by Otto Nicli
photographs by Patricia L. Garcia
flower made of clay a world of Mexican art flourishes in a new El Paso gallery
Maria Guadalupe Garcia Ontiveros and Jesus Edmundo Calleros’s passion for culture and art inspired them to open Flor de Barro.
I One room of the gallery features metal and ceramic works by Guadalajara artist Jesus Guerrero Santos. 56
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n an unassuming home in El Paso’s Westside, Flor de Barro transports visitors to a place where beauty and history are appreciated through intricate designs and handmade perfection. The brand-new art gallery focuses on Mexican pottery and folk art. Flor de Barro, which means flower made of clay, is run by gallery owners Maria Guadalupe Garcia Ontiveros and Jesus Edmundo Calleros. It opened its doors this past March. Among many other Mexican artists and potters, the space showcases work by award-winning and world-renowned artisans such as Don Juan Quezada, Jesus Guerrero Santos, and Laura Bugarini. “Even though we live so close to Mexico, it’s easy to forget that there is an entire world of art, culture, and beauty on the other side of the border,” says Andrea C. Calleros, Flor de Barro’s marketing director. Ontiveros and Calleros bought and remodeled the house at 6721 Westwind Drive last December. The plan to transform a former home into a gallery