Saints

San Raphael ~ Patron Saint of Travelers and Singles


San Raphael

Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


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

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San Raphael on Wood with Scrabble Tiles and Bottlecaps

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


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


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


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


Saint Ray of Richardsville ~ High Road to Taos

Saint Ray of Richardsville
Roadside Shrine
Taos, New Mexico
July 2010
Karen Rivera


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 Sorrow, Chilili Land Grant

Chilili Madonna
Chilili, New Mexico
February 2010
Karen Rivera


Carlos Medina’s Doors

Carlos Medina’s Doors
Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2005


Cornelio’s Cross

Cornelio’s Cross
Northern New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Francis Cathedral

Kateri Tekakwitha
Santa Fe, St. Francis Cathedral
sebastian 2010


Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo

Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian
2007


Saint Fiacre’s Gardener’s Black Celtic Cross

Saint Fiacre’s Gardener’s Black Celtic Cross
Alexandra Grey 2010

This Black Celtic Gardener’s Cross sparkles with balanced glowing leafy elements. aint Fiacre’s Gardener’s Black Celtic Cross was created to honor Ireland’s Saint Fiacre.

Ireland’s Saint Fiacre is the Patron Saint of Gardeners; taxi cab drivers; venereal disease sufferers; barrenness; box makers; florists; hemorrhoids; hosiers; pewterers; tile makers and ploughboys.

Born in Ireland in the 7th century, St. Fiacre was a monk turned hermit who became known for his healing herbs, prayers and food. After fleeing Ireland in a desperate attempt to find solitary peace, St. Fiacre traveled to France with where he performed his first miracle.

Approaching the Bishop of Meaux for land with space build a guest house and chapel, St. Fiacre was given a small plot of land in Breuil, in the province of Brie where he established long-lived orchards and gardens. His festival is celebrated on the 30th of August. He is the Patron Saint of  Brie and gardeners invoke him as their protector against pests and crop failure.

Saint Fiacre is the Patron Saint of Gardeners and taxi cab drivers

Saint Fiacre’s Black Gardener’s Celtic Cross Clipart by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


Our Lady of El Pato ~ Roadside Tin

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