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Have a Baja Moment! Tickle Your Imagination at O Gallery

Have a Baja Moment! Tickle Your Imagination at O Gallery

O Gallery

October 26, 2013 saw the birth of a new kind of gallery in San Jose del Cabo. O Gallery forms the core of an Art Center that artists Francois Paris and Jon Teschner envision as a special place for artists to congregate and share the ideas and energy that are so essential to the creative process.

Paris and Teschner chose the location for the Art Center carefully – the layout of the building, with ample space between it and the street, is ideal for outdoor music, dance, and artistic performances. On opening night attendees were treated to impressive music and acrobatic displays.

An artist himself, Paris picks the art that is shown. Interestingly, it was never his idea to open a gallery, he’d always intended to focus on his art, working in his home studio in La Choya.

“It still surprises me sometimes when I look around at what I’m doing. It’s exciting…and sometimes a little scary.”

Paris, a native of France, moved to Los Cabos full time in 2009 after spending 27 years in the United States designing high end antique-inspired furniture. Teschner is an Emmy Award-winning animation artist whose large canvas oil paintings appear in collections worldwide. He splits his time between his studio on the East Cape and his home in Los Angeles.

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Opening night at O Gallery in San Jose del Cabo.

While the gallery opened in late October, ultimately there will be a street-side café and studio space where artists will create and teach in a warehouse behind the main gallery. The warehouse will also provide additional space to display art. The café is still in the idea phase – they are seeking a partner who can design a space that will be in line with and promote their creative and artistic vision.

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A glimpse of O Gallery’s interior.

They have created a space that is welcoming to visitors, and, as Paris so aptly puts it, “tickles the imagination.” He wants people to be comfortable and have the opportunity to interact with the artists.

The Artists

Francois and Jon are very pleased to bring the work of Rose Masterpol, an accomplished artist from Los Angeles, to Baja for the first time. Her large abstract oils, often compared with De kooning, Motherwell and Kline, are popular among knowledgeable collectors and celebrities alike. She is excited to be part of the O Gallery collaboration.

O Gallery is also the new home of famed Los Cabos artist Dennis Wentworth Porter. His large oil paintings of Baja landscapes influenced by Sargent, Cezanne, Monet and American abstract expressionists of the 1950s and 60s are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the local art scene.

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Teschner, Masterpol, O’Gara, Paris, and Zapata pose in the gallery doorway.

Rose and Dennis will be joined by a select group of artists and craftsmen on a rotating basis. The show will be “ever-evolving, offering beauty and surprises,” according to the gallery’s website. Artists whose works are currently on display include Vicki O’Gara , an American artist who splits her time between her studio in Cabo San Lucas and Sun Valley, Idaho; Victor Gerardo Rendon Salcedo, who’s specialty is linocut engravings; Cynthia Zapata is a sculptor living and working in Mexico City, who’s bronze sculptures often depict the human figure in motion. Furniture displayed in the space is by Francois and Veronica Tancredi. Tancredi uses only recycled lumber in her pieces.

O Gallery is located on Alvaro Obregon in San Jose del Cabo’s historic downtown Art District. They are open from 10:30 – 2 p.m., and again from 5 – 8 p.m. (closed Sundays). You can follow them on Facebook to learn what’s in store for upcoming events. Paris promises some surprises are in store for 2014, including outdoor demonstrations of artists creating their work. So get your imagination “tickled” – check out the creative expressions at O Gallery.

 

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Have a Baja Moment! Get Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Have a Baja Moment! Get Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Annie Doyle fishes the Sea of Cortez from her stand up paddle board.

