2013 Poster Featuring The Artwork of Joseph Ascensión López

Click to Download a printable 8 1/2 x 11 PDF

Joseph’s wood carved nicho of San Juan Nepomuceno received the 2012 Poster Award at Spanish Market.  The large and heavy piece alludes to strength while the delicate features and gesture of the figure express a gentle nature.  The piece reflects the character of the artist himself, standing over six feet tall with shiny black locks like Superman, but always there to greet fellow artists with a big smile and bigger hug and great humility.

Below, Joseph receives some words of thanks from Archbishop Rev. Michael J. Sheehan  who later honored Joseph with the Archibishop’s Award for the same piece.

Joseph will be presenting his artwork at Spanish Market this July 27-28 with his father, Felix López (Straw Appliqué, Bultos-Painted) in booth #15.

The collectable poster will be available at the main Market table, both signed and unsigned.  The image will also be featured on this year’s official Spanish Market t-shirt which will also be available at Spanish Market and is currently available in our online Museum Gift Shop in black or indigo.  Proceeds will benefit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Click to view t-shirts in the Online Gift Shop $18.00 plus s/h.

The piece shows San Juan Nepomuceno (John of Nepomuk) holding his finger to his mouth in a quiet gesture.

John of Nepomuk

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John of Nepomuk
Johannes von Nepomuk Hinterglasbild.jpg
Born c.1345
Died March 20, 1393
Beatified May 31, 1721
Canonized March 19, 1729 by Benedict XIII
Feast May 16
Attributes halo of five stars, palm, priestly dress, cross, angel indicating silence by a finger over the lips
Patronage BohemiaSan Juan, Batangas

John of Nepomuk (or John Nepomucene) (CzechJan Nepomucký) (c. 1345 – March 20, 1393)[1] is a national saint of the Czech Republic, who was drowned in the Vltava river at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods.[1]



Opening Reception Tonight: Albuquerque Show Featuring Market Artists

The Snapp-Price Projects Gallery located in the Hyatt Lobby of Downtown Albuquerque is hosting an art opening tonight featuring Spanish Market artists for their show entitled “Gratia Plena In The Month of Mary: Traditional & Innovative Expressions from Hispanic New Mexico.”


  • 5:30pm-8pm Opening Reception 
  • 5pm Live demonstrations tonight by award-winning artists Julia Gomez (Colcha Embroidery) and  Lee Valdez (Woodcarving).


  • 5pm Live demonstration by Della Vigil (Straw Applique) whose unique straw applique weaving design was featured on the official 2012 Spanish Market t-shirt.  THe design was so popular that it sold out and will be brought back this year.


  • 4pm Nationally recognized award-winning artist Gustavo Victor Goler presents on his work with traditional and innovative Bulto carving in a rare Albuquerque presentation.  Don’t miss this opportunity!


Gratia Plena Show

Celebración Gala Fundraising Auction and Dinner!!

You are cordially invited to attend the

fundraising auction and dinner!  

To accommodate increased attendance this year, the event will be held at the:

201 West Marcy in Santa Fe

Please call Janella Marsh, 505-982-2226, Ext. 103 to reserve and pay.

Hotel Specials Offered for the Weekend of Celebración:

The BISHOP’S LODGE at 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Road, Santa Fe, NM  87501 is offering their spring break promo rate of $149.00 per room.  Call 505-983-6377 to reserve, and mention the Spanish Colonial Arts Society special.

The SANTA CLARAN HOTEL CASINO at  460 N. Riverside Drive, Española, NM 87532
will offer a rate of $79.00 (plus 11.05%).  Reservations for individual guestrooms can be made by calling the front desk at 877-505-4949 or 505-367-4900 and asking for the “Spanish Colonial Arts Society room block.”

The SAGE INN at 725 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 is offering a rate of $65.00 per room, per night.  Please call 866-433-0335 to reserve.

The INN AT SANTA FE HOTEL – New Mexico (NM at 8376 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 is offering a rate of $70.00.  Please call 888-871-7138 to reserve.


Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora autographed guitar….

AND an African Safari!!

If you have AUCTION items, services – or access to vacation homes or other “experiences” to donate for ¡Celebración! , please deliver to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo On Museum Hill in Satna Fe.  For Auction questions please call Maggie Magalnick, at 505-982-2226, Ext. 111.


Symposium: Exhibiting Latino Popular Religious Traditions: New Mexico in a Transnational Context, March 2nd, 1:00PM – 6:30PM, Museum of Spanish Coloinal Art, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

This is a two-day symposium event, and PLEASE NOTE ONLY THE SECOND DAY, March 2nd,

takes place in the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (in cooperation with the University of New Mexico.) 

