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Local artists exhibit images of San Miguel, Mexico, at Vail library

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"Spires of the Parroquia — Central Cathedral," by Joan Norris.
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What: Vail/San Miguel Sister City Art Exhibit and Reception, hosted by Patronato Pro Ninos.

When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; exhibit runs Dec. 1-15.

Where: Community Room, Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive, Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit vaillibrary.com, or call 970-479-2184.

VAIL — Plein-air artist Joan Norris and photographer Jim Lamont are exhibiting their images of Vail’s sister city, the historic Mexican colonial-era community of San Miguel de Allende, at the Vail Public Library. The exhibit runs Tuesday through Dec. 15, with a community reception celebrating the new sister city relationship from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The exhibit is a reflection of the artists’ experiences in San Miguel, which is located in the central highlands of Mexico, about a three-hour drive north of Mexico City. Established in the 15th century, the community combines a sensual and spiritual mix of grand baroque churches with colorful colonial-era architecture and steep cobblestone streets in a compact city center.

Since the 1930s, San Miguel has evolved a large North American and European expat community of artists, writers and creative intellects. Many are involved with nonprofit organizations to assist in providing social services to the indigenous inhabitants of the surrounding villages.

SIMILARITIES, SHARED ASPIRATIONS

Vail recently joined San Miguel as a sister city because of the many similarities and shared aspirations of each community. Vail and San Miguel are know for domestic and international tourism, and both rely on nonprofit organizations to promote community-building efforts.

To advance the sister city initiative by furthering cross-cultural networking, the artists have joined with other Vail residents who are involved with one of the notable charitable nonprofits in San Miguel, Patronato Pro Ninos, which provides medical and dental care to more than 8,000 needy children each year. It is the intent of this cultural and social networking that the distinctive strengths of each community benefit one another.