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The name – El Alba – refers to the first light of dawn; serves as the historical, cultural and artistic canvas for Hilos Culturales, parent organization, founded in 2000 to highlight Indio-Hispano folk art traditions of the upper Río Grande region.

Primavera 2018

Bonding and holding families and communities together is a clear reflection traced through generations of events that illuminate cultural pride at such gatherings as reunions, feast days or celebrations.

For generations, we have witnessed a fascinating quality that has inspired the very best upon the fortunes of those who strive and create art...be it objects, facades, music, poetry or literature. Its aesthetics, its symbolism and function, have roots of the past that bond us; clearing our vision and appreciation for an inheritance to savor and learn from...and build upon.

This enduring cultural gift bonds and invigorates us, casting a familial shawl throughout our homeland, our querencia.

In this issue...Mónica Sosaya Halford designs her colorful portrayals of the timeless Matachines, adding a spectrum of resilience to her colors and shades.

The work of Emanuel Martínez takes you from Denver's inner-city to the Smithsonian and the youth inspiring Emanuel Project.

Nature, its landscapes and customs of her ancestors come to life in Amy Córdova's animated illustrations; reflecting adaptations of childhood dreams, research and experiences of world cultures and traditions.

Charles M. Carrillo awakens the consciousness of La Primavera with his narrative of San Isidro's significance to spring planting and nature's role in the cultivation of food bearing crops.

Las piezas bailables performed and taught by the iconic Sociedad Colonial Española de Santa Fé have drifted in precision for seven decades; entertaining and educating our communities. ¡Vivan Los Coloniales de Santa Fé!

In their custom designed studio and gallery, Lorrie and Andrew García of Peñasco create both collaborative and individually – masterfully crafted pieces of art from native wood harvested in forests of northern New Mexico; transformed into retablos, bultos and Spanish Colonial Furniture.

Adrianna Abarca opens a new chapter on Mexican and Chicano art with the planning of the Latin American Cultural Center.

We also feature Abuelita's Heart by author and illustrator Amy Córdova. A Retrospective of versatile artist – muralist, Emanuel Martínez, and Saints of the Pueblos, Four Centuries of Saint Feast Days by Charles M. Carrillo. You'll also enjoy listening to Más Canciones Originales by Santa Feans Reyes and Cordelia García.

Welcome to the Primavera Issue of El Alba, 2018!