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22 The Art of Installation
You bought it—now what? Transporting, installing, and hanging art
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24 Historic Maps
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Thoughts about collecting art from those in the know at the galleries, plus a look at what five art collectors have to say about living with their art
16 Publisher’s Note 20 City Different
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What’s coming up on Santa Fe’s stages; ARTsmart’s Art of Home tour and annual dinner and auction; the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s Sweetheart Ball
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William Siegal looks forward to retirement; a visit to Laura Goodwin’s glass studio; previews of upcoming exhibitions
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MY PERSONAL ART COLLECTION started somewhere around junior high, with a slew of unframed posters of various sports and music stars taped to the walls of my bedroom. If you’d walked into my bedroom, my sports allegiances would have been instantly clear, as well as my rock music leanings. It would have been easy to deduce a few thoughts about that 13-year-old boy. None of those posters are still in my possession. Today all of my artwork is beautifully framed—and none of it is taped to the walls! And yet, like my collection of those decades ago, my art provides a clear insight into my psyche, my personality, and what visually stimulates me. It’s an eclectic mix. A few of the pieces in my collection have significant value, while many pieces were acquired more affordably. In every case, the value of the art is clearly in the eyes of the beholder, which is me. All of the pieces do something for me on at least a couple of levels and therefore have value to me. Guests in my home can deduce elements of my personality based on the art itself, not necessarily on its monetary value. Your art collection has probably evolved over the years as well, but I’m betting it reflects something about you. When entering a home for the first time, my goal is most often to view the art. It says so much about the owner who has chosen to purchase and place these pieces in these particular rooms. Their artwork speaks volumes and tells me something about them, something they might be otherwise uncomfortable sharing. After seeing their art collection, I begin to know far more about them on a deeper level than any conversation might reveal. We present art in every issue of Santa Fean with the goal of showing something that touches your emotions. It is our hope that by listening to what experts say about collecting and reading what other collectors have to say about the art in their lives, you will have the courage to build a collection that makes bold statements about who you are. Your art collection reveals you. It’s a beautiful statement about what’s so important to you that you would put it on the walls for everyone to see.
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performance No need for hibernation during the winter months—Santa Fe’s performing arts groups offer February and March events guaranteed to get anyone off the couch. February begins with vocal Above: Wil B, viola, and Kev Marcus, violin, known together as group Manhattan Transfer, Black Violin, mix classical, jazz, and hip-hop. presented by the Lensic and New Mexico Jazz Festival. The Lensic’s Live in HD series shows operas and plays on the big screen. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof from the National Theatre and Tosca from The Met are both on the schedule. Lannan Foundation continues their series of thought-provoking conversations with authors including Roxane Gay. Santa Fe Pro Musica’s String Works Series brings the Danish String Quartet to St. Francis Auditorium in February and the St. Lawrence String Quartet in March. Both Sunday afternoon concerts are preceded by morning master classes. Pro Musica’s Baroque Holy Week concerts at Loretto Chapel close out March. The Santa Fe Symphony presents cellist Joshua Roman in a February performance of the Shostakovich concerto and a solo recital, and their March concert brings violinist Andrés Cárdenes to town. Meow Wolf has Willie Watson, Benjamin Clementine, and others on the schedule, and the Lensic hosts a circus, Irish music, Arlo Guthrie, and Black Violin, a classical-meets-hip-hop duo. For dance aficionados, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet welcomes Ailey II in February, while in March ASFB performs to live accompaniment by pianist Joyce Yang in a new ballet choreographed by Jorma Elo.—Lisa J. Van Sickle
Martell Ruffin takes to the air. Ailey II, a modern dance company, features younger dancers.
Dates, times, and prices vary. See organizations’ websites for more information.
Left: Joshua Roman is gaining a reputation as both cellist and composer. He plays Shostakovich with the Santa Fe Symphony and gives a solo recital in February.
Santa Fe Restaurant Week food This is the highly anticipated week when food lovers have the opportunity to try out new restaurants and revisit old favorites. Establishments offer threecourse dinner menus priced at $15, $25, $35, or $45, with some participating in lunch deals as well. There are special cooking classes, food tastings, and wine pairings to explore, with prizes that include dinners and getaways. Several local inns are offering packages during the week, so there’s no need to travel far to explore your culinary adventures.—Anne Maclachlan
Santa Fe Restaurant Week, February 18–25, $15–$45, times and locations vary, santafe.nmrestaurantweek.com
ARTsmart’s annual dinner and auction and weekend Art of Home Tour
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fundraiser ARTsmart New Mexico will once again delight guests with a new twist on an old theme—You Will Be Served . . . Harvey Girls Style!—for the annual dinner and auction. In a perfect marriage of theme and location, the event takes place at La Fonda on the Plaza, a onetime Harvey House, and includes a dinner paired with fabulous wines. 2018 Honorary Chair, Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West—One Meal at a Time is scheduled to speak, and former Harvey Girls will be in attendance. Students from ARTsmart have decorated a variety of plates and flower pots for auction, and 2018 Honorary Artist Barry McCuan (represented by Ventana Fine Art) worked directly with high school students at ARTsmart to create other items for the auction. McCuan has also donated one of his landscapes, Coeur De Ferme—Provence, to the live auction. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit ARTsmart New Mexico’s innovative art programs for Northern New Mexican youth. Saturday and Sunday, the Art of Home tour, presented in conjunction with Keller Williams Realty, takes place around town. Check out beautiful works of art from local galleries for sale in stunning homes that are also on the market. Ten percent of the proceeds of the art sold will go to benefit ARTsmart’s programs.—Amanda N. Pitman
ARTsmart annual dinner and auction, March 3, 5:30–9:30 pm, $200 per person, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, artsmartnm.org Art of Home Tour, March 3–4, noon–4 pm, free, various locations; map available online, artsmartnm.org
Above: Left to right, Karla Winterowd, Art of Home co-chair, Amanda Thomas, ARTsmart executive director, and Tori Brown, ARTsmart fundraising coordinator, show some of the plates available at auction.
Santa Fe Film Festival The 16th annual Santa Fe Film Festival continues to celebrate all facets of cinematic arts, both locally and abroad. The Festival focuses on joining together industry specialists and cinephiles by providing screenings, panels, workshops, juried awards, and of course, parties. Over 40 films are on the schedule, and include The Pledge, Under the Bombs, and Grace Is Gone.—ANP festival
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art workshops workshops Three artists from Sorrel Sky Gallery’s stable offer winter workshops. First up is Susan Norris, currently a national artist/sculptor for the Boy Scouts of America. Norris teaches Introduction to Sculpture over a weekend, February 17–18, encouraging students to develop skills to express their creativity. The following weekend, February 23–25, painter Peggy Immel presents Painting in the Winter Landscape. After a study of how winter conditions affect light, color, values, and atmospheric perspective, the class will paint field studies en plein air, if the weather permits. March 24–25, BJ Briner explores Painting and Mixed Media with beginning and intermediate students. She asks students to arrive with curiosity, and hopes they take home new inspiration and techniques.—LVS
Sorrel Sky’s art workshops, February 17–18 and 23–25, March 24–25, 9 am–4 pm, $275–$300, Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W Palace, sorrelsky.com Right: Peggy Immel will explain the ins and out of painting on location in the winter months.
This year’s Honorary Artist, Barry McCuan, stands in front of one of his paintings outside Ventana Fine Art.
fundraiser The annual Sweetheart Auction returns with breathtaking new trips—Mexico, Zambia, and fly fishing—stunning art, including a woodblock print by Gustave Baumann and an Allan Houser sculpture, and other biddable goodies. Peruse them before the first fall of the gavel while enjoying culinary delights. The Dream Vacation raffle is always a big hit; this year’s possibilities include destinations in Australia, Ireland, Peru, and France, where winners can enjoy five to seven nights in their Africa Calls offers a 13-day selected country. Proceeds from the safari for two in Zambia for raffle and both the live and silent the live auction. auctions go toward nonmedical aid for cancer patients—offsetting transportation and hotel costs, providing access to support groups, and supplying grocery gift cards to those undergoing treatments. The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico earned GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency in 2017.—AM caitlin elizabeth
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the art of installation install like a pro—or just ask one
Right: Henry Muchmore and Michelle Eckhardt of Level Fine Art Services steer a sculpture, suspended from a crane, into the exact position. The sculpture is in an enclosed courtyard behind the owner’s home. Cooperative neighbors allowed the crane access to their driveway for delivery of the piece.
Above: Sculptor Dan Ostermiller’s bronze bear needed a nap after his journey from Nedra Matteucci Galleries. A flatbed truck hauled the sculpture up a winding mountain road before a crane lifted the 2,800-pound bronze off the truck and lowered it to the chosen spot.
