M A R F A
"Here you will see a real cowboy and a major work of art in the same afternoon."
( quote from elcosmico's website - so aptly put)
this post is about shops in this sweet little town that i hold near & dear. i rarely "go
shopping" except for groceries when i am there but there is no lack of unique, locally made ( or from mexico or beyond) things to bring home with you. i am continuously struck by the spaces & displays & architecture & aesthetic of each shop or store or gallery - so marfa. so unexplainable. so magic.
shopping in marfa is a bit hit or miss. not because there isn't plenty to buy or see but you may hit the town on a mon. or tues. or even an unusual holiday - and nothing is open. one place that seems to open when others may not be, is the marfa book company. it has an incredible collection of hard-to-find art books, new fiction, lannan writers works and much more. there is a huge, open light filled art space in the back and usually a well regarded show. ( i once took yoga classes back there when all the walls were painted in a black & white modernist mural - amazing to look at but the antithesis of zen )
mirth - the newest project of maiya's ( owner of maiyas restaurant and the get go) i stumbled upon on my most recent visit. it is a beautifully laid out, austere but with a specific, sophisticated curated feel. i feel in love with these abstract paintings ( above) by anne marie nafziger. simple, large stunning. they have functional items ( i bought an array of glassware) as well as "objets" for the home.
tienda m - now owned by the founder of dosa, christina kim. it is a stunning, space filled with locally made pieces ( ceramics,my friend gingers marfa brand soap, textiles) , the dosa line of clothing, housewares and mexican handmade crafts & goods...
other FABULOUS marfa shops - freda, cobra rock, wrong, and all the gift stores at the thunderbird hotel & el cosmico & paisano....and hopfully i haven't left any out. (galleries & food shark posts will be next)
GO VISIT & shop locally & support the wonderfully creative community.