Retablo (or láminas) in Mexican folk art were traditionally small paintings on tin or wood with framework enclosing it. These were typically made to show gratitude to a saint for saving the life of a loved one after an illness, injury, or threatening event. They were created as small shrines or altars, which people deposited at a church or alternatively kept at home as a reminder to remain grateful.
In this two-hour workshop, participants will learn how to make their own retablos using recycled matchboxes and personal photographs. These shrines will be made to share our gratitude for everyday occurrences: a tree blooming in springtime, a sunset, the feeling of the ocean on our feet - an ordinary simple pleasures or moments we will elevate to the extraordinary. These tiny shrines will become our reminder to look for small sparkling moments that are sometimes our saving grace.
$30 per person, please bring several personal photographs, which will be cut to fit inside a small matchbox (1" - 3" tall)