There’s a saying that “If you can stand up, you can SUP.” Its ease has made stand up paddle boarding, aka SUPing skyrocket in popularity over the past decade, with an unprecedented number of people taking to the water with paddle in hand. The great thing about SUP boarding is that you can do it on any body of water, but the Sea of Cortez is an ideal place to partake of this fun sport because it offers waves for those whom seek them, or flat calm waters for those who’d rather cover some ground. Touring and racing SUP boards are typically larger and more stable than the thinner surf SUP boards, resembling in many ways a hybrid between a longboard and a kayak. Touring on a SUP is a great way to see the coastline, head out to visit the humpback whales (don’t get too close!), or to view abundant sea life passing beneath as you stand perched high above the water’s surface. The truly adventurous know that SUPing is also a great way to troll for fish.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Breakfast anyone?

If you live anywhere near El Mirador in Los Cabos’ Tourist Corridor, you’ve undoubtedly seen Annie Doyle coming back from her morning SUP fishing session with her catch tied to the front of her board. Annie is so passionate about fishing from her SUP that she heads out long before the sun rises, dawning a headlamp so she can be seen by the panga fishermen. Unless the waves are pumping, she’s out there every day putting in her miles and hooking fish. She came up with the idea of fishing from her SUP when she noticed how abundant the fish were as she put in long miles training for the annual Mike Doyle Los Cabos Classic Stand Up Paddle Race (she did her husband proud by placing in the top three for the last three years running, beaten only by professional SUP racers). She now looks forward to the long paddles and the great breakfast of fresh fish tacos afterwards!

Annie’s turned fishing from a SUP into an art form and catches a LOT of fish: snapper, sea bass, sierra, roosterfish, rock fish, you name it. She follows the K.I.S.S principle: no pole, just a hand line wrapped around a piece of foam tubing with all the tools she needs stored in a fanny pack. This is the key to getting out on the flats without losing all your gear or hooking yourself as you get out past the shorebreak.

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Ready to fish.

Here’s her setup: she uses about 30 feet of kiteboarding line. Parachute line can be substituted, but it must be non-stretch line. Using a Palomar knot she attaches 20 feet of 50 to 80 pound monofilament to the kiting line. A black swivel is attached to a 60 pound steel leader. For her lure she prefers a 5 ¾ inch jointed Rapala, which gets better action at low speeds. She wraps the whole shebang onto a 5 inch piece of foam tubing (a pool noodle or stiff pipe insulation) and ties it to a two foot line tied to a stick-on leash plug near the nose of her board. This is also where she ties the fish once they are caught and killed.

Hooked on Stand Up Paddle Board Fishing

Annie shows off her fishing equipment.

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Displaying the day’s catch.

Once she’s out of the shorebreak, she unwinds the line from the foam tubing and loops it around the paddle handle using a slip knot. And then she’s off. The lure really gets some good swimming action on the recovery part of the stroke and that’s also when she usually hooks a fish. When she hooks one, she throws the paddle to the side of the board and starts pulling the line in on the same side the paddle is on, maintaining tension in the line. At this point, she says you might want to get on your knees or sit down. Once the fish is up to the rail of the board, grab it, thumb in its gills, and hold it down onto the deck of the board to contain it. Now it’s time to take your knife to the back of it’s head. Only when it’s dead should you pull out the hooks with the pliers you’ve got in your pack. Throw the hook into the water away from yourself asap. Once the fish is well and truly dead, tie the fish to the leash plug by passing the line from the mouth through the gill. Now it’s time to get back to fishing! Annie recommends wearing biking gloves to avoid getting line burns when you’re fighting the fish – sierra in particular can put up an incredible fight, making landing one that much sweeter. They sure taste good in ceviche!

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Another good sierra.

Are you hooked and looking for some SUPing or fishing adventures? Several businesses in Los Cabos rent SUP boards, lead tours and provide lessons, including High Tide Sea Expeditions, Cabo SUP at the Bahia Hotel and Beach Club and Cabo Adventures. Get out there and experience the thrill of landing tonight’s dinner from a SUP board.

 

Planning a visit to Los Cabos? Talk to a travel agent at Baja.com!

Baja.com is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at info@baja.com.

 

 

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