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A Blessing and a Milestone

by Ron Mader

Oaxaca City – Please visit one of our favorite folk art stores in all of Mexico! Jarcieria El Arte Oaxaqueño celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011. This is a remarkable milestone for a small business. Stop on by and congratulate owner Nicodemus Bartolo Vásquez.

The store is a few blocks south of the zócalo at Mina #317 at the corner of J.P. Garcia. It is open 10am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am-5pm Sundays.

Today (Sunday, January 16) there will be a special ceremony, nothing short of an official blessing that will take place at 4pm. If you can, stop on by. It will be a magical experience for all.

50th Anniversary

Indigenous Weavings and Photos

by Ron Mader

Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico – Photos and weavings from Teotitlán del Valle from the Lazo Mendoza family are on display in the month of July at the Comala Restaurant, Allende #109.

fotos y tejidos (photos and weavings)

The town of Teotitlán del Valle conserves its indigenous Zapotec heritage. The photos and weavings document daily life in this town.

The weavings are from the extended family: Sergio Lazo Mendoza, Veronica Lazo Mendoza, Luis Lazo Mendoza, Maricela Sanchez Lopez and Lauriano Garcia. The photos were taken by Veronica Lazo Mendoza.

The exhibition – Fotos y Tejidos – is one in a series of presentations of local Oaxacan crafts and photography hosted by Comala Restaurant. It was facilitated in part by Ron Mader, director of Planeta.com.


In September some of the family’s best work will be given as awards during the Indigenous Tourism and Biodiversity Website Award presentation in Portland, Oregon.

Día del Artesano

by Ron Mader

Happy Día del Artesano! The party is in full swing this weekend in Oaxaca City, one of the chief hubs of folk art in Mexico.

Whether you are seeking jewelry, woven rugs, shawls, ceramics or elaborate wooden figures, the famous alebrijes, you could be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of local crafts. Our suggestion – take your time, read a bit before you arrive and visit a few of the stores and artesanos. For tips, check out Planeta.com’s index of where to buy crafts.

This spring I have had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of artesano friends and we’ll be highlighting the 2010 Easter Market beginning next Friday. Keep an eye on Oaxaca Folk Art!

Dia del Artesano (Folk Artist Day!)