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Fonart’s First Prize Weaver, Jacobo Mendoza, Exhibit and Sale

Fonart’s First Prize Weaver, Jacobo Mendoza, Exhibit and Sale
Day of the Dead Altars and Folk Art Carver Blanca Gomez
Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct.29 and Sunday, Oct. 30th
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Casa de la Cuesta Gallery/ Another Face of México Mask Museum
Day of the Dead Altar and Traditions Talk at 2:30 Pm
Casa de la Cuesta, Cuesta San Jose #32, Colonia Azteca
No admission fee for the Mask Museum or Exhibition
For more information, call 154-4324

By Barbara Erickson

The Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum and Gallery Celebrates Day of the Dead Featuring Jacobo Mendoza; Winner of Mexico FONART’s  First Prize for Weaving and Natural Dying and Blanca Gomez; Folk Carving and Painting

Traditional Altars Talk by Heidi Lavasseur at 2:30 pm

Oaxacan master weaver Jacobo Mendoza will bring his first prize winning rugs and fine weavings to the exhibit and sale at Casa de la Cuesta Gallery. Folk artist Blanca Gomez will be exhibiting and selling her charming carved and painted creatures. Both artists are happy to answer questions about the techniques they use. Throughout the two afternoons, the Mask Museum and its Gallery, which are usually appointment only, will be open to the public.


Mendoza, whose family has been weaving since before the conquest, creates both muted and brilliant rugs and wall hangings in traditional Zapotec themes. Using the slow dye method of natural mordents and dyes such as cochineal, indigo, Mexican marigold, tree bark, and plants grown by his family, he weaves tapetes finos from wool, silk, cashmere and metallic threads.  Due to the slow dye process, the colors Mendoza achieves in each piece are especially intense and rich. Many of these pieces are finished with intricate fringes created from the warps and are themselves unique in their artistry. Mendoza’s sense of design combined with his perfection of natural dye techniques has twice brought him the coveted first prize from FONART: Fondo Nacional Para Las Artesanías de Mexico; most recently in a competition in Morelia with 950 other artists. He is bringing the prize piece to exhibit for this show.  Mendoza’s work has been featured in The Art is the Cloth, at the New Hampshire Art Institute.  He also has shown at the Textile Museum of Oaxaca, the Peter Gray Art Museum in Puerto Vallarta, among others.  Collectors James and Louise Murphy will collect a special commissioned piece from Mendoza at the show. “Even if we don’t have another inch of room on our walls, we can’t resist Jacobo’s work, we think Jacobo is the finest weaver in México today” stated the Murphys.

Gomez, who hand paints delicate and colorful Oaxacan motifs, will exhibit her Mexican charming accessories and small furnishings, including miniature Mexican chairs.  Many of these pieces are for sale as well.


Usually open by appointment only, Casa de la Cuesta’s Another Face of Mexico Mask Museum with over 600 masks, will be open on both afternoons.  It is free, although a donation to the children’s charity Casa de Los Angeles is appreciated.



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