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Friends of Mexican Art hosts annual Phoenix home tour Feb. 24

The doors to four Phoenix homes will be opened to the public as part of the Friends of Mexican Art’s Home Tour and Mexican Mercado 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24.

Ticket holders for the special fund-raising event will be invited to experience homes that contain fascinating, even spectacular collections. Art, especially Mexican art, dominates, adorning all surfaces in the homes to be toured.

Tickets are $35.

What pulls the collections together is the homeowners’ love of the art works and their inventiveness in displaying them.

Dealers in Mexican art will have items for sale at The Mercado, which will be held at one of the homes on the tour. A portion of the proceeds of the Mercado will also benefit Friends of Mexican Art and its goals.
Scheduled for the FOMA home tour are:

* A typical 1953 ranch house that the homeowner has remodeled and relandscaped over the past 20 years. The collection is mainly Tlaquepaque pottery with many vintage pieces from the 1920s and ‘30s. The homeowner also lived in Oaxaca during the 1990s doing research for an anthropology doctorate degree, and acquired hand-made Indian village folk art pottery from that area.

* A contemporary Southwest, this home has been renovated to feature the Native American and modern Latin collection of the owners. The homeowner owns a gallery, which features Latin American art, so there is much to choose from in decorating. The home has a 14-foot outdoor facade, 11-foot ceilings, a formal dining room and stained cement floors.

* A modern exterior design and desert landscaping will greet the visitor to the third home. Inside, the decor is eclectic with elements of Mexican (an entire room dedicated to Day of the Dead), touches of Native American and a room featuring theater chairs decorated with Bogart/Bacall and a mural depicting “Casablanca.”

• The fourth home has an in-home studio where the owners create mosaic murals, sculptures, flower pots, picture frames and wall hangings for their house and garden. In the garden, there is a Mexican town depicted in river rock, glass and tile, along with real and mosaic saguaros.

For almost 45 years, Phoenix-based Friends of Mexican Art has dedicated itself to raising funds for the purpose of purchasing Mexican art for Arizona museums, underwriting Mexican art exhibitions in the state, publishing exhibition catalogues and assisting in the restoration of important Mexican cultural landmarks in danger of deterioration or destruction.

Tickets are available at Fiesta Furnishings,15320 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago, Chandler; The Purple Lizard, 2827 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix; and Arte de la Vida, 37 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson.

Tickets will also available online at www.friendsofmexicanart.org.

On the day of the home tour, call 602-334-6585 for the location where tickets can be purchased directly.

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