“Faces of Faith/Rostros de Fe,” an exhibit featuring the work of 30 contemporary santeros and historic santos from the Regis University Collection will be held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 26.

It will also include a book signing by photographer Barbe Awalt and classes on encrusted straw, Mexican cut paper and retablo painting.

The exhibit helps celebrate Hispanic awareness month and helps everyone get ready for the Day of the Dead, a news release said.

It will be held at the OFFCenter Gallery, 117 Seventh Street in Albuquerque.

All work in the exhibit will be for sale.

Santeros featured include the Carrillo and Trujillo families, Ralph Sena, Bill Cabrera, Nicholas Otero, Charlie Sanchez, the Gonzales family, Nicholas Herrera, Arlene Cisneros Sena, Arturo Olivas, Christopher Gibson, Kathleen Sais Lerner, Frank Lerner, the Madrid family, Tomasita Rodriguez, Roberto Gonzales, Diane Moya Lujan, Sylvia Martinez Johnson, Gloria López Córdova and many others.

Awalt’s book includes a foreward by Father Thomas Steele, who will bring historic santos from the Regis University Collection of New Mexican Santos for an exhibit.

The exhibit will open with a reception and book signing from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27.

Jimmy Trujillo, Arturo Olivas and Christopher Gibson will give workshops on Saturday, Oct. 5. There is limited space available, and participants must register in advance.

Father Steele will also give a lecture on the exhibit at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the gallery. The talk and reception are free and open to the public. The workshops have a cost and are on a first-come basis.

Workshops, all on Oct. 5, include:

  • Encrusted straw, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jimmy Trujillo, $85, all supplies provided.
  • Mexican paper cutting (papel picado), from noon to 4 p.m., with artist Christopher Gibson of Alameda, $45, supplies provided.
  • Retablo painting, noon to 3 p.m., with Arturo Olivas of Alameda, $45, with supplies provided, but bring a favorite brush.

For information or to register, call OFFCenter at 247-1172.

All classes are open to adults only.

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