July 27, 2001

Award Winning Old Town San Diego Event Feature Stunning Latin American Folk Art and Deft Demonstrations

Top artists will fly in from their native countries to showcase an extravaganza of folk art treasures at the Bazaar del Mundo's 19th annual Latin America Festival, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5.

The Bazaar del Mundo courtyard will become a bustling, Latin American marketplace during the festival, featuring artist demonstrations and exhibits from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Panama and beyond.

The popular event offers one of the largest and most extensive Latin American folk art collections in the country, including: cobalt blue Talavera-style pottery; Peruvian "reta-blos" and bread dough figures; papier maché "Alebrijes;" Mexican folk toys; bark paintings; ceramic "trees of life;" jewelry boxes; furniture; Guatemalan clothing, pillows, textiles and tablerunners; place settings from Tonalá, Guadalajara; sterling silver from Taxco; hand-painted tin Christmas ornaments and more!

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Event guest artists will include:

* Que Milagro! San Diego artists using traditional Mexican techniques to convey classic and religious imagery for their unique products.

* Mexican artist Guadalupe Gaos uses etching techniques such as varnish, acid and copper plates to produce beautiful portrayals of marine life, landscapes and Mexican folk scenes.

* Mariano and Rosie Valadez, Huichol Indian artists from Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains specialize in yarn paintings and detailed glass bead covered animal sculptures and bracelets.

* Mexico City artist Joel García brings his surrealistic "alebrijes" to the celebration. These handmade papier maché figurines, eight to 18 inches tall, depict winged dragons and mythical beasts.

* Jocobo and Maria Angeles, traveling from Oaxaca, Mexico to carve and paint wooden animal figures throughout the weekend.

* Cira Tomasa Ojeda, a dressmaker who brings her traditional embroidered white cotton dresses from Oaxaca, Mexico.

* Alfredo Arzola, from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with hand-crafted glass and brass jewelry boxes, frames and decorative collectibles.

Now celebrating its 30th year as one of San Diego's favorite destinations for good, 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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