“ICEBERG #15” Emma Varga ~ Glass ~ 13 3/4" x 8 3/4" x 2"
“SPHERE #4” David Patchen ~ Glass ~ 13" x 12" x 12"
“TEXTILE 13 #13” Giles Bettison~ Glass ~ 10" x 8" x 8"
“SEA HORSEMAN” Irina Zaytceva Handbuilt porcelain ~ 9 1/2" x 9" x 4"
“ARCHITEKTEN” Emma Varga ~ Ceramics ~ 7 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 17 1/2"
“AUTUMN WINDS” Sheryl Zacharia ~ Ceramic sculpture ~ 17" x 21" x 5"
Tansey Contemporary (formerly Jane Sauer Gallery) offers a unique selection of high quality contemporary art across a variety of media, with special emphasis on exceptional execution. Our 2014 program includes both long term gallery artists as well as new additions and thought provoking group exhibitions throughout the year. Visit www.tanseycontemporary.com and click on “show schedule” for specific events and dates.
p u b lis h er ’ s n ot e
Famous writers often talk about the journey being as interesting, if not more so, than the destination. This is something that’s particularly true when you’re walking up Canyon Road. While there are countless fabulous galleries, restaurants, and shops to explore along this enchanting road, enjoy the stroll itself. The tenants and various uses of the buildings have changed over the centuries into what you see today—nearly everything along Canyon has a history. These old buildings and stately trees tell stories that reach back to the origins of Santa Fe. Today Canyon Road has a wonderful selection of businesses where you’re sure to find a special treasure. Contemporary, traditional, and historical artwork fills these charming structures and homes. Restaurants with national reputations are housed in extraordinary and historically significant, yet understated, structures. Canyon Road is an evolving street with a friendly personality, where gallery and shop owners welcome an adoring audience of visitors. In the last several years, a welcome addition to the Canyon Road experience has been wonderful events that build on the area’s history. I especially encourage you to experience the Passport to the Arts event in May, the Paint Out on Saturday, October 18, and of course the Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve, which fills even a Scrooge like me with the holiday spirit. Despite the changes, Canyon Road is still a community with focused and determined residents who want to ensure their neighborhood doesn’t overdevelop or compromise its charm in any way. I thank them for preserving this gift for all of us.
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8 Map of Canyon Road
12 Shopping Hot Spot Canyon Road is famous for its art, but that’s not all there is to see 14 The Art of Eating Well Canyon Road offers everything from fine dining to casual cafés 18 State of the Art Canyon Road’s creative legacy 19 Canyon Road Events Where to go, what to do 20 Where Art and History Meet How Canyon Road achieved its distinctive identity 24 Passport to the Arts Celebrating Canyon Road’s creative contributions
32 Last Look Cover photograph by Chris Corrie
28 Built to Last Canyon Road’s historic, enduring architecture
“A Feeling In My Heart” 34 x 41.75 fr watercolor
Waxl ander Gallery celebrating thirty years of excellence
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Openings and Exhibitions in 2014 Laurin McCracken – June 13th Joseph Breza – July 18th
Opalescence, 24” x 48”, Oil on Canvas Two Red and One Yellow, 13” x 19”, Watercolor
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How to Get Around Canyon Road
Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road
The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Catch it at stops marked “Pick It Up Here”—there are four on Canyon Road (shown below) and one nearby at Alameda and Paseo de Peralta. The shuttle will drop passengers off anywhere along the route (safety permitting).
The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends at the Santa Fe Depot in the Railyard and runs counterclockwise around downtown with the following stops: Capitol/PERA Building Canyon Road Alameda and Paseo de Peralta Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Main Library City Hall/Santa Fe Community Convention Center Santa Fe Plaza/Museums Eldorado Hotel & Spa
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“Canyon Road has the characteristics of a bygone era. One can still romanticize how it must have been to live in a time before automobiles, electricity, and other modern-day conveniences. Strolling Canyon Road in late spring and early summer, it’s amazingly beautiful—the sprays of lush color from gardens greeting you, the large trees creating that bit of shady sanctuary, and the open doors of the galleries bidding you to enter. I wonder if someday folks strolling Canyon Road will contemplate how folksy it was when we were here!”
