‘Tis the season for the AANY craft fair

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Beautiful sculptures, jewelry pieces and textiles from local artisans are available for purchase this weekend at the AANY fair.
Beautiful sculptures, jewelry pieces and textiles from local artisans are available for purchase this weekend at the AANY fair.

Mérida, Yucatán — In time for the gift-giving season, the AANY’s expansive crafts fair Arte a Mano returns to Avenida Itzáes. 

The show is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4. 

Amusing carvings headed to the AANY fair Arte a Mano.
Amusing carvings headed to the AANY fair Arte a Mano.

Once again it is at the CANACO hall, Avenida Itzáes at Calle 31 (map), three blocks to the south of Clinica de Mérida.  

Since 2008 AANY has sponsored 13 exhibits of craft artists.  This year, over 60 artists will participate in the exhibit, which in English is called “Art by Hand.”  

Elegant ceramics are among the wares presented at the AANY fair, Arte a Mano.
Elegant ceramics are among the wares presented at the AANY fair, Arte a Mano.

Artists participate by invitation from the AANY committee members who base their decisions on originality, execution and use of materials.   

What you will see at an AANY show are artists who sew, sculpt, carve, assemble, string, build, construct and reimagine.   

You will see artists who sell their work commercially, exhibiting next to artists who work out of their homes. What they have in common is creativity, originality and a passion for their work.

One of the goals of Arte a Mano is to introduce the work of new artists. Throughout the year, the AANY committee travels throughout the Yucatán Peninsula to identify new artists who might be studio artists, folk artists or artists producing high-quality traditional work.

They choose new artists to show their wares in this very popular venue, hoping this will allow them to expand their audience and make a living as artists.

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