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Base of operations: Mexico
A resident of Worcester, MA, Mari Seder lives over half the year in Oaxaca, Mexico. For three years, she has taught this workshop in Oaxaca with Mexican artist, Humberto Batista for the Worcester Art Museum where she,also, lectures and gives workshops. She is a finalist and recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Photography and a three time recipient of the Kinnicutt travel Award from the Worcester Art Museum. Her work is in several collections, (Lehigh University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Historical Museum and Fototeca, Havana). Her work was juried into the Photogaphy Resource Center of Boston, University 2011 auction exhibit. Her most recent exhibition was at the Centro Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photography Museum in Oaxaca .
Born in Zacatecas, studied art in Mexico City, Humberto Batista has lived in Oaxaca for thirty years. He has taught off-site workshops for the Art Institute of Kansas City for several years, and for the Worcester Art Museum with Mari His paintings and sculpture reflect his knowledge of art and pre-Columbian culture and have been exhibited widely in the United States and Mexico. In 2008, he received the prestigious Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Grant. Humberto is represented by galleria Arte de Oaxaca and Polanco gallery in San Francisco. He is one of the featured artists in the recently publish bi-lingual book “Oaxaca Mexican Cultural Heritage”. His assemblage work can be seen in Los Angeles at Galeria la Luz de Jesus and hia paintinga and collages at Galeria Polanco in San Francisco.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M20737 has been in existence since February 2008 under the auspices of the Worcester Art Museum. As of September 2011, It is now owned and managed by the two artists, Mari Seder and Humberto Batista.
2. What is your company's mission?
The mission is to develop and deliver art workshops for adults that will be integrated with the culture of Mexico with the emphasis on Oaxacan culture.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialize in collage, photography, painting and mixed media.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Mari Seder has lectured and taught for the Worcester Art Museum. She was a full time professor of education specializing in children's art for 16 years at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester , Massachusetts. Humberto Batista is an artist working in assemblage, collage and painting in Oaxaca. For several years, he taught collage classes to students from Kansas City Art Institute. He is represented in Oaxaca at Galeria Arte de Oaxaca.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
The most popular workshops are the collage and photography workshops featuring the folk dance festival, Guelaguetza in the summer and Carnival in the winter. These workshops are developed around these celebrations because of the cultural uniqueness and richness of the indigenous population of Oaxaca and the color and light in the city itself.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"This is the best art class I have ever taken. As well as teaching technique, Humberto and Mari brought their years of unusually rich experience to inspiring and encouraging each student. Simply visiting Oaxaca is wonderful, but to be taken through places and experiences under the guidance of two artists familiar with the territory was invaluable. This venture into understanding the soul of Oaxaca, while being encouraged in creating work of my own, was a life changing experience." Carol D, San Francisco, CA.
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