—Aleta Pippin, abstract artist and owner of Pippin Contemporary
The William&Joseph Gallery
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“Walking down Canyon Road provides visitors and locals alike a glimpse of Santa Fe’s charming history, with beautiful galleries, gardens, and alleys with secret homes at the end of them. Canyon Road beckons you to slow your pace and absorb the amazing art, chat with the artists, and breathe deep. Nowhere else will you experience art so alive.”
—Cynthia Delgado, Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau marketing director
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shopping hot spot
Canyon Road is world famous for its abundance of artwork, but it has many other goods on offer as well. Independent shops abound, befitting the City Different’s origin as a trading post. You can spend a full day walking the length of the street, ’ buying art for your home—from paintings to pottery to sculptures—or choosing the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for family and friends. Stop into one of the unique jewelry stores for handcrafted, locally made adornments, whether it’s a turquoise-embellished silver concho belt or a custom-made gold and diamond ring. Or check out the chic, sophisticated Western wear and high-end home furnishings on offer here as well. Beautifully made textiles (from clothing to tapestries) are also among the many popular items you’ll find while walking the length of one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. cr
the art of eating well Canyon Road offers everything from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés esidents of the City Different use the ultimate compliment to describe the restaurants on Canyon Road: “so Santa Fe” is what they often say. But not only are the restaurants indicative of the area’s unique charm and hospitality, they’re also ranked among some of the best fine-dining establishments in the country, with chefs earning accolades from the likes of the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine, and eateries winning AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four Star awards. The gastronome and art lover will find Canyon Road dotted with places to feed both body and soul. To be sure, the culinary delights are as tempting as the art on display, because, simply put, Canyon Road makes an art of dining. You can pamper your palate with comestibles ranging from sprightly gourmet teas to succulent elk tenderloin, from French roast coffee and pastries to Oregon pinot noir and Spanish tapas. Hungry for history and the plato del día? Try small plates of grilled octopus and shrimp on the cozy back patio of an 1835-era adobe while local flamenco dancers swirl around you. Or sit on the front portal and let Canyon Road’s passing parade of pedestrians be your entertainment. You can also visit a mid-20th-century eatery nestled in a cluster of homes, while a serene example of Santa Fe’s outdoor dining, secluded behind high walls and leafy trees, tempts with a high-end menu featuring salmon, striped bass, and Muscovy duck. The epicure will find no lack of earthly delights here. No matter what your tastes or taste buds crave, Canyon Road is a wellchosen spot for all things artistic, and a gastronomic must. cr
There are numerous spots along Canyon Road where you can rest your feet and grab a bite in between gallery and shop hopping.
The Teahouse serves delicious teas from Santa Fe as well as from India, China, Sri Lanka, and other destinations around the world.
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by Kate McGraw
obert Daughters is a familiar icon in a
long tradition of legendary Southwest painters. Inheriting the legacy of the artists emigrating to Santa Fe and Taos a century ago, he produced some of the deﬁnitive work of New Mexico. Meyer Gallery is actively seeking to acquire and consign paintings by the legendary Robert Daughters. Please contact the gallery if you have work
by the artist you would like to sell
“New Mexico Fence Line” | 24" x 30" | Oil | (circa 1980)
225 Canyon Road | Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.983.1434 | 800.779.7387 www.meyergalleries.com
Canyon Road Restaurants Café des Artistes 223-B Canyon, 505-820-2535 Caffe Greco 233 Canyon, 505-820-7996 The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com El Farol 808 Canyon, 505-983-9912 elfarolsf.com
The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972 teahousesantafe.com
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Geronimo 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com
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Canyon Roadâ€™s Compound Restaurant (right) and El Farol (above) are two of Santa Feâ€™s most popular eateries.
“Canyon Road is full of rich history. Our gallery, [whose building was] built in the early 1700s, is a wonderful showcase for my work and four other artists’ work. It has been said in the press that Canyon Road is the most famous art street in America. No one can match this variety, which allows the diverse art enthusiast to find unique creations to add to his or her collections. I am glad to be a part of this historic venue.”
