The Guatemala Art and Culture, Connection features original art and crafts from traditional Mayan villages around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The paintings depict scenes such as harvesting crops, food markets, ceremonies and nature that are an integral part of the life and culture. The artists are known for their distinctive style and their works have been exhibited in places such as the Smithsonian in Washington and galleries and shows internationally. The crafts include beadwork and weaving for which the artisans are also famous and often incorporate designs and figures that are based on centuries old traditions. Both the art and the crafts are important ways the artists and artisans maintain their culture.