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25 ‘ tis the santa fe season The Santa Fean guide to all things celebratory—from gifts big and small to the First Lady’s recipe for the official state cookie

34 living the art of . . . living in art


Two Santa Fe homes, two stellar collections of art, both houses having amassed their treasures on salaries little more than what your average mail clerk brings home each year


6 Publisher’s Note 12 Coming Next


An early 19th-century doll’s head—one of the many fascinating pieces in James Bristol and Troy Fernandez’s home.

14 City Different

Overshine, Rewilding, Souper Bowl recipes, and a Rabbi without a border

17 Q+A Tanya Taylor Rubinstein helps others get up and tell their stories

21 Day in the Life Nutcracker boot camp

23 Santa Fean Salutes Naturopath and relief worker Andrew Lustig


ARTWORKInternational gets artists and their work

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51 Home

Guest columnist—realtor Darci Burson; homes for sale

57 Dining The return of Rancho de Chimayó; Max’s (of Santa Fe—not Kansas City); Taos eateries + the Supper Club

65 Hot Tickets 68 On-Set In Santa Fe Did You Hear About the Morgans? + The Book of Eli

72 Day Trip Red Rocks

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creative santa feans INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN FASHION DESIGNER Michael Kors recently called out Santa Fe as one of the places that gives him inspiration for his clothing designs. He put us in the same league with New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. We have all known that this has always been one of those places that highly creative people come to for creative energy. The art created here, the books written here, the music composed here—they’re all testaments to this fact. In this issue, you will see a vast assortment of creative things. Not only did we peruse the shops and galleries to show you items that could be perfect as holiday gifts, we’ve also gone behind the adobe walls to show you how locals display the beautiful objects they have collected. The act of collecting, whether purchasing something for oneself or to give to someone else, is in itself a creative process. In the residences of Jorden Nye, on the one hand, and James Bristol and Troy Fernandez, on the other, their individual creativity comes through in the unique ways they choose to select and display their art. Seeing what they’ve done with their collections, I am sure you will gleam some inspiration with regard to your own. This winter, we’ll be introducing Santa Fe’s amazing creativity to the world. For the very first time, the Santa Fean will be distributed in Miami during the Art Basel show. Attendees from around the world will see what the rest of us already know: Santa Fe is one of the top art markets in the country and our creativity knows no bounds. As we wrap up 2009, I’d like to acknowledge my talented and dedicated colleagues, our loyal advertisers, and especially you, our readers, who give our work meaning. We at the magazine hope that your season is filled with peace, joy, and





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Q: What is your favorite part of the holidays in Santa Fe? “My favorite part of the holidays in Santa Fe can’t be described by any one event (Canyon Road walk) or feature (farolitos),” says photographer Carrie McCarthy, who took the picture for this issue’s Day Trip. “It’s intangible, and a little bit different every year (kind of like a snowflake). My first visit to Santa Fe was a Christmas right after my sister died. In the midst of grief, the holidays in Santa Fe helped me breathe and believe. Every year I find elements of warmth and muffled stillness that so appropriately reflect both the season and our home.” 6

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Former Santa Fean editor Marin Sardy, who interviewed Tanya Taylor Rubinstein for this issue’s Q+A, now freelances as an arts and culture journalist, contributing to such magazines as ARTnews, Mothering, and Rangefinder. She also wrote the primary essay for Craig Varjabedian’s Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby, and is currently working on a second book with him. Sardy’s favorite holiday moments come “when it snows 10 inches in 36 hours and nobody can drive anywhere or go to work. Every year I end up helping to free at least three cars stuck in drifts or snowbanks.”

“My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my large family and my closest friends,” says Art reviewer and Santa Fean intern Julia Martinez. “I look forward to visiting with the people that matter most to me. We celebrate life and togetherness and feast on the food that I grew up with as a native Santa Fean: chile con queso (chili cheese dip), tostadas (tortilla chips), enchiladas, green chile stew, posole (hominy stew), white flour tortillas, sopaipillas (yeast, puffed bread), biscochitos (anise-seed cookies), and natillas (soft custard).”









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in the Febuary/March 2010 issue: The above picture of Geronimo, the Chiricahua Apache chief, was taken in Washington, D.C. in 1905. It is one of 800,000 items at Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors’ photo archives—site of one of the Santa Fean’s feature stories for its February/March History issue. Also look for a Q+A with Orlando Romero, former director of the Museum of New Mexico history library, a profile of Jeff Brock, who recently set another world speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, and a peek into the home of artist Carole LaRoche. corrections In the October/November issue, in the story “What Makes a House a Home?” Judith Reeder should have been identified as co-owner of Allbright + Lockwood Tile + Lighting + Hardware + Bath Accessories + Fans. And in “Flow,” the name of Paul Baglione’s woodworking company is Baglione’s Custom Woodworks .We regret the errors.

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is it souper, yet? SANTA FE’S FOOD DEPOT will be hosting Souper Bowl XVI at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center January 30, from 11:30 to 2 (one week prior to Super Bowl XLIV). But the yearly taste-testing of all things soupy—hot or cold, salty or sweet—won’t be the only offerings available that day. The gustatory event will also feature the premiere of the Depot’s Souper Bowl recipe book. “It’s an opportunity for people to attend the Bowl,” says the Depot’s executive director, Sherry Hooper, “and go home with recipes from the soups they’ve tasted.” As of press time, the Depot, one of 250 food banks in the United States, had received about a dozen recipes, from restaurants such as the Inn of the Anasazi, La Boca (with a chorizo clam soup), and Encantado. Hooper’s hoping to publish 30 to 40 recipes. Last year, the Bowl brought in 32 participating restaurants, 1,200 guests, and about $50,000. (Every dollar that comes in provides the Depot with four meals to give out to others.) Chef Patrick Garrity, of La Casa Sena, who until last year won the Bowl two years running with his chocolate red chile dessert soup, has taken part since his days as a sous-chef. “It’s fun,” he says. “But I also do it because it supports the Depot—and I’m all about that.” “The chefs’ contribution is tremendous, and their presentation and professionalism is incredible,” says Hooper. “We’re so grateful to the restaurants and their staffs.” Souper grateful.—DJ 14

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sunday the rabbi went to new york RABBI Nahum Ward-Lev, a scholar in residence at Santa Fe’s Temple Beth Shalom, describes himself as a “cutting-edge rabbi.” By that he means a rabbi who wants to explore whether centuries of Jewish thought and teachings can be applied to help ease secular problems, such as the economy and health care. As such, Ward-Lev was recently accepted, along with 21 like-minded rabbis, into New York’s Rabbis Without Borders. “We live in a time of great change,” Ward-Lev says. “We have to learn to take care of the planet and each other in ways we have not done in the past.” The new organization, he says, will convene several times a year in New York (and on the Internet), to exchange ideas about how Jewish thought might be applied to politics, public policy, and religion. Ward-Lev came to Santa Fe from California in 1993 to head the congregation at Temple Beth Shalom. Before long he co-founded the Jewish and Christian Dialogue, a group he says has led to numerous interfaith friendships here. He resigned as the temple’s rabbi in 2000 and became scholar in residence in order to further pursue his intercultural ideas. Unlike the familiar Doctors Without Borders, which crosses national boundaries, the borders the rabbis will be addressing are those between religions. But, like most Jews, Ward-Lev is also interested in the conflict in the Middle East. Having visited Israel many times, he is optimistic about a peaceful solution there, he says, because “most people on both sides want it.”—Robert Mayer RELIGION

animal planet BOOKS IN CAROLINE FRASER’S new book, Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution (Metropolitan, $28), the Santa Fe–based writer explores the urgent problem of biodiversity loss and an exciting new approach to mitigating it. She explained some of the issues— and her own conservation work here in town—with Dianna Delling.

So what is rewilding?

It’s really about large-scale conservation. It has to do with biologists’ discovery that the kind of protected areas we’ve created aren’t enough. The National Park Service, for example, is a great idea. But it’s also a flawed idea, because the parks we’ve created are too small to protect the full suite of wildlife and ecosystems over time. So we should be making them bigger? METROPOLITAN

We have to go work on a larger scale—make them bigger and also make them connected. And we need to preserve big predators, or, if they were wiped out, reintroduce them. Because if you take those big predators out of the ecosystem, the whole thing starts developing all kinds of weakness all down the line. It’s a domino effect. In the book, you talk about your work with Santa Fe conservation groups to save the endangered Gunnison’s prairie dog.

I would really like people to start realizing that prairie dogs are not vermin. They really do serve a purpose in the ecosystem. Which is?

Scientists believe that prairie dogs play a powerful role in recharging the water table because they create underground tunnel systems. Prairie dog towns used to cover miles and miles of the West; they think they played a role in creating and recharging our aquifers. That’s one of the big points in your book: that everything is connected. Losing a species like the prairie dog has the potential to affect our water supply.

Everybody knows about climate change. They can see how heat waves affect them directly. But while biologists are aware of the urgency of the biodiversity crisis, it’s harder for people to really understand. We’re losing parts of ecosystems all the time in ways we might not be able to replace . . . which could eventually lead to catastrophic floods and deteriorating soil quality [which could affect the food supply]. We need to get to the point where we’re not treating conservation as a luxury.

his time to shine BRIAN HARDGROOVE has led a pretty private life since moving to Santa Fe three years ago. All that may soon change for the Public Enemy bassist and host of the “Hardgroove Fuse Box” radio show on 98.1 KBAC. His new band, OverShine, plans to drop their debut CD, the rather Cartesian-entitled The Age of Emerging Reason, early in 2010, and if that doesn’t blow up as planned, he may be taking a shot at running the Manhattan Center recording studios (home of the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom). Like Living Colour before it, OverShine is an all-black rock band, with Hardgroove on bass, Larry Mitchell on guitar, and Eric Hargrove on drums. The songs on Reason, written mostly by Hardgroove, focus on love and spirituality. “Public Enemy’s never written a love song,” observes Hardgroove of the late-80s/early-90s phenom, who recently hooked up again to record a song for the Guitar Hero spinoff DJ Hero. “My wife helped me get to that. She didn’t try to change me or improve me, but she helped allow me to get where I was supposed to be.” Hardgroove and his wife, whose father lives in Tesuque, relocated here from New York City to give their daughter a better early-education experience than the one Brian remembers growing up with in Queens. Now that his daughter’s older, and his career has taken a new turn or two, Hardgroove sounds almost nostalgic for those old proving grounds of his PE days. “What I miss most here in Santa Fe is aggressive people—the go-getters,” admits Hardgroove. “If you’re going to make it in the music industry, that type of mentality is a defi ning factor.” It’s a mentality Santa Fe’s music scene could use more of—Hardgroove or no.—DJ





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Theater impresario and Project Life Stories founder Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is one of only a handful of people in the world practicing her specialty: coaching autobiographical monologues and one-person shows. Performers regularly fly in from both coasts to enlist her help in writing and shaping their life experiences into raw, funny, intimate art. Now, with a Rubinstein-directed performance by local gallery legend Linda Durham opening in December—and the first annual Santa Fe Solo Performance Festival on the horizon in 2010—she reflects on the therapeutic power of storytelling and weighs in on why Santa Fe theater is poised to step into a longawaited spotlight. What exactly do you do?

I’m an actor, director, facilitator—like a coach—completely focused on one area of theater and storytelling. I work with professional actors as well as nonprofessionals who have often experienced trauma or challenging circumstances. My process leads people into their authentic story, supports them in writing it, and prepares them for a public sharing of it onstage. How did this begin?

The Cancer Monologues. That was 1999. I was going through a divorce, my daughter was three years old, and I didn’t know how I’d support her in Santa Fe. I got a $2,000 grant from the city, and I threw up the fi rst [Project Life Stories] show—10 people with cancer standing onstage. Well, everyone in the audience was sobbing, and laughing, and nobody left the theater. It felt like the energy was going to lift the building off. december/january


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In your mind, what is your work about?

Unlike in traditional theater, you break the fourth wall, and in that, there’s an opportunity to really connect with the audience’s humanity. I’ve done a lot of shows that could be considered “activist” shows, but I wasn’t really interested in the political implications as much as I was supporting people in speaking the unspeakable. Every time one person really claims their voice, and moves past their conditioning of being silenced, it doesn’t even matter how it filters out. It will filter out because that’s such a powerful, simple, and at the same time radical act in our culture. How did you get into theater?

When I was 14 years old, I had gone and interviewed and auditioned, and the day of my first class, my grandfather died. I didn’t tell anyone when I got there what happened. [My teacher] handed me a very sophisticated monologue, about a woman contemplating suicide. Way too sophisticated for a 14-year-old, prob-

ably, but under my circumstances, I channeled all my grief into it and intuitively knew how. I remember the whole class giving me a standing ovation. For a monologue.

That was my fi rst foray into acting: a monologue. Then when I was 19, I saw Spalding Gray perform for the fi rst time. And it totally opened my mind, my heart, my world. It was hilarious. I remember him up onstage saying he masturbated at Walden Pond so he could feel closer to the spirit of Thoreau. And he talked about his mother’s suicide, which haunted him for most of his life. I felt like a window had been opened, and I couldn’t believe I was even allowed to walk inside. And here I am at age 45, still following that thread. How did you get from there to here?

I went to New York and studied professionally with Bill Hickey and then Sandy Dennis. It was my early 20s and I was struggling, and then one of my closest friends got AIDS. In the Village, so many gay men

were just dropping around us. It was a really painful time and I felt like I couldn’t be in New York anymore. I came to Santa Fe, just because I’d heard it was kind of a cool town. And I thought I’d maybe chill out for six months and then head back. Now, it’s 19 years later and I never left. Any primary reason why?

I don’t think I would have been able to explore my deepest desire creatively in New York the way I have been able to here. The openness of participants and audiences here blows away any other place that I’ve done shows. There is support here for people who are walking a different kind of path. So how do you bring these stories to light?

The most important thing is to establish a safe place where people are free to take creative risk. So I have to expose myself; that’s part of it. I write on all the topics, and share with the group, to model that I’m willing to share secrets, to speak the taboo. That gives

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people permission. Because everybody doesn’t just have one poignant, sad, funny, beautiful, horrific story. We all carry many of them. What are the pitfalls?

It’s my job to make sure somebody doesn’t come off as self-indulgent. We have to tap in to some bigger themes. I say to them that we have to fi nd the place where it serves. How is it working with Linda Durham on her solo show?

Linda’s an exquisite writer. I think people are going be blown away and surprised by her offering. Many people know her as a gallery owner and political activist, but I think, because Linda has surprised herself in the process, people are going to be really opened to hearing her in a different way. Do you see more theater in Santa Fe’s future?

