July 30, 1999

Stunning Latin American Folk Art and Deft Demonstrations Highlight Free Old Town Festival

Top artists from Mexico, Peru and Guatemala will showcase an extravaganza of folk art treasures at the Bazaar del Mundo's 17th annual Latin America Festival, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 6-8. The free event include artist demonstrations, rare collections and entertainment and runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Francisco Bautista Carrillo, a world-renown Huichol yarn artist, will showcase his bright and detailed works at the 17th annual Ltin American Festival.

The popular festival offers one of the most extensive Latin American folk art collections in the country, including Talavera pottery from the Mexican state of Puebla; Casa Grandes pottery; Peruvian "retablos" and bread dough figures; papier maché "Alebrijes"; Mexican folk toys; miniature terra cota "trees of life," jewelry boxes; Huichol bead and yarn art; furniture; Guatemalan clothing and pillows; textiles; traditional Mexican dresses; place settings from Tonalá, Guadalajara; sterling silver from Taxco; hand-painted tin Christmas ornaments and more!

Guest artists include:

Francisco Bautista Carrillo, a world-renowned Huichol yarn artist who will showcase his bright and detailed works at the festival. Carrillo's equally talented daughters, Kena and Adriana Bautista de la Rose, also will be on hand with their stunning Huichol beadwork.

San Diego painter Mary Ann Luera, who combines traditional Mexican and religious imagery for striking visual compositions.

Froilán Cordova visits the festival for the first time with Chulucanas-style pottery that recalls the art of Peruvian artisans dating back to 200 b.c.

Jorge Quintana, a Casa Grandes pottery maker from Chihuahua, Mexico who creates pottery using the natural shades of the ancient Mata Ortiz style.

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.

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

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

Jorge Alonzo, whose skilled painting puts the finishing touches on pottery from Puebla, Mexico's famous Uriarte Talavera pottery factory.

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

Entertainment throughout the weekend include Mexican folkloric ballet, marimba tunes, Andean music and mariachis.

Bazaar del Mundo is located in the heart of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

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