Saturday, January 23, 2010

Welcome to Mitzi's Studio

My apartment in Eugene's tallest building is tiny. I imagine it to be like a New York apartment, with all available spaces to be used. Here's part of my collection of things from living in Oaxaca off and on for 20 plus years, as well as various paintings made over those same years. In the photo you can see a Tree of Life candle made in Teotitlan, at the top on the right. They are usually found in the church there and are given to the family of the bride-to-be in a beautiful ceremony called "Contentar" The paintings are some of my favorites which I have kept over the years.
A closer view of part of the art wall including a painted chair from Margarito Melchor of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. Two jicapetzles sit on the bottom shelf. After being a nomad and housesitter over the years, I am pleased to surround myself with things I like from my travels.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Friends from Teotitlan

Gi'bets--Teotitlan's sacred mountain
Bryan (American) with Ale Rios and Tito Mendoza in Teotitlan on Todos Santos (photo by Liv)
Dinner on Todos Santos with Tito, Abi, Ale, Liv and Mitzi (photo by Bryan)

Tito & Lili & Santi by their house altar on Todos Santos (the Day of the Dead)

Tito's parents--Felix and Antonia with their Day of the Dead altar on Todos Santos.

Below--My old friend Altagracia (on right) with Soledad and Maria (her daughters-in-law) and her grandaughter Mayto. They were cooking for a group at the Danza de la Pluma. Alta is famous for her traditional barbacoa.

La Danza de La Pluma-- For the Virgin of Guadelupe

Linda, the Dancer, with her grandmother. Then a foto of her parents Lichita and Ismael at their home with their jicapetzles before going to the dance in front of the church in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca