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Concord restaurant hosts Mexican mask artists

CONCORD - Margaritas Mexican Restaurant at 1 Bicentennial Square in Concord will play host to visiting artists Manuel Abeiro Horta and Modesto Horta, a team of mask makers from Tcuaro, Mexico, today from 4 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

With nothing more than some hand-made tools forged by a local blacksmith, the brothers will transform a hunk of wood into an expressive work of art based on the traditions of their ancestors. Wooden masks, such as the style of the Horta family, are still used in many regions of Mexico during fiestas.

The Horta brothers started learning their craft at a young age and by the time they were 12, the duo helped their famous father Juan Horta carve wooden masks.

They have exhibited their masks in exhibitions in the United States and Mexico and have carved a variety of masks that will be on full display at Margaritas. A video presentation portraying life in their rural village will accompany the exhibit.

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