I think—and I was talking with Linda about this—that theater has always been the weakest artistic link in this town. There are only a couple of enduring theater troupes, and often

they only put on one performance a year. But the audience is here; we have a sophisticated, creative, diverse, interested population. And I think that there’s a natural alliance with the film community that hasn’t been exploited yet. With more actors working in New Mexico, it would make sense if more theater organizations start to manifest.

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It could be a very critical point, a real time of change. And I certainly intend to be a part of that. It’s my goal to make this not just more of a theater town, but a solo performance destination. In 2010 I’m going to have the fi rst Santa Fe Solo Performance Festival, to compress that energy and bring some attention. Don’t miss Linda Durham’s one-woman show, MobiusTrip, directed and produced by Rubinstein, December 4–5 and 11–12 at 8 PM at the Railyard Performance Space ($15), 1611 Paseo de Peralta. Info on MobiusTrip and other shows: 505-470-5267 or projectlifestories.org.

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love, loathing, and the sugar plum fairy c hec k ing in on t his se a s on’s t iny da nce rs by Robe r t Maye r • photos by Dougla s Me r ri a m

THE MOUSE KING. The Snow Queen. Drosselmeyer. Clara. The Land of Sweets. The Waltz of Flowers. “The Nutcracker is a Russian ballet,” Gisele Genschow is saying, “but it’s an American thing. It’s not performed much in Europe.” Genschow, director of the nonprofit School of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, is discussing this odd Christmas phenomenon in her office off St. Michael’s Drive, a few feet from the studio where she’s training the newest generation of mice and candy canes. Here in America, she notes, the beloved Sugar Plum Fairy and all the other denizens of Nutcrackerworld pirouette across the country every December, to the kneeling-on-their-seats delight of hundreds of thousands of children. “I don’t think there’s a dance company in the country, professional or amateur, that doesn’t do it,” Genschow says. The director has seen both sides of this curious dichotomy. Growing up in Germany, studying ballet, dancing professionally across the Continent, she never once appeared in The Nutcracker. But since emigrating to America she has ushered young dancers into Nutcrackerland in Miami, Pittsburgh, and Fort Worth before coming to Santa Fe in 1992 to head the Santa Fe Dance Foundation, now the School of ASFB. This year the company’s annual Nutcracker, a joint production of the professional company and the school, will be resurrected at the Lensic Theater on December 12 and 13—you can set your grandfather clock by it. “It’s the only ballet many adults ever see, because they take their children,” Genschow says. “It’s magical.” Anyone who has ever taken a child to see The Nutcracker will long remember their enraptured faces, their glowing eyes, as they long to one day be Clara, the 12-year-old girl onstage whose Christmas Eve dream constitutes the second act. Or to be the handsome Nutcracker who turns into a prince. Or become a brave toy soldier. Or to bathe in the dazzling beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Kids tend to talk about the ballet—perhaps even dream about it—for days afterward, or weeks. december/january


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It is also true, however, that just as there are bad guys (or bad mice) in the ballet, there are also meanies in the adult world. Critics do not consider Nutcracker a great ballet, not in the league of Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty. Many professional dancers will admit that they loathe performing The Nutcracker year after year—after year—after year. They much prefer contemporary ballet, which stretches their limbs and their minds in new and exciting ways. By far the most cynical and oft-copied comment about the ballet appeared in a 1972 review by dance critic Richard Buckle, who wrote, “Well, we are one more Nutcracker nearer death.” But don’t quote that to the children. Glancing at her watch, Genschow—pert, lively, red-haired—slips into a dressing room, then emerges in black leotards under a short, flowered skirt. Lean and limber, looking as if she could perform the Snow Queen this very day, she enters the dance studio, where half a dozen nine-year-olds dressed in turquoise leotards await. Genschow puts music on a stereo and moves among the girls, offering instruction in her mellifluous German accent, smiling 22

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approval, hiding a frown, straightening a leg here, a tummy there, an ankle down the line, as if she were preparing ballerinas for their Lincoln Center debuts. When the hourlong class is over, one of the students, Adriana Sanchez, runs out into the corridor and hugs her father, Patrick, who has been watching through an inner window. “Last year I was a candy cane,” she informs a visitor excitedly. Her dad feels blessed by the hug. For a while last year he had to do without, after an infection led to the amputation of his left leg. A prosthetic limb of cloth and metal is visible as he watches the dancers. “After the amputation,” he says, “it took a while for her to accept that I’m still the same daddy.” In the studio, a large room with a gray floor, beige walls, fluorescent lights—and Nutcracker posters on the walls—Genschow is now teaching more advanced 11- and 12year-olds. At this level each girl can choose her own color leotard. “My sister is the one in brown,” Alyssa Robinson, 15, says, watching from a small adjacent lounge, homework in her lap, as Genschow puts the dancers through their turns. Alyssa was a mouse in The Nutcracker three years ago.

She changed dance schools for a time but now is back, because “Ms. Genschow is one of the best teachers.” Does she hope this year to perform Clara, the lead student role in the ballet? “I would like. . . I mean, I don’t really hope. . . we’ll just see what happens,” she says. At five feet one and a half inches, she wonders if she is still short enough. Peeling off warm-up pants, revealing a green leotard, Alyssa stands in front of a mirror, combs her long brown hair, grabs fistfuls of locks, and twirls them into a bun at the back of her head, fi xing a net over the bun. She’s been studying ballet since she was three. She’s been able to put up her own hair, she recalls, scrunching her face to remember that far back, since she was eight. In the studio, Genschow and the 12year-olds are still working. One of them, Hanna Bass, ducks out early; she’s in the next class as well and has to change from ballet slippers to pointe shoes. Slim, graceful, blond, Hanna last year was one of two Claras, which the company alternates. Would she like to be Clara again this year? “Yes . . . Well, I don’t exactly hope . . . We’ll have to see what happens.” What happens, when it’s the day for auditions, is that Genschow is joined by ASFB’s artistic director, Tom Mossbrucker, to make the choices. Informing those girls not selected is the hard part. “They’re learning to be professionals,” Genschow says. “After professionals audition, the director posts a list on the wall. Most of the time you’re not on it. Here we do talk to the girls. Explain the reason. Maybe they have grown too tall.” Genschow is exhausted from the afternoon’s fi rst two classes, demonstrating, correcting, adjusting, encouraging—“Yes! Yes! Yes!”—and there is still a 90-minute session to go. It’s been a long day, beginning with yoga to keep her own body in shape. Soon, after pointe class, as the sky outside darkens, she will go home to a glass of wine. Maybe watch a rented movie. “Foreign,” she sighs, smiling. “French, perhaps.”

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SOMEWHERE INTO HIS third lucrative decade in New York’s television industry, Andrew Lustig realized he needed a change: a lifestyle change, a career change, a change of venue—changes that might even include rewards beyond the almighty bottom line. Toward that newfound end, Lustig, now 47, immediately set to work on transforming his life. He left his job, he became an emergency medical technician, he ate better, he exercised more, he took time to relax (riding horses, riding motorcycles), then he sought out a better place to live. That better place turned out to be Santa Fe, which he has called home since 2003. In 2006, he received his degree in naturopathic medicine (from Alabama’s Clayton College), a path that emerged directly out of his EMT experience. “When I was working on the ambulance, I realized that my relationship with the patient lasted about 20 minutes—or until we got to the hospital,” Lustig says. “There wasn’t time to watch a patient’s progress.” In turn, his work as a naturopath led him even further afield than his ambulance runs in and around Santa Fe. As a medical volunteer with Amazon Promise, an organization that promotes sustainable medical relief in the Amazon basin (amazonpromise.com), and the Asante Africa Foundation (asanteafrica.org), a nonprofit aimed at providing education for East African children, Lustig has dispensed medical care, aid, and relief in Peru, Kenya, and Uganda. “In most Third World countries, the diseases are similar, so it’s not like you’re starting at ground zero,” notes Lustig. “You know they’re dealing with parasites, unsanitary conditions, inadequate nutrition, infant mortality, and various insect and snake bites.” In between his now-annual treks to the Burning Man festival, Lustig ventures to the Amazon jungle and Africa about three times a year—each trip about a two-week stint, all funded out of his own pocket and through donations, and in which Lustig hauls thousands of dollars’ worth of donated homeopathic medicine in his suitcase. “If I can treat somebody to improve their health to any degree and just witness that, it’s really satisfying,” enthuses Lustig. “When I used to run a large business, the product was money. Now the product is health and well-being. That is just the ultimate.” –Natasha Nargis For more information, visit dr.andrew-naturopath.com. december/january


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There’s simply no place like Santa Fe in December. Snow covers the mountains and foothills, farolitos glow along sidewalks, and the smell of burning piñon sweetens the cold, clear air. Best of all, the city comes alive with holiday festivities, from dances at area pueblos to the annual Christmas Eve walk on Canyon Road. In honor of the season, we talked to locals about their favorite traditions, got the lowdown on the holiday concert calendar, and visited with shopkeepers, artists, and writers in search of gift ideas for just about everyone on your list. Read on for our findings—and new ways to celebrate the holidays in the City Different.


Canyon Road’s Queen of Christmas: Nedra Matteucci THERE ARE TRADITIONS and then there are traditions within the traditions. While the tradition along Canyon Road is its Christmas Eve walk, the tradition within that tradition is the wonderfully festive, over-the-top holiday decorations found inside the home of Nedra Matteucci, owner of Nedra Matteucci Galleries and Nedra Matteucci Fine Art. “I’ve always loved Christmas,” says Matteucci, who’s been doing her decorative thing since moving to Canyon Road 21 years ago. (Before that, she’d do up her Santa Fe condo just as beautifully.) “Putting up these decorations and trimming the tree and hosting parties, they’re all just my way of giving back. ” Open to all on Christmas Eve, like most of the Canyon Road-area homes and galleries that night, Matteucci’s home still reigns as one of the evening’s showstoppers. There are lights and ornaments and trees in almost every room; and the tannenbaum in the living room, that’s always done up by Matteucci’s sister, Elizabeth. “It’s a Santa Fe thing,” says Matteucci. “It’s a gift for all my friends and family, and for Santa Fe, too.”

Christmas by the Numbers 1,000: Farolitos lit on the Plaza each Christmas Eve 25: “Flying Farolitos” launched near Canyon Road each Christmas Eve 1.75: Tons of flour used by bakers at the Plaza Bakery the week before Christmas 3.8: Inches of snowfall, on average, in Santa Fe in December 41: Average December high temperature in Santa Fe 50,000: Estimated visitors to visit Canyon Road each Christmas Eve santa fean


COLORFUL CHAOS Made with vintage buttons, beads, and tiny toys, jewelry from Lori Kirsch ($15–$300) brightens a winter wardrobe. Wink, Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma, 505-988-3840, winklifestyle.com

TRADITION WITH AN EDGE The flaming skull on this beaded bracelet ($1,000) from Native American artist Teri Greeves is studded with raw diamonds. Shiprock Santa Fe, 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, 2nd Floor, 505-982-8478, shiprocktrading.com

GO FROM DUSTY TO DIGITAL The Pro-Ject Debut III USB Turntable ($499) sends audio through a USB cable to your computer so you can convert old records to CDs or listen to them on iTunes. You can hook it up to an amplifier, too, for old-fashioned listening. Constellation Home Electronics, 215 N Guadalupe, 505-983-9988, constellationhomeelectronics.com

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TIE ONE ON At 39 by 52 inches, the “Deep Forest” silk scarf ($350) from Native American designer Virgil Ortiz can also be worn as a dress or a skirt. Wild Life, 132 Bent, Taos, 575-751-9453, virgilortiz.com

What really brings in Christmas for me are the dances at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, where I grew up—the Matachines Dances on December 24 and 25 and the Turtle Dance on December 26. The Matachines Dance was brought here by the Moors, so it is accompanied by a guitar and a fiddle, rather than a drum. On Christmas Eve, we have a small service at the church in the village. The matachines dancers come in and dance all the way through the village, where there are bonfires. The women follow in a procession, carrying wooden saints. A little girl dances to represent the Virgin Mary, and a little boy dances to represent the toro (bull). A lot of people spend Christmas Eve on Canyon Road, but this is even more beautiful. It’s what makes Christmas special for us. —Frances Namingha, owner, Niman Fine Arts

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WORLD BEAT The Heart Shop ($250), a retablo by acclaimed Peruvian folk artist Claudio Jimenez, depicts a family of five in the business of stitching, bandaging, and otherwise repairing broken hearts. Museum of International Folk Art Shop, 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill, 505-982-5186, moifa.org

ALL IN THE DETAILS Mongolian-style filigree jewelry ($245–$395), with semiprecious stones, enamel, and 22-karat gold over sterling silver, is delightfully detailed. Xanadu, 100 E San Francisco (in La Fonda) and 213 W San Francisco, 505-986-8200

DOOR OPENER Barbara Bixby’s 18-karat-gold “Palace Key” ($5,850) is decorated with diamonds and a pink tourmaline. Things Finer, 100 E San Francisco, 505-983-5552, thingsfiner.com

USING THE 17 books that centered on Navajo police officers Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn as a jumping-off point, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape (Harper, $29) is a gorgeously produced, memoirish tribute travelogue written by Tony Hillerman’s eldest daughter, Anne Hillerman, with photographs taken by her husband, former director of the Museum of New Mexico’s Museum of Fine Arts Don Strel. Arranged in chapters based on particular Tony Hillerman mysteries, the volume is interspersed with quotes from his books that describe not the plot but the unique environment of the Southwest. It’s a project Hillerman fille and Strel started before Tony, who wrote the introduction, passed away in 2008, at age 83. “Even though the books are fiction, 90 percent of the settings are real,” says Anne Hillerman, who is the author of six books herself and director of the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference. “We were trying to capture the flavor, the romance, the mystery of the settings he described.” In the end, they achieved their goal, creating a book that encapsulates all that’s magical and alluring about the Southwest. In fact, Tony Hillerman’s Landscape is as enticing an invitation to New Mexico and Navajo country as any of the late author’s best-selling mysteries. “One thing people really loved about Dad’s stories was how he’d set them in the landscape and the culture,” says Anne Hillerman. “And so I talk about the effect the Southwest had on Dad and how he got to be who he was from my perspective.” december/january


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STEPPING OUT Soft, supple leather, a just-high-enough heel, and a sweet ribbon tie make this Antelope boot ($169) perfect for almost any fashionable woman on your list. Maya, 108 Galisteo, 505-989-7590

BREATHE DEEP With a light, Mediterranean-inspired scent, the Acqua room diffuser ($92) by Antica Farmacista refreshes any space. Cielo Bedding, 322 S Guadalupe, 505-820-2151

