The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Oaxaca in Wood....

For about ten years, I had lots of fun as I commissioned pieces from some of the carvers from the carving villages, Arrazola, San Martin Tilcajete and La Union.  I was a bit obsessed with all the carvers and had a fairly large, make that insanely large, collection and figured that, as a musician, music stands made perfect sense... at least to me.  However, the carvers took some convincing, mainly because it was something totally new to them, and a bit challenging.  However, all I ever said was, "Have fun and do whatever you want."  So over sixty (60) stands or atriles later, I ended up with some of the finest pieces of Oaxacan carving I've ever seen.  Like this amazing piece from Melchor Melchor of San Martin Tilcajete.  It's Oaxaca in wood
The top is cedar and the vertical is all one piece, the layers, the dancers..... all one piece!
And it's all there, the Seven Regions of Oaxaca, the pottery, the designs from Mitla.
All the traditional trajes....
One piece!!  The carving and all of the detail is simply sublime..... the work of a true genius and artist, Melchor Melchor.


Anonymous said...

wow! nice piece of art.

Bev in Ct said...

absolutely amazing
you should post photos of the whole collection

Christopher Stowens said...

I have a couple more related to the guelaguetza that I will post.

sonya melescu said...

When are you going to do a book on Oaxacan Art???? You could do a book with just the pieces you have. If you did a book it would be wonderful...........your love & respect, for Oaxacan Art and the artists is so passionate, the book would be magnificent.