By Deborah Van Hoewyk
Jim Spicka’s second annual art exhibition ‘Huatulco Being’ will open on Friday, February 8, with a wine-and-tapas reception from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Even more cosmopolitan than last year, the exhibition also features the work of Huatulco artist Rafael Ortega. Co-hosted by ReMax Huatulco in the first-floor commercial space of the Sueno del Mar condominiums, donated by Uli and Maria Kaufhold, the reception will be followed by two mornings of a studio open house (Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm). Once again, the exhibition will benefit the Bacaanda (El Sueno Zapoteco) Foundation.
The exhibition will include new paintings in the medium Jim Spicka developed when he began to paint seriously in 2010—translucent tissue paper and acrylic paints on glass; his work is inspired by the life and settings of the Huatulco area. Spicka builds each painting in layers, creating a natural tension between the depth of the work and the strong planar shapes of the vegetation and sea life. The interplay of striking colors speaks to the extraordinary regional flora, fauna, and marine life, as well as the Huatulco setting as a whole. Of interest, Spicka will also include some traditional acrylic mural works in progress.
The exhibition will kick off with a dedication and welcome by the Director of Culture for the Municipio of Santa Maria de Huatulco, Hugo Alcántara Avelino. Representatives of the Bacaanda Foundation (www.bacaandafoundation.org) will also be there to welcome visitors. The Foundation runs a workshop for apprentice artisans from mountain villages in the Miahuatlán district; among other things, the artisans create mini-sculptures of local wildlife using natural materials the Foundation purchases from people living in several of the villages. The exhibition will include a demonstration by the apprentices of the process of creating and painting the wildlife sculptures.
Exhibit organizers, led by Jim Spicka’s wife Mary, see the exhibit becoming an annual event that grows bigger and features more artists each year. Perhaps a juried art fair is in Huatulco’s future!