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"More than a Feria"

10th Anniversary
November 18-20, 2011

Club de Yates Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club),
Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico


SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Artists of Ajijic: The Neill James Legacy - 14 Lakeside artists: Javier Zaragoza, Antonio López Vega, Antonio Cardenas, Jesus López Vega, Javier Ramos, Efren Gonzalez, Victor Romero, Juan Navarro, Juan Olivarez, José Abarca, Daniel Palma, Lucia Padilla, and Luis Enrique Martínez will be participating in the Feria's 10th anniversary show on November 18-20. All got their start with what was then called the Neill James Children's Art Program and have gone on to successful careers as artists, muralists and gallery owners here at Lakeside.

2011 Maestros
Maestros from Previous Years: 2010, 2009,2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Feria Exposición Maestros del Arte AC Inc. is non-profit in both Mexico and the United States. Held yearly in Chapala Jalisco, Mexico, this art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art (artensania) of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of their work
  • Has their art has been passed down generation to generation, or
  • Are they an "undiscovered" artist who is worthy of recognition for his/her work.
  • All art must be made totally handmade by the artist and they must use only "natural" materials in its production.

You can sponsor one of these artists and help defray their transportation cost of getting to the Feria by visiting our Sponsor an Artist page. Help us keep Mexico's legacy of folk and indigenous art alive.

