Apr 232015
 
Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965): artist, playwright and author

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an African American playwright, artist and author of political speeches and essays. She studied art in Ajijic at Lake Chapala in the summer of 1949, mid-way through her studies at the University of Wisconsin, where she took classes in art, literature, drama and stage design. Hansberry was born in Chicago on […]

Apr 202015
 
Artist Ray Cooper found artistic freedom in Jocotepec, 1967-1968

Ray Cooper, an artist friend of Tom Brudenell from his Berkeley days, traveled with Brudenell to Jocotepec in December 1967 and remained in the town for about four months until April 1968. It was during the town’s annual January fiestas in 1968 that Brudenell drew Cooper, showing him working at a desk, barefoot and by candlelight, […]

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Apr 162015
 
Novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren lived at Chapala in 1941

Robert Penn Warren, the great American poet, novelist and literary critic, was born in Kentucky on 24 April 1905 and died in Vermont on 15 September 1989. Warren lived and wrote in Chapala for several months in the summer of 1941. Warren entered Vanderbilt University in 1921, where he became the youngest member of a […]

Apr 132015
 
Grupo 68: an Ajijic art co-operative (1967-1971)

The art group known as Grupo 68 was founded in 1967 and initially comprised Peter Huf, his wife Eunice Hunt, Jack Rutherford, John Kenneth Peterson and Shaw (the artist Don Shaw). Jack Rutherford dropped out during the first year, but the others remained as a group until 1971. Grupo 68 exhibited regularly (most Sunday afternoons) at […]

Apr 102015
 
Frances Christine Fisher (1846-1920), aka Christian Reid

Christian Reid was the nom de plume chosen by Frances Christine Fisher (later Tiernan). As a woman writing in a man’s world, presumably she felt that her pen name would enable her to better compete with her male counterparts. Fisher was born in Salisbury, North Carolina 5 July 1846. Her father invested in mining ventures […]

Apr 082015
 
The Chula Vista Happening of June 1969

In June 1969, and in a bid to challenge the artistic status quo in the Lake Chapala area, three Jocotepec-based artists – Tom Brudenell, Shaw and John Brandi – joined forces to stage a “happening”. A “happening” has no precise definition, but is summed up in Wikipedia as “a performance, event or situation meant to […]

Apr 062015
 
Tom Brudenell, painter and muralist

Tom Brudenell, a painter, muralist and qualified art therapist who now resides in Canada, was born 18 July 1937 in Kansas City, and lived in the Lake Chapala region for several years in the late 1960s. Brudenell’s family moved frequently when he was a child, living for extended periods in Chicago and Kansas City. Brudenell […]

Apr 022015
 
Georg Rauch  (1924-2006), artist extraordinaire

Georg Rauch was born in Salzburg, Austria, on 14 February 1924, and lived thirty years in Jocotepec, on the mountainside overlooking Lake Chapala, prior to his death on 3 November 2006. Rauch had an adventurous early life. His memoirs (translated from their original German by his wife, Phyllis), described his wartime experiences. They were first […]

Mar 312015
 
David Morris  (1911-1999) and Helen Morris (1917-1992)

David and Helen Morris were well-known potters who lived for several years in Guadalajara and Ajijic in the late 1940s and early 1950s, before moving to the San Francisco Bay area of California. David Morris was born in 1911 in Washington D.C., where his father was a doctor at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Morris graduated […]

Mar 302015
 
John Upton  (1917-2005): translator, educator and Renaissance man

John Elbert Upton was born on 10 September 1917 and died aged 88, in Monterey, California, on 9 October 2005. He was a multi-talented individual who earned his living as a translator and teacher. Upton lived in Ajijic for over a decade, from 1949 to 1959, and then returned to live in the village several […]