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
Porfirio Gutierrez (Zapotec) was born and raised in Teotitlan Del Valle, Oaxaca Mexico, an important center of Zapotec culture and weaving tradition. The Zapotec weavings are made of hand spun yarns that are dyed with local plants and insects. His family is proud to be descended from many generations of Zapotec weavers. From an early age, Porfirio and his siblings helped with simple tasks like cleaning wool, gathering dye plants, or winding bobbins. By the time Porfirio was 12 years old, his prodigious talent for design and weaving prompted his parents to enroll him in painting and drawing classes with local masters. These Maestros helped Porfirio to develop his talent and refine his artistic style.
As important as the authenticity of the work of the Gutiérrez family is the aesthetic fineness of their art. Chemical dyes can never duplicate the beauty of nature’s palette which is found in each piece they create. Every weaving tells a story through the Zapotec symbols that have been passed down through the ages. Their choice of colors, the symbols and their order in the piece, all play into the narrative.
Porfirio has continued to grow as an artist. His work has begun to be noticed by collectors and galleries. Many of his pieces have been included in prestigious shows and events such as the International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, NM and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian. In addition to being an artist and master weaver, Porfirio is also an educator and cultural ambassador for the Zapotec people, often lecturing at universities, arts foundations and museums.