Published On: Mon, Nov 28th, 2016

Arte a Mano craft show returns to Merida Dec. 2-4

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ARTE A MANO 2016, an exhibition of works by Yucatan craft artists, will be held in Merida Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4.

Show hours are Friday, December 2 (open to the public 5-9 PM), Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4 (open 10AM-7PM). The location is CANACO, Avenida Itzáes at Calle 31, three blocks south of Clinica de Mérida.  For further information contact Facebook/ aanyac or www.aany.org.mx.

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Since 2008, AANY, a nonprofit group promoting Yucatan artisans, has sponsored 13 exhibits of craft artists.  In 2016, over 60 artists participate in the exhibit which is called ARTE A MANO (Art by Hand).  Artists participate by invitation from the AANY Committee who base their decisions on originality, excellence of execution, and interesting use of materials.

What you will see at an AANY show are artists who sew, sculpt, carve, assemble, string, build, construct and reimagine.

You will see artists who sell their work commercially exhibiting next to artists who work out of their homes… and everything in between. What they have in common is creativity, originality and a passion for their work.

One of the goals of ARTE A MANO is to introduce the work of new artists to AANY. Throughout the year, the AANY committee travels throughout the Yucatan Peninsula to identify new artists who might be studio artists, folk artists, or artists producing high quality traditional work. They choose new artists to show their wares in this very popular venue, hoping this will allow them to expand their audience and be able to make a living as artists.

“There is always so much to see and you may just have to go once or twice to take it all in,” said Cindy Allison, one of the event organizers. “The AANY Show is a great place to purchase art for your home or yourself.  It is also a great place to purchase gifts for family or friends.”

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