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MARK WHITE FINE ART David Meredith
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Mark White 414 Canyon Road | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.982.2073 www.markwhitefineart.com | email@example.com
Deliciously Yours Dominique Boisjoli 60” x 48”
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Depth of Character Patina on repurposed steel and copper May 24–31 Artist Reception May 24 4 to 8pm
403 Canyon Road • Santa Fe NM 87501 • 505.983.0062 dominiqueboisjoli.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Curious Conversation, 2019 Limited Edition Bronze
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Holding Up the Moon Kansas Limestone, 30 x 20 x 14
BALAAM “Opera Series - Cosi Fan Tutte Act II” 20" x 50" Oil
ANGUS “Flowering Cacti with Watermelon Segments” 18" x 34" Acrylic
FRANK BALAAM & ANGUS VIVACIOUS COLOR AND TEXTURE • Friday, May 17, 2019 • 5 to 7pm
VENTANA FINE ART 400 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
navigating Canyon Road
Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road Route
The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs approximately every 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.
• 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.
For a map and more information, visit santafenm.gov
Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm
• East Alameda, near the Inn on the Alameda
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PUBLIC PARKING Geronimo
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Milad Persian SF PICK-UP Bistro
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The Magical Chama Bend
24 by 18 inches, oil on canvas
COLOR AND RHYTHM - JACK DUNN SOLO SHOW Acosta Strong Fine Art
Opening Reception May 24th, 5-7pm Show up May 20th through June 22nd
640 Canyon Road • Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 505-982-2795 • acostastrong.com
Canyon Road is lined with examples of Santa Fe’s unique architecture, rooted in Pueblo Indian building practices and often revealing Territorial-era updates.
adobe architecture preservation and modernization on Canyon Road
anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vividly demonstrated along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. Along 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 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 irrigation 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 using available materials—mud, stone, and timber—and incorporating lessons learned from neighboring Pueblos.
by Charles C. Poling
Above: Bright blue paint on doors and window frames is common. Some say it keeps away evil spirits, some say it’s used because it stands up to our high-altitude sun, and some just like how the color, known as Taos blue, looks against brown stucco.
Canyon Road displays several examples of these originally simple homes. In addition to being constructed from mud bricks, 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.
A portal is New Mexico’s version of a covered porch.
Historic Historic Pueblo Pueblo Pottery Pottery
Native Native American American Paintings Paintings 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 updated ornamentation to their existing Pueblo-style homes, but new projects boasted increased 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 posts and railings. 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 Fine Art, this building demonstrates nonNative 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 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 clay bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr
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art for the palate Canyon Road dining— award-winning to low key by Kate McGraw
Geronimo is one of Canyon Road’s award-winning spots for fine dining.
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 authentic Persian cuisine to succulent elk tenderloin, from French roast coffee and pastries to Oregon pinot noir and Spanish tapas. Earlier in the day stop off for a breakfast burrito or plate of huevos rancheros. 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. A little farther up the street you’ll find a restaurant serving more varieties of tea than you knew existed to accompany your meal. An 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
Milad Persian Bistro offers kebabs, small plates, and plenty of vegetarian dishes.
Above: At the lower end of Canyon Road, Caffe Greco opens at 7 am, a great spot for breakfast before hitting the galleries.
Above: Cozy and comfortable, The Teahouse carries dozens of teas to accompany sandwiches, salads, and pastries.
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 Geronimo 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com
Right: The Compound is an award-winning fine dining option. Open for lunch and dinner, with private dining rooms available for groups.
Milad Persian Bistro 802 Canyon, 505-303-3581 miladbistro.com The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com amanda Pitman
Left: El Farol offers Spanish wines and tapas, flamenco, and live music in the bar. Murals by Alfred Morang and other early20th-century artists still grace the interiors of the restaurant.
