The Phoenix Fridas Celebrate Kahlo's July 6 Birthday at Burton Barr Central Library
In honor of what would have been Frida Kahlo's 106th birthday, the Phoenix Fridas are preparing a celebration fit for a queen.
Starting on July's First Friday with the exhibition "Celebrating Frida" at Burton Barr Central Library, the local group of artists and artisans will pay homage to the Mexican painter with a display of artwork inspired by her life and work.
The Phoenix Fridas group was founded by Kathy Cano-Murillo in 2004 as a way to motivate and support Latinas in the arts and crafts community. The rotating group of members currently includes 10 talented women: Cano-Murillo, Carmen Guerrero, Emily Costello, Anita Mabante Leach, Annalisa Rios, Monique Sanderson-Mata, Michele Delgado, Gloria Casillas-Martinez, Veronica Verdugo-Lornell, and Diana Calderon.
Though the styles and backgrounds of the members are quite different, there is one thing they all share: an affinity for Kahlo.
The exhibition opens Friday, July 5, at 6 p.m. and will be on view through Sunday, July 28. The opening reception includes musical entertainment provided by Maya Murillo (who is a contributor to Jackalope Ranch) and Carmen de Novias Guerro.
The celebration continues on Saturday, July 6, (Frida's birthday) with a craft market open from 1 to 4 p.m.
The artists will host "I Paint My Own Reality," a discussion of how Frida inspires their work, on Thursday, July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m..
Finally, Cano-Murillo will lead a Frida Shrine Workshop on Saturday, July 10. You can register by calling 602-262-4636.
For more information on any of the events or to learn more about the Phoenix Fridas, visit phoenixfridas.blogspot.com.
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