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, and Museum of Spanish Colonial Art event is limited seating to the first 55 reservations.

For your convenience, the schedule for both days is listed below:

Click here for a printable version of the symposium information.


March 1: UNM Mesa del Sol IFDM Building, 5700b
University Blvd. S.E.
For information: http://ifdm.unm.edu/wordpress/?page_id=32
1:00 PM (3rd Floor) — Digital Presentation of Photo and Sound Exhibits
1: 30 PM (Room 100)–Jaime Lara, South Bend Museum /Arizona State University
“Theatrical Worship: Popular Religion in an Andean Village”
2:15 PM (Room 100) — Anna Nogar, University of New Mexico
“Textual Origins of a Traditional Song: Sor María de Jesús de Agreda and the New
Mexico Alabado”
2:45 — Break
3:00 PM (Room 100) — Pilar Panero García, University of Valladolid
“La Semana Santa en Valladolid como un hecho social y cultural” [Holy Week in
Valladolid as a Social and Cultural Reality]with English translation
4:00 – 5:00 PM (Room 100) — Round-Table, Enrique Lamadrid, Moderator
Presenters: José Luis Alonso Ponga, Miguel Gandert, Robert Lisak, Manuel Montoya José Pacheco Rojas.

Topics: Plenilunio/Bercianos Exhibit; Camino Real Traditions; Flowering Cross
Exhibit; The Attraction of the Rural; Rutas Exhibit
5:15 PM (3rd Floor) — Repeat Presentation of Digital Photo and Sound Exhibits
5:15 – 6:45 PM (3rd Floor)–Reception


March 2: Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe,
750 Camino Lejo. Santa Fe, NM*
*$10 Museum entrance fee is waived with UNM ID

1:00 PM — Digital Presentation of Photo and Sound Exhibits

1: 30 PM — José Luis Alonso Ponga, University of Valladolid
“La Semana Santa en el mundo rural de Castilla y León:
Bercianos de Aliste (Zamora)” [Holy Week in Rural Spain] with
English translation

2:30 PM — José Pacheco Rojas, Juárez University of Durango
“Devociones y tradiciones populares en el Camino Real de Tierra Adentro: el Santo
Niño de Atocha, el Señor de Mapimí y El Señor del Tizonazo” [Popular Religious
Traditions in Northern Mexico] with English translation

3:30 PM — Break

3:45 PM –Rebeca Treviño Montemayor, Juárez University of Durango
“Los exvotos del Santo Niño de Atocha, una expresión viva de la religiosidad popular
en el norte de México” [Santo Niño, Exvoto Traditions] with English translation

4:45 – 5:45 PM — Round Table, Kathryn Holscher, Moderator
Presenters: Enrique Lamadrid, Jaime Lara, Gabriel Meléndez Pilar Panero.
Topics: Flowering Cross Exhibit; Plenilunio Exhibit; Camino Real Traditions; The
Case of New Mexico.

5:45 PM — Repeat Presentation of Digital Photo and Sound Exhibits

5:45 – 6: 30 PM — RECEPTION

Exhibiting Latino PopularReligious Traditions: New Mexico in a Transnational Context – About the Exhibits and the Researchers:

The Flowering Cross: Holy Week in an Andean Village documents expressions of baroque ritual in the village of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas some twenty-five miles from Cuzco, Peru. It consists of photographs by Robert Lisak, text by Dr. Jaime Lara from their co-authored book by the same title.

Penilunio de Primavera [The First Full Moon of Spring] includes photos by the acclaimed Spanish photographers Carlos González Ximénez, Luis Laforga, Pedro J. Muñoz Rojo, Chema Concellón and Juan Carlso Urueña Paredes. The photo-exhibit documents the rich cultural, artistic and touristic legacy of processions in rural and urban areas of north central Spain.

Rutas en Cuerpo y Alma, [Routes in Body and Soul] a series of photographs by Miguel Gandert illuminates a number of rituals rooted in the colonial legacy of what today is northern Mexico and New Mexico. The photos provide documentation of several years of research undertaken with his University of New Mexico colleagues A. Gabriel Meléndez, Enrique Lamadrid and Anna Nogar.

Jaime Lara(South Bend Museum) works at the intersection of the visual arts and religion through various media. He examines hybrid artifacts and artistic creations at moments of culture contact, principally the contact that Aztecs and Incas had with a European Christian worldview. He will join the faculty in Art History at Arizona State University in 2013.

Robert Lisak is a photographer based in New Haven. He has done a wide range of work for commercial, architectural and nonprofit clients, as well as pursuing his personal work for the past twenty-five years. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and has an MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art.

