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December / January 2012


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santa fe’s thriving market



67 gift ideas (shop local!)


PLUS making trackS with the Santa fe SoUthern raiLway


artiStS at work

ON THE COVER Lynn Boggess, 08 March 2010, oil on canvas, 40 x 34". To see more of Boggess’s work, visit Evoke Contemporary (


As we step into this issue, we begin the 40th year of the Santa Fean. The magazine was founded in December 1972 by Betty Bauer and Marion Love, and not a day goes by that I don’t think of the vision those two ladies had for both this publication and our town. If either of them were alive today, they’d have a few pointed comments for me and our city leaders. If you knew Betty and Marion, you know what I’m talking about. They were tough critics because they loved this magazine and this town so much. As we step into 2012, we will continue to be mindful of their vision. One thing I don’t believe even Betty and Marion could have predicted is how Santa Fe has grown from a sleepy little art colony to one of the largest art markets in the United States, with significant and historical pieces of art moving through our galleries. Many of these pieces were created by major European masters and command six-figure prices and beyond. The Santa Fean is now distributed at major art shows throughout the country as we share the quality of our art with national and international collectors. You’ll read about Santa Fe’s art-world prominence in this issue. While I love the international recognition that Santa Fe has earned, I still appreciate the many charming qualities that make our community unique, especially during the holidays. The smell of sweet piñon burning in fireplaces, the sight of glowing farolitos along Canyon Road on Christmas Eve, the joy of watching a traditional Native American dance; you just don’t find these things anywhere else. I encourage you, too, to savor our special Santa Fe traditions while acknowledging our place in today’s competitive art world. And while you’re acknowledging, please join me in saluting the incredible members of the Santa Fean staff, who work so hard to put each issue into your hands. I’d also like to thank our advertisers and you, our readers, for inviting the Santa Fean into your homes.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season,




Our 40th Anniversary Issue

publisher’s note

In this issue, we are featuring Vueteligent. By scanning this symbol with your smartphone, you will immediately be connected to Santa Fe’s best online calendar and our website.

| C ONTRIBUTORS | Q: What are you looking forward to most in 2012? “A new beginning!” says photographer Douglas Merriam, who shoots each issue’s Dining section and other special assignments. “2012 is being hailed as ‘a year of change,’ so I’m looking forward to welcoming the New Year with open arms. I’m working on a couple of new photo-related projects, I’m teaching some more photo workshops, and I’m planning some travel with my wife and daughter. Also, two books that I photographed are due out in 2012. It should be a great year.”


december 2011 /january 2012

Zélie Pollon, who wrote about Santa Fe’s annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk along Canyon Road, says: “In 2012, I most look forward to staying in Santa Fe with my wonderful son and enjoying the passing seasons. I travel extensively, and increasingly I’ve found myself more eager to come home. The more I see of other shores, the more I realize how unique and special New Mexico is, and how fortunate we are to call this place home.”

“I really think there have been so many prophecies and predictions over the centuries about this particular year that will hold true in the coming months,” says Katherine Maxwell, who styled the annual gift guide found in this issue. “I am looking forward to seeing how that manifests in a positive way. Trust peace!”