The Yucatan Yenta
November 27 and 28 2010 we will be treated to the third pre-Christmas sale by the AANY organization, the group that goes to villages and corners of Merida to locate and showcase local artists whose work you won’t see anywhere else. The artists will be at the show with their wares.
One of the artists in the upcoming sale is Louise Vogel, a well-known textile designer, who has lived in Mexico for 34 years. She’s a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute in New York. She has worked in Yucatan for thirty years, where she raised two wonderful daughters and worked with women in pueblos to produce the first available consumer henequen handbags which she sold at the Santa Lucia market for many years.
Now, Louise designs one-of-a-kind hand-woven henequen handbags in striking patterns and shapes. This past year, Louise has been showing henequen art pieces in juried fine art exhibits in Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Oaxaca.
The AANY crafts show this weekend is the best yet. It’s your chance to see high-quality crafts you won’t see elsewhere. It’s all in one venue at the Canaco (chamber of commerce) building on Avenida Itzaes at Calle 39, a few blocks south of Clinica de Merida on the west side of the street.
The show is Saturday November 27 (10-7) and Sunday November 28 (10-5). Get there early!
Here are some of Louise’s spectacular bags.
Since its inception, about three years ago, the tireless efforts of American ex-gallery owner Joan Farrell and her talented volunteers at AANY have combed the Yucatan for artists producing original work. Some of the artists have gone on to wide distribution and success. Thank you, AANY, for your wonderful efforts.