Category: Art

Totem Poles

Totem PolesThese 4 Totem Poles are located at the Nativo Lodge and line the front driveway. I always find the welcoming as I drive by.  According to their website: “Totem Poles are representative of Native Americans from the Pacific Northwest. Our totem poles create a distinctive and welcoming sight.”  (

There are a few more lining the walkway to a back door.

September Theme Day: Curiosities

September Theme Day:  Curiosities

Cottonwood Madonna – Virgin of the Tree

Supposedly, Toby Avila who was a parish member of San Felipe de Neri, Albuquerque’s oldest Catholic parish, carved the image of the Virgin de Guadalupe into a cottonwood tree. It is one of the hidden treasures of Old Town. The carving sometimes appears to change so people wonder if it is haunted but it just reflects the condition of the tree.

Mr. Avila was part of the Korean conflict and promised that if he returned home safely he would create an image of the Virgin de Guadalupe to show his gratitude. He worked on this project for a year and he died two days after it was finished. He still had blue paint on his hands as he was lying in repose.

The Hope Center

The Hope CenterI’m not really sure what The Hope Center is and I couldn’t find any information about it but I know it has something to do with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center.  St. Martin’s Hospitality Center mission, according to their website, To assist homeless and near homeless people by providing resources, opportunities and HOPE.  

The plaque on the turquoise wall reads:

“Honoring and recognizing
how the Staff and Volunteers of
St. Martin’s Hospitality Center
make Hope possible.”

Rev. Fr. Rusty Smith & Mr. Scott Reiber