Casa Linda is a beautiful private home nestled in the hills, five miles northeast of the old colonial city of Oaxaca, Mexico (map). The house, full of Mexican folk art, is a testament to the creative spirit and skill present in the artisans and craftsmen in the Oaxaca valleys.
For over a decade Linda has been cultivating and nurturing the connections to this artistic world. Sharing her knowledge with people interested in learning about folk art was one of her fundamental reasons for moving to Oaxaca years ago.
Casa Linda is a sanctuary. A welcoming, comforting and exclusive private home in the privacy of the Oaxaca countryside. Nestled in a fertile valley in Southern Mexico, with surrounding villages famous for their crafts and arts, your stay here will bring you lifelong memories and an unparalleled insider’s peek into the traditions and art steeped in these ancient hills.
The city of Oaxaca is surrounded by villages specializing in a particular craft. Ceramic work that is both utilitarian and decorative is done in at least three different pueblos; Atzompa, San Bartolo Coyotepec and Ocotlan de Morelos.
Some of the more well known artists that I visit are the Aguilar sisters of Ocotlán and I usually spend the most time with Josefina (pictured) and her eldest son, Demetrio. He is also well known for his painting and paper maché work. In the nearby village of San Antonino I enjoy visiting Luis Valencia and his family as well as José Luis Garcia. José became blind about 5 years ago but still continues to create magnificent sculptures.
In San Bartolo Coyotepec I'm a frequent visitor to the Abraham Reyes family, Floriberta Reyes Gómez (miniatures), Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, Magdalena Pedro Martínez and Adelina Pedro Martínez.
In Atzompa my favorite artists include Irma Blanco, Enedina Vasquez Cruz and Angélica Vasquez.
In Teotitlan del Valle, known for the beautiful rugs, I feel fortunate to be a friend of Elena Hernandez López and her family, Rosario Martínez Vasquez and Ernesto Maldonado Gonzalez, Mariano Sosa Martínez. Mariano's home is the display center for a co-op of 18 families and is frequently the highlight for guests who appreciate fine and original weaving.
In San Martín Tilcajete, one of the many pueblos devoted to woodcarving, I have a number of families I regularly visit. These include the homes of Jacobo and Maria Angeles Ojeda, Epifanio Fuentes Vasquez, Margaito Melchor, Martin Melchor Angeles, Jesus Sosa Calvo, Justo Xuana Luis.
In Arrazola, another woodcarving village, I enjoy visitng Angélico and Isaías Jiménez, Francisco Morales Ojeda, Narciso and Rubi Gonzalez Hernandez, Damien and Beatrice Morales.
In La Unión, also known for woodcarving, visits with Gabino Reyes, Sergio Santos (pictured), Jaime Santiago Morales, Francisco Santiago Cruz and his brothers Martín and Quirino are always wonderful experiences.
Tinsmiths that I especially enjoy visiting with include Angel Valdez Sandoval and Alfonso Santiago Leyva.
In the years I have lived in Oaxaca I have been working diligently at developing strong connections with these artists. However, these are by no means all the aritsts that I visit.
Credits: Folk Art Photos by Carol Cross. Casa Linda Photos by Herminia Dosal.
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