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EDUCATION

Classes Featured for December/January
During our Shows:
Saints...A Connection between Heaven and Earth
Our Lady de Guadalupe and Sacred Women

Alebrijes
 

Alebrijes (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈβɾixes]) are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical (fantasy/mythical) creatures. The first alebrijes, along with use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest. There, he saw trees, animals, rocks, clouds that suddenly turned into something strange, some kind of animals, but, unknown animals. He saw a donkey with butterfly wings, a rooster with bull horns, a lion with an eagle head, and all of them were shouting one word, "Alebrijes". Upon recovery, he began recreating the creatures he saw in cardboard and papier-mâché and called them Alebrijes.

Chicos Nichos

In Mexican and South American cultures, small, decorated boxes called “Nichos” are commonly found in homes and public places, displayed on walls or pedestals. Made from wood or tin and often painted with bright colors, they provide a stage-like setting for an object or collection of objects that have great significance. Most commonly functioning as an altar for a religious icon, a Nicho can also serve as a memorial to a loved one or as a reminder of an important event.

Retablos

Retablo is a Latin American devotional painting, especially a small popular folk-art using iconography derived from traditional Catholic church art.

Spanish retablos of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance grew extremely large and elaborate, typically using carved and gilded wood. The tradition of making them was taken to the new Spanish Empire in America. 

Retablos come from the need of humans to interact on a personal level with divine spirits. This tradition of retablos was also brought into New Mexico and southern Colorado by the Franciscan monks. 

To book a Workshop:

Contact Arlette Lucero educator@chacgallery.org

or call CHAC 303-571-0440 during business hours.

Please include:

  • Name, email and phone number of Contact Person

  • Name of School, Business or Organization 

  • Number of participants

  • Age or grade of participants

  • Date requested

  • Location of workshop (CHAC or School,etc)

These Workshops are $10.00 per participant if at CHAC

includes Tour and materials.  We also charge $35.00 an hour more if the workshop is at your location.

Other workshops are available.  Please contact Arlette for more information.  Please check back for updates.

Gallery Hours

Wednesday-Friday: 11am-3pm

Saturdays (March-September only): 11am-3pm

Every First Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm

Will open by appointment. Please call 48 hours in advance, 303-571-0440.

We Preserve and Promote:
  • Visual Arts - sculpture, painting, photography, and fold art.

  • Literature - poetry, prose, and drama.

  • Music - choral, vocal, instrumental, and composition/arrangement.

  • Dance - folk, ethnic, Avant Garde, classical, and traditional.

  • Humanities - History, sociology, philosophy, lexicon, and education.

Retablo