Art & Culture in Cozumel

Art Auction…Artists helping Artists

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

We have a friend in need. Minerva Marí Hadad is the director at La Casa de La Cultura Ixchel here in Cozumel. She has dedicated her life to not only being an artist, but sharing that gift with the children of the island. She has been giving classes in all kinds of arts and crafts for the last 24 years. She has an extensive resume in the cultural world including the Museum of the Island, Director of Culture for the city, and most recently has been the director of the Casa de La Cultura Ixchel for the last 6 years. You may have recently seen her work in the Museum of the Island. She had a solo exhibition in April of this year.

 

Recently she has been diagnosed with cancer, quite advanced, and is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The costs of the treatments and other medications needed are extremely high. The Casa de la Cultura Ixchel has asked me to help organize an ART AUCTION on her behalf. On TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH we will have a live auction, in which I will be the auctioneer. The event will take place at the Casa de La Cultura Ixchel, located on Avenida Juarez, on the corner of 50th Avenue. At 6pm the doors will open for a preview of the artwork and some sangria to get you warmed up. Then at 7pm, the live auction will begin. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to her medical expenses.

Aside from artist’s donations, Minerva will be including 10 of her own paintings. Please save the date if you can, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 6pm. There will be a lot of good artwork supporting a good cause. Minerva has given so much to the island; it’s time to give back.

 

Day of the Dead

As you know, Mexico has a long standing tradition to pay respect to the deceased on the 1st and 2nd of November. It

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

is known as the Day of the Dead. November 1st is the day they celebrate the lives of adults whom have passed on, and on the 2nd they celebrate the lives of children that are no longer with us. It is tradition to make an altar in your home for the deceased. The altar is a small space that is decorated, candlelit, and may have photos of the deceased as well as food and beverage offerings.

The municipal government is planning a 3 day event in Parque Benito Juarez this year to celebrate the Day of the Dead. There will be a contest of Altars to the Dead, as well as a gastronomic fair. There will be cash prizes awarded to the best altars. Anyone who is interested in participating in either of these events is invited to enroll at the Dirección de Cultura, located on A. R . Salas between 105th and 110th streets. You must enroll before the 27th of October to participate.

The inauguration of the festival will be on Monday, October 31st in the Parque Benito Juarez at 7pm. The public will be able to view the altars as well as enjoy the delicious foods prepared by the participants in the Gastronomic Fair. The fair will be focused on food that is traditionally served on the Day of the Dead. There will also be a section that has altars dedicated to some of Cozumel most important and famous peoples of the past.

Aside from the altars and the food fair, there will be other events such as folkloric dance, parade of Catrinas, tour of Mayan Legends in the city cemetery, and live music. All of this will be taking place each evening of October31st, 1st, and 2nd of November from 7-10pm. I will post a schedule of events the week before the start of the festival.

 

And In the Museum…

I will also add that the Museum of the Island is also celebrating the Day of the Dead. They are inviting local artists to make artwork with the theme of the Day of the Dead. The artwork can be paintings, sculpture, or photos. Anyone is welcome to participate. The deadline for submitting your artwork to the Museum is October 24th.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Thursday, October 27th at 8pm. The public will be able to see an exhibition of the artworks as well as an altar dedicated to José Guadalupe Posada.

 

Thanks for reading…

greg dietrich

Arte y cultura en Cozumel: los artistas ayudando a otros artistas, y más

Greg Dietrich nos pone al día en los eventos de arte y cultura en Cozumel . . .

 

Subasta de Arte … Artistas ayudando a otros artistas

Una amiga nuestra necesita ayuda. Minerva Mari Hadad es la directora de Casa de la Cultura Ixchel en Cozumel. Ha

