This weekend art lovers can congregate in the Museo del Chicó (Cra 7 No.93-01) for the art charity event ArtChico. Divided into three venues, this fair, curated by the renowned art critic and writer Eduardo Serrano,  shows that national and international art works do indeed complement each other.

There is the “Contemporary room”, a “Vintage hall” and “Photography salon” taking over every square inch of this colonial mansión. In the contemporary area there are works by Carlos Jacanamijoy, Iván Castiblanco, Ramón Canet, Abraham Gascón (Spain), and Heriberto Nieves (Puerto Rico) among many others. Visitors wandering through the vintage hall can admire works by Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Samir García, Enrique Grau, Fernando Botero and a very rare erotic etching by the Barranquilla-born painter Alejandro Obregón.

The photography salon opens a whole different area for ArtChico and there are images for sale by the New York-based portrait photographer Rubén Afanador, Ernesto Monsalve, two large works by the Bogotá photojournalist Daniel Rojas and a striking print by British celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill of an angelic Audrey Hepburn in St Tropez, back in 1967.

All proceeds from the art sales are destined for the Art for Heart Foundation that treats people in vulnerable communities with cardiac-related illnesses. ArtChico will also grant a full scholarship to a member of the Arhuaco indigenous community to study medicine.

The admission price is $35.000 pesos per person and tickets can be purchased at main entrance. Doors open at 9:00 am and there’s a nice café that offers wine, refreshments and ceviche.

So make this your weekend outing, as it’s art from and for the heart!