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Your Guide to

Art Events Shops Restaurants

Welcome to the

historic half mile!

Presented by



Now Proudly Representing These Outstanding Artists AndrÂŽe Hudson

Mark White

Marshall Noice

Matthew Higginbotham

Suzanne Donazetti

414 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 markwhitefineart.com


established 1965

2018 Exhibitions

Dornan June 15

Gerhartz July 6

Kobayashi July 20

Hook August 3

Livingston August 17

Ronquillo September 14

LaDuke September 28

Pfeiffer October 5

Fryer November 16

Each year Meyer Gallery is privileged to host a series of exhibitions by gallery artists. Artist receptions are held at the gallery on Friday evenings between 5-7 pm. For a complete listing of 2018 exhibitions visit meyergalleries.com/exhibitions.

225 Canyon Road | Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505.983.1434 | 800.779.7387 | meyersfnm@aol.com


These Precious Days, 33” x 40”/framed

David Kammerzell

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Cheryl Ann Thomas, COMPRESS, Porcelain, 21" x 32" x 20"

652 Canyon Road Santa Fe NM 87501 (505) 995 8513

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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 where there are 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). Another route serves the Downtown and Railyard areas.

The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends near the state capitol on Don Gaspar and runs to Canyon Road and Museum Hill with the following stops:

Look for the red pickup truck on the signs for the shuttle.

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• Capitol/PERA Building • Santa Fe Children’s Museum • 3 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 East Alameda • East Alameda, halfway between East Palace and El Alamo • East Alameda, before El Alamo • East Alameda, before Delgado

Taking the shuttle is quick, free, and eliminates the hunt for a parking space.

Shuttle Hours

For a map and more information, visit santafenm.gov

Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm

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the 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 Territorialera updates to 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 Pueblos. 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 plaster-wrapped, 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.



Bright 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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Hanging from a portal, New Mexico’s version of a covered porch, dried chile ristras are symbols of Santa Fe hospitality. Vigas—long, rounded beams that often extend past the roofline—can be structural as well as decorative.

The portal at El Zaguán is shady and inviting on a hot afternoon. The historic building features a lovely garden.

JENNIFER J.L. JONES Rippling Sublime MAY 18– JUNE 3, 2018 Opening Reception:

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 5 – 7pm

An early-1700s casita on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution; its blue window framing and lintels evoke the Territorial style, a mid-19th-century aesthetic that was introduced by army design influences. Reflecting New Mexico’s new status as a United States 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-18thcentury 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 Anglo-Americans, 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 earlyto 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 clay bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr

NYTH, 2017, Mixed media on wood panel, 36 × 36 inches

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary 200 – B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 phone 505.984.2111 hunterkirklandcontemporary.com

art for the palate Canyon Road dining— award-winning to low key

Milad Persian Bistro is open late, serving small plates as well as full meals.

by Kate McGraw



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 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? Perhaps try small plates of grilled octopus and shrimp on the cozy back patio of an 1835era 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 changing highend 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



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canyon road magazine

Your Guide to

Art Events Shops Restaurants

Welcome to the

historic half mile!

Presented by



sculpture by Jim Rennert at McLarry Modern photograph by Amanda N. Pitman

221 221 Canyon Canyon Road Road Santa Santa FeFe 505.955.0550 505.955.0550 www.adobegallery.com www.adobegallery.com info@adobegallery.com info@adobegallery.com

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Left: El Farol offers Spanish wines and tapas, flamenco, and live music in the bar. Murals by Alfred Morang and other early-20th-century artists still grace the interiors of the recently remodeled restaurant.

CafĂŠ des Artistes 223-B Canyon, 505-820-2535 cafedesartistessf.com Caffe Greco 233 Canyon, 505-820-7996 caffegrecosantafe.com El Farol 808 Canyon, 505-983-9912 elfarolsf.com

Below: The Compound is an awardwinning fine dining option. Open for lunch and dinner, they offer private dining rooms for groups.

