Sep 13, 2017

LA HUIPILISTA ARTSPACE

One month ago, just as I returned from San Cristobal de Las Casas, a neighbor emailed me to say she was leaving and her rented house was soon to be available. Then she asked if I wanted to have first shot at taking it. Seeing it, I found that it was exactly what I had envisioned; now I'll be opening it as an artspace. If this all sounds strange, let me tell you the back story:

When I was in San Cristobal, repacking 6 big boxes at Taller Leñateros, I was wondering "what now?" What was I going to do with all this work from my exhibition at La Enseñanza? And before that at Bellas Artes? My studio gallery at home is just not big enough and definitely there is not room under my bed for storage. I decided to find a place that would be more public than my house, and also large enough to accommodate more work. Can I just tell you that the location is better than I could have imagined!

It began like this, in the main room... i.e. living 
room turned sala principal. 


With paint and track lights, it became this:

and for the installed exhibition, stay tuned!


but for now, here's the passage gallery:

which became:
before the track lights were installed.


for some reason I have no shots of the secondary
gallery before, when it was the master bedroom.
We'll just leave that room for the next blogpost. 

OPENING is Friday, Sept. 22, 5 - 8 pm
Location is Julian Carrillo #1, Col. Guadalupe
and I'll just tell you now, there is no better location, 
a one-minute walk from my house and studio.
A main walking street from Centro into Guadalupe. 
The official ARTS DISTRICT of San Miguel.

How does it get any better than this?








9 comments:

Victoria said...

Transformation is amazing!!

Donnis said...

Congratulations! You have a vision and the universe said YES!

Ezshwan Winding said...

I look forward to seeing your space. It seems perfect.

Judy said...

Lena, this is so exciting and so convenient for you!! Can't wait to see it transformed into the showcase it will be for your work.
In my new home I have the huipile I first made in your workshop and then the two more I made on my own, all expressions of my life or specific times of my life. I love looking at them every day and thinking of you!

Trish said...

The magic of San Miguel - just when you needed it.

Lena Bartula - Contemporary Huipils said...

Thanks all, for all your support in this. It takes a village, and your comments motivate and inspire me. Love!!!

Annette Chaudet said...

Congrats! Looks like a beautiful space! Annette

Lena Bartula - Contemporary Huipils said...

Thanks Annette, so good to know you're still at the other end of these emails. I hope all is well in your world.xoxo

Unknown said...

Ohh Ohh cannot wait for the update with images of the work hung in the space. So beautiful! Congratulations!