Archive for May, 2011


FREE Workshops and Events

May 11, 2011


Jason demonstrating at Petroglyph National Monument

2011 MAY 14-15   |  10AM-4PM
Jason will be demonstrating and selling work.  There is no admission fee that I can remember.  Beautiful park with an interesting history and perfect small “hike” (really, a leisurely stroll).
Petroglyph National Monument 

2011 MAY 14  |  10PM-4PM
Sean will be demonstrating and selling work.  This will be MY FIRST demonstration all by my lonesome, so come by and say hi!  The historic Casa San Ysidro will celebrate Heritage Day with music, performances and artist demonstrations. Admission is free.
Heritage Day  |  Casa San Ysidro
973 Old Church Road  Corrales, NM 87048

2011 MAY 28   |  10AM-2PM (unconfirmed)
Jason will be conducting a workshop.  
Petroglyph National Monument 


I’ve had several inquiries about workshops so I thought I would post these fantastic set of workshops held by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society  “Arts Alive!” education program.  It is an unbelievable opportunity to learn traditional Spanish Colonial Arts techniques from a Market Artist.  And, the best part, it’s completely FREE to members of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and a mere Museum Admission charge to non-members!  If you’re interested, I suggest you call or email your reservation in right away.  You could try sending the reservation request by email to  Please let them know sent you!

Arts Alive! free education program
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
750 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe
For more information or to reserve your spot: 505-982-2226

John Jimenez“Retablo”  with John Jimenez

Wednesday  |  June 15th, 2011   |  10:00am-2:00pm
I actually took his workshop and he is just wonderful.  Mr. Jimenez has a wonderful flowing style and recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award I believe, for his retablo work.  He is the one who encouraged me to work with natural clays.  It was a whole new world for me.  You can read my blog post on my workshop experience with Mr. Jimenez HERE.

Martha Varoz Ewing Straw Applique“Straw Appliqué” with Martha Varoz Ewing
Wednesday  |  June 22nd, 2011  |  10:00am-2:00pm
Jason and  I will be taking this class!  We are both looking forward to learning a new craft!

“Ramilletes (Paper Garlands)” with Museum Docents
Wednesday  |  June 29th, 2011  |  10:00am-2:00pm
Art Workshop making Ramilletes (Paper Garlands) with Museum Docents in Arts Alive, a free hands-on workshop for all ages.  I will try to make time to take this workshop as well.  I am very curious about this unusual and fleeting revival art.

Cleo Romero Tinsmith“Tinwork” with Cleo Romero
Wednesday  |  July 6th, 2011  |  10:00am-2:00pm
Art Workshop with Tinwork Spanish Market Artist Cleo Romero in Arts Alive, a free hands-on workshop for all ages.  I met Cleo at the artist’s retreat.  She seems very sweet.  That day, she won 3 of the door prizes, so I think of her as “Lucky Cleo.”  Her work is stunning and is very different from the work of the Delgado family. and Sean Wells y Delgado are not official representatives of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society or the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.  However, I do contract with them on various projects.  Mainly, I just feel that we have an overlapping mission to promote the Spanish Colonial Arts, so I will be sharing relevant information here.


Silent Auction Tonight 6PM NHCC

May 6, 2011

Tonight is the ABQ Nouveau Retablo silent auction:

Friday | May 06 | 6:00 PM
Domenici Education Center Bld
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW Albuquerque NM 87102

The auction will feature the Guadalupe retablo in tin that Jason and I collaborated on in episode 13 as well as the work of 90 other artists!  I’ll be there!  Auctions are great places to find some real bargains on unique are created by respected professional artists.  And, of course the funds raised will go to a good cause.  These proceeds will be divided between a scholarship fund under the Hispanic Women’s Council and education programs for the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

We just had some artists come by Tintero and the auction came up.   It turned out the woman had entered a piece as well!  She is a contemporary artist  who shows at a gallery just down the street and had painted a Saint Anthony.  She uses house paints and talked about how she is used to working in a very large scale.  It was inspiring to see how the auction had brought many types of people together to respect the traditional form of retablo painting as an art form.

I’m burning a copy of the episode 13 now and will include a nicely packaged copy with the winning bid so the new owner of “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Tin” will be able to watch us make the piece!


Ornament Workshop & Event Reminders

May 4, 2011

Sean teaching student
Well, Jason and I successfully taught our first workshop together last week!  Jason’s an old pro having taught countless workshops to a range of students.  But, he invited me to tag along to one opportunity to work with special needs teens at West Mesa Community Center.  The teachers visited with Jason at Tintero Workshop & Gallery and knew their kids would enjoy experiencing the making of Spanish Colonial crafts themselves.  We put together several dozen ornament kits and gave a choice of tin or retablos.  I created a custom dove stamp for the occasion and let the students stamp their own ornament and then paint them using my natural pigment kit.  We divided the groups up, introduced ourselves and our respective crafts and then worked a bit with the students to get them going.  It was really a thrill to watch a whole group create from my preassembled kits.  They were so creative, open-minded and positive, it was a real pleasure.

ornament with cross tie using raffiaI forgot to ask permission to post face pics of students here, but I wanted to share this one piece with you (left).  This girl did a wonderful job painting her ornament, but then she took the raffia I had included with the kit to string the ornaments and she told me she made a cross.  I thought that was so clever.  We talked a bit about the symbolism of retablos and I was moved by her depth of understanding at the concept and her original translation.

We had a wonderful afternoon and would love to teach more classes together.  If you would like to discuss a similar group workshop, just drop me a line (505-500-4419)!

EPISODES TO AIR 5/4/2011 WEDNESDAY NIGHT 9PM:  Conveniently, the special collaborative episode showing Jason and I working together to finish the auction piece for the National Hispanic Cultural Center retablo auction will air tonight in Santa Fe Ch16 9PM.  Albuquerque Ch26 9PM will be showing Episode 03 Introduction to pigments and brushes and SAINT RITA.

AUCTION THIS FRIDAY May 6, 2011  6:00 to 8:30pm.  National Hispanic Cultural Center – Pete V. Domenici Education Building.   The NHCC in cooperation with the Hispanic Women’s Council will be holding their annual auction this Friday and will feature the collaborative Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe image in tin that Jason and I created in episode 13.  We will include a copy of the DVD of this episode with the winning auction bid for this piece.  I plan to go early to see the works by other artists.  There are several notable Santeros participating including Charlie Carillo and Arturo Olivas.  I’m looking forward to seeing their pieces.

Finished collaborative Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in tin frame

copyright ©2011 SWyD

Here’s a shot of the finished piece that Jas and I did.  He added the leaves at the corners.  I enjoyed working on this image with him so much that we may do a larger collaboration of it for market.

Here is the link to the official website for more information on the auction:

Jason and I are available for demonstrations and workshops in tandem or individually.