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26 Santa Fean’s 2010 Gift Guide


Michael Workman, If One Looked Towards the Hills, oil on linen on panel, 29 x 41", at Meyer East Gallery.

From a three-dollar bag of fry bread mix to a $7,000 gold bracelet, here are dozens of objects and ideas for what to get that special someone for the holidays.

34 El Ritual de lo Tradicional Celebrate the holiday season Santa Fe style.

41 Spectacular Vernacular Santa Fe architects talk about homes—and materials—and style—and materials—and trends—and materials.


8 Publisher’s Note

18 City Different Santa Fe TV, the Christmas Store + guidebook queen Lesley King

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20 Santa Favorites Victoria Price Art + Design, Four, and Sequoia


Some of the holiday cookies available at Pasqual’s.

22 Day in the Life Tattoo man Mark Vigil 24 Q+A Border authority Charles Bowden 45 Art Gallery openings + reviews

61 Home Guest columnist Kim D. White on easy elegance + ACC’s buyer extraordinaire Leslie Livingston 65 Dining Koi story + holiday recipes from Johnny V 72 Hot Tickets O’Keeffiana rages on 74 Santa Fean Salutes Cooking with Kids

79 History Xmas in Madrid—then & now

80 Day Trip Dwan Light Sanctuary


This vintage steel guitar, from High Desert Guitars, is one of dozens of wonderful gifts to be found in this year’s Gift Guide.



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special gifts With the season of gift giving upon us, we are pleased to share a gift with you.

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The extraordinary image on the cover is by Georgia O’Keeffe. Painted back in 1953, this tree beautifully captures our winter season but also represents the stark beauty that our sometimes intense weather can deliver here in Northern New Mexico. We’d like to acknowledge the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum here in Santa Fe for its assistance in making this work available to us to share with you. A special gift it is indeed. All year you, the reader, give us the gift of your attention, and our advertisers give



us the gift of their support. We thank you all sincerely. Santa Fe is full of gifts this time of year. No other magical city has the sweet piñon


smell wafting about, the bizcochito cookies, the Native American dancers, and the Can-

Georgia O’Keeffe’s trees, many of them painted during the 1950s, are as distinct as her flowers, rocks, skulls, and other subject matter and reflect her singular use of line and color. This one in particular seemed especially appropriate as the cover image for our winter issue.

yon Road Christmas Eve walk, all in the shadows of our beloved snow-capped Sangre de

Winter Tree III, 1953 Georgia O’Keeffe Oil on canvas 30 x 36 (76.2 x 91.4) Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Gift of The Burnett Foundation (2007.01.028) © 2010 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

that we hope fills your heart this holiday season and into the

Cristo mountains. In this issue, we will share with you some of the many unique ways in which you can participate in Santa Fe’s holiday season, including its busy art scene. So enjoy it all, soak in the smells, the tastes, the sounds, and the sights. Northern New Mexico shines with a warmth




new year. It’s all a wonderful gift to be treasured.

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Q: What tradition do you have for the holidays? “We take care of all the people who come to Santa Fe who like being here because it’s such a special place this time of the year,” says Tom Kerpon, the chef at Rio Chama. “So I spend a lot of quality time with my kitchen crew. On New Year’s Eve we always have a toast after service is done, with beer and champagne. My wife likes to say that her tradition is to come and sit in the restaurant, because that’s the only time she’ll see me.”



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“There’s a wonderful woman with whom we leave our dog Dakota whenever we go away,” says Martine Bertin-Peterson, owner of the Peterson-Cody Gallery. ”She’s a New Mexico classic who is totally devoted to her animals and loves our dog almost as much as we do. In addition to boarding dogs, Bev takes in strays and pays for their care and vet bills out of her own pocket. Every Christmas we drop off bags of food and packs of treats with her to help her budget and in a small way participate in her care for the animals she loves so much. New Mexico is a special place because of people like Beverly.”

“This year, Bishop’s Lodge will be hosting a traditional Twelve Days of Christmas—with cookie-decorating contests, gingerbread house demonstrations, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, candlelight tours of the chapel out here, and all kinds of other activities. But personally,” says Rich Verruni, managing director at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, “the one thing I do on Christmas morning, I make a special Italian brunch, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. My wife loves the shrimp.”

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television different The web-based Santa Fe TV Show TV celebrates all things Santa Fe—and their one-year anniversary this December. “We could’ve called it New Mexico TV,” says Carlo Zanella, who created the show with Angelie Gamboa. “But Santa Fe has more allure, more history, more to build on.” Lively, short (each episode runs 10-20 minutes and broadcasts on the 11th of each month), and all about the Southwestern lifestyle, SFTV couldn’t be more in love with its namesake. “We want to show people it’s not just a desert out here,” says Gamboa. “Not everybody wears cowboy hats.” Yee-haw!—Devon Jackson Check out SFTV at santafean.com

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deck the halls with chile peppers Since July of 1979, Susan Topp Weber has been selling handcrafted ornaments, HOLIDAYS Nativity scenes, and other holiday accessories at a cozy space on East Palace by the Shed restaurant known as Susan’s Christmas Shop. This year, she’ll also offer copies of her new book, Christmas in Santa Fe ($20, Gibbs Smith). It’s a fun and well-researched look at Santa Fe’s past and present holiday traditions, from baking biscochitos to the Canyon Road Christmas Eve Walk. We talked to Weber about her business and the joys of spending the holiday season in the City Different.—Dianna Delling Top-selling ornament at Susan’s Christmas Shop: The Chile Santa—a red chile pepper decorated with a Santa Claus face, crafted by Weber’s Tucson-based daughter. Runners-up: Glass ornaments of all types from Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and anything with a southwestern theme. “When people travel, they tend to buy an ornament as a souvenir. So their tree becomes a scrapbook of all their travels.” Why Weber selected this location, 31 years ago: “I wanted to be close to the Shed. People wait to get in there, and my store gives them a great place to browse while they wait. The people who like this restaurant tend to really like my shop, and vice versa.” What makes Christmas in Santa Fe special: “It’s such a rich tapestry, with traditions from the Spanish, the artists, and the Indians who were here before we were. Blended together, this makes for a very rich experience. You could do different things here every year and never repeat yourself for maybe a dozen years.”

Where you’ll find her on Christmas Eve: Attending dances at one of northern New Mexico’s Indian pueblos. “One year we saw seven dances, at five different pueblos, in 24 hours.”

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Among Susan’s favorite December activities: Viewing the sparkling lights on the Bradford pear trees at the Roundhouse; listening to the annual mid-December Schola Cantorum of Santa Fe concert at the San Miguel Mission Church; seeing the live Nativity scene—which features sheep, goats, and donkeys—at the First Baptist Church.

the touring machine GUIDES Frommer’s guides are some of the best-selling guidebooks in North America. As the author of each edition of Frommer’s New Mexico for the past 14 years, Lesley King—a gentle, thoughtful Santa Fe native—plays a major role in determining where visitors eat, sleep, and play. With the 2011 edition coming out in a still-tight economy, her opinions may

be more influential than ever.—Robert Mayer Why did you become a guidebook writer? Travel is in my family’s genes. I started out as a kid; my parents used to take us to the beach in Mexico and we’d camp. They were also pilots. We’d fly in our own planes deep into Mexico. They would take us abroad, too. It was a huge range of travel. I ate in Maxim’s in Paris before I was out of high school. I had a pretty good idea about what is good in travel and what is rotten in travel at a very young age. Do you have a favorite small town in New Mexico? Lincoln is one of my favorites. It’s one of the bestpreserved small towns in the state. There is not single neon sign, not a single fast-food anything. It’s just a darling town.


How do you get your information? After all these years, I pretty much know the state inside and out. When I go into a town, I know what I need to update. I know what hotels are there and about new hotels and restaurants. When I drive through a town, I try to see where the most cars are parked at lunchtime— which does not always ensure that it’s the best food in town; it could just mean it’s the cheapest. But it’s a very physical job. I take trips that are five or six days on the road. Generally, I eat in three restaurants a day, and I sleep in a different hotel every night.

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In a city so rich with creative culture, a place where home is integral to the local experience, it’s no surprise that Santa

Fe serves as a mecca for home design shoppers. These one-of-a-kind stores and galleries invite you to step inside their unique aesthetic and surround yourself with a sophisticated sense of style not found anywhere else. Housed in a Northern New Mexico-style building with lofty wooden ceilings and a warm contemporary atmosphere, Victoria Price Art & Design artfully blends Native American textiles, modern furniture, contemporary art, and organic accents into one cohesive whole. “It’s a 21st-century continuation of authentic Santa Fe style—which is not the Disney-ized fad of the 1990s, but an authentic melding of indigenous, regional, and international design that developed as people from around the world came to or through Santa Fe,” explains owner Victoria Price. Opened in 2003, VPA&D moved to its current Pacheco Park location in 2007. It’s now the source for local, regional, and international design, offering high-end Italian furniture, affordable European furniture lines, regional furniture, and fine contemporary art by regional artists. The showroom exudes a sharply honed style but with a Santa Fe twist: the Kartell Ghost Chair shares space with a cowhide-and-steel table and Native American textiles. In addition to providing design ideas and unusual gifts, pieces by cutting-edge jewelers, and “design for dogs,” VPA&D also provides custom furniture design and full interior design services, from ground-up construction to remodels and interior design consultations. “We hope that we will help people see that Santa Fe style is not a static concept, but really a blending of influences that capture everything we all love about living in New Mexico—from the glorious natural beauty to the indigenous cultures to the cutting-edge art and style that has been a part

VICTORIA PRICE ART & DESIGN 1512 Pacheco, Building B, Suite 102, 505-982-8632, victoriaprice.com Victoria Price Art & Design is a contemporary design studio offering everything from home furnishings, Native American textiles, jewelry, and art to ground-up design services. SEQUOIA 201 Galisteo, 505-982-7000, sequoiasantafe.com Sequoia is a lifestyle gallery near the Plaza featuring modern, organic wood and iron pieces by designer Sequoia Pawan Madan, as well as leather furniture, lamps, linens, organic mattresses, fine art, and home accessories.



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of New Mexico since the early 20th century,” says Price. Nearby is the violet-colored Four, a decorative arts and design collaborative which opened its doors this past August. The store brings together four designers (hence Four) whose broad areas of expertise create a unique shopping opportunity. Aquila Stanley of Aquila Designs specializes in jewelry, interiors, and branding; Nedret Gürler of Nedret Oriental Rugs offers antique and contemporary rugs; Robin Gray of Robin Gray Design is an architect and offers contemporary rugs; and designer Michael Ouellette specializes in fine rugs, antiques, and interiors. Stepping into the bright, airy space, you’re surrounded by the colors and patterns of antique and contemporary rugs hanging on the walls and covering the floors. Furniture, art, antiques, and home accessories create striking vignettes, and display cases showcase jewelry alongside black stones and silver-colored branches. Ouellette expresses Four’s design sense as a “mix of contemporary and classic with a touch of industrial design.” The store hopes to collaborate with local artists and artisans as the young business moves forward. “We want to be different and have fun while we’re doing it,” says Gürler. Near the Plaza, you’ll find Sequoia, a lifestyle gallery filled with hand-picked collections for the home, many designed by owner Sequoia Pawan Madan. Featuring well-designed home furnishings made primarily from reclaimed woods, there are exotic, one-of-a-kind, slab dining tables, beds, silk bedding, and world-class contemporary art. Opened eight years ago, Sequoia expanded four years later from its original 850 square feet to 3,200. Talk about spacious. And the style? “Earthy and solid,” says Madan, “yet warm and graceful.” The beauty of the store’s wooden pieces takes center stage in Madan’s designs, many of which he models after patterns found in nature. The iron railing leading to the second floor, for example, resembles tree branches. Upstairs, the canopied skylight creates a cozy atmosphere for the luxurious bedding and distinctive furniture on display. All are a testament to Madan’s vision of his store as a celebration of “beauty and design.”