—Mark White, artist and owner of Mark White Fine Art
state of the art Canyon Road’s creative legacy
hen 17th-century Spanish settlers used burros to haul firewood from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to customers in Santa Fe, they could never have known that the little backwater would become a world-class destination—thanks largely to a vibrant arts scene that would emerge here in the early 1900s. Today the city is home to a large number of accomplished creative talents. Boasting the third largest art market in the country, Santa Fe ranks among the world’s major cultural metropolises—an accomplishment that’s particularly impressive given that the city’s population numbers around 70,000 people. The strength of Santa Fe’s artistic soul is especially evident on Canyon Road, a half-mile stretch that winds into the shadowy folds of forested mountains and was once the route for those Spanish settlers and their loyal if not overburdened burros. With its dense assemblage of more than 100 art galleries—plus shops, restaurants, and historic adobe homes—Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around the world. In this quaint enclave, visitors can enjoy a broad range of work, from Native American pottery and Spanish Colonial–inspired wood carvings to contemporary sculpture, photography, and abstract paintings. At a handful of galleries, visitors can check out works by early-20th-century artists like Carlos Vierra, Gerald R. Cassidy, Theodore Van Soelen, John Sloan, and Randall Davey, whose depictions of the area’s natural beauty and rich cultural traditions put Santa Fe and Canyon Road (where many of the artists lived, worked, and congregated) on the map in terms of its importance as an art destination. Throughout the year, Canyon Road hosts gallery openings that showcase exciting exhibitions and typically include refreshments and live entertainment and sometimes artist demonstrations and discussions. The storied and picturesque road further comes to life during the annual Canyon Road Paint Out (held in October), when roughly 100 artists take to the street to set up easels and turn their creative process into an interactive experience between them, the viewer, and the one-of-a-kind setting. cr
John Nieto, Navajo, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48". courtesy Ventana Fine Art, ventanafineart.com.
by Ben Ikenson
canyon road events Canyon Road’s combination of history and culture allows visitors to enjoy a unique experience year-round, but on certain days the legendary art district’s offerings are even more noteworthy than usual. Exhibition openings, often celebrated on Friday evenings, are a Canyon Road staple. Many galleries schedule them on the fourth Friday of every month, and those “Fourth Fridays” can be particularly lively. Galleries welcome guests to take in their latest shows as well as their permanent collections, usually while offering light refreshments and sometimes live entertainment, too. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, visit santafeancalendar.com. During February, the annual ARTfeast festival presents the Edible Art Tour. Visitors and locals stroll between galleries, where they take in art while enjoying food from top restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs for Santa Fe’s youth. (artfeast.com) In spring, Passport to the Arts (May 9–11), a three-day public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun like an Artist Quick Draw competition and a live auction, and many galleries and shops host artist receptions, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. Proceeds go to Santa Fe Public Schools’ music programs. (visitcanyonroad.com) Before the winter weather rolls in, enjoy a day of plein air painting with more than 100 artists during the Canyon Road Paint Out (October 17–18). The annual event features live music, a parade, art shows, and refreshments. (visitcanyonroad.com) The Christmas Eve Farolito Walk is arguably Canyon Road’s most popular event. On the night of December 24, the street is lined with glowing farolitos, and thousands of visitors stroll along the road guided by their light. While galleries and shops serve cookies and hot beverages, carolers sing and bonfires are lit to celebrate the magic of this special season and special street. cr
where art and history meet
how Canyon Road achieved its distinctive identity by Eve Tolpa
t’s hard to imagine one of Santa Fe’s artistic epicenters as a dirt path running along the river into the mountains, but over time Canyon Road has evolved from a familyoriented farming area into a vibrant and internationally known art district. One of the key factors in this development has been Santa Fe’s long history as a center of trade. “An art community that settles in a trading center is going to have a very distinctive feel, with very vital art,” says historian Elizabeth West, editor of the book Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions. “It’s going to bring in new ideas, and the people who stay and contribute artistically are going to be much more interesting.” One person who stayed and made an indelible mark was the Portuguese-born photographer and painter Carlos Vierra, Santa Fe’s first resident artist. Vierra, like many others, came to Santa Fe for health reasons, seeking treatment for tuberculosis at Sunmount Sanatorium in 1904.
