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t is 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 family-oriented 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 such 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. 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 desirable place to live because “it was safe, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful,” West says. The first artist to settle on Canyon Road 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 6
Right: The building housing Gallerie Five Twenty, 520 Canyon, was likely built from rock hauled up from the nearby Santa Fe River.
the colorful history of Canyon Road
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’ “Most Iconic Street in America.” 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
Left: Martha Pettigrew, The Searcher, bronze, 72 x 24 x 16" stands outside Manitou Galleries’ Canyon Road location.
cultivation to completion
Kevin Box, Hero’s Horse, powder-coated fabricated steel, 74 x 108 x 51"
Peaceful Passage, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 36”
At Dusk, Oil on Linen, 28” x 34”
Join us to see artists painting plein air at Canyon Road’s annual SpringArts Festival on May 12-14,2017!
Mark White Fine Art
414 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM |505-982-2073 or www.markwhitefineart.com | Open 7 Days aWeek
iconic adobe adobes and Americanization on Canyon Road
by Charles C. Poling
anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vividly demonstrated along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. During the half-mile walk up the road, visitors encounter seemingly straightforward adobes. Rooted in Pueblo Indian architecture, many of these structures, however, reveal Territorial-era updates on their original Native design. Canyon Road winds beside the Santa Fe River to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eventually forming a steep-sided canyon. This 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 Pueblo-style homes comprising local materials—mud, stone, and timber—and incorporating lessons learned from neighboring native tribes. Canyon Road displays several examples of these originally simple homes. In addition to being constructed from mud, the structures were also distinctive for protruding beams known as vigas, which sit below shallow parapets and flat roofs. Deep-set windows with plasterwrapped, bull-nosed corners punctuate rippling, lumpy adobe walls that sometimes run four feet thick. Many galleries and adobe buildings at the lower end of Canyon Road illustrate this earlier Pueblo style. An early-1700s casita on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution; its blue window framing and lintels continued on page 68
Blue paint on doors and window frames is common. Some say it keeps away evil spirits, some say it stands up to our high-altitude sun, some just like the way the color, known as Taos blue, looks against the brown stucco.
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four hundred years of art continuing Canyon Road’s creative legacy by Ben Ikenson
McLarry Fine Art
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 Different 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 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 & Sculpt 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
Surfing With Shamans- acrylic, antique book pages, paper, oil on panel, 50x38x2”
Light by Navajo Lake, oil on canvas 42x54 ”
Albert Scharf One-man Show
Edges to Enlightenment opening June 23, 2017
art for the palate
Canyon Road dining—award-winning to low key by Kate McGraw
R DEBRA COLONNA detachable pendants
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esidents of the City Different often use the ultimate compliment to describe the restaurants on Canyon Road: “so Santa Fe.” Not only are the restaurants indicative of the area’s unique charm and hospitality, they’re also ranked among some of the best finedining 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? Perhaps 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-20thcentury 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 changing high-end menu featuring salmon, striped bass, and sometimes Muscovy duck. The epicure will find no lack of earthly delights here. No matter what your tastes or taste buds crave, Canyon Road is the perfect location for all things artistic, and an absolute gastronomic must. cr
"A Moment of Inspiration" Oil 18" x 24"
SAGE CREEK GALLERY
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Award-winning Geronimo is housed in a building dating to 1756. The Meyer lemon crêpe, pictured, is an elegant conclusion to a dinner.
Javier López Barbosa Evolution
Serenity Blue 38 x 40 unf mixed media
May 23 through June 5 LECTURE & DEMONSTRATION BY THE ARTIST Saturday, May 27 3 pm - 5 pm EXHIBITION DATES
PLEASE CALL 505.984.2202 FOR LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION RESERVATIONS. SPACE IS LIMITED.
Waxl ander Gallery
celebrating thirty-three years of excellence
622 Canyon Road • Santa Fe, NM 87501 waxlander.com • 505.984.2202 • 800.342.2202
Spring and fall, Canyon Road is lined with artists working in multiple media.
