Louise Ortega Nativities and Wooden Angels

This nativity by Louise Alvarez is made of driftwood she finds along the shores of lakes. Louise is the youngest child in the large family of the late Ben Ortega of Tesuque. Ben was famous for his unpainted wooden figures of Saint Francis. Louise was married to David Alvarez, another talented folk artist, and David and Louise made many pieces together.

Louise Ortega Angels New Mexico
Wooden Angels by David Alvarez (2009).

Since David’s death in 2010, Louise has continued to create driftwood angels and nativities, and she now signs her work with her famous maiden name, Louise Ortega. The nativity above is her masterpiece. It includes a shepherd with his flock of sheep, the three wise men, and the nativity, with two hovering angels above. The figures are all pegged into the base.

Check at this link for wooden angels and nativities by Louise Ortega!

Louise Ortega Wooden Angels New Mexico
Louise Ortega in front of her Art Studio, New Mexico.

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