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Journey to the “Valley of the Gods” at short film screening, reception in Lambertville


Join the Acme Screening Room in Lambertville 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 for the Lambertville Library Oaxaca Festival Presentation: “Valley of the Gods,” featuring two short films on Oaxacan artists plus a reception at Dupree Gallery.

Local artist James Dupree spent nine months in Oaxaca’s Teotitlan del Valle creating an innovative body of work, “Valley of the Gods,” reflecting the culture, people and ecology of the region. Experience through his eyes this journey and the acclaimed artisans he met along the way.

Attending the event are Jacobo and Maria Ángeles, world renowned sculpture artists known best for their fantastical creatures “Alebrijes.” Along with several large-scale international installations and exhibitions, their workshop served as Pixar’s inspiration for the film “Coco.” The screened documentary is a copyright of Taconeo Films.

Also attending the event is master artist Bulmaro Perez Mendoza and his family, who use traditional Oaxacan methods of weaving to create rugs and tapestries designed with mayan patterns and symbols. With techniques steeped in cultural traditions of natural dying, Bulmaro’s artwork is collected and exhibited internationally.

A catered reception is included in the ticket price ($20) and will take place at the Dupree Gallery in Lambertville.

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The full Lambertville Library Oaxacan Festival will take place 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug 20 at the library.