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Residents of Santa Fe are fortunate to have access to both an incredible variety of art and a relatively safe place to display it. The low humidity and mild temperatures here can help preserve pieces for years. There are a few things to keep in mind, however, before leaving a gallery and setting up your new purchase at home. According to Michael Ettema, owner of Art Appraisals Santa Fe, there are some essential rules for indoor placement of art. For a start, keep art away from ultraviolet light and sources of heat. Practically, this means that art should not be left exposed to sunlight, across from windows. Textiles, in particular, can degrade quickly in these situations. Avoid hanging art too close to heating ducts or wood-burning fireplaces, as pieces can be damaged not just by the radiantwarmth, but by soot or smoke as well. Likewise, a wall near a kitchen stove is not ideal. Another environmental factor worth considering is humidity, a point easily overlooked in the high desert. Most of arid New Mexico is safe for art. But specific places in the home—a bathroom, for instance, which generates a great deal of moisture—can seriously damage works on paper. Artwork made of wood is also susceptible to harm from dampness. Generally speaking, art is safest when kept in conditions that are stable, with low humidity. As long as homeowners adjust for these concerns, they can go with their instincts for placement. Often, when collectors purchase a piece, they already have plans for their new prize. Jordan Left, associate director of Meyer Gallery, estimates that about 90 percent of clients know where they want their new purchases to be placed. For those who don’t, Left is happy to offer some advice on how best to organize and display their art. Many galleries in Santa Fe will deliver and install recent purchases locally. In fact, artists affiliated with galleries or selling their work through these venues are the perfect people to install art. They’re the ones who created the work, have the best ideas on how to transport and display it, and who typically have some
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experience doing so. Matt Mullins, marketing coordinator for Manitou Gallery, said that he learned how to do it through installing his own art and has continued to do so both as a contractor and for galleries. Paintings and smaller sculptures are frequently simple installation jobs that many galleries can handle. Table statues need only the right support. For prints and paintings, it often doesn’t get more complicated than using a hand drill; occasionally, heavier wall art will require an anchor. Small sculptures can be placed readily; many casts are hollow and can be installed with a padlock, base, and chain. Others can be secured with a wooden dowel. Monumental sculptures, on the other hand, present much greater difficulty. Dustin Belyeu, director of the Nedra Matteucci Galleries, recounted the installation of a particularly large sculpture by Dan Ostermiller: “The client lives off Old Las Vegas Highway at the very top of a mountain. The sculpture weighs about 2,800 pounds,” he says. “It was pretty difficult getting the flatbed around some of the switchbacks but we did finally make it to the house.” They placed the bronze with the help of Lamoreux Crane Service, integrating the sculpture into the hillside so seamlessly that the tree branch upon which the bronze bear lounges appears to be emerging from the ground naturally. Weight isn’t the sole determining factor regarding the difficulty of installation. Glass sculptures require careful transportation and special tools to be set atop their perches. Even wall art can present challenges. Brad Hart, exhibition coordinator for form & concept gallery, recalled one particular project that comprised 600 individual, small watercolor paintings.
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Above: This installation, also by Level Fine Art Services, took two cranes and a truck to move the piece from Silver City to Carlsbad. The sculpture is on a fiveyear loan through the New Mexico’s Art in Public Places program.
Above: Many, many Zozobras line the wall at Plaza Cafe Southside. The restaurant’s designer determined placement, then Level came and hung the pieces straight, square, and yes, level.
Some items require special handling, beyond what is available from artists and galleries. Henry Muchmore of Level Fine Art Services and Michael Gurule, both expert installers, come with recommendations from galleries. Gurule works for collectors across the American West. Level installs several hundred pieces per month and can arrange transportation of art to or from Santa Fe. Walls themselves can complicate hanging. Homeowners in the Las Campanas area have to deal with particularly difficult walls—usually diamond-finish plaster—and will often recruit Muchmore to hang paintings. American Clay or Venetian plaster walls are also delicate and require an experienced hand to avoid damage. Level will expertly install art in tricky places like above stairways and on rock or tiled walls. “We can hang just about anything on anything,” says Muchmore. Once in place, art deserves the spotlight. Technological advances have made custom luminescence more durable and more affordable. Dahl Lighting and other lighting retailers sell advanced LEDs that consume significantly less energy and last much longer than conventional bulbs. Dahl will also provide references for electricians. Craig Allen, owner of True West Gallery, says not to stress over the details. “Some people tend to overcomplicate it,” he says, noting that there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a drill and just hanging the painting. february/march 2018
mapping a collection history, art, and the thrill of the find by Lisa J. Van Sickle
Above: Thomas Gamaliel Bradford’s 1838 hand-colored map was made during the time Texas was an independent republic. It shows land grants and a few towns. Above, top: A 1641 world map by Henricus Hondius, printed in Amsterdam, includes illustrations of Julius Caesar, fire-breathing horses, and the sun and moon.
THROUGH THE SAN FRANCISCO Street door and up the stairs, a collector’s paradise awaits on the building’s second floor. One shop sells antique tribal arts, another has artifacts from Nepal and Tibet, and then there is William R. Talbot Fine Art. Bill Talbot carries fine art and prints, but the heart of his business lies in antique maps. Talbot’s entry into the map business began with a job in a company that made maps from aerial photos. While earning a cartography degree from the Swiss School for Photogrammetric Operators, he discovered European shops selling old maps and antique books and bought a few things. Eventually, Talbot found he preferred working with old maps to making new ones. He arrived in Santa Fe in 1985 to work for a gallery but opened his own business the following year, building a clientele of individuals and institutions and gaining a reputation for selling authentic material in great condition. He procured several important pieces for the Houston Public Library’s Texas Room. He helped another client build a collection of books, prints, and other material centered on early discoveries in natural history, medicine,
astronomy, and other scientific fields. The material included original texts by Isaac Newton and Galileo, an undertaking he describes as “clearly a once-in-a-lifetime project” with a steep learning curve. In 1990, Talbot bought a complete set of Audubon prints—The Birds of America—for a client willing to pay $3.2 million, a record price at the time, and a sale that put William R. Talbot Fine Art on the map. Many of Talbot’s clients came to collecting through other interests. “My people aren’t just buying maps and prints,” he explains. Customers may expand interests in Texas history, gold rushes, railroads, or the Lewis and Clark expedition into a desire to own relevant maps in addition to other artifacts. Many clients have assembled what Talbot refers to as “thoughtful collections”—maps, prints, and books about exploration, among other items. Other reasons to collect old maps? Some are drawn to their beauty: handcolored, with elaborate engraved designs around the borders and exquisite calligraphy. Others seek out pieces famous for the inaccuracies they contain, such as California portrayed as an island. For these collectors, the bigger the mistake, the better. Or, as one client who became a dear friend said when Talbot asked what had driven him to amass such a magnificent collection, “I thought it was romantic.” Exploration and Western expansion are part of our mythology. The maps and prints resulting from Lewis and Clark’s expedition in 1803 or Karl Bodmer and Prince Maximilian’s trip up the Missouri River in the 1830s are a window into another time. As Bill Talbot sums it up, “A diverse collection might answer the question of, ‘Who were these people, where were they going, and what did they look like?’” Romantic, indeed. William R. Talbot Fine Art, 129 W San Francisco, williamtalbot.com
Above: Morley’s Map of New Mexico, 1873, shows the state’s borders as we know them now. County lines have changed many times since then, with 1981 marking the most recent adjustment.
Below: State boundaries in the West were a moving target through much of the 19th century. A. J. Johnson’s map, published in 1862, shows one short-lived configuration. Note the placement of New Mexico and “Arrizona” as well as Washington and Nebraska.
the aha moment local experts talk about collecting
Santa Fean spoke with owners and directors from five local galleries about the ins and outs of collecting art. Alexander E. Anthony, Jr., proprietor of Adobe Gallery specializes in historic Native American pottery and paintings. Leroy Garcia, owner of Blue Rain Gallery, focuses on contemporary art, as does Deborah Fritz, owner of GF Contemporary. Manitou Galleries, where Martha Goetz is artistic director, carries painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Bill Hester, at his eponymous gallery, Bill Hester Fine Art, specializes in colorists, and represents a limited number of artists. All offer their insights into an ever-changing market.
Blue Rain Gallery Preston Singletary, Oystercatcher Landing, blown and sand-carved glass, 21 x 12 x 9" 26
How do you choose the artists you represent?
Leroy Garcia: I look for artists whose works are both innovative and refined. . . . I want to be shown something different. I want my vision of the world to change. Alexander Anthony: We are known for our selection of historic-era Pueblo pottery and early Pueblo paintings, and so we do not often work with living artists. When we do work directly with artists, we do so for a very simple reason: because we like their works and want to share them with our friends and clients. Deborah Fritz: It is so rewarding to see a collector fall in love with a particular piece of art or artist. This is what I think of when adding an artist to my stable. I also require my artists to be actively working on their careers and making a living as an artist. This insures that my collectors are investing in an artist who is growing and flourishing. Martha Goetz: Quality is always the first consideration. When the work is strong, all other considerations are secondary. Bill Hester: I look for an artist with a unique voice and the ability to consistently express that voice. Do you have any words of wisdom for a collector visiting Santa Fe for the first time?
AA: If you don’t know where to begin, venture up Canyon Road or into the Railyard district on foot for a day of agenda-less exploration. If you’re hunting for something specific, don’t hesitate to ask around—reputable gallerists are not in competition with one another, and will usually be happy to steer you towards whatever it is that you desire. Most importantly, look for art that speaks to you on a personal level. MG: With so much to choose from, you should always buy what you love, and within those choices, acquire the best quality you can afford. You never forget “the one that got away.” LG: Approach collecting art like you would approach running a marathon, not a sprint. Educate yourself on what you are looking at through study or comparisons to similar artists work. Be aware of current market prices.