“I discovered Canyon Road 23 years ago, on my first visit to Santa Fe. I was immediately taken by this beautiful and historic street, never thinking I would own a business here. I am still in love with the beauty and energy of Canyon Road and feel fortunate to be able to own a business on this magical, mystical road.” —Mark Greenberg, Greenberg Fine Art
Sunmount’s treatment philosophy contended intellectual stimulation was a key element in curing TB. In the interest of revitalizing body and soul, the sanatorium hosted lectures by literary luminaries such as Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Santa Fe poet and bon vivant Witter Bynner. According to West, “Bynner knew everybody in the world,” from Rita Hayworth to Ansel Adams. “[Santa Fe] really didn’t become an artist community until the time of Carlos Vierra,” says West. “Then word spread, and one thing led to another.” One of those things was the railroad, which, in the decades after its arrival in town in 1880, transported artists here from across the country. A rise in plein air painting, popularized by the Impressionists, inspired painters to trade their urban studios for outdoor inspiration. Santa Fe’s unique charm and high desert light made it a magnet for artists, and Canyon Road became a 20
“As an artist and gallery owner, to me Canyon Road represents the epitome of world-class art and elegance in one spectacular setting. Canyon Road runs the gamut of art for every collector, and people from around the world come to experience its magic. Canyon Road incorporates the best of everything in one fell swoop!”
Historic Pueblo Pottery
—Charles Azbell, Charles Azbell Gallery Acoma Pueblo Extraordinary Large Olla
221 Canyon Road Santa Fe 505.955.0550 www.adobegallery.com
desirable place to live because “it was safe, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful,” West says. One of Canyon Road’s early artist/settlers was commercial lithographer Gerald R. Cassidy, who came west in 1915 to seriously pursue painting. Cassidy and his wife Ina first visited Santa Fe in 1912. Three years later, entranced with the area and its Native population, they bought a house at the corner of Canyon and Acequia Madre. The couple thoroughly remodeled their home, expanding it to showcase altar paintings from a ruined Nambé mission church. Their neighbors included New York artist Randall Davey, who in 1919 bought a sawmill at the end of Upper Canyon Road that today is home to the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Indiana native and celebrated muralist Olive Rush moved to Santa Fe shortly after Davey, residing in what’s now the Quaker Meeting House. Santa Fe painter Jerry West, son of the late artist Harold West, recalls spending part of his childhood with Rush, who had orchards on her property. “When I was a kid in 1942,” Jerry says, “I’d work for Olive on the weekend and help her with her gardens.” Through most of the 1950s, Canyon Road remained primarily residential, hosting just a handful of businesses—four of which were grocery stores. “There were hardly any galleries before then,” Jerry recalls. A creative atmosphere had already begun to emerge on the street, but it gained significant momentum in 1962, when the street was officially designated “a residential arts and crafts zone,” which meant that artists living on Canyon Road could now sell work from their homes. The number of businesses on the street began to rise, and, not surprisingly, many of them were arts-related. Modern-day Canyon Road is a narrow lane boasting old adobes that house an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, and restaurants. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Canyon Road one of the 10 “Great Streets in America,” noting that “the buildings themselves are works of art—doors and gates all painted in rich shades of turquoise, purple, red, and yellow.” In 2013, Canyon Road finished second in a USA Today poll of readers’ “Favorite Iconic American Street.” According to an early 1900s piece in the Santa Fe New Mexican, archaeologist and anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett, who founded the Museum of New Mexico, said that “the arts have kept Santa Fe from becoming an ‘up-to-date’ burg and made it unique and beautiful. Artists and writers constitute only a small percentage of the population, but their influence is everywhere you look.” Nowhere is that influence more visible than on Canyon Road. cr 22
“Canyon Road isn’t unique only to Santa Fe; it’s unique to the world. I walk along Canyon Road most days just to absorb the diversity of art, architecture, and people. The concentration of galleries along Canyon Road draws people from around the world, and listening to the voices and languages makes me feel like I’m in Paris or Amsterdam or other art capitals of the world.” —Ken Hulick, director of Manitou Galleries
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celebrating Canyon Road’s creative contributions by Samantha Schwirck
anyon Road’s creative and artistic legacy is celebrated during Passport to the Arts, an annual three-day public event held May 9–11 along the famous half-mile-long street. More than 100 artists from around the country—whose styles range from abstract to figurative and from traditional to contemporary—make the event, presented by the Canyon Road Merchants Association (CRMA), the unofficial kickoff to Santa Fe’s high art season. “Passport to the Arts honors the tradition of live art that has always made Canyon Road unique among art districts,” says CRMA board member Nancy Leeson, owner and director of the gallery Canyon Road Contemporary. On May 9, in addition to the usual Friday-night show openings (which are typically accompanied by refreshments and often live music and entertainment as well), galleries host artist demonstrations, lectures, and other goingson, and more than 50 artists from Canyon Road’s galleries create pieces—sculptures, glass art, jewelry, weavings, photographs, pottery, paintings, and more—that are then on offer during a silent auction. An Artist Quick Draw kicks things off on Saturday, May 10. During the two-hour event, more than 40 Canyon Road artists take to the street, rain or shine, to complete an original work while spectators look on—giving both locals and visitors a chance to experience Santa Fe’s plein air tradition firsthand. The completed works are then available at a live auction that evening, with a portion of the proceeds going to student music programs. Bruce Adams, publisher of Santa Fean magazine, serves as this year’s auctioneer.
