Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit Brings in Top Mexican Artists Juan Barba and Martha Collignon for Pop-Up Art Gallery through Jan. 8th

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Exhibition Curated by Guadalajara Cultural Influencers Ricardo Duarte Mendez and Melin Castro

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The “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host a pop-up art gallery, the first in a new annual series spotlighting contemporary Mexican artists, with works by Juan Barba and Martha Collignon from November 26, 2015 – January 8, 2016. The current exhibit features art that is inspired by the rich culture and traditions of the Huichols, Native Mexicans, who practice the intricate beading and embroidery using motifs from nature. The Huichols (also known as Wirrárika) live in the nearby Sierra Madre Mountains.

Juan Barba’s collection of large-format textiles embraces pre-Hispanic traditions and the interpretation of its intricate labyrinth of embroidery. Since everything is made by hand, these artworks not only express a story graphically, but the story of a person that uses his eyes and hands to freely tell us his life in an intricate web of thread. All of Barba’s textiles are made from etamine cotton, and are embroidered with cotton thread that has received its color from natural pigment dyes.

KUU by Martha Collignon is the artistic interpretation of two cultures: the visual Huichol spirit and the precise cutting techniques from Czech Republic and Slovakia. The sculptures and jewelry use fine beads made of gold, silver, and other metals to give viewers a glimpse into the beautiful inspiration behind the identity of one of the richest cultures in Mexico. While many of the showcased graphic frames and sculptures are made with ceramic and wood skulls, a standout in the collection is a cow skull.

The exhibition is curated by renowned cultural manager, museographer and critic Ricardo Duarte Méndez, who’s curated more than 50 exhibitions with a specialty in Mexican folk art, and Melín Castro, president of Melin Castro Design, a renowned Mexican architectural and interior design studio who is responsible for the design and corporate image of the four Velas Resorts among others.

From November 26th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016, the boutique at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will have original pieces of Juan Barba and KUU for sale. Items such as necklaces and bracelets start at $200 USD, while larger pieces such as textiles and graphic frames can be purchased for up to $11,500 USD. A portion of the profits are given to the Huichol communities.

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About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Leading Hotel of the World, enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. The centerpiece of the gardens is a three-tiered infinity pool, a preferred spot for catching the legendary sunsets. The AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort features 267 ocean-view suites, some with private plunge pools, and all with plasma TVs, wireless internet access, fully stocked mini bar, L’Occitane amenities and Nespresso machines. Of the resort’s five restaurants, three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation. An oasis of well-being, the resort’s Leading Spa of the World offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey. Other features include a fitness center, 24/7 in suite service, water sports, business center, tennis, baby concierge, Kids Club, and teen lounge during holidays. Puerto Vallarta is just a 15 minute drive away. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit features more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting facilities, including the Grand Marissa Ballroom, which consists of more than 6,000 square feet and is easily subdivided into five separate rooms. The resort’s facilities also include four other rooms ranging from 681 to more than 1,954 square feet that offer several arrangement variations to maximize meeting productivity and efficiency. The resort has won numerous awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusive in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.

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