Friends of Mexican Art’s annual Hacienda Tour and Mercado is our organization’s most important fund-raiser of the year. Ticket holders for this special event will be treated to an intimate look at exceptional homes and the important collections their owners have amassed from a variety of countries around the world.
At the Mercado, dealers in Mexican and Latin American art have items for sale. A portion of the proceeds of the Mercado benefits Friends of Mexican Art and its goals. FOMA members and the general public are given the opportunity to learn and appreciate Mexican (and other) art more fully through the tour. The Mercado affords everyone the chance to begin or add to a collection of Mexican and/or Latin American art. The event allows the public to become more aware of FOMA and its mission, encourages new membership, and promotes friendship and goodwill toward our organization. Make the Hacienda Tour and Mercado part of your annual calendar!
The doors to four Phoenix homes will be opened to the public as part of the Friends of Mexican Art’s HOME TOUR and MEXICAN MERCADO scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased after January 30, 2015, for $35.
Ticket holders for this special fund-raising event will be invited to experience homes that have historical importance and contain fascinating, eclectic art adorning all available surfaces. What pulls these collections together is the homeowners’ love of the art works and their inventiveness in displaying it. Come and surround yourself with creativity and discover the fun of collecting.
At the MERCADO, which will be held at one of the homes, dealers in Mexican art will have items for sale. A portion of the proceeds of the Mercado will also benefit Friends of Mexican Art and its goals.
Here are the homes scheduled for the FOMA 2015 tour:
•El Chaparral which was built in 1936 as the winter home of Jack and Henrietta Louis, is currently home to their granddaughter and her family. This beautifully preserved Arcadia residence was designed by the architect of Camelback Inn, Edward Loomis Bowes, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The homeowners have planted 40 citrus trees, a desert garden and raised beds for seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs. They are also enthusiastic art collectors and have works by Kevin Sloan, Jim Davis, Jon Muth, and Philip Curtis to mention only a few. This lovely home has history, art and soul.
•This 1952 ranch style home in Fairway Park features a sprawling desert landscaped front and a generous open backyard. Inside, the original rounded brick fireplace shares space with artworks by R.C. Gormon, Frank Howell, Delona Roberts, Diane Hansen and Alexandra Nechita, to name but a few. The home has a wonderful southwestern feel along with a varied assortment of artworks . It will be the location of this year’s MERCADO!
•Built in 1957, this completely remodeled ranch in Sherwood Heights houses an eclectic art collection that is the result of the homeowner’s world travels, which includes visits to 48 countries. There are paintings by Beverly McIver, Ed Mell and Kevin Sloan, photographs by Bob Carey and Malcolm Lightner, an opium bed from Bali, a chandelier from the Grand Bizarre in Istanbul and many Buddha heads and figures placed indoors and out. In addition to the Buddha heads, the outdoor spaces feature palo verde trees, palms, water features, rare cactus species and large sculptures by Kevin Caron. All this comes with a spectacular view of Camelback Mountain and Papago Buttes.
•Casa Amable - Friendly House - is an Arcadia adobe with history, character, and artwork everywhere. Originally built in 1915, though a portion of the structure is believed to date back to 1895, this home was constructed on a land grant from 23rd U.S. president - Benjamin Harrison. It as been cared for lovingly by its residents over the years and was a Designer’s Showcase home in 1990. The current owner purchased the home in 1997 and filled it with his extensive collection of Mexican and Spanish Colonial antiques and a wide array of fine art. There are courtyards and small nooks placed around the home that are perfect for relaxation and reflection. Casa Amable is a private oasis in the middle of Arcadia.
Tickets will be available after January 30 at the following retail stores: Fiesta Furnishings (cash or check only at this location) ,15320 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, 480-951-3239; Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago, Chandler, 480-782-2695; The Purple Lizard, 2827 N. 15th Ave., Phoenix, 602-728-0980; Arte de la Vida, 37 N. Tucson Blvd, Tucson, 520-297-6720 (cash or check only at this location), and Pearson & Company, 7022 E. Main, Scottsdale, 602-840-6447.
•Tickets are $35 each; tickets are a brochure with home descriptions and a map to guide visitors from home to home.
•On the day of the home tour, call 602-334-6585 for the location where tickets can be purchased directly.
•For more information call 602-334-6585 or go to the FOMA website: www.friendsofmexicanart.org.