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Master Mexican artists arrive in San Miguel for Day of the Dead at Casa de la Cuesta

By Barbara Erickson

Jacobo Mendoza, the Oaxacan master weaver, comes to Casa de la Cuesta each Day of the Dead to exhibit and sell his exceptional weavings. Casa de la Cuesta gallery owners Heidi and Bill Levasseur invite the public to join them for this annual event, saying, “We enjoy hosting Jacobo for Day of the Dead, as every year he brings exciting new works that surpass the amazing ones from the year before.”

Day of the Dead Altars and Master Artists at Casa de la Cuesta
Jacobo Mendoza; weaving and natural dying
Blanca Gómez; folk carving and painting
Traditional Altars lecture by Heidi Lavasseur
Thu, Oct 31 and Fri, Nov 1, 2-6pm
Day of the Dead lecture, 4pm
Casa de la Cuesta Gallery
Cuesta San José 32
No admission fee – La Otra Cara de Mexico Mask Museum will be open during events

Mendoza works with all natural dyes, many from the plants his family grows. He weaves with wool, silk, cashmere, and metallic threads and his design skills are extraordinary, more so for being “all in his head.” Local collectors and patrons James and Louise Murphy (who own over seven of his tapetes finos (fine weavings) note that “Jacobo is one of Mexico’s top weavers today. He works within traditional Zapotec themes, re-interpreted through the lens of his unique imagination. Not to be missed!”

This year alone, Mendoza has been featured in a video on the art of natural dying produced by French master dye expert Michael Garcia, invited back for the Peter Gray Museum International Exhibit Vidas Reflejadas en el Telar in Puerto Vallarta in November, and will be featured in the International Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas in early December.

Blanca Gómez hails from Oaxaca, but makes her home here in San Miguel de Allende. She uses the traditional Oaxacan painting techniques for her colorful and fanciful pieces, which include delightful animals, footstools, chairs, frames, and many other useful decorative pieces. No home is complete without something fun from Gomez’ creative imaginings.

Gomez promises to have plenty Day of the Dead themed works this year for the show.

Casa de la Cuesta will be displaying their Day of the Dead altars with a discussion of the traditions of Day of the Dead on October 31 and November 1 at 4:00 and welcomes the public.


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