Oaxacan wood carvings have been around for less than 60 years, they have become one of the most popular folk art styles in Mexico. The monos de Madera or alebrijes as they are called in Spanish were originally created by carver Manuel Jimenez but soon became so popular that other people from his town and a few other communities in Oaxaca began carving to have an extra income. The economic boom created by the popularity of these colorful creatures has given many families the chance to have a better life in one of the poorest areas of the country.
In the 1940’s, with the construction of the Pan-American Highway, Oaxaca opened up to
tourism. Folk art stores were opened in Oaxca City and the Monte Alban archeological site and artisans finally had an outlet for their crafts.
Mach 21st marked the day of World Wood Day and International Day of Forests. This day highlighted wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and raises awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation.
Quinta Mazatlan is proud to display an array of folk art pieces depicting this time honored tradition. The Folk Art Room features over 1,400 pieces of art from Ann Maddox Moore’s private collection. Long-time McAllen native, art collector, enthusiast and community supporter, Ann Moore has accumulated Mexican folk art for over 40 years. The detailed
work on each piece is exceptionally creative and shows the artistic ability of each artesian.
Want to learn more about the history of the area and Quinta Mazatlan? History tours are offered every Friday 10am -11am and are included in the General Admission fee: $2 Children under 12, $2 Seniors (65+) and $3 Adults. Free admission to members and children ages 4 years & below. For groups with 10 or more are required to call in advance and schedule a Private Tour.
Private bookings are available. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, TX.