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MATA ORTIZ CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Window on the Mata Ortiz World
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April 1, 2003
Other Scheduled Events
Traveling to the Village
Notes of Interest
Letters to the Editors
The Mata Ortiz art movement is gaining more fine recognition. On March 25th, Juan Quezada was awarded by the Chihuahua legislature (Congreso del Estado) the "Patrimonio del Estado" award. This prestigious award, modeled after the Japanese concept of a "national treasure," is unique in Mexico and was created specially for Juan Quezada, its first recipient. Meanwhile in the United States, Michael Wisner, of Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado, protégé and colleague of Juan Quezada for 14 years and a leading technologist and artist in the field of Southwest and Mata Ortiz ceramics, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, sponsored by the Colorado Council on the Arts, for the year 31 March 2003 - 31 March 2004.
On another subject, Vern Hensler last month contributed a short piece on the "fireclouds" that sometimes appear on a pot when it's fired outdoors in the natural way. Mata Ortiz potters go along with most Southwest Indian potters in trying to avoid fireclouds and will often re-fire a pot to get rid of them. The Hopi, on the other hand, like them, as do the Japanese, who are among the world's finest ceramists. Collectors vary, some accepting them and some not. It's a personal preference. Emi and I have always liked them (and the poetry of the name) if they don't distract from the decoration of the pot. If it were not considered a blemish so long as it did not distract from the painting, it would relieve some of the pressure on potters doing outdoor firings. It's an interesting subject, and we'd welcome views on the subject in our Letters to the Editors.
GENESEO, NY: Ongoing
The School of Performing Arts, State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo, has mounted in the lobby of Brogie Hall on Park Street a permanent exhibition of 130 pieces of Mata Ortiz pottery from the private collection of musician Alan Case. Contact Alan Case (585-243-4616) by phone or better by emailcase at geneseo.edu
SAN DIEGO, CA: May 13, 2002 - July 2003
The San Diego Museum of Man is holding a major Mexican regional folk art exhibition Hecho en México: Mexican Folk Art. Visitors to the Museum of Man will experience a visual "shopping trip" to each of the 32 states in Mexico with representative samplings of the best artisans in each area. Mata Ortiz pottery is shown from the state of Chihuahua. The objective of the exhibition is to distinguish artistic works by locale rather than by materials or function, providing a guide to Mexico through the art produced. Museum hours 10-5:15 (ticket sales stop at 4:30). Admission adults $6, seniors 65 and over $5, young people 6-17 $3, and children under 6 free. Contact Grace Johnson (619-239-2001) at the Museum, 1350 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101. gjohnson at museumofman.org
GOLDEN, CO: March 21 - May 4
The Foothills Art Center is holding an exhibition, "Colorado Clay 2003," of the work of 20 Colorado artists, including eight works by Michael Wisner, colleague of Juan Quezada and foremost technologist in the field of Mata Ortiz ceramics. Wisner's pieces won the "Ralph Johnson Award," one of eight awards given at the exhibition. The exhibition was juried by noted ceramist Don Reitz. Golden is located 15 miles west of Denver. Hours Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Admission free. Contact Carol Dickinson (303-279-3922), Director, or Kristi Marten, Curator, Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, CO 80401. www.foothillsartcenter.org
MINNEAPOLIS MN: April 11-13
The Northern Clay Center will hold an invitational showing, "2003 American Pottery Festival," a high-profile show of the work of 25 United States artists. Included is Michael Wisner, protégé and colleague of Juan Quezada and leading technologist of the Mata Ortiz ceramic tradition. Slide lectures and/or demonstration workshops all three days; Friday evening benefit reception/dinner. For detailed schedule, costs, reservations see website below. Center is located just off the 25th and Riverside exit from I-95. Regular Center hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-6, Thu 10-7, Sun 12-4, closed Mon. Contact Jessica Helfrecht (612-339-8007), sales gallery manager, Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis MN 55406. www.northernclaycenter.org
DENVER, CO: May 2-31
The Artists on Santa Fe Gallery will sponsor "Western Slope Potters," the fourth in an annual series of shows of invited ceramic artists, this year including works by Michael Wisner, of Anderson Ranch, Colorado, a leading technologist and artist in the Southwest and Mata Ortiz pottery traditions. All work will be for sale. Opening reception Friday 5-9 p.m. The public is cordially invited. Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Contact Macy Dorf (303-573-5903), owner, Artists on Santa Fe Gallery, 747 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. www.artistsonsantafe.com
MILWAUKEE, WI: July 25-August 30
The Walker's Point Center for the Arts will hold an exhibition, "The Artists & Pottery of Mata Ortiz" (see opening events under "Scheduled Events," below) organized by Ken Kapp and sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and FAB Miller Brewing Company. The exhibition includes, in addition to ceramics, a photo gallery of Mata Ortiz and its artists taken by Sandra S. Smith and published in her book, Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz.More details will be reported in the Calendar as we learn of them. Center hours Tuesday-Saturday 12-5. Admission free. Contact Linda Corbin-Pardee (414-672-2787), Executive Director, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, 907 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204-1345 linda at wpca-milwaukee.org
DURANGO, CO: October 25, 2002 - May 30 [Will be extended into the summer]
The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College is hosting the traveling exhibition, "Potters and Painters: The Artistry of Mata Ortiz," which premiered last year at The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding Utah. Edge of the Cedars called it their longest running and best received exhibition ever. Featured are 130 well selected pieces of Mata Ortiz ceramics from the private collection of Bill and Sue Hensler, of Dolores, CO. The initial selection has been added to and updated for this venue. Included are text and photo panels presenting the prehistoric and contemporary context of the Mata Ortiz art phenomenon. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri, 1-4 p.m. (closed Dec 21-Jan 6). This is a charming exhibition with a personal touch. See the story by Nathaniel Miller in the December 16th Durango Herald by first going to http://www.durangoherald.com and then searching under "Arts & Entertainment" with key word "pottery." Contact Jeanne Brako (970-247-7456), Curator, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango CO 81301. brako_j at ftlewis.edu www.swcenter.fortlewis.edu
SAN DIEGO, CA: December 12, 2002-Indefinite
The Wells Fargo Bank at 4th and B is hosting for the next year or longer an exhibit of Mata Ortiz pottery selected from the collection of the San Diego Museum of Man. Approximately 20 pieces will be shown, including five by Juan Quezada. Contact Grace Johnson (619-239-2001), San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101
CHERRY VALLEY, CA: March 30 - June 14 (weekends Fri-Sun)
The Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens is hosting an exhibition, "Earthly Magic Worked by Man: A Celebration of the Potters of Mata Ortiz." This collection of pottery ranging from miniatures to large pieces representing the work of a number of the better potters of Mata Ortiz was assembled by trader Dick Ryan, assisted by Elaine Burnett. All pieces are available for purchase, both in the gift shop and the exhibition (the latter may only be picked up only after June 14th). Museum hours are Friday-Sunday, 10-5. Admission $3, students/seniors $2, under 12 free. Take Beaumont Avenue exit from I-10 in Beaumont, and go north 4.5 miles. Contact Elisa Grey (909-955-2943) or the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens (Fri-Sun 909-845-2626), 9401 Oak Glen Road, Cherry Valley, CA 92223. www.edward-deanmuseum.org
Other Scheduled Events
PHOENIX, AZ: Raffle for flight to Mata Ortiz
The Heard Museum will hold the "03 Gala," an elegant evening of dinner and dancing to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Heard Museum North's Roy Lyon Center, with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 in the Tohono Center Ballroom. Reservations $250 per person, proceeds will benefit Heard Museum North.Raffle tickets are available at $100 each or six for $500. Winners need not attend the Gala. Included among fourteen imaginative prizes will be a black swirl vase by Samuel Quezada and a trip for two to Mata Ortiz as guests in the private plane of Herb Roskind, who flew the executive staff of the Museum to Mata Ortiz last year. Contact Patsy Stewart (602-251-0216) at the Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323
Apr 3-7 Sonora Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
Apr 4-7 Geronimo Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
LAS CRUCES, NM: Lecture on archaeology of Paquimé
The Dona Ana Archaeological Society will host at the Good Samaritan Auditorium, at 7 p.m., a lecture by Ben Brown entitled,"Paquimé: Past, Present and Future - What you need to know to get the most out of this years Pecos Conference." Dr. Brown, of the University of Texas at El Paso, is an expert on the archaeology of Chihuahua, Mexico. Paquimé, a large adobe pueblo on the east side of the Sierra Madre Mountains about 100 miles south of the US/Mexican border, reached its heyday between 1300 and 1450 AD. It is distinct for any number of reasons including its striking ceramics, copper artifacts: macaw breeding pens, ball courts and ceremonial mounds. Where did it come from and where did it go? How many people lived there? What were they like? These and other questions will be addressed in conjunction with a slide show. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how to get there, where to stay and what to expect at the 2003 Pecos Conference. The Good Samaritan Auditorium is located at 3011 Buena Vida Circle in Las Cruces. Contact Richard Magee (505-521-3852; Cell 505-644-4295), President, Dona Ana Archaeological Society, PO Box 15132, Las Cruces, NM 88004. or Dave Kirkpatrick (505-526-5152), Vice-President.
Apr 10-14 R & S Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
SANTA FE, NM: Lecture by Tim Maxwell on Casas Grandes archaeology
Southwest Seminar Series will host a public lecture by Dr. Tim Maxwell, "Life in Between: The Casas Grandes Region," at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Santa Fe, 1501 Paseo de Peralta. Dr. Maxwell is director of archaeological studies for the Museum of New Mexico. For more information about SSS's weekly lectures and field study programs in archaeology, contact Connie Eichstaedt (505-466-2775), director, Southwest Seminar Series, 219 Ojo de la Vaca, Santa Fe, NM 87501. southwestseminar at aol.com http://www.southwestseminars.org/
Apr 26-May 4 AMNH Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
May 1-10 Cultural Arts Class (See under Tours/Classes)
May 18-24 Paradise Valley College Class (See under Tours/Classes)
May 23-25 Arizona State Museum Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
May 31 - June 1
SANTA MONICA, CA: Indian show featuring Mata Ortiz pottery
The annual Santa Monica Indian Art Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St (corner of Pico) in Santa Monica, Saturday 11-7 pm and Sunday 11-5 pm, will feature selections of Mata Ortiz pottery by three different traders: Ed and Arthela Cummings (562-598-7836) of Sierra Madre Trading, Clive Kincaid (928-684-0060) of Designer Imports, and Herman Knechtle (626-791-1809). Contact Kim R. Martindale (818-905-9299),KR Martindale Show Management,19251 N. Sagamore Rd, Fairview Park OH 44126.
June 16-25 Rancho Sierra Madre Class (See under Tours/Classes)
July 13 - August 3
MILWAUKEE, WI: Pottery classes for adults and children
The Walker's Point Center for the Arts, the Murray Hill Pottery Works, and possibly some other studios are planning several adult, children, and parents-and-children pottery-making classes and workshops to be given by two renowned potters of Mata Ortiz, Laura Bugarini and Hector Gallegos, Jr. (Laura and Hector's recent wedding, for those who are familiar with the movement, united two important pottery families of the village.) Details on the classes will be published in the Calendar as plans develop. Meanwhile contactLinda Corbin-Pardee (414-672-2787), Executive Director, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, 907 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204-1345. www.wpca-milwaukee.org
IDYLLWILD CA: Pottery classes
Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. Master potters César and Gaby Dom’nguez, of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, will conduct classes for their sixth year in this extraordinary pine forest setting in the San Jacinto mountains east of Los Angeles. Students will learn the distinctive Mata Ortiz methods of hand building a pot by the coil and pinch method, sanding, burnishing, painting, and outdoors firing to produce both polychrome and black ware. Each student will complete two to three pieces of pottery. Tuition $435 plus $35 lab fee for clay, paints, materials. Designed for all levels of experience, ages 19 and higher. Limited to 15 students. Class Code: NAOPO2. Contact Diane Dennis, Summer Registrar (909-659-2171, Ext 365), Idyllwild Arts, Box 38, Idyllwild CA 92549.www.idyllwildarts.org.
KEWAUNEE, IL: Pottery Workshop by Michael Wisner
The Barnsite Art Studio & Gallery will open their Master Artist Workshop Series 2003 with a five-day Southwest Pottery Workshop by Michael Wisner. Wisner's in-depth studies with many Southwestern pottery masters, including a 14 year apprenticeship with Mexico's Artist of the Year Juan Quezada, allows students to learn from a wide range of ceramic techniques.Students learn everything about Southwestern pottery techniques including: gathering native clays, handbuilding, polishing, painting and open-air firing.Both oxidation and reduction firings are explored.Reduction firing achieves the shiny black-on-black made famous by Maria Martinez, while oxidation firing permits the many beautiful colors of pottery seen in the Southwest.From his work in modern ceramics, Michael has adapted many techniques to accommodate studio potters and sculptors. Students in his class will learn all they need to continue making Southwestern ceramics at home. Detailed schedule will be sent on request. All skill levels are welcome. Classes 9-6 daily (studio open 8-8). Tuition $325 plus studio fee $47.50. Contact Dick Bell (920-388-4391), Barnsite Art Studio & Gallery, 109 Duvall Street, Kewaunee, Illinois 54216.
