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La Malagua Inaugurates Isla Rio Cuale Exhibit

Published May 1, 2010 - (Updated Nov 30, 2012)

Featured in Vallarta Lifestyles Magazine, Spring/Summer 2010 issue.

During the second Festival Cultural Cuale in January 2010, artist collective La Malagua inaugurated their long-awaited project along Isla Rio Cuale. The first five pieces in the project are intended to reflect the first settlers of Puerto Vallarta, who congregated along the river, as settlers usually do. The existing pieces, ceramic based, are El Puente (The Bridge) by Sergio Martinez, Verde Ser (Being Green) by Yesika Felix, La Ruta de Sal (The Salt Route) by Ireri Topete, Aves Migratorias (Migratory Birds) by Fernando Sanchez and an unnamed piece in memory of Sheila Devine, a founder of the group who passed away in 2009.

Painter and ceramist Toni Guerra advised on technical and conceptual issues during the two-year process that brought this project to fruition, including raising the necessary funds. Funding included a grant from the Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes that was used to produce a 70-page booklet that includes a photographic record of the development of the murals.

The group plans to expand the exhibit with murals by new artists who share the project’s concept and spirit. For more information, visit the Centro Cultural Cuale on the Rio Cuale island or call 223-0095.

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