Holiday Traditions: Canyon Road I’ve been launching the flying farolitos on Christmas Eve in Santa Fe every year since 1989. I learned to make them a long time ago, from an exiled Russian I met in Auckland, New Zealand. He was a student of Buckminster Fuller. The design is based on a tetrahedron—four equilateral triangles put together. When I first started out, I would get in trouble with the cops. But for the past ten years, I’ve been getting a permit from the fire marshal. Why do I do it? It’s like a Christmas present to everybody, except it’s much nicer: I don’t expect anything back. I’ll be there this year again. The only thing that will stop me is high winds. —Arvo Thomson, creator of the Flying Farolitos

SIMPLY CHARMING A bracelet ($200) by Somers Randolph of Santa Fe shines in sterling silver and leather the color of a New Mexico sky. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Store, 217 Johnson, 505-949-1001, okeeffestore.org



Imported from Peru, this foot-tall teddy bear ($29) is the fluffiest around. His fur is 100 percent alpaca, from the llama-like animals that roam the Andes. Chapare, in Sanbusco Market Center, 510 Montezuma, 505-982-3902, chapare.com

From Sausalito, California’s Heath Ceramics, a 1.5-quart teapot ($158) offers midcentury form and timeless function. Victoria Price Art & Design, 1512 Pacheco, 505-982-8632, victoriaprice.com

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ARTISTS COME TO Northern New Mexico for the breathtaking geography and brilliant light. But most—judging by the works hanging in galleries throughout the region—find their inspiration during the warmer, drier times of year. That’s what makes Winter Wonderland, an exhibit of New Mexico snowscapes at Brazos Fine Art (119 Bent, Taos), not just timely but refreshing. Warm sunshine filters down through the forest in Robert Highsmith’s watercolor Pines in the Snow—Taos Ski Valley, while leafless trees stand stark against the almost blinding white of land and sky in several of Gregg Albracht’s dramatic archival pigment prints. Other painters represented in the exhibit include Mitch Caster, J. Chris Morel, and Marilyn Yates. Together, the artists portray winter in New Mexico’s high country as a time of quiet beauty. Brazos Fine Art, 575-758-0767, brazosfineart.com

Gregg Albracht, Waiting for the Call, black and white, 19 x 26"

Robert Highsmith, Pines in the Snow—Taos Ski Valley, watercolor, 29 x 21"

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES This get-noticed shirt from Robert Graham ($228) has details that make a difference— from the Western-style embroidery to the contrasting interior fabric. Robert R. Bailey, 150 Washington, 505-983-8803, robertrbailey.com



An antique Navajo ketoh ($1,395), likely used as a wrist protector during bow hunting, makes a dramatic statement—in sterling silver, turquoise, and leather— when worn as a bracelet. Nathalie, 503 Canyon, 505-982-1021, nathaliesantafe.com

Santa Fe’s Elizabeth Rodgers creates sterling-silver and 24-karat-gold creations ($120–$280) that surprise with stones like red canyon jasper, spectral pyrite, and gold-plated drusy crystals. Karen Melfi Collection, 225 Canyon, 505-982-3032, karenmelfi.com december/january


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In Tune for the Holidays SANTA FE’S CLASSICAL MUSIC fans have an extra reason to celebrate each December, when the city’s acclaimed orchestras and choirs pack the calendar with holiday-themed performances almost every evening. It starts on December 15, when the Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents “A Chanukah Celebration” of Israeli folk music and songs from the Hebrew liturgy at Temple Beth Shalom (205 E Barcelona). On December 17, the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra plays “A Festival of Carols and Choruses” at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (131 Cathedral Place). Desert Chorale turns to Christmas with “Carols and Lullabies,” traditional favorites (including a candelight procession to “Silent Night”) at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on December 18 and 21 and at Cristo Rey Church (1120 Canyon) on December 22. On December 19, the Chorale is joined by its Children’s Choir for “A Family Holiday Christmas,” an evening of familiar holiday carols at Cristo Rey Church. Santa Fe Pro Musica’s “A Baroque Christmas,” a collection of traditional carols and music by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, and Handel, is presented nightly December 19–24 and again December 26 and 27 at Loretto Chapel (207 Old Santa Fe Trail). Christmas Eve brings cellist Wendy Warner and the Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra to the Lensic Performing Arts Center, with a program including Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major. The performance starts early, leaving plenty of time afterwards for evening celebrations. The SFCA Orchestra closes out the holiday season on New Year’s Eve, with pianist Andrew von Oeyen and a performance of Rachmaninoff’s majestic Piano Concerto No. 2 and, in honor of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, which the SFCA describes as “the vision of a great composer who saw America as a place where diverse races could bring their cultures together to create a cohesive new world.” For times and ticket information, along with other holiday happenings in Santa Fe, visit santafeancalendar.com.

BEAD-DAZZLED One-of-a-kind crocheted evening bags (starting at $350) from Santa Fe–based Dulcinea Design come in dozens of color combinations—and every one of them sparkles, thanks to exquisite glass beading by artist Deborah Grossman. Laura Sheppherd Salon de Couture, 65 W Marcy, 986-1444, or Dulcinea Design, 505-699-1645, dulcineadesign.com

JUST RELAX Perfect for the most stressedout people on your list, a gift certificate from the SháNah Spa and Wellness Center is a ticket to starting the new year right. Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort, 1297 Bishop’s Lodge, 505-983-6377, bishopslodge.com

PILLOW TALK Designed and handcrafted in Santa Fe, washable ultrasuede pillows ($164) spice up a room with Southwestern style. Moxie, 205 W San Francisco, 505-795-7991

Stately Cookie HERE’S A HOLIDAY cookie perfect for any party—Democratic or Republican—sent to the Santa Fean by First Lady Barbara Richardson. The biscochito is our state cookie, adopted in 1989, and it helped Governor Bill win Yankee magazine’s New Hampshire Primary Cookie Contest in 2007. (Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came in second, with Mrs. Huckabee’s snickerdoodles.) This recipe was adapted from one given to First Lady Richardson by Lupe Jackson, the household cook at the governor’s residence in Santa Fe. Delicious anise-flavored treats first brought to our state by the Spanish, biscochitos remain to this day the preferred cookie served at special celebrations, wedding receptions, baptisms, Christmas events, and other holiday gatherings. Jackson, a native of San Felipe Pueblo, bakes hundreds of the New Mexico cookies every year for guests who attend events at the Richardsons’. “Any of the thousands of guests at the governor’s residence can vouch for the uniquely New Mexican taste of Lupe’s biscochitos,” reports First Lady Richardson.

Your grandmother knew that baking with lard made for the flakiest pastries and pie crusts, so resist the temptation to use anything but that for this native sweet. Biscochitos 6 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 pound lard (a must, no substitutes)

11⁄2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons anise seed 2 eggs 1 ⁄2 cup sweet table wine 1 ⁄4 cup sugar (additional) 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In another large bowl, cream the lard with the sugar and anise seed on medium speed. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add beaten eggs to creamed mixture. Mix together well, adding wine to form a stiff dough. Add more wine if necessary. Refrigerate dough overnight. Remove dough from refrigerator and let stand until dough is soft enough to roll. Divide dough into quarters and roll to about 1⁄16 to 1⁄8 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until bottom of cookie is golden brown. In a bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon. Remove cookies from oven, drop baked cookies into sugar-and-cinnamon mixture, set aside to cool, then snarf.

MADE TO FIT Custom-made outerwear from Santa Fe designer Barbara Grimes—like a champagne shearling poncho ($5,200) and a chocolate leather “Matador” jacket ($3,600)—chases off the chill but brings on the style. Gossamer Wings Studio, 809 Camino Vistas Encantada, 505-424-7771, gossamer-wingssantafe.com



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SMOOTH GOING FULL CIRCLE Walt Doran’s contemporary interpretation of a First Phase concho belt ($3,000), in sterling silver and leather, is a piece that will be worn forever. James Reid Ltd., 114 E Palace, 505-988-1147, jrltd.com

If she’s (or he’s) concerned about wrinkles, a gift certificate for an Artefill dermal filler treatment (prices upon request) could be just what she’s (or he’s) been hoping to find in her (or his) stocking. Daniel Ronel, MD, 444 St. Michael’s, 505982-2440, danielronelmd.com



A Japanese-style obi ($128) in soft, graphite-gray leather adds style to dresses, skirts, or a long sweater jacket, and one size fits all. Eileen Fisher, 142 Lincoln, 505-986-0900, eileenfisher.com

Purple amethyst, green peridot, and orange Madeira citrine stones glitter in these “Margarita” earrings ($310), designed by Santa Fe’s Rocki Gorman. Designs by Rocki Gorman, 221 Galisteo, 983-7833, rockigorman.com

WRITE NOW Retro 1951’s sleek, refillable Tornado rollerball pen ($125) gets the Santa Fe treatment in sterling silver accented with a genuine turquoise cabochon. Santa Fe Pens, Sanbusco Market Center, 500 Montezuma, 505-989-4742, santafepens.com

TROPHY ART Thirty inches high and 17 inches from ear to ear, this majestic ibex head ($425)—made from hand-carved basswood—will rule over any living room. Santa Fe Modern Home, 1512 Pacheco, 505-992-0505, santafemodernhome.com 32

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PLAY TIME Literary types can show off their passion with a sterling-silver Shakespeare pin ($140) that doubles as a pendant. Catherine Maziére Designs, 505-820-7206

Holiday Traditions: Chanukah OUR COMMUNITY always has a Chanukah party. Our custom is to invite everyone to bring in menorahs. We cover a table with aluminum foil then fill it with 40 or 50 menorahs. We light one candle and use that candle to light the others. We pray over the menorahs, then we turn off all the lights. It looks spectacular. The idea is that these are small candles, but each one gives a little light to another. We also make rugelach at Chanukah time. The food we eat during this holiday has a high fat content—it’s a tradition to remind us that the oil lasted eight days. Our rugelach has immense amounts of butter and cream cheese in it, plus raspberry filling. People in the community love it. The recipe was given to us with the condition that we never share the formula with anyone. But it’s delicious. —Rabbi Malka Drucker Founder, HaMakom

TO TOP IT ALL OFF Shopping for somebody trendy? You can’t go wrong with a black-banded fedora—in smart, classic black-andwhite check ($15) or white with a snappy black floral design and silver thread ($19). Maya, 108 Galisteo, 505-989-7590

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SWEET, DREAMY Carole Hochman’s draped-front nightgown ($78) in navy satin chemise with stretch lace sides is just the right mix of pretty and sexy. Underpinnings, 150 Washington, 505-983-9103

SEE THE LIGHT Add a glow to the holiday table with designer Jan Barboglio’s Rosa Larel ($435), a hammered-metal rose that holds a handblown glass candle shade. Cielo Tabletop, 316 S Guadalupe, 505-992-1960, cielohome.com

I love Las Posadas [the traditional Mexican pageant that reenacts Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter before Jesus was born]. It’s one of the high points of Advent, that time just before Christmas. One evening in mid-December, with people dressed up as Joseph and the Blessed Virgin, we move in a procession through the streets and through the Plaza, singing all the way. At each participating parish—Church of the Holy Faith, First Presbyterian Church, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi—we stop and ask the traditional questions: Do you have room for us at the inn? The answer is “No,” and we go to the next place, ending up at the Palace of the Governors for a celebration. It’s wonderful being part of the downtown community at Christmas. —The Reverend Kenneth J.G. Semon, Rector, Church of the Holy Faith december/january


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Bristol and Fernandez’s living room: Colonial New Mexico pieces from the 1810 era adorn the fireplace; Santa Fe sculptor Deborah Miller made the sculpture on the table; the pottery above the bookshelves are Hispanic bean pots, pots from the San Juan and Santa Domingo pueblos, and Anasazi pots; to the left of the bookshelf window is a Robert Henri portrait that Fernandez found at a Santa Fe flea market, and the framed photograph to the right of the window is a Joel-Peter Witkin Polaroid.

living the art of . . . JAMES BRISTOL, a family-law attorney and onetime social worker, and Troy Fernandez, a director at OptumHealth and former deputy director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, embrace art not only for its aesthetic values but for the narratives it adds to their home and to their own life narratives. Having renovated their entire house themselves seven years ago (“As much as we did,” says Fernandez, “we earned a PhD in house”), they have graced it with one of the more eclectic though consistent and consistently interesting—and most chronicled—collections in Santa Fe. “For me, it’s art, it’s history, it’s my heritage,” explains Fernandez, who was a santero growing up in the village of Truchas, north of Santa Fe. “I appreciate what these people—my aunts, my great-grandmothers, the Native peoples and the Hispanics who made these rugs, these pots, this retablo, this candelabra—had to do.” “We like contemporary things but old things, too, 34

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James Bristol & Troy Fernandez: storykeepers by Devon Jackson // photos by Jonathan Blaustein

because we like the history,” says Bristol, an amateur beekeeper and lover of the figure, photography, tramp art, face jugs, and bottle whimsies. Assiduous in their notetaking and in their desire for each piece’s provenance, its creator, its critics, its admirers—its story—Bristol and Fernandez always want to know as much as they can about a work, whether it’s an Egyptian faience figurine from the 21st dynasty, an 1810 José Aragón retablo, or a Joel-Peter Witkin Polaroid. They have notebooks full of receipts, letters from artists, articles, and recommendations, and built-in bookshelves lined with books on art, history, and art history. Assembled in a space no bigger than 1,200 square feet and on salaries no greater than the social workers’ wages they lived on for years, their collection is well-rounded and tastefully arranged. “Most of this collection we amassed earlier in our careers,” says Bristol. “We’re getting pickier. Because you realize

you can add and add and add. Nowadays, I’d rather get a choice piece.” “Besides, the New Mexico stuff is rare as hen’s teeth,” says Fernandez. “We don’t want to gob up the walls with too much art,” says Bristol. “You go into some houses and the walls are covered with art and objects and you miss things. We try to give them breathing room.” Room to breathe, room to shine, room to tell their stories. “You have a story you get with every item,” says Bristol. “And you add on to each piece with your own story about how you got it or what’s gone on in your life while you’ve had it.” “It’s all on loan, anyway—really,” says Fernandez. “Paying for it is just your rental fee for the lifetime it’s with you. We’ve inherited several things from other people,” he says, then pauses. “Because they appreciate our appreciation for things.” “Like I said,” adds Bristol, “it’s all about keeping the story.”

Above, from left: close-up of an early 19th-century doll’s head; detail of a painting by Luke Dorman of Santa Fe; detail of a box assemblage by Santa Fe artist John Fincher. Below: the dining room, dominated by the eerie gaze of Scott Donaldson’s J. Robert Oppenheimer, with photographs (to the left of the 100-plus-year-old table from Zacatecas, Mexico) by Mark Morrisroe (top) and Nan Goldin and to the right, an aluminum work by Peter Stanfield. (Not pictured: a Gregory Lomayesva painting and a photograph by current New Mexico Cultural Affairs secretary Stuart Ashman.)



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Bristol and Fernandez’s kitchen (what Bristol refers to as their “contemporary wing”), with a copper cast doll’s head above a ceramic one, and Santa Fe artist Mike Webb’s photographs of various body parts (thumb, kneecap), which were then emulsified and silk-screened into steel plates.


