Visitor Center to Host Latin American Art Show and Sale

Mata Ortiz Pottery

Master Mata Ortiz potter Jorge Quintana is one of the artists featured at the Latin American Show & Sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center May 24-26.

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News Release Date:

May 8, 2014
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343
Contact: Sophia Wong, 805-370-2302

CALABASAS, Calif. – An impressive variety of Oaxacan wood carvings, Mata Ortiz pottery and Zapotec rugs will be featured in the Latin American Art Show & Sale at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Memorial Day weekend. The traveling event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26.

"We're so fortunate to have these amazing artists visit our community to demonstrate their artistry and traditions," said Sophia Wong, store manager for the interagency visitor center.

Attendees can meet premier Oaxacan wood carver Jacobo Angeles and master Mata Ortiz potter Jorge Quintana. Wood carving demonstrations will be held daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Pottery demonstrations will also be held daily at 12, 1 and 3:00 p.m.

The art show and sale is co-sponsored by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association, which operates a national park store at the visitor center.

Proceeds support education, outreach and research initiatives for the Santa Monica Mountains. More information can be found at or by calling 805-370-2301. 

DIRECTIONS: The visitor center is located near the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road at 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA, 91302. 

Did You Know?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.