Please join Sean Trujillo, Carlos Santistevan, Frank Zamora, Teresa Duran, Jose Raul Esquibel, Sister roberta Westrick, Catherine Robles Shaw, Roxanne Shaw Galindo, Lynn Fresquez, Judy Miranda, Megan DeAnza, Vanessa Fresquez, Ronn Miera and Al Florence in the 2017 Santos y Cruces show at CHAC
For generations the southwest has been a melting pot of traditions vastly dominated by Native American, Mexican and Spanish Colonial traditions. One of the oldest and still practiced traditions of expression still continues. An Expressive and powerful art form which combines Art, Faith and culture. This art is what we now know today as Santos, The traditional art form of devotional iconography known for its association with New Mexico and Hispanic Colorado. Santos Making consists of a variety of traditional methods that include handmade pigments, gesso and use of all natural materials native to the Colorado New Mexico Region.
As Hispanic influence dominated the west and the southwest so too followed the Santos art form, people moved and grew into communities, so did their devotional needs. Being separated by distance and having the more mass produced devotional art purchased before arrivingin the outlying areas. The Santeros serviced the need with Bultos, three dimensional carved figures, Retablos, painted wood Panels, and Reredos, alter screens. That same distance helped shape the stylistically unique art form.
Santos tells us the stories, and commemorates significant events: it helps us to express deep sentiment and is in the stand in for that Saint or Presence. Santos art is a deeply rooted expression of Hispanic tradition and Heritage.
This Year we continue Santos y Cruces show held at CHAC gallery in the heart of Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District. This show consists of a collective collaboration of the premiere Santeros and Santeras (Santo artists) from Colorado, most of who are well established in Spanish Colonial Arts community. This show will highlight the traditional techniques as well as contemporary Santos. Santos Y Cruces show will also highlight an educational background on the history of Santos in Colorado and Northern New Mexico. CHAC Gallery will host workshops for adults and children alike to learn and create your own Santos.
Don’t miss our spectacular Artists Reception Friday April 21st from 6-9 PM to meet the Artists. Light New Mexican appetizers and refreshments!