Above: Blue Rain Gallery Jim Vogel, Nuevo Mexico Train Man, oil on canvas panel, 54 x 40"
BH: Look for the genius of similitude which Aristotle called the genius of poetry. All great art is poetic. DF: I always advise first time visitors to explore why they feel drawn to a particular piece of art. Try to imagine the work in your own space. What about it makes [you] want to have it? Composition, form, color, size, style, the artists’ résumé, the price—all need to be considered. A person’s art collection is a personal commentary.
Left: Blue Rain Gallery Roseta Santiago, Guadalupe Street, oil on canvas, 42 x 48" february/march 2018
Above: Bill Hester Fine Art Sean Wimberly, Pedernal Winter, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40"
What types of art do you personally collect? Is there something in particular that draws you to a certain work?
MG: It depends on how you define art. My husband and I are both painters and collectors of beautiful things. We have acquired everything from ancient artifacts to taxidermy frogs. We have Birger Sandzen and Rembrandt etchings and I collect Jerry Jordan paintings, too. We consider all of the pieces part of our ‘permanent collection.’ LG: I am like my gallery: very eclectic. I stick to the same principles of looking for innovation with refinement. So many things draw me in: color, shape, ambience, materials, and construction. I really appreciate a well-constructed scene in paintings. Above: Bill Hester Fine Art Jane Filer, Above and Below, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48"
AA: I collect historic Pueblo Indian pottery, early-to-mid20th century oil paintings, Navajo textiles, and mission oak furniture. As a collector of historic era Pueblo pottery—par-
ticularly the storage and water jars made for use at the Pueblos during the late 1800s and early 1900s—I am drawn to simple, graceful beauty. I am also intrigued by these pieces’ rich histories, first of use and then of trade among collectors.
Below: Manitou Galleries Michael Baum, Storm over the Paint Mines, oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
BH: Art in all forms has been my magical journey out of a mill house in a tough neighborhood. Art is still a wonderful process of discovery for me. My favorite art book is full of poetic inspirations imagined from Picasso’s images and Don Luis Gongora’s words. DF: My collection is really eclectic. When you walk through my front door I have a Paul Shapiro, Arlo Namingha, Susan Contreras, Jennifer Joseph, and Pascal Pierme just in my entry. Then you move to Gregory Lomayesva, Max Lehman, Geoffrey Gorman, and Ed Ruscha. I love how my collection becomes a story in my home. As I view these pieces I am transported to when I acquired them and the pleasure of that experience. I am drawn to artwork with concept or excellent skills in execution, but mostly art that touches my mind, heart, and soul.
Below: Manitou Galleries Monte Yellow Bird (Arikara/Hidatsa), Buffalo Hunt Among the Bull Berries, colored pencil on ledger paper, 11 x 17"
What is the first piece of art you purchased? Do you still have it?
AA: The first piece I ever purchased was in 1957, a month after arriving in New Mexico. It was a polished blackware bowl by Maria Martinez. I purchased it from a dealer in Albuquerque. I had no idea what it was or who Maria was, I just knew that I loved it and had to have it. She graciously allowed me to purchase the bowl on layaway, as I couldn’t afford to buy it outright with my modest military salary. Unfortunately, I do not [still have it]—it was stolen from me many years ago, but I have since replaced it with a similar one. LG: A small watercolor by Paul Pletka. Still have it? Yes.
Above: Adobe Gallery Very large Acoma olla (ca. 1900), clay and pigment, 13 x 13"
DF: I am blessed to [have been] raised in a family that believes in owning original artwork. My parents always encouraged me to seek out originality and support it. I’ll bet the first piece of art I purchased was from an artist market with my allowance. And, I’ll bet my mom still has it somewhere in their home. BH: My first piece of art is in my head and my heart. My mother spent what little money she could scrape together to enroll me in an art course at Elon College when I was six years [old]. My first painting was a finger painting, a little abstract piece with warm hues and the nuanced tonalities of a child. MG: I was 13 [years old] when I purchased an 18th dynasty piece of Egyptian art. I bought it in installments with the money I earned painting animal portraits. Still have it? Absolutely!
Above: Adobe Gallery San Ildefonso double chamber stirrup canteen (ca. 1880s), clay and pigment, 11 x 15 x 7"
Right: GF Contemporary Pascal Pierme, one part of Origines Ocean 1, mahogany and patina, 40 x 48"
Above: GF Contemporary Pascal Pierme, one part of Origines Ocean 1, mahogany and patina, 40 x 48"
what touches my heart Santa Fean publisher Bruce Adams on collecting wit h Amy Gro s s For the past 11 years you’ve been the publisher of a magazine that has always had an art focus. What’s your own background in art?
I started to study art and take art lessons as a child, thanks to my mom. My parents were avid art gallery attendees and art collectors, so I spent a lot of my formative years at art galleries in Laguna Beach (California). The first time I came to Santa Fe, looking at art was one of my priorities. I also have a degree in art, and attended graduate school to study design. We talk a lot here at Santa Fean about what it means to be a “collector” of art. Do you consider yourself a collector?
No. There’s not a particular artist, or genre of art, that I focus on. My collection is more eclectic. I collect art, but I wouldn’t call myself a collector. Do you remember the first piece of art you purchased?
Oh, absolutely. It was a seascape that I commissioned from a family friend when I was 21 years old. That painting has followed me around my whole life. It is hanging over my bed as we speak. Is there a piece of art you will never part with?
I have a painting by Margarete Bagshaw (1964–2015) that I just love, and I can’t see a scenario where I would ever part with it. Are you drawn to certain artistic styles?
I tend to like contemporary art, and what I would call “impressionistic realism.” How do you know when an art purchase is in your future?
The price being right certainly helps! [laughs] But seriously, it’s what I’ve heard other people refer to as the feeling that “it’s something I just can’t live without.” Is it important to you to know the artist personally, or to be aware of his or her significance in the art scene?
Not really. Most of what I collect is about what touches my heart. How do you stay on top of what’s going on in the art world?
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by Lisa J. Van Sickle
life requires art Sue Sommers can’t imagine a world without art
photographs by Chris Corrie
“Growing up with artistic parents, I always considered art an integral part of my life” says homeowner Sue Sommers. “Moving to Santa Fe a number of years ago, having a knowledge of local artists became important to me. David Rothermel’s gallery afforded this opportunity.” Sommers’s thoughtfully curated art collection reflects this sentiment. “I truly enjoy knowing where artists get their inspiration, and Santa Fe is such a rich environment,” she says. “I do not consider myself a collector, just someone who needs varied art in her daily life!”
Above: Stephen Buxton is represented by David Rothermel Contemporary. Working in collage, he uses materials and found objects as humble as sandpaper. Sommers enjoys his use of commonplace materials combined with unerring placement and his work’s overall simplicity. “What is there as well as what is not there speaks out to me.” And, when contemplating his work, “I feel like I am [looking] from the rooftop of a Paris apartment!” Above: Sommers has acquired several of David Rothermel’s unmistakable paintings. Rothermel’s abstracts begin with vertical divisions of the canvas, then each section is given a different color. Underpainting and texture give every area its own unique look. Sommers describes Rothermel’s paintings as “highly architectural.” She says, “David is genius in his compilation of panels of varying elements resulting in an exciting, completed work.” The bronze sculpture in front is by Italian sculptor Bruno Romeda. Left: Three Rothermel paintings grace the dining area. Sommers sees something new in each one every time she views it. Her love of art with geometric elements is clear; even the horse painting at right contains arcs and rectangles in the background, providing counterpoint to the organic form of the horse’s head. Right: Danielle Procraccio shows her horse paintings at David Rothermel Contemporary. “What I truly enjoy about Danielle Procaccio’s work is the spiritual journey it takes me on,” remarks Sommers. “She has an incomparable way of using the multilayered composition to create a journey of great emotions.” 32
by Lisa J. Van Sickle
photographs by Chris Corrie
for the love of art ancient to abstract
A variety of art fills Terry and Lamar Seale’s Las Campanas home. The paintings and other works in the Seales’ home reflect their interests, and serve as a great source of pride and pleasure for them. Commissioned pieces from painter Aleta Pippin and sculptor Greg Reiche, both at Pippin Contemporary, fill their Santa Fe residence and appear in their Dallas home, keeping a bit of Santa Fe with them when they venture back to Texas.
Right: The painting at the end of the hall, Joy Filled Day, is by Aleta Pippin. The Seales commissioned it in 2010 to mark their wedding anniversary. Never a Dull Moment, also by Pippin, was selected for both its color and its size. According to Terry Seale, while they enjoy the painting during the day, they especially love how it looks from the patio at night.
Above: Sculptor Greg Reiche is represented by Pippin Contemporary. He uses a steel framework set with handmade glass tiles, perfect for outdoors. Titled Wave, it “captures the wind creating a symphony of color depicting New Mexico’s color palette.” The Seales enjoy Reiche’s work so much they commissioned another piece from him for their Dallas home.
Right: The painting above the fireplace is a diptych by contemporary impressionist Barry Thomas. The Seales chose it for its vibrant color and the subject matter. They enjoy watching wildlife, and the painting, Elk in the Aspens, brings both the elk and Terry’s favorite trees indoors. Originally a triptych, Wiford Gallery was gracious about selling them just two panels, as the third wouldn’t have fit over the fireplace.
