Yesterday we spent some quality time at Old Town where San Felipe de Neri Catholic church was hosting its annual Santero Market . In conjunction with this arts market, the City of Albuquerque has coordinated some excellent music and dance for all to enjoy. The artisans at this event embody what is so very special about our cultural art history in New Mexico - they are authentic.
One artist stood out for us. Lorena Flores (daughter of artisan Carolyn Flores) draws and paints on wooden boards. Her color schemes are bold and bright. She is seven years old.
She has big stories behind her hand drawn, and painted, Retablos. We bought her lovely red and blue Retablo depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was a major art find for us.
The Santero Market runs through five today. Go see Lorena. She is in booth 18. Just precious, this little one.