Photo of the Week: the Beatles meet religion in Mother Mary by NM Retablo artist Richard Montoya

Mother Mary by retablo artist Richard Montoya, photo Steve Collins

"Mother Mary," based on the Beatle's song by Chimayó retablo artist Richard Montoya photo/Steve Collins

We took a ride up to the village of Chimayó this week. The town is famous for its chiles and its weaving. It’s also home to generations of artists creating Spanish Colonial art. We discovered Theresa’s Gallery, a treasure trove of work by local artists. We discovered the work of retablo artist Richard Montoya. Both he and his wife Theresa Montoya create the traditional religious panels. Retablos have a long tradition in New Mexico, dating back to the arrival of the Spaniards in 1598. Richard, whose family arrived in the area around 1693, is known for his tongue and cheek Beatle’s paintings. He portrays the Fab Four as classic Spanish Colonial style saints;  Saints John, Paul, George and Richard (aka Ringo). Each painting is based on one of the group’s songs. Shown here; Mother Mary. Richard Montoya’s work is featured Linda Webb’s book, Beatle Art, Fantastic New Artwork of the Fab Four.

Our adventure companion for the day was travel writer Elizabeth Rose. Read her piece on Theresa’s Gallery.

Read more about Chimayó. If you want to explore Chimayó or ride the High Road to Taos with a guide, contact us.



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