Left: The majestic buffalo is by Edward Aldrich, a renowned wildlife painter represented by Sage Creek Gallery. Titled Shrouded Might, the piece is one of three the Seales own by Aldrich. “The buffalo takes center stage, greeting guests as they enter the front door.” With a degree in zoology, Lamar Seale enjoys rare fossils and minerals. The table in the entryway displays some of his collection.
by Amanda N. Pitman
photographs by Chris Corrie
old home, new art contemporary works enhance traditional Santa Fe style
Above: Purchased from GF Contemporary as an anniversary gift, a tradition for the Browns, Orange on Me by Pascal Pierme adds a “bright yet earthy piece with dimensionality and incredible workmanship” to the living room.
“We were drawn to contemporary art because of its lack of rigidity” notes homeowner Elaine Brown. In an old adobe home touched by John Gaw Meem, and filled with artworks mainly from Santa Fe artists, Elaine and her husband, Michael, live with art that “is a bit unexpected,” per Elaine. “And we like that—almost every piece we have is open to an individual person’s interpretation.” With art selected to complement the home’s traditional architecture—thick adobe walls, stone floors, a traditional fireplace, and old doors and vigas—the Browns are “immersed in this wonderful place we call home; there is no doubt about where we are.”
Left: The Browns worked closely with GF Contemporary’s owner, Deborah Fritz, and Pascal Pierme to commission a “large yet delicate” steel sculpture for the front entry. Titled Parfaite Rencontre, Elaine notes, “When viewed from the inside, it mimics the mountains beyond.”
Below: By the door to the back portal hangs The House on Salazar Street, a sweet canvas from GF Contemporary artist Gigi Mills. The striking colors, as well as Mills’s ability to capture everyday life in a fresh, slightly offbeat manner, drew the Browns to this particular work.
Above: “In a room with several paintings, this is the standout,” Elaine confirms. “The boldness of this piece grounded the room and added a certain sexiness and sophistication to the space.” Paul Shapiro, also represented by GF Contemporary, has an evolving style and new technique on full display in Photonic Code XXV.
Left: After viewing the artwork at GF Contemporary, the Browns chose After Rue de Rivoli by Michael Hudock to create a calm space in their living room.
Above: With a nod to the home’s historical context and place, the Browns decided to create a simple yet interesting vignette: a juxtaposition between the Native pottery, the two small paintings by Charles Azbell (Charles Azbell Gallery), and the contemporary art in the rest of the home.
by Amanda N. Pitman
photographs by Chris Corrie
colorful, eclectic, happy less “serious” art makes a Santa Fe retreat shine
As the chairperson of the board of directors of the International Folk Art Market, Kathryn Coleman knows vibrant, fun, and interesting works of art. She and her husband, Hank, use their Santa Fe home as a retreat for their friends, family, and themselves, noting that the home is “very relaxed: comfortable furniture, and no ‘hands-off ’ areas!” With selections that range from representational to abstract, their home serves as a reflection of their interest in artists from New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, and beyond.
Below: Purchased in Havana, Cuba, Los Van Van—the papier-mâché bus—reminds the Colemans of the Cuban culture, especially the music. The occupants of the bus are all musicians, along with a dog for good measure. A Spanish Market purchase, a retablo by Colorado-based artist Frank Zamora, sits over the kitchen stove. “One of the reasons we love Santa Fe is the mixture of cultures and religious traditions,” says Kathryn. “We are particularly drawn to work that celebrates and honors the lives of saints.”
Above: Circle of Flame by Texas artist Ellen Berman was brought to Santa Fe from Houston specifically for placement in the entry hall. Kathryn and Hank interpret this painting very differently, with Kathryn remembering the beautiful cotton tablecloths her mother and grandmother would use for casual dinners, while Hank sees the pattern as evocative of the red chile peppers common to Santa Fe. A retired interior designer, Kathryn says, “I could just ‘see’ it there!” The sculpture, Danzón by Teódulo Rómulo, was purchased in Mexico City on a trip sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arts.
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Above: Purchased in San Antonio, Texas, Tarahumara Vestido Amarillo 12 by David Villaseñor was the first item purchased for the Colemans’ Santa Fe house. “[We] fell in love with her beautiful face. We call her Esperanza.”
Left: “Peruvian art holds a special place in our hearts because Hank was a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru for two-and-a-half years,” notes Kathryn. The mirror’s elaborate frame was made in the traditional manner by Peruvian master folk artist Claudio Jimenez Quispe.
Above: Party Dog by Melinda K. Hall, now at Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, was originally purchased for the Colemans’ Houston home, but they brought it to Santa Fe when they purchased their retreat. “We see it as a celebration of the joy that our dogs bring to our lives,” Kathryn says.
The oil on canvas by Pat Woodall (Pat Woodall Fine Art, Taos) portrays a celebratory Easter procession to El Santuario de Chimayó. The glass bowl and flowers are from Tesuque Glassworks, while the wooden piece in the center—two Day of the Dead figures watching a cockfight—is from a shop in the King William District in San Antonio, Texas.
Right: Magic by Southwestern American folk artist Molly Heizer was purchased at Canyon Road Contemporary for its whimsical nature and cultural connection to Santa Fe. The Colemans own two more works by Heizer, one commissioned for their home in Houston.
Left: Desmond (The Wearing of the Yellow) is by another Canyon Road Contemporary artist, Kari Rives. “We fell in love with Desmond for two reasons in addition to Kari’s artistry” says Kathryn. “Our first dog was a beloved black lab, so we responded emotionally to Desmond. Then we heard his story. Desmond was one of many dogs who was being cared for in a shelter; Kari’s sculpture celebrates the day when Desmond was finally adopted.”
by Amy Gross
photographs by Chris Corrie
los quatro amigos personal relationships make for better collecting, says Mike Fritchie
Above: Mohawk, an oil on canvas by Jim Jennings, holds a place of honor above an antique sideboard. “Jim painted this one right as he was experimenting with clouds,” says Mike. “After that he went more abstract.” Note Mike’s casual use of the artist’s first name. “I know each of these artists personally from my trips to Santa Fe. We’ve become friends!”
Many years back, Texans Mike and Valana Fritchie embarked upon what would become an enduring love affair with Santa Fe. Drawn to artwork that captured the beauty of the area’s natural surroundings, Mike began collecting pieces that spoke to his love of the outdoors. Last year, he and Valana built a home in the City Different, and Mike designed their new residence with every piece of his art in mind. Three of his favorite artists—Robert Reynolds, Jack Dunn, and Jim Jennings, Acosta Strong Fine Art’s “Los Tres Pintores”— are represented well in the new home.
Left: Because of her subject’s tattoos, Addie Roanhorse (Osage) had to obtain special permission from tribal elders to paint and then show this untitled painting at SWAIA’s 2017 Indian Market, which is where Mike purchased it. Roanhorse’s mother, the late Gina Gray (Osage), known as Laughing Sister, graduated from IAIA and once owned a gallery in Santa Fe.
Above, top: Chamisa 23, oil on panel by Jim Jennings. Mike first became familiar with Jennings’s work when the artist maintained a booth at the former Tesuque Flea Market. “Jim’s now on about 47 or 48 of the Chamisa series, though he never did another one of that particular style,” Mike says. Above, bottom: A small but colorful abstract by Jack Dunn called Sunrise Sangre, purchased through Acosta Strong Fine Art.
Above: Across the Tracks, an oil-on-canvas winter scene by Jim Jennings, hangs above a dresser in the master bedroom where Mike can wake up to it every day. It is one of two pieces in the house that show the view from the artist’s back door, and it was purchased directly from Jennings prior to his representation at Acosta Strong. According to Mike, the fun of having personal relationships with the artists he collects is getting to know the story behind each piece.
Above: Flanking the sculptural fireplace are (on left) In the Aspens, an older work by Jim Jennings, and Red Cliffs Reflected (on right), a newer piece by Robert Reynolds. “I didn’t have anything for this space when I designed the house,” Mike says of the Reynolds work. “I was waiting on ‘the’ painting; it had to be a feature that hit you when you come in the door.” He purchased it at Acosta Strong and hung it just before the 2017 Haciendas—A Parade of Homes. A couple from Fredericksburg, Texas, was so captivated by the piece that they immediately went to the gallery and purchased a Robert Reynolds work for themselves.
Right: A narrow floor-to-ceiling nook in the guest bedroom might have been difficult to furnish if not for Mike’s keen eye. Apricot Tree–Canyon Road, a Jack Dunn work purchased through Acosta Strong, fits perfectly in the space above a compact dresser. february/march 2018
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GF Contemporary Located on famous Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico, GF Contemporary has been a draw for collectors from around the world for over the last 9 years. Deborah Fritz, the gallery owner and owner of Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, has been working with artists and collectors for the last 23 years. GF Contemporary is housed in an old studio building. Inside the expansive and open elegant space, you’ll see on the adobe walls art by established artists like painter, Paul Shapiro, French born sculptor Pascal Pierme and 20th century inspired painter Gigi Mills as well exciting emerging artists like conceptual artist Brian Singer, painter Michael Azgour and Paula Castillo, recently awarded an exhibition at the National Women’s Museum in Washington DC. In June, Deborah Fritz will launch gallery FRITZ in Santa Fe’s Railyard district to feature work by well-established, mid-career and emerging artists, predominantly from the 1990s to present. gallery FRITZ will be a project driven art program, to cement the gallery’s commitment to educate and promote the understanding of contemporary art in public spaces. “I believe that art enhances the lives of our community and nurtures the freedom of expression through mutual understanding between artists and their public,” remarks Fritz. “gallery FRITZ will be a place to discover and engage cutting edge contemporary art.”
