Folk Art

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee

Monte at Best Price Books and Coffee

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee
sebastian 2006


San Raphael ~ Patron Saint of Travelers and Singles


San Raphael

Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


Black Iron Cross

Black Iron Cross Fence
Nambe, New Mexico Cemetery
Karen Rivera 2009


Jemez Springs Adobe Church

Jemez Springs, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Chimayo Chapel

Chimayo Chapel
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2009


Saint George on a Horse Shrine

Cross of the DaySt. George on a Horse
Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2005


Chimayo Holy Chile

Cross of the DayOur Lady of Holy Chiles
sebastian 2003


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine at Chimayo, New Mexico

Our Lady of Gudalupe Shrine

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2003


San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps

Cross of the Day

San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps

San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


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.


Small Abode Wall Church – Easter at Sanctuario

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


Buddha’s Cross

Cross of the Day

Buddha’s Cross
Recycled Tinwork
Karen Rivera

I’ve found that I incorporate crosses into my work, no matter what the medium or the message.


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 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


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.


St. Joseph’s Church ~ Los Cerrillos, New Mexico


Courtyard, Saint Joseph’s Church
Los Cerrillos, New Mexico

Los Cerrillos has always seemed to me to be the perfect example of a  New Mexico boom town. Once the unofficial  capitial of the state,  it’s now a modern day ghost town on South 14, a few miles north of Madrid.

After the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1880,  shipping the gold, silver, lead, zinc and turquoise from the 3,000 miners in the area no longer had to be shipped by wagon. Los Cerrillos grew to feature 21 saloons, 5 brothels, 4 hotels, several dance halls and a real honest-to-goodness Opera House. The construction of Saint Joseph’s Church on Main Street confirmed that civilization had truly arrived.

Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turquoise Mining Museum, & Petting Zoo

Today, the washboard streets and dusty storefronts are a mostly undisturbed  reminder of  Old West meets celluloid. 13 films have been shot in and around Los Cerrillos, including the 1972 John Wayne movie The Cowboys shot just outside of town. A remnant of the production of Young Guns lingers on a two-story stucco wall.  The real Wortley Hotel (Motto: No Guest Gunned Down in Over a 100 Years) is in Lincoln, not Los Cerrillos.

Los Cerrillos porch ceiling

On weekends, Mary’s Saloon and the Casa Grande Trading Post, Cerrillos Turqoise Mining Museum, & Petting Zoo swarm with tourists from the City Different stopping off on the Turquoise Trail. Several seasonal businesses open up with the return of the tourists, adding whimsical touches.

Several artists call Los Cerrillos home. Metal sculptures and eclectic murals are scattered though the tiny town. A few of the gritty, sandblasted storefronts now make it possible to walk under the stars as you stay out of the sun.

My connection with Los Cerrillos was very short-lived. My job working weekends  at the Tiffany Saloon and Melodrama ended when, as usual, my confidence in British mechanics was misplaced and my 1961 Morris Mini-Cooper needed a new engine.

 

The Tiffany Saloon and Melodrama burned down in 1977 but you can still find traces of it, and other long-lost buildings, by looking for the metal yellow signs all over town.

Karen Rivera 2010


Hanging With the Assisi Sisters ~ Roadside Shrine on the High Road to Taos

The Assisi Sisters
Hanging with Claire and Agnes in Taos

July 2010
Karen Rivera


Saint Blown Apart ~ Taos Shrine, New Mexico

Saint Blown Apart
Taos Shrine, New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


Feed The Meter, Feed the Homeless

No Pennies, Please
Colorado Springs, Colorado
July 2010
Karen Rivera


San Pasqual ~ Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Roadside Tin, Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2006


Taos Roadside Shrine ~ The Deacon’s Blues

The Deacon’s Blues
High Road to Taos
New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


4 Corners Baskets ~ Zia Pueblo, New Mexico

Four Corners Baskets
Zia Pueblo
July 2010
Karen Rivera

Local Native American Basket Makers incorporate the designs of crosses, native plants, mountains and rivers into their wonderful baskets. Made of raw reeds and natural dyes, the basketmakers weave spirituality into their art.