Riverside Folk Art page 3

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Inside Tio’s Tacos and Centro de Frutas Naturales

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Artist Martin Sanchez and his beautiful daughter Stephanie, who served as interpreter the day we visited.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Mr. Sanchez has been working on a future meeting center in the complex, modeled after his hometown village of Sahuayo, a town in Michoacan, Mexico. Each few feet he’s painted on the walls, representations of stores, shops and churches in his boyhood village: the plaza where he shined shoes, the water hole where he used to bathe and the bottles and bottle caps that were his toys.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

All around the big banquet room are scenes from Martins childhood in Michoacan. The village shoe repair shop, the tacqueria, the liquor store, all are depicted on the walls of his restaurant.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

The actual restaurant itself is covered inside and out in beautiful mosaics depicting sealife and oceanic themes.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Interior shots of the Sanchez’s home.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside

Folk Art Chapel Riverside Hanan Levin

Mr. Levin and Mr. Sanchez, new BFF.

Folk Art Chapel Riverside Marlow Harris Hanan Levin

Miss Marlow Harris and Mr. Hanan Levin in their historic meeting of the minds.

Riverside artist constructs timeless pieces from old items

All artworks by Martin Sanchez. Photos by Marlow Harris & JoDavid.

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