BAZART, A Mix, A Mess, A Treasure Trove



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Susan - 06sBy Susan Fogel

Have you walked around town lately? When you are zipping by to get to the post office, or searching for a parking space so you can get to the organic market, or when you are on your way to one of our restaurants, do you see the little shops and houses and say to yourself “I should slow down and take a look over there someday?”

Slow down, park the car, get out and walk around. Because…

Near the Zocalo on Cinco de Mayo, near the Cathedral, is a tiny, new shop called BAZART. Husband and wife owners, Vania Serrano and Thierry Parra invite you to come and enjoy their warm shop filled with items they both like and want to share.

The name BAZART in French means a mix, a mess, or a treasure trove. It is slang. I could not find a definition. I asked another French friend for a meaning to this clever word, and that is what she said.

Says Serrano about the name, ”BAZART is composed of two words bazaar and art which represents different concepts of an art gallery, antiques, crafts, and jewelry.”

Serrano is a researcher at CIBNOR and her subject involves the mosquito that carries dengue fever, chikungunya, zika, and yellow fever. But she is also a painter and her work is displayed in BAZART. Her work ranges from landscapes, nature drawings, and abstracts in many different media and at varied prices.

Parra has been a French antiques dealer for 20 years and has participated in prestigious international antique shows. Here in Mexico, he continues selling antiques. It is his passion.

Serrano wanted to showcase her stunning art, but did not want it to get lost in someone else’s gallery, and Parra wanted to bring a little touch of his homeland to La Paz. And so BAZART was born.

BAZART will be highlighting other painters, crafts people, and artists. They would like to bring a mix of cultures and crafts to La Paz for you to take home to love and enjoy. They have a selection of Arboles de La Vida (tree of life) sculptures in several colors and sizes. And will soon have more Mexican art pieces like that.

Stop in and ask about the gnarly tree sculptures, with an equally gnarled old man’s face peering out of the trunk. Or perhaps a lovely turquoise necklace.

Where to find them:

BAZART is located at Cinco de Mayo 306, just across the street from the Cathedral.

Their hours are:

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. You can contact them by phone 128 6781 or bazart.lapaz@gmail.com

If you are looking for a non-commercial, handcrafted gift, or to take home something that is the essence of La Paz, take a look at BAZART.

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