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Gourmet Chefs Join Art Benefit for Pasitos de Luz Children

Published Mar 7, 2011, 2:52pm - (Updated Nov 28, 2011, 6:55pm)


On Wednesday, March 16 from 4-7 pm Galeria HabanaVallarta at the Casa de las Flores guesthouse is hosting their final art auction/benefit of the season for the severely disabled and very talented child artists of Pasitos de Luz.  Residents and visitors don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to enjoy art in a traditional (and very colorful) Vallarta-style home while taking in miles and miles of Banderas Bay views and tasting the gourmet appetizers donated by some of Puerto Vallarta’s best chefs. 

“I love participating in these events because it’s my way of giving back to Puerto Vallarta and these beautiful kids” said Octavio De Nera, owner and chef of Esquina de los Caprichos. Other participating restaurants/caterers echo the same sentiments, including: The Swedes, FoodBySeth, Gilmar Restaurant, and Lido Beach Club. 

Pasitos de Luz is a day care program for 100 severely disabled children located in Puerto Vallarta’s working-class Pitillal neighborhood. Moms and dads that started Pasitos de Luz are able to work during the day while their children get physical/speech/art therapies, medical care, meals and lots of love.

In addition to seeing the kids’ art and tasting the gourmet treats, guests will be treated to a rare showing of art by Manuel Lepe. His daughter, Puerto Vallarta artist Marcella Lepe, will exhibit 20 of her own paintings along with three paintings from her famous father. UNICEF includes Lepe's work on their holiday greeting cards and his art is in the private collections of Queen Elizabeth, Fidel Castro, Elizabeth Taylor and others around the world. A percentage of any Lepe paintings sold will be donated to Pasitos de Luz. Galeria HabanaVallarta at Casa de las Flores also includes one of the largest collections of Cuban art in Puerto Vallarta.

The Casa de las Flores guesthouse is at Calle Santa Barbara 359 (aka Amapas), a block south of the Hotel Tropicana.  For more information, please call 322-120-5242.

Source: Jeff Jackson

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