Thursday, December 4, 2008

Adios a La Mano

It's a sign of the times. The extraordinary painters and printmakers at Los Angeles' La Mano Press have decided to call it quits. For the past 14 years Artemio Rodriguez and Silvia Capistran and their ever-growing community have done as much as anyone in this country to promote Latin American arts and artists. La Mano has been a cultural center organizing exhibitions, offering workshops in traditional and modern crafts, and publishing gorgeous limited edition books.

And of course, they launched the legendary Graficomovil, a traveling mural, mobile cinema, gallery and print studio which is touring the country as you read this.

Rodriguez and Capistran are going to focus on their work in Mexico, including the burgeoning "El Huerto" project, a new center for ecology and arts in Michoácan, built from an old adobe house and featuring a demonstration ecological house, a childrens library, a cafe and workshop space.

The very last La Mano event will be the upcoming Christmas sale on Dec. 5-7 which features new and old work by Silvia & Artemio, as well as prints, crafts, jewelry, books and paintings by Javier Granados, Jose Lozano, Emilia Garcia, Burnt Tortilla Creations, Colectiva Mujeres en Movimiento, and many more. If you're in LA, stop by, offer your support, and wish them well. They've earned it.

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