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Josh Simpson March 11 - April 5, 2011 Opening Reception Friday, March 11, 5 - 7 pm The artist will be present

“CORONA PLATTER” ~ Glass ~ 21" x 21" x 1 1/2"

Janice Vitkovsky April 22 - May 17, 2011

Opening Reception Friday, April 22, 5 - 7 pm The artist will be present

JANE SAUER 652 Canyon Road Santa Fe, NM 87501 505 - 995 - 8513

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I N T E R N AT I O N A L & A M E R I C A N PA I N T E R S & S C U L P T O R S


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As onE of the most famous roads in America, and arguably the most famous in Santa Fe, Canyon Road represents the soul of the city. Every time I turn from Canyon Road up to Camino del Monte Sol and drive past the Rios Firewood operation, I am reminded of the contrasts that this road represents. Here, nestled among some of this country’s most famous art galleries and restaurants, is a piece of history that the Rios family maintains to this day. Their woodyard serves as a reminder of the roots of Canyon Road, when it was a pathway for the burros bringing firewood down from the surrounding hills. Like most places, Canyon Road has evolved­—from a farming community to a home for so many of Santa Fe’s artists to an important destination for serious and not-so-serious art collectors. While the buildings, sidewalks, and trees remind us of “old” Santa Fe, the artwork in the galleries ranges from contemporary and cutting edge to very traditional. One of the great joys of my job is that I get to spend several days a week on this piece of living history. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching this road grow, and I am excited to think how the future will shape it. One thing is for sure: Canyon Road will always have a special place in the hearts of Santa Feans.

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10 The Art of Canyon Treasures abound in one of America’s legendary fine art destinations 14 A Trail into Yesterday The storied history of Canyon Road 18 Sophisticated Shopping Along with galleries, Canyon Road features a diverse mix of retail establishments 20 The Culinary Canyon Top chefs + elegant settings = one-of-a-kind dining experiences 22 A Walk to Remember The gardens of Canyon Road are masterpieces in themselves

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MAY 27 – JUNE 12, 2011 EDITOR

devon jackson


dianna delling


sybil watson


john vollertsen


Opening Reception: FRIDAY MAY 27, 5 – 7pm

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trinie dalton

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kate collins, patti kislak, robbie o’neill HOME+DESIGN DIRECTOR

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charles mann, kate mcgraw PHOTOGRAPHERS

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215 W San Francisco Street, Suite 300 Santa Fe, NM 87501 Telephone 505-983-1444; fax 505-983-1555

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Canyon Road offers a beautiful half-mile walk from Paseo de Peralta to Camino del Monte Sol. Additional parking and restrooms are located at 225 Canyon.

Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road

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The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends on Montezuma Avenue, near the Railyard, and runs counterclockwise around downtown, with stops at:

The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Catch it at stops marked “Pick It Up Here”—there are two on Canyon Road and one nearby, at Alameda and Paseo de Peralta. The shuttle will drop passengers off anywhere along the route (safety permitting).

The Capitol/PERA Building The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi The Main Library/City Hall The Santa Fe Community Convention Center/Santa Fe Plaza The Eldorado and Hilton Hotels Canyon Road Alameda and Paseo de Peralta

Shuttle Hours Monday–Friday, 6:30 am–6:30 pm Saturday, 7:30 am–4:30 pm


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2011 SHOW SCHEDULE ALL ARTISTS Spring into Summer s April 29, 2011 TAMAR KANDER Mystery of Interval s May 13, 2011 ROBERT T. RITTER Into the Wild s May 27, 2011 DEBRA CORBETT & GREGORY SMITH Classical Meets Contemporary s June 17, 2011 JOHN AXTON Where the River Takes Me s July 1, 2011 JEAN RICHARDSON Grace in Motion s July 15, 2011 DOUG DAWSON Town and Country s July 29, 2011 INDIAN MARKET John Axton, John Nieto & Rebecca Tobey August 19, 2011 MARY SILVERWOOD Desert Shadows s September 30, 2011 BARRY MCCUAN Glorious Light s October 14, 2011 ALBERT HANDELL Quiet Master s October 28, 2011 LYNNE E. WINDSOR Coming Home s November 25, 2011 TOM NOBLE Somewhere in Time s December 10, 2011

VENTANA FINE ART 400 Canyon Road s Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-983-8815 s 800-746-8815

the art of canyon road by Devon Jackson




hile it may never overtake New York as the country’s top art market, for a high-desert town of just over 100,000, Santa Fe is a major player in the art world. Not only have its galleries and art dealers outsold most every other city in the world (save for the Big Apple) over the past couple decades, it has also developed a reputation among artists and collectors as a creative mecca. Ranked consistently among the top three markets in terms of art sales, the City Different, as it likes to call itself, may specialize in landscapes and Western art (and Native American art) but in the past 10 years it has also become renowned for its contemporary works as well. And the nexus for all that art—and all those sales—is Canyon Road. This half-mile-long, east-west road (unpaved till 1964) now boasts more than 100 art galleries. Galleries that have made Canyon Road internationally famous. Galleries where traditional works produced by the Santa Fe and Taos artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s and contemporary art by modern masters can be found, works in everything from realism and expressionism to experimental and cutting-edge painting and sculpture, contemporary and vintage photography, and video and performance art. But there are also galleries specializing in traditional weavings, ceramics, jewelry, and kachina dolls produced by Native Americans, in Hispanic wood carvings and tin works, and in art from around the globe (Latin America, Africa, and the Far East). It’s hardly just the art that attracts so many visitors—and locals, too—to this historic avenue. Located only six blocks from the city’s central Plaza, Canyon Road features more than two centuries of historic adobe architecture as well—architecture that has also made the city famous throughout the world. Many of the adobe homes and casitas, and more than a few of the Territorial-style homes, are well over 100 years old (and have been renovated or preserved), and the entire street is shaded by leafy trees and lined with fragrant flora and aromatic fauna. Making for a half-mile-long stroll that’s as visually stunning from the outside as it is aesthetically enticing on the inside.