Though each has its unique offerings, these three Favorites feature finely made pieces that combine contemporary design and the colorful Santa Fe aesthetic.

FOUR 1512 Pacheco, Suite C202, 505-995-8411 This decorative arts and design collaborative combines the talents of four designers to create a unique shopping experience for antique and contemporary rugs, furniture, interior design, architecture, and jewelry.

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Mark Vigil’s workday starts at noon, but he’s no slacker. He works an eight-hour shift, five days a week. His schedule is a little different though. You don’t get many people wanting a tattoo at, say, 9:00 am. So his business, Four Star Tattoo, widely considered the premier ink parlor in Santa Fe, is open from noon to 8:00 pm, seven days a week. A tall, burly guy with a dark brown buzz cut and mustache, he looks more like the fisherman he is on his days off than a tattoo artist—until you notice the arms. From wrist to shoulder, each muscled limb is covered with nuanced Asian-style tribal designs— what’s known in the biz as a full sleeve. This guy knows his trade from the inside out. As music from the punk group Suicidal Tendencies blasts through the shop’s speakers, he applies ink to a half-sleeve design on Caleb, 34. Buzzing with the intensity of a dentist’s drill, the electric tattoo machine inserts ink through a group of needles oscillating 80 to 150 times a second. The needles are autoclaved for sterilization and discarded after one use. Caleb has chosen to be tattooed with a dramatic depiction of Fudo Myoo, a Buddhist warrior he found in a Japanese woodblock print. Vigil adapted the image for Caleb’s arm. “You have to be able to draw in this work,” says Vigil, who has never taken an art lesson but has an innate understanding of his craft. Caleb’s tattoo has many grays, blues from navy to slate, reds and oranges, maroon, and a pure purple that really pops against the darker tones. This is a major collaboration. Caleb’s on his fifth visit, with Vigil working three hours at a time. Probably another session or two will complete the work. These days Vigil, who has three other tattoo artists working on commission in the shop, takes only large-scale projects like this. He charges $150 per hour. No more discomforting than a sunburn, tattoos do, nevertheless, involve breaks in the skin. Hence, customers leave the shop with

both verbal and written instructions on care of their tattoos, and all tattoo artists in New Mexico must be licensed by the state and must take a yearly written exam and a blood-borne pathogen test. The practice of decorating the skin, either with inserted pigment or surface paints, has gone on throughout time in cultures around the world. In the late 20th century, tattooing went mainstream—no longer the preserve of religious sects and sailors on leave—beginning with gangster countercultures in America and Japan and spreading to young people through punk rock and heavy metal music. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see accomplished society women sporting tattoos. They’re decorative, an accessory; and here in Santa Fe, more than in other cities, people want custom work. “A lot of people are drawn to Santa Fe because of its artistic heritage,” says Vigil. “When they come into the shop, whether they’re students or middle-aged people or retirees, they’re more likely to have an idea of what they want. Here, people want to work with us to make their own artistic vision happen.” Vigil got into it through his love of punk rock as a kid. Growing up, he was fascinated with his dad’s World War II–era tattoos depicting a paratrooper symbol with combat stars. His own first tattoo was self-applied—self-inflicted might be a better word. He was 13 and used a sewing needle and a bottle of India ink. “It was crude as hell, but I was proud,” he reminisces, grinning. Tattooing is like a medieval craft; you normally learn it by apprenticing. When Vigil tried to apprentice with tattoo artists, though, they all turned him down as too young. So he rehearsed on his punker friends. At 18 he signed on as a subcontracting artist with the doyen of New Mexico tattoo artists, Santa Fe’s Bill Wissman. When Wissman died in 1998, Vigil bought the business, renamed it Four Star, and eventually moved it to Topeka Street, near the corner of St. Francis and Cerrillos. After three hours, Caleb is done for the day, his tattoo stunning though not yet complete. Vigil is peeling off his fourth set of gloves from this session—he changes them every time he changes the needles. For him, there’ll be another customer and time spent drawing and planning for tomorrow’s work. “I love my work. I hope to be doing this into my sixties,” he says. “And I hope to be fly-fishing into my eighties or nineties.”

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Beloved by both the right and the left, Charles Bowden, a man otherwise enamored with desert flora and fauna, has become the go-to journalist for any and all information about the U.S.Mexico border. Stylistically spare and poetic, reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson and Honoré de Balzac, he’s authored almost a dozen books, most having to do with the southwest. His latest, Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields, chronicles the most violent urban environment on earth and argues that free trade abuses, more than a failed war on drugs, are what led to this city’s—and Mexico’s—misery. But he’s neither cynical nor pessimistic; if anything, he’s hopeful and funny. How’d you end up in Las Cruces? I was born in Joliet, Illinois. We moved to Chicago when I was three, and to Tucson when I was 12. My sister had asthma, and the doctors suggested a drier climate. So I didn’t choose this place. It’s my sister’s fault.

What about having become the go-to guy for anything written about the border? That’s been an accident. I never had to push anybody out of the way to write these things. But I never would’ve written about it if somebody else had. I write these books out of frustration.

Are there any solutions? What we have to do is invest in Mexico. We have to stop lying about the violence—and these laws against immigration, and fences and patrols.

If I’m a 55-year-old socialite living comfortably in Aspen or Tulsa, why should I pay attention to this world and these issues you’re so concerned about? If you don’t pay attention to them right now from wherever you are—in Dallas, Santa Barbara, New York City—they’re going to come to your town and bite you in the ass. We have to talk about these things. About reality. It’s a fiasco. People used to tell each other they didn’t care. They care now.

You’re such a solid journalist, but you definitely

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come from a particular perspective—which probably makes for a unique fan base. One of the oddities is that I have a following among right-wing sites and left-wing sites. I’m going up to Santa Fe to talk to some group called the Friends of Capitalism about Murder City, and I get Minutemen calling me up wanting to have lunch. But I also have a shirt-tail relationship with the Lannan Foundation. I’m on their cultural freedom committee. I have drinks with Pat [Lannan] now and then. I just like Irish guys.

Why do you write what you write? I wrote a piece in Harper’s on a sicario [hit man]. It takes a long time before you land a sicario. Given all the expenses and time it took to get that guy, I probably only broke even. But I did it because it mattered to me. And doing it for Harper’s, I knew that it’d reach people with the kind of minds I want to change.

That’s the story that’s now a documentary—El Sicario: Room 164? Right. I just got back from the Venice Film Festival in Italy with that. It’s about this highly uneducated, highly intelligent, really well-spoken Juárez hit man. About 50 of the critics walked out of the screening. People left when he began describing how he’d boil people alive. Apparently, people can’t handle Mexican reality. It’s a minimalist study of maximalist violence.

Speaking of violence, you keep going back to Juárez, Mexico—one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world—again and again.

nothing left but the land and the river.

Are there any similarities between your nonfiction and the fictional universe of someone like Cormac McCarthy? If I fictionalized any of what I write about, it’d lose its power. If I fictionalized that sicario, I’d get [McCarthy’s] No Country for Old Men. I like McCarthy, I enjoy his King James Bible language, but if I’d written el sicario as fiction it would’ve been easier and more believable. It’d be safer for you. And I don’t want that to happen. I want you to know how Mexicans feel.

How do you get so intimate with the people you write about? I get deeply involved with them. And I’m loyal. The only ethics in this business are personal: I do not lie to anyone except the Mexican federal police and the IRS. I keep my deals. Talking to me isn’t a death sentence. I’ve been tempted to write fiction, but if I did, it’d get people killed.

Are you doing what you want to be doing? I’m 65 years old. I should be enjoying my senility. But I’m trying to help people. I don’t know how not to—once you know what’s going on. I was just raised that way. As far as what I’m doing, I’m teaching American history. Only I write history from the streets. But the fundamental fact is: The more significant the piece, the harder it’ll be to get it published, and the less you’ll get paid. After all, Lady Gaga has already outsold all the Beethovens.

I’ve spent over 10 years trying to leave Juárez. I never want to see it again. I’m tired of drinking there, tired of the toxins and the emotional bleeding. But I keep getting pulled back in.

How do people usually perceive you? I’m always struck by people who expect me to be morbid. Because of how much I write about crime. But if people stopped killing people, I’d stop writing about it. I don’t have any interest in it. I’m a border desert person. I’m a nature person. I like the Southwest.

What do you do when you’re up here in Santa Fe? One thing I do is I walk to the Photo Eye bookstore. I’m diseased for photography and I gorge on those books. I can’t afford it but I can touch it. I also like looking at the mountains because then the city vanishes and in my mind there is

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Santa Fean’s 2010 holiday

ift Guide Creed Green Irish Tweed Eau de Parfums

$225, Cos Bar 505-984-2676 cosbar.com

We scoured the shops of Santa Fe to find the coolest, prettiest, most unique gifts out there this holiday season. Tough job, right? Actually, it was a challenge, with so many stores to choose from—and so much beautiful stuff to choose from at each one. Still, we whittled it down to the items on the following eight pages. From luxurious (the softest shearling jacket) to luscious (rich handmade chocolates), from fashionable (sleek knee-high boots) to functional (ski goggles to break in on Christmas Day), you’ll find something here for everyone on your list. Styling and Photographs by

Julien McRoberts

WiFi Headphones


$3,525, Corsini 505-820-2300

$300 Constellation Home Electronics

505-983-9988 constellationsantafe.com

Belt Buckle

$410, James Reid

505-988-1147, jrltd.com

Cowboy Boots

$2,299, Lucchese 505-820-1883 lucchese.com

for him


$250–$295 Harry’s 505-988-1959

Cigar Lighter, $99

The Cigar Shop and Gifts


for her


$675 Eternity



$547, Cicada Collection

505-982-6260, cicadacollection.com


$160, Dust in the Wind 505-986-1155


Buckle and Belt

$498, Eternity

$1,795, Talulah




$58, Maya

Body Wash

$22 Wink


505-988-3840 winklifestyle.com

Serape Coat

$750 Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s



$655 Kristinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


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gift guide

for the furry ones Conch0 Collar

$90, Teca Tu

505-982-9374 tecatu.com

Cat Bed

$85 Teca Tu

505-982-9374 tecatu.com


$60 Emilia Poochie 505-438-9663 emiliapoochie.com

Canine Breath Freshener, $13

Emilia Poochie 505-438-9663 emiliapoochie.com

Catnip Cigar, $6

Emilia Poochie

505-438-9663 emiliapoochie.com

Dog Jacket

$66, Teca Tu

Cat Treats

$15, Emilia Poochie

505-982-9374, tecatu.com

505-438-9663, emiliapoochie.com

â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tis the season . . . Dog Bowl

$100, Emilia Poochie

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to pamper your pet

Fry Bread Mix

$3, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 888-922-4242, iaia.edu

Portable iPod Charger

$20, Le Bon Voyage 505-986-1260

Tin Milagro

$6, Doodlet’s

Steve White PEZ Dispenser Art

505-983-3771, doodlets.info

$35, Todos Santos 505-982-3855

stocking stuffers

Infinity Wrap

$148, Eileen Fisher Tin Heart

$27 Doodlet’s

505-983-3771 doodlets.info

Chocolate-Filled Tin

505-986-0900 eileenfisher.com

$25, Todos Santos 505-982-3855

Gift Certificate for a One-Hour Clay Class

$150, Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery

505-660-4585, heidiloewen.com

Mouse Place-Card Holders

$13 each, Poem Ryan Singer T-Shirt, $18

Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

888-922-4242, iaia.edu


gift guide Spice Rack

$200, Nambé

505-988-3574 nambe.com

home improvements Chile Linens

$16–$36 American Country Collection

505-984-0955, accsantafe.com

Micaceous Clay Bean Pot

$450, Cafe Pasqual’s Gallery 505-983-9340, pasquals.com

Salad Utensils

$20, Casa Nova

505-983-8558, casanovagallery.com


$180, Posh by Gosh

505-670-0590, poshbygosh.com

Bread Basket

$53, Casa Nova

505-983-8558, casanovagallery.com

Priest Armchair

$1,517 Southwest Spanish Craftsmen

505-988-1229, southwestspanishcraftsmen.com

Deck the halls in Santa Fe Style 30


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Vintage Navajo Blanket, c. 1880

