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Mexican Folk Art Celebrated At Del City and Southern Oaks Libraries

What are alebrijes? 

Teens can find out at two programs just for them. The first is at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th on Tuesday, October 20 from 6-7:30pm, and the second one is at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-8pm.  Both classes will be hosted by Savannah Mitchell.

“Alebrijes,” said Southern Oaks teen librarian John Hilbert, “are a form of Mexican folk art, invented by Pedro Linares and characteristic of the state of Oaxaca. They are generally small animals, maybe mythical or maybe not, that are made from papier mache or carved wood.  They are painted with intense colors and intricate patterns.”

 In these library events, participants will learn about the history and culture behind alebrijes and related Mexican folk art and explore Latin American color theory/aesthetics. Participants will paint a papier mache animal to create their own alebrije.

For more information, call Del City at 672-1377 or Southern Oaks at 631-4468.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.