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ONDARTE Opening Reception, July 23, 2011

ONDARTE –INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY in Akumal Norte, Mexico, officially opens it’s doors on the 23rd of July, welcoming its first five artists: Cathryn McEwen from Australia (, Nasser Lubay from The Philippines (, Diane Richey Ward ( and SusanTonkin Riegel ( from the USA, and Jorge Llamos Gonzalez ( from Cuba.  There was an exhibition and cocktail reception to celebrate the talent of the five artists. 

This was a very well organized and attended event, and one that Akumal can be very proud of.  Kudos to Maribel Bianchi and her excellent staff who pulled together a wonderful event.

This is a 'behind the scene' photo of the artists at work preparing for the opening.

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Maribel was the hostess with the mostest as she ran a very well organized event.

These are some of the pictures by Diane Richet-Ward from Sacramento, California.

More of the excellent art work.

Ingrid give the work her professional eye.

This is a fairly large piece by Nasser Lubay.

There was a lot of art on display.

The bar was well stocked and waiting the art patrons to arrive.

The churrasco chef is keeping the coals hot and the food cooking.

The art crowd has arrived and is checking everything out.

There's so much to see, and so many people to talk with.

Look who is here with Susan Tonkin Riegel.

Susan with some of her work.

Diane Richey Ward with one of here nice pieces.

Cathryn McEwen from Australia has a nice perspective on bodies in water.

Walking through all those galleries makes one tired.

Nassar Lubay is the one who did this large, colorful piece.

Jorge Llamos Gonzalez, from Cuba, did this interesting head.

A large crowd has retreated to the outside patio for fresh air and a closer proximity to the bar.

Bill McLendon getting ready to drive of to Cheryl's 50th surprise birthdy party at TBC.

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