The Clique Ajijic was a group of eight artists that existed as a loosely-organized collective in Ajijic for three or four years in the mid-1970s. Many of the photos of Clique Ajijic artists and their paintings were taken by John Frost, the artist-photographer who was a long-time resident of Jocotepec. The photo below (believed to be by Frost) shows several members of the Clique Ajijic, together with family and friends, at the opening of a show in Galería OM in Guadalajara in October 1975.
- A = John K. Peterson
- B = Kate Karns
- C = ?
- D = ? Dionicio Morales (Ajijic artist)
- E = ?
- F = Sidney Schwartzman
- G = Adolfo Riestra
- H = Todd (“Rocky”) Karns
- I = Hubert Harmon
- J = Tom Faloon
- K = Gail Michel (aka Gail Michaels)
- L = David Michel (son of Gail)
- M = Alejandro Colunga
- N = Synnove (Shaffer) Pettersen
- O = ?
- P = ?
- Q = ?
- R = ?
- S = Arq. Enrique Lázaro (gallery owner)
The Galería OM was co-owned by Enrique Lázaro and Alejandro Colunga.
If you can fill in any of the missing names, please get in touch.
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Tony Burton’s books include “Lake Chapala: A Postcard History” (2022), “Foreign Footprints in Ajijic” (2022), “If Walls Could Talk: Chapala’s historic buildings and their former occupants” (2020), (available in translation as “Si Las Paredes Hablaran”), “Mexican Kaleidoscope” (2016), and “Lake Chapala Through the Ages” (2008).
Adolfo Riestra is “G” in the photo, not “C”.
Dear Wendy, Thanks! My apologies for the error; I’ve corrected the post and photograph. I would sack the proof-reader but I’ve just remembered that was me! Best wishes, Tony.