about the search for the unknown and unexpected. The casa "sin numero",
the smiles of the children first learning the way of the clay, the forgotten
maestro working humbly alone, and the treasures hidden under the bed where
six have slept. This is our quest as passionate folk art collectors in
came to Mexico 38 years ago by car, and has been returning ever since.
I married into the obsession (yes, it IS an obsession!) and quickly became
as eager to discover new artisans and villages, regardless how remote.
collection and obsession grew along with the many friendships over the
it was evident that a store was in our future. The "first"
opened in Houston in 1998. But with time, our hearts truly ached to be
in Mexico full-time. zócalo
San Miguel de Allende opened in July 2001, and it wasn't long before we
closed the Houston store, sold our house, and began our life's dream of
living in Colonial Mexico.
were so nervous the day the San Miguel store opened, I thought I
was going to pass out! But with the Padre's blessing of the store,
and Lola and Felipe Linares by our sides, we flung open the doors
and have never looked back.
San Miguel, some call us "the pineapple store", or "the
place with the great candles". But thankfully, zócalo
fine folk art & furniture
has become a well-known destination, and is enthusiastically supported
by the local San Miguel community, both ex-pat and Mexican.
is our pleasure to frequently hear, "This is the best store in
San Miguel!". As collectors selling Mexican folk art IN
Mexico, no words could be sweeter!
to R, Evita Avery-La Calaca Artesania, Hank Lee-San Angel
Folk Art, and Rick & Deb Hall-ZOCALO San Miguel
on the streets
Hall loves all things Mexican, and began collecting
folk art at the age of five.
Hall continues chronicling the details of artisan's
lives and traditions via Postcards From Mexico.
The Halls personally select each item in the store
with an evolved eye gained through years of folk art collecting.
Their personal collection has been photographed for numerous
articles and books, and they have organized museum shows and
exhibitions in conjunction with Conaculta and INAH. Rick and
Debra Hall divide their time between San Miguel de Allende,
Guanajuato and Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
they are not on "the quest for more folk art", that