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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 www.ABQretablos.com 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!

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
[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.

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My How-To Retablo Ornament Video To Air!

November 28, 2010

Image from the videoMy father and I created a how-to video to illustrate my new “Paint-Your-Own Retablo Ornament Kit.”  The video entitled “Stamped Retablo Ornament” will be aired on Channel 26 Arts and Entertainment Public Television!  I’m so excited to share the video.  I will post the airing time as soon as I know.

overhead camera viewWe worked hard to balance the practical issues of technique with the fundamental issues of approach.  It is my first video, so there is much to learn. But it was so enjoyable and rewarding and it made me feel I really do have something important to offer.  My Dad chose to keep many of the bloopers, which gives it a warm quality I like. He went through a lot of extra effort to capture overhead views to allow the viewer to easily follow along.

sgraffito detailAt first, I was concerned about filling a half hour show with my tiny ornaments. But, once I was engaged in the process, I realized I had a lot to say (which my Dad knew all along).  If you get a chance to catch it, please send me some feedback.  If you miss it, you can purchase a copy of the complete 45 minute DVD or the kit here:  Delgado Arts Shop

You can also preview the How-To DVD here:

For more on the kit, click the “Retablo Kits” under the “Pages” heading on the right.
Mini ornament retablo kit top view