Turning the corner in a dusty house outside of Cripple Creek, I looked up and say this tin and Mexican tile cross.
Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee
Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005
Chimayo, New Mexico
Cross of the DaySt. George on a Horse
Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Chimayo, New Mexico
San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps
Chimayo, New Mexico
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 Miracles
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2010
On the Road Between Cimarron and Taos
The first time I went to one of the pueblos to watch the dancing I was served a small cracked hand-painted bowl of this vegetarian stew. I’ve made it ever since I had my first garden when I was a child. It’s rich, comforting and simple but like most dishes that contain green chili, the whole is tastier than the individual ingredients. Serve with freshly made corn tortillas, bowls of salsa and some cold hand-crafted beer from the brewery at Christ in the Desert.
2 ears of fresh corn, kennels cut from cob
1 large yellow onion, chopped medium
1/2 roasted, peeled and chopped hot green chil
1 TBL chopped garlic
4 c. peeled, seeded and chopped unripe pumpkin or banana squash
2 TBL oil (grapeseed if possible)
In a large kettle, saute onion and pumpkin or squash until the onion is translucent.
Add corn, chili and garlic. Add enough fresh water to prevent sticking. Cover and simmer for 1/2 hour.
Dave Siemer 2010
Crosses are everywhere you look, even in an alley in a small town in Oregon.
I’ve found that I incorporate crosses into my work, no matter what the medium or the message.
Church Tower with Cross, Chimayo
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2007
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.