SILVER CITY, NM: Fifth Annual "FIESTA DE LA OLLA"
The Mimbres Region Arts Council will hold two days of fiesta (formerly called "Mimbres, Paquimé & More") 10-5 p.m. in Gough Park with open pottery demonstrations by local and invited ceramic artists, pottery workshops for children and adults, dancing with Hispanic and Anglo bands, venders offering many kinds of cultural foods, and more. A good attendance is expected from sister-city Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, and Mata Ortiz. Good fun for all. Watch this Calendar for details as they develop. Contact Robin Hogan (505-534-1600) or the Mimbres Region Arts Council (505-538-2505 / 888-758-7289), Box 1830, Silver City, NM 88062www.mrac.cc
MILWAUKEE, WI: Opening of exhibition and pottery class
The Walker's Point Center for the Arts will celebrate the opening of an exhibition of Mata Ortiz ceramics (see above under "Exhibitions") with three days of events beginning with a Gallery Preview by invitation Thursday night to meet the artists and hear a talk by Spencer Heath MacCallum, who has played a role in the Mata Ortiz art movement since its beginning more than 25 years ago. On Friday the opening reception for the public will take place in the evening 6-9 p.m. as a part of Milwaukee's summer "Gallery Night." On Saturday afternoon there will be the exhibition, a parents-and-children pottery making class led by Mata Ortiz artists Hector Gallegos, Jr., and Laura Bugarini, and gallery walks and a slide talk on the beginning years of the Mata Ortiz art movement by Spencer MacCallum. Further details will be reported in the Calendar as they develop. Contact Linda Corbin-Pardee (414-672-2787), Executive Director, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, 907 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204-1345. www.wpca-milwaukee.org
August 10-16 2003
NUEVO CASAS GRANDES, CHIHUAHUA: Pottery workshop and seminar with Gregory Wood
Julián Hernández, principal of the Escuela Preparatoria Francisco Villa, and noted ArchaeoCeramist Gregory S. Wood will conduct at the Escuela a five-day, hands-on workshop, "Ancient Culture through Pottery: Mesa Verde to Mata Ortiz." Students will explore the similarities and differences between prehistoric Mesa Verde Anasazi and Casas Grandes (Paquimé) pottery types. Monday and Tuesday, Hernández will teach design and technology for creating and firing pottery like that of the ancient Paquimé culture. Wednesday and Thursday, utilizing native materials from the Four Corners region, Wood will teach hand forming, burnishing, decorating, and trench kiln firing of Anasazi black-on-white. Firing will take place Friday, unloading the Anasazi trench kiln early Saturday. Included will be field trips to clay sources, archaeological sites, museums, and the pottery village of Mata Ortiz.This course, which coincides with the week of the 2003 Pecos Archaeological Conference (see next below), will help participants gain an overall understanding of prehistoric potters, their art, trade and interrelationships and their adaptations to environment, materials and technology. Register by June 15th. Limit 20 people. All skill levels. Instruction in Spanish and English. $400 tuition includes instruction, materials, firings, field trips (meals and lodging not included). Most participants will gather Saturday evening in Deming, New Mexico for an early Sunday departure by car caravan 3 1/2 hours south to Nuevo Casas Grandes.Contact Gregory Wood (970-223-9081 Voice/Fax). Ancient Arts Pottery, PO Box 27, Masonville, CO 80541. info at AncientArts.org http://www.ancientarts.org/Mexico.htm
CASAS GRANDES, CHIH: Pecos Archaeological Conference
The Pecos Archaeological Conference will take place this year in Mexico at the Ancon Park on the Casas Grandes River approximately 35 minutes from the site of Paquimé. Sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) and the Centro Cultural Paquimé. Contact Roy "Ben" Brown () or Arqglo. José Luis Punzo Diaz (011-52-636-692-4140 tel/fax), Director, Museo de las Culturas del Norte, Centro Cultural Paquimé, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua CP 31850http://www.swanet.org/zarchives/pecos/2003/index.html
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO: Workshop Juan Quezada/Michael Wisner
Anderson Ranch Arts Center will again sponsor a ten-day intensive workshop with Juan Quezada and Michael Wisner. See a course description on Wisner's website, Southwestpottery.com. To work with these two artists in the Anderson Ranch setting is regarded as a special opportunity in the ceramics world (see Ceramic Monthly's November 1999 story on Wisner). This year's registration is now closed, but next year's catalog can be requestedfrom the Ranch (970-923-3181) or by visiting its website: www.andersonranch.org.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, COLORADO: Juan Quezada resident artist
Anderson Ranch Arts Center from time to time invites noteworthy artists to be guests in residence for as long as a two-month period. A recent ceramic artist was Takashi Nakazato, living national treasure of Japan and 13th generation Karatsu potter. Following in this fine tradition, Juan Quezada has been invited for the second year to be a resident artist and has accepted for the month of September, following his third annual workshop at the Ranch with Michael Wisner. (Note, this four-week period may be split upŃtwo weeks before and two weeks after his Aug 18-29 workshop.) Contact Doug Casebeer (970-923-6749), program director of ceramics and sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Box 5598, Snowmass Village, CO 81615.Michael Wisner (970-923-3091), Box 5493, Snowmass, CO 81615 http://southwestpottery.com
Sep 13-17 AZ State Museum Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
September 26 - October 5
SIERRA MADRE RANGE, CHIHUAHUA: Hiking and exploring expedition
Cathy and Marshall Giesey, of Fiesta Tours, have organized a ten-day expedition, "The Other Treasure of the Sierra Madres," that includes a full six days of hiking (horses available), camping and surveying caves and cliff dwellings, three of these days in the Cuarenta Casas ("Forty Houses") Canyon in the high Sierras west of Mata Ortiz and three in the vicinity of the Cueva de la Olla. A final day will be spent in Mata Ortiz, either visiting interesting archaeological sites in that area or enjoying the pottery. Although organized as a tour, this experience accompanied by University of Arizona archaeologist Sharon Urban differs so markedly from what is customarily called a "tour" that we're giving it independent billing as a Calendar event. For contact information, however, see under "Tours/Classes" below.
Oct 1-11 Cultural Arts Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
CASAS GRANDES, CHIH: Seventh Annual Gathering of Mata Ortiz Traders
This yearly gathering of all active traders includes by invitation members of what has come to be called the "Mata Ortiz extended family." This includes artists, collectors, museum personnel, gallery owners, writers, and others who are actively involved as friends of Mata Ortiz, plus honorary members who were involved in the past. The original intent, to foster community and communication among the traders, has thus been expanded. The program usually includes a speaker on a topic of interest followed by informal discussion of matters of common concern with a strong focus on the long-term well being of the village. The location in past years was at the Triangle-T Ranch adjacent to the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon AZ, east of Tucson. This year, however, we'll meet in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, which is approximately three hours south of the border on paved roads, whether crossing at Douglas, AZ or Columbus, NM. Casas Grandes is 45 minutes from Mata Ortiz. Most participants will arrive on Friday in good time to take part in the Saturday program (followed by a barbecue dinner) and leave after brunch Sunday. Interested persons are invited to contact Spencer or Emalie MacCallum (775-482-2038), Box 180, Tonopah NV 89049.sm at look.net
Oct 11-18 Cultural Arts Class (See under Tours/Classes)
LAKE TAHOE, CA: 3rd-Grade education project
Shelley Dale, artist, teacher and author of the recently released children's book, Juan Quezada, and Lorissa Boxer, two-way bilingual immersion teacher (TWBI) at the Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica, will give their popular presentation on formatting and creating lesson plans, identifying themes, trade books and other arts materials to meet state standards, at the Tri-Conference of the Mountain Plains Library Association, the Nevada Library Association and REFORMA. They will talk about format and methodology with specific examples, then do an arts lesson plan, hands on, using the lesson in Juan Quezada. Attendees will receive a bibliography and general thematic plan for one entire third-grade year.
Shelley and Lorissa say, "We're a traveling road show involving Mata Ortiz. The pen pal program we had going during the year (writing standards), the pottery methods the children learned (many paintbrushes were made too), the oral history (speaking, analyzing, listening), and the study of the geography of the Casas Grandes area all relate past to present and fit into third-grade standards. Plans include speaking at various library association meetings (dates to be announced) and school visits for educator or classroom workshops or author talks to kids at any classroom level. Their fee is reasonable and flexible. Contact Shelley Dale (310-899-9310), 900 Euclid Street, Santa Monica CA90403. www.normanbooks.com
Nov 13-16 Cultural Arts Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
January 9-10, 2004
CHIHUAHUA CITY, CHIHUAHUA: Archaeological Symposium
The Ninth Biennial Southwest Symposium will be held in Chihuahua City, Mexico, hosted by the Centro I.N.A.H., Chihuahua: "Archaeology Without Borders: Contact, Commerce and Change in the US Southwest and Northwest Mexico." Session proposals are being solicited and should be sent by June 1, posters by November 30. Registration info will be mailed in the fall. For information on the web, see: http://www.swanet.org/zarchives/swsymposium/2004_swsymposium.pdf. Contact co-organizers Michael E. Whalen (michael-whalen at utulsa.edu), Southwest Symposium Board Chairman, Dept. Anthropology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK 74104-3189, or Paul Minnis (minnis at ou.edu). See also:
Feb 13-16, 2004 Davisville Tour (See under Tours/Classes)
September 3 - November 27, 2004
LAS CRUCES, NM: Pottery exhibition and workshops
The Branigan Cultural Center (505-541-2155) is planning a Mata Ortiz pottery exhibition with two weekends ofworkshops at their fine arts facility. Details will be reported in the Calendar as they develop. Contact coordinator Sonny Melendrez (505-649-7074) or Joy Miller (505-541-2221), Exhibitions Curator, Branigan Cultural Center, 500 N. Water Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001-1224.
ALERT ALERT: Always confirm dates of events before finalizing
plans to attend. Kindly notify the Calendar of mistakes or changes.
NOTE: Here we attempt to track all new titles appearing within the last 12 months as well as any in preparation. The Selected Bibliography following these recent titles contains most of the classics in the literature. A comprehensive bibliography of more than 70 titles is available free upon request from The Mata Ortiz Calendar.
The Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico. Featuring the puzzle of oasis America: children of Kokopelli. Richard D. Fisher (Tucson: Sunracer Publications 2003).Rick Fisher has outdone himself in this edition of Copper Canyon with magnificent pictures, more than 100 in color and nearly as many in black-and-white, of the country and people from the Canyon northward to Mata Ortiz and enhanced by several scientific papers investigating the case for a stronger connection between Anasazi, Hohokam and Mesoamerica. Sponsored by the Government of Chihuahua, Secretary of Commercial and Tourism Development. ISBN # 0-9678907-0-5. Available for $20 postpaid from Sunracer Publications (520-882-5341 / Fax 4454), Box 86492, Tucson AZ 85754. www.coppercanyon.org
The Desert: 4,000 Years of Southwestern History as Told by its Art. Allan Hayes and John Blom, authors of (highly recommended) Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni (Flagstaff AZ: Northland 1999), are in the finishing stages of this, their latest book. Scheduled for release June 30 by Treasure Chest Books, Tucson, it will include a significant section on Mata Ortiz art. Contact Al or Carol Hayes (415-332-3489), 33 Spencer Ave., Sausalito CA 94965. al at hocadvertising.com
Talking Birds, Plumed Serpents and Painted Women: The Ceramics of Casas Grandes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. This beautifully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition by the same name held at the Tucson Museum of Art from December 14 to February 16 contains articles by curator Joanne Stuhr, Christine and Todd VanPool, John Ware, and Eduardo Gamboa. The exhibition features mainly ceramics and is the first to focus on the aesthetic contributions of the ancient Casas Grandes culture. It includes by way of comparison a small selection of contemporary work from Mata Ortiz loaned by the Arizona State Museum. The catalogue, 90 pages with approximately 60 illustrations, is available from the Museum Gift Shop for $35 or directly from the University of Arizona Press. Contact Joanne Stuhr (520-624-2333, Ext. 126), Curator, Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. jstuhr at tucsonart.com
Illustrated by the author, Shelley Dale, and available in Spanish or English, this superb children's picture book tells Juan Quezada's story in his own words. In the book, Grandfather Juan, Grandmother Guille and their grandson, Chato, make pottery while sharing Chato's favorite family story: how Juan re-invented the lost ceramic art of their area, shared his knowledge with family and neighbors, and created a better life for their village. The author is an arts educator and is available for classroom and workshop visits. The English version has a glossary for Spanish words used in the text, and both versions contain a map, history, reference and an art lesson plan that meet national education standards. The Spanish version has a bilingual art lesson. Forty pages, fully illustrated. Ages 4-12, Grades K-6. English hardcover ISBN 0-9708617-4-5, paperback 0-9708617-5-3; Spanish hardback ISBN 0-9708617-0-2, paperback 0-9708617-1-0. Either language hardback $16.95, paper $9.95. Order from Image Exchange, Att: Norman Books (888-982-2200 / fax 888-888-9576). For information email normanbooks at aol.com www.normanbooks.com
"Pottery of Mata Ortiz Evokes the Past," by Nathaniel Miller. Durango Herald, Durango, CO, December 16, 2002. Contains some nice description, e.g., "Quezada and his pupils and their pupils have the template - they perfected the ancient art form. But few, if any of them wish to remain in prehistory, artistically speaking. The works have spiraled out into uncharted territory as each potter seeks a personal stamp .."Go to http://www.durangoherald.com and search under "Arts & Entertainment" with key word "pottery."
"Potter Uses Old Method with New Touch," by Susan Broili. The Herald-Sun, Carrboro NC, September 19, 2002. An illustrated article about potter Coy Quakenbush, partly of Cherokee heritage, who has studied with Juan Quezada and Mike Wisner and teaches the Mata Ortiz methods of working clay at his home studio in Graham, North Carolina. http://heraldsun.com/features/54-268858.html.Coy Quakenbush (336-376-8584), CoyQuakenbush at aol.com
The Pot that Juan Built.
Nancy Andrews-Goebel writes and David Diaz, a Caldecott Award winner, illustrates this children's book about Juan Quezada and the pottery of Mata Ortiz, Mexico. A picture book for children of all ages, contains an afterword with photos by Michael Wisner to help adults expand on the story of Mata Ortiz pottery for young readers and listeners. Nancy Andrews-Goebel has been professionally involved in early childhood education for 25 years, teaching preschool through college. She and her husband have a home in Mata Ortiz, where they produced the documentary video, Mata Ortiz Pottery: An Inside Look.Available from Lee & Low Books, New York, (www.leeandlow.com), it retails for $16.95. ISBN 1584300388. A Spanish language edition is planned within a year. Contact Ron Goebel (805-995-2742), Goebel Imports, 772 S. Ocean Av, Cayucos CA 93430.ronaldgoebel at msn.com
"Discover Mata Ortiz," by Marjorie Lilly. Arizona Daily Star, July 28, 2002. Feature article, Travel Section. An informative introduction to Mata Ortiz. Illustrated.
"The Road to Mata Ortiz," by Kathleen Peelen Krebs. The DesertLeaf, July/August 2002, pages 34-38. A travel article about the Casas Grandes area with color photos of Mata Ortiz by the author. The DesertLeaf (520-881-5188), 3968 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., Tucson AZ 85712 info at desertleaf.com
"Miracle of Birth," by Vera Marie Badertscher. Highroads, July/Aug 2002, pages 24-27 (the Arizona AAA member magazine.) Better written and more informative than most popular articles. Although marred by some inaccuracies (e.g. confuses the nearby Mormon settlement of Col. Juarez with the city of Juarez on the Texas border; has the paved road ending 20 miles before the village instead of 12; calls electricity a "recent arrival" to the village whereas it was installed in 1975; and wrongly identifies Paquimé as "Toltec"), it includes superb photography by the author. The poetic title refers to the firing process.
