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An Ashlander in Guanajuato “...It is a colorful sight to see the brightly painted houses and the great variety of domes, cupolas and spires...” 36 Ashland Gallery Guide One Artist’s Sister City Experience T here is a unique relationship good company, including Stephanie between Ashland and Guanajuato, Mexico. They are Sister Cities and share in each other’s festival seasons each year. Every summer they each send a delegation which is honored, feted and accompanied by volunteers, all members of the Amigo Club. The Ashland delegation arrives in June for the Presa de la Olla festival, and so much more. The Guanajuato delegation experiences our Independence Day parade, presentations, banquets and fireworks, plus tours to natural wonders and exposure to theater and visual arts. Last June, 2015, I was invited to join the delegation to Guanajuato to represent the visual arts in Ashland. I was in Seffinger, City Councilor representing the Mayor; Marsha King-Rosine, representing SOU nursing student exchange program; two Ashland High School “Princesses,” Angelique Ostmo and Mikaela Perry, and their teacher, Gladys Contreras; and Senora Chela Tapp-Kochs, who prepared the way for those of us new to Guanajuato and its historic importance. The key heritage site in Guanajuato is the Alhondiga de Granaditas, the site of the first rebellion which culminated in independence for Mexico decades later. It is now the Guanajuato Regional Museum. After our arrival dinner we met our hosts. Mine turned out to be the director of this museum. Just as we prepared to leave for her home the skies opened up and poured rain. Gabriela Sanchez Villegas proved herself a courageous driver. As we headed up the steep cobbled street, By Ann DiSalvo Photos by Ann DiSalvo


2016 Ashland Gallery
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