Religious Art

San Raphael ~ Patron Saint of Travelers and Singles


San Raphael

Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


Woman with Black Iron Patina and Cross

Woman with Black Iron Patina and Cross
sebastian 2003


Jemez Springs Adobe Church

Jemez Springs, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Chimayo Chapel

Chimayo Chapel
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Jane Beeder’s Vintage Cross Jewlery

Copper Turquoise Beads with Vintage Silver Cross
by Jane Beeder

To say Jane Beeder travels the world is an understatement. From her years in spent in the Middle East buying antique strings of hand carved gemstones to her upcoming trip to Russia, Jane never misses a chance to search out the most exquisite and exotic beads for her original jewelry.

In her recent show last month at Hayden Hays Gallery at the Broadmoor Hotel, Jane’s jewelry held it’s own with all the other masterpieces displayed.

Crosses, whether they are antique Navajo sterling silver, gem studded artifacts from Morocco or hand crafted by local Colorado Springs artists, are combined with the rough-hewn gemstones, hand-forged crosses and elegant silver findings that are a hallmark of Jane’s work.

Many of her recent pieces combine Coptic (Ethiopian) Crosses with turquoise beads.

Ethiopian crosses are made from elaborate lattice or filigree work in a baroque style.  The artists designing the African crosses take great delight in creating ornate decorative patterns. They embellish a simple cross with trefoils, flared arms, fanciful projections, complex openwork and intertwined patterns of lines that symbolize eternity.

Traditionally worn around the neck on a deep blue cotton cord, the crosses are given to children when they are baptized and they become one of the most prized of all personal possessions.

Named after the region they come from, the crosses that Jane uses in her work are hand-cast and made from nickel or brass alloys.

Jane Beeder combines a hand-carved Antique Lapis Lazuli and Sterling pendant with oversized Lapis Lazuli rondelles and hand made sterling silver beads

Jane’s studio at Cottonwood Center for the Arts is an out-of-the-ordinary voyage. Crammed floor-to-ceiling with Chinese antique cabinets full of exotic beads just waiting to be turned into collectible, wearable works of art, Jane can be found working surrounded by overflowing baskets of chunks of amber, strings frosted 1930’s lucite and tribal beaded headbands

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For more of Jane’s necklaces, check out photos of her work here on Fresh Ink.

Jane’s studio, #103, is at 427 E. Colorado in downtown Colorado Springs at Cottonwood Center for the Arts. For more info about Jane’s workshop, call (719) 520-1899. Her work can be purchased at Cottonwood on Tejon or The Boulder Street Gallery in Downtown Colorado Springs.


Neil Talbott’s Inspirational Watercolors

Girl in Prayer
Watercolor by Neil Talbott

Whether Neil is painting people, beloved pets or local landmarks, the gentle, expressive portraits that hang on the walls of his studio, #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, seem to radiate an inner glow.

Using his meticulous pen and ink illustration skills to accurately capture images and scenes, Neil then uses watercolor washes to accent the delicacy and charm of his portraits. His talent at creating timeless  portraits for his clients makes them treasured artworks.

Neil Talbott’s watercolors and his commission works in progress can be seen and purchased at his studio #105 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Can’t make it in person? Email Neil or reach him by telephone at (719) 523-0499.


Our Lady of Guadalupe ~ Los Cerrillos Madonna

Our Lady of Miracles
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2010


Hidden Grave with Flowers ~ Nambe, New Mexico

Nambe Cemetery
Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera
January 2011

I shoot a lot of cemetaries. For heart-rending, technicolor boisterous displays, you just can’t beat a New Mexican cemetary on Easter, Day of the Dead or Christmas. I’ve made it to my favorite, the Nambe Church cemetary in Nambe, every Boxing Day for most of the last 20 years. I follow that up with New Year’s Day in Acoma. It seems to make the perfect emotional double-header.

I found this small, weathered cross tucked away in a far corner surrounded by tumbleweeds and scruffy dead plants. The new flowers shows that this lonely hidden grave hadn’t been forgotten.


Alley Cross with Thunderclouds

Alley Cross
Dave Siemer 2010

Crosses are everywhere you look, even in an alley in a small town in Oregon.


Small Abode Wall Church – Easter at Sanctuario

Small Easter Wall Church at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2007


Nambe Church Cross

Cross of the Day

Nambe, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2008


Savior and Lamb ~ Adobe Mural on the High Road to Taos

Our Savior and Lamb at Roadside Market
Mural on the High Road to Taos
Karen Rivera


San Franciso Church ~ New Mexico Ghost Town Village Church


San Franciso Church ~ 1976

Golden, New Mexico
Karen Rivera

Golden, New Mexico, on the Turquoise Trail,  is having  a bit of a renaissance these days. It’s still a ghost town but the few houses have been restored and the old Mercantile is open in the summer for the tourists. Built in 1830, he San Francisco Church off Highway 14, doesn’t look much different than when I was shooting black and whites in the mid-70’s. Restored in 1960 by Fray Angelico Chavez while he was the padre of St. Joseph’s Church in Los Cerrillos, the graveyard has mostly escaped the vandalism common to New Mexico’s abandoned mining towns.

 

 


San Raphael with Broken Heart Cross

San Raphael with Hearts
Roadside Gallery Art
High Road to Taos
Photography by Karen Rivera


Cabinet Madonna at Jackalope Pottery

The Madonna Cabinet at Jackalope Pottery
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera


Grace Morales, 1893 ~ Graveyard Crosses

Grace Morales, 1893 ~ Graveyard Crosses
Illustration
Karen Rivera 2010


Vintage Sanctuario Photograph ~ Classic Northern New Mexico Adobe Church


Church at Sanctuario, 1950’s

Chimayo, New Mexico
Scanned Vintage Postcard
Karen Rivera

This vintage postcard of Sanctuario left me stunned. I’ve shot hundreds of photographs of the church but I never saw it as a real small Northern New Mexican town chuch like those scattered all over the state until I found this postcard.