Casas Grandes Pre-Columbian Pottery Decoded: Of Gods and Myths
Ernest H. Christman (Albuquerque NM: Tutorial Press 2002). This monumental and stimulating effort by a lay person to interpret the symbols on prehistoric Casas Grandes pottery, drawing on known Aztec iconography, contains more than a thousand color photographs. 208 pages, hardcover 8.5x11, ISBN 0-912329-16-5. $85 postpaid when payment accompanies order (wholesale discount schedule is available). Order from Amazon.com or directly from Tutorial Press, Inc. (505-296-8636 voice/fax), PO Box 11123, Albuquerque NM 87192.
"Juan Quezada's Mata Ortiz Pottery Discovered in Deming," by Marjorie Lilly. Desert Winds Magazine, Spring 2002, pages 16-18, four illustrations. An account of the beginnings of the Mata Ortiz pottery story. Immediately following is a two-page article by the same author, "Old Hacienda de San Diego."
"The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work," by Johnson, Grace and Spencer MacCallum. In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000 (published 2002). Included here is a chronological seriesof black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada from the Spencer H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of Juan Quezada's early painting style. Can be ordered from the Museum for $16.95 plus $2.50 shipping (.50 each additional over one). Contact Jessica Sullivan (619-239-2001), Manager, Museum Gift Shop.
1997 "Working with Juan Quezada," Ceramics Monthly 45:4 (April). A descriptive account of learning Quezada's clay methods at a workshop at the Zen Mountain Center, home of Tom Fresh in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild, CA. Available from Ceramics Monthly (614-523-1660), Box 6102, Westerville OH 43086-6102. (Single copies $9 postpaid in the U.S., subscription $28.)
2000 "Ancient Art Reborn," a collection of articles in the Travel Section of the San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, January 31, 2000. For this work, travel editor Alison DaRosa was awarded the prestigious San Diego Press Club Award for "Best Travel Piece," the (international) Pacific-Asia Travel Association Award, and the United States' most prestigious travel journalism award, the Lowell Thomas Gold Award, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers. The articles were picked up by many newspapers nationwide at the time and were later featured in the Travel Section of the San Francisco Chronicle for Sunday, November 14th.
2000 "The Art of Innovation," in the Arts Section for April, The World & I Magazine, monthly publication of the Washington Times. Article based on an interview with Michael Wisner. Single copies of the magazine available for $10.50 by writing to 3400 New York Ave., Washington DC 20002, or calling Customer Service 800-822-2822. The article can be viewed on their website, www.worldandi.com, for a $3 fee for a one-day pass to their Online Edition.
Fomento Cultural Banamex
1999 Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular Mexicano. Candida Fern‡ndez de Calder—n and Alberto Sarmiento, eds. (Mexico City: Fomento Cultural Banamex) Juan Quezada is included in this definitive illustrated reference book on contemporary Mexican popular artists and their work. Although some consider that much of Mata Ortiz art transcends the category of popular art, few Mexicans and a minority of Americans as yet accept ceramics into the category of contemporary fine art. For a contrary view, see the foreword to the exhibition catalog, Crossing Borders /Transcending Categories: Contemporary Art from Mata Ortiz, Mexico, by Stuart A. Ashman, director of Santa Fe's Museum of Fine Arts, and an essay in the same publication by University of New Mexico art professor Bill Gilbert, "The Village of Mata Ortiz." Grandes Maestros is available in English as Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art. $59.50 from Amazon.com
2000 "The Village of Mata Ortiz," in Crossing Borders / Transcending Categories: Contemporary Artfrom Mata Ortiz, Mexico, catalog of the summer 2000 exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM. This important, 8-page essay asks where Mata Ortiz art fits in the Americanartmarket and suggests that it is best categorized as contemporary fine art. The catalog includes a foreword by Museum of Fine Arts director Stuart A. Ashman, an introduction by Joseph Traugott, the Museum's Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, and 24 color plates. Paper cover, text in Spanish and English. Out of print.
1999 The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Five Barrios, Seven Families (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Art Museum with ExhibitsUSA). This catalog for the traveling exhibition of the same name (September 1999 thru August 2001) is more than a catalog; it is an important book in its own right. It follows the format of the catalog of the 1995 UNM Art Museum show also curated by Bill Gilbert, The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Transforming a Tradition.The only visual distinction between these two besides the different subtitle is color; the earlier is a distinctive green, this a distinctive blue. It would be easy, therefore, to mistake this for a reprint or revision of the former, which it is not. The book focuses on the recognizable stylistic differences among the neighborhoods and pottery families of Mata Ortiz and contains genealogical trees for seven of the best known pottery families, showing generational relationships for 111 artists. Text in Spanish and English, 64 pages,many black-and-white illustrations of artists and village, 36 in color of the ceramic art. Order from University of New Mexico Art Museum (505-277-4001 / 7315 Fax), Center for the Arts #1017, UNM, Albuquerque NM 87131. Paper $22.95 (ISBN 0-944282-21-0). Discounts 2-4 copies 20%, 5-20 copies 30%, 21-50 copies 40%, 51-100 copies 50%, 100+ copies 55%. Expected to remain in print for another year.guts at unm.edu
1999 "The Alchemy of Clay," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 36-45. One of six articles in this number of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.
1995 "Mata Ortiz: Traditions and Innovations," Ceramics Monthly 43:10 (December), pp 51-56.
1995 "Juan Quezada, Mexican Potter," The Studio Potter 24:1 (December). Edited transcript of a thoughtful interview with Juan Quezada.
1995 The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Transforming a Tradition. Catalog of an exhibition curated by the author at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque NM. A scholarly evaluation of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. Many photographs in black-and-white and color plus 18 color plates illustrating the work of the 18 artists represented; University of New Mexico Art Museum. Out of print.guts at unm.edu
"Dialects of Clay," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 52-79. A good survey of the emerging village styles. One of six articles in this issue of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.
Johnson, Grace and Spencer MacCallum
2000 "The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work." In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000. Included here is a chronological series of black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada from the Spencer H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of Juan Quezada's early painting style.
1980 "Juan Quezada: Potter in a New Tradition," Ceramics Monthly, September, pages 50-57. Available on-line in Spanish translation at: http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Cafe/6895/mataortiz.htm
2000 "Treasure of Mata Ortiz," Stanford, May/June 2000, pp 81-83. A well-written account of Stanford alumnus Walter Parks' involvement in the Mata Ortiz phenomenon, with photographs by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.
1999 "The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz," in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books 1999), pages 15-79. This volume is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz, an eye-catching book (208 pages 9" x 11" with 260 color illustrations) which reflects this brilliant new art tradition from numerous different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X). Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
Lowell, Susan, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner
1999 The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books). This is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. An eye-catching book of 208 pages 9 x 11 with 260 color illustrations, it reflects this brilliant new art tradition from different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X). Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
MacCallum, Spencer H.
2000 With Grace Johnson. "The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work." In San Diego Museum of Man, From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000. Included here is a chronological series of black-and-white photos of 135 pots by Juan Quezada, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of his early painting style.
2000 "Reflections on Juan Quezada Celado--The Man and the Artist,"
In The Best of Mexico's Copper Canyon 2000. Sunracer Publications
Tucson AZ 85754.
1999 "Mata Ortiz: A Ceramic Renaissance," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp
20-35. With Walter P. Parks.
1998 Introduction to Sandra S. Smith, Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
1994 "Chronology and Perspective on the Mata Ortiz Phenomenon," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 5-23. Introduction to this number of Kiva, featuring five papers devoted to Mata Ortiz pottery. Although stingy with photos, this number of Kiva is the best available source for detailed information about the early history of the potters and their techniques. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from the author (775-482-2039)sm at look.net
1994 "Pioneering an Art Movement in Northern Mexico," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 71-91. One of five papers in this number of Kiva which is devoted entirely to Mata Ortiz pottery. An account of the early development of the pottery and of many specific innovations of the various potters. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from the author (775-482-2039)sm at look.net
1981 "A Story of Three Pots: Juan Quezada and the New Palanganas Pottery Tradition," NCECA Journal (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) vol.2 no.1. An informative account of the pottery movement, techniques, and Juan Quezada's demonstrating at the 1980 NCECA Conference, where he successfully fired a pot outdoors in a driving rain.
1979 "An Odyssey Complete and Continuing" in Juan Quezada and the New Tradition (catalog of a traveling exhibition). The Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton CA. An early, detailed account by the person who in 1976 discovered Juan Quezada and over the next six years gradually introduced him to the art world. Includes an article by Charles Di Peso, "Roots of the New Tradition: Prehistory of the Casas Grandes Valley ," plus 21 black-and-white and 12 color plates. Out of print.
1978 "Ceramic Revival in the Casas Grandes Valley," Masterkey 52:2 (April-June). Southwest Museum, Highland Park, Los Angeles CA. An early, informative account of the potters and their pottery-making techniques with photographs of the work of each of the potters working at that time. Reprints $4 from the author (775-482-2039) sm at look.net
1977 "A Ceramic Arts Revival," American Indian Art Magazine, vol.3 no.1. An account of the discovery of Juan Quezada with outstanding photographs in color of his very early work.
Parks, Walter P.
1999 "Mata Ortiz: A Ceramic Renaissance," Artes de Mexico No. 45, pp 20-35. One of six articles in this number of Mexico's premier art magazine. The entire number is devoted to the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. $29.95 plus $4 shipping from Lomas Publishing, Box 40730, Tucson AZ 85717; phone 520-578-3008 or fax 520-908-8807.
1999 "The Potters of Mata Ortiz," Southwest Art (December). This is Parks' foreword to The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz attractively reproduced as an article with excellent illustrations. Order copies (singles $5, yearly subscription $32.) from Southwest Art (877-212-1938), Box 420235, Palm Coast FL 32142-0235.
1993 The Miracle of Mata Ortiz: Juan Quezada and the Potters of Northern Chihuahua. Riverside CA: The Coulter Press. This remains the definitive history of the Mata Ortiz pottery phenomenon. Paperback ISBN 0-9637655-0-7. Single copy $19.95 plus $2.25 shipping. Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558, Fax 624-5888; long-distance 800-969-9558, Fax 800-715-5888), PO Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
Price, William F.
1994 "Through a Mother's Eyes: A Conversation with Do–a Paulita," Kiva, The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History 60:1 (fall), 5-23. One of five papers in this number of Kiva which is devoted entirely to Mata Ortiz pottery. A charming transcript of a conversation with the mother of Juan Quezada. Although stingy with photos, this number of Kiva is the best source of detailed information about the early history of the potters and their techniques. Copies of the Journal $10 postpaid from Spencer MacCallum (775-482-2039)sm at look.net
Quintana Rodr’guez, Jorge and Jim Hills
1999 "The Potters," in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books 1999), pages 81-185. This volume is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. An eye-catching book (208 pages 9" x 11"with 260 color illustrations), it reflects this brilliant new art tradition from numerous different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X).Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
Smith, Sandra S.
1998 Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Introduction by Spencer MacCallum. A beautifully designed little book of 65 pages (5 1/2" x 6 1/2") with 36 duotones of village scenes and portraits of potters faced by verbatim quotes in Spanish (with English translation) from the artists about their life and work. Prepared to accompany the photographic exhibit of the same name (see immediately below under "Miscellany"). Available from the University of Arizona Press (voice/fax 800-426-3797), 1230 N. Park Avenue, Tucson AZ 85719. Single copy $10.95 + $3 shipping (ISBN 0-8165-1891-2).orders at uapress.arizona.edu
1999 "The Spirit to Learn and the Spirit to Teach," Ceramics Monthly 47:9 (November). This article, substantially written by Michael Wisner, is one of the finest technical pieces yet published on Mata Ortiz pottery and is certain to remain a classic. Also in this issue is a review of The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz. Write to Box 6102, Westerville OH 43086-6102, or call 614-523-1660. (Single copies $9 postpaid in the U.S., subscription $28.)
1999 "The Ceramic Technology of Mata Ortiz," in The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz by Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Walter Parks, Jorge Quintana and Michael Wisner (Tucson: Treasure Chest Books 1999), pages 187-197. This volume is the definitive treatment of the ceramic art of Mata Ortiz. An eye-catching book (208 pages 9" x 11"with 260 color illustrations), it reflects this brilliant new art tradition from different perspectives and describes the work of more than 100 ceramic artists. Reviewed in the November 1999 American Indian Art Magazine and also in Ceramics Monthly (47:9). Paper $29.95 (ISBN 1-887896-08-2); Cloth $50 (ISBN 1-887896-18-X).Order from Treasure Chest Books (520-623-9558 or fax 624-5888; Long-distance phone 800-969-9558 or fax 800-715-5888), Box 5250, Tucson AZ 85703-0250.
Juan Quezada's most recent lithograph, Amanecer(Daybreak), was pulled in July 1999 by Tamarind printer Catherine Chauvin in a limited edition of 125 which is now 70 percent sold. Juan Quezada has indicated more satisfaction with this than with any of his previous prints. Retrospective in feeling, it combines images reminiscent of his earliest source of inspiration, prehistoric Casas Grandes painted pottery, with contemporary images. Among the latter, a sunburst breaking over the mountain gives the print its name. For availability, contact Michael Wisner, Box 5493, Snowmass CO 81615; Voice 970-923-3091;mikewiz at earthlink.net http://southwestpottery.com. For information about other prints, contact Dr. Richard O'Connor (619-297-7878) in San Diego, CA.OCORI at aol.com
Portraits of Clay: Potters of Mata Ortiz. An exhibit of 54 black-and-white photographs by Sandra S. Smith of scenes of the village and of potters working. Available for museums or galleries as a stand-alone or to supplement a pottery exhibition. Each photo, framed in lucite and ready to hang, is accompanied by a short text in English and Spanish. Wherever the photograph is of a potter, the text is a quotation from the artist about his or her life and work. A beautifully designed little book of 65 pages (5 1/2" x 6 1/2"), published in 1997 with an introduction by Spencer H. MacCallum, is available to serve as a catalog for the exhibit. For ordering information on the book, see listing under "Selected Bibliography" above. Regarding the exhibit, contact Sandra Smith (520-888-0320), 5322 N. Foothills Drive, Tucson AZ 85718ssmith321 at earthlink.net
Fisher, Richard D.