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In Nye’s bedroom: James Mathison’s bronze Ocaso II and to the left, Santa Fe photographer Robert Stivers’s Self-Portrait and, above that, a photo by Stephen John Phillips (the first name of the model? Nye); all of the photos to the left are by Marsha Burns. Below, from left: close-up of Ocaso II; Concepcion, a ballpoint-pen drawing (yes, ballpoint pen) by Aristides Ruiz, illustrator of several Dr. Seuss books and chosen heir to the Dr. Seuss estate; close-up of James Tyler’s ceramic sculpture Willie.



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Nye’s sculpture garden, featuring Javier Marín’s ninefoot-high bronze, Adan, and James Tyler’s ceramic Willie; the painting to the right of “Adan” is by neo-Expressionist Lawrence Gape, and to the left, in the entryway to Nye’s home, is Bill Fisher’s Untitled painting.



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Imagine getting a call from your gallery asking for a square painting as part of a group holiday exhibit. Exploitative? Expedient? Simplistic? As in, Come on!? Well, oftentimes, as in physics, the most simple outcome is neither exploitative nor expedient; it’s merely the most elegant. Such is the case with the latest offering from Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art (702 Canyon, 505-986-1156, giacobbefritz.com), in their 11 x 11 x 11 show (December 11–31, reception December 11, 5–7 PM). Who’da thunk that such a basic and seemingly limiting format would elicit such awesome creations, such as Ben Steele’s Munch Motel, Wendy Chidester’s Kobenhavn, or this sublimely “Folsom Prison Blues”–era portrait of Johnny Cash by Nocona Burgess. Perfectly square gifts for this year’s Boxing Day.—Devon Jackson Nocona Burgess, Johnny, acrylic on canvas, 11 x 11 x 11", courtesy Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art december/january


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Christina Chalmers, Purity and Fearlessness, oil and mixed media on canvas, 75 x 51"

Various Artists: Fifth Anniversary & Holiday Show Selby Fleetwood Gallery 600 Canyon, 505-992-8877 selbyfleetwoodgallery.com Through Jan 1 Fleetwood toasts itself and showcases its 20-odd artists and their work, among them the (psychologically) layered paintings of Christina Chalmers, Rodney Hatfield’s Art Brut–ish portraits and landscapes, and Olga Antonova’s evocative still lifes.—DJ

Sharon Core: Early American James Kelly Contemporary Art, 1601 Paseo de Peralta 505-989-1601, jameskelly.com Dec 19–Feb 13, reception Dec 19, 5–7 pm Core, trained as a painter, now a photographer, based these pictures on early–19th-century American painter Raphaelle Peale’s still lifes of fruit and crockery. Arranged, styled, and lit seemingly exactly as they are in Peale’s paintings, the lemons, strawberries, and porcelain dishes appear as painterly, as soothing, as studied as Peale’s. Even though Richard Prince did much the same thing for his Spiritual America (when he co-opted a shot of a nude Brooke Shields), Core’s current exercise in “reproductive” photography lacks the punch of Prince and the truly tweaked photographs-as-paintings she executed Sharon Core, Jimson, chromogenic print, 14 x 19" in her 2004 Thiebauds series—wherein she photographed and staged her own faithfully baked versions of Pop Art painter Wayne Thiebaud’s famous pastries. Those were interesting and immediately engaging outside one’s knowledge that they were based on Thiebaud; these, not so much.—DJ Stephanie Shank: Paintings The William and Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon 505-982-9404, thewilliamandjosephgalley.com Dec 1–Jan 15, reception Dec 4, 5–7 pm Expressionist painter Shank has called her body of work “an emotional experience relating to a balance between lightness and darkness, agitation and bliss.” Her newest acrylic paintings, on four-by-four and five-by-five-foot panels, live up to that description. In some, titles like Gardenia, Azalea, and Rites of Spring I accentuate Shank’s focus on flowers. But while vivid reds, yellows, blues, and greens hint at blossoms and leaves, bold washes of loosely applied color and gestural scribbles blur the view—evoking not sunshine in the garden, but windstorms.—Dianna Delling

Stephanie Shank, Hibiscus Syriacus, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48"

Tom Noble, Morning at the Blue House watercolor on paper, 18 x 18"

Tom Noble: A Salon with Tom Noble Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon 505-983-8815, ventanafineart.com Dec 11–18, Q+A Dec 11, 4:30–5:30 pm Noble, a third-generation Taoseño, specializes in watercolors. Leaning toward nostalgic depictions of an agriculturally based Northern New Mexico, this show features his trademark details: sophisticated compositions, strong characters, and vast night skies, all inspired by life in the Taos countryside.—Julia Martinez 42

Josef Jasso, Tell Me You Love Me, black and white, 16 x 20"

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Various Artists: Love POP Gallery, 133 W Water, 505-820-0788, popsantafe.com Through Jan 1, 2010, closing reception Dec 31, 6–9 pm Say farewell to old perceptions of love. Such was POP’s call to various artists, local and international, for this group show. The result is striking, with every artist and artwork making a unique statement about love. Up-andcoming photographer Josef Jasso portrays the love of Bad Breakups. His Tell Me You Love Me series depicts Woman as Glamorous Aggressor, defining love through power, scorn, and possibly revenge. Similarly, artist Valery Milovic explores human emotions and behavior through her Broken Toyland characters—rag dolls and patchwork bunnies, among others—all of which are based on the imperfection of humanity. Her most recent work explores the sometimes unpleasant situations involved in matters concerning the human heart.—JM

Andrew Lenaghan & Peter Ogilvie William Siegal Gallery, 540 S Guadalupe 505-820-3300, williamsiegal.com Through Dec 31 Granted, Ogilvie aims his lens at some of the most dramatic, sweeping landscapes in the American Southwest. But his carefully composed photographs still manage to heighten the natural beauty of the places he spotlights. They also bring to light shapes and lines in nature that we otherwise might miss: oddly geometric cloud layers, for example, or a vast, fluff-filled blue sky that’s reflected in perfect symmetry in the water that sits atop Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. The Santa Fe– based Ogilvie (who studied architecture before becoming a photographer) shares this exhibit with acclaimed New York painter Andrew Lenaghan. While this at first Peter Ogilvie, Horizon 2, archival digital print, 30 x 40" may seem like an unusual pairing, Lenaghan’s largescale realist cityscapes, too, interpret the world in ways that will leave viewers looking at it with a new perspective.—DD

Boris Bally: deSigns Patina Gallery, 131 W Palace, 505-986-3432 patina-gallery.com Dec 4–Jan 3, reception Dec 4, 5–7:30 PM Simply designed chairs, tables, and bowls become sculptural Pop Art statements thanks to Bally’s surprising choice of materials: salvaged aluminum street signs. The Rhode Island–based artist buys decommissioned signs from state highway departments, cuts them up, and rivets the pieces back together, incorporating the signs’ original bold colors, symbols, and sans-serif text into his designs. A red high-backed, armless “Transit Chair” is made from old stop signs; a “BroadWay Chair,” in red, white, and black shows off NO U-TURN and DO NOT ENTER graphics. Sturdy, comfortable, and surprisingly light (with champagne-cork feet to prevent floor scratches), the chairs are as practical as they are appealing—and great examples of how fine craftsmanship can raise recycled art to the next level.—DD

Rimi Yang: One-Woman Show Skotia Gallery, 150 W Marcy, 866-820-0113 skotiagallery.com Dec 4–25, reception Dec 4, 5:30–7 PM Yang’s figurative and abstract paintings explore the confusion that mankind creates in its attempt to describe life. Using boldly contrasting colors, to emphasize dual elements such as light and dark, and combining them with bewildering shapes and figures, to express the disorder in a world that humanity tries to make sense of, Yang’s work here comes closer to achieving her goal: surrendering completely to the process of creating a small reality that lingers on the canvas. Although sometimes puzzling, her compositions always captivate. Fusing iconic imagery from Eastern and Western traditions (with various techniques from different painting styles), Yang delivers images both innocent and serious.—JM



Carol Shinn, Hand Tools, machinestitched fabric, 18 x 13"

Carol Shinn Jane Sauer Gallery, 652 Canyon 505-995-8513, jsauergallery.com Dec 4–Jan 4, reception Dec 4, 5–7 PM Few artists challenge one’s notions of representation, perception, and reality the way Shinn’s works do. Renowned for her photorealistically rendered machine-stretched images, these wonderfully imperfect, off-balance pictures of windows, mountains, and other simple scenes toy with however it is you think you see what you see. As powerful, in their own Outsider Artish way, as an Edward Hopper or Van Gogh.—DJ

Boris Bally, Small Square Transit Tables, reused traffic signs, champagne corks, steel hardware, 18 x 18 x 20"

Heather Foster, Cows with a Twist, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20"

Rimi Yang, Beauty and Sorrow, oil on canvas, 60 x 48"

Various Artists: Art Journey—New Mexico Peterson-Cody Gallery, 130 W Palace, 505-820-0010, petersoncodygallery.com Dec 4–26, reception and book signing Dec 4, 4–7:30 PM A show of over 60 paintings by New Mexico artists, all of whom appear in the new book, Art Journey New Mexico. Portions of the book and art sales go toward ARTsmart, sponsor of next February’s ARTfeast, and at least 50 artists—Aleta Pippin, Elias Rivera, Heather Foster, et al.—will attend the reception.—DJ december/january


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art patrón inc. A RT W O RKIn ter n at ional he lps art ist s advance t he ir care e rs By Devon Jackson

Top: Christy Hengst’s Birds in the Park, a site-specific installation at France’s Chartres Cathedral, porcelain with serigraphy on steel bases, 30-50 pieces, approx. 12 x 18 x 6" each; bottom: Stephen Katzman, Multiple Millipedes, archival pigment print, 42 x 83", edition of 5


BEFORE SAMANTHA PAIGE FURGASON left her job as co-director of Santa Fe’s Conlon-Siegal Gallery back in 1998, she discerned an opening, a gap, an opportunity. “I noticed there was this huge hole: Artists don’t administer themselves,” says Furgason, who’s often mistaken—on occasion, adamantly—for Nicole Kidman. “I noticed nobody was doing that very essential in-between work.” The kind of interstitial, sometimes thankless but always vital businessy work that’s often the last thing an artist wants to spend time on—even artists savvy to the reality of today’s do-it-yourself, promo-heavy, sell-sell-sell market. Seizing her moment, Furgason took her last $560 paycheck from Conlon-Siegal and founded ARTWORKInternational. Dedicated to creating a global presence for the visual artists it represents, Furgason modeled ARTWORK on the oldschool art-patronage stylings of dealers such as New York’s Leo Castelli (who was so essential to the careers of Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg) and her former boss and mentor, Bunny Conlon. “She was one of the last of the art patrons,” says Furgason. “The type of gallery owner who’d help an artist build their career, even when it meant finding galleries for her artists in other cities.” A longtime Santa Fean (her mother is artist Colette Hosmer), Furgason, 39, has worked in galleries since she was 15. “My experiences here have everything to do with the inception of AI,” says Furgason, a Cy Twombly fanatic who has collected art since her fi rst gallery job. “Having grown up in Santa Fe, I’ve seen Northern New Mexico become a microcosm of the global art world.” Equally global in its scope and ambition, AI is neither a management fi rm nor an agency. (“We don’t take a percentage; we work on an hourly rate,” says Furgason. “And I’m not a deterrent at all, whereas agents are.”) But it can resemble both in terms of its goals. “We grow artists’ careers,” explains Furgason. “We do career development. We fi nd residencies for our artists in other countries. We seek out nonprofits, grants, we get our artists known, we do public exhibitions. We do everything except sell the art.” And they do it all anonymously. AI, consisting of Furgason and director Kathryn Crocker and two others, does not promote itself through its clients, and they work with only about a dozen artists at a time, as its aims are more long-term than quick-strike. “AI’s clients are aware that it takes years to build a successful and broad art career,” says Furgason. “We recently had a museum respond positively to a submission we sent them eight years ago, that only now resulted in an exhibition. And one of our other clients, who came to us years ago with only three pieces, he now has 23 galleries and has had six museum shows.” As AI client Stephen Katzman, a Florida-based photographer, put it, AI has “allowed me to concentrate solely on my artistic endeavors without the necessary distractions associated with career management. They create an environment that perpetuates inspiration born from trust and their understanding of this artist’s needs and goals.” Other AI clients include artists who’ve taken part in the Chinese European Art Center (in Xiamen, China), French artist Mireille Vautier (“They approach their work very seriously,” says Vautier, “and with a big energy”), and Santa Fean Christy Hengst. AI has helped Hengst land her site-specific installation Bird Landings project in nearly 40 locations around the world—including the Chartres Cathedral, Central Park, and the Galápagos Islands. “Working with ARTWORK,” says Hengst, “I’ve enjoyed the feeling that a lot of behind-the-scenes work is getting done—things like publicity, funding requests—while I’m able to concentrate on the parts of my project that only I can do.”

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Recently, AI announced the establishment of a $12,000 privately funded grant. It’s open to artists worldwide and accepting applications till the end of 2009. “Really,” says Furgason, “it gives us the chance to canvass the globe about what’s going on in the arts.” “Santa Fe is comfortable, and it’s easy to be a big fish in a small pond here,” she adds. “Things are foreign and scary in the big pond, but it’s so worth jumping into—and to really do it you have to be OK with being the littlest fish. This is the way to learn how to swim.” Saturation—in every respect—is a problem when it comes to the larger art world, says Furgason. There’s a flood of avenues for marketing one’s work and there are thousands of artists for each art venue. “If only art patrons were growing as rapidly,” she sighs. “So to make it as an artist today, you have to be excellent, you have to be dedicated, you have to be realistic. You have to be real, and then you have to get yourself in front of the right eyeballs.” Which is where AI comes in. “The whole reason we’re in business,” says Furgason, smiling, “is to give the artist good news.”