The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972 teahousesantafe.com canyon road
anyon Road’s combination of culture and history encourages visitors to enjoy unique experiences year-round. Gallery openings, usually on Friday evenings, are a Canyon Road staple. Galleries welcome guests to view their latest shows as well as the work of their represented artists while offering light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists. Featured artists occasionally offer gallery talks or demonstrations. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, please visit calendar. santafean.com New for 2019, May is Sculpture Month on Canyon Road. Enjoy spring in the galleries’ outdoor sculpture gardens and view smaller work indoors. Memorial Day weekend (May 25–26) participating galleries will host demonstrations and discussions by sculptors about their work. The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival (May 10–11), a public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun as artists in varied media paint outside the galleries and along the sidewalks and street. Galleries and shops host artist receptions, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. (visitcanyonroad.com) During Santa Fe’s busy summer season, don’t miss the annual ARTfeast Edible Art Tour (June 14–15). Locals and visitors stroll through galleries, study art, and enjoy food provided by local restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs for Northern New Mexico’s youth through ARTsmart. Before the winter weather descends, enjoy a day of plein air painting and sculpture with more than 100 artists during the Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out (October 18–19). This annual Saturday affair also features 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. Galleries and shops serve cookies and hot beverages as carolers sing and bonfires blaze to celebrate the magic of the holiday season and this enchanting neighborhood. cr
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Visitors can sample food from local chefs while enjoying Canyon Road’s painting, sculpture, and jewelry during the Edible Art Tour in mid-June.
Watching artists create deepens an appreciation of their work. May and October events on Canyon Road provide visitors with a chance to observe.
Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around the world.
art new and old continuing Canyon Road’s creative legacy by Ben Ikenson
hen 17th-century Spanish settlers used burros to haul firewood from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to customers in Santa Fe, they could not have known that the little pathway would become a world-class destination—thanks largely to a vibrant arts scene that would emerge in the city during 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 about 84,000. The strength of Santa Fe’s artistic soul is especially evident on Canyon Road, a halfmile 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 16
the 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 socialized) 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 opening receptions for new exhibitions. Usually 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 processes into an interactive experience between artist, viewer, and the unmatched setting. cr
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Santa Fe is one of the largest art markets in the country.
Independently owned shops abound on Canyon Road.
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
Shops offer everything from jewelry and clothing to weavings and handmade home décor.
Above: Visitors enjoy a wide range of work along Canyon Road, from contemporary sculpture to historic Native American pottery and jewelry.
Above: Dozens of art galleries line Canyon Road, welcoming visitors.
agriculture to art the colorful history of Canyon Road 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. “[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 display altar paintings from a ruined Nambé mission church. Their neighbors included New York artist Randall Davey, who in 1919 bought an old sawmill at the end of Upper Canyon Road that today
Above and right: Larger sculptures are displayed outside many galleries.
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 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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Horndeski Contemporary, LLC. Gregory Horndeski, River in Spate, acrylic on Masonite, 22 x 30” Gregory Horndeski’s Vernal Paintings exhibition runs from April 12 to June 15, 2019. Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, from 5 to 8 pm. This will be Gregory Horndeski’s 23rd consecutive spring in Santa Fe, and to celebrate his gallery will be exhibiting some of his works dealing with spring motifs. All pieces will be executed using his immediately recognizable style, which employs fluid acrylic paints applied with knives to a horizontal surface. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 716 Canyon Rd, next door to Geronimo’s Restaurant 505-231-3731, email@example.com horndeskicontemporary.com
Hecho a Mano Rebecca Mir Grady, Georgia Ring, 14k gold, turquoise, diamond Hecho a Mano is handmade. We support artists making work at the intersection of innovation and tradition. Featuring contemporary and historical prints, ceramics and jewelry from across the Americas, with a particular focus on Oaxaca, México.The jewelry of Santa Fean Rebecca Mir Grady shines in its utter simplicity and is made by hand from reclaimed sterling silver and gold with ethically-sourced stones and conflict-free diamonds. Inspired by the colors of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, this two stone ring (image) features a rose-cut white diamond and turquoise. 830 Canyon Rd 505-916-1342 hechoamano.org
sights around canyon road
Charlie Burk oil painting
Gilberto Romero bronze sculpture
Karen Bexfield glass sculpture
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