2000 A promotion of the author's Mexico's Copper Canyon (which see above) with appealing life story of Tarahumara violin maker and leader, Patracinio Lopez . http://www.coppercanyon.org
1996 "The Potters of Mata Ortiz," OneWorld Magazine, the cultural and environmental information magazine of the Envirolink Network. Text adapted from the author's 1994 ethnographic video of the same name (which see below under "CDs and Videocassettes"). Well written and sparely but superbly illustrated. Contact Laura Jaurequi (Fax 512-451-3879), editor, OneWorld Magazine, PO Box 49934, Austin TX 78751oneworld at envirolink.org
2001 "The Potters of Mata Ortiz: Transforming a Tradition." A traveling exhibition toured by ExhibitsUSA, at the Museum in Peoria Illinois, Nov 4, 2000 - Jan 7, 2001. http://www.lakeviewmuseum.org/pastexhibits/potters.html
2000 "The Power of Clay: A Report to My Friends." Coast Views Magazine, November. Personal account of a workshop with Juan Quezada in the Sierra Madre Mountains near Mata Ortiz. Contact: Janetta Roach (650-726-0307), editor, Coast Views Magazine, PMB 507, 80Q N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. coastviews at aol.com
http://www.coastviewsmag.com [Search, then click on title.]
Sharp, Jay W.
2000 "On the Way to Paquimé," DesertUSA Magazine (August), a monthly internet-based magazine. The best overview of the archaeology of Paquimé we've seen, and entertainingly written. Contact DesertUSA (858-673-6001, Fax 858 673 6007), Digital West Media Inc., 16855 West Bernardo Dr, Suite 240, San Diego, CA 92127. feedback at desertusa.com http://www.desertusa.com/zarchive/indexaug00.html
Taylor, Ron, Jim Budde, and BSU Art Students
2001 "Mata Ortiz Potters." Illustrated account of a Lydia Quezada and Rito Talavera ceramic workshop at Boise State University, Boise ID, October 4-5, 2001.Published by the Treasure Valley Community College Art Department.
University of Dallas
1998 "Juan Quezada & Harding Black," a show and demonstration by Juan Quezada created for the annual conference of the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Introductory text, "Juan Quezada," by Bill Gilbert.
VanPool, Christine S., Rafael Cruz Antill—n, Robert D. Leonard, Gordon F.A. Rakita, and Todd L. VanPool
1999 Field Guide to the Ceramic Types of the Casas Grandes Region. University of New Mexico. Illustrates and describes the various prehistoric pottery types. http://www.unm.edu/~paquime/ceramics/fieldguide.html
CDs / Videocassettes
Mata Ortiz Pottery
An interactive CD by David George Lucas containing images, movies, text and music. This CD conveys a feeling for the village of Mata Ortiz and explains the distinctive approach of the Mata Ortiz artists to making, painting and firing pottery. Especially appropriate for art education programs. Runs on Windows or Apple computers and contains a Quicktime installer, if needed, to view the four movies showing the pottery-making process. Available at $19.95 plus $3 shipping ($9.95 postpaid when ordering six or more) from Gallery West (360-734-8414 / 671-5915 Fax), 1300 12th St, Bellingham WA 98225, or from www.bookservices.com/pottery.pottery at bookservices.com
Mata Ortiz Now
Bill Gilbert, associate professor of art at the University of New Mexico, made this educational video documentary in 2001 especially for ceramic programs and museum exhibitions. Rich, beautiful and informative, it focuses on how pottery making spread out from Juan Quezada to the rest of the village and how different families developed their own recognizable styles. Besides excellent footage of every aspect of the pottery process, it includes interviews with many of the artists in which they discuss their current style and its relationship to the prehistoric style of Casas Grandes. Featured artists include Juan Quezada, Nicol‡s Quezada, Lydia Quezada, Reynaldo Quezada, Macario Ortiz, Eduardo Ortiz, Nicol‡s Ortiz and Hortencia Ortega, Hector Gallegos and Graciela Mart’nez, Roberto Banuelos & Maria de los Angeles Lopez, Humberto Ponce and Blanca Almeida, César Dom’nguez and Gabriela Almeida, Damian Quezada and Elvira Antillon, Eli Navarrete, Leonel L—pez, Mart’n Cota, Manuel Rodr’guez, Andrés Villalba. Running time 27 minutes. Copies now available for $30 plus $4 shipping from Bill Gilbert (505-473-2819), 3358C Highway 14, Cerrillos, NM 87010. gilnel at earthlink.net
The Potters of Mata Ortiz
The classic video filmed by Barbara Goffin in 1994, now in its second edition, is available in Spanish or English. Running time is 47 minutes. This appealing film by a professional potter who has built her home near Mata Ortiz, narrates the story of how pottery making began and spread in the village. Especially good on pottery technique. $30 plus $3.50 shipping ($50 for public performance) from Barbara Goffin, c/o Jill Padua (845-252-3043), 78 Kirk Road, Narrowsburg NY 12764. Or contact Barbara Goffin by phone (011-52-636-699-0091) or email: barbaramex55 at hotmail.com
Mata Ortiz Pottery: An Inside Look
This 1997 video of Mata Ortiz and its artists by Ron Goebel has popular appeal. It romanticizes the subject matter by including Flamenco dancing without identifying that it is atypical of the village. Nevertheless it is attractive and informative. Juan Quezada and other artists comment on their art and on life in Mata Ortiz. Reviewed in Ceramics Monthly, Jan 1998. Running time 35 minutes. $29.95 plus $3 shipping from Ron Goebel & Nancy Andrews (Voice/Fax 805-995-2742), 772 South Ocean, Cayucos CA 93430. ronaldgoebel at msn.com http://www.mataortizpottery.com
Filmed by Bill (William F.) Price in 1982, and thus uniquely interesting as a record of Juan Quezada's early method of pottery making (painting when the clay is wet), this documentary is intended for schools but has much broader appeal. Available in English, Spanish or Japanese. Reviewed in Ceramics Monthly in September 2000 and in kerameiki techni (The International Ceramic Art Review) in March 2001. VHS format. Running time 15 minutes. $30 plus $5 shipping/handling (checks okay but not set up for credit cards) from Bill Price (818-753-3856), La Luz Productions, Inc., 6210 Simpson Av, North Hollywood CA 91606wf_price at yahoo.com
Clay Artists of Mata Ortiz
A good 30-minute video documentary of the Mata Ortiz art phenomenon, showing village and family life and techniques of the potters. Aired in February 2001 as an episode (Program #1103) in "The Desert Speaks" series produced byKUAT-TV, Tucson,AZ, in cooperation with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Arizona chapter of the Nature Conservancy. The episode may be picked up at any time by other PBS stations throughout the country, but not even the producer knows in advance when or where. The only advice is to be alert and watch local listings to see if it shows up in your area (you could also contact your local station, promote the episode and ask if and when they will air it). The video can be purchased from KUAT-TV, in Tucson for $18.95 postpaid by calling the station at 800-841-5923.
Edited by Dick O'Connor
Here is news of the growing number of anthropological studies of the region and particularly of the archaeology of the prehistoric culture of Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Valley whose ceramics attracted the attention of Juan Quezada and inspired the modern development of ceramic art in Mata Ortiz.
Robert Estes, doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of New Mexico, is studying the organization of production and pottery standardization in Mata Ortiz. This ethnoarchaeological study of pottery production in the village will test the models and methods archaeologists' use to reconstruct prehistoric production organization and, by extension, prehistoric economic organization. Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131; 505-277-6570W, 246-8530H restes at unm.edu
Kiara Hughes, doctoral candidate in ethnology at the University of New Mexico, is studying the ways women's participation in the household production of pottery in Mata Ortiz has affected their personal, economic and artistic autonomy. 1733 Griegos Road, Albuquerque NM 87107hughes at unm.edu
A symposium, Future Directions: The Archaeology of Northwest Mexico, was held April 6, 2000 at the Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in Philadelphia. 26 participants presented 14 papers, several relating directly to Paquimé (Casas Grandes). The papers will be published. Contact Assoc. Prof. Robert D. Leonard, Dept of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM 87131rleonard at unm.edu
Theodore R. Frisbie, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, presented a paper at the recently held Sixth Annual Occasional Anasazi Symposium, "The Chaco Phenomenon and the Mesoamerican Pochteca: New Evidences and Redefining Old Thoughts."The abstract of this paper reads: "The presence of Mesoamerican long-distance traders ("Pochteca") as the Chaco Phenomenon motivating force has had a long history within the annals of Anasazi archaeology. However, the small group of supporters have had little impact on the great majority of Southwestern archaeologists who claim the evidence is non-conclusive, highly speculative, etc. Recent and on-going research conclusively demonstrate a plethora of highly specific artifacts (previously not considered) and associated behavioral correlates are present to strongly substantiate the notion of Pochtecan presence. When combined with dental features reported by the Turners and other recent data, the case becomes even stronger." Web site: http://www.cyberport.com/animasceramic/anasazisymp/home.html
Phillips, David A., Jr.
2002Archeology of northwest Mexico: A bibliography
http://www.unm.edu/~paquime/bibliography/nwmhome.htmlAn essential reference for anyone interested in the archaeology of northwest Mexico and especially Chihuahua.
Moulard, Barbara L.
2002Recreating the Word: Painted Ceramics of the Prehistoric Southwest. A beautifully crafted art book illustrating the collection of prehistoric Pueblo pottery of Santa Fe painter William Schenk, with a thought provoking text containing original insights into Pueblo prehistory. 240 pages, 10"x11"ISBN 0-9719150-0-8. $85 + shipping from Schenck Southwest Publishing (505-438-8350, Fax 424-8655), 268 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507-4315http://schencksouthwest.com
Skibo, James M., Eugene B. McCluney and William H. Walker
2002The Joyce Well Site: On the Frontier of the Casas Grandes World.
Located in the southwest corner of New Mexico approximately 10.5 km north of the international line, Joyce Well is a Pueblo ruin of an estimated 200 rooms. One of a number of Animas Phase villages in the boot heel area, it lies on the northern periphery of the Casas Grandes sphere. Eugene McCluney investigated the site in 1963, but his preliminary report was never published. James Skibo and William Walker carried out excavations in 1999-2000.This book contains both McCluney's preliminary report and the results of the recent studies. Joyce Well possesses many Casas Grandes characteristics, such as shared polychrome style ceramics, scooped metates, adobe pueblos, T-shaped doors, platform hearths, and similar rock art. This book furthers investigation of the Casas Grandes culture at sites removed from Paquimé, where most studies have been concentrated previously, and represents a significant addition to the literature. Order for $35 plus $5.95 shipping from the University of Utah Press (800-773-6672), 1795 E. South Campus Drive, Suite 101, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9402. (Used copies available from Amazon.com from $23)
Di Peso, Charles
1974 Casas Grandes: A Fallen Trading Center of the Gran Chichimeca. Flagstaff AZ: Northland Press. Edited by Gloria J. Fenner, illustrated by Alice Wesche. 8 volumes. The official report of the excavations of the ruins of Paquimé, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, 1959-1961. The first three volumes contain text, the last five data and additional commentary. In addition to its reputation as a classic archaeological report, Alice Wesche's rich and whimsical illustrations make the first three volumes a book collector's delight. (Out of print, but among the best book searchers in the business is Ruth Kern 800-429-5075.)
Fisher, Richard D., Ed.
2000 History of Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Indians.A historical anthology containing excerpts from Carl Lumholtz' Unknown Mexico (1890), Grant Shepherd's Silver Magnet (Shepherd grew-up in 1880 Batopilas), and two full-color sections by Richard D. Fisher, photographer and editor. The works by Lumholtz and Shepherd are historical classics on Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Indians. Soft cover, 107 pp.,$19.95 plus $2.00 shipping from Sunracer Publications, PO Box 86492, Tucson AZ 85754.sunracer at theriver.com[See also under "On-Line Features."]
Goodwin, Grenville and Neil
2000 The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey. University of Nebraska Press. A fascinating record of a search for the last remaining Apache bands in the Sierra Madre west of and in the general vicinity of Casas Grandes. $35 hardcover, $13.56 softcover, from Amazon.com.
Lekson, Stephen H.
1999 The Chaco Meridian: Centers of Political Power in the Ancient Southwest.Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Altamira Press (Rowman & littlefield). Fascinating and engagingly written, this is a "must" for anyone interested in Paquimé and Southwest/Mesoamerican relationships. 240 pages, illustrations. Available for $23.95 paper or $62 hard cover, plus $4 shipping for the first copy and $1 for each additional copy, from the publisher (800-462-6420) at 15200 NBN Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.
2001 "Meridian Addendum." Unpublished working draft of a paper available on request from the "Mata Ortiz Calendar."Thought provoking, it contains important new insight on the author's Chaco Meridian hypothesis. The author invites comment.
PRO AND CON re: the "Meridian Hypothesis"
Phillips, Jr., David A. (dap at unm.edu), and Elizabeth Arwen Bagwell (bagwell at unm.edu), "How Big was Paquimé?" Poster presentation, 66th Annual Meeting, Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, April 19, 2001. Text of the article is found at www.unm.edu/~dap/howbig/howfront.htm
ABSTRACT: Paquimé (or Casas Grandes) may have been the most important prehistoric center in northwest Mexico. Most archaeologists accept the published description of Paquimé's site core as two massive room blocks flanking a plaza. Other evidence suggests, however, that the site core was a single room block -- and that the site's population was much smaller than the excavation report indicates. As such, Paquimé would be typical of the Mimbres-Casas Grandes region, rather than exceptional. The authors explore these conflicting perspectives by comparing maps of the site, including by creating overlays of the maps."
Phillips, David A., Jr., "The Chaco Meridian: A Skeptical Analysis." Text of the article is found at www.unm.edu/~dap/meridian/cmtext.htmThis also contains Lekson's rebuttal.
ABSTRACT: Stephen Lekson's new book Chaco Meridian, based in part on an award-winning SAA poster presentation, argues that a single prehistoric elite consciously placed the centers of Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruin, and Paquimé on the same meridian of longitude. A detailed review of spatial, temporal, and other data indicate that Lekson's hypothesis is incorrect.
San Diego Museum of Man
2001 From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes.
San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March 26, 2000. Included here is a chronological seriesof black-and-white photos of 135 Juan Quezada pots from the Spencer H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and 1979, showing the development of his early painting style. The volume contains eight papers: Robert Estes, From Agriculture to Art and Industry: The Changing Economy of Mata Ortiz and Its Material Correlates; Mitch Hendrickson, Lost Pots and Untold Tales: A Stylistic Recontextualization of Chihuahuan Polychrome Jars from North American Museum Collections; Kiara Hughes, Crafting and Keeping Tradition: Women in the Production of Mata Ortiz Pottery; by Stephen Lekson, Chaco, Aztec, and Paquimé: Centers of Political Power in the Ancient Southwest; Spencer MacCallum and Grace Johnson, The Research Pottery Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His Work; Arthur MacWilliams, Beyond the Reach of Casas Grandes: Archaelogy in Central Chihuahua; Maria Sprehn, Body Art in the Casas Grandes World; and Christine VanPool, Birds, Burials, and Beliefs at Paquimé (containing 17 photos of Paquimé bird-effigy pots). ISBN 0-937808-77-6. Price $16.95 plus $2.50 for shipping first book, 50˘ each additional (California residents add $1.31 sales tax). Order from the San Diego Museum of Man (619-239-2001), 1350 El Prado San Diego CA 92101.
