Lakeside Guide to Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico

Galería al Aire Libre Axixic

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This open-air art gallery in Ajijic’s central plaza rotates exhibitions year-round.

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GALA, the Galería al Aire Libre Axixic, is an outdoor art exhibit on permanent display in the Ajijic plaza.

Photographer Xill Fessenden arranged with town administration to start this public art space in 2014 which changes themes every few months. At each opening, the artist(s) take attendees around the plaza to each of the ten pieces to explain more about them. The images are printed on special Trovicel paper that protects them from the rain and sun.

Winter 2019’s theme is called “El Mal Desarrollo” (bad development), about the potential destruction of the area known as El Tepalo in the hills north of Ajijic.

Last updated January 1, 2019

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Central Plaza


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Photographer Xill Fessenden at the opening of the "Bad Development" exhibit in December 2019.

The exhibit is about the potential destruction of the El Tepalo natural area in the hills on the north edge of Ajijic.

At each opening, the artists go piece to piece to explain more about the image. Xill put out a call to the local community to contribute any imagery they might have of El Tepalo. Here she talks about one of her own images of a camote farmer who works in the hills.

"This land is not for sale."

A photomontage by Xill Fessenden.

Fine Art Photography of Lake Chapala

Masked Zayaco in Ajijic

Masked Sayaca During Carnaval

A man dressed as a sayaca looks for his next “victim” during the Carnival celebrations in Ajijic.

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GALA's inaugural exhibit was a series of photos by internationally known photographer Marcela Taboada.

Another GALA exhibit was "We Exist: Flora and Fauna Endemic to Ajijic." This photo shows a mountain lion.

"Generations: Families of Ajijic" is another photo series that's been exhibited in the Ajijic plaza.

The "Generations" series depicts 10 longtime Ajijic families in their homes or places of business.

Señora Hinojosa, seen in the previous image, points herself out in a photo taken 45 years ago and put on display in the "Vintage Ajijic" exhibition.


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The "Vintage" exhibition shows Ajijic as it was during the early- and mid-20th century. The photo above shows how townspeople used to collect water from wells in the days before indoor plumbing. The bottom photo shows a view of Church San Andrés on Zaragoza street.

A photo from the "Vintage" exhibition that shows a family in mourning before a burial.

The theme of another exhibition was the childhood artwork of present-day adult artists in Ajijic. This 1976 painting is by Jesús López Vega, a graduate of the Neill James Art Program.

A mariachi band, and a girl with a chihuahua, accompany the opening of the "Vintage Ajijic" exhibition at the Galería al Aire Libre Axixic in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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