Annual, Weekend-Long Cultural Celebration Commemorates the Bent’s Fort Era With A Rendezvous Encampment and Award-Winning Artists
MORRISON, Colo. – August 23, 2018 – Tesoro Cultural Center will host its annual 1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market weekend on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, on the grounds of Colorado’s iconic restaurant, The Fort. Open to the public, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5, and free for children ages 12 and under, and tickets can be purchased online at TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
Each year, Tesoro Cultural Center commemorates the American mountain men and Hispanic communities of Bent’s Old Fort, an important fur trading fort that operated along the Santa Fe Trail in the early 19th century.
At Tesoro Cultural Center, we truly believe that hands-on, interactive learning is the most impactful,” said Holly Arnold Kinney, the organization’s executive director. “We are thrilled to be able to present a weekend full of authentic, shared experiences, thanks to our artists, historical interpreters and musicians. Together, we can keep our shared Colorado history alive.”
A day at the 1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market is a day in the Old West, offering engaging and immersive fun for the whole family. Historical interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as tomahawk throwing and fire starting with flint and steel. Guests will be able to put these newly found skills to the test, under the guidance of Doc Grizzly, William Bent and other bonafide Mountain Men and Frontier Women. Additional activities include handling demonstrations with a Bald Eagle and other birds of prey, courtesy of Hawkquest; storytelling in The Fort’s tipi; live music and performances by Fiesta Colorado, Rex Rideout and a Fandango; crafts; a Rendezvous Scavenger Hunt for kids; and retablo-making with the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery.
Spanish Colonial Artists
The 1840s Rendezvous weekend will feature award-winning artists, each displaying artwork in various art mediums. Accomplished artists include:
Juan Lopez was inspired to learn the art of gold and silver filigree after visiting the Santa Fe Museum of International Folk Art. A native of Corrales, NM, Lopez is a self-taught jeweler, as the art of filigree work was no longer practiced after the 1950s – instead of obtaining any advanced tools or firsthand information, Lopez studied old work and experimented until he was satisfied with his skill. He has won many awards at various markets across the southwest region, including past Tesoro Spanish Colonial Markets, the Spanish Market Artists and Friends Award Auction, Fiesta Artística Hispanic Art Show and more. Lopez’ work has permanent collections in the Taylor Museum, the Albuquerque Museum and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.
Catherin Robles Shaw
As a Santera, Catherine Robles Shaw hopes to preserve some of the unique tradition of her Hispanic culture through her art. Shaw’s ancestors were among the first settlers in the Conejos Land Grant and lived in Mogote and Las Mesitas, Colorado. She hand carves her retablos from the same materials used in the 18th and 19th centuries, striving to represent her work with as much historic accuracy as possible. Her pieces are coated with gesso, made from gypsum and rabbit skin glue, and feature paints made of plant and insect extracts, as well as mineral colored earth. Shaw’s pieces can be seen in permanent collections at many prominent museums throughout New Mexico and Colorado, including the Denver Art Museum, Museo de las Americas and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Jimmy Trujillo is a widely-known traditional encrusted straw artist from Albuquerque, NM. In the early 1980s, he was introduced to and became very interested in the New Mexico-Spanish Colonial art, which utilizes encrusted straw and cornhusks. This particularly challenging medium has inspired hundreds of hours of research in technique, method and materials. Three of Trujillo’s crosses grace the permanent collection of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM; three pieces in the American Museum of Straw Art in Long Beach, CA; two pieces are also found in the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM; and several crosses, a matraca and a collaboration on a bulto with Charlie Carrillo can be found in the collections of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts in Santa Fe, NM. His work can also be found in numerous private collections throughout the world.
The 1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market weekend festivities will kick off on Friday, September 14, with a Tesoro Member-exclusive “Meet the Artists Patron Party,” from 6-9 p.m. at The Fort. Guests will have the first opportunity to purchase award-winning art and the evening will feature live music and entertainment. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of The Fort, will be provided alongside a cash bar. Membership and tickets to the “Meet the Artists Patron Party” can be purchased here.
All programming supports Tesoro’s year-round mission of protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. Other annual Tesoro events include the Indian Market and Powwow each June, the Farolito Lighting & Pinecone Ceremony each November and Las Posadas festivities in December.
For more information, call (303) 839-1671 or visit www.TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
About the Tesoro Cultural Center
The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means “treasure” in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado’s rich history and shared experiences with Southwest, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American and early European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, the Tesoro Cultural Center’s mission is to create enriched, community-based events and educational outreach programs designed to preserve and celebrate our cultural heritage. For more information, please visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org, or follow @TesoroCulturalCenter on Facebook.