Las Manos Del Artesano translated means “the hands of the artisans.”
And the merchandise carried by this international gallery at 7940 Herschel Ave. in La Jolla is exactly that.
“We carry museum-quality arts and crafts, all kinds of art from Mexico and Latin America that is mostly very traditional and all handcrafted,” said owner Juan Carlos Brito, walking though his specialty gallery. It’s brimming with art of every description including pottery and folk art, accessories and gifts, jewelry and silver work, fiber art and garments, religious art, wall art, lighting and accent furniture and selected pieces from artists featured in the publication Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art.
The mission of Juan Carlos Brito and Cecilia Artigas-Brito is also their passion: to bring the most beautiful handcrafted art from their native country, Mexico, to La Jolla.
Brito said La Jolla was an obvious choice for him to market and showcase his artwork. “La Jolla is the top of the line in art,” he said. “Everybody comes here looking for pieces.”
Every handmade piece in the Brito’s collection is identified by artisan and origin giving the creators deserved recognition.
“We work with artisans with five generations of family tradition,” noted Brito.
You’ll also find a broad price range in Brito’s gallery, which carries items appealing to men and women alike.
On its website, Las Manos notes it works directly with artisans, eschewing the middleman so the artist receives a fair price while the customer gets a good value.
The Britos also consider part of their mission as giving something back to Mexico. Each year a portin of their proceeds goes to fund Teleton, a private organization “that promotes an integration within the culture for people with disabilities,” according to the website.
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