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“Passport to the Arts honors the tradition of live art that has always made Canyon Road unique among art districts.” —Nancy Leeson, Canyon Road Merchants Association board member
“Passport to the Arts is a wonderful venue for local and visiting artists to showcase their talents for collectors who come to Santa Fe to watch them at work during [three] art-filled days,” says Bonnie French, CRMA treasurer and director of Waxlander Gallery. “Both the Artist Quick Draw and the auctions expose the artists to collectors from far and wide, and in turn the collectors have the opportunity to see a large group of established and emerging artists in one place at a fun event.” For artist and bidder registration information, as well as a detailed schedule of events and general information about Passport to the Arts and the Canyon Road Merchants Association, go to visitcanyonroad.com. cr
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“It is almost impossible to describe the grandeur of Canyon Road to a person who has not walked this magical street. The road is a treasure trove of galleries that represent artists of all kinds from around the world. You’ll want to talk about the food, as you will experience the best cuisine in all of Santa Fe right here on the Road. But, most of all, you’ll want to talk about the feeling of Canyon Road. It is friendly. It is historic. You have to personally breathe it in to really understand what Canyon Road is all about.”
—Bonnie French, director of Waxlander Gallery
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built to last
Canyon Road’s historic, enduring architecture by Charles C. Poling
anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vivdly on display along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. During the half-mile walk from the road’s top to bottom, you’ll encounter simple adobes that have roots in Pueblo Indian architecture and that sometimes reveal Territorial-style updates on that original Native design. Canyon Road winds up the Santa Fe River to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eventually forming a steep-sided canyon. That terrain offered little flat land for settlement, but the nearby river, via the abutting acequia madre (“mother ditch”), supplied precious water for farming. A few Spanish Colonial farmers homesteaded in the middle 1700s along a burro track just wide enough for a wagon. They built what we today call Pueblo-style homes, using local materials—mud, stone, and timber— and incorporating a few lessons learned from the neighboring Pueblo Indians. As you walk along Canyon Road you’ll pass several examples of these originally plain homes. In addition to being constructed out of mud, the homes were also distinctive for protruding beams known as vigas, which sat below shallow parapets and flat roofs. Deep-set windows with plaster-wrapped, bull-nosed corners punctuate rippling, lumpy adobe walls that sometimes run four feet thick. A building (now a shop) at the lower end of Canyon Road illustrates this Pueblo style, although its simple, lintel-capped, postand-viga portal hints at an update to the original house. An early-1700s home on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution, its blue window framing and lintels evoking the Territorial style. That mid-19th-century look reflected New Mexico’s new status as a U.S. territory, revealing Army design influences. Over time, the Territorial
style incorporated increasingly available manufactured materials like fired-clay bricks and milled lumber. Many people simply added ornamentation to the existing Pueblo-style buildings, and newly built homes showed greater scale, enabled by the new materials and construction techniques. For a great example of Territorialstyle architecture, amble up the road to El Zaguán, where a settler built his farmhouse in the mid-18th century. Many remodels later, the home’s Pueblo roots show beneath an overlay of Territorial ornamentation, from wood shutters, crown molding over wood window framing, and a portal with white milled 8 x 8’ posts. A period-perfect, pedimented lintel forms a shallow pyramid atop the framed entry door. Not far from El Zaguán, a lovely brick building capped with a white cupola demonstrates non-Native architecture that sprang up following railroad expansion into New Mexico in the late 19th century.
