Loco Adventure – Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kay Walten in Loco Adventures,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations

Sergio Castro and the Museum of Regional Clothing

We had a good 5 days in San Cristobal and surrounding villages, but there was one highlight of our Loco Adventure that was unexpected, heartwarming and culturally rich. One reason we decided to venture as far as San Cristobal de Las Casas in Chiapas was to buy some new fabric for the house. Chiapas is known for their hand-woven textiles, with each village defined by their patterns and methods. Yeah, yeah, yeah I can buy some of the textiles on the coast, but why not use this as an excuse for a...

Mexican Folk Art Stores Worth Visiting in the Riviera Maya

Posted April 13, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

Mexican Folk Art in the Riviera Maya

It is not a secret that the Riviera Maya is filled with retail stores chocker block full of 'stereotypical souvenirs that visitors like to take home. Think velvet somberos, maracas, sarapes, and shot glasses. Store upon store offers these little souvenirs that seem to reflect your Riviera Maya vacation. If you are following the country's rich artisan traditions, these souvenirs are a far cry from the countries best keep secret, Mexican Folk Art. There are a few stores in the Riviera Maya who...

Fernando Castro Pacheco – A Fascinating and Influential Yucatecan Artist

Posted March 11, 2015 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art

Fernando Castro Pacheco - A Fascinating and Influential Yucatecan Artist

When I first stepped into the Governor's Palace in Merida, I was mesmerized by the 27 large paintings by local artist Fernando Castro Pacheco. Once I dove into his life history, I have to say I was smitten, and developed a small crush on this man who I sadly never had an opportunity to meet. Fernando Castro Pacheco left this earth on August 20, 2013 at the age of 95, and left behind a cultural and political legacy that cannot go unmentioned. Mexican Realism Artist Dedicated to Mexico's...

Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

Posted November 18, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

Mexico Heart and Soul: The Photographs of Jayne A. Halle

On November 22, come enjoy an evening with Jayne Halle and view her incredible photographs of her travels throughout Mexico: “The Faces of Mexico Caught in the Camera’s Lens.” WHEN:  Saturday, November 22, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. WHERE: Gallery at the Puerto Aventuras Information Center (on the main entrance road) Admission is free but , wine tasting will be available for a nominal charge.  

Day of the Dead Food: Bread of the Dead

Posted October 30, 2014 by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Mexico Destinations,Mindful Traveler

bread of the dead with sugar a traditional food for day of the dead in Mexico

In the days and weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead, in the markets and bakeries across Mexico you will see "Bread of the Dead" being sold.  It's a Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. It is custom to shape a round loaf of bread with rolled strips of dough layered on top that resemble the bones of the dead. A glaze of melted butter and orange zest is then brushed on top, followed by a generous sprinkling of sugar. The bread is typically flavored with anise seed. The...

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls – Mexican Folk Art Tradition

Posted October 20, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya events

sugar skulls mexican folk art for day of the dead

One of my favorite Mexican Holidays is approaching fast. I feel like a kid at Christmas, but really I am an expat looking forward to Day of the Dead. Last year I was invited to the inaugural ceremony of Xcaret's four-day celebration of El Dia de Muertos. That was a spectacular event that had me running around the park taking in so many musical, dance and day of the dead activities! Kids were lined up for face painting, I saw some incredible altars and the cemetery was truly the highlight of the...

Mayan Art Takes to the Streets of Tulum

Posted August 13, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Photos

Graffiti art in Tulum Mexico

Twenty-first century Mayan Art in Tulum If you are driving around the Tulum pueblo keep an eye open for some incredible graffiti-style art.    

Tulum Vacation Tip – Last minute shopping

Posted April 23, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Riviera Maya Vacation Tips

mixik-in-tulum-mexico

Oops. You got so hung up enjoying your Tulum vacation you completely forgot to pick up something for yourself and family members. We have the perfect place for you to stop by and pick up unique Mexican folk art all in one place. We find it very hard to walk into Mixik and not buy something as their collection of Mexican folk art collected from all over Mexico is by far some of the best in the area. When Sally sees me coming, she knows I won't be walking out empty handed. And why would...

Riviera Maya Photo of the Day – Glorious hammocks!

Posted January 27, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos,Sustainable Tourism

shopping in the Riviera Maya

Hammocks are probably the most popular Riviera Maya and Yucatan souvenir - right up there with gaudy, giant sombreros. They are the Mayan bed, more common in local houses than mattresses. The hammocks sold here are hand made by locals. Buying hammocks in family owned shops like this one in Macario Gomez is sustainable tourism. We LOVE lounging in a hammock with a good book or a refreshing cocktail. Discover other ways to support sustainable tourism.

Yucatan Vacation Tip – Merida Art Tour

Posted January 22, 2014 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexico Destinations,Mexico Vacation Tips,Yucatan Activities

Art tour in Yucatan, Mexico

February 15, 2014, the Merida English Library is hosting the Artists' Studio Tour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  This is a rare chance to step inside the homes and studios of over 20 local artists and see where the magic happens. Be your own guide and meet the artists who interest you most. Admission is $200 pesos. Find a hotel in historical Merida.

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