The 14th Annual Feria Maestros del Arte at the Chapala Yacht Club will showcase the work of more than 80 of Mexico’s most talented folk artists.
Among those presenting their work at the November 13-15 event will be Maleni Cruz Uc, the granddaughter of Andres Uc Dzul, known for his amazing Panama hats. Her display will not only include beautiful hats but other unusual items made from the palm fibers jipi and huano. Her grandfather, who was featured in the book “Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art,” died in 2004.
La Flor Xochistlahuaca is a cooperative of women in the southern region of the state of Guerrero. Their mission is to rescue, preserve and promote the ancient techniques of spinning and dyeing. The school for women, youth and children offers workshops teaching the art of the back-strap loom, paying special attention to quality, tradition and cultural value. The women will bring those looms along with their distinctive work to the November show.
David Aceves has earned a doctoral degree in the arts and carried out extensive research into recreating the process of making Sayula mayólica ceramics. The local variation of this old style of pottery uses fine white clay with white, blue and pink background colors. The Sayula process had long been lost to time until Aceves began its revival.
These are just three examples of the dozens of artists working in many genres who will be exhibiting at the Feria Maestros del Arte. In addition, visitors can expect to find sumptuous food and great entertainment during all three days of the event.