Shrine

San Raphael ~ Patron Saint of Travelers and Singles


San Raphael

Patron Saint of Travelers
Acrylic on raw alderwood
Karen Rivera 2005


Chimayo Holy Chile

Cross of the DayOur Lady of Holy Chiles
sebastian 2003


Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is Transformed

In Santa Fe, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored within the parish’s santuario. Outside, a 12-foot bronze statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe stands near the entrance, its base often decorated with fresh roses. Parishioners accompanied the statue from Mexico City, where it was cast in bronze, to Santa Fe in 2008.

Church is converting a weedy slope in front of its parking lot into a shrine that tells the story of the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe. The church also will create an Institute for Guadalupe Studies and a Marian Resource Center and Library in the old Guadalupe School and Convent across Agua Fría Street.

The area will be called “Santa Fe’s Hill of Tepeyac.”

“It’s a place where people can come and look for resources about Our Lady of Guadalupe,” Nguyen said.

The Santa Fe Hill of Tepeyac is “a wonderful way to pay honor to our Mother,” parishioner Diana Lujan said.
More from the Santa Fe New Mexican


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.


Neil Talbott’s Inspirational Watercolors

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.


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