There’s a common thread among Northern New Mexicans who leave the state and then come back: They develop a deepening passion for their homeland that seems to grow with each new and exciting place they experience. Some might call it homesickness, while others explain it with age-old adages — ”Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or ”You never know what you have until it’s gone.”
The 2013 Traditional Spanish Market’s poster artist, Joseph Ascensión López, regularly experiences that love and longing for his family and historical roots the many times he’s been away from his home in La Mesilla, just south of Española. Fortunately, he also rekindles his lifelong passion to create art every time he leaves. His multi-award-winning 2012 entry into the Spanish Market, San Juan Nepomuceno, was chosen by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society to grace this year’s poster and will be used in much of the promotional materials for the weekend event.