Los Alamos Historical Society presents:Charlie Carrillo's 'Saints of the Pueblos'

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By Kirsten Laskey

Dr. Charlie Carrillo, scholar, teacher, lecturer and artist, has a piece of history he would like to share.The Los Alamos Historical Society is providing an opportunity to experience what Carrillo has to offer during its historical lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.For the past 28 years, Carrillo has studied and created depictions of the saints of the Pueblos. He has carved their images out of wood and painted flat images called retablos. Carrillo preserves the traditional creations of santos, or saints, but also adds something new. He includes traditional Native American pottery designs along the borders of the retablos.“It’s the first time, that I’m aware of, that the two traditions of the Santo traditions and the pottery traditions have been combined,” Carrillo said.Throughout the years, the community has always been invited to see his work. For instance, Carrillo has sold his art at the Spanish Market for 28 years; he works with the Artists-in-Residence program for the New Mexico, and goes to schools throughout the state giving workshops. Four years ago, Carrillo gave a presentation, titled “The Saints of the Pueblos,” at the Pueblo Culture Center in Albuquerque. The lecture was such a success, he was asked to do it again.

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