A relic is something that has historic interest because
of its age and associations with the past, and that serves as a keepsake.
In the Catholic faith a relic is an object esteemed and venerated because
of association with a saint or martyr.
The word reliquary comes from the French word reliquaire, meaning “a receptacle,
or shrine, for keeping and displaying sacred relics and objects.”
The “Holy Relics and Reliquaries” collection is inspired by Medieval Era religious relics and reliquaries, and addresses my passionate interest in Holy Scripture and the collecting of fossils, rocks, religious symbols and artifacts from antiquity. Each reliquary is nuanced with textures and layers created by carving, applying handmade papers, painting, and sanding that make the surfaces appear to be softened by time. A variety of components are incorporated into these assemblages, each designed to represent and honor an aspect of my faith.
Jim Baker is a New Mexican multi-media artist
working in the creation of three dimensional sacred sculptures.
His work is strongly influenced by spiritual and religious symbols, metaphors, relics, and artifacts.
For more information check out Jim’s Facebook Page:
or Website at:
or the Jemez Fine Art Gallery Website at:
A week-long exhibit in the Jemez Fine Art’s South Gallery introduces the work of new member Benjamin Green. Beginning July 31 and running until August 6, the show will display watercolors, oil paintings, photographs, and “broken fence board” landscapes. Green is a self-taught artist; his work does not fit easily into existing categories or descriptive labels. He says, “My work is unique. I break most of the rules of traditional art. I want the viewer to know my work was created by a person rather than printed on a press.” On Saturday August 1, Green will set up a booth in the gallery shade displaying all his “gift” art. With the cancellation of most craft fairs due to the Covid-19 restrictions, this may be the only time this work will be available for sale this year. Green will be displaying bookmarks, cards, books, and smaller works of fine visual art. The gallery exhibit runs from July 31 to August 6, 11-4, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The booth will be open from 11-6 on Saturday; guests will be able to “meet and greet” the artist with plenty of time and room for safe, social distancing.
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