Latin American folk artists will bring their masterpieces to Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town San Diego this weekend as part of a colorful marketplace and cultural festival.
The annual Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market takes place this Friday through Sunday at Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town, at the corner of Juan and Taylor streets.
The fest will showcase the works of artists from across Latin America, including Mexico, Peru El Salvador, and Guatemala – from art, collectibles, and pottery to clothing, textiles, and jewelry. This includes Mata Ortiz pottery -- an art form known for its intricate, hand-painted, geometric designs -- plus embroidery, tinwork, wooden carvings, weaving, and sculptures.
Visitors can peruse the goods at booths in the marketplace from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event will also feature live art demonstrations, entertainment by Latin American folk band, TINKU, and food for sale from the Casa Guadalajara restaurant. The gathering is designed to feel like a colorful, Mexican rural market.
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Per organizers, artists visiting the fest this year include Jorge Quintana, a Mata Ortiz pottery artist, and Jacobo Angeles, of Oaxaca, Mexico, who carves and paints wooden animal figures. Mariano Valadez, who specializes in yarn paintings and detailed glass bead art, will be there, too, as well as Yolanda Ormachea Velasco, a Peruvian jewelry artist.
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The event is free; prices on goods, art and food will vary. The stores in Bazaar del Mundo will also sell items imported from Mexico and Latin America including travel books, crafts, and food.