Upcoming events of interest to Amigos!
Through October 1
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

October 9-17, 2017
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Through October 15

Cristobal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

October 21, 2017-March 11, 2018

Modern Masters from Latin American: The Simon Perez Collection
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA

Through October 29

Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo
Spanish Colonial Arts Society, Santa Fe, NM

Through November 5

Outstanding in his Field: San Ysidro, Patron Saint of Farmers
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

November 10-12

Feria de Maestros
Lake Chapala Yacht Club, Chapala, Jalisco, MX

November 19, 2017-March 18, 2018

Painted in Mexico: Pinxit Mexici, 1700-1790
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Through December 1

Frida Kahlo – Her Photos
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

Through December 23

Alfredo Ramos Martinez and Latin American Modernism
Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Through December 31

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Through December 31

Martin Ramirez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Through January 1, 2018

Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945
University of Texas, Austin TX

Through January 7, 2018

U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Through January 2018

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (A Celebration Beyond Borders)
Various museums/galleries, Los Angeles, CA

Through January 28, 2018

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

Through January 28, 2018

Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen)
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Through February 11, 2018

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Through February 18, 2018

Art of the Americas: Mesoamerican & Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

Through February 25, 2018

Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

Through March 31, 2018

Piñata Art Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!)
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM

February 1 – June 3, 2018

Frida Kahlo: Beyond the Myth
Museum of Culture, Milan, Italy

February 14-21, 2018

Twelfth International Organ and Early Music Festival
Oaxaca, Mexico

July 13-15, 2018

International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe, NM


Latin American Art/Art of the Americas
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA


Multiple Visions: A Common Bond — the Alexander Girard Folk Art Collection
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM


Nuestras Historias (Our Histories)
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL




Enjoying the wonderful artisans at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in July was a special treat for participating Amigos. Amigos met and visited with Mexican artists and friends and viewed many Latin American artisans, including Cuban artists, as they admired and purchased works many of their favorite artisans.

We are so grateful to coordinators Macon McCrossen and Bonnie Hardwick for their planning of unique activities that all participants enjoyed. What a treat to visit the homes and studios of New Mexico’s foremost Santeros Charlie Carrillo and Arlene Cisneros Sena, where Amigos were shown the process, starting with the wood selection and curing, to making plant- and mineral-based paints, and the multiple processes used to create their highly skilled and valued art.

Another highlight was the reception at Bonnie Hardwick’s historical adobe home where several more Amigos, residents of Santa Fe, came to celebrate our visit and join our celebration of Dr. Barbara Mauldin, Curator at the International Folk Art museum in Santa Fe, and her selection as the 2012 recipient of the Van Deren Coke Award.

LOS AMIGOS awarded Barbara with the distinguished Van Deren Coke Award for her recognized research, curatorial exhibits and many publications to promote and share folk art from all Latin America. As a long time member of LOS AMIGOS and a collector of Mexican folk art, Dr. Mauldin praised Los Amigos del Arte Popular for our work in educating and promoting the arts of Latin America.   The stipend of the Award allowed LOS AMIGOS to support the International Folk Market in honor of Dr. Barbara Mauldin.

Another highlight of the weekend was Dr. Mauldin’s personalized tour of her most recently-curated exhibit of Art in the Andes exhibit that opened recently at the museum. Seven AMIGOS loaned or donated some of their treasures to the exhibit. The exhibit was outstanding and Barbara’s guided tour offered wonderful insight and depth to the tour experience.

New Mexico has so many inspiring exhibits, shows and markets every summer weekend. LOS AMIGOS members have attended or shown at the Ethnographic Show, Spanish Market, Southwest Show and many of the flea markets.   In addition, the historical city is so charming and unique with museums, book stores, antique shops and sumptuous foods all of which make it a favorite site to visit for Amigos. The Albuquerque Hispanic Cultural Center had an exhibit on display of Van Deren Coke’s folk art collection which many Amigos were able to enjoy. Many of us saw parts of this collection shortly after it was received during a Los Amigos visit of the Cultural Center during our Albuquerque Rendezvous in 2008.

Thanks to Bill Roe who has volunteered to manage our photo albums on line, photos of the trip are now posted and can be seen by visiting our website or simply click…




* LACMA and UCLA co-sponsored a major international three-day symposium (December 2–4, 2011) in conjunction with the special exhibition Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World on view November 6, 2011 through January 29, 2012.  Participants included scholars from Mexico, Peru, Europe, and the United States.  Los Amigos del Arte Popular was one of the financial sponsors and made their annual presentation of the Van Deren Coke Achievement Award on December 4 to Ilona Katzew during the symposium. Ilona is the Curator of Latin American Art at LACMA and of this exhibition.



* 10th Annual Feria Maestros – November 18-20, 2011

Lake Chapala, Mexico – 36 members traveled to beautiful Lake Chapala, Mexico for the 10th Annual Feria MaestrosNovember 18-20.  Los Amigos has been a financial sponsor of the Feria for the last five years.  Our contribution is used to print detailed handouts for each of the artisans explaining their work and contact information in both English and Spanish.  In this way, the artisans who speak no English can communicate to their English only speaking customers the significance of their work.  Additionally, our contribution pays for the brochures that promote the Feria and all printed materials include contact information for Los Amigos del Arte Popular.  This three day event is the only one of its kind in Mexico and beyond where 100% of all sales go directly to the artisans and the cost of room, board and transportation is furnished to each artisan.  In these years when tourism is down drastically in Mexico, these invited artisans rely heavily on sales at this show.  Come annually and help support them!

Amigos registered to participate had these extra options from which to choose:

THURSDAY we bused to Tequila for a fun day trip to see the country side, tour the agave plantation and distillery, tequila testing and lunch together.

FRIDAY (shop all day at the Feria Maestros) then afterwards we had dinner with the artisans to celebrate the first day of the show

A – we arranged for a special opening at Barbara’s Bazaar to be the first to see the Mexican folk art collection of a woman from San Miguel de Allende who recently passed away.  The collection included about 75 Mexican masks as well as some really interesting pieces of pottery and mostly Michoacan folk art she bought directly from the artists over the last 25 years.  This was the first time the collection has been offered for sale and our group bought lots.

B – shop the day at the Feria Maestros

C – 6:30 we met together in the home of a member overlooking the lake for drinks at sundown and then went into the village for dinner together and a birthday celebration for one of our members.

SUNDAY we bused from La Nueva Posada Hotel leaving at 9:30 to go into Guadalajara for the weekly antique flea market and then on into Tlaquepaque for lunch and shopping together.



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