Today we are going to Muse about Mexican Folk Art and Pageants. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Mexicans delight in folk art. Some of it is quite wonderful. San Miguel de Allende has many wonderful stores featuring folk art from around the country. However, about 8 kilometers from town, near the Santuario Atotonilco, there is one of the finest offerings of folk art in Mexico at the Galeria Atotonilco. This is a family owned gallery hidden away in a small valley. It was founded about 8 years ago by Mayer and his wife Suzanne. They had been living in Berkeley, California when they made a life change.
Jeanette, our friend Janet and I decided to take in the gallery. We made our appointment (required) and tooled on out in the country for a morning of wonderment. The gallery is tucked away in the trees. It is very contemporary.
We were met by seven dogs of various ages. They are the greeters.
The galeria is large with many rooms. There is so much to see that we wondered through the rooms several times, seeing something we had missed each time.
Much of the art is playful. It appeals to people looking for humor and whimsy and it tends to be rather inexpensive.
But increasingly the galeria is representing serious sophisticated craftsmen with work appealing more to the collectors. The galeria is becoming known for this and buyers are coming from around the country. Many of the wealthy Mexicans are making trips up from Mexico City.
And, of course, there are angels.
It is worth seeing for certain. We were there about two hours. There was much more to see than what I have shown you here, and, yes, we did our part to support the economy.
All this shopping made us hungry. We were ready for lunch. Almost next door was Nirvana, a wonderful hotel, spa and restaurant. In this area there are numerous hot springs and many hotels and spas are built around them. Nirvana is one.
We were the first people there for lunch and we had the veranda to ourselves for most of the time.
This was a very pleasant way to spend our afternoon. Wonderful!
We headed back into town, San Miguel de Allende, to attend to some other business. Suddenly we were enveloped in sound, loud drum beating and chanting. Down the street came a pageant of some sort. There were various groups of dancers. It appeared to me that they represented different villages or neighborhoods.
This pageant went on for more than an hour moving up the narrow streets toward the town center, the Jardin. What is remarkable is the fact that no one could tell me what the celebration was about. I inquired about it with several shop keepers. They did not know. I looked in the calendar of fiestas and events and could find nothing. Amazing!
And that is the word for it AMAZING! Mexico is amazing. You should come.
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