Artists relish the chance to work outdoors and chat during October’s Paint & Sculpt Out.
anyon Road’s combination of culture and history encourages visitors to enjoy unique experiences year-round. On certain days, however, the legendary art district’s offerings are even more noteworthy than usual. Exhibition openings, often celebrated on Friday evenings, are a Canyon Road staple. Most galleries schedule their openings on the fourth Friday of every month, and those “Fourth Fridays” can be particularly lively. Galleries welcome guests to view their latest shows as well as their permanent collections, while offering light refreshments, libations, and sometimes live entertainment. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, please visit santafean.com/calendar. In the spring, the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival (May 12–13), a public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun. Friday night, many galleries and shops host artist receptions, lectures, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. Saturday, over 50 artists will be working en plein air to jumpstart the high season for art. (visitcanyonroad.com) During Santa Fe’s busy summer season, the annual ARTfeast festival presents its Edible Art Tour (June 10). Locals and visitors stroll through galleries, where they study art while enjoying food from local restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs at ARTsmart for Northern New Mexico’s youth. (artfeast.org) Before the winter weather descends, enjoy a day of plein air creating with more than 100 artists during the Canyon 14
“Fourth Friday” evenings are a popular time to stroll Canyon Road and go from one art show opening to the next.
Christmas Eve, Canyon Road is abuzz with people enjoying the lights and sights.
Road Paint & Sculpt Out (October 20–21). This annual event features a parade, live music, gallery exhibitions, and refreshments. (visitcanyonroad.com) The Christmas Eve Farolito Walk is arguably Canyon Road’s most highly anticipated and 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 the holiday season and this enchanting street. cr
Christopher H. Martin | Bala | 96â€? x 96â€? | Acrylic on Acrylic
Christopher Martin Gallery A s p e n | S a nt a F e | Da lla s
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navigating Canyon Road
Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road Route
The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15–30 minutes, seven days a week. It stops at designated “Pick It Up Here” signs—there are four on Canyon Road (shown below). The shuttle will drop passengers off anywhere along the route (safety permitting).
The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends near the Roundhouse on Don Gaspar Avenue and runs to Canyon Road and Museum Hill with the following stops:
Look for the red pickup truck on the signs for the shuttle.
• Capitol/PERA Building • Santa Fe Children’s Museum • Three Museum Hill stops: near the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, near the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, near the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art • The corner of Old Santa Fe Trl and Camino del Monte Sol • Camino del Monte Sol, between Mt Carmel and Camino de Cruz Blanca • Santa Fe Preparatory School (stops both ways) • Camino de Cruz Blanca, before it intersects with Camino Cabra • Near the entrance to St. John’s College • Two stops on Calle Picacho • Camino Cabra, before Camino de Cruz Blanca • Paseo de Peralta, two blocks south of Canyon Road • Canyon Road, before Café des Artistes • Canyon Road, before The Compound • Canyon Road, before Geronimo • Between Canyon Road and E Alameda • E Alameda, halfway between E Palace and El Alamo • E Alameda, before El Alamo • E Alameda, before Delgado • E Alameda, near the Inn on the Alameda
Taking the shuttle is quick, free, and eliminates the hunt for a parking space.
