truly. Intriguing and complex, or simple and understated, all are out of the ordinary to the eyes of most gallery visitors in San Miguel, and I am personally excited to be part of a burgeoning scene of inspired and inspiring alternative venues. All chairs are for sale, so come for a visit, enjoy the exhibition,and if you like, TAKE A CHAIR home with you.

l-r, Daborn, Lenz, Johnson
TAKE A CHAIR continues through May 6. La Huipilista Artspace is open Thursday
 through Saturday, noon to 5 pm. 

Mar 30, 2018


ArtSpace Residency is a new program open to women artists to live, create and exhibit in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A single space, “a room of your own”, it invites mid-career visual or literary artists whose work is inspired by or references textiles, garments, recycled materials and/or work that fuses text and image. ArtSpace is affiliated with La Huipilista Artspace, an artist-owned gallery just a three block walk from the central jardin in this magical pueblo that Travel and Leisure named “Best City in the World.”
All work is self-directed, length of stay is up to 4 weeks, cost is $600. This fee includes private bedroom with private bath, indoor workspace, outdoor workspace, kitchen, 24 hr. studio access. Exhibition for visual artists allowed during one- month residency only. Readings, presentations and/or workshops all to be discussed for any disciplines. 
Artists are required to provide their own materials; there’s an art supply store two blocks from the ArtSpace. Also within those two blocks are grocery stores, organic markets and cafes and restaurants. Definitely not a remote, tranquil residency, this one lands you right in the middle of one of the liveliest, most creative and art-filled scenes outside of Mexico City. La Huipilista Artspace is the first public gallery space in Colonia Guadalupe, officially designated as “el Distrito del Arte”… the Arts District of San Miguel.
Residency awards are chosen by gallery owner Lena Bartula, artist for 40 years and curator / gallery director on and off for 25 years. Applications accepted now for June – Sept. 2018. Must include current resume, at least two references, project description or idea for your work while here, plus 8-10 jpgs of relevant work completed in the last 2 years. All communications should be sent by email to

Visitors at an exhibition opening night.
Artist in Residence exhibition / January
Bedroom with private bath, worktable, closet, wifi.

Bedroom is adjacent to workspace on patio.

Patio workspace, table is just outside the bedroom door.

Feb 12, 2018


Barcelona-based artist in residence at the Artspace, Cynthia Fusillo's majorly popular exhibition is in its last week.... it's hard to imagine how much busier we could all be, but here we are. "The Bird in Me Wants to Sing" opened on Jan. 27 and has been mesmerizing the crowds ever since. 

Bringing work from her six-month artist residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Fusillo has created and re-created installations since arriving. Paper dresses, shoes, hats, drawings and paintings were collaged on the wall, representing the breadth and depth of experimentation there.  Now they live side by side with works that she created here in San Miguel, from natural, organic and recycled materials found, borrowed or otherwise given with love. 

Fusillo herself refers to her work as autobiographical, because “I use my own body as a model or measure for the dresses and figures. I then ¨collage¨ my experiences on them combining several techniques. I like to work with materials that have been already used and I get so involved in a process such as sewing, burning, printing so as not to think so much, somewhat like a meditation. My goal is to shake up those ideas we have about a particular material or form or its use and take it apart so as to create something new and surprising."

Closing party for this show is Sun. Feb.18, at 4:00. The artist talk will begin at 4:30; there is some seating but space is limited. Come early to hear her speak, or come later and say goodbye. Either way, we'll send her off with enough fanfare to entice her back again. 

Dec 29, 2017


As have most of her fans, I've always loved Frida Kahlo's self portrait of her two sides: the indigenous side and her European side. You can read all about the meaning, the analysis, the critic reviews of Las Dos Fridas and still walk away wishing you knew more. 
Las Dos Fridas, Frida Kahlo, 1939
Many artists over the years have replicated this fascinating scenario in their own visionary ways and I decided, while working on dolls for DOLL THERAPY, that it was time to imagine my own version. My Las Dos Frida Barbies is a small theatrical box / shrine with Barbies holding hands, hearts of milagros instead of blood, her sewing scissors, an original Barbie wedding dress, and a Tejuana huipil and skirt hand-sewn by La Huipilista herself. The shrine is set in a rosa mexicana nicho with some of Frida's favorite things: colorful flowers, paint tubes, brushes, mirror and turpentine bucket. 
Las Dos Frida Barbies/ installation by Lena Bartula, 2017

Las Dos Frida Barbies, Lena Bartula, 2017
And now to share with you some of the wild and varied Las Dos Fridas I found on the internet last week. I apologize that I don't have the names of the artists who created them because well, sometimes they just aren't available. If you know the artists, feel free to share with me and our audience. It feels rather exciting and enjoyable to be in league with all these other artists who found themselves entranced and inspired by this same image. 

por Humberto Spindola