Carla Rippey- Resguardia y Resistencia

I am really looking forward to the opening of Carla Rippey’s retrospective  at the Museo de Arte here in Juarez this Friday night. Rippey is the current director of “La Esmeralda”(La Escuela Nacional de Pintura,Escultura y Grabado) and the first woman to hold that position. Although born in Kansas City, she has lived in Mexico since 1973, having fled Chile after the fall of Salvador Allende.
The exposition, covering the years 1976-2016, recently opened at the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil and from all I can gather  it seems a magnificent show which not only demonstrates her extraordinary skill at interweaving photography and printmaking among other artistic talents, but also, and more importantly, shows her interest in preserving her personal memory, exploring the female and cultural cross-currents.
Should be an incredible show ,particularly for those interested in print making and drawing  but also anyone interested in seeing the workl of this important and involved artist.
The opening is set for Friday 17th at 7 pm.
I also want to mention there is still time to see the show Encuentro de Mujeres Artistas at Alianza Francesa. Thirteen local artists combined forces to show 30 pieces in various media. The work shows just some of the remarkable talent here in Juarez, and the wide range of subject matter and media used. It includes a video, and a wonderful installation in a nook just inside the entry which combines music with shell forms hanging from the ceiling into each one of which is delicately inserted a drawing.
The show continues through April 10. -david sokolec





Congrats to Revista Coroto

Wanted to congratulate the team at newly founded Revista Coroto in El Paso for successfully achieving their funding goals on kickstarter last Thursday. The magazine, available online and in hard copy is the brain child of three MFA UTEP graqd students, Daniel Centano Maldanado, from Venezuela,  Daniel Rios Lopera, from Colombia, and Diego Bustos Deaza, also from Colombia, whose aim is to bring the best of Latin American writers to the world at large. All three have impressive credentials.The first issue can be found online at their website, I should add that it is in Spanish, natch. Here’s hoping this is the first of a long series of successful publications for them.-David Sokolec