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San Raphael ~ Patron Saint of Travelers and Singles


San Raphael

Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005

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The United State Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs


The Airforce Academy Chapel
Photography by Neil Talbott

Neil Talbott’s Colorado Photography 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 at (719) 523-0499.


Dusty Shutt’s Strong Christian Faith Inspires Artwork for Children’s Art Programs

Morpho's Garden by Dusty R Shutt & Dusty
Dusty Shutt and “Blue Morpho”
Photography by Craig Shutt

“Morpho’s Garden”
Can be seen at the Pioneer Museum at 215 S. Tejon, Colorado Springs

After taking flight at Colorado Springs’s Imagination Celebration , Dusty Shutt’s “Blue Morpho” butterfly has landed. Inspired by her strong Christian faith to contribute to her community, Dusty finds her work with organizations that help local chilidren to be her favorite.

Donating her skill and time to create the colorful, exuberant sculpture to “Butterflies and Friends”, Dusty joins dozens of local artists who share the same passion to use their talents to assist local children.

Morpho's Garden by Dusty R Shutt

Side view of Dusty Shutt’s Metal 3D Butterfly “Blue Morpho”
Photography by Craig Shutt

Butterflies and Friends is a community service initiative created by the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs to raise awareness and funds to serve children and promote the arts in local school. Participating artists raise transform large scale metal butterflies into works of art that are then auctioned on September 17th at Cheyenne Resort.

In addition to raising attention to endangered species all over the world with her photo impressionism, Dusty contributes to raising awareness and funds to several causes at home in Colorado Springs.  Dusty chose the short-lived Blue Morpho butterfly as the base for her inspiration, connecting the threatened rainforest dwelling iridescent butterflies with at-risk children here at home.

Information about last year’s successful event

As one of the few artists chosen to create a Butterfly for the upcoming Rotary Club auction at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on September 17th, Dusty and the generous group of local artists that paint the huge over-sized metal butterflies annually to do their part to ensure that a “healthy cocoon for every child” and to “encourage a creative metamorphosis into all that each can be”.


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.


Village Church at Manzano, New Mexico

Manzano, Founded 1824
Manzano, New Mexico
Karen Rivera

Manzano is one of New Mexico’s small almost ghost towns tucked away in the Cibola National Forest. With an estimated population of 54, the main attractions are its photo opps and  the legendary Manzano Mountain Retreat.

For 35 years, the working apple farm has produced  4,000 bushels of apples and 3,000 gallons of cider annually. A daily update on the web site lists which of the 34 types are currently available.

The aerial shot below, taken from the Manzano Mountain Retreat website shows the orchards cut out of the forest.


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.