Paul Shapiro, Photonice Code XXXVII, 2012, acrylic on linen, 48 x 36” Michael Wilding, This is Not as it Appears Nor is it Otherwise, 2012, marble, 22 x 12 x 11”
Photography by George Brugnone
Paula Castillo, Bandera, 2017, steel and auto-body paint, 49 x 25 x 5”
Top image: Paula Castillo, Intimate Ideas in the Bright, 2017, steel and auto-body paint, 17 x 18 x 11” Bottom image: Gallery view with works by Paul Shapiro, Paula Castillo, Pascal Pierme and Michael Wilding.
Coming June 2018 to the Railyard...
Creek Ranch the West awaits
Wrangler Robert Wood, on dun gelding Dusty, ambles toward the water tanks. If you look closely, two of the three ranch dogs, Luna and Shelby, play in the water while they wait for the horses to catch up.
Amanda N. Pitman
by Amanda N. Pitman
SANTA ROSA, NEW MEXICO—a typical, sleepy New Mexico town. Not normally considered a tourist destination, Santa Rosa’s only real claim to fame is as the “scuba diving capital of the Southwest” and, of course, the fact that Billy the Kid used to hang around that part of the state. These days, you’re more likely to see things related to historic Route 66 than an outlaw, but recently, a ranch in the area has come to the forefront of reimagining the old West’s glory days—and it’s one that is taking the term vacation to a whole new level. Creek Ranch, managed by accomplished horsewomen Andrea Behrens and Claudia Schnettler, ranch foreman Joe Nichols, and wrangler Robert Wood, is first and foremost a working cattle ranch, complete with 36 gorgeous horses, 300-plus head of cattle, and 8,200 acres of land. Recently accredited by the Dude Rancher’s Association, Creek Ranch has jumped through more than a few hoops to earn this coveted accolade. Open to guests from April 1 through October 31, the ranch involves visitors in all aspects of working ranch life: cattle drives, livestock health checks, and the extremely popular branding days held once in the spring and once in the fall. All of these activities are necessary to the success of the ranch; moving the cattle from pasture to pasture and making sure they are all healthy, marked, and accounted for is essential. Creek Ranch is much more than simply a hard day’s work. Guests are provided with three delicious home Below: Claudia bridles a beautiful buckskin gelding named King for a guest before an afternoon trail ride.
Above: Guests experience a variety of landscape during trail rides. Rides usually last anywhere from three to five hours.
Above: A group of Corriente cattle warily eye the horses as they walk past their pen toward the open trails.
Above: Robert readies stocky sorrel Butch for an afternoon ride. Guests can tack up their own mounts, or get a little help from the friendly staff.
Above: Creek Ranch is located in Puerto de Luna, about 10 miles from Santa Rosa. The red gates and large sign make the entrance to Creek Ranch easy to find.
cooked meals per day, and when not riding, hiking, fishing, or swimming, visitors can lounge in the hot tub or read a book under the long portal overlooking the back of the property. And, of course, the landscape is stunning; “This is PDL [Puerto de Luna]!” laughs Claudia, noting that the ranch is slightly outside of Santa Rosa proper. The surrounding terrain is lush and green, with numerous rivers running through the land, unlike the stereotypical desert that one might anticipate. Originally from Germany, both Andrea and Claudia speak German, and they welcome guests from all over the world. And if you don’t speak German? Don’t worry, they’re happy to translate! Most of their guests are from Germany, with a large number of people visiting from Switzerland, Austria, Norway, and other European countries as well as the United States. The maximum number of guests Creek Ranch can accommodate at one time is 10, making for a perfect, intimate vacation and full immersion in Western ranch life. Says Claudia, “That’s the experience we were aiming for: What would we like? We have both done ranch vacations before and you don’t want it to be too big.” The experience is intended for adults and teens ages 16 and over with moderate riding experience, but beginners with some horse sense are also welcome. If you have ever wanted to step back to the olden days and have a real working vacation, now is the time. The West is waiting. Creek Ranch, creek-ranch.com
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Taos Ski Valley hello, old friend by Bruce Adams
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The skiing is top-notch and challenging at Taos, with 14 lifts and over 110 trails and runs ranging from beginning to expert levels.
Right: Santa Fean publisher Bruce Adams has been an avid skier for over 40 years. His first trip to Taos Ski Valley was in 1980.
Just steps from Lift 1, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley is an 80-room hotel in the style of an Alpine guesthouse. It opened in February 2017.
I WAS INITIALLY DRAWN to experience Taos Ski Valley with the promise of its legendary steep runs, abundant sunshine, and European ski village vibe. It also intrigued me that it was off the beaten track, far from major airports and without a nearby interstate, but with easy proximity to the galleries of Taos. It was 1980, and the other thing that drew me on that first trip to Taos Ski Valley was the lure of a free place to stay. My high school buddies, Tim Harter and Jeff Caltrider, were working in the kitchen at the St. Bernard where one of the perks was an old small house trailer attached to a wood structure. The aforementioned free accommodations, located where the Ski Patrol building is now, were rudimentary. Warm, yes, but any time we used the toilet we had to fill a bucket of water from outdoors. My buddy Ken Stavheim and I slept in sleeping bags on the floor. While there was a shortage of privacy in this truly communal accommodation, I was with friends. Our first morning, Tim and Jeff welcomed us with a gourmet breakfast compliments of the St. Bernard, personally delivering the feast to us in our sleeping bags. Ken and I were pretty excited about this perk, until we learned that beginning the next day we would no longer be guests but rather kitchen helpers. To earn our keep, every morning we’d help slice fruit and get breakfast going for the paying guests. It wasn’t a bad arrangement, since Taos’s long runs, steep narrow chutes, and big mogul runs under sunny skies kept us challenged and wanting more. At night we’d go into the bar at the St. Bernard to hear a local folk singer. It was a magical time spent with old and new friends in a stunningly beautiful winter scene. Thirty-eight years later, as I sink myself under a fluffy duvet in a well-appointed room at brand new The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, not far from that old trailer hut, I’m so pleased with the comforts of this fine property. The Blake understands what skiers want, from a full service spa facility with professional masseuses to tasty and hearty comfort food meals at 192 at The Blake. The restaurant is a gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. As I was enjoying my meal, Ron and Casandra Sisneros, friends from Albuquerque, unexpectedly came through the door. Once again, I was with friends. The ski resort experience has come a long way in 38 years. Old time skiers often talk about how ski areas today have more amenities but less personality. While much has changed at Taos Ski Valley, the European flavor and personality of this challenging mountain is still there. Most importantly, it’s still a place where friends can gather to celebrate the sport and the joy of simply being together.
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OTA Contemporary When Kiyomi Baird envisioned a place of curiosity and discovery, she was doing what she does best: listening to her heart and following her dreams. OTA Contemporary, impossible to miss on the corner of Canyon Road and the Paseo de Peralta, exhibits painting, sculpture, digital, and new media. OTA Contemporary’s grand opening in May 2017 featured a collaborative performance of visual artists, dancers, musicians, and videographers. The gallery’s themed exhibitions stir something authentic in viewers. In December 2017, OTA Contemporary and Hoopes + Associates Architects received an AIA Merit Award. The 3,000 square foot gallery is complemented by the private sculpture courtyard at the rear of the building. At the AIA awards dinner, Craig Hoopes explained: “The whole plaza [on the corner of Canyon and the Paseo] was also redone, so there are places for people to sit or to gather. I think that the owners, Ed and Kiyomi Baird, have made a significant gift to the city with that. OTA is Kiyomi’s maiden name. She’s an artist and wanted to have a space to show art she felt needed to be seen.”
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OTA Contemporary’s current exhibition, REFLECTIONS, features Charley Brown, Tim Craighead, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Gail Winbury. The show opens on Friday, February 2 and continues through Thursday, April 26, 2018.
