We have a long history and connection with the state of Sonora, Mexico. While she grew up in the Southwest states, Mari was born there and also lived in Hermosillo while she attended a local international business school. Artotems Co. projects in Hermosillo include a "Vagina Monologues" V-Day performance in 2010. We've been traveling back since then and have supported our friends and artists in gallery openings and other art-related events. Most recently we were there to support and promote the opening of a modern art gallery. We brought along a few Santa Fe friends, among them Alicia Inez Guzman, PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on mestizo and indigenous art.. This was the perfect opportunity to canvas the area for art. We found that young artists in Hermosillo have been revitalizing the historic downtown area with colorful murals. A variety of murals decorate the walls of a once down-trodden neighborhood,. They depict everything from whimsical reality to heavy social and historical commentary.
Thoughts on the implications of creative efforts and the customers we work with.