ultural Treasures

Tours of Northern New Mexico's diverse art, cuisine and culture

 Artisans and Tours

Sharon Candelario, Black Etched Tin Artist, Chimayo, New Mexico
Sharon is a Chimayo native representing 8 generations of artists from this beautiful, historic valley in Northern New Mexico. She studied with her elders to learn traditional tin-smithing. Her mantra is to "follow my heart with faith and courage" and her work exemplifies these principles. Her show room at the Medina Gallery is across the street from the Santa Nino de Atocha Chapel, founded in 1856 by the Medina family. No doubt her faith is a family virtue.

Manuel Chavez, Leather Moccasin Artist, Jemez & Laguna Pueblo Heritage

Manuel learned the craft of traditional moccasin making from his father, one of many artists in a long line of talented family members.  His ancestors include potters, creators of traditional ceremonial kilts and moccasin makers.  He currently resides at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and creates traditional leather moccasins for children and adults as well as miniatures for unique Christmas ornaments.     

Johnny Cruz,  Black on Black Pottery, San Ildefonso Pueblo
Johnny, a Tewa Native, comes from a long and distinguished line of San Ildefonso traditional potters.  His great grandparents were none other than Julian and Maria Martinez, who became famous world wide and whose pots are revered by collectors even today.  Johnny continues in the tradition of black on black pottery, is a life long resident of San Ildefonso Pueblo and is inspired and motivated by the memories and talents of his ancestors.  He is a gifted young potter with an enthusiasm for his craft, and a love of and respect for his ancestral history that is reflected in each of his unique designs.    

Andrew Garcia, Silversmith/Jeweler, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
Andrew, a self-taught artisan, creates intricate cutouts in silver and gold in addition to inlay work with native stones.  Bolo ties, bracelets, pens and pendants, belt buckles and earrings are among his offerings.  As a lapidary, he cuts and polishes his own stones.  He represents the 5th generation of Garcias who live and work at the Pueblo.  

Richard Guzman, Plein air Painter, Native of Las Cruces, New Mexico
Richard’s paintings have been described as robust, expressionistic and energetic with sweeping use of color and skillful harmonies.  Seen often around Santa Fe with paint brush in hand creating a beautiful image of a historic building or a quaint street corner, Richard has a boundless love of his craft, evidenced by his collectors throughout the U.S.  His home is in the historic village of Truchas on the scenic High Road to Taos where he will demonstrate his exceptional skills to Cultural Treasures guests.   

Randolph (Randy) Silva, Santa Clara Pueblo Painter

Randy was inspired by his father, Marcus, a self-taught artist and his mother, Lupita.  He attributes his success to his loving parents.  Randy himself has inspired many young students and emerging artists with his 30 years as an art teacher at the Santa Fe Indian School.  His medium is tempera and his paintings of Indian dancers are so intricate and detailed, you have an immediate sense of connection with the subject.  You can feel their energy and be inspired by their intensity.  Randy describes his work as a “reflection of my beliefs”.  One of Randy’s most recent designs is the new logo for the great seal of Santa Clara Pueblo.  A lasting and meaningful legacy for Randy.   Surely Marcus and Lupita would be proud.

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