$12,000 Shiprock Santa Fe 505-982-8478 shiprocksantafe.com

Claudia Cucchi Brooch

$950, Patina Gallery

Rocki Gorman Necklace and Pendant

505-986-3432, patina-gallery.com

$900, Rocki Gorman 505-983-7833 rockigorman.com

Darryl Edwards Necklace

$6,500, Packards 505-983-9241 packards-santafe.com

Doug Magnus Bracelet

$1,425, Packards

505-983-9241, packards-santafe.com

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann Bracelet

$6,800, Patina Gallery 505-986-3432 patina-gallery.com

Pat Flynn Cuff

$4,585 Patina Gallery

Kristin Lora Ring

505-986-3432 patina-gallery.com

$225 Kristin Lora Studios

505-474-5599, kristinlora.com

Darryl Edwards Bracelet

$3,750, Packards 505-983-9241 packards-santafe.com

Interchangeable Ring

Rocki Gorman Necklace

$1,125, Charlotte

$285 Rocki Gorman

505-660-8614 charlottesantafe.com

505-983-7833 rockigorman.com

adornments all that glitters isn’t just gold. it’s silver and iron and turquoise

— and plexiglas too

Laurie Lenfestey Necklaces

$225 & $325 Bittersweet on Canyon

505-490-9066, bittersweetdesigns.com


gift guide

Ski Jacket

$899, Alpine Sports 505-983-5155 alpinesports-santafe.com

Guidebook, $20

Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works

505-984-8221 sdcmountainworks.com

sporty Fishing Reel

$159, The Reel Life Fly-Fishing Vest

505-995-8114 thereellife.com

$169 The Reel Life

Suunto Sports Watch, $439

Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works

505-984-8221 sdcmountainworks.com

505-995-8114 thereellife.com

License Plate

$15, The Reel Life 505-995-8114 thereellife.com


$168, Alpine Sports 505-983-5155 alpinesports-santafe.com

Jacket, $278 Ski Goggles, $180

Alpine Sports

505-983-5155 alpinesports-santafe.com

Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works

505-984-8221 sdcmountainworks.com

the perfect gifts for the person who thinks he or she has everything . . .

Vintage Steel Guitar

$4,000, High Desert Guitars 505-983-8922

BMW HP2 Sport

$26,000 Santa Fe BMW

888-588-6608 santafebmwmotorcycles.com

Sooloos Digital Media System

starting at $7,500 Constellation Home Electronics

505-983-9988 constellationsantafe.com

Sunglasses, $5,000 Saddle (with matching gauntlets and chaps)

$85,000, Manitou Galleries

Optical Shop of Aspen

505-988-9510 opticalshopofaspen.com

505-986-0440, manitougalleries.com

over-the-top Hector Aguilar Chess Set

$26,000 Things Finer 505-983-5552

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el ritual

tradicional de lo

Santa Feâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everlasting holiday traditions


by Devon Jackson



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Clockwise from top: A red-chile ristra flanks a Nutcracker soldier; Santa Fe style meets tradition in a red-chile wreath; the Christmas Eve Matachines dance at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo; the Plaza comes to life with holiday lights and decorations each December.


There’s traditional and there’s ritual. In Santa Fe (in northern New Mexico in general), imbued as it is with the spiritual if not the outright religious, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish one Santa Fean’s tradition from another Santa Fean’s rite. As if any such distinction really matters here—which is one big reason why Santa Fe has such broad wintertime appeal: atheists, agnostics, and Wiccans can find just as much appreciation, joy, love, and meaning in the heavily Catholic Las Posadas procession (the reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s apocryphal After Hours–like search for lodging—a drama that begins at the Palace of the Governors and ends at the Plaza) as Catholics, Jews, and Muslims can get out of any of the Pueblo dances (such as the Matachines and Comanche dances, or the feasts and dances held in the homes of members of the Pueblo of Pojoaque), tamale-making parties, or mornings and afternoons spent skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing, sledding, hiking, or frolicking in the snow up at Hyde Park or the Ski Santa Fe ski area. Here in Santa Fe, some of these are rituals, all are traditions. What makes this part of the planet unique is that these activities are basically all in one area, and no matter what your religion, your belief system, your intent, few of these exercises are exclusionary (some of the sacred pueblo dances being the few exceptions to this general rule). Most are open and welcoming to any and all denominations. Aside from the melodrama of Las Posadas, the one other heavily and overtly religious tradition would be the Midnight Mass at St. Francis Cathedral. Even the most hard-hearted of atheists, though, would have a tough time denying the richness, if only musically, offered up by this event. It’d be akin to pooh-poohing the emotional

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depths plumbed at the season’s other musical (if quasi-spiritually based) concerts: the singing of Handel’s Messiah, the annual Nutcracker ballet, the many Christmas Eve vespers performances, the Christmas carolers, the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque concerts, and the Santa Fe Concert Association’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve concerts. And while most of these wintertime traditions are either religiously or spiritually based, there are plenty of other nonreligious (or, by this point, secularized) traditions to take part in. Undoubtedly, the most popular one being the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. This is the Christmas Eve convention wherein locals and out-of-towners alike brave the usually bitterest of bitter-cold evenings for a stroll along the city’s historic east-west avenue, peoples’ primary guides being the communal bonfires and the thousands of farolitos (paper bags filled with sand and each with a lit candle inside) lining the sidewalks and the edges of adobe buildings. (Again, you’d have to be a cold, cold, bitter-cold cynic not to see some sort of joy in an event like this.) There are also special train trips this time of year (Caroling with Santa Claus), running through the Galisteo Basin and with a lunchtime stop in Lamy. Speaking of trains, another favorite attraction is the model train diorama at the First National Bank of Santa Fe on the Plaza. And speaking of plazas . . . there’s the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Santa Fe’s Plaza, and the annual Lighting of Ledoux Street (in early December) in Taos, which is then followed by a nightly lighting of the farolitos on that town’s Plaza. Another favorite, though, just off Santa Fe Plaza, is the annual March of the Wooden Figurines at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This is the yearly show



Clockwise from top: At holiday time, thousands of farolitos—sand-filled paper bags, each with a candle inside—line the sidewalks and adobe walls; sunshine brightens the shrine in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel; holiday revelers warm up in front of a Christmas Eve bonfire; snow blankets Canyon Road.



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casing of local artist Gustave Baumann’s marionettes. These are all occasions taking place most anywhere else this time of year, but because of Santa Fe’s unique confluence of cultures, because of its history, because it’s cold in the winter and often snowy but, unlike most other wintry climes, as bright and sunny and even sky-blue and occasionally warm as it is in July (or it can feel that warm)—everything here takes on a different tone, a different hue, an altogether cozier feel. Call it sentimental, call it nostalgic, call it whatever you want, it’s unique. Another Plaza tradition in need of a comeback is the ice carving. With any luck, we’ll be seeing a master ice-carver on the Plaza this year, working his or her Roncomatic magic, cranking out crystalline candy canes and Clauses. Another Plaza event, though this one takes place at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Milner Plaza, is the communal walking of the seven-circuit labyrinth in celebration of the winter solstice (December 19). But one does not have to rely solely on others for tradition: many northern New Mexicans hike out to their local forest and for the cost of a permit (usually $10), cut down their own tannenbaum. Tradition can also be something as simple as baking bizcochitos (the state’s official cookie) together, whipping up a pot of posole, revisiting that favorite spot along one of the area’s many outdoor trails, or contemplating one’s ontological point in the cosmos from the Cross of the Martyrs, one of the high points of the city (at Paseo de Peralta and Hillside). Here, you can take in the City Different in all its twinkly splendor, savoring the moment for as long as you can. Until you come back and do it all again

Santa Fe’s festive Plaza lights bring out the holiday spirit in people of every religious or nonreligious bent.

the next year. And the next. And the next. And . . .


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For more info on all these great Santa Fe traditions, rituals, and other holiday events, please go to santafeancalendar.com



vernacular For Santa Fe architects, Santa Fe style boils down to three key thingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;materials, materials, materials


by Dianna Delling

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vernacular SAY THE WORDS Santa Fe architecture and most people immediately think of an adobe (or faux adobe) building with a flat roof, earth-toned stucco, brick or Saltillo tile floors, arched doorways, vigas, and a charming kiva fireplace. Such traditions have been part of Santa Fe’s identify since at least the turn of the twentieth century, and they’ve given the city a look that’s known around the world. For architects in Santa Fe, though, good design doesn’t start with any sort of predetermined style. They may draw on the region’s vernacular architecture, but for the most part they’re building on traditions, not resting on them. Ask a bunch of local architects to define Santa Fe style and you’re bound to get a bunch of different answers—with the word lifestyle popping up more often than terms like portal or kiva. “Your goal is related to [the southwestern] lifestyle, not a particular exterior look,” says architect John T. Midyette of John T. Midyette III and Associates, who’s been designing homes in Santa Fe and the Southwest since the 1960s. “Here you design from the inside out. You don’t have to create a certain streetscape facade, such as Colonial Williamsburg or California Mission. That gives you a great deal of freedom in how you organize spaces. Our lifestyle here is less formal, not as rigid.” As architect James Horn of Spears Architects sees it, northern New



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Mexico architecture is simply shaped by the realities presented by the region, not by a style or trend. “It’s the incredible lifestyle here—and the weather—that are the starting points. Buildings happen in response to those things. “I see designing as a process where you consider the seasons and the weather, and the color of the soil and the sky, and the materials that surround you,” adds Horn. “You really have to listen to the environment here.” That’s what Native Americans did a thousand years ago, when they built structures such as the Taos Pueblo using adobe—bricks made of earth, straw, and water. The pueblo’s walls are two to three feet thick (protecting inhabitants not just from intruders but from the elements) and supported by what the Spanish called vigas, timber beams harvested from the northern New Mexico forests. External beauty aside, the fact that the Taos Pueblo has withstood centuries of intense sun, wind, heat, and cold weather can be seen as a testament to the benefits of working with locally available materials. “There’s a reason massive walls and indigenous materials like earth and stucco are part of the regional architecture,” says Horn. Working toward that time-honored end, Horn and other local architects design homes that not only build on regional traditions but incorporate elements such as concrete, glass, and steel for a sharper, more contemporary


Top: Designed by James Horn (Spears Architects), this Tano Road home combines traditional materials with contemporary glass and stainless steel; above: A custom-designed fountain graces the backyard in a home by John T. Midyette III and Associates. Opposite page: Cement floors and a minimalist fireplace in the Tano Road home by James Horn (Spears Architects).

“I see designing as a process where you consider the seasons and the weather, and the color of the soil and the sky, and the materials that surround you,” says architect James Horn. “You really have to listen to the environment in Santa Fe.”

look. “Once you put in vigas, you have a traditional house,” says A. Christopher Purvis of A. Christopher Purvis Architects. “But instead you can use very small steel beams—so you have that same rhythm that you get from vigas but without that exact look. We make reference to the way things were, but we’re using new materials.” Given today’s high-tech building materials, New Mexico architects have myriad new ways to work with New Mexico’s intense sunlight and other unique environmental factors. “We work with heavy masonry walls and punch openings to move the light around; it can help us define a space,” says Purvis. “With newer technologies, we can let some of the light in—but indirectly, so it doesn’t heat up the room.” While pursuing new approaches, Purvis is aware that clients and Santa Fe visitors still look for certain elements in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico structures. “What everybody seems to like here is that kind of handmade quality—plaster walls, fences that are made by hand as opposed to machine. Even in our more modern buildings, people can see there is hand plaster or other handmade things at work.” He also recognizes that Santa Fe’s buildings and the design of its downtown area remain important aspects of Santa Fe’s appeal as a tourism destination. “We have an urban fabric that people come from all over the world to see,” he says. “Windy little streets that connect you in a very nonlinear fashion. Walls that sometimes come all the way to the street. I think that’s why people like to live and visit here.” OF COURSE, SANTA FE’S COHESIVE LOOK is no accident. “Santa Fe style” was born in the earliest years of the twentieth century, when local planners realized that the city’s rich Native American and Spanish colonial heritage could be played up to increase its potential as a tourist destination. “Because the railroad bypassed Santa Fe,” explains architect Trey Jordan, of Trey Jordan Architecture, “city fathers wanted to create a tourist destination, something to convince people to come in from Lamy [where the train station was] and help generate a vital local economy.” When New Mexico was granted statehood, in 1912, a Santa Fe december 2010 /january 2011

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Redesigned by Barbara Felix, this Santa Fe condo features a cantilevered loft and a single-piece steel staircase.



