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Retablo Workshop

  • The Creativity Caravan 28 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

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) 

Later Event: February 25
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