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Artists from Alamos plan visit this week to Scottsdale Artist School


The small village of Alamos, Sonora, Mexico has been a Sister City of Scottsdale since 1969 and continues to inspire creativity in the local and visiting artists. 


The village is nestled in a valley of the Mexican Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains.  Its cobble stone streets are nestled between restored old (1700 - early1800) Spanish villas. The arches, cornices and interior squares not only inspire artists, but are popular educational experiences for future architects. Alamos has been designated as a “Pueblo Magico” by the Mexican government.  


Scottsdale is the first Arizona city to have a sister city in Mexico. 


The Scottsdale Artist School and Scottsdale Sister Cities Association have invited 14 of the best Alamos artists and artisans to display their latest works in Scottsdale on March 19 – 30, 2024.  Their creations will be open to the public, free of charge, at the Scottsdale Artist’s School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Viewing will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Five of the artists and artisans are coming from Alamos and will be attending the exhibition Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23.  A free reception with refreshments is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, providing the public an opportunity to meet and discuss their works. 


Attendees of the reception will be encouraged to join the Alamos artists in the Old Town Scottsdale Art Walk immediately following.


Two free workshops will be offered on Saturday, March 23, also at the Scottsdale Artist’s School.


Starting at 9 a.m., Artist Ana Luisa Garcia Mendez will lead a class on the use of clay. Attendees will be able to use unique clay from Alamos that helps make Ana Luisa’s clay objects so very special.  Her own best-known pieces are clay doves and sculptured dolls.  Some of her special creations will be included in the exhibition.


A second workshop will be led by Ana Alejandra Anaya Rojo on traditional drawing at 11 a.m.  Ana Alejandra’s specialties that will be on display at the exhibit include paintings of Alamos landscape, architecture, and culture in oil.


For the young budding artists, while the workshops are taking place, special youth art activities will be taking place on the patio of the Scottsdale Artist’s School.


This will be the third Alamos Artists and Artisans Exhibit and Reception. The success of the first two has resulted in it being held at the Artist School in Scottsdale for the first time.


Reservations are not required but are encouraged for the workshops to guarantee a place at the table. Go to:  https://www.scottsdalesistercities.org/events/artists-of-alamos-workshops-at-scottsdale-artists-school