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Annual Friends of Mexican Art Hacienda Tour & Mercado
FRIENDS OF MEXICAN ART PRESENTS
The doors to four Phoenix homes will be opened to the public as part of the Friends of Mexican Art’s HOME TOUR and MEXICAN MERCADO scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased after January 30, 2013, for $35. !
Ticket holders for this special fund-raising event will be invited to experience homes that contain fascinating, even spectacular collections. Art - especially Mexican art - dominates, adorning all surfaces in these homes.
What pulls these collections together is the homeowners’ love of the art works and their inventiveness in displaying it. Come and surround yourself with creativity and discover the fun of collecting.
At the MERCADO, which will be held at one of the homes, dealers in Mexican art will have items for sale. A portion of the proceeds of the Mercado will also benefit Friends of Mexican Art and its goals.
Scheduled for the FOMA home tour are:
! •This is a typical 1953 ranch house that the homeowner has remodeled and re landscaped over
the past 20 years. The collection is mainly Tlaquepaque pottery with many vintage pieces from the 20’s and 30’s. The homeowner also lived in Oaxaca during the 1990’s doing research for an anthropology doctorate degree, and acquired hand made Indian village folk art pottery from that area. This home will be very interesting for the collections and the creative and varied landscaping.
! •A contemporary Southwest, this home has been renovated to feature the Native American and
modern Latin collection of the owners. The homeowner owns a gallery which features Latin American art, so there is much to choose from in decorating. The home has a 14 foot outdoor facade, 11 foot ceilings, a formal dining room and stained cement floors. Outdoors, native plants and trees complete the Southwest feel.
! •A modern exterior design and desert landscaping will greet the visitor to this home. Inside, the
decor is eclectic with elements of Mexican (an entire room !dedicated to Day of the Dead), touches of Native American and room featuring theater chairs decorated with Bogart/Bacall and a mural depicting Casablanca.
One fascinating feature is a room full of the homeowner’s jewelry arranged in sets on display models - a great way to organize and display her jewelry. The backyard is also full of unusual items (a gate made of a window grate ! from a church in Spain, for example). Overall, this is a fun and unique home with Mexican art and lots more!!
!•These homeowners have an in-home studio where they create mosaic murals, sculptures, flower pots, picture frames and wall hangings for their house and garden. In the garden, there is a Mexican town depicted in river rock, glass and tile, along with real and mosaic saguaros. Other features are a multi-colored sun , a beehive fireplace tiled in blue and gold, and rusted-metal screens featuring cutouts filled with mosaics. Inside, the kitchen backsplash, the walls of the powder room, and the foyer mirror all display decorative mosaics.
Suffice to say that this home is a colorful feast for the eyes.
For almost 45 years, Phoenix-based Friends of Mexican Art has dedicated itself to raising funds for the purpose of purchasing Mexican art for Arizona museums, underwriting Mexican art exhibitions in the state, publishing exhibition catalogues and assisting in the restoration of important Mexican cultural landmarks in danger of deterioration or destruction.
Tickets will be available after January 30 at the following retail stores: Fiesta Furnishings,15320 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-951-3239; Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago, Chandler, 480-917-6859; The Purple Lizard, 2827 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-728-0980, and Arte de la Vida, 37 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson; 520-297-6720.
Tickets will also available online at the FOMA website: www.friendsofmexicanart.org.
On the day of the home tour, call 602-334-6585 for the location where tickets can be purchased directly.
For more information call 602-334-6585 or go to the FOMA website: www.friendsofmexicanart.org.
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