Catherine Robles Shaw captures the fine art of Tebowing

Categories: Visual Arts

Nederland santera Catherine Robles Shaw usually sticks to the basics when creating her lovely retablos -- plaques depicting the saints that are hand-carved and painted in a folk style that's been handed down over hundreds of years in northern New Mexico and Colorado's San Luis Valley. Contemporizing the old art is nothing new, as Jerry Vigil proved with his infamous Best of Denver-winning Westword cover-muerto in Colorado Rockies regalia in 2007.

But what's good for the Rockies is apparently good for the come-from-behind Donkeys, too -- as the following photo reveals.

Catherine Robles Shaw

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I bought two for gifts! This is a great collectors item!


I like and have alot of respect for Catherine Robles Shaw and what she has accomplished over the years. My conundrum is in how to explain or understand what she is has done with this piece. Is she exploiting Tebow's faith for profit? or is she niavely just having fun with the current Tebow mania?  It's hard to say.  When you are a Santero you paint images of the sacred and divine, Like katherine has so successfully done. But in our contemporary world, when you mix sacred iconography you can be causing yourself more harm than good.  You leave yourself open to many wrong interpertations, no matter what your intentions may be.  Katherine is not the first local artist to feature Tebow in a "divine" manner.  I am sure that with the growth of Tebow mania there will be others also hoping to "cash" in.  I won't be surprised it there isn't some gallery owner already looking into doing just a show .

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