As many of you may know, Manos de Mexicanos is fully funded and supported by our primary business, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. Both Manos de Mexicanos and Steve’s are located on the low-lying Red Hook waterfront Civil War era Pier-41. Both were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy’s passing, with waist-high water flooding the entire pier. Our entire neighborhood suffered tremendous losses.
The bakery was offered the opportunity to relocate, and they took it. As a result, our gallery will be temporarily shuttered as of the end of March. Eventually, as Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies gains more footprint in the new location, Manos de Mexicanos will reopen. But for now, we have to utilize our new space as effectively as we can. In addition, once we do reopen, there will be some exciting new changes.
Victoria and I remain committed to seeing our project through, and while we have been met with this critical setback, we have no plans on shuttering our doors permanently. The relocation will be a financial hardship, as even under “normal” circumstances, but being effected by the financial losses delivered with Hurricane Sandy, our GoFundMe campaign is even more important. Contributions to our bakery’s recovery translate into contributions to the survival of Manos de Mexicanos, and we urge you to help us in this effort if you are able to.
From now until the end of March, Manos de Mexicanos is offering a tremendous discount on our current inventory. 50% off all Oaxacan ceramics from the renowned Aguilar Sisters, 50% off all alebrijes, 50% off our collection of Talevera plates and bowls, Huichol yarn paintings and more. Out Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec weavings from Casa Cruz will see a 20% discount. this represents a tremendous opportunity to same on museum-quality Mexican folk art.
About Manos de Mexicanos, For any serious collector or aficionado of fine Mexican Folk Art, Manos de Méxicanos is working diligently to offer a permanent place for museum quality pieces from some of Mexico’s preeminent artisans, as well as works from lesser known artisanos who are preserving dying traditional forms of Mexican Folk Art. Even in light of our current situation, we invite you to look around or visit us at our gallery located on the Brooklyn Waterfront.
In addition to our Zapotec tapetes and Oaxacan ceramics, we recently returned from a two week road trip back to the amazing town of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, where we were able to get a number of pieces to add to our collection. We have many Concourso (the annual State-run Mata Ortiz competition) winners represented , including the 2012 Best in Show winners, husband and wife team Laura Bugarini Cota and Hector Gallegos, and Javier Martinez Mendez, including his 2012 award winning pot from this years Concurso.
We do not offer internet sales nor do we plan to. We believe that these pieces need to be seen up close and personal. If you see any piece in particular that you are interested in, please contact us for detailed information or additional images. Please check our blog-pages, visit us (and like us) on FaceBook, or follow us on Twitter. Again, if you are able to assist our sole-supporting parent business, please visit our fundraising campaign on GoFundMe.