Beadwork at Casa de los Venados

Dear friends, long time no post! I have been off exploring the Yucatán and I have so much to share with you. This was my 4th trip to Mexico which officially makes it the country I have traveled the most. After visiting Mérida for a few nights (an amazing city!), my compañero and I took a bus to Valladolid. This is a small city in the center of the Yucatán, but it is very important to Mexico’s history. It is also very warm there as it is completely surrounded by jungle.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Mexico Mexican folk art museum free tour

We arrived in Valladolid just in time to visit Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer). This is a private home which contains the largest museum quality collection of Mexican folk art in the country. There are more than 3,000+ pieces in this collection. The owners are kind enough to open their home every morning for a free tour (donations welcome!).

Casa de los Venados Valladolid folk art museum Yucatan peninsula Huichol beadwork

I had read a lot about this collection of folk art and I was very happy to have the opportunity to visit! This 18,000 square foot home is really a palace complete with beautiful open spaces, fountains, gardens, and a swimming pool.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Huichol beadwork folk art museum bead artist

I was amazed at the amount of art which was displayed in every room (there is even an entire room dedicated to Frida Kahlo). It is really a grand example of how one can make art appreciation a part of their daily lives. Of course, I was on the lookout for beadwork and I did find several pieces of Huichol bead art. Last year, I wrote a blog post about this art form which you can read HERE.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Huichol beadwork folk art museum bead artist jaguar

Folk art acknowledges the importance of what is sacred as a unique expression of a people’s perception of the universe. These works of art are primarily handcrafted for utilitarian or decorative purposes. A folk artist might be self-taught, or learn from other folk artists to create their own authentic works of art. This is different from ‘fine art’ which is generally taught and legitimized in academies.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Huichol beadwork folk art museum bead artist

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Huichol beadwork folk art museum bead artist

At Casa de los Venados, the goal is to share with the community and teach that folk art is indeed something which the Mexican people should view with pride. They now conduct organized school tours to teach children about the art and handicrafts of their country. This is wonderful because in many cases the local children might never make it to a big city to view fine artworks. They now have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the art that is all around them.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico La Catrinas Cupola Roof Dome skeletons painting
If you take a trip to Valladolid, definitely make time to visit Casa de los Venados as well as other historical sites around the city. Take lots of photos and keep an eye out for the Catrinas! :O

Bead Embroidery Artist of the Week!

Cambridge Art Association Artist of the Week Small Group Show beaded paintings beadwork artist the lone beaded

Dear friends, I am thrilled to be Cambridge Art Association‘s Artist of the Week! Read this interview to learn more about me! Also, you are cordially invited to attend Between Abstraction and Reality, a small group show hosted by the Cambridge Art Association! I will be exhibiting 14 of my beaded paintings and artwork at this show – for 3 weeks only!

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February 18 – March 10, 2016.

Presented at University Place Gallery…124 Mt. Auburn St. Cambridge MA 02138.

Opening reception: Thursday, February 25, 6-8pm.

Closing reception: Thursday, March 10, 6-8pm.

“The exhibit will have a refreshing range o diversity in techniques, as well as a strong common denominator: playful, colorful imagery that falls in a mid-point between abstraction and reality, often touching on fantasy while retaining a grounding in reality. All of the artists use – and alter-  life imagery as a springboard to express their views.”

Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm  •  Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm

Take the T to Harvard Square..
Free and Open to the Public. Hope to see you there!

Beaded Labor Day Sale on Etsy!

Beaded Poodles Labor Day Sale on Etsy beadwork bead embroidery dog jewelry 15% off Amazon Handmade

Dear friends, celebrate Labor Day with a sale! Save 15% on all ready-to-ship ‪‎beaded‬ ‪dog‬ ‪jewelry‬, ‪‎beading‬ kits, ‪bead‬ patterns, and ‪‎art‬. No coupon code needed!

Please note: All items purchased between Sept. 3 & Sept. 8 will ship out on Sept. 9, 2015.

Enjoy what’s left of ‪summer‬ while you can!