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snowy diversions If you're headed for Ski Santa Fe this winter, check out Richard's Run. The new black-diamond trail is named for Richard Abruzzo, the world-renowned balloonist (and Ski Santa Fe co-owner) who died in 2010. Accessible from Highline, Richard's Run wends its way through a gladed, double-black-diamond area before crossing over Sunset Trail. It sounds like a challenge­—which would doubtless have pleased its namesake. For family fun that's a little less demanding, visit Taos Ski Valley for some holiday tubing. Strawberry Hill welcomes tubers from Wednesday, December 21, through Saturday, December 31­. Cash-only tickets are $8 per person and include tube rental. Call Taos Ski Valley at 575-776-2291 for more information. MOUNTAIN SPORTS

the buzz around town

Richard Abruzzo, 2004

millicent the magnificent BOOKS A new biography of globetrotting socialite and Taos legend Millicent Rogers (1902–1953) explores the trailblazing life of the Standard Oil heiress. Written by Cherie Burns, herself a Taos resident, Searching for Beauty (St. Martin’s Press, $28) recounts how Rogers shunned the conventions of her day, eloping with a penniless aristocrat, whooping it up in European nightclubs, divorcing and remarrying, and carrying on high-profile romances with writer Roald Dahl and movie star Clark Gable. Rogers’s individuality landed her in the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and it also led her to Taos, where she adopted and popularized the Southwest look. Taos “was the place where [Rogers’s] longing for life and pursuit of beauty converged—and seemed to be satisfied,” Burns writes. Indeed, in a 1949 letter to her friend Frieda Lawrence, Rogers said of her adoptive home: “I feel so much ‘of it.’ . . . I feel so drawn to return when I’m away and so restless with the rest of the world because of it.”


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GALLERIES Open since July, Red Dot Gallery (, on Canyon Road, is a 2,000-square-foot showcase for art by Santa Fe Community College students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Through internship and practicum programs, it also serves as a real-world classroom: business students, working with the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, created the business plan; gallery management students assist with daily operations; media arts students help design marketing materials; and even culinary-arts students get in on the action, preparing food for special events. Red Dot’s space—in an old adobe building—was donated by Sandy Zane of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, who first proposed the idea of a college-run gallery. “I feel it’s very important to educate,” says Zane. As for the art? “I believe the quality of work speaks for itself.”­—Samantha Schwirck

George Rubottom; Jay Blackwood; courtesy Millicent Rogers Museum

art for art students’ sake