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Santitos 2 celebrates religious folk-art traditions and modern interpretations at CHAC gallery

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The centuries-old culture of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, built on a bedrock of religion, yields an equally old subculture of santeros and santeras -- carvers of religious figures, retablos and crosses. And each year, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council gives over its walls to the best of these artisans. The annual show is a yardstick in time, featuring work that's true to handed-down tradition, with a touch of contemporary aesthetics.

Photos courtesy of the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.

See also: Carving a Legacy: The saints come marching back in the traditional work of santero/as.

Santitos 2: Traditional and Contemporary Santos and Crosses opens tonight with a First Friday reception from 5 to 9 p.m. at CHAC and runs through April 26. In addition, at 1 p.m. April 19, santera Teresa Duran will give a presentation on "Traditional Santo Methods."

Learn more about the artists of Santitos 2 online or visit the CHAC website.

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