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Make a Matchbook Retablo at Museum Workshop


In conjunction with the exhibit, International Madonna Print Exchange by Ochosi Editions, the Branigan Cultural Center will host a workshop on miniature retablos. The workshop takes place Saturday, June 28 at 12 pm. The program is free and open to the public.

Retablos, devotional paintings on wood or tin, can be found in homes, churches, or shrines in Spain, Mexico, Peru, and many other regions. In New Mexico, a distinctive frame with a rosette on top, is commonly associated with religious retablos. Simple drawings of saints associated with a range of careers, ailments, and qualities also characterize this art form.


In this workshop, we will create a miniature retablo, housed in a matchbox. We will provide images for the center of the retablo, or you may bring an image of a loved one, favorite miniature artwork, or even a treasured stamp to place in the frame.

The Branigan Cultural Center is located at 501 North Main Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, contact the Branigan Cultural Center at (575) 541-2154 or visit the Center’s website at las-cruces.org/museums.

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