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Gallery Open House Features Huichol Jewelry and Art

Beaded flowers

By Susan Page

Anthropologist and “humanthropoligist” Susana Valadez will make a rare San Miguel appearance at the Galeria Atotonilco Open House this weekend. She is bringing a large display of her famous beaded jewelry in fashion designs and colors, all handmade by the many Huichol families who create the jewelry and who make their living from the sale of this work. The collection includes stunning greeting cards and ornaments. All of this jewelry and art will be available this weekend only.

Susana founded the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts in 1979 in order to “create enduring lifelines between Huichol traditions and the future, lifelines that allow traditional wisdom to thrive in the 21st century by empowering the people who carry its spirit and substance.” Gallery owners, Mayer Shacter and Susan Page, have been associated with the Center since 1981, for thirty-six years.

Mexico’s spiritual and artistic Huichol people live in such a remote region of the Sierra Madre Mountains that neither the Spanish conquerors nor the Franciscans ever found them. Some 20,000 of them still live there and continue to preserve valued religious stories and symbols through their extraordinary embroidery, yarn paintings, and bead work. They are one of the few remaining Mexican tribes that have survived intact into modern times, and there is much we can learn from their belief system and way of life. Huichols continue to dress in spectacularly embroidered apparel, an integral part of their spiritual connection to the gods. During peyote ceremonies, they become impersonations of gods and goddesses. Women spend months creating the beautiful native dress and beaded jewelry that so identifies the Huichols wherever they go.


The Gallery

Galeria Atotonilco is “without doubt the finest exhibition and sale of Mexican popular arts in all of Mexico,” according to Artes de Mexico editor, Alberto Ruy Sanchez. In 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, the galley exhibits folk art and antiques from all over Mexico including ceramics, wood carvings, textiles, lacquer, antiques, and much more. The gallery collection includes some of the finest Huichol yarn paintings and beaded animals.

Day of the Dead

In addition to the special exhibition of Huichol jewelry, available this weekend only, the gallery Open House will feature its special Day of the Dead folk art and will invite visitors to view its Day of the Dead altar.

Everyone is invited to enjoy refreshments and linger over the jewelry and folk art, this Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29, from noon–5pm each day. Directions to the gallery are in the Galeria Atotonilco ad in this issue.


Art Opening

Exclusive Huichol Jewelry and Art

From the Huichol Center

Gallery Atotonilco

Sat and Sun, Oct 28 and 29, 12–5pm

Directions in our ad in this issue




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