Magical Frog Carving by Francisco Hernandez Cruz, Oaxaca, MX copal wood, pigments 4.25" high x 10" long x 8.75" wide inches
Francisco Hernandez Cruz was born in 1961, in San Martin Tilcajete, a pueblo in Oaxaca Mexico. Hernandez began woodcarving in 1979, and has been carving ever since. Cruz’s most famous pieces are displayed at EuroDisney in Paris, France.
The Barbara and Ed Okun Collection: Barbara Rose Okun (1932-2007) was a pioneer in the fiber arts movement and a master in many media. She was a respected artist, lecturer, curator, juror, fine arts appraiser and writer. She was also an influential art dealer, whose Okun Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe was responsible for launching the careers of many artists who are now considered masters in their respective fields. She was particularly known for introducing emerging master craftsmen in ceramics, basketry and metalwork. Never idle, Bobbi started weaving small pieces when she was ill several years ago, embellishing them with her silver work. She became an award-winning weaver.
Barbara educated and inspired collectors, and many of the nation's finest private art collections bear the mark of her influence. She played a significant role, both as a dealer and a collector, in promoting the recognition of ceramic art as a major movement, and her decision to show the works of master basket makers at the Chicago International New Art Forms (now SOFA) in 1986 was a turning point for basketry. One of my favorite columns was her basketry show here in St. Louis, and ipso facto I was a basketry authority. Always an advocate for the arts, Barbara served on the Boards of the American Craft Council in New York, the St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Crafts Alliance Gallery, the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts and the New Mexico Crafts Council among others.