José Luis Alonso Ponga holds the endowed chair in Studies on Tradition in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Valladolid and directs the International Center for the Study of Popular Religiosity. His research interests include cultural patrimony, urban and rural development, popular religiosity and transculturation.

Pilar Panero García is assistant to the chair of Studies on Tradition in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Valladolid where. she is a PhD candidate and the coordinator of the International Center for the Study of Popular

José Pacheco Rojas is a Professor of History at Juarez University of Durango (UJED. He specializes in the history of indigenous revolts and resistance in Nueva Vizcaya. He has written a number of books and articles on the history of northern Mexico.and on religious observances in rural and urban communities.

Rebecca Treviño Montemayor is pursuing her doctorate in the History of Medicine at the Juarez University of Durango (UJED) where she is a full time instructor in the Department of Psychology. She is a co-editor with José Pacheco Rojas of Popular Religiosity: Three Socio-Anthropological Essays (UJED, 2010).

The organizers of this program wish to thank the following sponsor for their support: American Studies, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Program, Spanish & Portuguese, Center for Regional Studies, The Latin American and Iberian Institute, The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Jurying of Artists for Spanish Market, Saturday, February 2, 2013


DATE:  Saturday, February 2, 2013

PLACE:  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

107 W. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, NM  87505

            DROP-OFF:   8:00-9:30AM

            PICK-UP:       2:00-3:00PM

NOTE: late entries will not be accepted. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is not responsible for any work left at the Church after 3:00 PM on the day of screening.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR PRINTABLE VERSION OF 2013 Jurying of Artists for Spanish Market


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe

107 W. Barcelona Road, Santa Fe, NM  87505

Phone:  505-982-9674

Maggie Magalnick’s Cell #:  505-490-5140


  • Take I 25 North to the Old Pecos Trail Exit
  • Turn Left onto Old Pecos Trail and travel West
  • NOTE: You will need to bear right to continue on Old Pecos Trail before it turns into St. Michael’s Drive
  • Take Old Pecos Trail to E. Cordova Road
  • Turn Left onto E. Cordova Road
  • Turn Right onto Galisteo Road
  • Turn Right onto Barcelona Road

(The Church is located on the corner of Galisteo and Barcelona Roads) 


  • Take South St. Francis Drive to W. Cordova Road
  • Turn left onto W. Cordova Road
  • Turn Left onto Galisteo Road
  • Turn Right onto Barcelona Road

(The Church is located on the corner of Galisteo and Barcelona Roads)




“Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance” Members Only Opening Reception!! Friday, January 25, 2013, 5:30PM-7:00PM at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe!!

“Filigree and Finery: The Art of Spanish Elegance” Members Only Opening Reception!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

5:30PM to 7:00PM

at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo On Museum Hill in Santa Fe

Reservations are required, so please call 505-982-2226 to reserve.

(Memberships in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society begin at $40 and are available at the door.)

Click here for more information about this elegant exhibition.

In Focus by Martin Sheen

Exciting News!

with Martin Sheen

We have been invited by “IN FOCUS – Martin Sheen Productions” to participate in the production of a short documentary segment about the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.The five-minute segment, hosted by Martin Sheen, will be broadcast on Public Television stations nationwide for a minimum of 400 viewings.

Additionally, a one-minute segment, also hosted by Martin Sheen, will be broadcast to more than 84 million homes via MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, The Learning Channel, Family Net, Discovery Channel, or equivalent networks.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society will own the segments at the end of the production cycle for use on our own website, for grant requests, and for many other purposes.

Education is the heart of IN FOCUS, but given the educational aspects of our Spanish Market and Museum, this nationwide exposure will benefit all Spanish Colonial Arts Society programs.

The Society is able to participate in this documentary segment for one-tenth the
usual production costs.  Still, one-tenth is a significant sum for us, and the Society will be asking for community support.  The good news is that the investment in this documentary will establish our Society on the national stage.  Contributions in any amount are most helpful.  For more information, please call Steve Gallion at 505-982-2226, Ext. 122.

Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez, better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is a well-known American film actor perhaps most recognized for his performance as President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing.  His mother, Mary Ann Phelan, was an Irish immigrant and his father, Francisco Estévez, was a Spaniard who came to the U.S. by way of Cuba.

“I love being Spanish even more than I love being Irish.  And I really love being Irish.”  ~Martin Sheen

“Ancient Art: New Images “Buon Fresco” Did Michelangelo Stand Up or Sit Down in the Sistine Chapel? Lecture, by Frederico Vigil, Artist of Torreon Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Monday, February 25, 2013, 2:00PM

“Ancient Art: New Images “Buon Fresco” Did Michelangelo

Stand Up or Sit Down in the Sistine Chapel?