Mireille Vautier, Plante Rose, plastic bag and cotton thread, 8 x 8"

master of the monastic landscape Glen n Dea n f inds spirit ualit y in t he ne g at iv e By Devon Jackson

SUPREMELY RESERVED, GLENN DEAN, much like his paintings, exudes a preternatural calm that borders on the existential. As monkishly humble as his landscapes are reverent, Dean, 33, relocated to Santa Fe from his native state of California (where he loved to bodyboard in his younger days) four years ago. “I never thought I’d live here,” admits Dean. “But I chose Santa Fe because it’s so culturally rich and rich in history, and being in the Southwest you feel more connected when you’re painting Southwest subject matter.” A bit of a hermit (“I keep to myself ”), or, more appropriately, a monk (the kind of almost self-exiled individual whom cultural critic Curtis White praises as one of “those genuinely committed to the monastic option [who] need to stay out of the public eye [and] . . . do their work quietly, and deliberately”), Dean, fittingly, draws most of his inspiration from artists he refers to as “the deceased guys”—Edgar Payne, Maynard Dixon, Walter Ufer, and their ilk. Artists who depicted nature with aesthetic fortitude, where everything, compositionally, was in harmony, and with a recognition of the deeper powers of nature (way over and above that of humans). “They painted with a quality that doesn’t exist today,” observes Dean. “I try to incorporate what they did into my paintings, even though I can’t quite do what they did.” What Dean does do, however, he does damn well, and with a tremendous amount of devotion and humility. Working both in his home studio and on location—he has boxes and boxes of 10 x 12 plein air paintings (“All practice,” he says. “I don’t use them as a means to an end”)—Dean paints in such a way that one might recognize a certain spot as Canyon de Chelly, but he doesn’t want people getting caught up in trying to nail it down as such. “I’m not trying to remind people of where they went on their vacations,” says Dean. “Instead, I try to capture the spirit of that place while also being true to the specific locale. Naturally, the places he paints are places he likes to visit. Which is why he eschews urban scenes, and landscapes brimming with figures. “I do like negative space—in relation to positive space—because it evokes spiritual aspects,” says Dean. “I am a man of faith. So I try to be myself when I’m painting—and in my paintings. “Ultimately, though,” says Dean, reflecting on the meaning of his landscapes, “my compositions show how we’re just passing through somewhere, and then we’re gone.” december/january

Glenn Dean, Time Travelers, oil on canvas, 40 x 50", at Brandon Michael Fine Art


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sentience F r a n Ha r dy ’s on going journe y t hroug h t he se cre t lif e of plant s By Devon Jackson

Two of Fran Hardy’s many, many dazzlingly realistic though nearly abstract trees. Top: Truchas Spirit, mixed media with sgraffito on panel, 46 x 60"; above: Truchas, graphite on panel, 48 x 60", both at Evoke Contemporary


FRAN HARDY HAS A MEMORY from her childhood that, if you think about it—if you sit with it, study it, let it sink in, the way you would with any of her paintings—pretty much encapsulates the entirety of her art. “I remember this image of my grandmother in her garden holding this vegetable in her hand and telling me, Isn’t that beautiful?” recalls Hardy, here in the home she shares with her husband, freelance television producer Bob Demboski, just outside Santa Fe. If you really picture that image, and you let your imagination move in closer and closer on her grandmother’s skin and the skin of that vegetable, until the colors and lines of the one begin to intersect and commingle with the lines and colors of the other, and the one has suddenly become as alive and vibrant as the other, you’re then seeing what Hardy sees, you’re seeing the world as she sees it, remembers it, and so wonderfully and dynamically depicts it in her bold, finely rendered still lifes. “I don’t want to just depict what’s there; I want more,” says Hardy, who was raised in New Jersey by parents who worked as scientists. “I want my paintings to be more. Because when I look at nature there’s so much more going on. There’s a microscopic world within a world. But we look at things one way and we tend to think they’re only that way—when they’re not.” Indeed. “A lot of what happens on this plane is an illusion and can shift at any moment,” adds Hardy. “I’m a very spiritual person.” For instance, she sees plants as sentient beings. Not that she doesn’t eat her fruits and vegetables, just that she recognizes their ability to feel. Which goes back to the impact of that memory of her grandmother holding the vegetable— and ahead to her career as an artist. Hardy, 56, loved medicine and biology as a child, and has always been fascinated by flora and fauna of all kinds. But after being told she wasn’t so great at drawing (despite being an accomplished watercolorist in high school), she started out as a potter, and studied art education and art therapy, fi rst at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown State and later at Temple. It wasn’t until she reenrolled, first at New York’s School of Visual Arts and later at the Parsons School of Design, that she discovered that painting and drawing clicked for her. “My fi rst efforts were pretty crude,” she says, “but I thought, This is what I want to do.” And do she did. Relocating at fi rst to a 51-acre Pennsylvania farm, then to Florida, where that grandmother of hers left such an indelible impression, Hardy looked to nature as inspiration, and turned out one stunning still life after another. Working from sketches and photographs, sometimes on panel, sometimes on paper, she eventually fi nds a midpoint between realism and the semi-abstract. “If you look closely at anything,” she says, “you fi nd that everything has a lot of abstraction in it.” Hardy is meticulous to the point of almost being obsessive, and it’s one of her great talents. “I like fi ne lines,” she says. “I like to get lost in detail.” And, boy, howdy, does she ever. Since moving here fi ve years ago, her penchant for fi ne lines has met its match. “New Mexico is so diverse, it’s endless,” she marvels. Calabacitos was inspired by one of her bicycle rides to Galisteo. And the juniper offers as much stimulation as the staghorn ferns she popularized earlier in her career. “I love the aberrations and the individuality and the spirituality of what’s happened in a tree’s lifetime,” says Hardy. “Trees have always been important. They preserve our biosphere.” Fond of fi nding beautiful things in odd places—a yucca plant in front of a St. Michael’s gas station, an interesting tree on Cerrillos—Hardy avoids the man-made, focusing instead on nature, on “objects society doesn’t consider sentient.” “It’s really focusing on the purity—maybe it’s my way of surviving, too,” she muses. “By not paying attention to Walmart and fast-food restaurants and all that. Instead, it’ll be the plant I’ll focus on. I’m not a total Luddite, but I want to see us encourage more space to things I think deserve the space. Because if we’re all tuned in, there’s a lot of intuitive that’s probably more significant than the cognitive.” It’s also why she tends to supersize her subjects. “When you look at things larger than life, it makes you look at things much more closely. People may think something’s beautiful, but they won’t mull over it if it’s small. But when it’s bigger they really look. It makes them look. I take something out of its normal frame of reference and make you really look at it.”

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Liquid Light Glass Studio and Gallery Elodie Holmes, Phoenix Wing

The Aurora Series, by Elodie Holmes, are hand-blown, organically shaped hollow sculptures supported by a customized black forged-steel stand. The Mystery Opal colored glass that Holmes creates is often compared to the play of light at sunrise or to the Northern Lights of the Aurora Borealis. Call for glassblowing demonstration times. 926 Baca, 505-820-2222, liquidlightglass.com

Art Exchange Gallery Rella Swanda Oxley, La Morada, oil on canvas, 12 x 16"

Oxley enjoys using vibrant colors while painting plein air in the great Southwest. This painting of an old church building in the Santa Fe area shows her fluid brushstrokes and poetic color handling. She has had many one-person shows, has been in numerous juried shows, and has received several awards. Oxley has also taught art to both adults and youth. Feel free to contact the gallery for more information on Oxley. 618B Canyon, 505-982-6329, aegallery.com

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Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Ted Gall, 2009 Carnival Collection, hand-painted bronze sculptures on black onyx bases, 15 x 8 x 7"

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Whether a holiday gift for a loved one or something for your own wish list, Ted Gall’s Carnival Collection of 12 bronze sculptures is sure to delight and charm. Collectors will be amazed by the mysteries and tableaux that unfold inside each of the hand-painted bronze masks. The sculptures will be on display at the gallery from Thanksgiving through the 2009 Christmas–New Year holidays.

Volcanic spout, sacred land, or captivating scene, the Black Mesa, just north of Santa Fe, has inspired many people for various reasons. Tabor uses exagerated color and motion to capture the historically haunting and compelling Black Mesa. The swirling red clouds and the varied textural brushstrokes load the surface of his work with emotive content.

200B Canyon, 505-984-2111, hunterkirklandcontemporary.com


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Jeff Tabor, Red Sky, oil on canvas, 20 x 24"

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Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian Narciso Abeyta (Ha So De), Untitled, gouache on paper, 21 x 29"

The exhibition Through Their Eyes: Paintings from the Santa Fe Indian School, running from May 17, 2009–April 18, 2010, focuses on paintings created by students who attended the Santa Fe Indian School between 1918 and 1945. Featured artists include Fred Kabotie, Allan Houser, Andrew Tsihnahjinnie, Pablita Velarde, and Sybil Yazzie. 704 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, 505-982-4636, wheelwright.org

Green River Pottery Theo Helmstadter, Firelight, local stoneware clay and Shino glaze, 12 x 5"

A sense of time—of age—is central to Helmstadter’s contemporary stoneware. Local clays, spontaneous technique, and an intense firing process invest the work with sculptural, earthy beauty. These are pots for the collector—designed for everyday use as well. 1710 Lena, 505-795-7755, greenriverpottery.com

Human Line Studio Stacey Huddleston, Diamond Back, chine colle monoprint 28 x 20"

Eileen Braziel Fine Art Federico Muelas, Blue Flower/Flor Azul, live projection and LCD on the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque architect: Antoine Predock), scheduled for 2010, 28'

This image shows the future State of New Mexico’s project in which Muelas uses water and ink to show that natural phenomena has an underlying order that we cannot grasp. DVDs of Blue Flower are available. 229B Johnson, 505-699-4914, braziel2@mindspring.com, eileenbrazielfinearts.com


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Human Line Studio is located on Taos’s Historic Bent Street. The Gallery is the public face of Stacey Huddleston, showing mixed media paintings, chine colle monoprints, sculpture, and ink drawings. Huddleston’s vibrant palette and spiritual nature have marked her as the neo-Southwestern artist. 127D Bent, Taos, 575-751-3033, humanlinestudio@newmex.com, humanlinestudio.com


Joe Wade Fine Art Buck McCain, Cowboy, bronze, 28"

Joe Wade Fine Art is pleased to announce the release of Cowboy by Buck McCain. Limited to an edition of 50, this exquisitely detailed bronze is the perfect gift for the western art connoisseur. 102 E Water, 505-988-2727 joewadefineart.com

Greenberg Fine Art Lori Snable, New York Night, pastel, 16 x 20"

Greenberg Fine Art shows the work of artists who create the finest in representational art. The artists represented have large regional as well as national followings. The gallery is filled with a striking blend of classical and contemporary paintings and sculpture. The art selected is both lively and accessible, with an emphasis on quality. 205 Canyon, 505-955-1500, greenbergfineart.com, info@greenbergfineart.com

POP Gallery Brandon Maldonado, Our Lady Of Merciful Fate (represented exclusively at POP Gallery, ongoing with a featured show in July 2010)

POP Gallery is artificial flavor you can live with. Santa Fe’s hip fusion gallery features Pop modernism, illustration, animation, photography, and sculpture in numerous media and from internationally established and emerging artists. 2010 marks our third year with a stellar exhibition schedule and sneak peaks available at popsantafe.com.

The William & Joseph Gallery Reid Richardson, Chasing the Wind, oil on canvas, 36 x 48"

Introducing Reid Richardson—contemporary landscape painter. Reid’s extraordinary visual imagery, distinct color palette, technique, and subject matter show the simple beauties of life’s nuances. 727 Canyon, 505-982-9404, thewilliamandjosephgallery.com

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Having lived in Hawaii before moving here to Santa Fe six years ago, Gregg Antonsen, director of marketing and senior vice president for Christie’s Great Estates, always loved the inside-outside Lanai-style architecture popular there in the Pacific Islands. It’s a feel he and interior designer Annie O’Carroll transferred to his Las Campanas home. “We wanted a continuation of what was outside— the golf course, the view, the openness,” says Antonsen. “Usually the outside is not typically brought inside, designwise. But Annie set a trend for that.” “The way we designed the house,” adds O’Carroll, “came from the inspiration of what we knew we were going to hang in the house.” “Annie listened really well to my backgrounds and tastes,” says Antonsen, “which is why there’s no dining room. In my other homes, that was such a waste of space, because I do so much entertaining in the living room. People really love that great room, because it looks out onto the backyard and the golf course and it has the walls that open up, and inside there’s all the great art Annie and I got from Santa Fe painter Michael Wright. Then Annie made these very intimate seating areas that can be expanded for parties. So I can accommodate up to 70 people if I want. It’s wonderful. This is my favorite part of the house.”—Devon Jackson



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loving the deal as much as the property

WHILE THE STABILITY of the national real estate market may still be in question, what’s not up for debate is that many Santa Fe market insiders are detecting encouraging signs. Myself being one of them. Most significantly, low interest rates and attractive housing prices have lured many buyers back into the market. Unique and uniquely situated among its Western smalltown brethren—it has one of the most robust art markets in the entire world, it now offers direct fl ights between it and Los Angeles, it boasts nationally renowned restaurants and a world-class opera, and it has plenty of outdoor activities and top-notch air quality—Santa Fe attracts homebuyers of all kinds, from young adults who want a safe, healthy place to raise children to middle-age empty nesters in search of a vacation home to artists who thrive on a communal creative vibe to retirees who like the active-butrelaxed pace of a small city. Not so surprisingly, then, this mix of present and future Santa Feans is why Santa Fe real estate has maintained its value within the Rocky Mountain region and why its market remains notable for its steadiness. In the most recent nationwide real-estate boom, prices in Santa Fe never reached the stratospheric heights seen in resort towns like Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Aspen, Colorado. On the other hand, while Santa Fe certainly wasn’t immune to the recent price deflation, the percentage drops weren’t as dramatic as in other locales. Despite prices still being off their record high, Santa Fe has nevertheless reasserted its allure among those prospective homeowners who might have been unwilling or unable to take the plunge just two or three years ago. As evidence of this encouraging trend, Sotheby’s began to see an uptick in purchase contracts around June of this past year, and buyer interest continues to pick up steam. (Hallelujah!) One might ask what subtle changes have been taking effect. Over the last year or two, many buyers have waited on the sideline trying to time the market. Figuring out the bottom is always difficult, and there is often regret about buying too early or having missed out on the bottom entirely. This type of speculating, though, has begun to shift. For many people who are fi nancially capable and who stay within their budget, today’s market offers tremendous opportunity. Home values, combined with mortgage rates that are as low as they’ve been in 50 years, have increased buying power substantially. Also worth noting is that buyers poised to take advantage of attractive home prices have started to reenter the market, and are now arming themselves with facts rather than fear. They are relying more heavily on the expertise 52

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by D arci A. Burson

Top: a Tierra Concepts-built home with two guest suites and a separate guest house at 10 Bluesky Circle ($1,385,000); above: the 3,390-square-foot Las Campanas residence at 6 Lugar de Madison ($869,000)

of their real estate brokers for professional advice, and these brokers are helping their clients make prudent, well-informed decisions. Emotions, then, are no longer driving the transaction. When buyers are looking at real estate now, they’re not only falling in love with the property, they’re also falling in love with the deal. Darci Burson is a qualifying broker and vice president at Sotheby’s International Realty—Santa Fe Brokerage.


