Getting Ready for the Road

Photo courtesy of the Artist. Codice Nuttall by Wence Martinez ©1999 Hand spun wool, hand dyed by Wence using vegetal dyes. 8’x5’6” Promised Gift to the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Wence and Sandra Martinez have been gathering a selection of important works from their collectors in preparation for a comprehensive survey show at Latino Arts in Milwaukee, Sept. 11 – Oct. 14. Most impressive of all is the Codice Nuttall, an 8’x5’6” tour de force weaving of Wence’s that has been accepted as a Promised Gift to the Permanent Collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. The work is a very complex weaving using vegetal dyed, handspun wool. The image is from the famous Codice Nuttall, one of the rare surviving books not destroyed by the Spanish in their conquest of Mexico. Plans are to take this piece on the road to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the next Smithsonian Craft Show before it is released to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

A few other significant works are gathered now at Martinez Studio before mounting the Milwaukee show and it is an opportunity to see in person some works that are not normally available to the public.

For more information about the Latino Arts in Milwaukee show, visit The exhibit will include 31 works in weaving and painting, including four generations of Wence’s family’s weaving.

Martinez Studio is located at 5877 Hwy. 57, one mile south of Jacksonport. Hours are 11 am – 4 pm, Thursday to Tuesday. The studio is closed Wednesdays. For more information call 920.823.2154.