Who Makes Everything Possible?


I never thought of doing that!

For all the Lakeside residents reading this, have you considered volunteering but haven't found your "niche"? Maybe you don't want to commit to an ongoing event or charity, but prefer a shorter commitment? Maybe you're looking for a volunteer effort that is "different" —something that combines a good cause and a unique or artistic experience? Then why not consider volunteering, or hosting an artist, for Feria Maestros del Arte?

And for all the readers who don't live at Lakeside, we can use your help too. If you are interested in how you can help, please use the contact information below.​

Our volunteers and hosts donate their hearts and enthusiastic spirits to help the Feria continue its efforts to promote the "endangered" folk art of Mexico. Already many forms of Mexican folk art have completely disappeared because artists cannot sustain themselves with their art alone. More and more artists are abandoning their work to seek employment in the cities or doing menial work where they are assured a guaranteed income.

Why give your time and energy to us instead of some other charity, and what do we have to offer our volunteers?

  • A chance to learn something new.

  • Meet interesting, artistic, motivated and energetic volunteers who feel strongly about the plight of Mexican folk art.

  • Here's a place to put your particular skills or talent to use without a large time commitment — you choose your level of involvement — one day, one week, more —  it's up to you.

  • Broaden your perspective on Mexico and the unique art found here.

  • This is a "Lakeside" event — your community. Help us put it on the calendar of every folk art collector or gallery owner who travels to Mexico to buy.

  • A chance to give something back to your host country.

There are dozens of volunteer positions: working at the show itself — selling tickets, stamping hands, helping with the charity raffle, passing out flyers in the tianguis or other high-traffic areas, or create a niche for yourself —  something we haven't thought of.

We also need the help of volunteers who know are computer savey (here are some tasks you can do at home) — internet research, graphic design, newsletter, and more.

We also look for families/individuals willing to host the artists during the three days they are in Chapala. This is a very special opportunity to connect with Mexico's history and hosting has become a very popular volunteer effort. Many hosts join with other hosts in the evenings after the show and plan group meals. Often, the artists return year after year, to stay with the same host.

Whatever level of participation you choose, we guarantee that you will receive more than you give. Ask any of our volunteers or hosts. The artists are very special people, not only because of their creative skills, but because they are so grateful for this opportunity to participate in an event aimed at promoting and selling their art.

This website tells you everything you need to know about the Feria — click on MAESTROS in the menu bar above to find this year's invited artisans. Then, click on the URL link below your name to go to the artisan's web page with biography and photos.

For more information email


or feriamaestros@gmail.com

or WhatsApp 331 098 4850


Mary Nieves Flores Paytuvi
Rachel McMillen
Cristina Hazard
Charlotte Donaldson
Marianne Carlson
Brenda Byrom
Steve Checkoway
Mariann Schick


President, Public & Government Relations
Volunteer Coordinator
Feria Coordinator
Founder/Artist Selection Committee
Host Coordinator
Raffle/Admissions Coordinator
Assistant Feria Coordinator



Brigitte Ordoquy
Terry Baumgart
Linda Hanna
Annette Turner
Operation Feed
Jerry Ondola
Ricardo Thome
Sheila Dwyer


Chiapas Artist Coordinator
Michoacán Artist Coordinator
Oaxaca Artist Coordinator
Raffle Table
Raffle Ticket Sales
Fashion Show
Set-up & Take-down
Artists Supporting the Feria Booth
Parking & Security
Name tags


Covid-19 has prompted several of our coordinator to move on to new adventures or return to life north of the border.

To see open positions, click on

ABOUT US/Directors & Coordinators on the menu above.

If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please contact feriamaestros@gmail.com

Thanks to all of you!

To all our volunteers who do not appear here, an apology and we hope to have photos of you soon.