From the Andes to New Hampshire
Peruvian guide brings families’ paintings to new Wine Studio
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Adams hadn’t planned to open a second version of her Wine Studio gift, art and wine store for a while. But when a space became available at Mr. Steer’s Marketplace in Londonderry, she jumped to grab it. It’s a “great little marketplace,” she said. Not only is Mr. Steer’s a draw, but a new Elliot Urgent Care center is across the street, and two office buildings are being built — which should bring plenty of foot traffic from people who need gifts.
It will be arranged as her Wine Studio at 53 Hooksett Road in Manchester is, including a gallery wall where an artists’ work is featured each month. She’s combining the store opening with a special artist’s reception and wine tasting Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Adams met Juan Aguirre, a Peruvian trek guide, in March when Metrosports’ Brendan Gilmartin introduced them and asked her to exhibit paintings from Aguirre’s family. Both his father and his brother are artists, as well as Aguirre. Adams visited the house where Aguirre was staying to see the work.
“It’s totally different art we don’t see up here,” Adams said. And the styles differ between family members.
Gavino Aguirre Sagovia, Juan’s father, creates work that is abstract yet involves Peruvian religious symbols such as birds and certain musical instruments. Juan’s brother Edgar Aguirre Gomez uses more of an icon painting style, featuring angels — some with 1700s European dress with lace and brocade, Adams said. Juan’s work is reminiscent of hieroglyphics, Adams said.
The family’s work seemed like a great show to accompany the opening of the new Wine Studio location, Adams said. The reception for the exhibit “Andean Styles-Historic, Traditional, Spiritual” will double as the new store opening celebration. Aguirre plays the Peruvian flute, and South American wines will be available to taste from The Imported Grape, Adams said.
Gilmartin hiked in Cuzco, the ancient valley of the Incas in 1999, which is when he met Machu Picchu guide Anguirre. They stayed in touch, and now Anguirre visits while working on some of his off-season projects. Besides promoting his family’s art, he brings art supplies to students in the Andes mountains. Gilmartin is also helping Anguirre set up his guide Web site, www.helpand travelperu.com.
The artist reception will include a wine tasting with Gus Moral of The Imported Grape, which specializes in Argentinean and Chilean wines.