Geronimo 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com Milad Persian Bistro 802Canyon, 505-303-3581 miladbistro.com

Above: Cozy and comfortable, The Teahouse carries dozens of teas to accompany sandwiches, salads, and pastries. 14


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The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972 teahousesantafe.com


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treasures Smilow Mathiesen A Lifestyle Collection Pam Smilow, Yellow Spruce Series, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 88" Featuring the art of Pam Smilow and the late Gert Mathiesen. In addition to fine art, the gallery represents several jewelry designers and textile designs from Alabama Chanin, the organically sustainable company founded by Natalie Chanin and based in Florence, Alabama. By combining fine art with other classifications, we hope that our departure from a traditional gallery will set us apart as innovative and forward-thinking. 708 Canyon Road @ Gypsy Alley, 505.557.6418 SmilowMathiesen.com

Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths Featuring wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by over 35 artists. Creating timeless treasures since 1974. 656 Canyon Road 505.988.7215 TVGoldsmiths.com canyon road


Manitou Galleries

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continuing Canyon Road’s creative legacy



world. In this quaint enclave, visitors can enjoy a broad range of work, from historic Native American pottery and jewelry to contemporary sculpture and abstract paintings. At a few galleries, visitors can see works by early 20th century artists like Sheldon Parsons, Gerald R. Cassidy, and Olive Rush, 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. Some artists still maintain studios where visitors can watch them at work. Canyon Road is also home to custom jewelers, boutiques, and shops specializing in home décor. Throughout the year, galleries host openings for new exhibitions. Typically held on Friday evenings, they include refreshments and live entertainment. The storied and picturesque road further comes to life during the annual Canyon Road Paint Out & 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 unmatched setting. cr

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Meyer Gallery

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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 pathway 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 one of the largest art markets 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 is only around 80,000. 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 dozens of art galleries—plus shops, restaurants, and historic adobe homes—Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around the

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by Ben Ikenson

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handcrafted art to wear

shopping mecca

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Canyon Road is famous for its abundance of artwork, but it has many other goods to peruse as well. Independent shops abound, as befits 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 in to one of the unique jewelry stores for handmade, locally crafted adornments, whether your style is an antique, turquoise-embellished, silver concha belt or a custom-made gold and diamond ring. Check out chic, sophisticated Western wear, including custom boots, and high-end home furnishings. Beautifully made textiles (from clothing to tapestries) are also among the many finds you’ll discover while walking the length of one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. cr

505-780-5270 821 Canyon Road - at The Stables bellebrooke.net

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Clockwise from top left: Blue paint around windows and doors is a classic Santa Fe touch. Larger bronze sculptures are displayed outside galleries. These wind sculptures add color and movement to a garden or outdoor seating area.

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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 the disease. 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.



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the colorful history of Canyon Road

“[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 moved to Santa Fe shortly after Davey, purchasing what is

Adobe construction forms gentle curves rather than hard angles.

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Sarah Siltala now a Quaker meetinghouse. Santa Fe painter Jerry West, son of the late artist Harold West, recalls spending time 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

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last look

Boys riding burros on Canyon Road (1940) New Mexico Tourism Bureau, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)



Above: Artist Olive Rush (pictured) moved to Santa Fe and Canyon Road in 1920. Her home and studio, at 630 Canyon, is now the meetinghouse of the Santa Fe Society of Friends (Quakers). Left: The 1940s marked a gradual shift from a residential and agricultural area to the start of a commercial district. Artists such as Agnes Sims, Louise Crow, and Chuzo Tamotzu purchased home studios along Canyon Road during the 1940s.

Couple walking on Canyon Road at Gormley Lane (1985) Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)

Right: By the 1980s, most neighborhoodoriented businesses were gone, replaced by new construction, galleries, and shops of all kinds. Howard Bobbs Gallery (now Zaplin Lampert) showed oils, watercolors, and bronzes.

Above: Siri Hollander maintains a gallery on Delgado Street. She sculpts life-sized and monumental horses, and also produces smaller pieces and human figures.

Olive Rush on horseback in the garden at 690 Canyon Road (ca. 1930) Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)

Now GF Contemporary, the Edith Lambert Gallery once showed a variety of artworks, including Lambert’s chair, made from serviceberry wood by furniture maker Don King.

Sculpture display in Howard Bobbs Gallery on Canyon Road (1980 Michael Heller, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)

Edith Lambert, gallery owner, in chair designed by Don King titled “Mercury” (1990). Kitty Leaken, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)

Photo credit: Siri Hollander, sculptor, adds finishing touches to statue in front of her gallery on Canyon Road (1991). Leslie Tallant, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA)

Below: Gallery hopping on Friday nights was as popular in decades past as it is today. This couple strolling down Canyon Road by Gormley Lane would now be in front of Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art.

ANGUS - “Arrangement with Lemons Bathed in Reds” • 30" x 48" • Acrylic

BALAAM - “Conversations on Garcia Street” • 24" x 60" • Oil

FRANK BALAAM & ANGUS BEYOND CHROMA • Two Person Show • Friday, May 18, 2018 • 5 to 7pm

VENTANA FINE ART 400 Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM 87501




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