855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

ART TOUR - Casa Dolores Museum of Mexican Art

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 at 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
ART TOUR - Casa Dolores Museum of Mexican Art
Bisque and gesso-finished clay pottery - Jerón Martinez Mendoza 1918-1990

Members: $10  
Non-Members: $11

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Tehuantepec textiles
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A Photographic Stroll through México, M. Giovanna Angherà 2018
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Bandera ware
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Beaded Jaguar Head, anonymous Huichol Artist
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Casa Dolores is a center for the study, collection, preservation and exhibition of the popular arts of Mexico.  We will receive a private tour of this home-style museum surrounded by the joyful sights, brilliant colors and vibrant life stories of these Mexican artists and artisans.

The museum is located in the Botiller Adobe house that was built in 1843, the oldest standing two-story adobe in Santa Barbara. The house was built and owned by the Pascual Botiller family from 1843 until 1969, and was purchased by Linda Cathcart in 2007.  It is located at 1023 Bath Street in Santa Barbara.

Casa Dolores houses the Santa Barbara resident and art historian Linda Cathcart’s collection of over 6,000 objects in various media: clay, wood, ceramic, natural fibers, leather, paper, glass, clay, and tin.  

Many of the pieces displayed in the museum are unique to various regions in Mexico, such as Talavera from Puebla, and Alebrijes from Oaxaca and Huichol art from the western highlands. Collections range from Pre-Hispanic to current day; artists whose works are displayed include Josefina Aguilar, Teodora Blanco, Candelario Medrano, Abelardo Ruiz, Rosa Real de Nieto and the Linares family.  

The museum engages with the Santa Barbara community by providing culturally significant programs such as temporary exhibitions, art workshops, presentations, film series, and public events. (Courtesy: Wikipedia.)

For great detail on the museum, click HERE to explore their website.  

The imagery here and below description is from their website.

Our main three-room gallery showcases a revolving exhibition that is installed every three to four months, while the permanent collection is housed in two galleries upstairs -- along with the Spotlight gallery that features one spectacular piece from the Casa Dolores collection.

The two galleries upstairs feature distinctive blue pottery from Tlaquepaque, Nagual animal spirit figures from Tonalá, and Oaxacan black pottery whistles and toys.

From tiny miniatures to paper maché dolls, leatherworks, fiesta dancing clothing and charming straw figures that depict the "Old Man Dance," these rooms offer a cross section of time and space in Mexican artistry and culture.

The tiles along the staircase that leads to the upper galleries are also a part of the collection. Founder and Director Linda Cathcart collected them during her trips to Mexico -- restaurants would oftentimes give guests tiles as a coaster for their drinks, or she would buy single tiles from vendors across Mexico.

The adobe's kitchen also is ever-changing, and has featured pottery from Patamban and San José de Gracia, the Dia de los Muertos collection, and a replica of a fruit mural inspired by one seen in Frida Kahlo's kitchen.

Casa Dolores' charming and peaceful garden also is on view and features garden pottery by renowned artist Roger Brown (1941 – 1997). A resident of La Conchita, Calif., Brown was a painter who was popularly known for using mixed-mediums, such as incorporating pottery into his work, and was also recognized for his commentary on modern society. Brown was a close friend and fellow collector of Casa Dolores’ founder and director Linda Cathcart.

The Roger Brown Study Collection at the The Art Institute of Chicago has given Casa Dolores a long-term loan of Brown’s garden pottery from his La Conchita home, which has been incorporated into Casa Dolores’ own garden.