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revitalization plan recommended that all Santa Fe buildings should conform to a newly developed style, “Spanish Pueblo revival,” which combined elements from pueblos, churches, and other historical buildings in the region. Among those elements were brown exterior stucco, rounded corners, and irregular parapets. Later, in the 1930s, the official look was expanded to allow for territorial-style buildings (which have straighter walls; larger, wood-framed windows; and brick-trimmed parapets). In 1957 Santa Fe established the Historic Zoning Ordinance, which required all buildings in the central part of the city to conform to historic building styles. The ordinance remains in effect today, preserving Santa Fe’s unified look but fueling debate among some City Different architects. “Don’t get me wrong; if we hadn’t had the historic style ordinance, who knows where the Santa Fe environment would be,” says Midyette. (Another local architect, who prefers to remain anonymous, put it less delicately: “If you take out all the constraints, you end up with a place that looks like Houston.”) Midyette says he objects to what he sees as the city’s overly strict interpretation of the building ordinance in recent years. The guidelines could be loosened, he believes, while still keeping their original intentions intact. “The historic founders were trying to preserve a Pueblo territorial style instead of an East Coast gingerbread style that was spreading across the country,” he says. As it has for the past century, Santa Fe architecture will continue to evolve in response to clients’ changing lifestyles, design trends, and the development of new building materials. It’s also being shaped by a growing awareness of environContinued on page 64


“My interpretation of Santa Fe style is that it’s about the artisans and craftsmen: the stonemasons, the plasterers, the people doing the details and carving the wood,” says architect Barbara Felix. “Because what you’re really focusing on is that quality of material.”


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In their artist statement for this particular piece, from their joint show, The Rapture Project (at LAUNCHPROJECTS, 355 E Palace, launchprojects.com, December 9–January 30, 2011, reception December 9, 6–7 pm), Jennifer Joseph and Chris Collins propose— in a classic case of artist TMI—that this “swarm of 1,000 lead bullets gilded with 23K gold leaf . . . refers to the alchemical process of changing lead into gold as metaphor for the ascent from the baseness of humanity into the realms of spiritual enlightenment and immortality.” It gets better: “However, in this case the transmutation is false.” There’s more still—but there needn’t be. Why? Because while it’s entirely possible to come away from this show in total lockstep with their critique of end-times Christianity (which in their minds adopts “violent means to manifest biblical prophecy”), it’s way more fun to bypass the overly intellectualized selfjustifications and just geek out on the aesthetic appeal of these massings of golden bullets.—Devon Jackson Jennifer Joseph + Chris Collins, The Rapture Project (detail), .45 caliber lead slugs, gold leaf, wire, dimensions variable december 2010 /january 2011

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Mosedale, Lenore, oil and photograph on canvas, 26 x 40"

Andrew Mosedale, Chicago, digital photograph, 40 x 25"

Andrew Mosedale The William and Joseph Gallery, 727 Canyon 505-982-9404, thewilliamandjosephgallery.com December 17–January 20, 2011, reception December 17, 5–7 pm Urban skylines, windswept deserts, and Tuscan villas become shadowy dreamscapes in Mosedale’s pop-surrealist photographs. Sometimes haunting, sometimes whimsical, the images draw viewers in with their rich textures and tones that recall Jerry Spagnoli daguerreotypes or Fritz Lang’s German Expressionist years, then quietly surprise with odd, Terry Gilliam–like juxtapositions: a vintage car floating above a jumble of gothically lit Chicago skyscrapers, an elephant peering through the doorway of a candle-lit Italianate bedroom. Mosedale, who lives in Santa Fe, counts Magritte and Dalí among his influences and finds some of his architectural subjects on twice-a-year travels to Europe. So much softer than the Klieg-lit reality that is life, his moody fantasy worlds appeal to the urge for nostalgic relief and romantic escape.—Dianna Delling

Mosedale, Counts Wine, photograph on canvas, 29 x 40"

Mosedale, Dream, digital photograph on fiber rag, 33 x 54" december 2010 /january 2011

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Lynden St. Victor, You First, mixed media, acrylic, ink, and oil on canvas, 32 x 42"

POP Gallery on Love POP Gallery, 133 W Water 505-820-0788, popsantafe.com through December 31, closing reception December 31, 6–8 pm Perhaps less an artistic commentary on love and more a reason to help raise money to benefit the homeless and hungry children of Santa Fe, this group show features works from some of POP’s Juxtapoz-ish favorites: the pallid portraits of Lynden St. Victor, the Tim Burton-y Ugly Dollish dolls of Junker Jane, and the darker mixed-media surrealisms of Aunia Kahn.—DJ

Works in Small Sizes: A Holiday Show GF Contemporary, 707 Canyon, 505-983-3707, gfcontemporary.com December 11–January 18, 2011, reception December 11, 3–5 pm These smallish works by some of GF’s local artists are small only in size, as they’re really no less effective than the artists’ bigger pieces: Nigel Conway’s “portraits” lose none of their circusy, Egon Schiele-ish, outsider qualities; Eric Reinemann’s Matisse-like abstract color collages may be even more compact—and thus impactful—than his stretched-out canvases; Ali Cavanaugh’s vivid frescoes are all the more crisp and inviting; and Rachel Rivera’s gyne-birds are just as erotically bizarre in these tight spaces as they would be blown up.—DJ

Michael Workman: New Works Meyer East Gallery, 225 Canyon 505-983-1657, meyereastgallery.com December 17–January 2, 2011, reception December 17, 5–7 pm Workman’s dreamy landscapes—cows and horses overwhelmed against giant skies and even more gigantically rendered pastures and valleys—remove any semblance, any hint of noise. Visual noise, actual noise, noise noise—distractions of any sort—gone, and not just gone but envisioned as if they were never there. These are quiet, serene, entirely tonal paintings on panel, in the vein of the master of all things tonal, George Inness.—DJ

Michael Workman, Autumn Horses, oil on linen on panel, 34 x 68"

Eric Reinemann, Confluence, mixed media, 25 x 22" december 2010 /january 2011

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Holiday Group Show Art Exchange Gallery, 618b Canyon, 505-982-6329 aegallery.com, December 3–31 reception December 3, 4–7 pm This holiday exhibition brings together small works by the Exchange’s 25 artists, many appropriate for holiday giving. Look for New Mexico landscapes by Richard Tashjian and Kay McCarthy, Native American–inspired art by Paul Jones, and a new collection of earth-toned, Western-themed collages by artist and gallery owner Jeff Tabor.—DD

Jean Wells + Jean-Marie Haessle David Richard Contemporary 130 Lincoln, Suite D, 505-983-9555, davidrichardcontemporary.com Wells: December 13-January 8, 2011 Haessle: December 20-January 24, 2011 These two shows fit well within the DR aesthetic: superbright, supercolory, superfun. Haessle, a longtime New Yorker (by way of his native France) who fell in with minimalist sculptor Carl Andre and conceptual artist Hans Haacke in the late 60s, here presents some of his more spontaneous, more abstract, more immediate paintings. Now in his 70s, Haessle appears to be channeling Pollock and de Kooning in these departures from his usual style (tight geometric color fields or his erotically charged anthropomorphic alphabet series). Likewise, Wells operates only in colors of ultra-high wattage. Her Kisses, burgers, Lifesavers, and other Pop objects triangulate the spirit and scale of Claes Oldenburg, the shininess of Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, and the tacky-blingy taste of Liberace. Schooled by her father in the ways of mosaic art, Wells cuts her glass by hand and seems to feel that Lustrosity + Monstrosity = Acceptance, Meaning, Significance. Even if that’s less her intent and more something critics ascribe to her work, there’s no denying them their levity.—DJ

Jean Wells, Silver Burger, mosaic tiles and glass, 6 x 18 x 12"

Jeff Tabor, Tabor Collage, acrylic and collage on canvas, 18 x 20"

Tom Noble Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon 505-983-8815, ventanafineart.com December 11–January 11, 2011 reception December 11, 1–3 pm Taos-based Noble’s color-saturated watercolors depict Northern New Mexico as what he calls a “pre-industrial Arcadia”—a pastoral utopia of adobe churches, grazing sheep, small farms, and dramatic skies filled with stars or storm clouds or blinding yellow sunshine. It’s an idealized vision, but it works: Noble’s slightly off-kilter perspective and bright oranges, purples, and blues capture the region’s famously mystical spirit.—DD

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Jean-Marie Haessle, Untitled 04, oil on canvas, 44 x 66"

Peg Denney, Little Boxes, mixed media, 12 x 12 x 4"

LEDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Artists Inspired by Innovation Eileen Braziel Fine Arts, 229 Johnson, Suite B 505-699-4914, eileenbrazielfinearts.com December 17â&#x20AC;&#x201C;February 25, 2011, reception December 17, 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;7 pm This technology-infused group installation show centers on the artistic possibilities of the light-emitting diode (LED). Braziel asked her participants to pose questions about innovation, presumably while incorporating LEDs into their work. More popular among guerrilla artists (think back to that 2007 marketing campaign in Boston for Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and artists such as Jenny Holzer and Martin Firrell, LEDs have yet to reach their full artistic potential. Here, though, Joel Hobbieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assemblages of recycled metals from Los Alamos National Labs, Greg Chaprnkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imaginative Guy Maddin-esque TV-video-LED concoction, and Beth Rekowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastic sculptures hint at where LED might work best. Reusing all sorts of plastic trash (grocery bags, wrappings, strips), Rekow, for one, uses LEDs to condemn technology as a whole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;LED represents that source of energy and power that promises us hope,â&#x20AC;? says Rekow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m critiquing the fascination and seduction of LED and technology.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;DJ

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Beth Rekow, Consumption series, recycled plastic ball with indoor and outdoor LEDs, 7'

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Roseta Santiago Roseta Santiago, Earthsong Vl, oil, 48 x 48"

Earthsong describes what I think about clay pots made by skilled potters of any era—especially those made with limited resources: hands, water, clay, and branch as a paintbrush. The designs on this pot are extraordinary, and it was amazing to follow the handiwork of the ancient craftsperson. If the earth sang a song it would be about this beautiful pottery. Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln, 505-954-9902 blueraingallery.com, rosetasantiago.com

The William & Joseph Gallery Reid Richardson, The Path, oil on canvas, 51 x 48"

The William & Joseph Gallery presents contemporary landscapes by Reid Richardson! Reid creates bold images of poetic skies and surrealistic landscapes in his latest series, The Cloud Trees. 727 Canyon, 505-982-9404, thewilliamandjosephgallery.com

Darnell Fine Art Rachel Darnell, Sunset Mystic oil and 24K gold leaf on canvas, 60 x 50"

Rachel Darnell continues to grow as an artist. Her style has developed into a new sophisticated minimalism. Trademark oil and 24K gold leaf are now on layered canvas creating a striking linear quality. The subtle depth of coloring evokes a meditative quality from the work. 640 Canyon, 505-984-0840 darnellfineart.com

Milagro Gallery Joe Andoe, Reversed X4, 2010 Pigment Jet Print, Edition of 55, 39.5 x 30"

Milagro Gallery features the work of established artists in paintings, prints and photographs. The Gallery is also a venue for cutting-edge young artists. Milagro Gallery is situated in a registered cultural adobe structure which first operated as a livery in 1790. The Gallery is close to Taos Plaza and across from the newly expanded Harwood Museum.