Lecture by Frederico Vigil, Artist of Torreon Fresco

at the NationalHispanic Cultural Center

…at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo On Museum Hill in Santa Fe.  Lecture is free to members of the Society, $10 for non-members. (Memberships in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society begin at $40 and may be purchased at the door.) 

Reservations are required, so please call 505-982-2226 to reserve. 

Artist Frederico Vigil, a native of Santa Fe, is devoted to reviving buon fresco, an art form that reached its zenith in 16th century Italy. But it is appropriate that New Mexico is a focus of fresco’s revival since long before the 16th century, Meso-American pyramids and Anasazi kivas were painted with a fresco technique much like that used today by Vigil. His materials, pure natural pigments, sands, lime and colored soils come from the earth of New Mexico and bear a natural relationship to that other “earth art” of the Southwest, adobe walls.

The earth of northern New Mexico is deep with history and tradition. Many of the traditions are translated by artists and craftsmen into contemporary woodcarvings, retablos, silver jewelry, carvings in stone or paintings meant to be carried away and added to a Collector’s home. True fresco, or buon fresco, however, is a an ancient art form which is one of the most permanent forms of wall decoration known.

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Frederico grew up inspired by a rich heritage. He spent close to a decade creating the largest concave fresco in North America – a monumental 4,000 square foot work at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Vigil first became involved with the ancient art of fresco during an internship in 1984 with Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, who were apprentices to Diego Rivera. Following in the footsteps of the great masters, he continued this time-honored tradition inside the Torreón Over 3,000 years of Hispanic history are depicted in the broadest sense, from Europe to Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest, illustrating the complexities and diversity of the Hispanic experience.

While Vigil’s favorite canvas is a blank wall—in a dimly-lit chapel, in the halls of a college or university, on the outside of any building—he has also created frescos on portable panels to be installed in private residences. As he walks through his native town, Frederico Vigil’s constant preoccupation is his search for a wall . . . an expanse of any size that seems to beg to be turned into a permanent work of art.

Frederico Vigil grew up on Santa Fe’s Canyon Road—when the Acequia Madre (the mother ditch) was still running with water and fish and was the “umbilical cord” of the closely-knit community. Vigil’s background as a painter and his reverence for tradition and history led him naturally to studying the ancient art of fresco. Through the teaching of Lucienne Bloch and Stephen Pope Dimitroff, apprentices to Diego Rivera in the 1930s, Vigil leads a new generation in the renaissance of the art of buon fresco. Since the completion of his first fresco in 1984, Vigil has created 12 major fresco murals.

The long process of creating buon fresco begins with a wall rough-plastered with two layers of lime, cement and sand mixtures. The third layer is a smooth surface on which the sinopia or rough sketch of the overall design is drawn. From the sinopia, an outline of the drawing is transferred to tracing paper. This design on translucent tracing paper is referred to as “the cartoon.” Each of the first three plaster layers must set a minimum of ten days prior to applying the final coats.

When the artist is ready, beginning at the top of the wall, an area sufficient for one day’s work is covered with the final two layers of damp plaster; the last smooth layer is called the intonaco. The next step is as ingenious as it is bizarre: the cartoon is perforated, held up to the damp intonaco and is “pounced” with a bag of powdered charcoal. In this way, the outline of the design is transferred to the intonaco. The artist then begins to paint on the damp plaster, following the outline created with the charcoal powder.

This is the essence of buon fresco: because the plaster is still damp, a chemical reaction takes place and the colors become integrated with the wall itself. Scaling cannot occur as it eventually does when paint is applied to the surface of a wall. The next painting day, the process is repeated: the wall is wet down, the 4th and 5th coats of damp plaster are applied, the perforated cartoon is “pounced.” It is, of course, essential that the new intonaco—and the painting—is carefully joined with that of the previous day so that the completed fresco appears as a continuous painting without visible joints.

As Frederico Vigil has come to understand, buon fresco is the most unforgiving type of painting. Once the pigment is applied, it becomes irreversible, leaving an indelible record of the artist’s skill and mistakes. Vigil’s passionate adherence to the rigorous art of fresco has left an indelible record on various walls in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and numerous tucked-away New Mexican villages. In his words: “my frescos are gentle reminders of the things that are really important and should be preserved.” Each fresco is an homage to faith, history and the goodness of life and each is an irreplaceable gift to New Mexico.

