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Our Field Trip to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
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Our Field Trip to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Some of The Art League staff took a little field trip today to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. There are only a few days left, so if you’re interested in crafts, be sure not to miss it!

Tin sculptures, retablo (portable wood and clay altars), ceramics, incredible carved gourds, weaving, chicha printing, painting, musical instruments, and more were represented at the Marketplace (indoors at the National Museum of the American Indian, seen below) and in the festival’s tents, where you could watch artists at work.

Of course, while we were there for the art, we couldn’t help but enjoy some of the music, too. And food — try the carapulcra!

Mamerto Sánchez Cardenas and Deniss Sánchez Aparicio spoke about their traditional ceramic sculptures and bowls. Their clays and paints use only all-natural materials, which they have to hunt down themselves. Some are easier to find than others.
Mamerto Sánchez Cardenas and Deniss Sánchez Aparicio (seated) spoke about their traditional ceramic sculptures and bowls. Their clays and paints use only all-natural materials, which they have to hunt down themselves. Some are easier to find than others.
Retablo artist Alfredo Lopez Morales demonstrated how he paints the small clay figures that go in these portable altars.
Retablo artist Alfredo Lopez Morales demonstrated how he paints the small clay figures that go in these portable altars.

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