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TalquepArte 1999 Showcases Popular Arts

by Tere Salas

Guadalajara, Jalisco has garnered international fame over the years not only a the home of traditional mariachi music and top-rate tequilas, but as an area with an enormous variety of folk art and hand crafts as well. From textiles to earthenware, Guadalajara and area artisans have produced some of Mexico's most classic popular arts for more than a century.
As demand for Mexican folk arts continues increasing world wide, birth of an annual arts fair for local and international craftsmen in Guadalajara was simply a question of time. TlaquepArte 1999 is that event. The annual exhibition celebrated its third anniversary this June with a strong showing of exhibitors and broad spectrum of hand crafted items from Mexico and abroad. Held in the Expo-Guadalajara convention center, the showroom was awash with colors, smells and textures. The week long event has a homey air of casualness to it, which is completely in keeping with the type of items on display.
Chatting over a cup of Veracruz coffee with the various merchants, the mugs are examples of one Jalisco potter's work and are for sale, the rich cultural heritage of Mexico and other Latin American countries is categorically laid out on table after table. Jewelry, silver, etchings, textiles, carved stone and paper maché are only a few of the items available from participating artisans.
Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Cuba and nearly every corner of Mexico is represented at the event. For many artisans, TlaquepArte represents an opportunity for international exposure-- something unavailable to most in their home towns and villages. Organized by Expo-TlaquepArte committee members Arq. Jose Villaseñor and Lic. Jesus Cerallos, the show not only represents a means for craftsmen to generate additional income but offers visitors an extraordinary look at the diverse kinds of folk art currently being produced in Mexico and Latin America.
For information on TlaquepArte 2000, contact the event's main office at Colomos #2830, Colonia Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco Telephone: (011-52) (3) 640-1115 and (3) 640-0669.