Vintage Crosses

Cripple Creek Hand Carved Cross

 

Cemetery Cross

Karen Rivera 2012
Cripple Creek, Colorado

Scattered on a barren, windswept hilltop, outside of town and hidden from the casinos that have taken over the entire town, handmade crosses mark the graves of the miners who died far away from home.


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.
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Jane Beeder’s Vintage Cross Jewlery

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.

In her recent show last month at Hayden Hays Gallery at the Broadmoor Hotel, Jane’s jewelry held it’s own with all the other masterpieces displayed.

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.

Named after the region they come from, the crosses that Jane uses in her work are hand-cast and made from nickel or brass alloys.

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

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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.


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.


Alley Cross with Thunderclouds

Alley Cross
Dave Siemer 2010

Crosses are everywhere you look, even in an alley in a small town in Oregon.


Sanctuario Church Tower with Cross

Church Tower with Cross, Chimayo
Chimayo, New Mexico
Karen Rivera 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.

 

 


Rebar Cross

Rebar Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010

All across New Mexico, small town cemetaries are filled with handmade shrines and gravestones. This simple welded cross sits at the top of an unmarked grave tucked into the corner of the Our Lady of Sorrows graveyard in Old Bernalillo.


Pressed Tinwork Cross

Pressed Tinwork Mexican Cross
Bernalillo, New Mexico
sebastian 2010


Red Celtic Cross

Red Celtic Cross
Alexandra Grey 2009

Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of an eighth century square Celtic cross-decorated vertical grave stone in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal.

In early Britain, suicides were buried at the crossroad under the crude cross that the two roads represented, adding to the air of the supernatural. Crossroads also symbolize the space “betwixt and between” where miracles can happen and mystical forces could be contacted just before dawn.

The four cross arms of the square Celtic cross represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The center shows the 4 elements meeting at a crossroads.

This cross-decorated vertical grave stone is in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal. Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of this eighth century square Celtic cross.

The Fahan Mura Cross rests in a quiet graveyard next alongside the road from Letterkenny to Buncarna.

This early 7th century cross-slab is 6 1/2 feet and demonstrates a close connection with Scotland, where the shape is more common. The intertwined hand carved knotwork is believed to represent the Tree of Life with its roots on the earth and its branches high in the air symbolized a connection between heaven and earth.

For more images of the Fahan Mura Standing Slab, click here.

The Free Red Celtic Cross by Alexandra Grey is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


Field of Wildflowers Story Cross with Carnations

Lazy cows amble in a field of spring wild flowers in the water color center of this pastel Vintage Easter Cross. Story Crosses were designed to showcase scenic views including pastoral scenes like this one. The well drawn carnations give the feel of looking through the card into another world. Charming, but I’m still not sure what cows have to do with Easter.

This Free Country Story Easter Cross with Carnations Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.


White Easter Lily Cross

White Lilies in pots are everywhere around Easter, flooding the grocery stores and vegetables stands here in Southern Oregon. The traditional White Lily has always symbolized purity and grace.

Vintage traditional Easter Greeting Cards, like this one, contrast the charm of the lilly with the solidness of the Cross.


Easter Lily Art Deco Cross

An updated version of a restored Easter Cross card shows off sprays of traditional vanilla Easter lilles. The celdon greenish-gray cross is embellished with subtle Art Deco elements. It’s a great combination of classics–lillies and cross–translated to the 20’s.

This Free Easter Lily Art Deco Cross Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day Free Cross Clipart here.

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Vintage Easter Story Cross

A watercolor angel flies towards 3 crosses on the hill in this Vintage Easter Story Cross. Vintage cards and labels are taped to all my walls, providing artistic and spiritual inspiration. This is one I found in high school.

This Free Vintage Angel Easter Cross Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day here.

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Vintage Lilac and Cross Easter Card

White and purple lilacs in the spring always make me nostalgic for my grandmother’s house. In the spring it was full of huge vases of lilacs. This vintage Easter Cross card is one of a series of 1900’s Easter Cards that reminds me of her.

This Free Vintage Easter Lilac and Cross Greeting Card Clipart is available at Cross of the Day here.

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Vintage Dogwood Easter Cross Card

Another of the wonderful handpainted vintage Easter cards that bring back memories of gentler days. This one comes from an antique German embossed Easter card.

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