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International Watercolor Society
San Miguel de Allende, 

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We Did It!

The first annual International Plein Air Festival San Miguel de Allende took place November

10th -13th 2022. This inaugural event recognized San Miguel as one of the most attractive and exciting sites in the world to paint.

The event attracted watercolor artists from all over Mexico, Canada, the United States and

beyond to explore, enjoy, and paint in this charming colonial city. Artists painted the

bustling colonial center of San Miguel de Allende and the semi-desert landscape of El Charco del Ingenio. Participants art was judged by a panel of renowned artists and prizes were awarded at a gala reception November 13th in Casa Europa. Paintings were on exhibit and for sale at Casa Europa for three days.

Galeria San Francisco in Fabrica Aurora hosted this inaugural, exciting four-day Festival.

Galeria San Francisco is a member of International Watercolor Society (IWS), an

arts organization with more than 100 branches and organizations around the world and is the only IWS branch in Mexico. Linda Whynman, Susan Santiago and the hard-working committee of Karen Blackburn, Trish Brock, Jane Dill, Ayla Douglas, Carol Jackson, Sally Nash, Beth Rosener, Lorie Topinka, Kathy West and Joyce Whittle have been planning this event for over a year.

Thursday and Saturday at La Fabrica Aurora the following four renowned artists gave

popular demonstrations of their painting techniques: Tere Lojero, Juan Zaragoza, Joye

Moon, and Hope Palmer.

At the Gala on Sunday evening judges Tere Lojero, Vice president of IWS Mexico, Juan

Zaragoza, and Joye Moon awarded prizes to:

James Faecke—1st Urban Scenes and 2nd El Charco Landscapes 

Efren Gonzales—1st El Charco Landscapes and 3rd Urban Scenes

Irina Yushmanova—2nd Urban Scenes

John Lees—3rd El Charco Landscapes

Artists are already signing up for next year!


The mission of the International Watercolor and Globe Art Society SMA

is to collaborate with artists, aspiring artists, art supporters and to contribute to the

artistic culture of San Miguel de Allende.

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