Archive for the ‘Opportunities For Artists’ Category


New Website!

January 23, 2012

I am in the process of rebuilding my blog in a new format that will give me more flexibility.  You can get to it with my main URL,  But, I thought I should put a note here in case people stumble across the old site here.  THanks for visiting!  Lots of great info on the Spanish Colonial Arts here in Albuquerque.


New Tinwork & Retablo Classes Now!

August 17, 2011

Jason is finally ready to start teaching classes at Tintero Workshop & Gallery.  We have started adding classes and free lectures to the calendar.  We’re creating several avenues to allow you to register and to help us get the word out.  We’re going to try to offer one free lecture each weekend and at least two classes!  We also have Laguna Pueblo potter in the queue for classes and lectures!


  1. Aug 20 9AM-12PM TINWORK Workshop  by Jason $75/$55 Seniors.
  2. Aug 20 1:30PM-2PM LECTURE Our Lady of Guadalupe Free to public.
  3. Aug 20 2PM-4PM RETABLO Painting Introduction by Sean $55/$45 Seniors
  4. Aug 24 6PM-9PM  TINWORK Workshop  by Jason $75/$55 Seniors.


  • TBD Making Traditional Gesso
  • Oct 29 Doña Sebastiana vs Dia De Los Muertos
  • TBD Holiday Ornaments
Jason working with Sandias

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.


Happy Easter! Decoupage Egg Project

April 19, 2011
Decoupage retablo image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on an egg

Image copyright ©2011 SWyD

MAKE YOUR OWN  I made a short video to show you a simple Easter craft project idea.  I am using a color laser image of my Our Lady of Guadalupe retablo to make a decal that can be applied to real or artificial eggs.  I am providing the sheet for your personal use in the “[09] Patterns” link to the right or click here now.  It’s a really fun project.  You’ll need eggs (wooden, plaster or real), Mod Podge, access to a laser printer, a plate of water and a disposable brush.  You may want an acrylic base coat.  I used gold paint.

If you are downloading the PDF for classroom use, I recommend you watch Episode 13 online to learn more about Our Lady of Guadalupe.  She has a beautiful story.

still from the egg episode


Guadalupe eggs in a basket

Image copyright ©2011 SWyD

OR BUY FINISHED EGGS  The finished eggs are also available in my online store.   I only have a dozen or so.  I have some at Jason’s shop in Old Town, too.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.  It has a fantastic selection of traditional New Mexican arts.  If you’re in Santa Fe, you can find them at Susan’s Christmas Shop off the plaza!

Happy Easter My Friends!


Our Lady of Guadalupe Collaboration

April 13, 2011
Jason and Sean at work

Click on image to watch this episode online!

We just completed shooting the final episode of our premiere Season of our respective shows, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith.  Dad had the excellent idea to do a collaborative piece for the final episode.  I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with viewers the dynamic of two artists collaborating.  It was very spontaneous since Jason didn’t even know the size of my board before showing up to shoot the show.  He did a fantastic job quickly responding with a design concept and improvising some design ideas.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

copyright ©2011 Sean Wells y Delgado & Jason Younis y Delgado

We both have a few finishing touches to add, but you can get a sense of the direction of the finished piece.  Jason came up with a Corona gesture for the top piece that poetically reflects the crown of Mary.  He also added delicate stars around the frame and roses to recall the story of Juan Diego.  I asked him to include thorns on his vine to hint at the crown of thorns that Jesus wore.

We decided to take advantage of the project to use it as our submission for the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s annual Art Auction ABQ Nouveau Retablo 2011.  You can view and bid on this piece and many other traditional and contemporary retablo creations Friday May 6 from 6PM-8:30PM at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Pete V. Domenici Education Building.  Check out for more information and to view this piece online next week.

What a fun project!  We hope to do more on-air collaborations next season.  But, until then, the local stations will be rerunning our first season Wednesday nights at 9PM Comcast Encantada | Ch26 Albuquerque  | Ch16 Santa Fe.

Now that we have our first season complete, we plan to offer our shows to the other public access channels of the Southwest.  We will update our list when we get some confirmations!

[Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe]
1531 A.D. | Feast Day Dec 12  | Marian Image

A humble local named Juan Diego claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary.  The local Bishop requested a sign.  Juan Diego returned (on what is now her Feast Day) with a gift of blooming roses that had appeared in mid winter on the hill where the apparition spoke to him.  He carried the flowers in his cloak and as he spilled them out for the Bishop, the image of the Virgin appeared on his cloak just as Juan Diego had described her.  The Bishop fell to his knees and built a chapel on the hill.  The cloak still hangs today in a shrine on the original hill.  The image has come to represent the worldly love and peace that Mary has to offer, crossing ethnic boundaries.

detail of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tin

NOTE:  Videotero, LLC, Delgado Arts, New Mexican Santera and New Mexican Tinsmith have no affiliation with The National Hispanic Cultural Center or ABQ Nouveau Retablo.  We are simply using this opportunity to promote an organization that shares the similar goal of preserving the Spanish Colonial Arts.


NHCC Retablo Donation Request

February 16, 2011

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is holding their annual NOUVEAU RETABLO 2011 – a fundraiser presented by the Hispanic Women’s Council & NHCC. Proceeds benefit HWC Scholarship Fund and NHCC Arts Education. They invite donations of original retablos from professional and emerging artists for auction.  Artwork due APRIL 15.

Click here for submission forms and guidelines.

I’ve included a snapshot of their gallery page for inspiration.  Click on the image to view the original and to see full size images.

Nouveau Retablo 2010 gallery

I love participating in these auctions.  It’s a great way to give back to the community and just be around positive energy.  This year, they are emphasizing the literal meaning of  “retablo.”  They are encouraging artists to paint on wooden boards.  They are providing artists with 9.5″x10″ boards if you should need.  I just added a basic gesso kit to the online store if you wanted to try making traditional gesso for your board.  It really is a unique experience to paint on such a fine surface.  I’ve also started offering pre-gessoed boards to allow people the opportunity to experience painting on traditional gesso.  If you do end up entering a piece, please send me a snapshot!  I will post my image as soon as I complete a piece for the auction.  I think I will work with the board size they are providing.  I like the idea that all the pieces would be unified by the board size, even if the finished pieces have an independent direction.