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SANTA FE HAS A RANGE of properties for sale. Some high, some low, some historic, some brand new. The range is not just in price but in style as well. While predominantly an adobe town, to be certain, the Santa Fe look is also very accommodating—as seen in the variety of features in the houses listed here, from koi ponds to travertine floors. Below, a taste of what’s out there in three different pricings: up to $500,000; $500,000 to $1,500,000; and $1.5 million and above. For more home listings, please go to santafean.com. 535 Camino del Monte Sol Asking price: $3,475,000 Broker: Jan Hamilton, 505-690-8994, and Cristina Branco, 505920-7551, of Santa Fe Realty Partners: santaferealtypartners.com Details: 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 4,185 sq. ft. on 1.56 acres kitchen and baths (with travertine floors, tumbled marble, and new fixtures) were redone in 2000, new stucco was put on in 2005, and the Brai roof and refrigerated A/C and gas furnace were redone in 2006. The private courtyards can be accessed from every room.


710–712 W Manhattan Asking price: $675,000 Broker: Bonnie Buetell of Santa Fe Properties: 505-820-2224, santafeproperties.com Details: 2 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1,758 sq. ft.

262 Camino de la Sierra Asking price: $475,000 Broker: David Dougherty of Dougherty Real Estate: dresf.com Details: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,358 sq. ft., lot is 3,600 sq. ft. Located in the Valle del Sol subdivision, an easy walk to Fort Marcy park and recreation center (and to downtown—just a half-mile to the Plaza), this single-level townhouse, built in 1981, is in excellent condition and has been well maintained. The


This gated and fully fenced compound has a main residence, guest apartment, and detached guest house (all in the traditional Pueblo style). The rock waterfalls, koi ponds, and streambeds give the house a Zen vibe, which is complemented by the interior amenities: a chef ’s kitchen, wood and brick floors, four fireplaces, and a main bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows.

This unique and special compound lies in the heart of the upand-coming Railyard District—and close to shops, galleries, and restaurants. The property includes a renovated main house, plus a separate studio/office (with condominium potential). Further expansion is available on the surrounding grounds, which are gated and fenced with off-street parking. december/january


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Eastside Story Highly prized for its proximity to the heart of the city—and as charming as it is historic—Santa Fe’s Eastside is a richly diverse residential area that’s within easy walking distance of Canyon Road, the Plaza, the Capitol, and myriad galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants. Canopied by its tall deciduous trees and adorned with one-story homes nestled in behind wooden fences or shoulder-high adobe walls, the Eastside boasts some of the oldest structures in the country (don’t forget, Santa Fe was a capitol long before the Pilgrims ever even landed), most of which are known as Pueblo Revival style. The district extends to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east, 54

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and its meandering roads—some still unpaved and all perfect for leisurely daytime and nighttime walks—snake along the Santa Fe River and Canyon Road. These quirky alignments, for instance, recall its agricultural roots and a past that goes back 400 years. And the architecture only enhances all this: the adobe and adobe-style homes tend to be low, flat-roofed, and walled, and some still have orchards—orchards still irrigated by the centuries-old Acequia Madre. Secluded, cozy, and neighborly, the Eastside offers the perfect combination of stimulation and quiet, the contemporary and the historic.


2570 Atalaya Hill Trail Neil D. Lyon, CRB, CRS, GRI

201-C Williams St. Coleen Dearing Coldwell Banker Trails West Realty, Ltd 2000 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe NM 87505 (505)930-9102 (505)988-7285 x 334 Office coleen@coleendearing.com

Sotheby’s International Realty 326 Grant Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-954-5505 Direct 505-660-8600 Mobile neil@neillyon.com

Settle in, relax, and sip a refreshing glass of wine or cuddle with a cup of cocoa … Located just a few blocks from the Plaza is this private, luxury condo. Built in 2005 and featuring 2,150 sq. ft. with 3 bedroom suites, cozy gourmet kitchen, and outdoor patios, this home is truly turn-key and designed for low maintenance. The perfect second home.

1401 Upper Canyon Road Neil D. Lyon, CRB, CRS, GRI Sotheby’s International Realty 326 Grant Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-954-5505 Direct 505-660-8600 Mobile neil@neillyon.com

WINNER OF THE CITY OF SANTA FE’S RESIDENTIAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD “HOME OF THE YEAR” FOR 2008! An incredible total renovation in a prime Upper Canyon Road location, on the river. This extraordinary 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is suited for the most discerning buyer. Price includes the adjoining 1/4± acre lot. $2,450,000

634 Garcia St. #20 Peggy Conner (505) 501-1327 peggyc@newmexico.com Santa Fe Properties

The Webster Compound is a rare example of the Santa Fe of yesterday with charming adobe homes tucked behind undulating walls. This home was built in the 20’s, expanded in the 80’s and renovated in the 90’s by William Prull. Architectural highlights include antique thick mesquite doors, flagstone window sills, diamond plaster walls in lovely tones, a 19-foot-high ceiling in the kitchen (which has marble countertops), a built-in upholstered banco, and a spiral stairway to the left bedroom, studio, or den. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,950 sq. ft. MLS #903328, $865,000

Dramatic 5 bedroom multi-level residence in the gated Atalaya Hill neighborhood. On over 7 acres abutting the National Forest, this meticulously designed residence includes a large office, fabulous attached guest house, and a two-room studio. Beautiful landscaping and stunning western views. The neighboring 5+ acre building site is also available to the purchaser of this residence. $1,750,000

1133 East Alameda Tony Rousselot Sotheby’s International Realty 326 Grant Avenue Santa Fe, NM 87501 505.954.5531 Direct 505.690.6666 Cell Janet_Tony@msn.com

On a wonderfully landscaped lot with huge cottonwood trees, this exceptional remodeled adobe enjoys a location within blocks of the Plaza and Canyon Road. Includes three bedrooms, two baths plus a study and carport. 1,683 square feet of exquisite taste and charm. A well dating from 1909 is part of the property. MLS# 905064 $995,000

142 Lorenzo St. Linda Horn Associate Broker, Santa Fe Realty Parnters cell: 505-690-3009 office: 505-982-6207 lindahorn@sfrp.com 417 E. Palace Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501

Old World European historic adobe home. This inspired renovation on Santa Fe’s Eastside features plaster walls, hardwood and Travertine floors, bancos, beams, latillas, and a spectacular handcrafted staircase. The gourmet kitchen boasts granite countertops and custom cabinets. A romantic dining room with fireplace completes this lovely residence.



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Rancho de Chimayó The tiny town of Chimayó, 20 minutes north of Santa Fe, has become synonymous with its homegrown red chile. So it follows that Rancho de Chimayó, the town’s heralded restaurant, features the crimson spice in many of its norteño dishes, such as this carne adovada: slow-simmered pork bathed in Chimayó red sided by tender posole and tasty calabacitas. After a major renovation (due to a fire just over a year ago), the bustling hacienda has reopened—just in time for holiday cheer. Warm up your winter with this timeless tradition set in the picturesque foothills of the Sangre de Cristo range. There’s also a country inn on the premises. Rancho de Chimayó, County Rd 98, Chimayo, 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com. Open Tue–Sun 11:30 AM–9 PM, breakfast Sat–Sun 8:30–10:30 AM—John Vollertsen december/january


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The pierced, soft-poached yolk tops off the blend of flavors in this hot-and-cold salad.

EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE a chef arrives in Santa Fe who creates such a splash with his cooking that a tasty ripple of excitement can be felt all across town. Not an easy, or oft-seen, feat, especially considering the city’s competitive culinary scene, where more than 200 restaurants staffed by world-class chefs vie for diners’ dollars. Chef Brian Rood, of the two-year-old Max’s (403½ S Guadalupe, 505-984-9104), appears more than up to the challenge. He has such a fresh eye and palate, I predict his cuisine will give rise to a wave big enough to be tidal. He may well be the next great chef of New Mexico. Cozy Max’s, tucked into a lane behind the Corazon Bar in the historic Guadalupe District, requires a bit of a search, but is well worth seeking out; it has sure charmed me all through the late summer and autumn, since Rood’s arrival. “Max” is Maria Renteria, who arrived in 2003 from San Francisco, a town certainly noted for its food scene. Although she worked full-time as a real estate agent, Renteria loved to throw parties—and the restaurant 58

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grew out of that dinner-party passion. Somewhat of a work in progress during its initial two years, its current incarnation, as a white-tablecloth, fi ne-dining establishment, not only has made it more accessible but has enhanced Rood’s force-to-be-reckonedwith approach to his menu. Despite hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, where one assumes his upbringing consisted of the usual Southern cooking traditions (overcook everything, fry what you can’t overcook, add butter, salt, then more butter and more salt), this Rood boy clearly knows his way around the globe, as evidenced by his use of worldly ingredients and his diverse cooking styles. However, as creative as Rood is, he often—wisely—leaves ingredients almost completely alone and lets their respective flavors and integrity do the talking, like in a fabulous dish (served during tomato season) that was simply thinsliced heirloom tomatoes, rare peppered-seared tuna, avocados, and a dollop of goat cheese. Perfection. I was instantly a fan. This winter, look for warming comfort-food dishes that show off the chef ’s any-season talents. A scrumptious hot-and-cold salad of frisée, crispy bacon lardons, soft-poached egg, buttery croutons, and creamy tarragon vinaigrette went—once the yolk was pierced— from simply delicious to total plate-licker, all five flavors blending harmoniously together. And it takes cojones to include pan-fried Rocky Mountain (lamb) oysters on an upmarket menu. But when they’re napped in a brown-butter caper sauce, the rustic dish goes gourmet. On the other hand, Rood proudly shows off his roots in his gussied-up version of shrimp-and-grits—here with more bacon, haricots verts, and sweet corn. Dee-lish! The mere thought of the six-hour slow-braised short ribs with jicama-and-green–chile slaw and spicy fry bread had my mouth watering. The chicken Milanese with a lemon-herb butter was fork tender and as good as you’ll find in any Italian trattoria. A slow-braised chicken leg had skin so succulent it seemed more like confit of duck— simple yet fabulous with its rice medley and roasted vegetable sides. Vegetarians will love the mushroom carbonara with roasted shiitakes and wilted red chard. (And if you don’t see it on the menu, ask the chef to prepare a veggie version of the night’s pasta offering.) Certified organic is mentioned on ingredients throughout the eclectic menu—further proof that Rood is reading the signs of the times. Desserts feature all the yummy seasonal flavors we love: Alsatian apple tart, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel chocolate molten cake, honey vanilla crème brûlée. It’s now sweater weather, so try all four. The succinct wine list offers many fashionable varietals from a mixed bag of locations—France, Italy, Argentina, and the States— while the beers are mostly local brews. Our BV Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros was gently priced and paired well with our meals: bold enough for lamb cojones, light enough for trout. Wine enthusiasts can benefit from special wine prices Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Though not new, under Chef Rood’s direction, Max’s reigns as my vote for best new restaurant of 2009.


taos restaurant roundelay SANTA FE’S NOT THE ONLY Northern New Mexico foodie town. Taos, too, despite its small size (pop. 5,000), sports an equally healthy and cosmopolitan collection of dining options. Herein are four vastly different eateries to check out—each in their own way a true taste of Taos. Chef Damon’s, on the south end of town, offers a comfortable modern setting with a rustic touch—the wooden-twig motif offsets the colorful paintings (by the chef ’s wife, Tammy) that accent the walls. Although the site was originally a Sonic Burger, chef Damon Simonton’s globally influenced menu is anything but drive-through. A semifi nalist in the James Beard Foundation Best Chef of the Southwest 2009, Simonton has cooked in many local restaurants, including the heralded Joseph’s Table. Featuring ingredients fresh and organic, he celebrates the flavors and dishes of New Mexico– chiles, corn, enchiladas, carnitas, and local lamb and rabbit, while tipping his chef ’s hat to world cookery in dishes like an Indian dal and Greek salad. An appetizer of green chile fl an with greens boasts a melt-in-your-mouth custard that starts out delicate and then hits you with a green-chile kick. A cabbage apple slaw is hot with poblanos and sweet with cajeta, a creamy goat’s-milk caramel. Yum! Main courses include buffalo rib eye, pork tenderloin, duck, and trout, each given a unique Simonton spin. And you won’t believe the richness duck eggs lend to a Grand Marnier crème brûlée. Beer and wine. Chef Damon’s, 1014 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, 575-737-0410 Opened in 1989, Lambert’s of Taos is the granddaddy of this group of restaurants. Chef Ky Quintanilla, who started here as a busboy years ago, has returned (after attending the Culinary Institute of America) to run the kitchen, with guidance from the Taos Restaurant Group’s culinary director, Joseph Wrede. The whitecloth tables and the soft peachy glow of the subdued lighting make for a romantic, dress-up setting, but it’s also ski-chic casual. The fabulous homemade bread, served with roasted garlic bulb and good butter, are so delicious they alone are almost worth the trip. There’s a cozy bar with full liquor and classy cocktail service. The eclectic menu has a slight Mediterranean feel, with appetizers like sweet steamed mussels getting a pesto bath, while a tender lamb tenderloin is served with a warm lentil salad salty with feta cheese. For main courses, a roast duck celebrates its New Mexico heritage with an apricot–chipotle glaze, while elsewhere on the intriguing menu, the beef tenderloin is served with creamy mashed potatoes gussied up with Castello Danish blue cheese. Wine and full bar. Lambert’s of Taos, 309 Paseo de Pueblo Sur, 575-758-1009 If Taos is reminiscent of Santa Fe years ago, The Love Apple evokes a restaurant of a more innocent time, when candles were simply stuck into soft–drink bottles and lit, and the food was unfussy and rustic. Set in Fernando Miera’s old chapel, on the far side of town, the simple décor and casual service give it a real neighborhood feel, the type of place locals love. The menu features many organic regional ingredients and dabbles in Italian, like the modern


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“Bad boy” chef Joseph Wrede of Taos’s Joseph’s Table

beet–pear–and–fresh–mozzarella salad with balsamic drizzle, or the seasonal lasagna. But the moist and luscious grilled ruby rainbow trout is wrapped in a corn husk—à la norteño tamales. The house beef taco features fork-tender beef with cabbage slaw, toasted pepitas, and a fabulous surprise addition of tart orange segments—a clever spin on a classic New Mexican dish. The interesting and creative side-dish listings—including sautéed greens with pecans, pancetta-chile posole, and a simple fried farm–fresh egg—make dining here an entertaining pleasure. Earthy and unconventional cooking wins us over. Beer and wine. The Love Apple, 803 Camino Del Paseo Pueblo Norte, 575-751-0050 Ever since Food & Wine magazine named Joseph’s Table owner Joseph Wrede one of 2000’s top ten chefs of the year, this “bad boy” of the cooking scene has stood the Taos food scene on its palate. Bad boy, in the sense of freewheeling, Wrede loves to dabble with French techniques but always gives his dishes an unexpected twist—pairing foie gras with French toast, or halibut with fennel and strawberries. (Yowza!) World flavors whirl around his menu, too: tempura soft-shell crabs get a Vietnamese dipping–sauce splash, sautéed kale is topped with charred leeks and shallots. Dining here is always an exciting journey. And the Tres Primos plate pays special tribute to New Mexico, only here, the ever-unconventional Wrede stuffs the enchilada with eggplant and piñon mole, the tamale with sweet potato, and the empanada with fruit. Desserts celebrate the classics but always with that surprising “ping”—as in the delicate bay–leaf panna cotta trickled with a blackberry-espresso sauce. Tiered seating with cozy private dining nooks, and artfully hand-painted walls done by Wrede’s life partner, Kristin Bortles, give the room a bohemian feel. Avoid the after-dinner drive home with a stay upstairs in the historic La Fonda Hotel. Beer and wine. Joseph’s Table–La Fonda Hotel, 108 S Plaza, 575-751-4512 december/january


