The Nature of our Biz is to find wares ('finds'). Vintage and Antique treasures previously purchased, owned and collected by, lets say a fellow Mexican Folk Art Collector? a Museum deaccession? or even by chance,a small handful of treasures amongst a table full of dated tchotchkes at a Garage Sale. Our Shop is mainly Vintage and Antique. Unfortunately, the items we sell don't just grow on trees or sprout from the ground. They must be found or acquired. They must be discovered and brought to our shop for a new home to enjoy and be loved. Our Wares are 'good karma'; previously loved and treasured. They were made in a period no longer, a time of innocence and a time when they held very little importance or monetary value. Many Vintage pieces increase in value and because, for the most part, were made to not last the test of time. We usually label it as Ephemera which was made for present day, temporary use. We believe that the 'good karma' continues when you buy an item from our shop. So how do we obtain our inventory, mainly from Kevin hitting the Road and finding them. Driving across the Southwest, searching high, low and far between...everywhere from Big City Thrift Stores to Small Town Estate Sales.
The Road can be lonely at times, but mainly it is filled with such Natural beauty that we are able to de-stress and 'zone out' if you will. I am able to reflect, count my blessings and take time to smell the sage brush and desert mesquite.
How does one combat loneliness or solitude overload whle driving long miles? Music! it has always had an impact on my life and one of my favorites is the late, great husband and wife: Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl. A duo who last resided and called Bisbee, Arizona the home base before their tragic passing. This one's my personal fave:
There a times I believe I am the luckiest man alive because I get to follow my passion, Catch a 'buzz' from the 'the hunt' and hit the road. So if you ever see me in line at an Estate Sale or digging thru bins at your local Salvation Army, don't be a stranger. Sy 'hi' I won't bite, just understand i mybe a bit preoccupied, I'm on the road and my heart and head is on 'the hunt'.
Collectors of the Bright almost Primary Color spectrum, found in the Tradition Metepec Ceamic Folk Art are a passionate Bunch. We tend to fall for it's almost childlike, Circus fun. Colors that would not only fit nicely in any Mid Mod or Boho decor, but Traditional Mexican as well. The older pieces tend to fade and deteriote with age. Sun fades the aniline dyes, time tarnishes the metalic gold Paint and moisture in the air breaks down the surface. To find Vintage Pieces in Bright Colors is a blessing, as they where most likely collected in a dry, direct sunlight- free enviornment. Here at Arte, we have a rather Large Metepec Collection new to the shop floor.
As Mexican Folklore would have it, The famous story is Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo discovered a certain Modesta Fernádez de Soteno at a Market in Toluca selling Clay figures and animals, naively made and Painted. Smitten with her work. Diego later visited the workshop, gave her pointers on color and paint and as they say...the rest of the tale is history. Overnight, Metepec changed and the whole town turned from not only a utilitarian pottery industry, but a Folk Art one as well. Later Arbols would be made and the Metepec Tradition would grown into the frontrunner of the Arbol de la Vida/Tree of Life tradition in all of Mexico. Many pieces so elaborately sculpted and painted that they transend the label of 'Folk Art' and could easily be considered 'Fine Art'.
Our collection at Arte de la Vida not only focuses on the Brightly Painted pieces, but the glazed and acrylic painted ones as well. Pieces so charming they not only enhance a collection or ensemble , but define it as well.
Brrrr... Days have shortened in the Old Pueblo and long dark nights have set on the Desert. However, inside Arte de la Vida and Galeria Senita, many things have brightned. Our display window is complete. I wanted to keep it simple this year with the message of Peace thru the Arts. On full display ia the Dove of Peace and the simple Spanish spelling for 'the Arts'. I hope that everyone in the Arte family we find much Peace and Solice this Holiday Season.
As well, Galería Senita is poping with the colorful and engaging work of Linda Chapell and Suzanne B. Hodges on our Gallery Walls and Pedestals...
All of this and much, much more to to be found inside of Arte de La Vida...
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