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Los Gatos Celebrates Frida Kahlo
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Los Gatos Celebrates Frida Kahlo

Event at Galeria Arte, 50 N. Santa Cruz Ave., raises awareness about the famous late Mexican painter and The Guatemalan Boutique.

 Email Print 9 Comments    PHOTOS (14)Frida look-alikes stop traffic on N. Santa Cruz Avenue Saturday night during the Frida Kahlo celebration at Galeria Arte in Los Gatos. Frida look-alikes stop traffic on N. Santa Cruz Avenue Saturday night. Homemade food by Pedro Lopez, Claudia's husband.Los Gatos Poet Laureate Parthenia Hicks announces the winners during the Frida Kahlo celebration at Galeria Arte in Los Gatos the evening of Saturday, July 14, 2012.Naomi, Parthenia, Claudia, Carlotta, Jade, and Kelly vie for best Frida during the Frida Kahlo celebration at Galeria Arte in Los Gatos the evening of Saturday, July 14, 2012.Two Frida Kahlo look-alike contestants share a hug during the celebration of the late Mexican painter's life at Galeria Arte in Los Gatos the evening of July 14, 2012.  Upload Photos and Videos

Galeria Arte in Los Gatos on Saturday evening hosted "La Friducha," a celebration of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo that included poetry, music, a Frida look-alike contest and a silent auction featuring handmade filigree silver earrings.

Los Gatos Poet Laureate Parthenia Hicks was the event's MC and poets Jade Bradbury, Kelly Cressio-Moeller and Carlotta Roa read their work and spoke of Frida’s influence on their art. Shop owner Claudia Lopez sang La Llorona to guitarist John Vidivici’s accompaniment.

Hicks described Kahlo, who originally planned to become a doctor, as a survivor and an icon to women all over the world.

Kahlo, who died July 13, 1954, suffered a harsh street car accident at age 18 that resulted in more than 30 operations and a lifetime of severe pain, Hicks said about the famous painter.

Still, she painted mostly self-portraits, or autorretratos and still life and “lived the hand she was dealt” with passion, turning her suffering into art, Hicks noted.

She quoted Kahlo as stating: "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Donations were taken for a no-kill animal shelter in Guatemala, supported by a percentage of sales from Galeria Arte.

Lopez, born in Guatemala, purchases work directly from artists and families who, she says, are “artists out of necessity” and often must borrow to purchase the materials needed for their work and are then in debt to the upscale shops that commission the work.

The shop owner said she sees her purchases as not just bringing beautiful work out of a village and into her shop, but as helping a family survive.

 

Date: 
Jul.17.2012