ANA KAREN LOPEZ GONZALEZ (San Bartolo Coyotepec)

Ana Karen, who received honorable mention in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ competition, continues a family tradition that can be traced back to her great-grandparents. The piece she entered, “Mezcal Jug,” was burnished with quartz and decorated with poinsettias, her favorite flowers, which she occasionally blends with animals. She formed the carvings, decorations and cutouts of this work with tools that she created herself. Ana Karen noted that to do excellent work, she needs to be relaxed and calm.

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The PBS Peabody award winning documentary series "Craft in America" filmed portions of two excellent programs in Oaxaca, one -- "Neighbors" -- partially in collaboration with FOFA. These programs explore connections through craft between Mexico and the United States.

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Oaxacan Popular Arts in the New Millennium, Nurturing Young Artists

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