208 Ranchitos Road, Taos, NM 87571 575-758-2251 or 917-536-6173 www.milagrogallery.com

Eileen Braziel Fine Art Joel Hobbie, Untitled, interactive installation, LED-powered sensors with recycled and welded metals

Joel Hobbie’s interactive installations, LED-powered sensors, recycled metals from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and welded metals engage the viewer in such a way as to encourage participation in the artwork. LED—Artists Inspired by Innovation. Opening reception: December 17, Friday 5–7 pm, December 18–February 28, 2011. Joel Hobbie, Teri Yarbrow and Max Almy, Peg Denney, Greg Chaprnka, Chuck Zimmer, and Beth Rekow. 229 Johnson, Suite B, 505-699-4914, eileenbrazielfinearts.com 52


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Santa Fe Artists Market

Railyard Park offers a beautiful setting for our vibrant and diverse artists market. Find original work in a variety of media from more than 65 local artists.   Saturday mornings until 2:00 pm Across from the Farmer’s Market, Free Admission santafeartistsmarket.com

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

From May 15, 2010, through April 17, 2011, the Wheelwright Museum presents Nizhoni Shima’: Master Weavers of the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Region. This exhibition features iconic textiles dating from 1910 to the present. Included are masterworks by Daisy Taugelchee, Bessie Manygoats, and Clara Sherman. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–5 pm. Free admission. Donations encouraged. 704 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill 505-982-4636, wheelwright.org

Russian Art Gallery Anatoly Kostovsky, Nikolo Village 1957, oil on panel, 19 x 14"

Specializing in 20th-century Russian art including its highlights by Anatoly Kostovsky, Murat Kaboulov or Karl Shulunov... Featuring fine jewelry as well as various handcrafted and hand painted gifts such as: Matrioshkas (nesting dolls), lacquer boxes, khokhloma and much more... We look forward to presenting what is a fascinating glimse into the history of art. 225 Galisteo, 505-989-9223 russianart.us.com

Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery Heidi Loewen, Golden Glow smoked porcelain with 22K gold leaf, D: 28"

Heidi creates smoked, gold-leafed, and oil-painted vessels. Watch her demonstrate  and carve in her gallery. Glazed work by Sara Kathryn. Commission Heidi to make a platter or sculpture. Heidi teaches wheel throwing privately to all ages, any time, as she has on TV with Giada DeLaurentiis. December 10–January 7. Opening reception December 10, 5–8 pm. 315 Johnson, 505-988-2225, heidiloewen.com

POP Gallery

Catherine Zacchino, fiber sculptures

Catherine Zacchino (aka Junker Jane) creates fiber sculpture using recycled and new elements melding texture, color, and patterns that evoke a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. From pinstripe pants to vintage doll hands, silk ruching to antique buttons and glass eyes, each handcrafted doll is in itself a work of art. 133 W Water, 505-820-0788, popsantafe.com december 2010 /january 2011

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Gentlemen’s Lunch

11:30 am – 2 pm, Rio Chama Steakhouse, $100

Edible Art Tour

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Feast or Famine

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Saturday February 26 Art of Home Tour

12 – 4 pm, free admission

Gourmet Dinner & Auction 6 pm, Encantado Resort, $175

Sunday February 27 Artists’ Champagne Brunch & Auction

11:30 am – 2 pm Bishop’s Lodge Resort, $75

Art of Home Tour

12– 4 pm, free admission

Thanks to all Donors, Grantors and the following Underwriters: The Collectors Guide The Essential Guide Frontier Frames Mary & Robert Harbour Inside Santa Fe Journal Santa Fe Los Alamos National Bank Santa Fean Magazine Santa Fe Properties Southwest Art Magazine Western Art and Architecture Western Art Collector / American Art Collector and partially funded by New Mexico Tourism Department, newmexico.org and City of Santa Fe Lodger’s Tax, santafenm.gov

ARTsmart is a volunteer organization that believes the visual arts are critical to a child’s development. Through charitable donations and events, ARTsmart funds art programs for Santa Fe schoolchildren. Our annual fundraiser, ARTfeast, is a community project that also promotes economic development. ARTsmart is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that works with the Santa Fe Gallery Association.

O’KEEFFIANA: Art & Art Materials

O N E X H I B I T I O N T H R O U G H M AY 8 , 2 O 1 1 Join us for an unparalleled, intimate journey into Georgia O’Keeffe’s creative process in an extraordinar y exhibition that brings O’Keeffe’s artistic legacy to life. Gallery by gallery visitors venture deep into the artist’s studio through a selection of treasures from the Museum’s extensive collection, and conservation of her works.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Pelvis IV, 1944. Oil on Masonite, 36 x 40. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation (2007.06.001) © 1987, Private Collection


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Karen Melfi Collection Oxidized silver band with faceted moonstone and rosecut diamonds set in 18 karat yellow gold For 20 years the Karen Melfi Collection has been representing the finest local and national jewelry, wearable art, and contemporary craft artists. Located on Canyon Road, KMC offers a wide selection of high-quality, handcrafted items in all price ranges. 225 Canyon Road, 505-982-3032 karenmelficollection.com

Charlotte Santa Fe Interchangeable jewelry These black high-tech ceramic rings from Germany can be interchanged by the customer to fit both mood and budget. Each can be worn as a ring or on a bracelet and pendant with matching earrings. Starting at $370. 66 E San Francisco, on the Plaza, 505-660-8614 charlotteshop.com

enchanted treasures La Mesa of Santa Fe In business since 1982, La Mesa has featured the wooden masks and figures of Hopi/Spanish artist Gregory Lomayesva for 20 years. Pictured are colorful masks from his recent series of smaller sculptures. Perfect as a single piece for limited spaces, or to display in a grouping. Each mask is approximately 6 x 8" and excellently priced at $100. 225 Canyon, 505-984-1688 lamesaofsantafe.com



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Packard’s on the Plaza Rough-cut, faceted, natural aquamarine with handmade signature sterling clasp Sassy and sophisticated stones, beads, pearls, and gems in every color of the spectrum. Drape, string, coil, or snake on one of Pam Springall’s necklaces in your favorite hue to wear to lunch or to the opera, only at Packard’s on the Plaza. 61 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-648-7358 or 505-983-9241 packards-santafe.com


Packard’s on the Plaza Marquis quartz, turquoise, and diamonds in 18K gold Incite your passions with Emily Armenta’s fabulous heraldic jewelry. Reminiscent of Guinevere, Charlemagne, and Marie Antoinette, pendants, bangles, earrings, and rings are set with beautiful gemstones. Select your special piece of romance at Packard’s on the Plaza. 61 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-648-7358 or 505-983-9241 packards-santafe.com

Shiprock Santa Fe A selection of vintage Navajo bracelets From historic treasures to works by top artists of the modern era, Shiprock Santa Fe has a dazzling array of Native American jewelry in their spacious gallery. Don’t miss their eclectic pairing of Native American weavings with modern mid-century furnishings.  53 Old Santa Fe Trail (upstairs on the Plaza), 505-982-8478 shiprocksantafe.com

Sweet Bird Studio Companion couture Jewelry for the body, soul, and faithful companion. Irreverent, playful, whimsical, and sporty, just like your pooch. Say you want it specially made? Just ask…express your inner dog! American made. American style. American heart. Boulder, CO, 303-440-9891, sweetbirdstudio.com

Desert Son of Santa Fe Boots from very short to very tall, some warm and fuzzy, some tall and cool, Italian, Belgian, and western, your feet will be appreciative if you bring them to Desert Son of Santa Fe, and the perfect boot deserves the perfect handbag, of course! 725 Canyon, 505-982-9499, desertsonofsantafe.com

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Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths 14 Karat Gold Reversible Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Diamond Ring by Gloria Sawin Experience Gloria Sawin’s innovative collection of Reversible Jewelry – featuring gold or silver rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets set with luscious gemstones on both sides. 656 Canyon, 505-988-7215 or 866-988-7215 tvgoldsmiths.com

Rocki Gorman Glitter Tres Platos Get your holiday bling with our Tres Platos necklace. Perfect for the holiday glow. Antiqued silver beads in three sizes plus a 4" extender. La Fonda Hotel, 505-983-7833 rockigorman.com

Asian Adobe Affordable, practical entertaining elegance The Beatriz Ball Collection at Asian Adobe includes beautiful, unique serving pieces from platters to bowls and much more. Each piece is handmade using a special lustrous alloy of several metals. Freezer and oven friendly, the pieces are easy to care for and will never tarnish. 310 Johnson, one block west of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, 505-992-6846, asianadobe.com

Spotlight Cards Fun and wacky Holiday and Year-Round Cards Distinguished by a spotlight integrated into every design, these 5x7 cards are made from original cartoons, finished on the computer, and printed on quality paper in Santa Fe, NM. Retail for $2.95 each. Holiday cards in Boxes of 10 for $19.95. Shown here is “Happy New Year!” #HH-111709 Available at Garcia Street Books, The Whole Package, and other local shops. Purchase directly from the designers by telephone or online. 505-690-6558 or 866-666-9193, spotlightcards.com 58


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Things Finer Things Finer now has two locations inside La Fonda, with more room to show more beautiful antiques and jewelry, plus gift items and accessories. This stunning Victorian sapphire and diamond pendant is just one treasure from our collection! 100 E San Francisco, inside La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza 505-983-5552, thingsfiner.com

KatieO Jewelry These elegant earrings are from the KatieO Calligraphy Earring Collection. They are made with hand-forged sterling silver and antique Tibetan hand-carved bone prayer beads. Visit our website to see more earrings from this exotic collection. 954-638-9118, katieojewelry.com

The Golden Eye Steamboat Soap Company Western embellished soaps Steamboat Soap Company’s embellished soaps blend western art and luxurious soap into a one-of-a-kind creation. Located in the beautiful mountains of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Each bar is handmade and wrapped in our popular embellished artisan paper. “From our ranch to your home!” 970-846-7944, steamboatsoap.com

Design your own unique earrings from our collection of “ear-rangements,” handcrafted here in Santa Fe of 18K gold. One or many, mix and match. Since 1971, The Golden Eye has specialized in fine, handcrafted jewelry in high-karat gold, paired with exotic gemstones and pearls, and was one of the first to use the ancient rose-cut diamond in contemporary jewelry. 115 Don Gaspar, 505-984-0040 or 800-784-0038 goldeneyesantafe.com december 2010 /january 2011

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This vanishing-point view belongs to Jeanne and Mickey Klein. As much a museum as a home, their Santa Fe residence was designed by New York architect Mark DuBois (of Ohlhausen DuBois); local artist Andrew Gellatly, who shows at Gebert Contemporary, serves as their “art guy.” “I wouldn’t say I’m a curator,” demurs Gellatly, who hooked up with the Kleins in 2004. “Art comes in and I decide where it goes. I’m the eyes and ears for people.” Here in the Kleins’ Photo Hallway, Gellatly arranged Bill Viola’s three-panel video installation Witness along the left wall; other works, by Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, and Gerhard Richter, fill out this long, wonderfully lit space. “With those overhead lights,” explains Gellatly, “the designers figured out a way to wash a wall with light without getting too many arcs.” The overall effect—of art and light—is complementary, dazzling, transportive.—Devon Jackson

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as easy as ACC fur n itur e DJ Le s lie Living ston s uc ce s sf ully sa mple s st yle s f rom all ove r