For a map and more information,
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Very Large Dance Procession with Koosa Clowns Alfonso Roybal (1898-1955) Awa Tsireh Watercolor | 20-1/4” x 32”
A CENTURY OF PUEBLO PAINTERS: SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO 1900—1999 Exhibiting through April 2017
221 Canyon Road Santa Fe
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more than 150,000 clay bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr
Unique wroughtiron security doors use stylized Navajo designs. Vigas, built into a coved ceiling design here, are not only structurally important, but add elements of rustic beauty.
evokes the Territorial style, a mid-19th-century aesthetic that was introduced by army design influences. Reflecting New Mexico’s new status as a US territory, this style increasingly incorporated manufactured materials like fired-clay bricks and milled lumber. Many people simply added ornamentation to their existing Pueblo-style homes, but new projects increased building size, made possible by imported materials and construction techniques. An incredible example of Territorial-style architecture, El Zaguán (now the Historic Santa Fe Foundation), shows the evolution of a mid-18th-century farmhouse. Many remodels later, the home’s Pueblo roots appear beneath an overlay of Territorial ornamentation—wood shutters, crown molding over wood window framing, and a portal with white milled 8 x 8– foot posts. A period-perfect, pedimented lintel forms a shallow pyramid atop the framed entry door. Not far from El Zaguán, the former First Ward School flaunts a lovely brick exterior, capped with a white cupola. Now Ventana Gallery, this building demonstrates non-Native architecture that sprang up following railroad expansion into New Mexico in the late 19th century. With Western-bound trains came more AngloAmericans, manufactured materials, and East Coast influences. To balance this Americanization of the region, 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
“Taos Pueblo Sentinel” (1971) | oil | 48" x 30"
1929 - 2013
“St. Francis de Assisi” (circa 1985) | oil | 24" x 30"
Meyer Gallery, now in its 52nd year, is committed to exhibiting eminent, world-class artists and is one of Santa Fe’s premier galleries. The gallery features different themes in landscape, ﬁgurative and still life – the result of which is a wide selection of motifs to suit the most discerning of art collectors.
225 Canyon Road | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 | 505.983.1434 | 800.779.7387 | MeyerSFNM@aol.com | meyergalleries.com
sights around canyon road
Meyer Gallery Manitou Galleries
McLarry Fine Art
Bill Hester Fine Art
Painting en plein air.
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treasures Belle Brooke Contemporary jewelry made in house from 100% certified recycled metals and thoughtfully sourced gemstones. Belle is a nationally recognized and award winning jewelry designer, with work featured in over 15 galleries nationwide. She creates jewelry that is distinctively non traditional for the modern day iconoclast. Come visit our “home”, where we design and make the jewelry, as well as feature the work of several selected eco friendly and local artists. 821 Canyon Rd at The Stables, 505-780-5270 BelleBrooke.net
Scarlett’s Antique Shop & Gallery Welcome to Scarlett’s—a favorite shopping haven of locals and visitors alike. We feature a beautiful array of authentic, high quality Native American jewelry by many award-winning artists. Whether you prefer the sleek contemporary look or traditional Classic Revival style, you are sure to find your treasure from the Land of Enchantment at Scarlett’s! At-door parking available. 225 Canyon Rd, 505-473-2861 ScarlettsGallery.com (for preview)
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths
John Rippel The Santa Fe Sky buckle, is paired with a Teju Lizard belt strap for style & durability. After 40 years downtown John has returned to Canyon Road! Please come visit the collection at our new location. 662 Canyon Rd 505-986-9115 JohnRippel.com
Featuring the Innovative Jewelry of Studio Q. Wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by over 35 artists. Specializing in unique custom jewelry since 1974. 656 Canyon Road 505-660-0030 TVGoldsmiths.com
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DOWNSIZING YOUR ART COLLECTION? Seeking Consignments of American Western & Native American Art including artists of New Mexico FOR AN AUCTION EVALUATION Please submit images and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org You may also mail submission materials to the Santa Fe Gallery 345 Camino del Monte Sol Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
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ANGUS, “Friends Tulip Arrangement, Friendly Inspiration” • 24" x 24" • Acrylic
BALAAM, “Gem - Mountain Shadow I & II” • 12" x 9" • Oil
FRANK BALAAM & ANGUS INTERNATIONAL ATTRACTION • Two Person Show • Friday, May 19, 2017 • 5 to 7pm 34 Years of Bringing You the Best
VENTANA FINE ART 400 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501