Mexican artists to create masks in Mystic

Mystic - On Sunday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 9 p.m. two mask makers from Tócuaro, Mexico, will be Margaritas Mexican restaurant at 12 Water St. to create masks out of wood using handmade tools. The event is free and open to the public.

The wooden masks created by artists Manuel Abeiro Horta and Modesto Horta, are still used in many regions of Mexico during fiestas.

The Hortas come from a family of artisans famous for their traditional masks that are sought after by collectors. Manuel Abeiro carves animal masks while Modesto is known for his elaborately carved high relief devil masks. A variety of their masks will be on full display at Margaritas. A video presentation portraying life in their rural village will accompany the exhibit.

The presentation is part of the Margaritas 12-year-old Education Outreach Program, in which artists, carvers and sculptors not only visit the chain's 23 restaurants to demonstrate their craft each year but visit schools to share Mexican culture and traditions.

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