Even though it offers nothing so radical as the sleek New Design stylings of Philippe Starck, there’s still a very modernist sensibility at ACC; and despite it’s unabashedly attraction to almost all things Asian—and feels as if you’ve stepped into the wellpreserved house of the famed Thai-silk-revivalist businessman Jim Thompson—ACC maintains firm footing in both the West and Western styles, and in the United States in particular. After all, ACC does stand for American Country Collection, and the bulk of its products hail from cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and High Point, North Carolina. In large part, credit for this keen mixture of sleek and stately, worldly and Southwestern, European and Asian, contemporary, antique, and transitional, rests largely upon the perspicacious eye of merchandise manager Leslie Livingston, who happens to own the store with her husband, Chip. The couple bought ACC from its original owners, and creators, Carol Israel and Michael Needle, who’d moved to Santa Fe in the mid-1980s and founded the furniture and design store in 1989 before selling it to the Livingstons in 2006. “Carol noticed my taste,” recalls Livingston of her beginnings there in 2003. “Chip and Carol said to me, Come on in. And Carol had told Chip, I want her to work with me.” Given the fact that Livingston had had no formal training or experience as an interior designer, Israel’s leap of faith could be construed as risky. Livingston, though, a native of Brentwood, California, grew up in a family whose mother was very active in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. “I went there all the time as a kid,” says Livingston, 51, “and to museums in New York and San Francisco.” She also had a boyfriend in San Francisco who worked as a lighting designer, and she herself worked in the city’s premier modern-furniture and design store, Limn. Her first love, however, was—and remains—singing. Jazz, show tunes, cabaret. All over the country. (And, yes, she’ll still travel for the right gig—if it doesn’t interfere with her ACC duties.) “But it’s a tawdry life,” she says. “That’s what led me to psychotherapy.” Yes, psychotherapy, which is what she did for 20 years. Even after moving out here in 1988. “I wanted to be in an artistically sophisticated environment, and still be able to work with incredible musicians.” She married Chip in 1995 and soon started helping out at the store. Back then, ACC specialized in reproductions of early American furniture, particularly Shaker pieces. They’re still the go-to location for such unique objects, but Livingston has helped broaden the store’s selection and moved it further into the future. She’s done that by widening her net: She goes to Dallas and Atlanta for accessories; San Francisco for silk florals (“People with second homes want silk florals—which are not cheap”); New York for the latest trend or the 62


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rare antique find (like a Belgian zinc mirror); Chicago for textiles and rugs; and High Point because of the quality of the wood—“For us, it’s more about integrity and putting money into this country instead of places like China,” where the manufacturing regulations aren’t as strict. That sort of credo fosters a different kind of relationship between creator and user. Fond of mixing antiques and contemporary objects with transitional ones (currently made pieces that recall or riff off of ones from the past), Livingston feels that this philosophy avoids both the cookie-cutter approach and the cobbled-together look. In the end, all of it blends together into one unique whole. Nevertheless, “Furniture,” she allows, “is fashion. So you look for new things, for things that keep up with what’s going on out there. And we want the store looking new. But what’s new can also be ugly. So you can’t just buy only what’s new.” Especially with a clientele as sophisticated as ACC’s. “People who come in here, they’ve been there, done that, and they know we’re known for our antiques,” says Livingston. “They want Western or rustic. Our mission, though, is to give people that without being kitschy or Western Americana. It doesn’t have to be traditionally Western to fit here.” One way of breaking out of that traditional box is through an emphasis on Asian pieces. Another is organized eclecticism. And still another is that intangible human element— whether it’s that Made-in-the-USA integrity or their involvement in the community (through fundraising events, by donating unsold pieces to various groups). “What I want,” says Livingston, “is for this to be a place for people who want beauty in their environment and a human connection.”

easy does it define your style with elegance By K i m D. White When it’s done well, home design looks effortless. Easy. As if it could appear no other way: that tile, that lighting, that rug is, respectively, the tile for that kitchen, the light for that living room, the only rug for that dining room. That has been my approach to interior design, and my goal as well. Pam Hanlon and her husband Rick, working with Woods Design Builders, Inc., recently came to our store asking for advice on the finishes for her husband’s new office located opposite their pool. Pam wanted the space to be elegant and masculine and to feature a hand-woven Navajo rug from Shiprock Trading Post. Her goal for the office bathroom: complement the carpet’s pattern with a decorative tile for the wainscot and shower. We suggested reproducing the main motif from the carpet onto the tumbled stone selected for the bathroom. The custom-stone border now appears as an accent throughout the bath. Another longtime client couple, Reynie and Katie Ortiz, wanted to incorporate a tile mural into their outdoor fountain; they wanted to personalize it and create a focal point from their living room portal. Reynie, a Santa Fe native, had been looking for a mural of the Spanish Armada for many years. The space on the fountain would not accommodate the whole fleet, so I suggested the rendering of a single Spanish galleon. Alessandra Haines, one of Statements’ local tile artists, produced the Continued on page 64

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custom tiles, hand-glazing them to match my rendering. Continued from page 63 Tile and flooring are not the only dilemmas. Home lighting also presents challenges. We’ve collaborated often with Victoria Price, of Victoria Price Art and Design, on lighting for her remodel projects. In one of Victoria’s recent projects for Matthew Sample and Greg Aragon, for instance, we added pendants over the dining-room table, accentuating its elegance and heightening the room’s already high style. Still, as easy and elegant as it looked, it took some work: Because of limited electrical access in the ceiling, I suggested a line-voltage rail system to support the fixtures. These changes helped highlight the glass-covered fireplace and the artwork on the walls. Perhaps the most effective tool at my disposal—at the disposal of any good interior design store or design professional—is the ability to listen. Actively. Our experience and our questions will help you define your style, scope, timeline, and budget. That’s always been my approach, and my goal: elegant solutions and one-of-kind designs. Kim D. White purchased Statements in Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring in 1999, after starting with the business as the showroom manager in 1994. She has a background in interior design and costume design in New York and San Francisco.

mental issues and volatile energy prices. Sustainability is a word we’ll only be hearing more of on the local building scene. Passive solar designs and recycled and natural materials—adobe and salvaged doors and vigas—have long been popular in northern New Mexico. But now there is more official oversight. As of July 2009, when the city’s Green Building Code went into effect, all new homes built in Santa Fe must meet energyefficiency, water-efficiency, and other eco-related standards. Some of the city’s most prominent new buildings—the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (Spears Architects and Fentress Architects), the Thornburg Investment Management campus (Mexico’s Legorreta + Legorreta and Albuquerque’s Dekker/Perich/Sabatini)—and dozens of new private homes have been awarded prestigious LEED greenbuilding certification. Given northern New Mexico’s abundant year-round sunshine, Jordan believes there may come a day when solar panels aren’t just tolerated in a building design but are seen as synonymous with Santa Fe style. Aside from sustainability issues, local architects notice other trends. Clients are looking for smaller, more functional homes. “I see a trend toward a cleaner, more sophisticated style,” says architect Barbara Felix of Barbara Felix Architecture + Design. “My personal interpretation of Santa Fe style is that it’s actually all about the artisans and craftsmen who build the structure—the stonemasons, the plasterers, the people doing the tile details and carving the wood,” she says. “When their workmanship gets to shine through, the space by default becomes more simple, clean, and sophisticated. You’re really focusing on that quality of material. And that is actually what Santa Fe style is all about.“

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Holiday Helper Imagine Santa’s surprise when his trip down the chimney is greeted with a plate of these gorgeous (and delicious) goodies from Café Pasqual’s cookie case. This downtown institution has been whipping up fabulous food for 31 years, so of course these confections are made with the same care (and with 99.9 percent organic ingredients). Sweeten the teeth of friends and family with such buttery wonders as Della’s melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge walnut cookies, Mexican wedding cookies (perfect for any celebration), oh-so-malleable chocolate molasses cookies, mango/ coconut-rich Tahitian cookies, dark rummy French cannelés, edible peace dove ornaments, gingerbread people, and more—all available for shipping around the country. Pasqual’s colorful website includes a host of other Santa-friendly, edible gifts, including chile pecans, house-blend organic coffees, food-themed gift baskets, cookbooks, y más. Santa will love the treats and the assistance!—John Vollertsen Café Pasqual’s, 121 Don Gaspar, 505-983-9340, pasquals.com


koi story by John Vollertsen Finding your culinary niche in our food-fabulous town is the greatest challenge a chef or restaurateur faces. With more than 200 restaurants in a city of barely 80,000 full-time residents, competition is stiff—and getting bums onto seats can be tricky. Luckily for Joel Coleman, chef and creative food wizard at Koi, talent, imagination, and a good amount of chutzpah are paying off. The recently opened eatery, right down from the Plaza, is a foodie’s dream—and it’s among the hottest of topics on the Santa Fe food scene. Coleman does possess a slight advantage over most first-time business owners. His previous restaurant, Mauka, which he operated for two years in the Sanbusco district, also created quite the buzz and had many loyal customers. The setting there was slightly more upscale; its fine-dining environs featured a traditional appetizer-and-main-course menu. Koi is more casual, and its small-plate, Asian tapas format gives Coleman’s dishes greater accessibility. With a menu this provocative, you’ll want to sample everything. Set on the third floor of a building at the corner of Palace and Grant avenues, Koi has a nice view of historic Burro Alley on one side and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on the other. The building itself has long served as home to other restaurants and nightclubs. (Of late, Rize has arisen in the space formerly inhabited by Fusion and before that Swig. Newly renovated, Rize feels brighter and more stylishly modern—more Palm Springs than downtown Santa Fe.) So

there’s still a dance club next door, but happily the two environments don’t bleed into each other; dense curtains cordon off Koi’s dining area from the club, which doesn’t open until later in the evening. As for the food itself—and Koi and Coleman are all about the food— portion sizes on this eclectic menu are designed to encourage sharing and are priced accordingly. Three to four plates per person will create a fabulous meal. Coleman’s Hawaiian roots have the young chef dabbling in island cookery, and his passion for fresh fish is evident in his offerings of raw and nearly raw seafood. When the restaurant opened early this summer, farmers’ market fruits and vegetables were featured throughout the menu. Coleman’s skill and respect for flavor is what makes dining here so delicious. If there are cherry tomatoes on the plate, rest assured they will be the finest available in Santa Fe, and by God they will taste like tomatoes. Raw sashimi, with an ever-changing list of pristine fish varieties, is simply sliced and scattered with interesting salts. Kimchi pancakes with pork-foie sausage, a sunny-side-up egg, and maple crème fraîche puddle are a holdover from the Mauka menu and show off Coleman’s delight in giving the classics his own clever and tasty spin. The batter on the tempura is arguably the lightest and most luscious in town, allowing the tender kale and assorted squashes on the serving we shared to shine through, even after a dip in the tart ponzu sauce. With the onset of cooler weather, heartier dishes take on a greater appeal. These include a yummy local mushroom risotto with pickled shitakes and a tangle of arugula, and duck prepared two ways: rich and fabulous confit sided by a rare breast, sliced atop a sweet onion puree. The Kurobuta| continued on page 76


Left: Koi chef Joel Coleman; below: the yummy duck atop a sweet onion puree




santa fe christmas by John Vollertsen When the answer is “Christmas” and the question is directed to a savvy visitor or local New Mexican, it’s unlikely the query refers to a favorite holiday. Rather, in our chile-mad state, “Christmas” refers to the type of sauce we like smothering on any given local dish. Specifically, “Christmas” means we want both—red chile and green chile. In fact, “Red or green?” was voted the state’s “official question” in 1999. Perhaps it is no coincidence, then, that the colors we associate with the Christmas celebration also tint our favorite ingredient, so what better time to incorporate it into seasonal recipes. Though the season’s bumper crop of fresh green chile has long finished, good quality-roasted, peeled, and frozen green chiles are available year-round (see “Resources,” below). Crimson-red chiles, which are ripened green chiles, are ready to use in dried pods or ground powders, easy to ship, and easier to transform into wondrous sauces and flavor enhancers. This year, spice up your holiday table with these great New Mexican recipes created by Food + Dining editor John Vollertsen. Remember, chiles not only add heat to a dish; the dish’s piquancy can be adjusted by varying the type and amount of chile used. Think of these tasty capsicums as a culinary gift from the Land of Enchantment. We guarantee your friends and family will be deliciously enchanted.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Sage Serves 6