Following are Some Othrt Frescos by Frederico Vigil in New Mexico:

“Asumption of our Lady,” Rosario Chapel in Rosario Cemetery, Old Taos Highway, Santa Fe; “Brother Miguel Febres Cordero, FSC,” Meditation Room, College of Santa Fe San Inez de Campo Chapel, San Acacio Street, Santa Fe; “St Michael Conquers Lucifer;” “The Christian Brothers and St John the Baptist de LaSalle,” main lobby, St Michael’s High School, Santa Fe; “Los Santo Ninos,” Santo Nino Chapel at P’O Ae Pi, Santa Fe; “The Acequia Madre,” outside West wall of Acequia Madre Elementary School, Santa Fe

“Genesis of the Rio Grande Area,” Jos. Montoya Building, Northern New Mexico Community College, Española; “Life of St Peter,” Capilla de San Pedro, Española; “Cosmos Historia, the Harmonious Process,” Mesa Vista Hall, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; “Pieta,” Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, LaJoya; “Santa Madre Tierra y su Alma,” The Albuquerque Museum

Excerpted from an article By Pamela Michaelis, founder of The Collector’s Guide and former host of “Gallery News” radio show on KHFM 95.5 , classical radio in Albuquerque.; Photos courtesy of the Frederico Vigil.; Originally appeared in The Collector’s Guide to Santa Fe and Taos – Volume 4



“New Mexico on the Eve of American Occupation” Lecture, by Don Bullis, Monday, February 11, 2013, 2:00PM

“New Mexico on the Eve of American Occupation”, Lecture by Don Bullis

…at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo On Museum Hill in Santa Fe.  Lecture is free to members of the Society, $10 for non-members. (Memberships in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society begin at $40 and may be purchased at the door.)

Reservations are required, so please call 505-982-2226 to reserve.

Don Bullis graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970 and attended graduate school at the University of New Mexico in 1971.  He has been a student of New Mexico history since 1967. Bullis has a background in New Mexico law enforcement and served as editor of the Sandoval County Times-Independent and as a columnist for the Rio Rancho Observer.  His column, “Ellos Pasaron Por Aqui,” ran from 1987 until 2007.  His work has also appeared in New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Stockman and Tradición Revista. He serves as vice-president of the Historical Society of New Mexico, sheriff of the Central New Mexico Corral of Westerners, editor of the New Mexico Historical Notebook, and he was named New Mexico’s Centennial Author by the State Library in 2010 and will serve in that capacity through New Mexico’s 2012 centennial year. He is also an active member of the Western Writers of America.

He is the author of eight non-fiction books and two novels: 

New Mexico Historical Biographies (2011)

New Mexico’s Finest: Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty, 1847-1991 (1991, 1996, 1999 &   2010)

Duels, Gunfights & Shoot-Outs: Wild Tales from the Land of Enchantment, (2009)

New Mexico: A Biographical Dictionary, Volumes I & II. (2007 & 2008). Volume I, Winner, Best Book on New Mexico, New Mexico Book Awards, 2007, and five other awards for excellence. Volume II, Winner, Best Other Non-Fiction Book, New Mexico Book Awards, 2008, and best book list for 2008, Tucson/Pima Co. [Arizona] Library.

(Note: The two above volumes won the Lancing Bloom award from the HistoricalSociety of New Mexico for 2008)

New Mexico & Politicians of the Past (2008)

Bull’s Eye (a novel 2006) Finalist in the Novel/Mystery Category, New Mexico Book Awards,     2007

99 New Mexicans…and a few other folks (2005)

Bloodville (a novel 2002)

The Old West Trivia Book (1993 & 2009)

“Higinio Valentin Gonzales” Exhibit Lecture, by Maurice Dixon, Monday, January 28, 2013, 2:00PM

Tinwork by Higinio Valentin Gonzales

“Higinio Valentin Gonzales” Exhibit Lecture by Maurice Dixon

…at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo On Museum Hill in Santa Fe.  Lecture is free to members of the Society, $10 for non-members. (Memberships in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society begin at $40 and may be purchased at the door.)  Reservations are required, so please call 505-982-2226 to reserve. 

Maurice Dixon Jr. has an MFA and is a tinsmith himself. A resident of Santa Fe, he has a long-time association with galleries representing the regional folk arts of New Mexico. Maurice Dixon will be speaking about his new research on the life and art of master tinsmith Higinio Valentin Gonzales (1842-1921).  Although researchers have made great strides in the past couple of decades in identifying anonymous artists from the colonial period and the 19th century, we still know very little about these artists’ daily lives, their passions and their families.  Maurice is changing that.

Untitled (Shrine), 2003, by Maurice Dixon, Jr., tin, paper, glass


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