Mexican folk artist visits Paseo gallery walk in Oklahoma City

Guillermina Aguilar will be artist-in-residence at Paseo Pottery for the Paseo Arts District's First Friday Gallery Walk in May.
BY STEVE MAUPIN Published: May 1, 2013
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Folk artist Guillermina Aguilar, of Oaxaca, Mexico, will be the artist-in-residence at Paseo Pottery during the Paseo Arts District's First Friday Gallery Walk for May, celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Aguilar is a master of Mexican popular art. She and her three younger sisters learned from their mother at an early age how to make clay figures. Their work today is world famous and highly sought after by folk art collectors.

Guillermina Aguilar and her sisters have transformed traditional claymaking into new and magical forms. Their clay figures are exhibited widely in galleries and museums in Mexico and abroad.

Guillermina Aguilar's work is illustrated in two books on Mexican folk art: “Oaxaca Ceramics: Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women” by Lois Wasserspring, and the Banamex book “Great Masters of Mexican Popular Art.” The Banamex collection was exhibited in New York City and at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Aguilar's visit to Oklahoma is made possible through the support of Gayle Younghein, an expert on Latin American folk art and a 30-year friend of the artist.

The gallery walk will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Paseo galleries featuring more than 75 artists will host opening receptions, promising something for everyone.

Aguilar will be hosted by Colin Rosebrook at Paseo Pottery, 3017 Paseo St. She will provide demonstrations, and her work will be offered for sale. For more information, call 525-3017.

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