Saturday, January 11th, 18th & 25th and February 1st from 12pm-3pm on the half hour. RSVPs are strongly suggested by emailing Angi at email@example.com
Nacimiento is the nativity scene representing the birth of Christ and during the Christmas Season in Mexico it becomes the center of the home. Traditionally, nacimientos are displayed and saved year after year and are often passed on from generation to generation. Nacimientos are complex, captivating and can be made from a variety of materials.
In the BMOFA's Exhibit you will find handmade nacimiento made from clay, glass, wood, straw, metal, beads and more. These scenes come in a variety of sizes and interpretation. Most nacimientos have the Holy Family, with animals, angels, and Wise Men. Traditionally el Nino Jesus (Baby Jesus) is placed in the manager on Christmas Eve and the Wise Men, Gaspard, Melchior, and Balthazar, are placed in the nacimento on January 6th, King's Day.
All participants of the Nacimiento Tours will receive a 10% discount at the Brander Vineyard Tasting Room.
Today, in villages, towns, and cities throughout Michoacán, is a deeply rooted tradition of skilled artisans working to craft leather, clay, fabric, metal, plant fibers, stone, and wood into both phenomenal works of art and tools for daily life. With origins dating back to the Purépecha empire, the folk art of the diverse region illustrates how enduring their customs have persisted even as they have had to evolve during colonial occupation and modern life. Behind each object shown in this exhibition is an individual artist who presents to you a part of their culture, a part of their community, and a part of themselves.
Unique to the Michoacán crafts is how each individual art form is specialized within villages and regions of the state. The copper tub and plate with snakes were forged in Santa Clara del Cobre while the glazed ceramic pineapples famously hail from San Jose de Gracia. Our reed animals and plant fiber craftsare unique to areas around Lake Patzcuaro such as the village of Ihuatzio; an exquisitely carved chest was crafted in the region of Cuanajo; and the lacquered items are acquired from Uruapan. This uncommon division of crafts between distinct cities was conceived by the first bishop of Michoacán, Vasco de Quiroga (1478-1565), who was instrumental in helping out the indigenous of the land in preserving their ancient artistic practices as well as introducing new techniques that have lasted till today.
Much of the artistry that is presented within this exhibit was displayed during the 2017 Concurso Estatal de Artesanías de Noche de Muertos, a competition where artisans are able to have their worked judged and presented to a broad audience. Here we present to you some of these products as well as additional, vibrantly made works of art from Michoácan.