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Anita Romero Jones

Anita Romero Jones was a native of Santa Fe and a pioneer in the traditional arts of New Mexico.  Anita was a popular and well-known “santera”, a saint maker who participated in Spanish Market each summer on the Plaza from 1974 until her retirement in 2003. Creative and innovative, she was the recipient of many major awards throughout her career. She was best known for her original concept of combining tin altar screens with painted and hand carved figures and creating highly detailed and colorful wooden retablos. Her works have been featured in many books and magazines, including Arte del Espirito; Across Frontiers; The Saint Makers, and Chicana Traditions: Continuity and Change. She participated in a number of museum and gallery exhibitions, including New Mexican Madonnas 1775-1998 at the Museum of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Museum’s opening exhibit, One Space/Three Visions, and the Maxwell Museum’s Cuando Hablan los Santos. In 2000 she was honored by the Smithsonian Center in Washington, DC, at their exhibit, Santos: Substance and Soul. Her works are in major museum and private collections, including the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Millicent Rogers Museum, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Albuquerque Museum and others.

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