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# Luis Méndez Gallery - Ten years of Art & Filigree

Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Art share a common space in the Luis Méndez Gallery. We are celebrating our tenth anniversary with a remodeling project with the goal of continuing to preserve artisan techniques and promote art through a modern approach.

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The Luis Méndez Gallery is undertaking a remodeling project with the goal of continuing to preserve artisan techniques and promote contemporary art through a modern, accessible approach.

Photo: Gsus Fernández

We will begin by adapting the Gallery’s façade to the surroundings in this historical neighborhood of the “Charra” capital in Salamanca and incorporating appropriate security measures for exhibiting works of art and artisan crafts. We will improve the lighting and the exhibit space in order to highlight the exhibited pieces and we will work on the staging of the live filigree technique workshop in order to make the artisan work methodology more accessible to visitors.

We thereby hope to consolidate this indispensable center for cultural promotion located in the heart of the historical center of Salamanca.

You can view and enjoy Ricardo Núñez’ incredible work on the staging mock-up in the top carousel of photographs.

Why have we chosen crowdfunding?

We are part of an artisan jewelry workshop and we believe that our project has certain aspects that deserve to be reinforced in modern-day society.

We feel that this is the most appropriate option since, despite being a private project, this initiative has public and educational ramifications due to the way we approach our work. Since the filigree technique is part of our Intangible Cultural Heritage, we thereby intend to consolidate the future of this technique through training and promotional projects focusing on its preservation.

We believe that artistic and artisan professions should be dynamic in order to break free from antiquated formulas of the past.

Photo: Ana Díaz-Cano

Our permanent exhibition currently features our own filigree pieces in addition to the work of twenty other artists/artisans, both national and international jewelers. We also feature a new contemporary art exhibition every quarter.

Over the past three years, we have primarily featured various visual artists who are students in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. Our exhibition space is currently collaborating with more than forty artists.

Benefits of contributing to the campaign

All patrons, regardless of their contribution, will receive a postcard or collection of postcards, which have been exclusively printed for the 10th Anniversary of the Luís Méndez Gallery, and an invitation to the inauguration event featuring an exhibition of the work of Juanjo Sánchez (Painting).

We will also stage live group demonstrations of the production process for filigree jewelry. These 45-minute demonstrations will be projected on a screen in order for the public to see our work in as much detail as possible.

Some of the contribution rewards include our traditional Charro Button, such as the recent award-winning Gardens Collection, at special prices for sponsors and unique creations.

All of the rewards include gifts to thank you for your collaboration, such as the Trade Museum Journal “A Vision of the World of Charra Filigree,” featured in a special edition for Verkami, as the original edition has been sold out.

Patrons may donate talks on the art of filigree in schools, museums and community centers, which will be held on a future date, agreed upon by both parties. They may also donate 40-hour training courses on the filigree technique to be held at the center of their choice, selected from any of the existing centers equipped for this purpose in various Spanish cities and abroad.

Photo: Estrella Sánchez Marcos

We would like all of our patrons to have a rewarding experience participating in the financing of an initiative with a modern, accessible approach, which develops connections between artists / artisans and promotes the development of products and projects that facilitate market access channels and improve the profitability of artistic and artisan production.

The goal is to promote artistic trades in a way that adapts to the current market conditions.

We defend the authenticity of artisan work and reinforce its artistic and cultural value in order to promote high-quality ethical products that form a part of our cultural heritage.

Who are we?

Brothers Jerónimo, Luis and Raul Méndez López are part of the third generation of a family of artisan filigree jewelers. We are following in the footsteps of our grandfather, who founded his workshop in 1928 in Tamames (Salamanca), after learning the trade alongside our father and teacher, Luís Méndez Vieira.

Photo: EOI-Fundesarte

Under the business name Luis Méndez Artesanos, we have become a model for the recovery of the filigree technique in contemporary jewelry-making.

Our work demonstrates the possibilities of this ancient technique by applying it to both classical models and contemporary creations.

Our pieces are greatly renowned, both nationally and internationally.

Recent Awards:

2015 National Artisan Award - Category: Product
Ministry of Industry and the EOI Foundation - Madrid (Spain), March 31, 2016

Special Award for the Best Business of the Year – City Council of Salamanca
November 27, 2014. Salamanca - Spain

Finalist - Aileen International Crafts Competition - World Crafts Council
October 21, 2014 Dongyang (Zhejiang) CHINA

What will your contributions help fund?

We hope to finance 50% of the investment with crowfunding (Verkami) and the rest through a loan.

Adapting to the historical surroundings
Freestone Façade: €2,400

Security for exhibited work
Security locks and windows: €3,100

Quality of exhibitions
Lighting: €2,390
Wooden floor (synthetic flooring) in the exhibit hall: €1,850

Demonstrations of the filigree technique for the public
Carpentry – Furniture: €2,100
Paint and staging: €2,750

Total: €14,590

Financing Goal: €7,295.00

What if we exceed the basic goal and extras for the patrons?

