1.17.2020

RODEO CLOWNS RE-VISITED

RODEO CLOWN PORTRAITS


Previously published - 2017
One of my favorites




Rodeo de Santa Fe was in full swing this past weekend, but my attention and lens were focused on THE RODEO CLOWN REUNION. And if you've ever seen these brave, painted fellows in their billowing clown outfits do their stuff  after a feisty bull has bucked off its  rider, then you know it's no laughing matter...in fact they are rightfully referred to as BULL FIGHTERS...


A whole slew of these amazing  fellows came to town for the rodeo and I met up with them at ROCKI  GORMAN'S  store at La Fonda on the Plaza. For the past five years Rocki has invited the clowns to stop by her shop and  say hey. What fun. I dropped by and took lots of photos and was invited to join them in their VIP tent
during the rodeo...where I took more photos.



A BIT OF HISTORY:  There were no clowns in the earliest rodeos, but when  Brahma Bulls came on the scene, they figured out that 'someone' needed to distract the bulls once the rider fell off and headed for safety. The rodeo clown was born.













.

And, a special thanks to Gail Woerner - Author, Historian & Chairman - Rodeo Clown Reunion for inviting me 
into the VIP tent.  

MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC

Occasionally Chasing Santa Fe travels...hence the post on this gorgeous church just outside Tucson, Arizona.  C. Whitney-Ward

W H I T E   D O V E  .  O F  .  T H E  .  D E S E R T

As you drive along the highway -  ten miles south of Tucson - a magnificent white mission church appears mirage-like out of nowhere.  Its Mexican Baroque facade beckons, and as you drive towards this wonder -  tucked onto the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation - you're transported back in time to the 18th century.

This marvelous church was built between 1783 and 1797 by a large workforce of O'odham Indians under the direction of Franciscan missionaries. The architect -Ignacio Gaona -  was brought up from Mexico as was a painter and sculptor, whose names have been lost over time.  







By 1797 there were only enough funds to complete one of the bell towers; the east tower was never built. All work stopped and the church opened its doors for services. But the entire church - exterior and interior - has been beautifully restored, and when you step inside, every surface is carved and painted and you will feel amazement and awe.


The ceilings soar and are filled with richly-painted imagery.




Boldly - carved angels and saints surround and stand watch. Every conceivable inch is swathed in beauty. A large number of the religious statues  were created in guild workshops and brought to the mission from Mexico. 









The simplest renderings in the church are the understated crosses representing the stations of the cross.



The scalloped wooden pews are striking when juxtaposed against
the stunning graphics along the walls...






When you peer down the aisle, the ornate altar  with its large portrait
of St. Francis Xavier takes center stage.



And candles are everywhere; integral to this holy place.







Every detail is remarkable and a tribute to the original architect, artist, sculptor and O'odham laborers who collaborated on this captivating church.








MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC

1950 W. Xavier Road - Tucson, AZ
520.294.2624

For information on the ongoing restoration project -




12.05.2019

CHISPA! AMAZING ONE DAY ART SHOW!


Chispa means:
o Spark (a small particle of glowing matter)
o A sudden brief glow
o (3guratively) a brief manifestation of emotio
Chispa means:
o Spark (a small particle of glowing matter)
o A sudden brief glow
o (3guratively) a brief manifestation of emotioChispa means:
o Spark (a small particle of glowing matter)
o A sudden brief glow
o (3guratively) a brief manifestation of emotio
CHISPA!
A SPARK OR SUDDEN BRIEF GLOW

A wonderful name for an equally wonderful annual show featuring 15 award-winning Hispanic and Native American Artists. DON'T MISS IT!



A SNEAK PEEK AT SOME OF THE ARTIST'S WORK



 ARLENE CISNEROS SENA


 RALPH SENA


KATHLEEN WALL


DIANA MOYA LUJAN


FLOYD LUCERO


JEAN ANAYA MOYA


ROBERT TENORIO


 GUSTAVO VICTOR GOLER





SEE YOU THERE!