The Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero will host until November 26 'Tribute to La Graciosa' by Chari Duque. The exhibition will be inaugurated this Friday, the 12th, in an act that will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be presented by Joaquín Castro San Luis, members of the National Association of Art Critics.
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The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as well as on Saturdays in the morning. Admission will be free with limited capacity and strict compliance with health measures by COVID-19.
“La Graciosa is my second home, my best friends are there. Since I was 19 years old, I spend every summer there, where I paint a lot because I relax a lot. I would have liked to pay this tribute before, when they named it the eighth island. I think I owed it to him because La Graciosa is a very special place for me”, explains the author.
The theme of this Recreo exhibition is therefore nature: landscapes, seascapes... But also scenes from the town of Pedro Barba and Caleta del Sebo, its people, the local trades... The author offers us some 40 watercolors made in recent years.
"In other previous exhibitions I had included some paintings from La Graciosa, but it is the first time that I have centered an entire exhibition on the eighth island," she adds.
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In the words of Chari Duque herself, this exhibition is dedicated "to my teacher Juan Galarza, who taught me to discover color even in the simplest things."
Chari Duque trained with Juan Galarza at the Municipal Watercolor School, opened in 1985 at the Viera y Clavijo Cultural Park in the capital of Tenerife, where she worked on still lifes, landscapes and finally figuration. Later she continued to learn from Galarza and the group of painters who, led by him, visited different enclaves in Tenerife every Saturday morning: Juan Mazuelas, Enrique González... "Early, to capture the light," explains Duque about those excursions.
“Watercolor goes with my way of being. I have done some acrylic, but the other painting techniques need more patience. In watercolor everything is more immediate and it also takes me outside, where I can capture the color of nature”, she indicates.
Chari Duque points to Galarza and Mazuelas as two authors who have influenced her formation, adding that Sorolla has been a great reference for her “because of her light, because of what she transmits. You can live the painting of it.”
At the present time Chari Duque wanted to make a gesture to the island of La Palma and its people, donating the painting of the "Montaña Bermeja" volcano to those affected by the eruption of Cumbre Vieja. The donation will be made through the account that laCanaria de Pediatría has created for this purpose.