Folk art in its purest form is a fusion between the community and the individual artist. It is an art form that can be compared to the culture of winemaking, ranging from a generic and communal level of expression to an individual creation of an artisan. For example, Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) altars and offerings can be compared to Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, whereas the alebrijes (fantastical figurines) of Pedro Linares are more similar to first-growth Bordeaux and single vineyard Grand Cru Burgundy wines. Yet, the entire spectrum of both folk art and winemaking reject the industrial process to create “one of a kind” works of art that are products of their community and environment.
The Brander Museum of Folk Art seeks to foster an appreciation and enjoyment of the artesanía, or crafts, of Latin America by presenting exhibitions that both illustrate the visual traditions rooted in the community as well as exemplify the richness and beauty of the culture.
Fred Brander, Chairman of the Board & Treasure
Laura Gaspar, President
Ricki Morse, Treasurer and Secretary
Steve Hiatt, Director
Paula Lopez, Director
Fred Brander, Director
Laura Gaspar, Assistant Director
Angi Daus, Opperations Manager