La Casa Murillo

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HORIZONTE learns more about La Casa Murillo, an art exhibit showcased by Sounds of Cultura at the Heard Museum that depicts the fantasy home of Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo and her husband Patrick.

José Cárdenas: Chicano pop artists Patrick Murillo and Kathy Cano Murillo, known as the crafty Chica, are showcasing their latest work in a Valley museum, displaying a life-size creation of their fantasy home. In sounds of Cultura Eso Si Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez shows us how visual cultural pieces can create a unique setting.

Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez: The craftiest family in the Valley has a new home at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. The crafty Chica and her husband, Patrick, have created an exhibit depicting the type of casa they dream of having. The exhibit is called Casa Murillo and it's essentially their home away from home.

Kathy Cano Murillo: Every piece I put a lot of thought into it of just wanting to make it over the top and to the fullest, the shiniest it can be and that's always been my philosophy on life as well and what I want to teach my kids.

Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez: It's been eight years since Kathy and Patrick have been making arts and crafts with a touch of Latino flair. Now the Heard Museum has given the Latino Craft duo the opportunity to showcase their art. For Kathy and Patrick, this is their opportunity to create their dream home for all to see.

Kathy Cano Murillo: The art room is -- really reflects where it all comes from and I mean, these other rooms, they're like our fantasy rooms, but that art room, that's really what it looks like. We have our sketches all over and it's a true reflection of what we do in reality and to see it staged as a shadow box, it makes me feel really good.

Patrick Murillo: We got all of our spirit in here and when I walk into the room, I feel at home. You know, because this is like what it is like in our heads, you know, in our hearts.

Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez: The Casa Murillo exhibit was designed and created by the Murillo's. The unique pieces are embellished items or original pieces of art designed by Kathy and Patrick.


Patrick Murillo: You can walk into the kitchen and feel my grandma's kitchen, I did my job. Or walk into the living room and feel you're in a fantasy landscape, almost like a cartoon. You can go to the bedroom and feel "I dream of Jeannie," and all of these things cause emotions and affect all of the senses.

Kathy Cano Murillo: I hope people who say they're not artistic and not crafty, they can come in here and get over 500 ideas. There's over 500 hand-made pieces in here that we have and I hope it makes them feel happy and motivates them to go home and make something for themselves.

Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez: The exhibit is expected to last through the summer of 2009 and there is talk that it may do a national exhibit tour.

José Cárdenas: And a life-sized shadow box is on display until august 2nd at the Heard Museum at Central and Encanto.

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