Home is where the ART is

A recent article about Joseph Ascensión Lopez appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.   Joseph was recently honored by the 2013 Spanish Colonial Art Society, having his image of San Juan Nepomuceno featured on the poster for this years Spanish Market. The article is titled, Home is where the ART is: Poster Artist inspired by family and travel.

Joseph – Painted Bultos Video

This half of the video is titled – Joseph López – Painted Bultos.  In an interview with Carla Aragón, Joseph tells us how, using the wood media is his way of  telling a stories through sculpture and being able to represent the lives of the saints.  He thinks of what the life of the saint means, how important that saint is, how important the saint’s story is and what an honor it is to represent that saint.


First Place Artist – Felix López

El Apostel San Pedro

El Apostel San Pedro

Felix was the recipient of this award at the 2012 Spanish Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It was awarded by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and sponsored by Edward and Hope Connnors, long time supporters of this event.  The title of his work is El Apostol San Pedro.  Felix is donating this piece to the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for the annual Archbishop’s School Fund Dinner to help raise funds for tuition assistance for hundreds of needy children attending Archdiocesan Catholic Schools.  It will take place on Friday, October 11, 2013 in Albuquerque.

Archbishop’s Award

During the 2012 New Mexico Spanish Market Joseph Ascensión López received the Archbishop’s Award, presented by the Archbishop of Santa Fe, Michael Sheehan, for the relief image of San Juan Nepomuceno, the patron saint of the Penitente Brotherhood.

San Juan Nepomuceno is the national saint of the Czech Republic who was drowned because he refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional.

Joseph was not only awarded the Archbishops award for this image but also received the 2012 Spanish Market Painted Wood Relief Award sponsored by Jim and Cindy Williams, and Linda & John Muzio. Additionally Joseph received the Spanish Market Poster Award. This is the Spanish Colonial Arts Society Director’s Award for the piece selected to be used on the 2013 Spanish Market Poster.

His father, Felix Lopez, received the Spanish Market Poster Award for the year 1990.

The photos below show Joseph receiving his award from Archbishop Sheehan.

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