Posts tagged “Prayer

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


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.


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


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


Taos Roadside Shrine ~ The Deacon’s Blues

The Deacon’s Blues
High Road to 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


Sanctuario Gate

Sanctuario Gate
Chimayo, New Mexico
kd sebastian 2007


Dinner for Two

Dinner for Two
acrylic on fir
sebastian 2005

The crosses in the painting on the wall keep the afterlife ever present no matter how festive the dinner.


El Vez Serenades the Lady

El Vez Serenades the Lady
Sanctuario, Chimayo, New Mexico
sebastian 2007


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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Hidden Cross with Flowers

Nambe Cemetery, Nambe New Mexico
sebastian 2005

Tucked away in a far corner, this small, weathered cross with new flowers shows that the hidden grave hasn’t been forgotten.


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.

Looking for real Vintage Easter Cross Cards? Head to Etsy and start here.