March 25, 2001

Subject: (no subject)
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 17:43:16 EST


My name is Carlos Martinez I am a resident of Santa Fe New Mexico, and to put it mildly I was extremely offended by Your painting Of the blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of our Savior Jesus Christ in a bikini, as well as with your painting of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe with the Mermaid. I was just as offended to learn that you are a Hispana and should know better than to show utter disrespect for the mother of Jesus as well as the Mother of the Americas.

Although I do not condone Your blatant disregard of respect for our heavenly mother I also do not condemn you because I know that almighty God is a loving as well as a forgiving God and he will deal with you in his own way and in his own time, I do have a premonition, That Jesus will pray to the father as he did on Calvary ; {forgive her o Lord for she knows not what she is doing] I already have and will continue to pray to the good Lord to enlighten you, so that you may channel your God given talents toward the many injustices that happen every day in this country and around the world.

Carlos Martinez


Subject: Saludos Desde LA
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 18:04:12 EST

I saw your Virgen de Guadelupe for a brief moment on TV shown only as it related to the controversy. What I saw, I really liked.Here in LA there is an artist, J.Michael Walker who does a lot of V de G's in interesting situations but I guess they are much less iconoclastic. Anyway, I would love to view more of your art. One article says that it can be found at but I am not getting anything at that address.

Could it be incorrect? If it is incorrect or if there is a better web-based way to see your pieces, could you please send me the site. Are you based in LA? We may have met. I am on the board of CARECEN and I am wondering if you might have helped us with images for an event one time about three years ago.

Susan Lefebvre


Subject: Guadalupe
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 19:16:55 -0800
From: "Connie Mississippi" <>
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The article in Saturday's "New Mexican" titled "Art or abomination?" portrays an outcry which smacks of censorship. Although members of our community may not like the way Ms. Alma Lopez depicted "Our Lady", she had every right according to the First Amendment of our Constitution, which gives to all of us the freedom of speech, to create the work and for the Museum of International Folk Art to exhibit it. Certainly the church and its members are entitled to protest, again under the First Amendment, but does it not breech the divide between Church and State when members demand the dismissal of the museum's staff, i.e., its Director, Joyce Ice and the Museum of New Mexico's Director, Tom Wilson?

As an artist and a citizen of Santa Fe, I trust that the Museum, its Board of Regents, and the State Cultural Affairs Department will hold firm in their position that they have a right to exhibit Ms. Lopez's work, and will not be swayed by the recent controversy.

Meanwhile, State Senator Roman Maes's statement that "the National Endowment for the Arts was destroyed by a few artists and a few other unbending bureaucrats," is an exaggeration and overstatement. The National Endowment for the Arts is very much alive and has been doing extraordinary fine work for the arts in this country.

Connie Mississippi