MN Original- What an Honor!


MN Original- What an Honor!

I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as to be featured on MN Original,tpt‘s award winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures.

MN Original increases awareness of Minnesota artists, arts organizations and arts venues, inspires viewers to think about the arts and artists in new ways and cultivates new audiences for the arts by promoting a deeper understanding of the creative process, curating contemporary arts in Minnesota for generations to come.

The music featured throughout the series is created by and credited to Minnesota musicians. Nearly 4000 songs by more than 250 artists in about 100 bands or ensembles are included in our music library.

MN Original is made possible by the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund and the Citizens of Minnesota. Twin Cities Public Television is one of six public television stations in the Minnesota Public Television Association (MPTA) producing unique, regional series, specials and documentaries.
April 12, 2013

Jeweler Marisa Martinez’s career is marked by her family ties, her Mexican-American heritage, and the women mentors in her life. She brings a fine art background to her craft, designing her jewelry with an eye for color theory and composition. Her intuitive combination of gemstones, hand-blown glass beads and precious metals makes for vibrant jewelry pieces and colorful ofrendas/altars.

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Thank you MN Original for all you do to help promote MN Artists and educate our state about the colorful and vibrant art community we have here in our state!


St. Paul Art Crawl AZ Gallery


St. Paul Art Crawl AZ Gallery

Come See me and many other amazing Artists this weekend at the St. Paul Art Crawl at the AZ Gallery!

AZ Exhibit Dates: April 4th-April 28th
1st Friday Reception: April 5th, 5pm-9pm
Art Crawl Weekend: 4/26th-4/28th

Art Crawl Weekend Gallery Hours:
Friday, 4/26, 5pm-10pm
Saturday, 4/27, 9am-8pm
Sunday, 4/28, 9am-5pm

308 Prince Street, # 130 St. Paul, MN

see map here :

Shrines, Ofrendas, and Altars

My Shrine/ Ofrendas Collection is made with found objects and many different forms of traditional mixed media. I start each shrine with the idea of a specific milagro (miracle or a wish) and then build around that idea. I build these pieces organically from up-cycled materials one layer at a time. My passion for my Mexican cultural heritage and background in fine arts has greatly influenced this body of work. I have been exploring ways to elevate the fine craft of jewelry to create a bridge that can connect it to my passion for painting. These pieces are the exciting launch of this new journey in my work.

Historically Milagros have been used as a part of a religious ritual or act of devotion. They were left in churches as prayers for healing, offered to a saint as a reminder of a petitioners need, or in gratitude for a prayer answered. modernly, they are carried for protection, luck, and to represent wishes. Milagros are a part of the magical and symbolic past common to all cultures which continues to influence our lives today. Ofrendas otherwise known as Altars or Shrines in Mexico and other parts of South America hold a very special place in my heart. Having been born a Mexican American on the day of the Patron saint of Mexico, the day of the Virgen of Guadalupe, I have always been immersed in Catholism culturally. These Shrines are very rich in symbolism. They are not meant to be deemed religious though they are meant to evoke aspects of personal spirituality.

My hope is that you as the viewer interpret the symbols as they have meaning in your life.


You can see this piece and many others at Kopplin’s Coffee on the corner of Marshall Ave and Cleveland in St. Paul. Show runs until Mid February and there will be an Artist reception/ Trunk show just in time for Valentines Day!


Featuring New Work at Fine Craft Collective in Northfield MN For Holidays!

This is such an exciting Holiday Season for Meztiza Designs. I have the wonderful opportunity to feature my new work at The Fine Craft Collective in Northfield, MN again this year! This is a wonderful destination day trip for my friends in the Twin Cities. Northfield MN is home to St. Oalaf College and Carleton College plus this quaint town has wonderful food, shops and obviously Art for all tastes!

This show runs from November 24th-December 24th! Check out the link above for events that will brighten up your holiday season, and come down to see my work! Feeling Festive already!

Working Away in the Studio!

Meztiza Designs is  hammering out a couple new collections as 2012 ends! Sometimes the best happens last, and in this case, it’s the tip of a new iceberg. Appropriately said, as winter creeps closer the studio is bustling with ideas, drawings, and excitement. I almost am eager for the slowing winter brings so more work can get completed.
Look forward to seeing more of you through the holidays!

AZ Gallery Holiday Event

On November 24th at AZ Gallery ~ Join Me and fellow artist/guests for a relaxing day 9-5pm in Historic Lowertown St Paul!   This coincides with Go Green Saturday & the Rice Park Tree Lighting Celebration in St Paul ! 
The Holiday Event runs from November 23rd – December 30 this year. There is so much to do in Historic Lowertown St Paul this holiday season! 
Gather friends, family, neighbors and step into a day or evening of festive shopping, foods and beverages!