|Kate Abbott and Yazmin Aguirre Rivera|
With a name like Sugar and Spice Bakery – we just had to stop at their booth during the Artist Fair in the Square on Isla Mujeres. Yum! Katie Abbott and Yazmin Aguirre Rivera had stacks of cupcakes in every colour, flavour, and style.
I really wanted one of each variety; but taking photographs while eating icing-slathered cupcakes was a recipe for disaster. Although photos shot through a smeared camera lens might have created an interesting effect; an ethereal soft-focus with a finger-licking-good taste.
|One of the early Artist Showcases outside Barlito’s|
This colourful affair is the brainchild of Tiffany Yenawine Wareing and Brad Wareing. It started modestly a couple of years ago, setup outside the Barlito’s Bakery on Hidalgo Avenue. During the high season Tiffany invited a variety of local and visiting artists to sell their jewelry creations, or paintings, or photographs on the first Thursday of every month.
|Alison Sawyer Current – multi-talented artist|
Eventually the municipality told Tiffany that she needed a permit for the successful art show. She replied: “No problem. What do we do to get a permit? And by the way, why don’t you give us a hand with this? We’ll make it bigger and better.” After a few meetings, negotiating back and forth, the municipality joined Barlito’s Bakery as a sponsor, along with Fayne’s Bar, and Soul de Isla. The improved event has been relocated to the square in centro.
As we roamed around the fair greeting various island friends we recognized familiar faces. Always smiling, Alison Sawyer Current was there selling her books in support of the Isla Animals Society.
|Damien Lemee – Droldoizo.com|
Alison is better known as The Dog Lady, as she works tirelessly to improve the general health and well-being of local and mainland pooches. Alison is a multi-talented artist. Besides organizing spay and neuter clinics, and rabies inoculations, she writes books and makes beautiful pottery.
When I think of Alison, I think of an old quote by Lucille Ball: “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do the more you can do.” That is Alison!
|Isla Beading Co-operative|
Across the square from Damien, the Isla Women’s Beading Co-operative had a great selection of items for sale, all patiently made by hand. I can hardly see the tiny glass beads, never mind actually stringing them into intricate creations. Nearby, Eileen Regn showcased her sea glass and sea heart jewelry collection, while Gladys Galdamez and Gunther Hepner had a variety of clothing and jewelry to sell including earrings made from colourful feathers.
|Glady Galdamez & Gunther Hepner|
The feathers were donated by their two pets: Codie and Rosa. (Do the birds get an extra ration of treats for dropping such gorgeous feathers?)
Check out their FaceBook page for more details: Isla Mujeres Artist Fair
|Eileen Regn with sea heart and sea glass jewelry|
Lynda and Lawrie