Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pay It Forward: Artist Ann Burt

This week I am participating in Pay It Forward, sponsored by Holly at A life-size Catholic blog. Those of you who have been reading my writing for a while already know about my appreciation of Ann Burt.

Ann, a decorative painter, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and is retablo maker. Retablos, popular in 17th to 19th century Mexico, are devotional paintings. Franciscan monks brought the tradition to the United States. Ann discovered the tradition when visiting a sister in the Southwest.

We bought our first retablos for our son's Confirmation: St. Isidore of Seville, after his chosen confirmation name, a St. Bonaventure for our parish priest. Both were custom orders. I have subsequently bought many more retablos from Ann: for housewarmings, graduations and new babies. They are so lovely, unusual and meaningful. Ann has a large selection of prints and you can also custom-order.

I had the privilege of meeting Ann in real life last winter in Raleigh. What a delightful, faith-filled woman! Please check out her etsy page. 


  1. Wow! What fabulous art! We've had a big storm here and I just got my Internet connection back. I'll have to spend some time looking over the site you've highlighted. My quick view has been amazing. Thanks for posting on "Pay It Forward".

    God bless...

  2. I'm linking from Holly's Pay it Forward.

    I saw a documentary on PBS that featured a prominent retablo artist and I was enraptured! I love religious folk art, and this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for stopping by. One aspect of Catholicism that I love is all the cultural traditions.