where those of us now over half a century old

 can share our creation and appreciation of art

when we were young and now we’re not

 

Art is a virtually essential

part of being human.

Ordinary people, making their best effort or unable to stop themselves, sing, dance, make music, tell stories, and create images, as well as appreciating art far greater than their own, looking, listening and reading. Art is in and around us all our lives, like nature.

50plusArtSpace is especially for people over 50 years old who have appreciated and created art (even unwittingly) in the course of their lives. It was started in July 2020 by two over-50s (aged 81 and 75 at that time).

Our two posthumous contributors so far:

We’d love to publish more amateur

but interesting, attractive, entertaining art

produced well into their last years

by people who were close to you.

Austin

1908-1999

María Luisa

1945-2018

50plusArtSpace

 is updated each month.

If you’re at least 50 years old (sorry, youngsters – your time will come as demi-centenarians) and would like to share some of your old or new artwork (literary, visual, musical, other) or your reflections on art in your life, write to CONTACT AND  SUBMISSIONS in English or Spanish.

Literary work (poetry, stories, short novels, essays) can be in either English or Spanish.

Welcome to the March 2021 update of  50plusArtSpace !

There are already 33 previous contributions in the Catalogue, and this month there are 4 new ones.

We hope you enjoy the new contributions and explore the previous ones in the Catalogue if you haven’t already. 

To propose a CONTRIBUTION, click HERE to tell us about your proposal.

 

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From Roger Gower

(1942 -    )

To protect our staff, clients and community we have taken the sad decision to..…

There was a promise of warmth, given off by the lights, strategically placed, and the soft carpeting. It was an atmosphere without personality. Before the lockdown, hushed figures would have been hunched in front of their screens. Was it a call centre? It hardly mattered. The rest of the High Street was also closed up and dead.

An orange sun was dispersing the early morning mist.

One walk a day allowed. He preferred to avoid the street ballets, where lone bodies were trying to give each other distance in the spring sunshine, and go out in the cold of the early morning, at dawn. How quickly this virus had attacked the human world.

 One way only.

A story

 
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From Craig Lambkin

(1967 -     )

Oil pastel on card Craig Lambkin

Seen, in the eye and the mind

 
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From Ambrosio Guzmán

(1939 -     )

AMBROSIO Guzmán

Watercolours of Mexican Haciendas

Hacienda Santa Águeda

 

1965 – 1966: Primeras lecciones en México.

Maximiliano, con su error de juicio garrafal de dejarse imponer como Emperador en un país lejano y ajeno, nunca iba a servir bien a la obra en construcción que era México, ni iba a convertirse en mexicano. ¿Pobre de Maximiliano, dramáticamente trágico en la

pintura de su fusilamiento de Manet? Pues sí, pero él se metió donde no, y a consecuencia murieron muchos mexicanos (y bastantes franceses y mercenarios europeos). Nunca iba a funcionar como jefe del estado mexicano: era realeza en época de repúblicas nuevas en las Ámericas, no tenía nada de mexicano (ni siquiera de español), y para colmo en México, medía 1.87 y era entre rubio y pelirrojo. De haberse encontrado en la UAP en 1965, irreconocible por estar peinado, rasurado y vestido al estilo de mediados del siglo XX, algún estudiante habría gritado al aire ¡Güero! ¡Güerito! para ver si el notorio extranjero altote se volteaba. Me lo hicieron a mí (güero pero solo 1.81, aunque eso era bastante alto en México en aquel entonces, hoy ya no) en la Prepa Benito Juárez algunas veces, y aprendí a medio…

From Paul Davies

(1939 -     )

Mi México.

El País de un viejo inmigrado Inglés

Dos de los casi 50 jefes de estado de México entre 1821 y 1900