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Rarely-Seen Artisans Featured at Writers’ Conference Market

Jeanette Abrahamson

By Charlotte Bell


San Miguel Writers’ Conference presents
Pop-Up Artisan Market
Wed–Sun, Feb 14–18, 11am–5:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio & Stirling Dickinson
Open to the Public

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference focuses on the written word. But it also features a market of regional arts and crafts by a wide variety of artisans.

Featured this year are two organizations that specifically benefit women, showcasing work made by women whose artistic voices are rarely heard.

The Women’s Prison Project’s jewelry provides incarcerated women the opportunity to learn a craft and make money. Prison inmates in Mexico have to pay for most of their personal needs. This project addresses their need for cash, enhances their quality of life while in prison, and teaches them a craft they can use once they are released.

Meanwhile, the Rug Hook Project is a women’s cooperative located in a village near San Miguel. The women artisans create folk art using the craft of rug hooking. They are the only rug hookers in Mexico. Their whimsical work with chickens, butterflies, goats, flowers, and other subjects of country life have put a smile on hundreds of faces. Many past Conference keynote speakers such as Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker have purchased their work. You may also take a tour of their village on Saturday through the Explore San Miguel Excursions series of events.

Hot off the press, the third volume of Solamente en San Miguel, published by the San Miguel Literary Sala, will also be available at the Artisan Market. This anthology is full of short stories and poems about San Miguel, written in English and Spanish by people who have lived in or have been frequent visitors to our fair city.

“The collected writings within this book recount the joy and confusion, marvels and surprises of living in this unique and extraordinary place,” says the back cover of Solamente, Volume III. Visit to learn more and find local retailers who carry this Conference souvenir.

Whether you are a Conference participant, a resident of SMA, or a tourist, take the time to visit this unique market, open from Wednesday, February 14 through Sunday, February 18, 11am–5:30pm.

Other exhibitors at the Writers’ Conference Market include:

—    Javier Barras and Sharon Conklin: art photographs that fits in your suitcase

—    Donna Meyer: unique handmade journals

—    David Gonzales: elegant jewelry

—    Patrice Wynne, owner of Abrazos: a variety of wearables, kitchen, and office accessories made with cotton fabric in fun, Mexican-themed designs

—    Noah Mendelson: paintings of San Miguel street scenes



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