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
Isabel Castillo is a ceramic sculptor born in Izucar de Matamoros, Puebla, in central Mexico. The tree of life and other figures she creates are inspired by five generations of artisans in her family. Isabel learned her art form from her mother and grandmother; the latter lived to be 115 years old. The animal and cactus candleholders in their bright and shiny colors are everyone’s favorites.
She has traveled to the United States with her daughter, Lourdes Mercado de Camacho, and sons Fernando and Rudolfo, award winning ceramic artists as well as a high school teachers in their local school. Their ceramic sculptures have been featured in national contests. The Castillo family was awarded 1st prize for polychrome ceramic sculpture by FONART, Mexico’s national folk art foundation.
This family of artists has been selected based on their artistic achievements and their ability to communicate their unique creative vision passed down from preceding generations. It is hoped that they will spark the imaginations of students and generate enthusiastic workshops involving sculpture and design projects. This will surely add a new component to the visiting artist program. Not only will American students be exposed to Mexican culture but undoubtedly Rudolfo and Fernandos’ own students will learn from his experience in American schools.