Quinta Mazatlan: A Visual Journey, is a celebration of the architectural and cultural wonders of McAllen’s most distinctive mansion and landscape. Photographer Deval Pino Shah and writer Eileen Mattei collaborated on this book filled with stunning images by Shah. Mattei presents new artistic and historical perspectives of one of Texas’ largest adobe homes and its surrounding environment. Quinta Mazatlan is one of the nine World Birding Centers in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 250 species of birds are attracted to the native habitat, and that brings in birders to see exotic residents such as Kiskadees, Groove-billed Anis and Red-crowned Parrots. Pino Shah is a world heritage photographer based in McAllen, Texas and Ahmedabad, India. A freelance writer based in the Rio Grande Valley, Eileen Mattei writes travel, nature and history articles for Texas Coop Power, Texas Highways, and other magazines. She is the author of At the Crossroads: Harlingen’s First 100 Years; Leading the Way: McAllen’s First 100 Years, and For the Good of My Patients: The History of Medicine in the Rio Grande Valley.
Displayed outside the Puebla Room, the cockfight mosaic vibrates with life using only five traditional Talavera colors. Uriarte’s Mexican Folk Art series depicts scenes of daily life. Las Quekas is the name given to the tile with the tortilla maker. The Uriarte hallmark is visible in the lower right corners. © ArtByPino Talavera’s traditional blue and white tiles with yellow accents feature primarily geometric and floral motifs. Some styles reflect the influence of Arabic and Mediterranean cultures while others echo designs of fifteenth century Spain.
Eye-popping folk art in paper, ceramics, wood, metals, and textiles results from the blending of pre-Hispanic traditions with European cultures and techniques. The willowy, well-dressed skeleton Catrina, sugar skulls, and skeletons (calaveras) at Last Suppers characterize the Mexican view of death as something to joke about and be comfortable with, since it is unavoidable. The dead return on Dia de Los Muertos to eat the food and smell the flowers left by those who remember them. © ArtByPino The Folk Art Room's eye-popping collection of 1,400 magical, mythical and religious objects and figurines from Mexico flood the senses with color and craft. Ann Moore donated her collection of wood, clay, paper and tin folk art, which is displayed in the former bedroom of the Schultzes' son.