Today is the day!


One of the Valley’s best craft collectives, The Phoenix Fridas, return to Tempe’s Changing Hands Bookstore to celebrate the birth of the world’s most renowned Mexican female painter, Frida Kahlo.

We play.
We have pain and passion.
We love to paint and we live in Phoenix.
We are the Phoenix Fridas – rising up from triple-digit temperatures for the sake of art and craft!”

Now in its third year, this is expected to draw hundreds of Frida fans to Changing Hands, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, @ Guadalupe in Tempe; (480) 730-0205.

“This year we’ve ramped up our presentation to include cooking, a silent auction and photo fun,” says Carmen Guerrero, known as “Frida Beader.” Carmen, a jewelry maker and musician, will perform. A special look at the life of the artist also is scheduled.

Phoenix Fridas founder, Kathy Cano-Murillo (The Crafty Chica!), will lead a free Frida-inspired make-and-take craft project.

A silent auction to benefit a local nonprofit will feature members of the Phoenix Fridas: Kathy Cano-Murillo, Emily Costello, Anita Mabante Leach, Lucia Madrid. April Edwards and Carmen Guerrero.

Participants will be able to purchase original art and crafts from members of the Phoenix Fridas, including paintings, jewelry, hand-crocheted tops plus home and fashion accessories.

The Frida Photo Frame-Up, allows store guests to “pose” as Frida for a quick snapshot. “From Palette to Plate;” features food inspired by the bright colors of the artist’s palette will be presented by Anita Mabante-Leach and will be shared with the audience.

“Toxic Love” a lecture, will be presented by artist April Edwards.

The afternoon will rap up with a Panel Discussion by all the Fridas explaining how the artist has influenced their personal lives.

The Phoenix Fridas, voted Best Art Collective by the Phoenix New Times in 2007, take their inspiration from the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The group’s members each take the artist’s name to create a personal crafty moniker.

I’ll be photo blogging the event as well!

Love & light,

One Response

  1. Ahh! I totally wish i didn’t live all the way over in Maryland or I would totally be there! Kahlo is such an inspiration to me! Her art has been the topic of discussion for my spanish oral exams for two years!

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