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NOT THAT ANYONE can ever truly get bored with the Santa Fe dining scene. There are, after all, more than 200 eateries in our food-fab city. Occasionally, though, an unexpected, spontaneous dining event is called for. This is exactly what new-to-town chef Michael Easton offers with his bimonthly La Lucciola Supper Club dinners. Easton, who was born on the East Coast but raised in Albuquerque, has returned to New Mexico after a 10-year sojourn in Seattle, where he honed his skills in both classic French and Italian restaurants. Clever chef that he is, Easton hatched the project as an alternative dining experience for fellow foodies, which allows him to share the foods he loves—mostly from Southern Europe, all prepared with a bounty of local produce and ingredients, and served outside the traditional restaurant setting. Held in a variety of changing locations around town, including Easton’s South Capital casita, the dinners bring together friends and strangers at a table for 12, for a gourmet five-course meal (with wines)—dishes Easton keeps under wraps until the food is served. The element of surprise and the novelty of sharing great food with new comrades make the evening a hot ticket for epicurean-savvy Santa Feans. Easton promises “a momentous evening of soulfully prepared food, great wines, unbridled revelry, and sparkling conversation.” La Lucciola, Italian for “the Firefly,” is a symbol that summons up for Easton visions of a fabulous patio dinner on a warm summer night. Regardless of the season, this gifted chef puts a festive impulsiveness back into the art of dining well. Never one to rest on his laurels, between gigs Easton is also the new chef de cuisine at Louis Moskow’s recently reopened 315. To join one of Santa Fe’s hottest new culinary concepts, go to lalucciolasupperclub.com or call 206-387-3556.



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Guests enjoying the food and intimacy at one of Michael Easton’s Supper Club dinners.

AS I REFLECT BACK over the passing year, I am both inspired and heartened to have observed a trend of resilience and tenacity in our hospitality industry. While there have been restaurant closings—the most notable and upsetting being Mauka (often lauded in these pages)—there have also been births and rebirths, a sign that our talented chefs and restaurateurs are weathering the storm. Local high-profile chefs are managing to stay motivated and creative: Coyote Café’s Eric DiStefano made a heralded return to Geronimo this year while keeping the Coyote buzzing, and Martín Rios finally got to be his own boss at the fabulous Restaurant Martín. Louis Moskow’s popular and beloved 315 sat dark for most of the year but is back, spruced up, and sporting a new chef de cuisine and kitchen roof. The delicious impact of the cooking of new-kids-on-the-block such as Max’s Brian Rood, La Lucciola’s Michael Easton, and Galisteo Bistro’s Robert Chickering reminds me that Santa Fe is still an alluring culinary mecca able to draw talent from around the country to come and take a stab at our ever-morphing food scene. My toque’s off (and my taste buds are up) to all for keeping it interesting and stimulating for diners who live in or visit our foodie town. My predictions for the coming year are also my wishes: that as our economy improves and disposable income increases, value-fordollar remains a mantra for restaurants and travel-related industries; that buzzwords like organic, hormone-free, farm-raised, and natural continue to be imperative to our food producers and our chefs; and that, as we all enjoy the bounty of the earth, whether in a high-end temple of dining or at a taco stand, we remember to appreciate the gift of food and share the wealth of abundance. Peace on earth and good food to all.—JV santafean.com december/january


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210 don gaspar, 505-992-6354 hotelstfrancis.com

Tabla de Los Santos, located inside the Hotel St. Francis, is Santa Fe’s new dining treasure, featuring exquisite cuisine made from fresh, organic, local, and seasonal ingredients. Experience delectable food based on the rich traditions of New Mexico, as chef Estevan Garcia redefines New Mexico cuisine with a fresh, simplified, and uncomplicated approach. Enjoy a relaxing dining experience in the restaurant or on the lovely outdoor patio. Open for breakfast 7:30–10 am, lunch 10:30 am–2 pm, dinner 5–9 pm.

Amavi Restaurant

221 shelby, 505-988-2355, amavirestaurant.com

Amavi Restaurant’s delicious regional Mediterranean cuisine paired with fine wines, decadent ever-changing desserts, and impeccable service make it a must. Just one block southeast of the Plaza, Amavi offers fine dining as well as a sophisticated new lounge and bar serving a full menu. Chef/owner David Sellers creates seasonal menus highlighting regions throughout the Mediterranean. Acclaimed as “hot as can be,” Amavi’s classic yet relaxed atmosphere is great for professional and romantic meetings alike. Signature bouillabaisse: classic French Provençal stew with clams, mussels, shrimp, and halibut simmered in a rich saffron-scented broth of fennel, tomatoes, and fresh herbs accompanied by house-baked bread perfect for dipping. Dinner served nightly 5:30–10 pm.

The Bull Ring

150 washington, 505-983-3328

Serving Santa Fe since 1971, the legendary Bull Ring is “the prime” steakhouse in Santa Fe. Voted “Best of Santa Fe” year after year, it also offers fresh seafood, chicken, chops, an extensive wine list, saloon menu, and patio dining. If there’s one thing New Mexico’s politicians can agree on, it’s where to eat in Santa Fe. Conveniently located one block north of the Plaza in the courtyard of the New Mexico Bank and Trust building. For a quick bite after a stroll at the nearby Plaza—or for a late-night snack— the lounge’s bar menu is sure to satisfy. Lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm, Monday–Friday; dinner nightly starting at 5 pm. Underground parking available on Washington Street.

Celebrations Village West 1620 st. michael’s, 505-989-8904 celebrationssantafe.com

After two decades on Canyon Road, Celebrations has moved to 1620 St. Michael’s Drive. Now Celebrations Village West, the renowned eatery

features floor-to-ceiling windows, mountain views, a walled patio, and parking galore. Eclectic menus feature upscale new American, contemporary Italian, Creole Cajun, and Northern New Mexican dishes. Local favorites include house-made breads, fresh salads, soups, and, of course, signature house-made ice creams. A delightful Wine Bar appetizer menu is served the days the restaurant is open for dinner. Open 8 am–2:30 pm, Sunday– Tuesday; 8 am–9 pm, Wednesday–Saturday; dinner is served 5–9 pm, Wednesday–Saturday only.

The Compound Restaurant 653 canyon road, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com

Recognized by Gourmet magazine’s Guide to America’s Best Restaurants and The New York Times as a destination not to be missed. James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef of the Southwest”, chef/owner Mark Kiffin pairs seasonal contemporary American cuisine with professional service in a timeless, elegant adobe building designed by famed architect Alexander Girard. Extensive wine list, full bar, picturesque garden patios, a variety of beautiful settings for wedding receptions, social affairs, or corporate events for 12–250 guests. Private parking. Seasonal specialty: Tuna tartare topped with Osetra caviar and preserved lemon. Lunch 12–2 pm, Monday–Saturday; bar nightly 5 pm–close; dinner nightly from 6 pm; full lunch and dinner menu available in the bar.

Doc Martin’s at the Historic Taos Inn 125 paseo del pueblo norte, taos, 575-758-1977, taosinn.com

Doc Martin’s restaurant is an acclaimed fine-dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc’s is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards. Executive chef Zippy White specializes in

organic foods, with chile rellenos being his signature dish. With over 400 wine selections, our world-class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for 20 consecutive years. The Adobe Bar features complimentary live entertainment nightly. Patio dining as weather permits. Featured dessert: Apple Cherry upside down cake with home made Prickly Pear ice cream. Breakfast is served daily 7:30–11 pm; lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5:30–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday brunch 7:30 am–2:30 pm.

Flying Star Café

500 market, #110, 505-216-3939 flyingstarcafe.com

Fine cuisine in a friendly scene. We’re your locallyowned neighborhood cafe featuring made-fromscratch food, handmade desserts, and pastries. We open early and stay open late for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Free Wi-Fi, diverse magazines, locally roasted coffee, fine beer and wine, and a bakery in the heart of our cafe. Deliciousness awaits. Monday–Thursday 6 am–10 pm; Friday and Saturday 6 am–midnight. flyingstarcafe.com


724 canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com

Señor Geronimo Lopes would be very pleased if he knew how famous his 250-year-old hacienda on Canyon Road has become. The landmark adobe is now home to a cutting-edge restaurant—elegant, contemporary—serving the highest-quality, creative food. Award-winning chef Eric DiStefano serves up a creative mix of French sauces and technique with culinary influences of Asia, the Southwest, and his own roots in Italy blended to bring taste to new levels. Geronimo is New Mexico’s only restaurant to hold both Mobil 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond awards. Dinner seven days a week, beginning at 5:45 pm.

Graham’s Grille

106 paseo del pueblo norte, taos 575-751-3242, grahamstaos.com

Graham’s Grille has become the “in” place in the Taos historic district. Visitors and locals alike are raving about the combination of unique food and comfortable atmosphere. Lesley B. Fay, who designed the restaurant to convey a cosmopolitan atmosphere that fits the mission of this extraordinary culinary endeavor, also doubles as the executive chef. Fay and her husband, Peter, created Graham’s Grille to provide honest, creative food at a reasonable price, with great, friendly service in a hip, fun place. Voted Best of Taos ‘07 and ‘08 and #1 on tripadviser. com. Call us about Graham’s Grille Catering Company. Open daily for lunch, 11 am–2:30 pm and dinner 5–9 pm.

Joseph’s Table

108A s taos plaza, inside hotel La fonda 575-751-4512, josephstable.com

Located in the La Fonda hotel on the plaza, runs the most lauded—and probably the most beautiful—restaurant in Taos. The moodily lit

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Restaurant opens daily for happy hour 4–6 pm; dinner at 5 pm. Wine shop opens every day at noon. Breathtaking high-country views provide a spectacular backdrop for Southwestern cuisine, skillfully executed by three great chefs. Our wait staff is efficient, our famous margaritas perfect, our bar diverse and lively, and the live entertainment (Monday nights) will give you unforgettably happy feet. Our wine shop (largest and only wine shop in Taos) has 100 fine wines under $15, full liquor selection, lots of microbrews. (Also in Highlands Ranch, CO, 303-346-9797.)

Mile Marker 1, Ski Valley Road (State Road 150) Taos, 575-776-8787, oldblinkinglight.com

227 Don Gaspar, 505-986-585, indiapalace.com

Voted “Best Ethnic Restaurant” in Santa Fe. Located in downtown Santa Fe, just one block from the plaza, India Palace specializes in the dynamic, complex cuisine of Northern India using ayurvedic (the science of longevity) cooking principles. Homemade cheese, yogurt, ghee, and kulfi (pistachio ice cream), and tandoori-fired traditional breads complement the extensive menu, which includes chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Entrees may be ordered mild, medium, or hot. No artificial flavors or MSG. Vegan and gluten-free meals also available. Open seven days a week. Lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5–10 pm. room glitters with gilt butterflies and pussy-willow chandeliers, the better to appreciate decadent treats such as trout with trout roe, pork liver from local pigs, and duck breast with French lentils. You can also enjoy a smaller menu of more casual items (such as duck-fat french fries) at the bar, or the diverse Sunday brunch. Featuring the culinary brilliance of Joseph Wrede, this Food & Wine Best Chef relies on the freshest ingredients from local farms, and he does a solid vegetarian special every night. Sunday brunch and lunch is served 11:30 am–2:30 pm (seasonal) and dinner is served 5:30–10 pm daily.

Josh’s Barbecue 3486 Zafarano, 505-474-6466, joshsbbq.com

Voted best new restaurant of 2008! Savor the flavor of classic American barbecue created with a special New Mexican Twist. Chef/owner Josh Baum, with his manager Rodney Estrada, dish up a huge fresh daily selection of slow-smoked, mouth-watering meat choices, including tender brisket and succulent natural ribs, served with a choice of sides, sauces, and desserts, all house made. Special regional dishes like smoked chicken tacquitos and green-chili brisket burritos have made this eatery a local favorite, with additional chef’s specials offered daily. Also available: beer and wine, dine in or take out, catering for all occasions, and a small private dining room for special events. Located next to Lowe’s and Regal 14 cinemas off Cerrillos at Zafarano. Open for lunch and dinner. Winter Hours: 11:30 am–8 pm, Tuesday–Thursday and Sunday; 11:30 am–9 pm Friday and Saturday; closed Mondays.

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Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com

A Santa Fe tradition for six decades, specializing in Old Santa Fe home cooking and fajitas. Watch tortillas being made by hand. A choice of more than 125 margaritas, reputed to be the best in the world, are each made from scratch and hand-shaken. Home of The Great Margarita Book (Ten Speed Press, Berkeley). Most Mexican beers are available, plus a fullservice bar and great wine list. Lunch and dinner 11 am–10 pm, Monday–Friday; noon–10 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

El Mesón

213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com

A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with family recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary— served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans where the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. The full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Occasional musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served 5–11 pm, Tuesday–Saturday.

Lambert’s of Taos

Il Piatto

Contemporary American cuisine in the heart of Taos. Our focus is on quality, value, and consistency. Try our grilled ginger shrimp, glazed roast duck, or grilled medallions of beef tenderloin along with the perfect wine from our extensive list. Nightly specials include seafood and game dishes. Vegetables are fresh and local when available, our sauces made from scratch, our desserts to live for. Bar opens at 5 pm. Dinner served nightly at 5:30 pm.

Locally owned Italian trattoria located one block north of the Plaza. Nationally acclaimed and affordable, il Piatto features local organic produce and house-made pastas. Prix fixe three-course lunch, $14.95. Dinner, three courses, $29.50, or four courses $37.50 (anything on the menu, including specials). No restrictions. Lunch Monday–Friday 11:30 am –2 pm ; dinner seven nights a week at 5 pm . “Everything is right at il Piatto, including the price.”—Albuquerque Journal

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309 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos 575-758-1009, lambertsoftaos.com



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100 E San Francisco, 505-995-2334 lafondasantafe.com

La Fonda de Recuerdos—a place of many memories—is a beautiful and apt description of La Fonda’s legendary hotel and signature restaurant, La Plazuela. Generations of Santa Feans have gathered, celebrated, and dined here, creating rich personal memories. La Plazuela has just reopened after a five-month renovation and it is stunning. It is filled with natural light, hand-carved furnishings, a charming fountain, and of course, our muchloved, hand-painted windows. The new menu, created by executive chef Lane Warner, weaves old favorites with New World influences and showcases authentic New Mexican cuisine. Hours: Breakfast 7–10:45 am daily. Lunch 11:30 am–2 pm, Monday–Friday; 11:45 am–3 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Dinner 5:30–10 pm daily.