“Visitors to Bill Hester Fine Art constantly tell us they are overwhelmed by the amount of art shown in the galleries on Canyon Road. Our response: ‘We hope you are enjoying your visit.’ Their response is most often ‘Oh, yes.’ Art collectors, by nature, are busy people. In less than a mile on Canyon Road, they can visit more than 100 galleries and view some of the finest art in the world.” —Bill Hester, Bill Hester Fine Art With the trains came more Anglo-Americans, manufactured materials, and East Coast influences. As a balance to this Americanization of the region’s look, legendary local architect John Gaw Meem reimagined the area’s original pueblos for public buildings, churches, and private homes in the early- to mid-20th century. In 1939, the Catholic diocese commissioned his masterpiece of Pueblo Revival architecture, the Cristo Rey Parish Church at Canyon Road and Camino Cabra. Built with more than 150,000 adobe bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr
Desert Son of Santa Fe Henry Beguelin New for Spring Fabulous Spring sandals, boots, tennis shoes and handbags are here from Italy. Come see us. 725 Canyon Rd, 505-982-9499, desertsonofsantafe.com
Mark White Fine Art Join us here in Markâ€™s calming, meditative kinetic garden to experience bliss with jd Hansenâ€™s stunning figurative bronzes. Inside you will find exquisite works by Javier Lopez Barbosa, Ethan & Mark White, and Charles Veilleux, among others. We look forward to your visit! 414 Canyon Rd, 505-982-2073, markwhitefineart.com
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treasures Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths Designer Jewelry Gallery Since 1974 Wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by over 35 artists. Specializing in custom rings and commissions while happily accommodating individual tastes. Located on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. 656 Canyon Rd, 505-988-7215, tvgoldsmiths.com
Canyon Road Contemporary Art Amanda Banker, The Mathematician Candymaker, oil on canvas, 24 x 24" Whimsy and Surrealism join in the anthropomorphic animal portraits of Banker’s tightly-rendered oil paintings. Clever references to master artworks, period clothing, symbolism and the modern art of animation are juxtaposed to interesting effect in her lively and surprising works. 403 Canyon Rd, 505-983-0433, canyoncontemporary.com
La Mesa of Santa Fe This colorful, ceramic sculpture by Russ Vogt is the perfect focal point for any garden or outdoor space. Many color combinations and sizes are available. La Mesa has shown the work of contemporary artists in a variety of mediums, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood and hand forged steel since 1982. 225 Canyon Rd, 505-984-1688, lamesaofsantafe.com
Alexandra Stevens Gallery Katrina Howarth, Roses in the Lavender Room, oil on canvas, 36 x 36" “I love contrasting colors and making them dance around with one another,” says Katrina Howarth. “The oil pigments are like having a conversation in which I melt into the painting itself. Once I complete a painting, I set it aside and then continue the dialogue until I feel I have said enough.” 820 Canyon Rd, 505-988-1311, alexandrastevens.com 215 Tremont St, Galveston, TX 713-550-6431, thehowarthgallery.com
last look photographs by Stephen Lang
For all the stunning artwork found within the walls of its galleries, Canyon Road offers an artistic feast outside those walls as well, thanks to the numerous sculptures that line the road and greet visitors daily. From accent pieces on galleries’ front lawns to kinetic sculpture gardens set off from the sidewalk, Canyon Road lures you in with its abundance of art—and charm—at every turn.
“Passport to the Arts” Friday, May 9, 2014 • Preview Reception 5 to 7 pm Saturday, May 10 • Quick Draw 11am to 1pm • Live Auction 4 pm
MCCUAN, “West of Biggar, Scotland” 12" x 12" Oil
AXTON, “Walking to the Island”
12" x 12"
DAWSON, “Hidden in the Shadows” 14" x 15" Oil
BARRY MCCUAN, JOHN AXTON & DOUG DAWSON
ANGUS, “Beyond the Fence Line”
18" x 24"
BALAAM, “Santa Barbara Trail New Mexico”
46" x 56"
ANGUS & FRANK BALAAM “Two Man Show” Friday, May 23, 2014 • Reception 5 to 7 pm
VENTANA FINE ART 400 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
“Stone Paper Scissors”
kinetic monument cast Stainless steel on stone 88 x 47 x 33
selbyfleetwoodgallery 600 canyon road, santa fe nm