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Women and children sit around a table indoors with a mound of clay and etching tools.

Verónica Castillo leads a workshop at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in the Arts and Industries Building.

Photo by Daniel Martinez Gonzalez, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

  • San Antonio Event: Tree of Life & Ceramics Workshop with Verónica Castillo

    As an extension of the Creative Encounters: Living Religions in the U.S. program, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is hosting a ceramics workshop with artist and folklorist Verónica Castillo on Monday, November 20. This family-friendly evening event takes place at Galeria E.V.A. in San Antonio, Texas.

    Visitors can try their hand at clay painting, learn about Castillo’s polychromatic ceramic art, and indulge in comida callejera poblana (Puebla-style Mexican street food) accompanied by live music. Recommended for ages ten and up, the event will be presented bilingually in English and Spanish. With a limited capacity of fifty attendees, early registration is encouraged. Tickets cost $75, which includes workshop materials, food, and drinks. American Sign Language interpretation or real-time captioning may be provided by request.

    Read the complete event details and register on Eventbrite.

    Verónica Castillo is an internationally acclaimed artist from Izúcar de Matamoros, Puebla, México. At a very young age, under the tutelage of her parents, renowned artists Don Alfonso Castillo Orta and Doña Soledad Martha Hernández Báez, she was exposed to the artistic technique of working in polychromatic ceramics, a tradition passed on from generation to generation. She continues to build upon these traditions while focusing on contemporary issues of injustice and inequality.

    Her exhibits have achieved national and international recognition ranging from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago to the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico. In 2013, Verónica Castillo received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award. She is the owner of Galeria E.V.A. (Ecos y Voces de Arte), a gallery on the southside of San Antonio. Together with an international network of artists, E.V.A. offers the space and support for various forms of cultural art to thrive.

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