Rancho de Chimayó

County Road 98, on the High Road to Taos ranchodechimayo.com

Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante’s grand reopening. Serving world-renowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience of this century-old adobe home. Try the Rancho de Chimayó’s specialty: carne adovada—marinated pork simmered in a spicy, red-chile caribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Rancho de Chimayó is a treasured part of New Mexico’s history and heritage...a timeless tradition. Check the website for updates and hours. Online store is now open!

Rancho de San Juan Country Inn and Restaurant 34020 US Hwy 285, 505-753-6818 ranchodesanjuan.com

Celebrating 15 years in New Mexico, 1994–2009. “The faraway nearby.” Exquisite world-class, award-winning restaurant. Enjoy comfortable dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere. Savor innovative cuisine with a Southwestern flair. Watch our website for special events, wine dinners, Dine Around the World evenings, plus Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day brunches. Enjoy our patio in the summer, and dinner by firelight in the fall and winter. Full bar for sun-

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set cocktails, and award-winning wine list with reasonable prices to complement your dining pleasure. Zagat Survey winner, #1 in New Mexico. Only 40 minutes north of Santa Fe. Conde Nast Traveler Gold List #28 in USA. Come celebrate our 15th anniversary all year! Reservations required. Dinner served at two seatings only: 6:30 and 8 pm, Tuesday–Saturday. Table is yours for the evening. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi 113 Washington, 505-988-3236 innoftheanasazi.com

Leading the culinary team at the award-winning Anasazi Restaurant is Rosewood’s rising star, Chef Oliver Ridgeway. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Chef Ridgeway’s seasonal menus feature fresh, regional, and seasonal ingredients like chiles, chorizo, and piñon nuts. Fresh fish is delivered to the restaurant daily and menu items such as Hatch chile-crusted tuna and blue corn-crusted salmon are a favorite of restaurant patrons. The interior of the Anasazi Restaurant is beautifully appointed, yet rustic and comfortable; the lively outdoor patio is available for guests wishing to experience the busy sidewalk traffic to and from the nearby Santa Fe Plaza.Service is friendly and attentive, and the restaurant staff takes pride in always remembering the guests’ names. Wine lovers will be thrilled with the extensive wine selection, and for those wishing a casual dining experience, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail at the chic Anasazi bar accompanied by a selection of savory hors d’oeuvres.

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Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers your guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best peoplewatching in Santa Fe! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Terra at Encantado Resort 198 State Road 592, 505-946-5800 encantadoresort.com

Santa Fe’s new dining destination located at the new Encantado Resort. “The cuisine at Terra is elegant, yet simple; interesting, yet approachable; and contemporary, while maintaining its connection to the cultural and historical antecedents of the region,” explains Chef Charles Dale. “Terra will introduce a new perspective to the Santa Fe dining scene, with more European accents to the rustic regional cuisine and an environment alight with energy and intrigue.” Please call to reserve your dining experience. www.santafean.com

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nut suite Moving People Dance Santa Fe rings in the holidays December 4–6 with its tenth and final performance of Swingin’ Suites—a contemporary version of the Nutcracker story that features ballet, jazz dance, hip-hop, and more, all set to music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Glenn Miller. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM, at the James A. Little Theater (1060 Cerrillos). Tickets: $20 adults; $15 children, 505-438-9180, movingpeopledance.org



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Colorful costumes, a blend of ancient and contemporary music, and spectacular physical feats make every show by the Golden Dragon Acrobats a magical experience. The award-winning Chinese artists return to the Lensic (211 W San Francisco) December 17–20 for five performances guaranteed to delight at 7 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 2 PM and 6 PM Sunday. Tickets: $20–$35, half-price for kids under 12, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com

fab folk fabrics One hundred thirty-eight exquisitely crafted items from the Museum of International Folk Art’s 20,000-piece textile archives—ranging from delicately embroidered clothing to exotic ceremonial head pieces— are featured in Material World: Textile Treasures from the Collection. The exhibit opens December 20 at the Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill. Admission: $9; $6 (and free on Sundays) for New Mexico residents, 505-476-1200, moifa.org ART


the way to santa fe M U S I C Since she launched her career in the early 1960s, Dionne Warwick has had 32 Top 40 hits—including “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Then Came You,” and “That’s What Friends are For”—and won dozens of awards for both her music and her humanitarian efforts. The legendary entertainer fills the Lensic with song on December 27 at 7:30 PM. Tickets: $28–$84, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com



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December 6 A Beethoven Celebration. The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra presents Overture to The Ruins of Athens; Symphony No. 3, Eroica; and Piano Concerto No. 2. $18–$64, 4 PM, 505-988-1234, santafesymphony.org December 6 Anonmyous 4. Medieval Christmas music from The Cherry Tree, the latest release from the female quartet Anonymous 4. $30–$40, 7:30 PM, Cristo Rey Church, 1120 Canyon, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com December 10 A Tuna Christmas. Celebrate Christmas

with the eccentric citizens of Tuna, Texas, in this comedic play, directed by Darren Dunbar. Through January 3. $23–$25, pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays, Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E DeVargas, 505-988-4262, santafeplayhouse.org December 12 Lighting Ledoux Street. The galleries, shops, and businesses on Ledoux Street in Taos open their doors to celebrate the holidays, with farolitos, music, food, and more. For information, visit harwoodmuseum.org December 12 Unsilent Night. Santa Fe New Music presents Phil Kline’s international outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boomboxes and community performers. To confirm date and time, and for more information: sfnm.org December 12–13 The Nutcracker. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s annual performance is a City Different tradition, with a cast of more than 60 dancers, actors, and circus artists. $20–$62, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com December 12–13 Winter Spanish Market. The 21st

annual Winter Spanish Market features traditional Spanish Colonial artwork from more than 100 Hispanic artists, plus music, entertainment, and food. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, spanishcolonial.org December 20 Partners in Design: Native Chic. Works

by Native American fashion designer Patricia Michaels and Navajo and Picuris jewelers Connie, David, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin are featured in this trunk show. Free, 505-982-4636, wheelwright.org December 20 Walking Together: Winter Solstice. The

Santa Fe Labyrinth Resource Group invites the public to an outdoor community labyrinth walk, with live music. 1–3 PM, 505-983-9747 December 13 Coco Montoya. Acclaimed blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Montoya performs in a show that includes songs from his latest release, Can’t Look Back. A 21 and over show. $35, 9 PM, Evangelos, 200 W San Francisco, 505-9881234, ticketssantafe.com December 31 New Year’s Eve Concert. The SFCA Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. $28–$84, 5 PM, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com

JANUARY January 1 Pueblo Dances, Transfer of Canes.

Incoming governors receive symbolic canes while Pueblo dwellers perform traditional dances at most of the Eight Northern Pueblos. Call before visiting, 505-747-1593, espanolaonline.com/pueblos January 1 Hair o’ the Dog Hotshot Train. Celebrate the

New Year with a relaxing train ride to Galisteo—and a cash bar serving Bloody Marys and mimosas—on the Santa Fe

events Southern. $35–$40, 1–3:30 PM, Santa Fe Depot, 410 S Guadalupe, 505-989-8600, sfsr.com

Museum of Art, Taos, 575-758-0150, taoschambermusicgroup.org January 17 Vienna With Love. The

January 2 Eleven Fingered Charlie.

From San Marcos, Texas, Eleven Fingered Charlie plays a mix of reggae, jazz, and rock. $5, 7:30 PM, Santa Fe Brewing Company, 27 Fire Place, 424-3333, santafebrewingcompany.com

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra performs Von Suppe’s Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna; Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”; and more. $18–$65, 4 PM, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234

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January 28 Mozart’s Birthday. The January 9 The Met, Live in HD: Der Rosenkavalier. The Metropolitan Opera’s

performance of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier is broadcast live in HD. $15, $5 students, 7 PM, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505988-1234, ticketssantafe.com

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart’s Symphony in C Major, K.551 “Jupiter,” and Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat Major, K. 482. $15–$60, 7:30 PM, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234 January 30 Beethoven’s Fifth. Santa Fe

January 14 Irina Muresanu and Joe Illick. Violinist Muresanu performs with Illick,

executive and artistic director of the Santa Fe Concert Association, on piano. $25, 7:30 PM, United Church of Santa Fe, 1804 Arroyo Chamiso, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com January 16 2010 The Met, Live in HD: Carmen. The Metropolitan Opera’s perfor-

mance of Bizet’s Carmen is broadcast live in HD. $15, $5 students, 7 pm, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.com January 16–17 Winter Lyricism. The

Taos Chamber Music Group performs with pianist Robert McDonald, artistic director of the Taos School of Music. $17 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for children under 16, Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 5:30 PM, Harwood

Pro Musica, with Conrad Tao on piano, plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. 6 PM, $15–$60, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234 or 505- 9884640, ext. 1000 January 30 Souper Bowl XVI. Chefs from Santa Fe’s top restaurants serve soup and compete for the “best soup” award, to benefit The Food Depot food bank. Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, 505-471-1633, thefooddepot.org January 31 Partners in Design: Native Chic. Works by Kiowa sisters Teri Greeves

and Keri Ataumbi are shown in this trunk show sponsored by the Wheelwright Museum and Case Trading Post. Free, 505982-4636, wheelwright.org

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TREASURES Boots & Boogie Santa Fe’s premier gallery of fine, handcrafted boots. Elegant while still being comfortable, owner Roy Flynn will personally and expertly size you in the finest and most beautiful hand-tooled boots available. Whether the black kangaroo, soft-and-supple leather bottom with hand-tooled upper-classic Tyler Beard design, shown here, or any of the hundreds of other designs available, Boots and Boogie outfits you with style. Boots and Boogie, 227 Don Gaspar #5, 505-983-0777 santafebootsandboogie.com

Pam Springall Pam Springall showcases fabulous jewelry in unusual cuts and colors at Packards on the Plaza. Great stones, turquoise, and pearls set in comfortable, classic styles that can be worn to lunch or to the opera and are finished with handmade sterling and gold findings. Packards on the Plaza, 61 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-648-7358 or 505-983-9241 Handsome Baroque Pearls

Gene Kloss: An American Printmaker, A Raisonné by A. Eugene Sanchez Rich in American West imagery and historical content, this is the largest compilation of images by one of America’s finest printmakers, Gene Kloss. This extraordinary two-volume, full-color catalogue contains 482 of her known etchings, and 33 rare uncatalogued prints spanning 1924 to 1985. $195 plus S/H. De Teves Publishing, 575-737-9410, geneklossart.com

Moon Rabbit Toys Moon Rabbit Toys is proud to carry quality toys and games from all over the world, including a wide selection of fair trade, fair labor, and American made. We have the unusual and the classic. Stop by and play. Moon Rabbit Toys, 112 W San Francisco, Suite 212C, 505-9829373, moonrabbittoys.com Stuffed Echidna, Sri Lanka, fair trade december/january


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Santa Fe Modern Home This contemporary home-furnishings store showcases the work of Julienne Barth. Her uniquely stylish cuffs combine recycled leather, tufa cast silver, and American gemgrade turquoise. These pieces are truly Santa Fe treasures. 1512 Pacheco, Suite A105, 505-992-0505, santafemodern.com

La Mesa of Santa Fe Since 1982, La Mesa has featured contemporary clay and glass, sculpture, furniture, fine art, and lighting from over 50 amazing artists. 225 Canyon, 505-984-1688 Louise Casselman, Other People’s Ancestors, costumed clay figures

Moxie Real and faux fur leg warmers will dress up any footwear or outfit. Sable, mink, fox, or coyote. $89–$299. These are just an example of the unique items to be found at Moxie. Something for eveyone in the family from clothes, local art, custom knives, and more. A Santa Fe tradition for over 28 years. 205 W San Francisco, 505-795-7991, moxie@cybermesa. com, moxieontheplaza.com

CG Higgins Chocolate is always a winner! Celebrate the holidays with handcrafted candy creations—chocolate fudge truffles, boutique caramel corns, and brittles as featured on The Food Channel Network. Gifts for yourself, your friends, your family, your clients. Sweets that nourish the body and the soul! Stop by our candy showroom. C.G. Higgins Confections—The official candy maker of Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary celebration! 847 Ninita at St. Francis, 505-820-1315, cghiggins.com


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KatieO Jewelry Take a walk on the wild side with these hand-forged sterling silver cuffs from KatieO Jewelry. You will love the look and feel of these cuffs, which look just as good with a pair of jeans and tee as they do dressed up for a night on the town. 954-638-9118, katieojewelry.com

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Things Finer Silver-topped gold, diamonds, and sapphires light up the holidays in Victorian brooches. The pearl clasp is of the same era. Whilst antiques are our speciality, we also offer an array of contemporary and vintage items for every budget and taste. Things Finer, 100 E San Francisco, inside La Fonda Hotel, 505-9835552

For 20 years the Karen Melfi Collection has been representing the finest local and national jewelry, wearable art, and comtemporary craft artists. Located on Canyon Road, KMC offers a wide selection of high-quality, handcrafted items in all price ranges. 225 Canyon, 800-899-7079 karenmelfi.com

Rio Bravo Trading Company Navajo sterling silver hand-forged spurs, c. 1890. Santo Domingo Pueblo olla, 15 3/4 x 12", 1890. Navajo ingot silver concho belt sandcast, buckle c.1890–1900. 411 S Guadalupe 505-982-0230 riobravotradingcompany.com

Desert Son of Santa Fe Featured are a Henry Beguelin kidskin handbag, haircalf short zip boot, and a Henry Beguelin Shearling midcalf zip boot. Fabulous. Stylish. And exclusively at Desert Son of Santa Fe. 725 Canyon, 505-982-9499

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Location: About 10 miles north of Abiquiú, off Highway 84 Distance: 61 miles Hours: Open year-round Must See: Abiquiú Lake, Ghost Ranch, and Box Canyon Trail are all nearby and as breathtaking as these red-rock formations Must Do: Hike the surrounding hills and mesas, let out an Arthur Janov–inspired yell at Echo Amphitheater, then check out the 90year-old Bode’s General Store, as general as a general store can get Info: Carson National Forest, 575-758-6200; Ghost Ranch, ghostranch.org or 800-821-5145; Bode’s, bodes.com


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