In that case, we would invest in updating our website…which is clearly needed!!

http://www.luismendez.net/

This is our first crowfunding experience and we would also like it to be a declaration of our intentions. If we can count on your support, we will come back with more training projects.

About the rewards

You can choose among different shipping categories for receiving your rewards at home. The rewards will be delivered or shipped after March 30th.

Anticipated Timeline

The project will be executed from January 30th to March 30th, 2017

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Acknowledgements:

Juan Carlos Navarro - Architect (Salamanca)

Very special thanks to Ricardo Núñez for his work on this remodeling project and three years of collaboration curating all the contemporary art exhibitions at the Luis Méndez Gallery.

Ricardo Núñez – Doctor of Fine Arts, University of Salamanca.
Professor at the University of Salamanca.

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#05 / Invitación, celebración y muchas gracias a tod@s de corazón!!

Invitación evento

Estimados mecenas y amig@s:

Entramos en la últimas 24 horas de campaña y tengo la inmensa alegría de comunicaros que: Vamos a conseguir el objetivooooo!!

Muchísimas gracias por vuestro y apoyo, resulta muy alentador contar con todos vosotros. Vuestra complicidad en estos diez años de andadura está haciendo posible la continuidad de este proyecto.

El próximo viernes inauguraremos la muestra de Juanjo Sánchez y se celebraremos nuestro décimo aniversario.

Como aun no están editadas todas las recompensas que comenzaremos a enviar a partir del 30 de marzo. Les envío la notificación de su invitación al acto de “Inauguración y décimo aniversario” con este enlace... y próximamente la “Postal oficial para todos los mecenas”

Muchas gracias a tod@s.

Luis Méndez

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#10 / Ya están listas todas vuestras recompensas!!

Estimad@s mecenas y amig@s:

Ya están listas todas vuestras recompensas!!

Para recoger en la Galería Luis Méndez:

Cuando queráis en horario de apertura.

De lunes a sábado: 10:30 – 14:00 / 17:00 – 20:30 Domingos: 10:30 – 14:30
Incluidos los festivos, jueves, viernes, sábado y domingo durante las vacaciones de Semana Santa.

Para enviar a cualquier lugar:

Realizaremos todos los envíos una vez que pasen las vacaciones de Semana Santa. Comenzaremos a enviar las recompensas el 17 de abril.

Para los "Puchereros", nuestros paisanos de Tamames: Entregaremos las recompensas donde nos habéis indicado.

Para los que quieran que le enviemos su recompensa y no nos hayan indicado una dirección de envío: Enviárnosla por favor!!

Un fuerte abrazo para tod@s.

Luis Méndez

"Galería Luis Méndez – Diez años de arte y filigrana"

Luis Méndez Artesanos S.L.

Taller: Diego Velázquez, 10. cp 37600. Tamames. Salamanca. España
Tel: +34 923 449 111

Galería: Meléndez, 8. Bajo 2. cp 37002. Salamanca. España

#08 / Luís Méndez Gallery has the pleasure of inviting you

Dear friends,

Luís Méndez Gallery has the pleasure of inviting you to the inauguration of the exhibition of paintings by Juanjo Sánchez. Juanjo hails from Salamanca and is presently living in Lisbon.

In his works, we can see that
there is no real difference
between what is traditionally called material
and what we know as spiritual.

His canvases, abounding in substance,
invite us to appreciate the difference.
In our spirit, they bring forth
communication through gestures
of colour in the space, in mysterious
patches and in surfaces that are rent
with a deep range of colour.

We are in the presence of the work of an
artist endowed with a constant,
rhythmical impulse, where each
moment of awareness prepares our way
for his interdisciplinary world.

Álvaro Lobato de Faría
M.A.C. Movimiento Arte Contemporáneo
Lisboa, Portugal

This will be the first in the cycle of exhibitions for 2017 curated by Ricardo G. Núñez, which will kick-off this new stage in our renovated space.

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#07 / We did it!

We did it! €7,415 of €7,295, thanks to 80 contributions from 59 sponsors sent from nine countries: Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, United States, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Portugal.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our micro-sponsorship campaign. Your involvement has made it possible for us to achieve our goal!

Thank you very much everyone!

Warmest regards from the Méndez family.

Luis Méndez

"Luis Méndez Gallery – Ten years of art & filigree”

#06 / Ya tenemos apoyo desde 9 países

Hoy recibimos aportaciones desde Alemania y México. Ayer desde Brasil!! Ya son 9 países desde los que estamos recibiendo apoyo!!

77 aportaciones, 58 mecenas de 9 países: Alemania, Brasil, Colombia, España, Estados Unidos, Francia, Holanda, México y Portugal.