1 medium butternut squash, about 1½ pounds 2 tablespoons butter, plus 3 tablespoons for sage 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 ribs celery, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1½ teaspoons toasted and ground cumin seeds ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons hot ground New Mexico red chile 4 cups vegetable stock ½ cup heavy cream salt and pepper to taste 18 fresh sage leaves Method 1.Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place face-down on a buttered cookie sheet. Bake in preheated, 375° oven for 30 minutes or until squash is very tender and nicely browned. Allow to cool. Scoop out flesh, placing it in a medium bowl. 2.Place 2 tablespoons butter in a medium soup pot and sauté onions, garlic, and celery over medium heat until onions become translucent. Stir in squash. Add cumin, nutmeg, and chile and sauté for 4 minutes. 3.Add vegetable stock and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream. 4.Puree soup carefully and season with salt and pepper. DOUGLAS MERRIAM

This absolutely exhausting economic roller coaster ride of a year has made me ready for a break, both mentally and socially. I’m convinced the best way to beat the blues of fiscal uncertainty is to simply throw a party—or a few of them. Any festivity you plan, regardless of your budget or religious persuasion, can serve as a great mood enhancer for family and friends—the holiday season is the perfect occasion to do it. If you’ve never visited our beautiful city during this festive time of year you’re missing a special treat. The rooftops of our historic buildings are lined with lighted luminarias, shops are decked out to welcome locals and travelers, and hotels and restaurants pull out the stops to bed, sate, and quench hungry, thirsty skiers and snowboarders. To get myself in the mood, I like to trudge through the snow and make a lap or two around the decorated Plaza and then head over to The Shop—A Christmas Store at 116 E Palace. The showroom is chock-full of Christmas trees adorned with ornaments, both sacred (of all faiths) and whimsical. If you are a lover of Santa Fe you’ll want to include chile lights and cowboy Santas in your decorating scheme. Lovers of art and tradition wander along Canyon Road on December 24th and join revelers around glowing bonfires in song and fellowship as they nosh their way through the welcoming galleries. Treat yourself to dinner at The Compound or Geronimo, and warm up in true culinary style. However or wherever you do it, celebrate this year with a renewed sense of wonder for all the good things you’ve got in your life and have faith that more are on the way. Happy Holidays and a safe, peaceful, prosperous, and delicious New Year!—JV  

5.Melt additional butter in a medium saucepan until it just starts to brown. Add sage leaves and sauté, turning once until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain on paper towels. 6.Serve soup hot, garnished with fried sage leaves. december 2010 /january 2011

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Honey Chile–Brined Turkey


19- to 24-pound turkey 8 quarts water 2 cups coarse salt 1 cup honey 2 tablespoons ground hot New Mexico red chile 1 bunch fresh thyme 8 large garlic cloves, peeled and cracked 2 tablespoons coarsely cracked black pepper

In our chile-mad state, “Christmas” refers to the type of sauce we like smothering on any given local dish. Green Chile Sopaipilla Stuffing

Method 1.Line an extra-large stockpot with a large, heavy plastic bag (about 30-gallon capacity).

Serves 8 to 10

Sopaipillas are those lofty little pillows of fried dough that accompany spicy New Mexican meals. Here they are used as the bread in a stuffing that doubles as a vegetable dish due to the inclusion of yellow squash and zucchini.

2.Rinse turkey; place in plastic bag. 3.Stir 8 quarts water, 2 cups coarse salt, and 1 cup honey in large pot until salt and honey dissolve.

1 batch sopaipilla dough, 4 to 6 large sopaipillas, or 3 cups diced, toasted baguettes 6 green chiles, roasted, peeled, and chopped, or 1 cup chopped, frozen, or canned New Mexico green chiles 3 tablespoons butter ¾ cup diced onion 1 garlic clove, minced 2 yellow squashes, rough chopped 2 zucchini, rough chopped 2 jalapeños, minced 1 teaspoon toasted and ground cumin seeds 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano 1 teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup toasted piñon 1½ cups chicken broth

4.Add red chile, thyme, garlic cloves, and black pepper. 5.Pour brine over turkey. 6.Gather plastic bag tightly around turkey so that bird is covered with brine; seal plastic bag. 7.Refrigerate pot with turkey in brine at least 12 hours and up to 18 hours. 8.Drain and roast according to your favorite recipe. Note: Pan gravies made from brined turkeys may be salty and require much diluting with unsalted stock.


2.Melt butter in medium saucepan and sauté onions until soft. Add garlic, squash, and zucchini and sauté until vegetables start to brown slightly. Slice chiles into 1-inch-square pieces and stir into mixture. Add jalapeños. 3.Add spices and salt. Stir in chicken broth and set aside. 4.Tear sopaipillas into 1-inch pieces and place in large bowl. Add vegetables and piñon and mix well. 5.Place stuffing in a well-buttered 3-quart casserole and bake at 375º for 30 minutes or until stuffing is nicely brown. 68


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Apple Pie with Bizcochito Crust and Red Chile Caramel Sauce Make your favorite apple pie recipe but substitute this anise-scented crust that replicates the delicious flavors of New Mexico’s state cookie. Serve with a generous drizzle of sweet and hot red-chile caramel sauce. Delish! Bizcochito Pie Dough 3 ½3 cups flour 1¼ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon anise seeds 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon brandy ¾ to 1 cup ice water 1½ cups lard, very cold (unsalted butter may be substituted)

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1.Roll out sopaipilla dough, cut into 4-by4-inch rectangles, and fry in 350º vegetable oil until golden brown. Drain well on paper towels and allow to cool. Or use store-bought sopaipillas.

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featured listing Coyote Cafe 132 W Water 505-983-1615 coyotecafe.com

Coyote Cafe continues to be Santa Fe’s most famous and celebrated restaurant, feted by critics and return visitors alike. Executive chef/owner is world-renowned Eric DiStefano, who brings with him his contemporary global style of cooking that has French-Asian influences accompanied with Coyote Cafe’s known southwestern style.

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, a 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 & 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. Chocolate Maven Bakery 821 W San Mateo, Suite C 505-982-4400, chocolatemaven.com A long-standing local favorite, Chocolate Maven does it all: breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, brunch, and every type of pastry, cookie, and cake imaginable! We create delicious, eclectic menus using local, organic produce, meats, and cheeses, which help to support local farmers while bringing you the freshest, most flavorful food possible. Don’t miss this hidden gem on your next visit to Santa Fe. Open 7 days a week. Dinner Tuesday–Saturday 5–8:30 pm; breakfast and lunch Monday–Friday 7 am–3 pm; high tea Monday–Saturday 3–5 pm; brunch Saturday and Sunday 9–3 pm.

The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 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. The 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 to 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 21 consecutive years. The Adobe Bar features complimentary live entertainment nightly. Patio dining as weather permits. Featured dessert: the chocolate-lover’s pie—a rich, silky chocolate mousse, whipped cream, sweet cookie crust. Breakfast is served daily 7:30–11 am; lunch 11:30 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5:30–9 pm; Saturday and Sunday brunch 7:30 am–2:30 pm. 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; 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.

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315 Restaurant & Wine Bar offers native Santa Feans and savvy visitors a true French experience. Join us in the newly renovated dining room for an impressive menu of classically prepared French cuisine, complemented by an extensive, global wine list.

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and a small private dining room for special events. Located next to Lowe’s and Regal 14 cinemas off Cerillos 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.

La Plazuela at La Fonda On the Plaza 100 E San Francisco 505.995.2334 lafondasantafe.com

La Plazuela at La Fonda on the Plaza is a feast for the senses. The room is stunning and the menu sophisticated, showcasing old favorites with New World twists and truly authentic Northern New Mexican cuisine. Our wine list is award-winning, our service is impeccable and, according to the reviewers, you’ll be dining in the “best of Santa Fe Style.” Come make memories with us! La Plazuela hours: Breakfast 7–11:30 am daily. Lunch 11:30 am–2 pm Monday–Friday; 11:30 am–3 pm Saturday and Sunday. Dinner 5:30–10 pm daily.

Galisteo Bistro 227 Galisteo 505-982-3700, galisteobistro.com Chef-owned and “made by hand,” featuring eclectic, innovative international cuisine known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown setting. Just a short walk to the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, hotels, and museums. “I admire a restaurateur who says, Hey, I want to cook the foods I love, like a musician who says, I want to play the music I enjoy. He would have made a great conductor; his orchestra of a staff is playing lovely food in perfect harmony. If music be the food of love—long may the Galisteo Bistro play on.”—John Vollertsen, Santa Fean. Wednesday–Sunday 5–9 pm. Geronimo 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. Il Piatto 95 W Marcy, 505-984-1091 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 India Palace 227 Don Gaspar, 505-986-5859 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 and uses 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. Josh’s Barbecue 3486 Zafarano, 505-474-6466 joshsbbq.com Voted Top 3 Caterer of 2010! 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 taquitos and green-chile 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, full-service catering for all occasions, www.santafean.com



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La Casa Sena 125 E Palace, 505-988-9232 lacasasena.com La Casa Sena is located in the heart of old Santa Fe, in the historic Sena Plaza. Featuring innovative American-southwestern cuisine, an extensive wine list, and a spectacular outdoor patio, La Casa Sena is one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants. Recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. For a more casual dining experience, visit La Cantina and be entertained by a waitstaff performing jazz and Broadway musical reviews nightly. Lunch is served 11:30 am –3 pm Monday–Saturday; dinner 5:30–10 pm nightly. Sunday brunch in a beautiful patio setting 11 am –3 pm . Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open 11 am –8 pm Monday–Saturday; noon–6 pm Sunday. Luminaria Restaurant and Patio 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-984-7915 innatloretto.com Located at The Inn and Spa at Loretto, Luminaria specializes in using organic, indigenous, seasonal ingredients flavored with Southwestern spices. Eclectic menu includes items such as open-face steak, egg and green chile torta, aged fontina cheese and artichoke flameado, award-winning tortilla soup, and pork-adovada flautas with black-bean puree. Take advantage of the early-evening Cena Pronto three-course dinner from 5–6:30 pm for just $29. Don’t forget about informal dining and libations in The Living Room, featuring happy hour and late-night specials with weekend entertainment. Proud to feature a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list and organic wine, beer, and spirits. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days. Weekly Sunday brunch. The Living Room: 2–11 pm daily. mangiamo pronto! 228 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-989-1904 mangiamopronto.com A little slice of Tuscany in Santa Fe. This warm and chic Italian cafe offers fine coffee and espresso, pastries, frittata, pasta, panini, pizza,

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Three Forks Restaurant Rancho de San Juan Country Inn 34020 US Hwy 285, 505-753-6818 ranchodesanjuan.com Exquisite world-class, award-winning restaurant. Sixteen years strong and aging like a fine wine. Enjoy comfortable dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere. Savor innovative continental cuisine with a southwestern flair. Check our website for special events, wine dinners, Passport Dining Adventures, plus Easter, Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, and Saturday lunches. Enjoy our award-winning staff and attentive service. Relax on our patio with an afternoon cocktail and check our outstanding wine list with reasonable prices to complement your dining experience. Zagat Survey winner number one in New Mexico. CondĂŠ Nast Traveler number 23 on the Top 100 in the USA list. Come celebrate that special occasion. Reservations required. Two seatings only, 6:30 and 8 pm Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday. Table is yours for the evening. Saturday lunch, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm seatings. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

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New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond hotel is also home to Santa Feâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly acclaimed culinary destinations. The Anasazi Restaurant features a welcoming and rusticly southwestern atmosphere. Chef Oliver Ridgeway offers seasonal menus celebrating American cuisine with fresh, regional ingredients.

