Every year Margaritas hosts award-winning and internationally recognized artists from Mexico to tour selected local schools and Margaritas restaurants. Each artist works in a specific medium such as ceramics, wood carving, papier-mâché or weaving.
A visiting artist will set up a basic “workshop” and complete an original work of art. The event coordinator translates for the artist during a FAQ. Events typically run from 4:00 to 9:00pm. Pat Picciano, program coordinator and interpreter, accompanies the artists as they visit the schools and arts organizations, providing students with a unique and wonderful insight into Mexican culture and folk art.
Meet Our Artists
ADELINA PEDRO MARTINEZ
Adelina Pedro Martinez and Federico Negrete Lopez: Barro Negro
In addition to bringing Mexican culture to New England through our food and drink, we also take great pride in hosting talented artists from Mexico and educating our guests on their incredible work. This spring we welcome Oaxacan ceramic artist Adelina Pedro Martinez and her husband Federico Negrete Lopez to our community.
Descendants of the Zapotec civilization, Adelina and Federico practice the ancient craft of barro negro, which translates to “black clay.” Barro negro is a style of pottery that originated centuries ago in the small village of San Bartolo Coyotepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. The beautifully unique clay pieces are formed, then left to dry in the sun before they are decorated with intricate details and burnished with a smooth quartz stone. The finished pieces are fired in a kiln, where they get their distinct black, metallic color. Adelina and Federico share their craft with their three daughters, who have become ceramicists themselves.