International guest artist, Éfren Gonzalez of Ajijic, Mexico will be in Houston, May 1 through 5.
An exhibition of his work beginning May 1 will be on display at AG Antique Mall throughout their large space located at 313 W. 19th Street in the Houston Heights. Hours are 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. The exhibition will remain in place through May 5. Then on Friday, Cinco de Mayo, the public is invited to participate in an all-day fiesta at AG Antiques in conjunction with Mainly Mexican and with members of Los Amigos del Arte Popular, a national non-profit organization promoting Mexican folk art and artisans. For more information on LADAP, see their website at www.ladap.org Efren's visit is sponsored by the following collaborative partners: Mainly Mexican Antiques and the AG Antique Mall.
During the week, Éfren will paint scenes of Mexico & talk to the public daily from noon until closing. Select pieces of his work will be offered for sale at this location Mainly Mexican within the mall. Mainly Mexican is an antique shop offering almost equal amounts of antique Mexican folk art along with more recently created folkart purchased directly from artisans in Mexico and also from collectors in the USA. For more information on Mainly Mexican & driving directions, see website at www.mainlymexican.com or Facebook www.facebook.com/mainlymexicanantiques
Tuesday, May 2, Éfren will speak to assemblies of school students at Saint Mark’s Episcopal School throughout the day as a cultural ambassador promoting art & good will. On the 6th of May, Éfren moves to Austin for a similar series of receptions, exhibitions and assemblies, organized and hosted by AFFA, Austin Friends of Folk Art, another non-profit organization dedicated to the knowledge, promotion and preservation of folk arts and world cultures. For more information on AFFA, see website at www. http://austinfriendsoffolkart.org
Éfren's paintings are generally cultural and landscape themes of the Lake Chapala region of Jalisco, Mexico. Most beloved of his themes are the images of Mexican markets and villages which he paints in vivid colors. An unusual and fascinating aspect of his painting is how fast he works. Often he completes a work within a few hours. He paints primarily using oil but also with acrylic, watercolor and pastels as well as creating bas-relief clay murals. Efren teaches art classes at his studio/gallery in Ajijic as well as coastal towns such as Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarte. A typical class has 10-15 students and lasts 3-4 days. Many students return regularly for classes once they start and come from as far away as Canada, the USA and Germany. He supports his family as a full time artist and owns Efren Gonzalez Art Gallery in Ajijic where his work is continually on display and for sale. Join us for Cinco de Mayo!