Isabel Fuente, Jim Lloyd and Efren Gonzalez

invite you to join them for



This opening will be Efren’s first major exhibit outside Lakeside and Guadalajara.



“Mural painting is the most difficult to do because it shows my soul and spirit…completely open to the world…all of my ideas, fears and hopes…all of this without exception for thousands of people to view, analyze, admire and critique.” E. G.


DATES: January 7, 8, 9 & 10

TIME: Depart from Lloyd’s in Ajijic at 9:00 AM

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3650 pesos per person

SINGLE OCCUPANCY: $4350 pesos per person

INCLUDED IN TOUR: Transportation, lodging for three nights, one full breakfast, one small breakfast, one brunch, one dinner and refreshments

PAYMENT: ½ payment at the time of reservation and full payment by December 29.  Nonrefundable after December 29.


DAY ONE: On our way to Melaque we stop first at a popular seafood restaurant along the Pacific Ocean.  It has been famous for many years for its excellent seafood   Arriving in Melaque we check into Casa del Sol where we will stay. The afternoon is free for you to explore Melaque and/or enjoy the beautiful beach.  In the evening you may have dinner where you would like.  Isabel and Jim will make recommendations of good places to dine.


DAY TWO: At 9:30 AM we go to Barra de Navidad, a short distance from Melaque, for breakfast at restaurant over-looking the bay.  Afterwards there is time to explore the many shops and stroll along the beachfront.  You may enjoy having lunch at one of the restaurants in town.  Back to the hotel for the afternoon.  At 4:00 PM we leave for La Manzanilla, thirty minute drive, for the Efren’s opening at the prestigious “Gallaria La Manzanilla” in La Manzanilla.  Following the show we go to a lovely palapa restaurant on the beach for dinner.  Then back to Melaque.


DAY THREE: At 10:00 AM breakfast will be served at our hotel.  The day is yours to relax on the beach or in a hammock at the hotel or to explore the area.  Arrangements can be made for fishing, kayaking or hiking.  In the afternoon Sangria and fruits will be served.  In the evening we return to Barra de Navidad for dinner.


DAY FOUR: After a light breakfast of fruits, sweets and coffee we head off to a village at the base of the Colima volcano.  Here we have brunch under coffee trees in an old coffee plantation.  Following brunch we visit one of the great mask makers who is represented in the book “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art.”  We return to Ajijic around 5:00 PM.



For reservations contact:

Isabel Fuente: (376) 766 0822 or

Jim Lloyd: (376) 766 3070



EFREN GONZALES: Biographical Notes


Efren Gonzalez was born in Ajijic, Jalisco on June 1st, 1972.  Throughout his life, he has always studied, worked and been inspired by some form of art, either painting, drawing or sculpture.


Efren has studied with many well-known art teachers such as Antonio Cardenas, B.R. Kline (international painter), Maestro Luis Eduardo Gonzalez (watercolorist), Kent Clark (sculptor) and Juan Navarro (etching).


Efren is constantly working to broaden his artistic knowledge.  Although he has most recently been working on large mural paintings, he continues to work and exhibit in watercolor, oil on canvas, pastel and acrylic.  He has become one of the most recognized painters in the Ajijic Art Colony, as well as in surrounding communities and cities.


Mural painting is the form of expression that Efren finds most gratifying.  His most important mural to date was commissioned by the government of the City of Chapala, Jalisco.  It is an expansive work (240 square meters) painted along the staircase of the Palacio Municipal de Chapala depicting the history of the Lake Chapala area.


Efren continues to reside in the town of his birth, Ajijic, with his wife Reyna and their three children Leonardo, Paula Regina and Zyanya.


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