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Museum opens 'Imagenes'

Posted: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2012

Images such as these will be displayed in an upcoming SLV Museum exhibit.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Museum is proud to present “Imagenes del Pais/Images of the Homeland.” This exhibit will be filled with sacred and non-sacred images of the Spanish Colonial era traditions in both Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Most of the objects in the exhibit are from the past 30 years. Most of the artists being displayed are living artists with notable exceptions.

The objects in this exhibit include the various forms of Spanish Colonial era expressions. These include colcha embroidery (stitchery, santos (saints) - both bultos and retablos, Rio Grande weaving, furniture, tin work, inlaid straw work, jerga, bone carvings and mixed media.

Santos artists include Francisco Vigil and Juan Ysidro Maez. Their work still graces many chapels in the area. The exhibit will also have work by two important artists of this genre that have left a lasting legacy. Both from Conejos County, they are listed as National Treasurers by the Smithsonian Institute, Rubel Jaramillo, master santero and Eppie Archuleta as a master Rio Grande weaver.

The exhibit pieces will not be seen in any other museum in the world. They are being brought together, by Curator Rick Manzanares with associate curators Carlos Santistevan and Franke Zamora, from private collection from Denver, Colorado to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mark calendars for Friday November 9 at 6 p.m. to attend the grand opening of this “one of a kind” event at the San Luis Valley Museum, 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa.

The exhibit will be at the museum from November 10 through January 31, 2013. Admission is free. For more information concerning times and lecture schedules, contact Joyce at 587-0667.

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