Facilitated by Thomas Freese
Location: Harmonizing Health Retreat, Bedford, Kentucky
Date: December 8, 10 am to 4 pm,
Paint an image of someone who inspires you connected to your beliefs
A retablo is a devotional figure painted on wood. It comes from the Hispanic tradition where saints and angels were painted on tin or wood. There are many cultures that paint on wood. The Native Americans paint their wood kachinas. The Slavic or Russian art of painted wood nesting boxes depicts grandmothers and other notable leaders.
Thomas Freese lived for 16 years in Hispanic cities where he noticed nearly every home had at least one retablo. San Pascual, the patron saint for the kitchen. St. Francis, a holy man associated with the love of animals.
“I have asked friends from diverse cultures to create retablos connected with their own beliefs. One Native American woman painted a retablo of White Buffalo Calf Woman. When I taught retablo making to third graders, some painted angels or an aunt or the Blessed Virgin Mary. You decide who or what is significant to symbolize your energy toward being a devoted and faithful person to your own spiritual truths.”
Materials, paints and brushes will be provided.
Contact Patrice Joy Masterson at (937) 631-5581 or Thomas Freese (502) 491-5664.