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Mexican Folk Art Celebrated at Capitol Hill Library

What are alebrijes? 

Teens can find out at a Metropolitan Library System program just for them. Learn about alebrijes at the Capitol Hill Library, 334 S.W. 26th Street, on Saturday, May 22 from 1:00-2:00p.m. The class will be hosted by artist Savannah Mitchell.

“Alebrijes,” said Capitol Hill librarian Jennifer Jones, “are a form of Mexican folk art, invented by Pedro Linares and characteristic of the state of Oaxaca. They are generally small animals, maybe mythical or maybe not, that are made from papier mache or carved wood.  They are painted with intense colors and intricate patterns.”

 Through this library event, participants will learn about the history and culture behind alebrijes and related Mexican folk art, and explore Latin American color theory/aesthetics. Participants will be able to create their own alebrije.

For more information, call Capitol Hill Library at (405) 634-6308.  For information about any MLS program, please visit the system website at www.metrolibrary.org.  

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.