July 25, 2003

Latin America Descends on Bazaar del Mundo During 21st Annual Celebration

Festival Features Mexican Folk Art and Demonstrations

  The masterminds behind some of the most striking Latin American folk art will be in San Diego demonstrating their crafts and exhibiting their wares at the Bazaar del Mundo’s 21st Annual Latin American Festival, Friday – Sunday, August 1 – 3, 2003.

The free event will display an abundance of cultural wonders from Ecuador, Guatemala, and cities throughout Mexico including Metepec, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Taxco, San Miguel de Allende, San Bartolo Coyotepec, Tlaquepaque and San Martin Tilcajete, in what has become one of the largest and most extensive folk art collections in the country.

The Bazaar del Mundo courtyard is turned into a colorful and exciting Latin American marketplace brimming with wood carvings from Oaxaca, colorful “Trees of Life” from Metepec, Ecuadorian weaving, porcelain dolls dressed in the traditional trajes of Mexico and more.

Popular Mexico City artist Joel García demonstrates the making of his surrealistic “alebrijes.”

Featured artists include:

· Traditional artisan weaving will be demonstrated by Huacu Lema from Peguche, Ecuador. He will display hand woven hammocks, jackets, purses, shirts, shawls and more in various designs and patterns.

· Juan Hernandez, an award-winning artist from Metepec, Mexico, will show his intricate “trees of life,” which symbolize the cycle of life. With themes ranging from the Day of the Dead to traditional dances of Mexico to mermaids, each piece is a unique hand-sculpted masterpiece.

· Popular Mexico City artist Joel García returns with his surrealistic “alebrijes.” These handmade papier mâchè figurines, eight to 18 inches tall, depict winged dragons and mythical beasts.

· Jacobo and Maria Angeles, from Oaxaca, Mexico, will carve and paint wooden animal figures throughout the weekend.

· Gustavo Mateo Calderon, a black clay artist from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Mexico, will showcase his collection of intricately detailed black clay luminarias.

· Dressmaker Cira Tomasa Ojeda brings her traditional Oaxacan embroidered San Antonio dresses.

· Mariano and Rosie Valadez, Huichol artists, specialize in yarn paintings and detailed glass bead art.

Free entertainment lineup includes:

· Mexican Folkloric Dancers, in vivid, authentic costumes perform dances from states throughout Mexico, Friday and Saturday at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12, 1 and 2 p.m.

· The earthy, resonating sound of the wood boards of the marimba will be heard Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· Spirited Mariachis will stroll through the courtyard from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.

Other folk artists and demonstrations include: local San Diego artists demonstrating traditional bodegones (Mexican still life), Mexican paper flowers and piñatas, glass boxes and tin work from San Miguel del Allende, silver jewelry from Taxco, and more.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Now celebrating its 31st year as one of San Diego’s favorite destinations for food, folklore and fun, Bazaar del Mundo is located in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park at 2754 Calhoun St., San Diego.

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