A certified art teacher, Lydia Quinones is inspired by her own multicultural family in her artwork, which seeks to reflect the historical connections between Native American and Chinese cultures.
Lydia's textile and ceramic sculptures were featured in Northwest Women's Magazine in 2008, but it wasn't until she attended an Arizona Artisans Collective (AAC) meeting that she considered establishing her own art business.
She supports the efforts of AAC to showcase and assist emerging artisans, and hopes through her culturally driven, creative artwork to refresh the perspective of Yaqui art and to encourage other Yaquis to express themselves artistically.
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The Yaqui or Yoeme are Native Americans who inhabit the valley of the Río Yaqui in the Mexican state of Sonora and the Southwestern United States. They also have small settlements in Sinaloa, Chihuahua, and Durango. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is based in Tucson, Arizona.
For the Grotto Gallery exhibit, Lydia focuses on persimmons, with which she became fascinated when she lived for a time in Inner Mongolia.
Best eaten when they are older, bruised and even coated with a powdery white layer of mold, persimmons reflect the goodness that can come from hardships in life and remind us that the harshest conditions can create the sweetest fruit.
Through her persimmon collection in the Grotto Gallery exhibit, Lydia hopes viewers will be reminded of a sweeter outcome to the trials and problems of life.
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