This Thursday at MCM, join us in celebrating Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American cultures acknowledging our ongoing relationship with ancestors and loved ones that have passed away. Through the creation of altars containing ofrendas, we honor and remember those who came before us. These ofrendas, or offerings, usually include sugar skulls, marigolds, the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and favorite things of the deceased such as sports memorabilia or music. This week at MCM, we’re thrilled to welcome the following groups to help us celebrate this very special holiday:
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, with festive arts and crafts
Hector Zavala, demonstrating some of his award-winning altars
Encantada Gallery, with sugar skulls, paper flowers, and more
Alejandro’s Trade, Andean wares including catrinas and other festive goods
Floreria la Poblanita, selling Marigolds and other floral arrangements
The Rabbit Hole, offering donation-based festive face painting
Check out the MCCLA website for more information about upcoming Dia de los Muertos events happening in the Mission.
Part of MCM’s mission is to support small businesses in the Mission and Jen Kindell is a local artist that recently joined the market. Jen has been a vendor at MCM since February, and you don’t want to miss her beautiful silkscreened products, featuring vibrant, colorful images of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Jen began her career as an independent artist relatively recently – in August of last year, she started making screen prints of produce, just for herself. After seeing her work, friends and family members requested their own copies. She began selling her artwork on Etsy and at MCM, so that each of us can own a Jen Kindell original! She has an art degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and has also been an art teacher in the past, spreading her love of art to countless students!
Jen is excited to be at MCM because she feels constantly inspired by the seasonal produce all around her. Previously, she created a piece that is an ode to the purple asparagus from Zuckerman’s. Her latest is a strawberry inspired by Tomatero Farm (a sneak peek of this awesome design is shown below). “This is the best market in the city,” she says. “I feel blessed to be a part of it.” We’re glad to have you, Jen! Come out to MCM to see Jen’s amazing artwork in person, and you can also visit her on the web!
You know that beautiful mural at the corner of Bartlett and 21st Streets? Daniel Galvez painted that mural, titled Dream, in 1996 and it’s had a healthy life until recently. Now the artist has generously offered his time to restore the mural to its original glory! Check out the original opening with Mayor Willie Brown, Ruth Asawa of Ruth’s Table, and other local luminaries below:
Want to be a part of the community? Learn the art of mural-making with one of the Mission’s most famous (he also painted Carnaval on 24th and South Van Ness). Come paint and restore Dream with Daniel in the month of October!
Email jeremy [at] missioncommunitymarket.org for details.
Esmeralda Padilla and Javier Martinez of ZIA are our vendors of the Week! Esmeralda and Javier joined our market this year selling tees and tanks bearing their original screen prints. Javier’s art features grecas, skulls and masks. He draws inspiration for his unique art from his Mexican heritage. Esmeralda’s art features succulents and other plants and is greatly inspired by Victorian-era nature illustration. Sustainability is important to Javier and Esmeralda, so they make sure that their tops are 98% American-made and each one is hand-printed with love by the artists!
This Thursday, July 5th, we’re excited to offer a special promotion featuring ZIA designs. If you purchase anything from ZIA this week at the market, you will receive a $2 credit towards any purchase at a farm stall at the market for use this Thursday or on any subsequent week. That’s right–buy some rad apparel designed by local artists, get $2 off your purchase of figs, peaches, salad mix, or just about anything else the farmers have on offer. It’s a win-win!
Come meet these talented local artists this Thursday at the market!
This picture of Esmeralda and Javier was taken by David Gartner as part of our Vendor Portraits Series.
Did you know that Dolores Park was at one point a Jewish cemetery? Is there a correlation between gang territory and Mission bakeries? Mission Possible: A neighborhood Atlas created in collaboration between Mission Loc@l and students of the Cage Lab (part of the Geography Department at UC Berkeley) juxtaposes our beloved Mission with facts from various “phenomena” pertinent to the neighborhood such as: Craigslist Missed Connections occurrences, landmarks, local businesses and more. There are only 300 of these atlases printed, making them a collectible Zeitgeist of the Mission as we know it. Check out some of the other maps here. And come get your hands on a copy at the Mission Community Market this Thursday. All proceeds of the atlases go to support Mission Loc@l!