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

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

Beaded Thunder at Coos Art Museum

Beaded Buell X-1 Lightning beadwork bead embroidery motorcycle Coos Art Museum

This week, I went to First Class Pack & Ship in Weymouth, MA to send my beaded motorcycle to Oregon! My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning entitled Free Parking Spot was juried into a large exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art at Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR.

Coos Art Museum Coos Bay Oregon Motorcycle Harley exhibition beaded bike beadwork 2011

This exhibition is  so big that the museum will be closing its doors beginning June 1st until the opening day.  Taken from the museum’s website: “Since their invention, motorcycles have become a focus for popular interest and expression. This exhibition explores the public’s fascination with motorcycles and motorcycle culture. On display will be over 25 classic motorcycles from all eras and 62 examples of motorcycle related art works. Motorcycles on exhibition will include many models with an historical review of Harley-Davidsons from 1911 through 2011. The display will also be accompanied by many motorcycle related artifacts. This dual display will occupy both floors of the Museum and promises to be a major motorcycle and art event.”

You’re invited to attend:

An exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art!


Coos Art Museum

235 Anderson Avenue

Coos Bay, OR 97420 

EXHIBITION DATES: June 10, 2011 – July 23, 2011.

RECEPTION: June 10, 2011: 5 -7pm

MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday- Friday, 10am- 4pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm.       Closed: Sunday & Monday holidays.

ADMISSION: $5 ($2 for Seniors & Students)
Free to Members of Coos Art Museum:)

Coos Bay is located at 235 Anderson Avenue, just 1.5 blocks west of US Hwy 101, in downtown Coos Bay. Coos Bay is located on the southern Oregon Coast, along US Hwy 101. It is a 4-hr. drive south/ southwest of Portland, OR; a 2-hr. drive south/southwest of Eugene, OR; & a 9-hr. drive due north of San Francisco, CA.

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast living on the West Coast, you should definitely check out this show. I wish I could attend myself, but it’s just too far away. If you happen to go, please remember to take photos for me! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