• Wendy Huntington
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    During this time of extraordinary uncertainty and unremittingly increasing need in our community, the member artists of the newly formed Galería Obraje @ Muro are proud to partner with Feed the Hungry San Miguel, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger and improving the well being of the children in our community.

    Each of the founding artists has committed to selling selected works of art with 100% of the revenue going directly to Feed the Hungry San Miguel. The artworks are priced accordingly to encourage donations to a much needed cause.

    All of the works can be seen and purchased by PayPal at www.galeriaobraje.com . The process is simple and you can be assured that the entirety of your payment becomes your direct donation to Feed the Hungry San Miguel.

    Earlier this year, Gerardo Arteaga and Carlos MuRo, the owners of Cafe MuRo, generously offered the entire second floor of their popular and much-loved restaurant for use as a permanent gallery to showcase artists in that community. Galería Obraje @ Muro was to have opened its inaugural exhibition on April 3 but the exhibition was cancelled due to the pandemic, and Cafe MuRo had to close its doors temporarily. However, Cafe MuRo has now re-opened and a virtual inaugural opening will be announced soon.

    In operation since 1984, Feed the Hungry San Miguel delivers more than 5000 hot nutritious meals in 36 communities and seven local charity organizations each school day. The organization has also worked to ensure there is clean water for drinking and cooking in communities at risk.

    When schools, as well as the kitchens, were forced to close due to the pandemic, Feed the Hungry was able to quickly pivot and is now spending $66,000 US every two weeks and distributing 40,000 pounds of food to nearly 20,000 people including the elderly and the disabled. Donations received by Feed the Hungry through the sales of artwork will go directly to the purchase of food for these struggling communities.

    The art selection ranges widely in medium, subject matter and style. Carlos MuRo, primarily a photographer, will show images of architecture and fashion. His dramatic black and white figure studies sometimes approach abstraction.

    The other photographer in the group is Wendy Huntington, a documentary and street photographer. She also photographs enigmatic figure, nature and situational subjects she finds in and around San Miguel and elsewhere.

    William Whittle is a painter of portraits done in an expressive linear style. He also creates acrylic and mixed media still lifes and landscapes, rendered in brightly colored flat areas with a strong graphic presence.

    Susanna Turino is an oil painter who creates vigorous up-close images of botanical subjects magnified to emphasize the complexity of their forms. She also does landscapes, mostly scenes from Mexico.

    All Skaar is a landscape painter who paints in a plein air style that seeks to capture the varied effects of natural light. He also takes on studio motifs of various sorts. His views of Mexican street life detail figures going about their daily life.

    Lorie Topinka creates landscapes in both watercolor and pastels, often drawn from rural Mexico. For this event Lorie will be selling 2 very popular books, Capillas of San Miguel de Allende: a Legacy of Faith and Traveling the Backroads of San Miguel — Snippets of Paintable History, co-authored with Linda Whynman.

    Bill Morrow’s watercolor paintings of such things as the hulk of an automobile left to rust in the rural landscape are highly detailed images. He also applies that same fascination with the minute in graphite drawings depicting San Miguel views and figures.

    Linda Whynman is a watercolorist who captures the picturesqueness and nostalgia of old crumbling buildings. In contrast to these compelling ruins, she will paint a sunny beach or a view of Mexican streets featuring rows of orderly houses. Her images of mojigangas add a festive air to her rich catalog of subjects.

    Richard Huntington is a painter and printmaker who combines images gathered from popular culture – an old comic or some obscure illustration – and various images borrowed from art history. He often places these farcical images in abstract settings that cause comical interactions.

    For more information on this initiative and on the contributing artists, or to make a donation to Feed the Hungry by purchasing an artwork, please visit https://www.galeriaobraje.com/
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