Sharp, Jay W.
2000 "On the Way to Paquimé," DesertUSA Magazine (August). The best overview of the archaeology of Paquimé we've see, and entertainingly written. [See under "On-Line Features."]
2002 "Flight of the Shaman," Archaeology Jan/Feb, pp. 40-43. This (abridged) paper on Casas Grandes iconography analyzes Casas Grandes male effigies that are smoking and relates the smokers to human and human/bird images painted on Casas Grandes pottery. Layout and illustrations are excellent and include some fine photos of effigies smoking tobacco. The cover picture of the magazine is from the article.
Whalen, Michael E. and Paul E. Minnis
2001 Casas Grandes and Its Hinterlands: Prehistoric Regional Organization in Northwest Mexico (Tucson: University of Arizona Press). Described as the first major alternative to Charles DiPeso's hypothesis, this book offers a new model for the rise and fall of Casas Grandes, now recognized to have been the largest and most complex community in the Puebloan world. ISBN 0-8165-2097-6. Hard cover, 300 pages, 9 halftones and 52 line illustrations. $45 plus shipping from the University of Arizona Press (520-621-2211).www.uapress.arizona.edu
NOTE: We offer here a selection of some 30 web sites that feature Mata Ortiz art, divided into gallery and non-gallery. A comprehensive list of twice that many is available free upon request from The Mata Ortiz Calendar atsm at look.net>
1118 Washington Ave., Golden CO 80401 info at arrowheadgallery.com
Owner: Rose Anne Jones (303-271-0570) raj at arrowheadgallery.com
Binley Mata Ortiz Pottery
255 Hillside Place, El Cajon, CA 92021
Owners: Elliott and Sylvia Binley (619-447-7398) binley at home.com
Fine Mexican Ceramics Art Gallery
2203 Timberloch Place, Suite 100, #109, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Owner: May Herz (281-362-8557) may at mexicanceramic.com
Fine Pueblo Pottery
3632 Cambridge Court, Pleasanton CA 94588
Owner: Tony Gonis (925-462-5794) gonis at attbi.com
Galer’a Mata Ortiz
Lazaro Cardenas 268-A, Col. Emiliano Zapata 48300, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Owners: Claudia Lovera and Alejandro ("Alex") Martinez (011-52-322-222-7407;
Cell in Puerto Vallarta 044-330-38788) clalex at pvnet.com.mx
Galeria de Ollas
United States: 647-G Street,San Diego CA 92101; Voice/Fax 858-578-8113
ussales at galeriadeollas.com Gdeollas at san.rr.com
Mexico: (1)Morelos 101, Local 3B, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco CP48300
Voice 011-52-322-31045info at galeriadeollas.com
(2)ParadisePlaza, Local J12 (second floor), Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco CP48300
info at galeriadeollas.com
Owner: Ron Schneider (858-578-7809) RSchneid at san.rr.com
Galer’a Pérez Meill—n
Blvd Costero y Castillo #1094-39, Centro Artesanal de Ensenada
C.P. 22800 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
(U.S. mail: 416 W. San Ysidro Blvd #L-947, San Ysidro CA 92173)
Owner: Adalberto Pérez Meill—n (011-52-646-174-0394)adalbertopm at hotmail.com
Galer’a de Tomas
624 S. Oneida Way, Denver CO 80224
Owner: Thomas Latourrette (303-832-3638) tlatourrette at yahoo.com
1300 12th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Owner: Dave Lucas (360-734-8414; Fax 671-5915)pottery at bookservices.com
PO Box 109, Bent NM 88314
Owners: Sherry/Dan Fannell (505-671-4368) gypsy at lookingglass.net
Jewels of Clay
WWI Associates, 13793 E. Lupine Av, Scottsdale AZ 85259info at jewelsofclay.com
Owner: Honey Levin (480-661-9628, Fax 480-661-4923) jewelsofclay at msn.com
King Galleries, Inc.
Leona King Gallery, 7171 Main Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Owner: Sam King (800-227-2589; fax 480-481-0207) lkg at kinggalleries.com
Mata Ortiz Artisans Group
Owner: (801-358-8979)info at ortizpots.com pottery at ortizpots.com
Mata Ortiz Pots
725 S. Nardo #J4, Solano Beach CA 92075
Owners: David/Tara Gordon (858-509-9524, fax 1314) dgord3 at cox.net
info at mataortizpots.com
Mata Ortiz Pottery
10378 Kellogg St, El Paso TX 79924
Owner: Jim Pace (915-821-6676) jimbiz at elp.rr.com
Nuestra Tierra Gallery
Owners: Charles/Nidia Nelson (650-726-6559, 888-992-0008),
604 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 nidia at nutierra.com
Old Town Gallery
2 W. Route 66, Flagstaff AZ 86001
Owner: Wallace Blanchard (520-774-7770, Fax774-7859) otg at flagstaff.az.us
RhoDesigns - Ethnographic Artifacts, Textiles, Pottery, Paintings
833 17th Street #7, Santa Monica CA 90403
Owner: Rhoda Lurie (310-828-8851, Fax 5611)rhoda at rhodesigns.com
30 Little Green Circle, Sedona AZ 86351
Owner: Matt Wolf (800-462-8536)sedonawolf at aol.com
Sierra Madre Trading Company
PO Box 92016, Long Beach CA 90809-2016
Owners: Ed and Arthela Cummings (562-598-6615 Voice/Fax: 9-3 p.m. PST
treasures at sierramadretrading.com
656 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Owners: Cheryl Ingram and Diane Olson (800-562-2036) silver at roadrunner.com
3180 Vista Sandia, Santa Fe NM 87501
Owners: Challis and Arch Thiessen (505-984-3216, 800-348-9273, Fax 986-0765)
sunshine at sunshinestudio.com Appraisals
323 Romero NW, Suites 2-4, Albuquerque NM 87104
Owners: Tom and Laura Baker (505-247-2242, 800-444-2242)
tbaker at tannerchaney.com
[Website under construction]
7017 McNutt Rd, Anthony NM 88021
Owners: Jim and Dian Bruemmer (505-589-0801) Matapot at aol.com
Tribes: Carmel CA (831-625-5100)
Line Camp Gallery: Santa Fe, NM(505-455-3600)
art1 at cybermesa.com
PO Box 1073, Tularosa, NM 88352
Owner: Larry Deming (505-585-2922 / 2727 Fax)
larryd at zianet.com
West SouthWest Gallery
257 Fillmore St, Denver CO 80206
Owners: Dudley/Ronda Smith (303-321-4139 / Fax 8499 / toll-free 866-770-7069)
info at westsouthwest.com
Mata Ortiz October 6-13, 2002
Desert Sol Studio, 937 W. 15th Ave, Apache Junction, AZ 85220
Owners: Chelby/Kevin Geiss (480-071-8763)chelby at desertsol.com
Comment: Excellent photographs of the village and pottery making
Michael Wisner Pottery
Owner: Michael Wisner (Voice/Fax 970-923-3091) Box 5493, Snowmass CO 81615mikewiz at earthlink.net michael at southwestpottery.com
Comment: The leading Mata Ortiz technologist and artist in the United States
HCO 1 Box 1050, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Owner: Tony Soares (760-366-0224) Tony at Ollaman.com
Comment: Not about Mata Ortiz, but interesting.
Rancho Sierra Madre - Escuela de los Artes
Owners: Jim and Jo Jarvis (505-436-2589), HC 65 Box 634, Animas NM 88020
snjjarvi at hotmail.com
Comment: Classes with Juan Quezada in a remote ranch in the Sierras
Apr 3-7 AZ-Sonora Sep 26-Oct 5 Fiesta
Apr 4-7 Geronimo Oct 1-11 Cultural Arts
Apr 10-14 R & S Nov 13-15 Baja's Frontier
Apr 26-May 4 AMNH Nov 13-16 Cultural Arts
May 23-25 AZ State Feb 13-16, 2004 Davisville
Sep 13-17 AZ-Sonora
May 1-10 Cultural Arts Jun 16-25 Rancho Sierra
May 18-24 Paradise Oct 11-18 Cultural Arts
* See "Other Scheduled Events" for classes and demonstrations in the United States.
AJO STAGE LINE
Will Nelson operates a diversified tour business to many scenic parts of western North America (see his website www.ajostageline.com). Among his offerings is ÔTreasure of Mata Ortiz," a four-day tour from Tucson to Nuevo Casas Grandes and Mata Ortiz. Limited to 10 people. $475 per person, double occupancy, includes transportation, lodging, most meals and tour of the Paquimé ruins and museum. Oriented to the archaeology of the region as well as pottery. Contact Will Nelson (520-387-6467 or toll-free 800-942-1981), Ajo Stage Line, 1041 Solana, Ajo AZ 85321.ajostage at tabletoptelephone.com
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Through its Discovery Tours, The American Museum of Natural History occasionally conducts tours to the Copper Canyon, beginning in El Paso, spending a day in Paquimé and seeing a pottery-making demonstration but not going to Mata Ortiz, and then on to Creel and by train through the Copper Canyon to El Fuerte on the coast and flying home from Los Mochis to Tucson. Accompanied by Dr. Bruce Loeffler, professional geologist and art historian. Cost: $2,995 double occupancy ($420 extra for single accommodation). Next tour April 26 - May 4. Contact Discovery Tours at 800-462-8687 or 212-769-5700; fax 212-769-5755.www.discoverytours.org
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
As part of its Sonoran Desert Studies Program, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, in Tucson, conducts two annual tours, "The Mata Ortiz Experience" (Class code MOE2) in April and "Mata Ortiz Celebration." (MOC2) in September, led by Ron and Sue Bridgemon. Both tours feature the prehistoric ruins of Paquimé, the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, and exploration of archaeological sites in the nearby Sierra Madre mountains, but "Celebration" includes Mexico's independence day, September 16, in the village (school children's parade, rodeo, dance). The "Experience" this year will be April 3-7, and the "Celebration"September 13-17. Groups limited to 18. $545 members only. Register on-line or call 520-883-3086. Ron and Sue enjoy doing this and lead several other tours throughout the year.byates at desertmuseum.org education at desertmuseum.orghttp://www.desertmuseum.org/events/sonoranstudies/moe2.html
ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM
Scholars Paul and Suzy Fish of the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona, Tucson, each year lead a "Mata Ortiz Learning Expedition." It begins Friday with a brief tour of the Museum's prehistoric Casas Grandes collection, lunch at the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, and that night at the Hacienda Motel in Nuevo Casas Grandes; Saturday four hours shopping and lunch in Mata Ortiz, visiting a ceramic workshop in Nuevo Casas Grandes, dinner and return to Hacienda Motel; Sunday visiting the new Museum in Casas Grandes and the ruins of Paquimé, last shopping, return to Tucson. Cost: Museum members $500, non-members $550, includes transportation, lodging and all meals except breakfasts. The next tour is scheduled for May 23-25. Contact Darlene F. Lizarraga (520-626-8381, 621-2976 fax, 489-9138 pager), marketing coordinator, Office of Museum Advancement,Arizona State Museum, PO Box 210026, Tucson AZ 85721-0026darlene at al.arizona.eduhttp://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu
BAJA'S FRONTIER TOURS
Piet Van de Mark and Mary Erickson (14 years with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum) have conducted natural and cultural history educational tours of select areas of Mexico and the American Southwest since 1966. They're always happy to do custom trips for groups, especially non-profits, and can easily handle groups up to 40 or so. A popular scheduled tour to Mata Ortiz is their 3-day/2-night introductory by luxury motor coach from Tucson to Nuevo Casas Grandes, two nights at the comfortable Hacienda Hotel in Nuevo Casas Grandes, most of the day, including a traditional mid-day meal, in Mata Ortiz meeting artists in their homes, seeing pottery making demonstrations and finding buying opportunities, and an afternoon at Casas Grandes visiting Paquimé, the largest archaeological ruin in northern Mexico and once the largest and most complex community in the Puebloan world, and the superb new Museum of Northern Cultures. Cost is $449 featuring luxury motor coach roundtrip from Tucson, double occupancy (single is $70 additional). $100 deposit. Next scheduled tour is November 13-15. Contact Piet Van de Mark (520-887-2340, 800-726-7231), Baja's Frontier Tours, 907 E. Freeman Place, Tucson AZ 85719 piet at bajasfrontiertours.com http://www.bajasfrontiertours.com
CULTURAL ARTS TOURS & WORKSHOPS
Cultural Arts conducts tours to the village and its environs seeking out pottery, visiting various artists, and seeing some of the major points of interest in the area. We also arrange classes with such leading artists as Juan Quezada, Jorge Quintana, and Hector and Graciela Gallegos. Classes include the techniques of finding and digging clay in the mountain and preparing it for use as well as all aspects of forming, ornamenting and firing clay. Next TOURS: Copper Canyon and Mata Ortiz ($2,650) October 1-11 and a shopping trip to Mata Ortiz ($550) November 13-16. Next CLASSES: Juan Quezada($1,399) May 1-10 and Hector/Graciela Gallegos ($1,199) October 11-18. Contact Vanessa Acosta (323-344-9064), Cultural Arts Tours & Workshops, PO Box 41-1031, Los Angeles CA 90041. potteryNweaving at aol.com
DARLENE CONOLY TRAVEL
Darlene Conoly arranges tours worldwide, but a favorite is Mata Ortiz. She regularly hosts museum groups such as the Beaumont Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Latin American Art, the Southwest Arts & Crafts Center in San Antonio, and the Corpus Christi Art Museum. "Dar" favors what she calls "soft adventure," enjoying the unusual in the vicinity of Mata Ortiz including prehistoric rock art and bathing in the hot springs below the Hacienda San Diego. Knowing what it takes for folks to enjoy themselves comes naturally to Dar, whose family owns the oldest dude ranch in the State of Texas. University of New Mexico anthropologist Bob Estes, who has done field work in the village, usually accompanies the tours to Mata Ortiz. Groups range from 10-16 people. $750 for five days includes airfare from San Antonio. Ask for their quarterly newsletter. Contact Darlene Conoly (361-358-2364; 800-621-6008), Box 489, 1209 N. Washington St., Beeville TX 78104 darconolytvl at yahoo.com
Diane Hamlyn conducts several tours each year to Mata Ortiz. Groups average 15 to 20 people. They spend the first evening at the Hacienda Hotel in Nuevo Casas Grandes and hear an entertaining talk on the archaeology and history of the area. The following two days are spent in and around the village, visiting with potters, going to see rock art in the mountain above the village, visiting the Mormon community and learning some of their history in the area. Saturday night, on returning to the Hacienda Hotel, a number of leading potters living in Nuevo Casas Grandes join the group for dinner and show their pottery. Contact Diane Hamlyn (800-255-4567, 916-448-1951, Fax 530-758-4510), Davisville Travel, 420 Second St, Davis CA 95616 randi at davisvilletravel.com
FIESTA TOURS INTERNATIONAL
Cathy and Marshall Giesy are well known for their "learning experience" tours to Central and South America. Besides their many regular tours they design custom tours with a special focus such as photography/sketching or archaeology/ rock art, accompanied by an artist, archaeologist or other appropriate person. Groups are small, from 10 to a maximum of 20. They plan a walking tour (horseback optional) from Cave of the Olla to Cuarenta Casas through the mountains with archaeologist Sharon Urban, recently of the Arizona State Museum, surveying many hidden cliff dwellings, including visit to Mata OrtizSeptember 26-October 5 ($2000/person double occupancy, $150 single supplement, includes all transportation, lodging and meals, gourmet meals on the trail, guides, burros, gear transport, archaeologist interpreter, tour escorts). Cathy and Marshall also arrange classes in the village on all aspects of pottery making, from finding, digging and preparing the clay to forming the pot, preparing and decorating the surface, and firing the finished piece in the open air. Classes $1300 per person, double occupancy, includes travel to and from Tucson and all expenses. Contact Cathy Giesy (voice/fax 520-398-9705; 800-876-2802; message 520-547-8052), Fiesta Tours International, 4809 de la Canoa, Amado AZ 85645. cathygiesy at starband.net Please ask for our brochure.
