Saturday, April 19, 2008

San Miguel de Allende: Canadian ice skater turned artist Toller Cranston lives here

La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Photograph by Sue Frause

According to an article in Travel + Leisure (March 2007), there are 12,000 expatriates living in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico (population 80,000). Of those, roughtly 70 percent of them are from the United States.

But the rest hail from Canada, Europe and Argentina.

One of the more famous Canadians living here is Toller Cranston, ice skater turned artist and illustrator. Born in Hamilton, Ontario he is often described as one of the most influential figure skaters of the 20th century.

His work is available here (Sollano 84, ring the bell), but he's also represented in Canada, including the Jenkins Showler Gallery in White Rock, BC.