Verkami nos ha colocado en portada

“Galería Luis Méndez – Diez años de Arte y Filigrana”

Lo vamos a conseguir gracias a tod@s!!

Muchas gracias!!

Luis Méndez

Galería Luis Méndez - Diez años de Arte y Filigrana

#05 / Invitación, celebración y muchas gracias a tod@s de corazón!!

Invitación evento

Estimados mecenas y amig@s:

Entramos en la últimas 24 horas de campaña y tengo la inmensa alegría de comunicaros que: Vamos a conseguir el objetivooooo!!

Muchísimas gracias por vuestro y apoyo, resulta muy alentador contar con todos vosotros. Vuestra complicidad en estos diez años de andadura está haciendo posible la continuidad de este proyecto.

El próximo viernes inauguraremos la muestra de Juanjo Sánchez y se celebraremos nuestro décimo aniversario.

Como aun no están editadas todas las recompensas que comenzaremos a enviar a partir del 30 de marzo. Les envío la notificación de su invitación al acto de “Inauguración y décimo aniversario” con este enlace... y próximamente la “Postal oficial para todos los mecenas”

Muchas gracias a tod@s.

Luis Méndez

#04 / 58 aportaciones y 41 mecenas de 5 países...Solo faltan 6 días!!

En este álbum pueden seguir la evolución del espacio en más de 40 días de intenso trabajo!!

58 aportaciones, 41 mecenas de 5 países, Colombia, España, Francia, Holanda y Estados Unidos. Recibidos 5.795€ de 7.295€. Solo faltan 6 días y 1.500€ para alcanzar nuestro objetivo!!

Ánimo! Solo nos queda el último empujón!! No dejéis de compartir este enlace:
…lo vamos a conseguir gracias a tod@s!!

Muchas gracias de corazón!!...

Diez años de Arte y Filigrana - Galería Luis Méndez

http://www.verkami.com/locale/es/projects/16855

Hemos terminado la primera fase y ya pueden visitar la exposición permanente de joyería con más de 23 artistas nacionales e internacionales. En estos momentos estamos trabajando en el montaje de la exposición de pintura de Juanjo Sánchez que se inaugurará el 24 de marzo.

Estáis todos invitados!!

Muchísimas gracias a tod@s por vuestra colaboración.

Luis Méndez

#03 / Ranking de aportaciones por paises

Estimados amig@s!! Este es el ranking de aportaciones por países hasta el momento:

España: 950€
Costa Rica: 700€
USA: 270€
Colombia: 185€
Francia: 95€

No dejen de realizar sus aportaciones y compartir en las redes sociales esta iniciativa. Aun faltan 26 días para el final de la campaña!!

Muchas gracias de corazón por creer en nosotros y respaldar nuestro proyecto.

Luis Méndez
Artesano – Gerente
Luis Méndez Artesanos S.L.

5€
9 backers

Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández.+ Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL to anywhere in the world.

10€
2 backers

Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

15€
6 backers

Collection of 10 postcards. Traditional and contemporary jewelry by Luis Méndez Artesanos. Photographs: Luis F. Lorenzo. + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Free shipping to anywhere in the world. + Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL to anywhere in the world.

15€
0 backers

Anywhere in the world. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

30€
3 backers

Collection of 10 postcards. Traditional and contemporary jewelry by Luis Méndez Artesanos. Photographs: Luis F. Lorenzo. + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree.” + Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL to anywhere in the world.

35€
11 backers

Charro Button Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández. Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

40€
7 backers

Charro Button Pendant with Chain in 925 Sterling Silver. Diameter: 14 mm + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Spain - Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL.

40€
0 backers

Charro Button Pin in 925 Sterling Silver + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Spain - Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL.

45€
6 backers

Contemporary Earrings with 9 mm diameter granulation in 925 Sterling Silver + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Collection of 10 postcards. Traditional and contemporary jewelry by Luis Méndez Artesanos. Photographs: Luis F. Lorenzo + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández. + Spain - Shipping costs. REGULAR MAIL.

50€
3 backers

Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

55€
8 backers

Contemporary Filigree Earrings. 925 Oxidized Sterling Silver and 18K Gold. 6x6 mm size + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

60€
1 backer

Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For a maximum group of 10 people. Duration 1 hour + Collection 10 postcards. Traditional and contemporary jewelry by Luis Méndez Artesanos. Photograph: Luis F. Lorenzo.
+ Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández.

