Opening for the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe

On November 13, 2013 I did an art project for the opening of “Brasil & Arte Popular” at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. We had about 100 people learning to make relief prints to illustrate Brasilian folk tales. Theie prints became the covers of booklets (to take home) which are called Literatura de Cordel (stories on a string) in Brasil. Cordels are a part of a tradition in the northeast part of Brasil.IMG_2314IMG_2310

Guanajuato

This is my third summer in Guanajuato. I always stay with Ana Cervantes, pianista. Her house is the perfect place for me-two hundred steps up from all the activity in the Centro Historico: music, street theatre, art and people walking around the plaza. This summer, I am working on the cordels–little books–about the famous people in the history of the accordion. Ana has a beautiful patio where I have set up shop.IMG_5320 IMG_5325 IMG_5326

Globalquerque Poster

I’m so excited to have been chosen to do the poster for Globalquerque 2013! The posters will be available through the Globalquerque website and at the festival September 20th and 21st. If you attend the music festival, you will also  see my art work inside the National Hispanic Cultural Center. For Globalquerque, I created a large piece of an accordion player and maps behind him that tell some of the history of the accordion–where it was invented, and the journey of the instrument with migrating peoples. Please come to Globalquerque to enjoy music from many parts of the world and see the pieces that I have created to go with the festival!

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Cordel workshop at my studio

“Literatura de Cordel” comes from northeastern Brazil: little books that artists and poets create to hang on a string. Always about local events, people or legends, every town has a cordel shop…and the “cordelistas” often read their stories in public markets.

Here in my neighborhood, ten of us got together to make cordels at my studio. For the covers, we carved linoleum blocks and printed them on my press, then at Jimmy and Allison Abraham’s we printed the titles using their letter press. We each wrote a story about the Wells Park/Sawmill neighborhood. I wrote mine about Mountain Road. You can see all of our cordels at the Coffee Shop on Mountain and 8th St.IMG_5159.

Seeds Piece

Seeds Piece

I created this piece for a show at the Downtown Contemporary Art Gallery with the theme of seeds. The show runs from May 4th to June 7th. The opening was wonderful with several hundred people attending! Poets and storytellers were there, and the Seeds Story Van.

Apron Show

I made these aprons as part of Women and Creativity Month at The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Lucha Reyes was the first woman to popularize ranchera music and sing along with the mariachis in Mexico in the 1920’s. 

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