20 Mar FIRST ANNUAL SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE: The XXXVIIII Festival Internacional de Música de San Miguel de Allende

Festival Internacional de Música San Miguel de Allende, formerly known as the Chamber Music Festival, is celebrating its 39th season by hosting a fundraising event on March 18, in honor of Barbara Bladen Porter. This event is the first annual Salute to Excellence, featuring choral music and honoring a San Miguel resident who has contributed to the community. We are pleased to have Barbara Bladen Porter as our first honoree. Barbara has long served the Festival as a patron and board member, as well as numerous other organizations such as Opera San Miguel and Casa. Before coming to San Miguel she has had a distinguished career in San Francisco as a drama critic.

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28 Feb CONVERSATIONS WITH ARTISTS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE BY MARGARET PAUL

In an essay written in 1917 called, “Art as Technique”, the Russian formalist critic Viktor Shklovsky discussed something he called ‘defamiliarization’. He maintained that, “the automatisation of perception must be zealously guarded against, otherwise life is reckoned as nothing. Habitualisation devours work, clothes, furniture, one’s wife and the fear of war… Art exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stoney… to impart of the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known….to make objects ‘unfamiliar’, to make forms difficult, to increase the length and difficulty of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged.”

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29 Oct EDGAR SOBERÓN: THE HERMETIC UNIVERSE OF OBJECTS BY EDWARD J. SULLIVAN

I first became acquainted with the work of Edgar Soberón in the late 1990s, at the time of his significant solo show at Associated American Artists in New York. I was captivated by the subtlety of his art, his mastery of technique, his sensitivity to light and textures as well as the expertise of suggesting a wide range of ideas and emotions within the relatively narrow thematic range of the still life.

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