GALERIA MATA ORTIZ
The Galer’a Mata Ortiz in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, sponsors ceramic workshops conducted by master potters César and Gaby Dom’nguez in the beautiful setting of Haciendo Mosaico. Participants learn the unique Mata Ortiz methods of hand building a pot, preparing the surface by sanding and burnishing, then painting and, lastly, outdoor firing to produce both black and polychrome ware. Enrollment limited to 16. All levels of experience. $500 tuition includes all materials. Lodging at Hacienda Mosaico $42/day/person in double occupancy. Contact Claudia Lovera (011-52-322-222-7407), Galer’a Mata Ortiz, L‡zaro C‡rdenas 268-A, Col. Emiliano Zapata 48380, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. clalex at pvnet.com.mx http://www.mataortiz-pottery.com/
GERONIMO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION / ELDERHOSTEL
Geronimo has conducted tours to Mata Ortiz since 1993, including up to ten Elderhostel programs a year. Groups typically leave from and return to the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas AZ and range from 10 to 26 persons plus tour escorts and instructors. The group hear lectures, tour the ruins of Paquimé and the new Museum of Northern Cultures, attend a pottery demonstration by Manuel Olivas in Casas Grandes, visit the Mormon academy and a Mormon home in Colonia Ju‡rez (hearing stories of the Mormons during the Mexican revolution), tour the potters of Mata Ortiz with Debbie Flanagan, and lastly visit the Mennonite cheese factory and settlement of Los Alamos. Custom tours can be arranged for special interests and groups such as the San Juan Basin Archaeological Society which toured the area last year under the guidance of Shirley Taylor Robertson, resident archaeologist in Casas Grandes. A special tour is planned for April 4-7, leaving from the Scottsdale Hilton and visiting the Amerind Foundation museums on the way. Cost $495 double occupancy, $570 single. For this tour only, contact Pat Dickerman (480-946-4447), 5101 N. Casa Blanca Dr., Scottsdale AZ 85253. Geronimo also conducts every fall a two-day fund-raiser tour, sponsored by the Bisbee Council on the Arts & Humanities, to benefit the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. This tour leaves from Bisbee 6:45 a.m. Saturday and returns by 6 p.m. Sunday Limited to 30 persons, the cost is $170 all-inclusive for members, $185 non-members. Contact Becky Orozco or Carol Moore (520-432-5534, 888-472-6643), Geronimo Educational Foundation, PO Drawer B, Bisbee AZ 85603.adventures at geronimoet.com
MIMBRES REGION ARTS COUNCIL
Each year the Mimbres Region Arts Council (MRAC) and the Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Museum in Silver City NM, conduct a moderate-cost tour to Paquimé and Mata Ortiz. Archaeologist Dr. Cynthia Bettison leads the tour and explains local historyat sites along the way such as the Plaza de Armas at Ascenci—n, the old ruined Janos church, the Mormon colonies of Col. Dubl‡n and Col. Juarez, the pueblo of Casas Grandes and the Paquimé ruins, and the Hacienda San Diego. Limit: 30 people. Contact the Mimbres Region Arts Council (505-538-2505 or 888-758-7289), Box 1830, Silver City, NM 88062 arts at mrac.cc http://www.mrac.cc/
PARADISE VALLEY COLLEGE
For the seventh year, ceramics teacher David Bradley will arrange an annual week-long workshop in the village, mainly with people from Paradise Valley College in Phoenix but open to others. This year's dates will be May 18-24. The group will depart via van from the college campus on Union Hills Drive and 32nd Street in Phoenix, arriving in Mata Ortiz that evening at the Posada de las Ollas. During five days in the village, Jesus and Carmen Veloz will teach all aspects from digging clay to forming, painting, and firing the finished piece. Each student will end up with a fired pot. Afternoons will be free for visiting potters in the village, evenings practicing using the Mata Ortiz style paint brushes and getting acquainted with their design approach. There will be a day trip into the mountains to visit La Cueva de la Olla, a beautiful and awe inspiring archaeological site. On the final morning before returning to Phoenix, the group will visit the site of the Paquime ruins and the Museum of Northern Cultures. $600 includes three credits at the college, transportation to and from Phoenix, all meals and accommodations, artist fees and materials. Maximum 16 people. No pottery experience necessary. Register by calling Paradise Valley College at 602 787-7020. Sign up for Art295GC in the summer session. Besides this annual event, David Bradley arranges occasional buying trips, maximum eight people, essentially at cost, again mainly from the College but open to the public. Contact David Bradley (602-269-1244), 2233 N 56th Ave, Phoenix 85035.davlbradly at cs.com
RANCHO SIERRA MADRE - ESCUELA DE LOS ARTES
In 1998 Jim and Jo Jarvis began offering one-week summer classes taught by Juan Quezada at their Rancho Sierra Madre 35 miles from Mata Ortiz at Colonia Pacheco near Cueva de la Olla. This working ranch has been in the Jarvis family since 1878. Juan teaches all aspects of the Mata Ortiz clay technique which he originated. See and experience the relaxation of life untouched by telephone, electricity or internet (emergency radio is available). No previous clay experience necessary. Groups leave from and return to Windmill NM, visiting on the way down the superb new Museum at Casas Grandes and the Mormon settlement of Colonia Ju‡rez, stopping briefly at Mata Ortiz with a more leisurely visit in Mata Ortiz on the return. Extracurricular opportunities at the ranch include rock hounding (especially fire agate), exploring cliff dwellings, and bird watching. Prehistoric rock art, both petroglyphs and pictographs, within a ten-minute walk. $750 per person includes all expenses, tuition and travel from Windmill (near Animas, south of Lordsburg). Eight full days of instruction and two days of travel. Next class: June 16-25. Contact Jim or Jo Jarvis (505-436-2589), HC 65 Box 634, Animas NM 88020.snjjarvi at hotmail.com http://www.nedcomm.nm.org/
Raśl guides groups for the University of New Mexico (which see below) to Mata Ortiz. Licensed by the Mexican government and well recommended, he's available to guide small groups or custom tours not only to Mata Ortiz but to Copper Canyon, Baja California, Yucatan and other areas rich in the culture of colonial and ancient Mexico. Contact him by phone (614-411-0203) or emailRAULRDGZ at aol.com
R & S ENTERPRISES
Not so formal as their business name suggests, Ron and Sue Bridgemon, who lead the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum spring and fall tours (see above), also conduct two or more tours of their own to Mata Ortiz each year as well as to the Copper Canyon. Those to Mata Ortiz are low cost, informal car-pooling tours usually limited to ten people and run from $100-125 per room per night. The next scheduled tour, April 10-14, will include an excursion to the Valley of the Caves. Ron and Sue also lead custom tours for private groups. They are thoroughly acquainted with the village, having a second home there near the Posada de las Ollas. Contact Ron or Sue Bridgemon (520-744-2243), 4545 W. Flying Diamond, Tucson AZ 85742 azcaver at earthlink.net
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF MAN
The San Diego Museum of Man occasionally sponsors tours to Mata Ortiz. Contact Grace Johnson (619-239-2001) at the Museum, 1350 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101.gjohnson at museumofman.org
TORTUGA TOURS(Tours on Request)
Tito Carrillo, of Tucson, conducts frequent weekend tours offour to six people to Mata Ortiz on request, leaving Friday and returning Monday. (The name Tortuga, or "Turtle," refers to the fact that Tito has a reputation for driving slowly and safely.) The group stops at a Mennonite colony between Janos and Nuevo Casas Grandes on the way down, arrives in NCG Friday afternoon in time to visit the homes of several potters there before settling in for the night at La Fuente Hotel. Saturday morning the group visits the archaeological ruins of Paquimé, the new Museum of Northern Cultures, and the Galer’a Guacamaya, home and gallery of Mayté Luj‡n, notable for having been designed and built in the ancient manner using rammed adobe, a technique experimentally reconstructed by Juan Quezada who also directed the construction. Stopping on the way at the Mormon colony of Colonia Ju‡rez, the group arrives early enough at Mata Ortiz to visit the homes of several more artists. Saturday and Sunday nights are spent in the village at Marta Veloz' clean and comfortable Casa de Marta (she's famed for her cooking). Sunday is dedicated to visiting homes of artists in each of the five barrios of Mata Ortiz. Monday the group returns to Tucson with short stops along the way. Tito likes to return through the little known border crossing at Antelope Wells and up through the scenic country around Hachita, Arizona to I-10 and then west. $375 per person not including meals and 3 nights lodging, for which add another $150. Contact Tito Carrillo (520-290-0305; 861-2068 Cell), Box 12322, Tucson AZ 85732 carrillocurios1 at yahoo.com
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
The UNM Division of Continuing Education each year conducts a 4 or 5 day tour to Nuevo Casas Grandes, Paquimé and Mata Ortiz. Sometimes a more comprehensive tour is offered, including Chihuahua City (one night), the Copper Canyon (two nights) and Mata Ortiz (two nights). Groups average 16-20 persons. $1400/person ($1200 double occupancy) includes all expenses plus guided tours and lectures except for meals on days of travel to and from Albuquerque. Bilingual Mexican guide, Raśl Rodriguez. For more information contact Noberta Fresquez (505-277-6440) at the University. fresquez at unm.edu University registrationoffice (505-277-0077).
Traveling To the Village
Your own car is ideal, provided it will take the last 12 miles of unpaved (graded but sometimes washboard) road. But there are other options:
Air - Nuevo Casas Grandes has excellent facilities for private planes a mile-and-a-half southeast of the city at 4850' elevation, featuring a 5000-ft paved runway, 75-ft-wide. Look for "NCG" sign on roof. Locked rental hangar $23/day. MMCG intranation calls. GPS locator Nuevo Casas Grandes.
Rental Car - Many car-rental companies allow their cars to be driven 250 miles into Mexico, and it's cheaper to rent on this side than in Mexico (companies operating in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, include Hertz 800-654-3001; Budget 800-472-3325; Alamo 800-522-9696). You'll need (1) a letter from the car company authorizing you to drive into Mexico, (2) insurance from the company, running about $30/day for each day in Mexico, and (3) a vehicle permit and window sticker which you'll get at the border (if you forget this, you'll be stopped at the checkpoint south of Janos and have to backtrack to the border).
Bus -Comfortable buses run throughout the day between Nuevo Casas Grandes and Agua Prieta (across from Douglas AZ), Palomas (across from Columbus NM), and Cd. Juarez (across from El Paso). In Douglas or El Paso, take a taxi or bus to the terminal on the Mexican side, which in Juarez is called the Central Autobuses. (In El Paso, catch an Americanos USA bus, $5, at the Greyhound station). Buses to Nuevo Casas Grandes cost about $15 (Omnibus uses comfortable new Mercedes Benz buses), and the trip takes four hours. Buses can also be rented there to take groups on to the village (contact Fidencio Payan at 011-52-636-694-0642, Guadalupe Payan at 42227, or Norma Delia Solis, Viajes American Tours, at 694-0111 or 694-4888, Avenida Hidalgo #601-B, americantours at paquime.com.mx ). Or you can take the daily bus that brings people from the village at 8 a.m., returning at 4 p.m. (ask at the Motel Pi–—n). The bus trip costs 30 pesos each way, takes two hours or less and follows the river route through Anchondo and Madera rather than through Colonia Juarez. In Mata Ortiz the bus parks near the NE corner of the old plaza, and in Nuevo Casas Grandes near the Dodge Agency.
Cab -Taxis (called sitios) will take you from Nuevo Casas Grandes to Mata Ortiz for about US$40 one-way or $50 round trip, plus $10/hour waiting (which is negotiable).
Rail -Trains no longer run through Mata Ortiz, but because the tracks are still in place and in good condition, some entrepreneurs offer customized excursion service on motores--gas-engine rail jitneys like glorified handcars--between Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mata Ortiz and villages beyond as far as Cuevitas. They provide protection from the sun and can accommodate several dozen people by attaching more cars. This is totally informal travel, with stops along the way to take pictures or look at flowers, cacti or whatever when requested. The trip originates at the old train station in Nuevo Casas Grandes and takes about an hour to Mata Ortiz. Round trip is 50 pesos per person (approximately US$6) for a minimum of six people and includes a two-hour layover in Mata Ortiz (a longer wait or overnight can be negotiated with the chofer). Contact Javier Pedraza (692-4012 or 698-1557artespaquime at laplaya.com.mx ) or Carlos Escarcega (694-7449), Aventura Sobre Rieles. There is also limited scheduled service as far as the mountain village of Villa Vista on a space available basis. This is a government subsidy to the local people, who have been without other means of transport since the train closed down. The fare is a flat 40 pesos and, for non-locals like ourselves, perhaps a little something extra to the chofer to let us on. Runs north on Mondays, stopping at Mata Ortiz midday (somewhere between noon and 2 p.m.), south on Tuesdays (leaves NCG at noon?) again stopping at Mata Ortiz at midday, north on Wednesdays, south on Thursdays, north on Fridays, south on Saturdays. But check on the times.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE WAY DOWN
Antelope Wells, NM (Berrendo on the Mexican side) makes an interesting border crossing point. Unlike most other crossings which operate 24 hours, this crossing is only open from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and can only handle informal entries from Mexico (up to US$2000). The country is scenic through Hachita (a good restaurant run by a Filipino woman and her husband) and Animas (Black Panther Hamburgers is good but closed on Sundays) to Route 10 west of Lordsburg. South from Berrendo, the six-mile unpaved road connecting to the Douglas -Janos highway is good except in wet weather. JANOS was the Spanish colonial administrative center for the region and has two Spanish colonial churches, one abandoned but worth a stop (just visible from the highway). Just past the vehicle check point south of Janos, turn east (left) to the Mennonite settlements of LOS ALAMOS along the Rio Casas Grandes. Mennonite cheese is famous all over Mexico. See it being made (two queser’as are open Mon-Sat 9-2 p.m. but finish making cheese 10 a.m.) and buy it by the slice or the wheel; it keeps well for days without refrigeration.
