The Patron Saint for Travelers, Prisoners, and Illnesses of the Legs and Arms.
This story arose in Zacatecas, Mexico about 1800, when the Christ Child was removed from the arms of Nuestra de Senora de Atocha and placed in a chair. In Northern New Mexico, in the village of Chimayo, there is a church in his name with dirt that is said to have curative powers. In the spring there is a pilgrimage to Chimayo with hundreds of participants. It is said that the Nino wanders the fields and village at night, accomplishing good deeds. People lay shoes outside their doors for the Nino to wear as his old ones get worn out from all the good works.
Lynn Garlick Retablos grew organically over a period of 20 years. To create these heart-felt paintings of saints, angels and blessings, Lynn has brought to the folk art of Retablo making, all the skills and passions that she has learned through a lifetime of drawing, woodworking and painting. She is a long time resident of Taos, New Mexico. Moved by the sacred art of the retablo paintings and the santeros (saint makers) who made them, she started creating them herself. Lynn handcarves and paints her original designs on the traditionally used ponderosa pine planks. Then she decoupages high quality prints of her originals onto pine boards, in an old school technique used for the Italian altar screens of medieval Europe.
Speaking of her work, Lynn says, "The diverse cultures and the landscape of this part of the country deeply and yet unintentionally influenced me both artistically and spiritually. I am nourished by Northern New Mexico's rugged wildness and rawness. The profound devotion found in the different traditions and faiths here are unusual and inspiring. My original Retablos are painted on board with watercolor. I produce these prints with a deep appreciation of the santero and what has come before".
Includes a statement about the saint on the reverse side. Most are available as either an ornament or a wall hanging. The Ornaments are hand printed on a masonite board with a thread for easy hanging.
Ornaments range in size from 4" to 6" tall by 2 1/2" to 3" wide by 1/8" thick. The Retablos range in size from 9" to 13" inches tall and are 5 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick.
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