Bordello Galeria

oil on board

oil on board

Current exhibition:   Ruben Morales, internationally acclaimed Mexican folk artist.

About the Bordello Galeria… They say that art and prostitution are two of the oldest professions and there’s been a bit of both at Madam Turca’s “Casa de la Noche” and the Bordello Galeria.

Originally one of San Miguel’s oldest houses of ill repute, Casa de la Noche had its beginning as a bordello run by an infamous Turkish madam. It’s now a pretty guesthouse and gallery owned by Barbara Poole, a California painter and now a resident of San Miguel de Allende.

In 2005, after extensive renovations, Casa de la Noche evolved into a 14bedroom guesthouse featuring original art, fountains, flowers, and terraces with panoramic views. It recently has been expanded to include the Madam’s residence, Casa de Besos, and accommodates up to 28 people.

Group discounts are available. There are many common rooms, including a group project room in 2011, and an Event Center in 2014. The Galeria has been created to support local and visiting artists needing single event reception space. For workshops, it’s an ideal space for end-of-class exhibits.

With a 150 linear feet of exhibition walls, the Bordello Galeria venue offers a state-of-the-art hanging system, rheostat spot lighting, and an open welcoming space, split level, near the center of town.

Bordello Galeria is a commission-free, single-event venue. While no commission is charged for sales, a portion of any sale is directed towards a local charity of the artist’s choice, and a small piece of art is given for permanent display at Casa de la Noche.

The Bordello Galeria is open Monday through Sunday 9 to 6 p.m. Call for an appointment for a private viewing with the artist.

Artists showing their work are responsible for hosting all aspects of their Gallery Openings. Galeria staff assists in hanging and dissembling the art exhibits.

Our policies…

1. Artists are juried for presentation based on consistency with the theme of the Galeria, event timing, and their ability to fulfill their responsibilities for organizing and managing their Opening.

2. A damage deposit in the amount of $50 USD will be required and will be returned upon the successful completion of the exhibit.

3. Artists will provide a vitae for Bordello Galeria and for presentation at their Opening. Artists will also provide a publicity article for the local “Atencion” newspaper.

4. No rent is assessed for the use of Bordello Galeria. The artist is responsible for all expenses: advertising, food, drink, staff, and cleanup. $50 USD will be assessed for Galeria incidentals.

5. Artists are responsible for staffing the Opening Night and any subsequent gallery hours.

6. In lieu of commission, artists must identify a local charity for donation of a portion of their profit from the exhibition, and donate a piece to be featured on the walls of Casa de la Noche after their show is completed. The donated artwork will be chosen by Bordello Galeria for Casa de la Noche from several pieces to be selected by the artist.

7. All artwork must be removed on time and in a manner previously agreed upon between the artist and the gallery manager.

8. While art is on display, the Bordello Galeria is not responsible for any unanticipated losses or damages.

Contact us for a jury review and further details for an exhibition at the Bordello Galeria.