Silvano Aguirre & Saturnino Muñoz - (Jalisco) inlaid hand-carved wood
Hilario Alejos Madrigal - (Michoacán) pineapple pottery
Cecilia Bautista - (Michoacán) Award-winning Purépecha black with light-blue stripes (and often feathers and/or beads in the fringe) rebozos
Gorgonio Candelario Castro - (Colima) traditional handcarved wood masks
Nicolas Fabian Fermín - (Michoacán) Barro bruñido ceramics
Elena Felipe Felix & Bernardina Rivera - (Michoacán) Jug-made pottery towers
Guadalupe Hermosillo Escobar - (Chiapas) the famous forged iron house crosses of San Cristóbal de las Casas
Javier Hernández Flores - (Mexico) SPONSORED BY FOMENTO CULTURAL A.C.- basket weaver extraordinaire.
Florentino Jimón Barba - (Jalisco) the famous bandera pottery of Tonalá
Ofelia Madariaga & Gloria Leticia Villajuana - (Yucatan) hammocks
José Ojeda - (Jalisco) "world-famous"hand-crafted knives
Pedro Ortega Lozano - (Mexico) SPONSORED BY FOMENTO CULTURAL A.C. - traditional papel picado as well as cut paper work done in foil
Nicasio Pajarito González - (Jalisco) the famous canelo pottery of Tonalá
Carlomagno Pedro - (Oaxaca) - famous barro negro (black) pottery of Oaxaca
Angel Santos - (Jalisco) SPONSORED BY FOMENTO CULTURAL A.C. - famous bruñido pottery miniatures of Tonalá
Sna Jolobil Cooperativa - (Chiapas) Mayan textiles
Mariano & Cilau Valadez - (Nayarit) Huichol string and bead art
Artes de Mexico - September 1988 was the first issue of the Artes de Mexico encyclopedic book collection on Mexico, it's art and culture.
Fomento Cultural Banamex - "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" landmark book will be available for sale at the Feria. Currently this book is out of print and unavailable through other channels.
Demetrio Aguilar - ceramic figures
Alfareros de Patamban - (Michoacán) handpainted ceramic cooperative using daily rural life as their inspiration
Emilio Barocio Yacobo - (Michoacán) handcarved wood alebrijes
Natalio Chichipan Estrada - (Michoacán) ceramics - terracotta and white, blanco y negro (black and white), barro bruñido (burnished) and alta temperatura (high-fire)
Cocucho - (Michoacán) this distinctive and easily recognized pottery comes from a remote Purépecha Indian village in the state of Michoacán.
José Luis Cortéz Hernández - (Jalisco) extraordinary bruñido pottery
Alvaro de la Cruz & Family - (Michoacán) Extraordinary handmade ceramic catrinas (skeleton figures dressed in finery)
Miguel Fabian Pedro - (Oaxaca) the famous barro negro (black) pottery of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca
Juana Gómez Ramírez & Feliciana Ramírez - (Chiapas) intricate ceramic jaguars, pots, etc.
Martin Ibarra - (Jalisco) intricate ceramic virgins and other ceramic pieces
Angel Ortiz Gabriel & Angel Ortiz Arana - (Jalisco) barro bruñido (burnished pottery). Both are members of Grupo Tradicional Tonalteca.
Juan José Ramos Medrano - (Jalisco) The creative and extraordinary barro betus (a birch resin applied to add shine and brillance to the piece) ceramics
El Jorongo - Ruth Mitchell de Aguilar - (Michoacán) Hand woven rugs, sweaters, etc.
Enriqueta Cenobio Calixto & Juvenal Bernardino Gómez - (Mexico) Mazahua textiles and miniature embroidery
José Flores - (Jalisco) original clothing designs embroidered in silk and handmade leather purses and shoes.
Francisco Mariño León Santiago - (Oaxaca) Domentic linens such as tablecloths, bedspreads, etc.
Camelia Ramos Zamora and José Mancio - (México) Handwoven rebozos (shawls)
Teófila and Bertha Servin Barriga - (Michoacán) hand-embroidered clothing, scenes on manta cloth and much more.
Pascuala Vázquez Hernández - (Chiapas) the famous textile work of Chiapas
Miguel Paredes - (Puebla) whimsical Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) figures, boxes, items that are becomming very difficult to find in Mexico.
Marcela Hernández Mendez - (Chiapas) handmade stuffed animals of Chiapan wool
Original Friends - Women's Prison Project - (Jalisco) cloth dolls elaborately decorated by women imprisoned in Mexico.
Adrian González López Elpidio - (Oaxaca) unusual and unique items handmade from totomoxtle (cornhusks)
Tito López Hernández - (Oaxaca) pine needle baskets (pino cesta aguja)
Roberto Mejia Muñoz - (Mexico) popotillo (straw) art
Isabel Mendoza - (Jalisco) - popotillo (straw) art
Aracelia Barbero - (Jalisco) hand-painted wood framed mirrors
Corporación Equipales SC de RL - (Jalisco) a cooperative of families in Zacoalco de Torres working together making incredible equipales
La Bodega - (Michoacán) Salvador Hernández creates incredible works of copper art - sinks, tables, bathtubs, and much more equipales
Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts - (Jalisco) incredible jewelry made from the tiniest seedbeads available, other bead and string work pressed into beeswax
Julio César López Heydeck - (Guerrero) Spratling-style silver jewelry
Arturo Salgado Vazquez - (Oaxaca) Filigree and cartoneado jewelry
Flora Maria Sánchez Arias - (Chiapas/Jalisco) silver and amber jewelry with an "old-Mexico" flare
Martina Navarro de Saint Phalle - (Michoacán) Wood and guaje (a kind of hollowed, broad-based gourd) using the technique called macque (natural earth pigments) to decorate the pieces.
Paola Rosendo - (Guerrero) beautiful lacquerware (mirrors, boxes, gourds, animals and much more)
Doña Marta Vargas Molina - (Guerrero) laca in the old traditional style of Chiapas
Enedina and Eliseo Castillo Castillo - (Michoacán) Traditional handcarved wood masks, religious objects, Catrinas and much more
Prudencio Guzmán - (Jalisco) incredible original designs ceramic masks. A member of Grupo Tradicional Tonalteca.
Juan Horta Castillo Family - traditional maskmaker - before his passing, Juan was one of the most sought after in Mexico
Enrique Badillo Aguilar - (Guanajuato) tinsmith extraordinaire
Edith Barajas Godoy & Arturo Cabrera - (Guerrero) metal sculptures
Roberto Castro Hernández - (Michoacán) hand-hammered copper
Ruth Cortés Rodríguez - (Guanajuato) silvered Alpacca cutlery, boxes, jewelry, purses, etc.
Conrado Villegas Alcázar - (Oaxaca) tin work
José Manuel Robles - (Jalisco) painter who expresses Mexican rural life in his own unique style
Arte Papel Vista Hermosa S.C. de R.L. de C.V. - (Oaxaca) handmade paper jewelry
Centro de Integración Tapalpa, A.C. - (Jalisco) this school is dedicated to nurturing the artistic, creative and academic potential of special-needs children - Papelmalecho, paper maché over recycled garbage
Pedro Hernández Cruz - (Guanajuato) papier maché
Julio Laja Chichicaxtla, Leobardo Espiritu Rocha - (Puebla) unbelievable handmade amate paper
J. Ignacio Garcia Rosales - (Jalisco) molcajetes and other handcarved items from volcanic rock
Osvaldo González Hernandez - generations of rug weaving have honed the skills of this artisan
Pedro Mendoza Gutierrez - (Oaxaca) handwoven rugs and carpets
Felipe Benítez Miranda - (Guanajuato) unusual Nahuatl alebrijes (carved wood animals) and paintings
Zeny (Zenon) Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes (carved wood animals)
Francis & Rodolfo Rodríguez - (Michoacán) whimsical and creatively handmade wood nichos, retablos, lifesize chairs
Tribes Mixes - (Oaxaca) incredible handcarved wood alebrijes.
Celerino C. Vázquez - (Hidalgo) incredible handmade wood objects such as miniature violins, inlaid with abalone shell.