65€
2 backers

Charro Button Ring in 925 Sterling Silver. 15 mm diameter button + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Anywhere in the world. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

75€
2 backers

Charro Button Cufflinks in 925 Sterling Silver. Diameter: 13 mm + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández + Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

80€
2 backers

Filigree bead pendant in 925 Sterling Silver. Diameter 18 mm + Collection of 10 postcards. Photograph: Luis F. Lorenzo.
+ Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

90€
0 backers

Charro Button Key Chain in 925 Sterling Silver + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

95€
4 backers

Necklace. Ball Collection. 925 Sterling Silver, 18K Gold and Steel Wire + Collection of postcards + Invitation and thanks + Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

140€
1 backer

Charro Button Pendant with Chain. Sterling Silver 925. Diameter 28 mm + Collection of 10 postcards + Thank you postcard + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For a maximum group of 10 people. Duration 1 hour + Anywhere in the world. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

150€
2 backers

Earrings. 7 mm Filigree Beads. 18K Gold + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event. Photo: Gsus Fernández. Spain. Shipping costs. CERTIFIED MAIL.

190€
0 backers

Filigree Sun Necklace in 18K Gold with Natural Seed Pearls. Diameter: 18 mm + Collection of postcards + Invitation and thanks + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

200€
1 backer

Necklace. Spiral Collection. Contemporary filigree. Oxidized Silver and 18K Gold + Collection of postcards + Invitation and thanks + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

220€
1 backer

Earrings. Filigree beads in 925 sterling silver. Long: 40 mm. + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery, for a group of 10 people. Duration: 1 Hour + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

240€
0 backers

Charro Button Earrings. 18K Gold. Diameter: 7mm. + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For a group of 10 people. Duration 1 hour + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

280€
1 backer

Earrings. Filigree beads in 18K Gold + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery, for a group of 10 people. Duration: 1 Hour + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

300€
4 backers

A talk on filigree art may be donated to schools, community centers, museums, and art and artisan craft centers (duration: one hour, transportation costs not included) + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree.”

325€
1 backer

Rose Earrings in 18K Gold with Natural Seed Pearls. Diameter: 13 mm. + Collection of postcards+ Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

350€
0 backers

Filigree Earrings in 18K Gold. Diameter: 10 mm + Collection of postcards + Invitation and thanks + Special Edition of the Salamanca Trade Museum Journal “A vision of the world of filigree” + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

395€
0 backers

Filigree Earrings with Natural Pearls. 18K Gold. Length: 37 mm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For a group of 10 people. Duration 1 hour + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

430€
0 backers

Ring. Filigree Button with a Ruby. 18K Gold. Diameter: 13.5 mm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For 20 people (2 groups of 10). Duration 1 hour + Spain - Shipping costs - SEUR 24

500€
1 backer

Earrings. Filigree Button with Rubies. 18K Gold. Diameter: 11.5 mm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery. For 20 people (2 groups of 10). Duration 1 hour + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

600€
1 backer

Necklace – Small Oval Garden – 2015 National Artisan Award. 925 Sterling Silver, Natural Dried Flowers and Leather. Choice of Floral Composition + A talk on filigree art may be donated to schools, community centers, museums, and art and artisan craft centers (duration: one hour, transportation costs not included). Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

630€
1 left (of 1)

Unique piece – Necklace with Filigree Beads, (18 mm) and Central Bead in Natural Amber + Collection of postcards + Thank you postcard and invitation to the inauguration event + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

700€
0 backers

“Horseshoe” or “Fan” Earrings. 18K Gold. Length: 32 mm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery + Luis Méndez Artesanos Catalog + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

790€
0 backers

Necklace – Large Garden (Diameter 50 mm) – 2015 National Artisan Award. 925 Sterling Silver, Natural Dried Flowers and Leather. Choice of Floral Composition + A talk on filigree art may be donated to schools, community centers, museums, and art and artisan craft centers (duration: one hour, transportation costs not included). Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

790€
0 backers

Ring. Collection Salamanca. 2002 Regional Artisan Award. 18K Gold and Diamonds. Size: 12x12 mm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery + Luis Méndez Artesanos Catalog + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

900€
0 backers

Filigree Bead Necklace. 925 Sterling Silver. Bead Diameter: 22 mm Length 45 cm + Demonstration of the production process for Charro Buttons and filigree jewelry at the Luis Méndez Gallery + Luis Méndez Artesanos Catalog + Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

1.000€
1 backer

"Sprig" Earrings in 18K Gold and Natural Seed Pearls. Length: 50 mm + A talk on filigree art may be donated to schools, community centers, museums, and art and artisan craft centers (duration: one hour, transportation costs not included) + Luis Méndez Artesanos Catalog and all the extras!! Shipping with FEDEX to anywhere in the world.

2.017€
1 left (of 1)

Luis Mendez Gallery mockup
Artist: Ricardo Núñez
Scale 1:25
+ All the extras

2.500€
0 backers

A 40-hour “Introduction to Contemporary Filigree” course may be donated, for a maximum group of 15 people. This course should be held in an art or artisan craft center equipped for said purpose, either in Spain or abroad + necessary materials included. (Costs of transportation and accommodation not included.)

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