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Furnace, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36"
Vibrations of the Eye and Soul LewAllen Galleries 1613 Paseo de Peralta lewallengalleries.com February 23–March 25 Reception February 23, 5–7 pm
LewAllen Galleries presents a memorial exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Edwin Mieczkowski (1929–2017), who passed away in June. If Mieczkowski’s name is not familiar his paintings may well be; he was a founder of what came to be called Op Art. Trained as a realist and in commercial art, Mieczkowski and two other artists formed a group called Anonima (Italian for “anonymous”) and set about studying the science and psychology of visual perception, using what they learned in their paintings. Geometric, hard-edged abstraction and carefully chosen color became Mieczkowski’s tools. LewAllen’s exhibit honors Mieczkowski’s long career as an artist, a thinker, and a teacher.—Lisa J. Van Sickle february/march 2018
William Siegal travelin’ man
by L i s a J. Va n Sic k le
SOME PEOPLE STUDIOUSLY choose a career. Other times, a vocation seems to choose just the right person to take it on. For William Siegal, owner of William Siegal Gallery, a love of travel, a sharp eye for quality, and a bit of serendipity led him into an illustrious career buying, selling, studying, and writing about textiles of the Andes. Siegal, a native of Pittsburgh, began traveling while still in college. He returned from a trip to Jerusalem with a load of handmade Bedouin dresses, easily sold to “the art students at Carnegie Mellon!” he says. A textile dealer was born. In 1972, Siegal became known as “the mola man.” Having seen an intricately appliquéd fabric piece, he described it to a friend who told him that it must have been a mola, a type of needlework from Panama. Turns out, it wasn’t a mola at all, but Siegal, intrigued, was already out the door. He estimates he made 40 to 50 trips to Panama between 1972 and 1974, buying old molas and bringing the needlework back to the United States to sell. Next came travels through Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, and forays into purchasing Bolivian textiles. By 1974, Siegal and three business partners moved to Bolivia and set off in earnest to buy antique ceremonial garments, woven from alpaca wool by the Aymara people. Other than some missionaries who wanted the “pagan” items burned, there was little local interest in these artifacts, presumed to be about 150 to 200 years old. (Subsequent carbon dating has shown many pieces are up to 500 years old.) Recognizing their importance, Siegal became involved with Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore in La Paz. Siegal describes raising money for the museum during his time in Bolivia as “one of the hardest tasks I have ever had,” and he is proud that the museum is thriving today. After 14 years in the Andes, Siegal returned to the United States in 1988, and by 1990 he arrived in Santa Fe with “ . . . 13 trunks of weavings, three tapped-out credit cards, and about a thousand bucks.” Serendipity led him to the old flea market by the opera, where on his first day he met a collector who bought enough to make it also his last day there. Three separate collectors in two weeks’ time wandered into an otherwise quiet space he had downtown, enabling him to purchase property on Canyon Road’s Gypsy Alley for the first of his three galleries, which opened in 1996. More than 20 years later, Siegal is stepping back. He is closing his Guadalupe Street gallery by March 1, discontinuing the contemporary art and pre-Columbian artifacts he also carries, and moving the textiles to a smaller space, which will be managed by current William Siegal Gallery director, Eric Garduño. Looking forward, William Siegal plans, naturally, to travel. Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Peru are all on his list, he says. “It’s a big world.”
Above: This iscaya, a woman’s ceremonial garment, dates back to the 18th or 19th century. The still vibrant colors were all obtained from natural dyes.
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Right: Also from the 1700s or 1800s, a man’s 48 x 44" ceremonial mantle, or llacota, was created using only natural dyes.
Above: William Siegal photographed this Aymara weaver in 1977. Her loom and weaving technique is much the same as what her ancestors used 2,000 years ago. Men weave some utilitarian goods, but women do the fine weaving used for ceremonial cloth.
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the natural world in glass
by Lisa J. Van Sickle
photographs by Gabriella Marks
Laura Goodwin has been an artist all her life, as well as a naturalist. “Going into the woods is where I find my peace and solace,” says Goodwin. “It’s where I find my inspiration.” The two interests intersect in her art, where the organic forms and perishable nature of plant life become permanent and unchanging when she renders them in glass. Her Barca series—glass cherries adrift in glass boats—is named for the Italian word for “boat,” a nod to the years she spent living in Italy. Goodwin is concurrently fabricating a series of cast glass pieces containing impossibly delicate glass versions of the equally fragile and brilliantly colored marasmius mushroom, a species she saw firsthand on a 2013 mushroom-hunting trip to the Amazon and the Bolivian rain forest. Persimmons and melon slices also appear in her exquisite glass work. Laura Goodwin at Globe Fine Art, 727 Canyon, globefineart.com
Goodwin’s glass boats begin as a much different shape. The hot glass is placed on a marver—a steel table.
Goodwin then flattens the glass against the marver using heavy gloves and a wooden paddle.
Above: Goodwin wields Fluffy the propane torch, keeping the glass alive, or malleable enough to work. Her prescription glasses have special lenses to protect her eyes from the infrared light and heat in the glass shop. Goodwin insists everyone in the shop wears eye protection at all times.
The boat form begins taking shape. If it gets too cool, the glass is no longer workable. One of Goodwin’s assistants applies heat from “Fluffy,” a propane torch named for the diffuse flame it emits.
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Above: A finished piece, Barca Primavera, catches the sunlight in its owner’s Las Campanas home. Goodwin sandblasted the glass boat after it cooled, giving it a matte finish to contrast with its cargo of glossy cherries.
by Lisa J. Van Sickle
26th National Pastel Painting Exhibition Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 W Palace sorrelsky.com March 3–31 Reception March 2, 5–7:30 pm The Pastel Society of New Mexico (PSNM) has held national, juried exhibitions since 1991. This year, Sorrel Sky hosts the prestigious show. About 150 artists each submit up to three pieces for judging, and jurors select 140–145 works to hang in the exhibition. All subject matter is welcome. NMPS membership is not limited to New Mexicans; members hail from over half the states, as well as Canada and Europe. Expect a variety of subjects, sizes, and styles, all painted by artists committed to the medium of soft pastel. Right: Sarah Blumenschein, Sunlit, pastel on sanded paper, 36 x 30"
Equilateral Attraction Winterowd Fine Art 701 Canyon fineartsantafe.com March 16–29 Reception March 16, 5–7 pm While the more common story involves a painter moving to Northern New Mexico and becoming enchanted by the light and landscape, Annell Livingston moved to Taos and dove wholeheartedly into geometric abstraction. Her paintings are based on grids. The addition of diagonal lines and subtle gradations of color give Livingston’s paintings shape and form. Karen Bexfield works in glass. Her kiln-formed pieces are also based on geometry. Although Bexfield has traditionally used circles and arcs, for this show she is exhibiting complex glass boxes. She forgoes the mass and transparency often characteristic of art glass, preferring to work from thin sheets of deeply colored glass, translucent or opaque. Bexfield’s material is pierced, leaving holes in random sizes and shapes to contrast with the perfection of the rectangular forms. Above: Annell Livingston, Fragments Geometry and Change #226, acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45"
Bubbles and Bling! Manitou Galleries 123 W Palace manitougalleries.com/jewelry Reception February 2, 5–7:30 pm Whether you are looking for a perfect Valentine’s Day gift or just wanting to get out and about to shop for jewelry on a February Friday night, Palace Jewelers at Manitou Galleries will be the place. Champagne, fine chocolates, and live music will make for a festive evening. Palace Jewelers also celebrates the arrival of Navajo silversmith Tsali Hall, the new director of the jewelry department and a respected jeweler in his own right. His work will have its debut at Manitou that evening, along with jewelry from Roger Wilbur, Alvin Yellowhorse (Navajo), Amber Beata, Heart & Bones, and many others. Right: Roger Wilbur, belt buckle, Kingman turquoise and silver, 1 1/4 x 2 1/2" 52
PREVIEWS Heartful Expressions Alexandra Stevens Gallery of Fine Art 820 Canyon alexandrastevens.com February 17–28 Reception February 17, 5:30–7 pm February is the month of love, and Alexandra Stevens Fine Art once again hosts their annual celebration of both February and love. The gallery’s established artists will show their work, all “heartfelt expressions” of affection for the people and places they paint. Expect Western-themed pieces from Phil Epp, angular bronze figures by Jeannine Young, Ruth Valerio’s loose, impressionist landscapes, and Peggy McGivern’s evocative portraits and landscapes. The show runs through the end of February.
Right: Katrina Howarth, The Heart Tree, oil on canvas, 24 x 30"
In Real Time Art House 231 Delgado thomafoundation.org Through September 30 Art House exhibits the collection of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation, digital art from the last 50 years, from the dawn of the digital age to now. The current exhibit, In Real Time, features work that incorporates real-time software to create constantly changing pieces, something only possible with digital art. Jason Salavon’s widescreen monitor shows a constantly changing still life of bottles and other vessels, an homage to the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. Salavon’s display continually creates new vessels and arrangements, never to be repeated. John Gerrard’s piece, shown on an LED screen, portrays an iridescent oil slick on the Amazon river. All simulated, the images change with the actual time of day on the Amazon, including sunrises and sunsets.
Above: John Gerrard, Flag (Amazon), software on LCD monitor with LED backlighting
Glenn Ostergaard LewAllen Galleries 1613 Paseo de Peralta lewallengalleries.com March 30–April 22 Reception March 30, 5–7 pm Glenn Ostergaard has had several notable careers in the arts. He went from museum work to acting as a personal aid to legendary dancer Martha Graham. He became known as a sculptor, creating works in resin that looked like improbably balanced stacks of pillows, before turning his attention to painting. Ostergaard and his husband, David Kaplan, are benefactors of the Kaplan-Ostergaard Glass Center at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where they serve as guest curators as well. LewAllen Galleries presents their first solo show of Ostergaard’s large canvases. Some of his paintings employ vivid color while others are rendered in black and white. Four feet or more in size, Ostergaard’s abstract paintings use pattern, repetition, and contrasts in value to tell their story. Right: Glenn Ostergaard, Black Clouds, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40" february/march 2018
Flying Blue Buffalo Project Open house and panel discussion form & concept 435 S Guadalupe formandconcept.center Panel discussion February 17, 2–5 pm Through the end of February, form & concept is running a Kickstarter campaign to support artist Armond Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project. Of Diné and Mexican heritage, Lara, born in 1939, showed at Indian Market in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, he walked away from a career in aerospace engineering and city planning in Seattle and moved to Santa Fe to pursue art full-time. His work, ranging from collage to printmaking to sculpture, has been shown widely in the United States and Europe. Buffalo often appeared, animals Lara describes as “masters of survival.” Over the years, his buffalo took on a blue hue and sprouted wings, a testament to Lara’s Diné grandmother’s survival skills. His grandmother was what Native people refer to as a “lost bluebird”—abducted as a child and enslaved as a domestic servant. Lara had always known this story, but has only recently learned how common it actually was: from the 1600s to the late 1800s a shocking number of children were taken. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project will be an installation of over 70 blue buffalo, 3-D printed from Lara’s woodcarvings. Each one will be accompanied by accounts of an individual child’s experience and fight for survival, taken from written and oral accounts by descendants of these lost bluebirds. The installation is planned for August. On February 17, form & concept will host a panel discussion with Lara, Joseph Riggs, an attorney and artist who is a frequent collaborator with Lara, and local historians, talking about the project and the stories behind it. 54
Above: 3D Proven Systems, digital renderings for Armond Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project.
