Feria Maestro del Arte

July 31, 2013

Another win for a Feria Artist

José Luis Cortéz Hernández was presented with the “Ángel Carranza Award" at the 2013 Premio Nacional de la Ceramica in Tlaquepaque by Presidente Enrique Peña Nieto. Along with the award, José was awarded $50,000 pesos.

José has been working with clay half of his life. Married to Irma, José has studied with the great Salvador Vazquez Carmona and has risen to become a true master of bruñido (burnished) pottery. We predict a bright future for this creative artist whose face comes alive as he speaks of his craft.
His elegant designs and pottery forms originate from his creative imagination. When I asked him where he got his inspiration, he said, "I just feel the shape as I work with the clay."  Read his story here:

Children's Art Program

Once again the Feria Maestros del Arte will sponsor an art contest with the kids at the LCS Children’s Art Program.

The contest kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 3rd at 10 am during the free Saturday morning  class at LCS.  To inspire and educate the children, maestro Gerardo Ortega of Tonala will bring his amazing barro betus clay figures of roosters, coyotes, owls, dogs and Trees of Life – all made with a whimsical sense of fun and bright colors.If you’d like to join the fun, contact  delayne@onemoremind.com.

Another Form of Art

This year the Feria is taking another step forward and we are joining with the San Miguel Writers' Conference to cross-promote these two wonderful events.

Pat Conroy to Keynote San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festivel.

Plan to spend the week of February 12 to 17, 2014, in San Miguel de Allende for a spectacular line-up of authors and workshops for both readers and writers at the Ninth Annual San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival.

Keynote speakers for this event include:
•    Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides; The Great Santini)
•    Yann Martel (Life of Pi)
•    Laura Esquivel (Like Water for Chocolate)
•    Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award 2013)
•    David Whyte (The House of Belonging; The Heart Aroused; poet, author, speaker)
•    Kathi Diamant (World expert on Kafka, known for her entertaining presentations)
•    Ellen Bass (Pushcart Prizewinning poet)
The five-day event also includes 56 workshops (some for writers; some for readers!); one-on-one pitch sessions with agents; prize-winning play, Women of Will about the women in Shakespeare's plays; open mic sessions; round table discussions with keynote speakers; Conference bookstore; our legendary Mexican Fiesta; and much more!

Registration will open about August 1. Visit the Conference website and put yourself on the e-mail mailing list to be the first to hear when registration opens. Register early for your choice of workshops.


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for more information.    Feria Board Makes a Change

Marianne Carlson, founder and President of the Feria Maestros del Arte for the past 12 years is taking a break from the myriad administrative tasks of running a board and is stepping down as President. She is leaving the presidency in the capable hands of Anne Flaningam who has been with the Feria for several years.
Marianne is looking forward to continuing her work with the artists, which has always been her real passion, and to an exciting future for the Feria with Anne at the helm. Thanks for all the hard work Marianne!

Next month we'll hear from Anne, the new Prez!

Alebrije Parade

On October 19, 2013, Feria Maestros del Arte will be exhibiting our giant papier-mâché alebrije “Michicihualli” (Goddess of Lake Chapala) in the annual Alebrije Parade in Mexico City. From ideas provided by the Feria, Alejandro Camacho Barrera’s team of artists has designed the alebrije. You see here a first rendering of what Michicihualli may look like. After the parade, we will follow-up with a photo of the actual alebrije as she was in the parade.

The annual Monumental Alebrije Parade, sponsored by the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City began in 2007. The parade feature upwards of 100 giant alebrijes made of wood, cardboard, paper, wire and other materials. Feria board members and volunteers will be walking beside the giant art piece as it marches from the Zocalo in the historic center of the city to the Angel of Independence monument on Paseo de la Reforma. Entrants are made by artisans, artists, families and groups, and each year the entrants have gotten bigger, more creative and more numerous.

Alebrijes originated in Mexico City in 1936 by artisan, Pedro Linares. He specialized in making piñatas, carnival masks and “Judas” figures from papier-mâché, which he sold in markets. They are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. After dreaming of the creatures while sick in the 1930s, Pedro began to create what he had seen in his dreams in cardboard and paper maché. His work caught the attention of a gallery owner in Cuernavaca and later, the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Pedro Linares died in 1992 but his work survives through his family. Grandson, Leonardo, will be attending Feria Maestros del Arte this year.


Once again Don Wright has generously supplied the Feria with a wonderful video, this one of the 2012 Feria. You can view it here:


We did not receive any offers on those beautiful earrings so they will be available at the 2013 Feria. Better snap them up quickly!

Patrons & Sponsors 2013

Los Amigos del Arte Popular

Austin Friends of Folk Art

Casa de las artesanias, Michoacan

Secretaria Turisma -  

Ladies – There's a fashion show about half way thr the video !

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