Art Walk - May

May 4, 2018  |  5PM - 7PM  |  Bainbridge Public Library  |  Admission: Free

1st Friday Art Walk reception with Daphne Stewart and Elizabeth Dequine

Mayan Textiles of Guatemala

Please join us at the Bainbridge Public Library for the First Friday May Art Walk reception and exhibit featuring vintage and modern pieces of Guatemalan textiles. There will also be a sale of recently purchased and vintage items on the opening night of the Art Walk. The display will be available for viewing in the large library conference room during the month of May.  Drop by!  

Podcast about Exhibit
Daphne Stewart
In the late 1960's and early 1970's my parents started to make annual trips to the highlands of Guatemala and eventually in the mid 1970's they purchased a house on Lake Atitlan, aproximately half way between the towns of Panajachel and Santa Caterina Palapo. While exploring their new, and at times dangerous, second country my Mother made visits to homes and markets in small towns and villages and collected what my Father called her "Rags”.

I was studying spinning, weaving and dyeing in the Bay Area at this time so she often sent me pieces she thought I would like. These pieces are on display here. Several other weavings I purchased traveling from market to market with her in the 1990's. 
Elizabeth Dequine
I first went to  the Lake Aticlan section of Gualemala in 2009 to take on the position of Principal of a local International School. I quickly grew to love the people, the culture and the incredible beauty of the lake. I now spend winters there and each year I bring back weavings I have collected, partly because they are beautiful and partly because the women who sell them so desperately need the money. Some are older, more traditional pieces, others have a little sparkle which is favored by the younger women. 
Support Local Cooperativo
A portion of the profits from the sale of these items will return to the  Cooperativo Flor de Pericón y Flor Ixcaco, San Juan La Laguna, in Guatemala which helps support native families by giving them a market for their beautiful weavings.