Note: A topnotch new hotel with an excellent restaurant and bar, the Hotel Frontera Inn, recently opened just outside Agua Prieta (opposite Douglas AZ) on the Janos road. Tel: 633-331-1765 hotelfronterainn at prodigy.net.mx
Since the Bandido Restaurant closed down, connoiseurs of fine steaks will be glad to know of the opening in Nuevo Casas Grandes of La Casa de T-Bone, owned by Maria Guadalupe Villanueva de Vega. Located at Avenida Benito Juarez #409, near the Motel Pi–—n and the Dodge dealership. Tel: 694-1350.
The Malmedy Restaurant located in an old brick Victorian home with gingerbread trim on the right soon after entering Nuevo Casas Grandes offers fine Belgian cuisine.
An excellent new restaurant on the left-hand side as you're about to leave the pueblo of Casas Grandes toward Mata Ortiz is El Kiote. Highly recommended.
PHONING MATA ORTIZ AND NUEVO CASAS GRANDES
From the United States, call anywhere in the Nuevo Casas Grandes - Mata Ortiz area by direct dialing 011-52 followed by area code 636 and then the seven-digit number just as in the United States.Thus the Hotel Hacienda number is011-52-636-694-1048. Local calls can be made using the last 7 digits, but calls outside an exchange require the area code.
Phones in Mata Ortiz are cellular except for the three casetas, which have Telmex. If you've difficulty getting through on the cellular, which is common, try several times in succession and also later in the day. If you fail to connect, try the casetas; anyone in Mata Ortizcan be reached through them. Call, ask in Spanish to speak to so-and-so, and someone will take the message and ask you to call back in 15 minutes. If all goes well, the person you want will be at the caseta for your second call. These numbers are: Don Ernesto's Pharmacy (fax/voice) 699-3257; Hermanos store (fax/voice) 695-0245; Yolanda Tena at Angela's Tienda in Porvenir (voice only) 695-0246. Debi Flanagan, next to Angela's Tienda, is usually available to translate for the Porvenir neighborhood.
The Calendar compiled the first Guia Telef—nica de Mata Ortiz (Mata Ortiz Telephone Book). It includes practicing artists in Nuevo Casas Grandes, where a number of families now live for various reasons including a better education for their children. NCG listings include many street addresses. The phone directory has grown too large to include in these pages, but we update it regularly and will email it to anyone on request.
ATTRACTIONS IN CASAS GRANDES
Major attractions in the pueblo of Casas Grandes are the various shops on the plaza; ruins of a Spanish colonial convent; the prehistoric ruins of Paquimé (the largest and most complex community in the Puebloan world); and the Museum of Northern Cultures (10-5 p.m., closed Mondays). Designed by Mario Schetinan, this world-class museum won an international prize for harmonious integration with the landscape. Especially interesting is Galer’a de las Guacamayas adjacent to the Museum. Salmon colored with a distinctive key-hole-shaped door, it can be seen in the distance to the left as you exit the Museum gate. This art gallery, bed-and-breakfast, and home of Mayté Luj‡n was built in the same manner as the prehistoric ruins, using a rammed-earth building method reconstructed experimentally by Juan Quezada, who also oversaw the initial construction.
STAYING OVER IN MATA ORTIZ
Besides numerous comfortable hotels in Nuevo Casas Grandes (Hotel Hacienda 694-1048, Motel Pi–—n 694-0655, and several others), good accommodations are available in Col. Juarez and in Mata Ortiz itself:
LAS GUACAMAYAS near the Museum in the pueblo of Casas Grandes (three miles beyond Nuevo Casas Grandes) offers eight attractive bed-and-breakfast units for $50 single and $20 each additional person. Owner Mayté Luj‡n's dining room, La Tertulia (the word means a gathering of friends for recreation and conversation), is open for breakfast to guests 8-10 a.m. and for light meals to others 10 a.m-8 p.m. This is an artsy place to stay (see description two paragraphs above). Make arrangements directly with Mayté, who speaks English, at Voice/Fax 011-52-636-692-4144 or by email at lasguacamayas at laplaya.com.mxormaytelujan at msn.com
MOTEL RINCON PARAISO (Motel Corner of Heaven) newly opened in Colonia Juarez right before turning left to cross the bridge. Attractive new construction, open 24 hours, restaurant, mechanic garage. $250 pesos (about US$25) a night. Eight rooms are complete and 12 more nearly so. Contact owners Ramiro and Amadita Ordaz (695-0171), Motel Rinc—n Para’so, Calle Anahuac #42, Col. Juarez, Casas Grandes, Chih..
ADOBE INN (Posada de los Adobes, known locally as "the hotel") located west of the tracks. $45 single, $70 double includes three meals. 15 large rooms surrounding a large garden courtyard, queen-size beds, private bath with shower. Reservations 800-765-6271 (Jerry Boyd) or direct: 011-52-636-694-6283 (Jorge Quintana--Spanish only). Adobe Inn is owned and operated by master potter Jorge Quintana and trader Jerry Boyd.reservations at mataortiz-adobeinn.com http://www.mataortiz-adobeinn.com/
CABANITAS LA SIERRA. Miguel Angel Tena has completed two of five studio units just west of the rodeo ring, each unit with two beds, hot water, shower, and a stove for cooking (no refrigerator as of this date). Single occupancy $25, double $30. Contact Amelia Martinez de Tena (011-52-636-699-3257), Farmacia Paquimé, Mata Ortiz., Chih., Mexico.
CASA DE MARTA. Marta Veloz, who has worked at the other inns and is much beloved by visitors for herself and for her cooking, now has her own inn in the heart of Ôdowntown' Mata Ortiz. A visitor writes us: "she is a most gracious hostess, the beds are firm, the bathrooms state-of-the-art, the whole place spotless, and the food is the best in town." Marta accommodates up to a dozen people by making both her home and her new Ôwing' available (6 double beds, 4 rooms altogether). When there are guests, she arranges complete privacy by staying at her brother's across the street. $35 per person includes 3 meals. Fax reservations to Marta Veloz (011-52-636-695-0245 or 3257), specifying number of people, date, arrival time, and return fax number. Faxes are readily translated at that end, but if language assistance or information is desired, Sue Ann Hanning (505-521-9180), Las Cruces NM, volunteers help. finaletrading at zianet.com
POSADA DE LAS OLLAS, a block north of the old plaza. $39 single, $59 double + $5 tax includes three meals. Five comfortable rooms, each with private bath. Reservations by voice at 011-52-636-698-6410 or by fax at 0245. The first inn to be built in Mata Ortiz, the Posada has been newly renovated by its owners. Centrally located near the plaza for comfortable walking in the village. Faxes are readily translated at that end, but if language assistance or information is desired, Jim Bruemmer (505-589-0801), Anthony NM, volunteers help.matapot at aol.com
AND WHERE TO EAT
Day visitors can find meals at any of the three inns by making arrangements ahead of time. "La Pasadita," a tiny, clean restaurant in the store owned by Antonio Dom’nguez and Marta Mart’nez Dom’nguez a few doors north of the Posada de las Ollas, serves excellent sandwiches and hamburgers from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. At the southern extremity of the village across the arroyo in Barrio Porvenir, Debi Flanagan (698-9159) serves good lunches at $7/person (reservations required for groups). Two other places in Porvenir we're told are good but haven't yet tried are (1) Angela's Tienda immediately around the corner from Debi Flanagan and (2) a tiny place said to have good salsas directly across from Macario Ortiz' house.
ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDES
The following people are available locally to assist by guiding and translating and are well recommended. Please let us hear of your experience with anyone who has helped you in this way. Most are happy to guide you for $30-$50/day or $10/hour.
CESAR DOMINGUEZ JR. (694-6208), son of César and Gaby Dom’nguez in Nuevo Casas Grandes comes highly recommended.
DEBI FLANIGAN (698-9159) is married to Enrique Bugarini in the Porvenir (southernmost) section of Mata Ortiz. Debi guides and translates for $10/hr and also serves lunch at $7/person (reservations required for groups). She's next door to the caseta (695-0246) and can translate or carry phone messages in the Porvenir neighborhood.
FRANCISCO and YOLANDA GALLEGOS (698-5434) on the river road a quarter mile north of the church in Mata Ortiz, are recommended by photographer Sandy Smith (author of Portraits of Clay). They recently retired to the village after living most of their grown life in the United States, where their three children live. Francisco is the brother of master potter Hector Gallegos.
JUANA JURADO is living temporarily in a very small house to the right of the road before crossing the track on coming into the village. Juana is good. Many people rely on her. Find her by inquiring or reach her by phone through one of the casetas.
MAYTE LUJAN (voice/fax 692-4144), in the pueblo of Casas Grandes, is excellent. She has a gallery and bed-and-breakfast, "Las Guacamayas," near the Museum, of which she is a former curator.maytelujan at msn.com
SUSANA NAVA DE MOLINAR (phone 694-2600 or 2748) in Nuevo Casas Grandes at 1401 Hidalgo, one block west of El Bandido Restaurant. Susana is trader Herman Knechtle's sister-in-law and acts as his buyer. She has an excellent eye for pottery and knows the market. She can track down any artist in Nuevo Casas Grandes. She also handles shipping of pottery to the United States. susypottery at hotmail.com
LANGUAGE NOTE: For those traveling with a laptop, free machine translation on the Internet is becoming surprisingly accurate, fast, and easy to use. If at some place with Internet access, the names of a dozen or more free machine-translation services can be found at: http://www.babelfish.com/Languages/English/EnglishMachine.shtml
SHIPPING POTTERY HOME
Plans are for Mail Boxes Etc. to come to Nuevo Casas Grandes. Meantime, Susana Nava (see just above) makes weekly trips to the border and will handle pottery shipments to United States addresses.
Traditional and colorful Matach’n dances are held in the village several times during the year. Two dates are definite: May 15 (San Ysidro ) and December 12 (Virgin of Guadalupe). The others are possibilities only.
MAR 19 - honoring San José, patron saint of Mata Ortiz;
Matach’n dancing likely but not definite.
MAR 29 - Good Friday is generally observed in Mata Ortiz with a
parade winding through several barrios of the pueblo and
ending at the church.
MAR 31 - Easter (movable date) Matach’n dancing likely.
MAY 15 - San Ysidro, patron saint of agriculture. Mass in the capilla de
San Ysidro; Matach’n dancing.
JUN 15 - San Antonio; Matach’n dancing likely.
SEP 16 - Parade in the morning to the plaza for crowning queen and
princesses, a jaripeo (rodeo) in the afternoon, and a public dance
to live music in the evening at the sal—n de bailes, celebrating
the "Grito" of Father Hidalgo which launched the 1810 revolution
of independence from Spain.
NOV 20 - Similar to Sep 16th, celebrating Gen. Francisco Madero
and the revolution that overthrew dictator Porfirio D’az.
DEC 12 - Virgin de Guadalupe, following nine days of processions.
SEASONAL WEATHER IN MATA ORTIZ
At 5200 feet, Mata Ortiz is high desert. An ideal season to visit is late September to early November, when the weather is most dependable and calm and the country green from rains that fall during most of July and August. Also generally good is March through early May. Walter Parks recalls, however, ideal weather during a trip in January 2001, and we experienced that this year. Walt's least favorite season is late May to early July. Wind/dust storms are frequent around Semana Santa (Holy Week before Easter), and rains in July and August have been known to delay road travel. If readers will let us know their experiences with weather, we'll treat the subject more thoroughly in future "Calendars." However, weather is not the only thing you may want to consider. Traveling off-season may yield especially good pottery buys!
Mexican tourist cards can be obtained from a Mexican consulate or at the border. To obtain a tourist card, you need either a current passport, a birth certificate plus photo ID, or a naturalization certificate plus photo ID. The birth or naturalization certificate must be the original or a certified copy. Lacking all of these documents, a voter's registration card or notarized affidavit, plus photo ID, may suffice. Anyone under 18 and not accompanied by both parents must have a notarized letter of permission from the absent parent. A credit card is also required to enter Mexico, and if you are driving, the name on the card must match that on the car registration (which again must be the original and not a copy). You must have a letter from any lien holder or, if the car is not your own, from the owner giving you permission to take the car into Mexico (we recommend that the letter be notarized). U.S. car insurance is not valid in Mexico, but Mexican insurance is readily purchased from an auto club or at the border. More information is available from any Mexican consulate. If making multiple trips into Mexico, be certain to keep all canceled or expired permits, as Mexican government computers are not always reliable and this could mean lengthy delays. To return without quarantine, pets must have proof of rabies inoculation. Pottery acquired for personal use is exempt from duty but must be declared. If intended for resale, an informal entry can be filed if the total value does not exceed $2500. Each pot for resale must be labeled "Mexico" (This can be written on "safe release" Scotch tape, which is unlikely to mark the pot, or with the eraser end of a long wooden pencil, you can press a sticker onto the bottom inside of the pot.)
ALERT!Recent incidents at the border underscore the importance of paying the visa fee at any bank in Mexico, turning in the vehicle permit to the Mexican authorities on returning to the United States, obtaining a receipt for the latter, and having both of these documents in your possession the next time you apply to enter Mexico. The Mexican government computer system cannot be relied upon to show your documents were paid or canceled. Unless you have receipts to prove that they were, you may be refused entry.
