Santeros, Sculptors & Friends
San Luis residents; Santero, Carlos Atencio and
Sculptor, Huberto Maestas with Ruben and an
Eppie Archuleta weaving at the San Luis Museum
and Cultural Center in San Luis, Colorado during
Archuleta's Photo and sculpture exhibit in 2003.  
Huberto is known for his life-size bronze
sculptures of The Stations of The Cross leading
to the San  Luis Chapel at the top of the hill.
Santera, Catherine Robles-Shaw works on a
retablo while Ruben sculpts a San Jose during
the"Treasures of the San Luis Valley" exhibit at
the Great Soutwest Gallery in Colorado Springs,
Colorado, 2005
Archuleta's sculpture work and books at the
Denver Botanic Gardens.  Eppie Archuleta and
her weavings are in the background.  Both artists
were featured as special guests to the 2005 Chile
Harvest Festival sponsored by the Denver
Botanic Gardens and the Chicano Humanities and
Art Council of Denver, Colorado.
Several noted Santeros and Santeras from
Colorado and New Mexico participated in the
"Santeros Y Santeras Expanding Traditions"
exhibit at the Foothills Art Center in Golden,
Colorado, Spring 2005.  Some of the participants
included Ruben Archuleta, Charlie Carrillo, Marie
Romero-Cash, Jose Raul Esquibel, Martha Ewing,
Nicholas Herrera, Sylvia Martinez-Johnson,
Nicholas Otero, Carlos Santistevan, Catherine
Robles-Shaw, Roxanne Shaw, Jerry Vigil and
Agustin Randy Vigil.
Santera, Clare Villa and Ruben with his St. Francis and
Our Lady of Guadalupe that Clare had on display at the
gallery located at the El Convento de Espanola,
Espanola, New Mexico.  Clare's artwork, which can be
seen in the background, is on display throughout New
Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, including the permanent
collection at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Charlie Carrillo, renowned New Mexico artist
and scholar and Paul Rhetts, author and
publisher of Tradicion Revista with Archuleta
during the 2005 New Mexico Book Co-op at
the Albuquerque Cottonwood Mall.
World renowned weaver, Eppie Archuleta with
Chris Jones, proprieter of the Great Southwest
Callery in Colorado Springs, Colorado stand
between Ruben Archuleta's Carreta de la Muerte
and St. Francis of Assisi.  
Ruben and Roger Willie at Fort Lewis College.  
The Center for Southwest Studies and El Centro
of Ft. Lewis sponsored a Penitente presentation
and book signing by Ruben in Durango,
Colorado on November 2, 2005.  The Center has
Archuleta's Penitente photos on permanent
exhibit and is available to other institutions for

Roger Willie starred in "Wind Talkers" with
Nicholas Cage, Adam Beach and Christian
Slater.  He received his Master's Degree from  
The University of Arizona and is an advocate for
youth, his Navajo culture and language.
Ruben with a crucifix he sculpted and donated
to the Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico Morada
(Penitente place of worship), summer of 2005.
Hermanos (Brothers) Leo Rodela and Ralph
Gallegos are pictured here with Archuleta.
Noted author and scholar Thomas Chavez
speaking with Archuleta during the national
Genealogical Society of Hispanic America
conference in Albuquerque, 2006.  Dr. Chavez is
the nephew of renowned author Fray Angelico
Chavez who is the namesake of the Fray Angelico
Chavez Chapter of the genealogical society in
Pueblo, Colorado.

(photo by Chuck Lobato-Draper, Utah)