Some of the Beautiful Colors of Ajijic
Ajijic started out as an artist’s colony. It is still filled with artists and art. Some of the artists are expats and some are Mexican. There are art openings at least once a month here, more often during the high season. Wine and cheese are often served.
I remember one opening where I had a couple of glasses of wine and spent over a hundred dollars on a painting. The next day I was sorry I had spent that much money. I am glad now because they make my little place much nicer but at the time I was kicking myself for that second glass of wine.
I talked with some artists about their generosity in serving food and drink at openings. They all agreed, it was worth the extra money they had to spend at their openings-- especially the wine. It helps people to be more willing to spend money. I learned this lesson the day I bought the painting. I had intended just to enjoy the show and have some free wine and cheese.
There are often outdoor art shows, competitions and auctions. Many charities here benefit from the money raised at these shows. Once I attempted to take photos of an art show at the Ajijic Plaza. The woman running it became angry with me and yelled at me, NO PHOTOS. I was afraid she was going to even run after me and take my camera away, she was that angry. I rushed on down the street and didn’t get to enjoy the rest of the art show. Maybe we had become part of the show that day. Lots of people were looking at us.
I have experienced that same attitude in other art exhibits here. Ajijic is full of art galleries but I can’t show them to you. Same thing goes for the paintings that are hanging in some of the restaurants. The only way to know about the art scene here is to come and see for yourself. Do you think the artists are afraid someone will take photographs of their works and go home and try to copy them? That doesn’t show much confidence on the part of the artists if they believe their work is so easily copied.
Most Mexicans seem to love bright colors. They are indiscriminate about what colors can go together. I appreciate their sense of freedom with putting whatever colors they love side by side. Their artwork is in their ways of decorating their homes and businesses. They don’t mind that I take photos of their creative color combinations. I like that.
Many of the holidays are celebrated by altars decorating the front of homes and businesses. The Day of the Dead, a holiday that is quickly coming up, is the largest celebration of alters. I hope to be able to get out, maybe in a wheelchair, to see some of them.
The sunlight is another factor that contributes to the enchanting beauty all around this area. When it shines on the brightly painted buildings, everything seems to glow and take on an otherworldly quality.
To me, this is a magical place in many ways. That is why I love take photos and write about it.