Above: Flying Blue Buffalo carvings and paintings by Armond Lara.
continued from page 31 on the pulse of what’s new and what’s hot in the art world, especially locally. I’m in and out of galleries a lot, and when my clients are busy with customers, I get the chance to really walk around their galleries and take in their artists’ work. I attend gallery openings on Fridays in Santa Fe, and I go to national art shows. But the biggie is when I go to someone’s house, and if I see that they have an art collection, I want to spend time looking at their art. Talking to the owners about it is really eye-opening. For one thing, I see things I’ve never seen before, and also it tells me something about who they are. Where do you tend to find your art?
Galleries, of course. At art shows—I’m going to Los Angeles next week for the LA Art Show, for example. And at auctions. Some of my favorite acquisitions have come from very small, local auctions, like those held by ARTsmart. Do you have any thoughts about where the art scene in Santa Fe is headed?
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It’s definitely going in more of a contemporary vein. I don’t think that representational work will ever go away, but certainly the taste of buyers is gravitating more to contemporary-style art, representational or not. You keep a lot of art in your office. I’m going randomly point to one piece; tell me why it’s significant to you.
I’ve always enjoyed this piece. I’m drawn to the movement, and the color palette is varied. It hung in the office of Betty Bauer, one of the cofounders of Santa Fean. When I worked for Betty, I looked at it a lot and always identified it with her. She played such a huge role in my life that having that painting in my office reminds me of her, of how she ran her business, and how she treated me. It’s just a reminder of those times and keeps Betty’s memory alive. Is there a new piece of art in your near future?
Possibly! Though like most art fans I always struggle with that problem of having “more art than walls.” But there are a few artists I’m watching, such as Gigi Mills and Michael Azgour at GF Contemporary. I also enjoy David Rothermel’s work. I guess it’ll depend on what I decide I just can’t live without.
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Designed by Santa Fe architect Philippe Register and built in 1961, this 4,167-squarefoot home is situated in a gated compound behind its own electric gate, offering abundant privacy and security. Magnificent mountain views of the Sangre de Cristos command attention from the wall of windows in the living room as well as from the home’s inviting outdoor areas. Beamed ceilings and wood decking throughout the five-bedroom, threebath residence give it a sense of warmth, while the primarily adobe and concrete construction, finished with warm-hued plaster, completes the inviting ambience. The kitchen and baths are updated with granite counters, sleek appliances, and a freestanding bathtub. A home office, guest room, or studio has its own bath and a separate entrance. Just off Tano Road and conveniently close to the highway, the three and one-third acre lot has a large, fenced area for dogs to safely play. An exercise room is among the amenities found in this lovely home. List price: $1.695 million Contact: Warren Thompson, 505-989-7741, Dougherty Real Estate Co. LLC, dresf.com
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An art lover’s dream, Casa Colibrí (Hummingbird House) is a rare property on Canyon Road. The casita is located in a gated compound just behind the historic El Zaguan’s gardens, with galleries, shops, and restaurants along Canyon Road just steps away. Though the exteriors are Territorial, the inside is 1,590 square feet of traditional touches and contemporary luxury. Aged vigas along the coved ceilings set off the white plaster, while floors throughout are finished in a tile resembling multicolored brick. The two-bedroom casita has two baths, including a master bath with an open shower and a freestanding copper tub, and a guest bath with an open shower and an Italian marble sink on a hand-forged metal base. Adorning the kitchen are hand-forged metal and glass cabinet doors and polished concrete countertops with turquoise flecks around the handmade sink. Enclosed outdoor areas offer a chance to watch Casa Colibrí’s namesake hummingbirds flit past. This casita comes complete with a one-car garage—rare for Canyon Road—with room for a second parking place. List price: $1.3 million Contact: Darlene Streit, 505-920-8001, Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebyshomes.com
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This Day in Collecting History, by Michael A. McLeod and Marla K. McLeod, Schiffer Publishing, paperback, $25
People collect ALL SORTS of things, from teapots found at yard sales to historic documents and sports jerseys that can only be acquired through auction. As the former editor of Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine, Michael A. McLeod reported on hundreds of stunning auction sales, a few of which he and his wife, Marla K. McLeod, have compiled into one very fun and readable book. In This Day in Collecting History, the authors spotlight a variety of auction items in a daily calendar format that cleverly connects the items themselves to specific historic events and interesting individuals. A few calendar dates in the book (which includes at least one entry per day from January 1 through December 31) represent a significant sale. On May 2, 2012, for example, one of Edvard Munch’s four versions of The Scream was sold by Sotheby’s for well over $119 million. Most of the dates, however, are events from history. One of the oldest: September 28, 1066, the date William the Conquerer invaded England and became its first king. (We then learn that a William the Conquerer penny from the era sold at auction in 2014 for almost $1.3 million.) The entries are short, easy to read, and include the sometimes staggering prices fetched at auction for collectibles, art, and memorabilia. In 2007, Sotheby’s auctioned off one of the 17 remaining Magna Cartas copied in 1297. The pricetag? $21,321,000. In 2012, the model of Luke Skywalker’s XWing fighter used in Star Wars sold for $221,400. (The entry appears under September 25, when in 1951 “a stirring in the Force” announced the birth of Mark Hamill.) This Day in Collecting History is a quick trip through history, including music, fashion, sports, pop culture, and the significant events that have shaped our world. It’s a blast to read, especially if you’re a dedicated collector in search of your own next big score.—Amy Gross
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Dinner for Two’s Filet Oscar is covered with green chile queso and topped with lump crab. Roasted Brussels sprouts finish the presentation.
dining à deux What could be more romantic than a restaurant called Dinner for Two? It’s cozy and quaint, and serves a host of dishes perfectly designed to share with a loved one. So, as the winter winds blow and Valentine’s Day approaches, this is the perfect season to head to this popular Guadalupe Street eatery and snuggle up. What fun it is to order the menu items that are prepared tableside! The skilled staff wheels a cart to your table, laden with all the ingredients needed to custom design your Caesar salad or finish off your chateaubriand before carving it at the table. For the salad, a brief history of its origin is offered, and then you specify the intensity of garlic you prefer: one to 10 cloves. Anchovies, too, are offered by quantity, and after a squeeze
of lemon, a scatter of Parmesan, and a quick toss, voila! A perfect rendition of the classic. For the tender beef main course, mushrooms are seared in a copper saucepan, flamed theatrically with brandy and bathed in a luscious Marsala sauce. The chateaubriand is plated with roasted Brussels sprouts and duchess potatoes. You’ll have trouble finding room to finish the meal with Bananas Foster for two, but go ahead, it’s sweater season! Don’t miss Dinner for Two’s happy hour from 4–6 pm, their award-winning wine list, and heavenly house-made breads. What’s not to love?—John Vollertsen Dinner for Two, 106 N Guadalupe Street, dinnerfortwonm.com february/march 2018
The interior of El Farol has been spruced up, but its character remains much the same. The murals shown here are by Sergio Moyano. In the bar are murals by four artists, including Alfred Morang (1901–1958), whose artwork supposedly settled an overdue bill.
Below: Aguacate, from the starters menu, begins with a flash-fried avocado, accented with pico de gallo and lime crema.
