Date: Cancelled, will be rescheduled
Meet Mata Ortiz artist Oralia Lopez Guillen at the Native Seeds/SEARCH retail store for a special two-day pottery show. Oralia will be demonstrating the techniques used to paint the intricate geometric style for which she is so well known.
Since the age of 14 Oralia has been creating museum quality work and has set the standard for the intricate brushwork found in Mata Ortiz pottery. Not only does she create her own pottery, she represents an additional 80 Mata Ortiz artists, 40 of whom will be represented at the show.
Over the years Oralia has used the profits from her pottery sales to assist relatives in receiving college education; something totally out of reach before the success of the pottery. She also makes it a priority to donate money to the school in Mata Ortiz, Juan Mata Ortiz 2272. These funds have been used to purchase heating oil for the school as well as paper, pencils, and other supplies for students from families in need.
In addition to her work as an artist, Oralia is an advocate for the protection of animals and works with like-minded people in the US and Mexico to fund shelters and homes for some of them.
Proceeds from the show will also benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH programs and nonprofit mission.