The First International Art Exhibition at the Azucarera, in Guadalfeo, Salobreña will be taking place from Friday 21 until Sunday 24 June.
The exhibition is the first to be held at the Azucarera and is being organised by Helen McCormack, who has lived in the town for 11 years and who is also the founder of SaloArte. The art on display, Helen explains, is “contemporary and expressing a variety of styles.”
Ten artists will be participating in the event, most of whom live in either Granada or Malaga province. They include British artists, Annabel Keatley and Gym Halama; Anouk Slegers and Lieuwke Loth from Holland; Paul Arts and Wes Somerville from Canada; Ángel Vera, Luis Villaescusa, and Carlos J. Márquez Martínez from Spain and Germans Eva Jünger and Gerrit Oppellander-Hampel. They are joined by special guest artist Patricia Castilla Bellido from Nicaragua. Patricia has connections with Salobreña as some of her ancestors were from the town.
Helen, who is originally from Ireland, but has lived in Spain for many years, is not an artist herself, but a “lover of art.” She also recognises it as a way of attracting visitors to Salobreña, which is why she started SaloArte in the castle. “I am committed to art and to Salobreña and I understand the struggle that artists have to get people to see their work,” she says. The local rum company, Ron Montero is promoting the exhibition.