A FOOD TREND THAT never seems to go out of style is the small plate concept. So it was with pleasure that I shared an evening of noshing with three friends where we sampled three-fourths of the menu at the lovingly renovated and revitalized El Farol. What food! What fun! The old El Farol had become an institution, famous for late night revelry, flamenco, and booze. New owner Rich Freeman has given El Farol a much-needed fresh coat of paint, and a re-energizing of the staff, menu, and bar. According to Freeman, a few of his hard-core regulars preferred the dressed-down pre-renovation version, but the majority of his customers are thrilled with the transformation. We order drinks from the eclectic cocktail list, starting off with a round of bracing margaritas: one smoked, one slightly sweetened with pomegranate juice, and one fired with muddled jalapeño. Delish! Chef Shane Alexander comes to the table to see what dishes pique our interest. Alexander hails from South Africa, but has worked in numerous ethnic restaurants in the United States, giving him a keen and imaginative palate. The lengthy menu gives the young chef happy room to experiment outside the realm of the usual suspects of shrimp and garlic, potatoes with aioli, and jamón serrano. His versions of those classics are excellent, but there is so much more to sample. The tapas are offered in both cold and hot versions. With a vegetarian in tow, we navigate the menu easily to ensure she can enjoy our feast. Table favorites include marinated white anchovies with zippy olive tapenade and tomato vinaigrette; crispy fried potatoes bravas with garlicky aioli; smoky grilled artichokes served with a salty Parmesan-style cheese; crunchy seared Brussels sprouts with 60
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A round of margaritas gives diners fortitude to choose from the lengthy menu. A splash of pomegranate juice lends the pink color.
balsamic syrup; a crumbed and fried avocado with lime crema—are you hungry yet? We want to save room for main courses so we hold off on further appetizers. I’m usually hesitant to order paella in a restaurant because I know how long it takes to prepare. Often the chef has to start the rice and then hold it until an order is made, which can affect the rice’s texture. Freeman promises their version is terrific and I concur; the one that arrives, chock-full of shrimp, mussels, chicken, and chorizo (and an interesting addition of lima beans), is spot-on with perfect rice, plump with flavor. Freeman highly recommends the 24-hour braised shorts ribs and they melt on our tongues, sided with carrot puree and sautéed broccolini—scrumptious. A duck dish, with seared breast confit leg and tender porcini gnocchi, though not necessarily Spanish, wows us.
The lengthy menu at El Farol gives young Chef Shane Alexander happy room to experiment outside the realm of the usual tapas suspects.
Above: El Farol's entrées include the boneless 24-hour beef short ribs, accompanied by carrot purée, broccolini, and porcini mushrooms.
Left: Don't miss the desserts at El Farol. Limon Brazo de Gitano is made with rolled sponge cake, lemon cream, raspberry merengue, and raspberry caramel, accented with candied pistachios. The name means "lemon Gypsy's arm," and it is a classic Spanish recipe.
Pastry Chef Taylor Burns creates some very sophisticated desserts. Her steamed warm raisin cake with toffee, apples, and vanilla gelato—a sort of sticky pudding—is my favorite dessert of the year! Her take on s’mores is yummy, too. If you find yourself in the company of some real wine aficionados, let them spoil you and order the Lan Rioja Edición Limitada 2013 from the well-planned wine list. It’s a big red that bites back and takes our evening to an elevated gourmet experience (get it quick—there are only a few bottles left!). Well supped, we vow to return for the jazz and flamenco offered on the music schedule, and to sample the remaining dishes. If you, like me, have made a vow to make sure that in 2018 you enjoy life to the fullest extent possible, heading to El Farol is a great place to start. Living, eating (and drinking) well is the best revenge—JV El Farol, 808 Canyon, elfarolsantafe.com february/march 2018
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WHAT A BUZZ IT WAS to read Chef Bobby Flay’s praise of our New Mexico cuisine in Food & Wine magazine recently. He stated, “I think New Mexico had its moment like 25 years ago, when Southwestern food was just becoming an important thing in this country, and now it’s having a comeback.” He continued by claiming Albuquerque and Santa Fe are two of the state’s most interesting food cities but added, “I think the outer regions of New Mexico are important, too. Don’t forget, there’s so much Native American culture there, and it doesn’t get played out in our cuisine very often. Nobody uses the red and green chiles of this [area] anywhere else in their food, and it’s such an important part of what we do in this country.” Though Flay may have his critics, it’s always nice to see our culinary scene applauded nationally. And, the accolades kept coming in with the 2017 Travel + Leisure rankings, in which Santa Fe was named #4 in America’s Favorite Cities; #5 in America’s Best Cities for Food; and #1 as the Reader’s Choice Destination of the Year (Slovenia was #2 and Norway #3). I’m proud to say that I think our hospitality industry works very hard to earn these kudos. When I moved to town 24 years ago, there was a certain slowing down of the tourist season during the winter months, save for the skiers who helped fill the tables of our 400+ restaurants. Now we are blessed with a vibrant visitors’ scene year round, and it keeps our chefs and hoteliers on their toes. This winter I’ll be keeping my weight up noshing on mac and cheese at Macalicious on Guadalupe Street; warming up while getting my pho on at Pho Ava; slurping Charles Dale’s fantastic homemade pasta at Trattoria A Mano; sipping cocktails while grooving on jazz at Tonic Santa Fe; sharing a slice of wood-fired pizza at El Nido (try the Bianca with mozzarella, caramelized almonds, and fresh grapes—yum!); buying my Valentine’s Day chocolates at Cacao Santa Fe; and enjoying staycations at Albuquerque’s lovely Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm with their new Campo restaurant, and in Las Vegas, New Mexico, at the charming Plaza Hotel. 2018 is already shaping up to be a delicious year!—JV 62
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n or t her n n ew m e x ico ’ s fi n es t di n i n g e x perie n ces Cafe Sonder 326 South Guadalupe, 505-982-9170, cafesonder.com Located in the Railyard, we pride ourselves in submitting to you a menu wherein food is prepared simply, letting local ingredients speak for themselves. Steps from the year round Farmers Market, we strive to establish relationships with local ranchers, farmers, and foragers. We are committed to crafting a menu of locally driven modern comfort food. Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 cowgirlsantafe.com Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to TexMex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! Best Patio in SF! Open seven days a week: 11 am–11 pm during the week and to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday. The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its awardwinning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a
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sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended. 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 classic 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 saffroninfused 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. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm. La Casa Sena 125 E Palace, 505-988-9232, lacasasena.com La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants for more than 30 years. Our bar, La Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner.Let La Cantina’s singing waitstaff entertain you nightly with the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more. Open daily 11 am until close. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant
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Santacafé 231 Washington, 505-984-1788 santacafe.com Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! 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. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays. We are now on Open Table! 35˚ North Coffee 60 E San Francisco St, 505-983-6138 35northcoffee.com 35˚ North Coffee is made up of a small crew of passionate people who love good coffee and the hard work that goes into every cup. The people and landscape of Santa Fe inspires us to produce coffee that’s both adventurous and creative. We take a handcrafted approach to sourcing, roasting and brewing our coffee because we care about what we’re drinking and we love sharing it with you. We also serve fresh pastries, beignets and a handful of breakfast classics. Located in the Arcade building on the Plaza, we’re open daily from 7 am to 5 pm.
1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805 hotelsantafe.com/amaya Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local Pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. Enjoy our newly renovated open air dining room, with lovely garden views.
Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge 113 Washington, 505-988-3236 rosewoodhotels.com Inspired by Santa Fe’s rich cultural and culinary history, Executive Chef Edgar Beas fuses old world techniques with modern, innovative recipes and artful plating. The dishes embrace the Inn’s Southwestern and Native heritage and are consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. The Anasazi Restaurant celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe, offering guests an intimate dining experience with a sophisticated design that compliments the restaurant’s legendary architecture. Tequila Table featuring specialty tequilas, Social Hour Sunday through Thursday and live entertainment Saturday evenings. Patio open seasonally. Private dining available.
Rancho de Chimayó 300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó - Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm (May-Oct), Tues-Sun 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (Nov-Apr), closed Mon. Breakfast served weekends. Shop our online store.
Plaza Café 54 Lincoln Ave, 505-982-1664 santafeplazacafe.com The famous Plaza Café, on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, has been serving locals and visitors alike for over 110 years! We are Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and serve authentic New Mexican cuisines and flavors that span the globe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are the home of fine food and the friendliest folks in town! Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm, we hope you come visit us for a bite to eat!
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February February 3 Sweetheart Auction Thirteenth annual fundraiser for Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Catered dinner, complimentary wine and beer, live and silent auctions, and a raffle to win a vacation to your choice of four destinations. $100, 5 pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, cffnm.org. February 7–11 Santa Fe Film Festival An extensive program of films, panels, workshops, and parties. Times, locations, and prices vary, santafefilmfestival.com.
Opening Weekend March 23-25, 2018 On view March 23 – May 13 Tickets on sale at westernmuseum.org
February 18–25 Santa Fe Restaurant Week Fine-dining and casual restaurants offer prix-fixe menus and classes on making pies, creating cocktails, and organic tequilas. Prices, times, and locations vary, nmrestaurantweek.com.
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March 9 k.d. lang Country, rock, punk, torch—k.d. lang has done it all. She is touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking album Ingénue. $79–$349, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. March 10–11 The Santa Fe Home Show An expo featuring the area’s builders and designers, answering questions about building, remodeling, or adding green technology to your project. $5, 10 am–5 pm Saturday, 10 am–4 pm Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, sfahba.com.
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February 9 Los Lobos Santa Fe favorites will play as a fundraiser for the Española Valley Humane Society. Plenty of room for dancing, beer and wine available. $35–$40, 7:30 pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, ampconcerts.org.
February 20 Jorma Kaukonen The founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna plays a solo show presented by AMP Concerts. $35, 7:30 pm, James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos, holdmyticket.com.
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March 1–April 15 Kids FreeFest Special pricing on lodging and attractions in the Santa Fe area for families traveling with children. Times, locations, and prices vary. See santafe.org for details.
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March 3 ARTsmart Annual Dinner and Auction With a theme of “You Will Be Served . . . Harvey Girls Style” ARTsmart presents their annual gala at La Fonda, a former Harvey House. Dinner prepared by La Fonda’s chefs. Students in Santa Fe High’s culinary arts program prepare salad, rolls, and dessert. $200, 5:30 pm, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, artsmartnm.org.
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