Mr. Helsinki celebrates Martinez Studio: Legacy
Reception Thursday, Oct 8 from 5-7pm.
Wence and Sandra Martinez will hang a rotating selection of their weavings and paintings at Mr. Helsinki, the notable, second story, Fish Creek wine bar and restaurant over the winter months.
“There is some kind of pixie magic in those tall, beautiful, red walls that makes our weavings just glow. Maybe it is the wine….or the spicy shrimp…but showing there is just another great reason to hang out there all the time!” Sandra says.
Chris Cote, owner of Mr. Helsinki says, “The scale, texture and imagery of Wence and Sandra’s work transforms the space every time we host them. The large weavings particularly, warm the space over the long, “off” season. I always hate to take them down.”
Even with thirty one works installed at the couple’s solo show at Latino Arts (UCC) in Milwaukee until Oct 14, there is still plenty to see at the Mr. Helsinki show.
The ”Village Collection”, Sandra’s latest designs woven by Wence’s apprentices, (their daughter, Malena and son-in-law , Jacobo principally), debuted in July to an enthusiastic audience. The wave of encouragement has bolstered everyone involved cementing what has truly become a family affair.
New versions of the designs in new colors have arrived and will share the walls with select weavings by Cosme Martinez, (Wence’s late father) and Sandra’s painted studies for weavings. Three generations of the Martinez family of weavers will be celebrated in the first version of the show with fresh works added over the course of the winter.
Martinez Studio has come full circle, flowing back into the cultural heritage from which it was born. Join us Thursday, October 8, 5-7pm at Mr. Helsinki in Fish Creek to celebrate!