NEWS OF THE CROSSINGS:
The crossing at Naco, just southwest of Bisbee, AZ (check your map), usually has little waiting. Douglas/Agua Prieta is generally not bad. Emi and I fly into El Paso but would never plan to cross there because of the congestion both at the border and navigating Juarez. Instead take Exit 8, Artcraft Road, from Freeway 10 and go west 12 miles, then turn right onto Route 9 and continue west 60 miles, paralleling the border, to Columbus/Palomas. A good crossing point. Enjoy the Pink Store in Palomas for food, drinks, and an excellent selection of Mexican crafts.
Notes of Interest
European tour still is looking forits sponsoring institution. We'vea superb catalog already partially committed anda private collection of 50 selected pieces of the finest work Juan Quezada has done. We've commitments from other collectors to bring the total number to about 70. We've tentative contacts in France, Germany and Spain and are looking for more. We've two venues in the U.S. We needa sponsoring institution that will show the exhibition, either at the beginning or the end of the tour, and handle shipping to and from Europe. Thus European museums would only bear the transportation costs within Europe. Please call or email the Calendar if you've contacts in the art world here or in Europe, or have friends with such contacts, or simply have good ideas.
NEW AMERIND-PAQUIME COLLABORATION
At a recent luncheon meeting at the Amerind Foundation in Dragoon, Arizona attended by the Amerind's new director, John Ware;José Luis Punzo Diaz, director of the Museum at Paquime; and Elsa Rodriguez and Eduardo Gamboa of the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), groundwork was laid for some new cooperative programs.Those attending from Mexico have raised US$100,000 toward construction of a Charles C. Di Peso Research Center that will adjoi
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The proposedn the Paquime Museum. The original architect, Mario Schetinan, has designed the new wing to be compatible with the existing structures. The group also talked about loans of ethnographic material from Amerind to Paquime; a staff exchange; an internship for young Mexican scholars at Amerind; and help both ways across the border with bilingual museum signage and labels. The strong spirit of cooperation at the meeting augers well for this important future relationship.
PARALLELS BETWEEN ANCIENT ZUNI AND PAQUIME JEWELRY
[The following provocative observations about the prehistoric jewelry of Paquime and Zuni is excerpted by permission from recent correspondence between Dick O'Connor and Micky Vanderwagen, who is establishing a jewelry industry in Mata Ortiz. ĐEditors]
I've visited the museum at Paquime many times and studied the design and construction of the jewelry, the cuts and colors, and usage, and am amazed at the near to almost exact construction of the jewelry at Paquime and that found at the Hawikuh ruins near Zuni. Some of the items are near duplicates. Some of the turquoise used in Paquime and Hawikuh look to be the same. That used in Hawikuh comes form three areas, the most common from north of Bisbee near Elfrida. That by all accounts is the oldest known mine. From what I can see from outside the glass cases at the museum in Paquime, it is the same. The seashells in most cases come from the Sea of Cortez. The spiny oyster, which gives various colors of oranges, reds, purples, and whites, is found in lots of the jewelry in both places. It had to be a high demand trade item. I don't know the glue mix they used in Paquime, but I'll bet it's the same also.
Wayne Parkin has taken over the program spearheaded by Tom Fresh to promote computer literacy and perhaps ultimately computer design graphics in the village. (Imagine Mata Ortiz evolving into a cyberspace design center providing design services and artwork to the world.) He went to the village in January and visited with secondary school director José Ram—n Ponce, who showed him that the school computer lab room which was funded by the School District is now complete. Wayne will be making monthly trips to the village over the near future. He's working with Walt Parks on details of how donations of equipment or funding could be made tax-exempt through the Mata Ortiz Foundation. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of good used computers or accessories or who might wish to get involved in any way should contact Wayne Parkin (520-791-0499), 3297 Lost Mesa Place, Tucson AZ 85745-8507
IMAGINE RAIL BIKES IN MATA ORTIZ
Carl Johnson, of San Diego, on a recent trip to the village with Steve Savel, designed and built in a few hours a "rail bike" that can be ridden on the rails that were left in place in good condition after train service was discontinued. The rail bike can be made from any old bike and a few parts. You ride along on one rail with a stabilizer bar extending over to the other rail. If someone comes along in the other direction, it's light enough that you just lift it off. We picture these being built and adapted for "light rail" transportation connecting all the settlements from Nuevo Casas Grandes well up into the mountains beyond Mata Ortiz. Imagine an extended excursion of several days to La Junta, where the tracks join those of the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad. Of course you couldn't travel on those active tracks, but from there you could make a short train trip to Copper Canyon and come back to where you left your rail bikeŃor sell your rail bike to the locals and come home another way.
Carl's a retired art/industrial arts teacher and enjoys making and figuring out things. He said he only had a few minutes to ride his rail bike because everybody else in town wanted to ride it. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of it, he says,
but then it's super! Quiet, smooth. Very comfortable, stays on the track and a lot of fun. It could be ridden up the track or down to Casas GrandesŃI would think an hour or so to Casas Grandes. Juan Quezada, Jorge Quinta and others rode it and gave their stamp of approvalŃas well as numerous kids.The cost of building the bike is very lowŃfrom $2-$5 or less, depending on what you find lying around, plus four skateboard/scooter/rollerblade type wheels. No heavy-duty machinery or welding.
It would be fun to use on abandoned tracks here in the United States. Carl can be reached by email at
SILVER JEWELRY INDUSTRY IN MATA ORTIZ
Can you picture Mata Ortiz designs translated into silver? Micky Vanderwagen (505-527-1438), of Mesilla, New Mexico, has purchased the historic land and buildings that once was the site of the Pearson Sawmill adjoining Mata Ortiz on the north. The property is already being referred to "Rancho Miki." He has leased out the agricultural operation and converted the buildings into silver workshops, which should be operational by this summer. Micky will do the teaching. Any and all who are interested are welcome. Tuition will be free or nominal. Micky's goal is a silver jewelry industry with a wholly "new look," using only Mata Ortiz designs and, so far as possible, only stones from the local area. The initial curriculum includes hand working silver, silver casting, leather tooling, lapidary, and facetted-gem cutting. Contact the Calendar (775-482-2038; fax 5897).sm at look.net
MATA ORTIZ FOUNDATION REPORTS LIBRARY UNDERWAY
The Mata Ortiz Foundation, set up as a fund of the International Community Foundation of San Diego, a 502 (c) (3) entity, is dedicated to working with the people of Mata Ortiz to benefit their community by combining tax-deductible donations from here with local resources. Unidos por Mata Ortiz, a non-profit formed in the village, initiates village projects and requests Foundation grants. In January of last year, Unidos decided to make their first project a community library. Manuel Mora, school teacher and president of Unidos, studied the process via a university extension course and obtained the necessary federal and state approvals together with a promise of books and materials. A private Mexican supplier of educational materials has donated educational videos. County (municipio) officials agreed to provide an employee to staff the library, and the Ejido ofMata Ortiz turned over a building along the river street. So the library now exists, but there is more to do before it will be fully functioning. FurnishingsŃtables and chairs, desks, lights, shelvingŃmust be obtained and installed, and the building must be expanded to accommodate bathrooms, computers and videos.
The Foundation is now appealing to friends of Mata Ortiz for donations for furnishing the library, and a Mexican nonprofit in Chihuahua City has agreed to match dollar for dollar. If this appeal succeeds, the Foundation will process a second grant for building expansion and related equipment. You can help by sending your tax-exempt gift to the Mata Ortiz Foundation at 1420 Kettner Blvd, Suite 500, San Diego CA 92101. Contact Walter P. Parks, Foundation Advisor (909-684-4224), 6154 Hawarden, Riverside CA 92506 wparks at pe.netMeanwhile, if you wish to give or know how to obtain general-interest books in Spanish, Jim Bruemmer (505-589-0801, matapot at aol.com) makes frequent trips to the village and will transport books from El Paso.
"TREE OF LIFE" BY TIBURCIO SOTENO
May Herz shares with us, from her collection, a wonderful Arbol de la Vida, representing the story of Juan Quezada, including his meeting with Spencer MacCallum. This tree of life was handcrafted by one of Mexico's most popular artists, Tiburcio Soteno. A lovely example of Mexican folk art, it can be viewed on May's web site at: http://www.mexicanceramic.com/arbol/arboljuan.htm
PROTECTIVE RINGS FOR POTS
Most collectors support pots on rings to avoid scratching the bottom and, in earthquake prone areas, to stabilize them. While clay rings are available in the village, the often preferred acrylic rings have been hard to find. There are two good sources. "Cylinder acrylic riser sets" (Cat. #408037/37) designed for elevating pots in display are available from Rio Grand (800-545-6566), 7500 Bluewater NW, Albuquerque NM 87121. Each set of three includes one 2" x 2" (diameter x height), one 3x3, and one 4x4. They are 1/8" thickness. Per-set price ranges from $19.45 for 1 or 2 to $15.97 for 12 or more.
High quality rings for an especially handsome effect are made by trader Herman Knechtle (626-447-1346), 140 E. Santa Clara Street #16, Arcadia CA 91006. They are cast rather than extruded, have greater wall thickness (3/16" for the first 4 sizes and thereafter 1/4"), are beveled 45 degrees on the upper edge, and flame polished. Herman is an exacting craftsman. Heights range from 3/4" to 1 1/2". Nine diameters are available, from 2" to 6" by half-inch increments. Cost $6 to $15 each.
Protective rings can also be made from small tubing. Richard Erlanger, of Saga Gallery, South Norwalk, CT, who gives one to each customer who buys a pot, explains how: "Ask at any good quality hardware store for clear vinyl tubing for, say, air conditioning draining. A popular size is 5/8" outside dimension (OD) by 3/8" inside dimension (ID). Cut a short length (1" or so) of the next smaller size, for example 3 /8" OD by 1/4" ID, and with spittle insert it like a plug into the ends of the larger size tube, which has been precut into a suitable ring size for the pot you wish to support, and draw the ends together. The next smaller combination (3/8"OD x 1/4"ID) works well when held together by the next smaller size, 1/4"OD x.170 ID. (Note: With the 1/4" tubing you are better off using the heavier frosted white vinyl tubing). Now you've a nice clear ring with the ends firmly plugged together. Display the pot with the seam turned to the back. If the final ring is too large, cut it to suit. Experiment with sizes for both aesthetics and safety. Very thick tubing does not bend easily, and the very thin sometimes does not hold a curve. Avoid inexpensive tubing like that offered by Home Depot that doesn't have the heft to keep a smooth curve."
Note: For serious earthquake protection, weight a pot with a "bean bag" of sand or lead shot. Then secure the supporting acrylic ring to the shelf with Museum Wax, Museum Putty or clear Museum Gel (but don't put any of these on the pot itself because they will stain), available from FWH, Seattle. Contact Florence Helliesen at 206-285-1755.
RESTORING GRASSLANDS IN MATA ORTIZ
A fascinating idea for Mata Ortiz, where many cattle have died on the over-grazed mountain range, is to restore the rich prairie grass that once grew there. That tall grass, now almost gone, was the attraction that drew Juan Quezada's family to settle in the area when he was a small child. A method of moving the cattle in a coordinated way has proven successful in several range areas of southern Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Sonora. That story is told in Dan Dagget's book, Beyond the Rangeland Conflict: Toward a West that Works (Reno: University of Nevada at Reno Press, distributors).A touching detail: prong-horn antelope are being sighted again in those areas because they can give birth to their young in the tall grass, safely concealed from the view of coyotes. Tom Fresh approached Dan Dagget and later discussed the possibilities with Juan Quezada and other cattlemen in Mata Ortiz. If interest warrants, a volunteer advisory team will visit Mata Ortiz. Dan Dagget's email: dandagget at aol.com http://www.ecoresults.org It is counterintuitive but true that healthy grass requires not less but increased numbers of cattle, bunched and moved in a coordinated way over the grasslands to break up the hardened soil. Buffalo once served this function on the Plains. Contact the Calendar (7750482-2038; Fax 5897), Box 180, Tonopah NV 89049.sm at look.net
Master potter Jorge Quintana and Tom Fresh experimented to develop a solar kiln of non-exotic, simple construction. In experiments at Tom's home near Idyllwild CA temperatures were reached that have melted Pyrex. The problem is not heat so much as an even distribution. The two pursued the project as a technical challenge without knowing whether it might have any practical consequences. Tom is presently convalescing from a serious illness. Until his health returns, any who are interested in participating in these experiments should contact Jorge Quintana or Spencer MacCallum (775-482-2038; Fax 5897), Box 180, Tonopah NV 89049.sm at look.net
PERSONAL NOTES AND MISCELLANY
Beginning this issue, Tito Carrillo (520-861-2068), of Tucson, willbe our Socials Editor, providing information about weddings, obits, quincea–eras, and other events of interest about Mata Ortiz and its extended Latino/Gringo family north of the line. Please notify Tito or us when you learn of interesting happenings of a social nature.
Vicente ("Chente") Matus, a Yaqui-American and a new trader, and his wife Maria have purchased George Weiss' renovated home in Barrio Porvenir. They plan to retire in Porvenir after living 40 years in the Mission district of San Francisco, where Maria is with the SF Public Library. Maria both sells and lectures on Mata Ortiz art. Welcome, Chente and Maria!
Efraín Lucero has been named the new comisario of the Mata Ortiz ejido. He is a potter, as are his sons, Efraín Jr. and César (who is married to Miriam Gallegos, daughter of Hector and Graciela). Mr. Lucero wants it to be known that his services are available to any guests while they are in Mata Ortiz or if they should have problems on the road. He can be reached at home at 698-5207; we'll give a better number next month.
Letters to the Editor
Opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Calendar
All quiet from our readers this month!
Following several requests, Emi and I are trying out classifieds. No charge, but please limit your item to about 30 words. If this isn't fun, we won't continue it!
FOR RENT: Virginia Gift rents her home in Mata Ortiz for periods of up to three months while she's in Paris. Also, while in Mata Ortiz, she rents her apartment (small but reeking in charm) in a 17th century building in the historic center ofParis. Phone her in Paris (01-42-33-20-74), email vgift at attglobal, or locate her through her son Chris in Laguna, CA (949-244-5033).
WANTED TO SOLVE A MYSTERY: Has anyone heard of a 35 mm film, "The Gran Chichimeca: Casas Grandes and the people of the southwest" by Charles DiPeso? It was made in 1974 by The Reading Laboratory, South Norwalk, Conn., which is no longer in existence, and no one - not even the Amerind - knows where a copy is today. If you've a clue, please contact the Calendar.
The MATA ORTIZ CALENDAR OF EVENTS is published and updated monthly by Spencer and Emalie MacCallum (775-482-2038), Box 180, Tonopah NV 89049; email: sm at look.net - Email subscriptions free upon request. Parts or all of the Calendar can be viewed at these web sites:
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