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The reporter tells of his visit to the Centro Popular San Antonio Abad, whose director is the painter Gabriel Fernández Ledesma. He mentions that there are about 20 students who attend this outdoor art school to work on creating art in complete freedom, far from the canons consecrated by the academies, those distinguished destroyers of the human spirit. He comments that there has been talk about taking away the name of Escuela de Pintura al Aire Libre [Open-Air School of Painting] given by Santiago Rebull and that the majority of its students are from poor strata. He states that, indeed, the center is going through a financial crisis, since it has minimal funds for subsistence. This was the result of a spiritual crisis from which it would emerge with a stage with new techniques, about which he provides some details. The writer also refers to Isabel Villaseñor, a graduate of the center, and points out some of the events in which this young artist was involved. He describes the failed attempt of Fernández Ledesma and his disciples to paint a mural in a church. Finally, he highlights the work of the two students he considers the most outstanding at the school: Fernando Castillo and Jesús Escobedo.
In 1984, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México published a small book, entitled Fernando Castillo pintor popular 1895–1940 [Fernando Castillo, Popular Painter, 1895–1940], which brings together three essays by Gabriel Fernández Ledesma (1900–1983): two on Castillo and one entitled “El Centro Popular de Pintura y sus actividades” [The People’s Painting Center and Its Events], in which the artist tells the history of and events that took place at that school.