February 20, 2012


John Sallot
Director of Marketing
480 481.8101

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to bring to Phoenix a very special shopping experience featuring Oaxacan carvings by acclaimed artisan, Jacobo Angeles Ojeda and fine Mexican ceramics by Mata Ortiz master, Jorge Quintana. The Trunk Show will take place in the Binns Wildflower Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden Saturday and Sunday, March 31 & April 1, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Garden Membership or paid Garden admission is required to attend the Trunk Show.

Alebrijes are carved wooden figures created by Oaxacan artisans. Most Oaxacan artisans simply call them figuras "wooden figures", naming them after the animal which they carved, such as the deer, raccoon, leopard, etc., but when a fantastic figure is elaborated, the artisan is compelled to say he has created an "alebrije."

The creative process in making a wooden figure begins with the artisan imagining a form. On occasion, ideas arise spontaneously but sometimes artisans take days or even months imagining a very special figure. The wooden piece is then chosen. It will be used to create the figure that is in his mind. Most artisans use “copalillo” wood to carve their figures. A few others use the "tzomplantle" and cedar.

The village of Mata Ortiz, in northern Chihuahua, Mexico, is the origin of the remarkable pottery available at the Trunk Show. Beginning in the mid-1970s, the village became famous for the intricately detailed pots based on designs created by indigenous peoples of the area hundreds of years previous.

Finely painted in often intricate designs, the thin-walled ceramic pieces gained a following in the 1980s after Juan Quezada, one of the style's originators, began to display his works in prestigious galleries in the Southwest.

As more villagers took up the craft the variety and innovation underwent tremendous growth into the astonishing array of styles seen today, with dozens of well-known artisans producing fine pieces.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, March 31 & April 1 / 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Desert Botanical Garden (in Papago Park)
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008

PRICE: Included with Garden Membership or paid Garden admission
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research.

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