antipasti, gelato, soup, salads, wine, and beer. With a beautiful patio, it is one of Santa Feâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s truly unique sidewalk cafes. You may daydream that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Italy. Serving breakfast, lunch, and happy hour appetizers. Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sunday 8 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 pm. Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com We wrote the book on margaritas! The Great Margarita Book, published by Random House. Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s features over 160 margaritas, chosen â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Margaritaâ&#x20AC;? in Santa Fe 14 years in a row. Each is hand poured and hand shaken, using only premium tequila, triple-sec, and pure fresh-squeezed lemon juice (no mixes; no sugar). A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, specializing in old Santa Fe home-style cooking, with steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can even watch tortillas being made by hand! Lunch and dinner 11 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 pm Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Friday; noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 pm Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are suggested. Rancho de ChimayĂł Santa Fe County Rd 98 on the scenic â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Road to Taos,â&#x20AC;? 505-984-2100 ranchodechimayo.com The restaurante is now open! Serving worldrenowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience indoors at this centuryold adobe home. Try the Rancho de ChimayĂłâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specialty: carne adovadaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;marinated pork simmered in a spicy, red-chile-caribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Rancho de ChimayĂł is a treasured part of New Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and heritage. A timeless tradition. Open seven days a week, May to October 11:30 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9 pm. Online store is open now! www.santafean.com

SantacafĂŠ 231 Washington, 505-984-1788 santacafe.com Centrally located in Santa Feâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 SantacafĂŠ 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 SantacafĂŠ patio Inspired Cuisine by Chef/Owner Steven Lemon offers some of the best 'SFTIMPDBMJOHSFEJFOUT )PVTFNBEFQBTUB people watching in Lunch & Dinner 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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Sleeping Dog Tavern 114 W San Francisco 505-982-4335 sleepingdogtavern. com Our comfortable and inviting tavern is like no other in Santa Fe. We are a gastropub serving unique and creative upscale cuisine. Our cozy bar and dining room are great places to relax and enjoy breakfast, lunch or



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A R T Artists tend to be pack rats, many of them. Some self-consciously so (preserving all they’ve ever created and what they used to create those works with), others can’t seem to throw anything away—an idea, a childhood paintbrush, a childhood toothbrush. Joseph Beuys made an art out of such everyday ephemera, whereas Georgia O’Keeffe lived artistically and left it to others to find meaning in all she held onto. Such is the impetus behind the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s current exhibit, O’Keeffiana: Art and Art Materials. Something like a forensic anthropologist’s analysis of what made that person tick, O’Keeffiana puts out for public viewing a plethora of never-before-seen items: preparatory drawings, Polaroids, two unfinished paintings, found rocks, found bones, and other found objects, along with a selection of O’Keeffe works in watercolor, charcoal, graphite, oil, and pastel. It’s not so much an exegetical expedition (i.e., not everything, thankfully, is explained once and for all) as it is a peek into the myriad things that inspired O’Keeffe and helped her realize her singularly mystical visions. O’Keeffiana on view till May 8 at 217 Johnson, 505-946-1000, okeeffemuseum.org


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Georgia on Her Mind Poet Carol Merrill, who in 1973 catalogued O’Keeffe’s library for her estate, was all of 26 at the time, and the legendary artist 85 and almost blind. In her memoir, Weekends with O’Keeffe (UNM Press, $25), Merrill recounts her seven years as secretary, cook, caretaker, and observer of O’Keeffe’s little-known daily life back then. Merrill is tentatively scheduled to appear at Collected Works Bookstore this January. For info: 505-988-4226 or collectedworksbookstore.com B OO K

Georgia O’Keeffe with Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow (1960)

Lighting It Up Operating optically and perceptually somewhere between the light-box minimalism of Dan Flavin and the abstract expressionism of Mark Rothko, David Simpson toys with the interplay between surface and retina, light and color, and with how we see what we see. Applying as many as 30 layers of paint to his seemingly simple canvases, and tending to mix into his paint micro-particles coated with mica (whose effects further mess with our perception of what we’re looking at), testifies to the painterly and artistic depths he’s after. And achieves. Simpson’s Interference Blues shows


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Off the Coast, acrylic on canvas, 34 x 34"


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Is It Souper Yet? On January 29, more than 20 Santa Fe chefs will go ladle to ladle at Souper Bowl XVIII, a cooking contest and fundraising event for The Food Depot. Enjoy some of the city’s best bowls and know you’re helping The Food Depot feed the hungry throughout Northern New Mexico. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for kids, 11:30 am–2 pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy. For info, contact The Food Depot at 505-471-1633 or thefooddepot.org



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tots with pots Lynn Walters had been working in the restaurant world for almost 20 years when her involvement in a local student nutrition council inspired her to create the first Cooking with Kids program in 1995. Now in 10 of Santa Fe’s public grade schools, Cooking with Kids involves more than 4,400 prekindergarten through sixth-grade students (at a cost of $95 per student per year). The nationally recognized, award-winning curriculum teaches kids about the values and rewards of food and cooking together. “The magic of Cooking with Kids is the hands-on experience,” says Walters, 62. “When the kids have a stake in what they’re making, they’re more likely to eat it.” Reliant on a staff of 12 part-timers and 1,100 or so adult volunteers, Cooking with Kids not only aims to change how kids (and their elders) experience food and food culture but hopes to affect perceptions of our kids’ food providers. “One of my dreams is that the women who cook for our children will be respected as chefs and as professionals,” says Walters. Many of the town’s top chefs participate, and they receive support from a range of institutions (Whole Foods, La Montanita Co-op, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta). Cooking with Kids has also sold its lessons to programs in about 40 states. But its goal is to stay local—and independent (if it were part of the school system, it would probably disappear). “The more influential adults that kids can have in their lives the better,” says Walters. “Even though we’re small, it’s like planting a seed.”—Devon Jackson To volunteer or find out more about the program, go to: cookingwithkids.net



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kalua pork spring rolls boast the moistest pulled pork you will ever taste, wrapped in wonton skins, crisp fried, and served with a banana-curry sauce smeared on the plateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;further testimony to Colemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s islander youth. Pork belly, in a variety of preparations, is earmarked for the winter menu. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait. The chicken wings make sense, what with the nightclub and its pre-boogie noshers next door. Koiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wings are organic, fired with a chile-sambal barbecue sauce, and served with a fingerling potato salad on the sideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;perfectly poised to cool the palate. An interesting and creative cocktail list adds to the fun. Many drinks are sake inspired, and high-end, boutique sakes are available by the carafe. The wine list is presumably made up of the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorites, with Italy, France, Spain, and New Zealand available alongside plenty of options from California and a smattering of choices from Oregon. A crisp Charles Bove Vouvray was perfect for our shared dishes late last summer, while this winter, when bulkier dishes are on offer, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll focus on the reds, such as my favorite pinot noir, the Mt. Difficulty â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roaring Megâ&#x20AC;? from New Zealand. Dessert continued with more edible surprises. The homemade peach ice cream was paired with shortbread studded with crisp bacon, and there was a whimsical sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;more featuring black pepper graham crackers and chocolate mousse. Such imaginationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and tastesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are that much more rewarding. I love a menu that is so intriguing and alluring that when you leave, you are already anticipating your return, titillated to see what the chef will come up with next. With Colemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freewheeling, imaginative cookery, Koi is just that kind of place. Food and fun for a new generation of gourmands.



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Continued from page 68 3.While tossing dough, add brandy and enough water to make mixture stick together. Be careful not to break into smaller pieces while blending in water. 4.Turn onto a lightly floured surface, knead slightly, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until needed. Red Chile Caramel Sauce Makes 1 ½ cups 1 cup sugar 3½ cup water 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons hot ground red chile, or to taste  Method 1.Place water and sugar in a heavy saucepan and stir to moisten sugar. Bring to a boil. 2.Allow to boil until mixture reaches a deep golden brown color, about 10 minutes. Use a pastry brush, dipped in cold water, to keep sides of pan free of crystallized sugar. 3.Remove from heat and carefully stir in cream. Use a long-handled wooden spoon, as mixture will bubble up. 4.Return to heat and cook until caramel becomes smooth; stir in salt. Allow to cool, stir in chile, cover, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

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by C h a r le s C. Pol i ng If you’re looking for a fresh take on Christmas tradition in New Mexico, wind your way down the Turquoise Trail (N.M. 14) to the resurrected town of Madrid, at the foot of the Ortiz Mountains, a half hour south of Santa Fe. This offbeat colony of artists, galleries, shops, and restaurants puts on a Christmas parade and a month of weekend open houses paying homage to the over-the-top traditions of its early-20th-century golden age. That bygone small-town holiday extravaganza played like Norman Rockwell, while the atmosphere today leans somewhere between the woolly biker fantasy Madrid contributed as a location for the movie Wild Hogs and the cosmopolitan culture of Canyon Road—with a refreshingly American streak of independence and a strong sense of roots thrown in. As Indigo Gallery marketing director Jane Cassidy says, “It’s a pocket of freedom. Madrid has emerged on its own, and we follow our own direction. The history and traditions are woven into the fabric of who we are.” Cassidy isn’t kidding. Especially when it comes to the town’s holiday traditions. From the 1920s to the early 1940s, Madrid lit itself up for Christmas like no other town in New Mexico. (And few other towns in the country.) By all contemporary accounts, its 4,000 coal-connected citizens went for Christmas like fourth graders to recess. With its incandescent displays boasting a zillion lights (in actuality, 50,000), at a time when many New Mexico villages huddled in the dark without electricity, Madrid

(pronounced Mad-rid) presented such a gaudy display that Transworld Airlines reputedly diverted night flights over this part of Santa Fe county just so passengers could gawk at the sparkling scene below. Urban legend even claims that Walt Disney got his idea for a park filled with life-sized storybook characters from Madrid’s toyland display. Then came Pearl Harbor, which snuffed out the Christmas of ’41 before it could even charge up. By 1954, the once-luminescent little burg had entered its unplugged phase: its mines long since shuttered, the miners gone, Madrid dimmed down to a virtual ghost town. But in the 1970s, when original owner Oscar Huber’s son Joe began selling off properties one lot at a time, Madrid slowly came back to life. Hippies, Vietnam veterans, and artists moved in. House by house, recalls town historian and gallery owner Diana Johnson, who settled there with her husband Mel in 1973, the town perked up. A gallery here, a shop there, a cafe, a summer jazzfest. Then, in 1986, Christmas reappeared. Maybe not in the form of its Vegas-style light-show glamour years, but for 24 years now the town has hosted an open house, a parade (December 4), Santa Claus, and a gift-giving event for kids at the Mine Shaft Tavern; and every weekend till December 25, galleries and shops open their doors to all. If you’ve never been there, this is a great time to visit. Arty but not pretentious, cute but not precious, slightly untamed but never scary, Madrid is like nowhere else in New Mexico—think Taos Lite. “It’s a creative community,” says Indigo’s Cassidy. “These are private, locally owned businesses where you can have one-on-one relationships. That’s the magic that’s happening here. It’s like an art colony, and we have that history.”

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Location: United World College campus, Montezuma (six miles north of Las Vegas) Distance from Santa Fe: 68 miles Hours: Open daily from 6 am–10 pm A unique solar spectrum space: Conceived by patroness Virginia Dwan, light artist Charles Ross, and architect Laban Wingert, the round chamber’s dimensions and sloping walls are based on astronomical relationships and seasonal angles of the sun. To take full advantage of the light filtering through the 24 large prisms, arrive during the day—although Wingert suggests visiting on the night of a full moon, when moonbeam spectrums have been known to visit earth. Quite simply: Wow. Revel, decompress, engage. (And because of its soul-stirring acoustics, visitors are encouraged to bring musical instruments or singing bowls.) Bonus tips: The college offers free, student-led tours of the Montezuma Castle on designated Saturdays; call ahead to confirm dates. There’s also a hot springs a stone’s throw from the Sanctuary—open to the public and very inclusive. Info: United World College Welcome Center, 505-454-4221



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