Cecilia García Amaro

With Cecilia Amaro and La Caja de Pandora II
With Cecilia Amaro and La Caja de Pandora II

She paints, she sings, she's a Renaissance woman

Friday evening, the Wentworth Gallery in Laguna Beach held a reception for Mexican artist and musician Cecilia García Amaro. I had to go and meet her, having bought a print of her painting La Caja de Pandora last summer.

Every display space in the gallery was given over to Amaro's newest work, and a CD of her songs was playing softly in the background. Robert, the gallery director, recognized me when I walked in from pictures on my website, which he found while doing research in preparation for the reception. With a glass of wine in hand, I toured the display, battling a severe case of "I want that, I need that, I can't live without that."

When I finally got a chance to talk to Cecilia, I told her the story of finding the print of La Caja de Pandora after three years of looking for just the right piece of art for my empty wall. She asked me, "Did you open la caja yet? There are many surprises inside!" She graciously agreed to a photograph of the two of us standing in front of a second version of the painting (above).

Meanwhile, there were two of her paintings that kept calling out my name. One was of two antique chocolate grinders, the other was of two people playing cello and violin. Alas, the Chocolateras was way beyond what Trader Paul could afford this year. On the other hand, Claro de Luna....

I was in love with the piece just as a painting of two musicians. But then Cecilia told me the man in the painting was her husband who died nine years ago, and that she, herself, was the woman in the painting. To be sure I had understood her correctly, I asked if that was really her. "I think so," she answered with a broad smile.

Claro de Luna
Claro de Luna (Click image to enlarge)

I had to have it. Cecilia wrote a wonderful dedication on the back. She got a big cheer from everyone when they realized she was writing it in English. It includes an improptu sketch of a violin, which she drew to camouflage having misplaced a letter while writing in marker.

Cecilia writing a dedication.

Dedication. Paul– It is a pleasure to meet you and to tell you the history of this song. Muchas gracias! Don't forget to listen [to] the violin. With love, Cecilia García Amaro, Diciembre 9 2005. Laguna Beach.