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

Photo Courtesy of Greg Dietrich

dedicado su vida no sólo a ser artista sino que también ha compartido ese don con los niños de la Isla. Durante los últimos 24 años ha impartido clases de todo tipo de arte y manualidades. Su currículum en el mundo de la cultura es extenso e incluye al Museo de la Isla, como directora cultural del municipio y, durante los últimos 6 años,  directora de Casa de la Cultura Ixchel. Es posible que hayan visto su obra en el Museo de la Isla. En Abril de este año presentó una muestra individual.
En fechas recientes le fue diagnosticado cáncer, muy avanzado, y actualmente se somete a tratamientos de quimioterapia. El costo de los tratamientos y de otros medicamentos que requiere, es muy elevado.  Casa de la Cultura Ixchel solicitó mi apoyo para organizar una SUBASTA DE ARTE a nombre de Minerva. El MARTES 18 DE OCTUBRE tendremos una subasta en vivo donde participaré como subastador. El evento tendrá lugar en Casa de la Cultura Ixchel ubicada en Avenida Juárez esquina con 50 Avenida. Las puertas abrirán a partir de las 6 p.m. para la presentación preliminar de las obras de arte y sangría para calentar motores. Luego, a las 7 p.m. comenzará la subasta en vivo y 100% de los ingresos que se obtengan se donarán para sus medicamentos.
Además de donativos de artistas, Minerva incluirá 10 de sus pinturas. Por favor, si les es posible, aparten el MARTES 18 DE OCTUBRE a las 6 p.m. Habrán muchas obras de arte apoyando una buena causa. Minerva ha dado demasiado a la Isla; es hora de retribuirla.

Día de Muertos

Como saben México tiene una larga tradición de rendir homenaje a sus muertos los días 1º y 2 de noviembre. Se conoce como Día de los Muertos. El 1 º de noviembre es el día que celebran las vidas de los adultos que han fallecido; y el día 2  celebran las vidas de los niños que ya no se encuentran con nosotros. Es una tradición hacer un altar en su casa para los muertos. El altar es un pequeño espacio que se decora, donde se encienden velas y pueden haber fotografías de los muertos así como ofrendas de alimentos y bebidas.

Para celebrar el Día de Muertos este año, el gobierno municipal planea realizar un evento con una duración de 3 días en el parque Benito Juárez. Habrá un concurso de altares y una feria gastronómica. Se entregarán premios en efectivo a los mejores altares. Todo interesado en participar en cualquiera de estos eventos, está invitado a registrarse en la Dirección de Cultura en Avenida Adolfo Rosado Salas entre calles 105 y 110. Para poder participar es necesario registrarse antes del 27 de octubre.

La inauguración del festival será lunes 31 de octubre en el parque Benito Juárez a las 7:00 p.m. El público podrá ver los altares y disfrutar la deliciosa comida preparada por quienes participen en la Feria Gastronómica. El tema central de la Feria serán los alimentos que tradicionalmente se sirven el Día de Muertos. También habrá una sección de altares dedicada a algunas de las personas más importantes y famosas del pasado en Cozumel.

Aparte de los altares y la feria de alimentos, se llevarán a cabo otros eventos como danza folclórica, desfile de catrinas, excursión de leyendas mayas en el cementerio de la ciudad y música en vivo. Todo ello tendrá lugar el 31 de octubre y los días 1º y 2 de noviembre de 7 a 10 p.m. Una semana antes de que inicie el festival, publicaré un programa de los eventos.

Y en el Museo…

También añadiré que el Museo de la Isla celebra el Día de Muertos. Están invitando a los artistas locales para que presenten obras con el tema Día de Muertos. Las obras pueden ser en forma de pintura, escultura o fotografía.  Todos pueden participar. La fecha limite para presentar sus obras en el Museo es el 24 de octubre. La exhibición será inaugurada el jueves 27 de octubre a las 8 p.m. El público podrá ver una exhibición de las obras así como un altar dedicado a José Guadalupe Posada.

 

Gracias por leer…

Greg Dietrich

Greg Dietrich

Greg first came to Cozumel in 1988 to scuba dive and enjoy the beaches of the east side of the island. He immediately fell in love with the island and its people. His dive master convinced him he should look into buying a house here… turns out his other job was as a real estate agent. Long story short, he bought a house here on that very first visit. Greg came back to Cozumel at least twice a year for the next 10 years.

In the spring of 1998, Greg had a successful glassblowing related business in Seattle Washington, the city that is known as the glass art center in the United States. In March, on the first night of his much needed vacation, he met Liliana Macotela. This encounter changed everything.

By the end of that year, he had sold his business, packed up his engraving machine, and moved here to the island. He opened his working studio/gallery, called Galeria Azul, in the downstairs of his home. He is still there to this day and just celebrated 17 happy years of living here on the island with his wife, Liliana.
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