Published on November 9, 2008
I can not remember the last time I had such a jammed pack, super fun Saturday!! It all began accidentally in the morning when I was taking Nyla for our usual walk. We happened to come across a Native American Pow-Wow taking place….I just followed the loud heart beat of the drums. There were booths set up with traditional Arts, food, and information about organizations and projects happening in the area. So much beautiful things to see!! But it was that incredible heartbeat of the drums that pulled me in. Nyla and I sat watching the dancing on the grass among the other people in a large circle. My favorite part is how the music just vibrates through your whole body. I do not have any photos from the Pow Wow, since it was a total, wonderful surprise…plus, I must add, everyone there was so friendly!! (It helps to make friends too when you have the most cutest dog in the universe!!!)
When I got home, Hansel and I headed down to the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. They were having an open-air Spanish Market. This was planned for, so I have tons of photos!!! The Artists there were from Arizona, New Mexico, California, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and many other places. We were there for hours just taking our time exploring the Art and talking with the Artists. I even got to meet the wonderful, famous, ever so beautiful Crafty Chica. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of her work–but I will tell you that its absolutely beautiful and so much better in person then on-line! She too was full of energy and as sweet as can be. I love you Crafty Chica!!
The Artist was so kind though to hold one away from the curtain; so now you can see how cool these pieces look This Artist was also a real hoot!! She told us, and showed up photos, of how she was on the tv show America’s Got Talent for playing some kind of strange water instrument. How much fun is that?!?!?! She lives in New Mexico.
I really enjoyed this Artist. He was so friendly and kind–talked to us forever!! (I wonder if Hansel and I can be a bit annoying at these Art festivals—I want to touch everything and both Hansel and I insist on asking tons of questions on how things were made and just plain being nosey!!!) What the Artist is doing in the photo above is embedding tiny pieces of straw into the resin (that he creates himself out of pinon pine berries). The straw ends up looking alot like gold, and he said that many call it “poor man’s gold”.
Plus—Frida Kahlo was everywhere!! Oh, you have to love Frida!!
Can you believe that that is all from one piece of wood…well, except for the tusks that he adds later. Incredible!! And, the pieces are so light–feels alost like balsa wood.
Hansel loves masks!!! So do I!!
Here are a couple other pieces I loved at the festival: