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A Pre-Columbian Museum experience at the White Bear Art Center

Posted July 12, 2017 @ 5:27pm | by Melanie

A Pre-Columbian Museum experience at the White Bear Art CenterWhat a great exercise it was to convert the beautiful artful space, to a museum experience, for a ten day show. Peru has the largest collection of ancient textiles in the world and I have spent many hours over the course of three decades in those museums.The past year’s designs...

 

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How the Andes inspire an artist's painting

Posted June 11, 2017 @ 10:46am | by Melanie

These oil paintings were inspired by Jennifer’s recent trip to Peru, what talent! Jennifer & Dan walked into ArtAndes during Art A Whirl 2016, since then they joined my Feb trip and Jennifer is going back again on the Nov hiking trip.There are a lifetime of paintings that await her. I am...

 

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A spiritual heir & true descendant of the Inca civilization.

Posted April 19, 2017 @ 7:31am | by Melanie

A spiritual heir & true descendant of the Inca civilization.I think of my friend Pascuala Mescco Pumayalli frequently. I’ve been fortunate to have Pascuala stay with me two times, and me with her. It is so impressive how her daily rituals are tied to her ancient traditions. At dawn we went walking through the ruins in Chinchero. It hadn’t even...

 

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Weaving survives the Moto Taxi!

Posted January 19, 2017 @ 8:32pm | by Melanie

There has been a steady decline of talented young male weavers for the past decade. The Spanish influenced style of tapestry weave at ArtAndes, is done on a floor loom, and is mostly a male craft. The Pre-Inca style backstop weave from the Cusco area, is dominated by women and has managed to...

 

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Gratitude

Posted December 13, 2016 @ 4:58pm | by Melanie

GratitudeHaving recently had the honor to exhibit at the Art Gallery of Plymouth Congregational Church, it’s filled me with gratitude at a time when it’s most welcome.It’s been an interesting exercise & learning experience to set up an ArtAndes Retrospective. Looking back over...

 

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An Inca chuspa inspires

Posted October 2, 2016 @ 2:23pm | by Melanie

An Inca chuspa inspires The primary source for most ArtAndes rug designs is rooted in Pre-Inca Peruvian culture. However this 'Chuspa' or Coca Leaf Bag is inspired by the Inca Culture from 1460. I just LOVE how it turned out. The last Lima museum visit made with the Quispe family continues to add rug...

 

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