Santos

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee

Monte at Best Price Books and Coffee

Reading at Best Price Books and Coffee
sebastian 2006


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


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


Small Abode Wall Church – Easter at Sanctuario

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


San Raphael with Broken Heart Cross

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


San Antonio Church ~ Punta de Agua, New Mexico


Punta de Agua

Highway 55, Southern New Mexico
Karen Rivera

The small villages along Highway 55 have always held a special place in my hard-scrabble New Mexican heart. Using the few resources available in the barren, harsh acres early settlers recycled the ever-present rocks into homes, walls, and churches.

In Punta de Agua, the rough-cut stone San Antonio Church stands as a monument to an earlier example of sustainable and green building.

If you’d like to walk through Punta de Agua at street level, click here to go to Google Maps, then click satellite.

 


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


St. Francis Dances in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dancing St. Francis
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
Karen Rivera 2009


San Pasqual ~ Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Patron Saint of the Kitchen

Roadside Tin, Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 2006


Our Lady of Pike’s Peak ~ Summer Thunderstorm

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tilework
Pike’s Peak, Colorado
July 2011
Karen Rivera


San Raphael, Patron Saint of Travelers



San Raphael
Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

Cross of the Day

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian
2007


Our Lady of El Pato ~ Roadside Tin

Cross of the DayOur Lady of El Pato ~ Roadside Tin
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007