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Natacha Villamia Sochat: I Create Retablos

  • Dates: April 29, 2022 - May 28, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Presenting Organization: Cary Art Loop
  • Venue: Cary Arts Center
  • Location: Cary
  • Address: 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27511
  • Times: Sun., 1-6pm; Mon.-Thurs., 9am-10pm; Fri., 9am-10:30pm; Sat., 9am-5pm
  • Admission: Free


Friday, April 29 - Saturday, May 28

Meet the Artist: Friday, April 29 | 6-8pm, Cary Art Loop

Medium: Mixed media

A retablo is a frame or shelf enclosing revered objects above and behind an altar. The Merriam Webster dictionary states: “A votive offering made in the form of a religious picture typically portraying Christian saints, painted on a panel, and hung in a church or chapel especially in Spain and Mexico.”

“As a child I was exposed to the displaying of personal altars of worship in many homes that I visited. For me it was a normal part of life to see these niches of importance and reverence. These altars housed images of loved ones as well as objects of sentimental value as a respectful offering. As an adult, I realized that beyond my Latino culture, there are many iterations of this practice across many other cultures as well, in one form or another. I create Retablos that are hung on the wall as an appropriation of this personal practice for ideas or sentiments that are valuable to me as a human being, woman, mother, child, wife, artist, and healer."