It’s not hard to see why professional artists from back East began pouring into the area in the late 1800s. Nationally renowned painters such as Robert Henri, John Sloan, and Randall Davey (whose house has been converted into the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary, at the top of Upper Canyon Road), quickly solidified Santa Fe’s reputation as an important art colony. And the center of that colony was Canyon Road, where, even into the late 1930s, the neighborhood retained much of its rural character that it had had for centuries: many of the descendants of the original Spanish farmers still lived in the adobe homes and some still farmed the very same plots of land by the acequia and the Santa Fe River that they’d been tending since as far back as the 1600s, when the Pueblo tribes called the “Road of the Canyon” home. In 1962, the city legally designated Canyon Road a “residential arts and crafts zone”; and by 1964, three-quarters of the city’s 12 galleries were located on Canyon Road (and those adobes that

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weren’t out-and-out galleries were either artists’ studios or artists’ homes). Gradually, more galleries moved into the adobes, and Canyon Road turned into the arts mecca it remains today—while retaining enough of its original bohemianness and grittiness that artists continue to flock to it and want to be a part of it. And even though the Santa Fe art world has expanded well beyond its historic roots since then, Canyon Road remains essential to one’s art experience in the City Different. Santa Fe is largely recognized as an “art destination,” and so it’s no surprise that people like to buy art here as part of their overall vacation—as a tangible “memory” that they can take home with them. And what better experience—of art, of the outdoors, of Santa Fe, of the unique cultural mix that is New Mexico—can there be aside from a walk up or down or along Canyon Road? Whether it’s during the galleries’ high season between May and October, when the weather is almost perfect every day, and the Friday-night openings are star-studded affairs, or during the colder winter months, particularly on Christmas Eve, when the farolitos light the way for thousands of people and the galleries and many of the homeowners on and around Canyon Road welcome guests with hot cider, caroling, and bonfires. It’s possible to feel like you’re visiting somewhere far far away when you first see the mountains, the skies, the unique setting, the architecture—let alone trying to take in the range of artwork on the gallery walls. Plus, there’s no need to drive from one gallery to another. Or take a bus. Or a cab. There are no elevators to get in and out of. The seasons are beautiful. And not only are the gallery owners happy to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, but more often than not, there are artists present too— sometimes even painting or sculpting right there in the street if not inside the gallery (and they’re definitely everywhere during the annual Canyon Road Paint-Out Festival on October 15). All of which add up to a unique and uniquely Santa Fe experience. All of which, too, is Canyon Road. cr

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andering up Canyon Road, Santa Fe’s famous arts district, you might not realize you’re trekking through an old farming community, but for much of its recorded history that’s what Canyon Road was. It was an old dirt path into the mountains when the Spanish settlers first arrived, and they quickly took advantage of the area’s proximity to the Santa Fe River. Walk along the street in oh, 1750 or so, and imagine it: on the north side, there’s the river winding through a deep arroyo, and the lands running down to it planted in maize (corn) and beans. Some small adobe houses—two-room dwellings, mostly—are clustered here and there above the flood plain. In fields set aside for winter pasture, sheep and goats are grazing. Soon their owners will drive them up the trail into the higher reaches of the canyon for summer pasturing. A quarter-mile or so to the south is the long, large ditch dug in the mid1600s at the direction of the Spanish government. That’s the acequia madre, the mother ditch, that parallels the river and feeds the system of smaller acequias that the Spanish settlers used to assure a consistent and equitably distributed stream of irrigation to their land grants. Larger homes were built along the acequia madre. All summer, Santefesinos who are prudent and thrifty take their little burros into the upper canyon and cut firewood. Los lenadores, the woodcutters, bring the wood back to town in ridiculously high piles on the backs of the patient little beasts and stack it in their own yards. Often they gather enough to sell to their neighbors or other townsmen, leading the burros to—you guessed it—Burro Alley


DARNELL FINE ART In 1919, the fledgling art colony along Canyon Road got a boost with the arrival of artists John Sloan and Randall Davey . . . whose decisions to settle down in Santa Fe added needed cachet to the growing colony.

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(which still exists near the Lensic Center for the Performing Arts) to line up and wait for customers. Now it’s 1846, and the U.S. Army has arrived in Santa Fe to bring Americans, and American trade, into the Plaza. Canyon Road is still a dirt trail through a farming community, but the Army soldiers have discovered the river. Under the direction of their superior officers, they build a sawmill up in the Canyon where the Randall Davey Audubon Center is now. They bring wagonloads of the lumber they are sawing back into the city and up to the foothill northeast of the Plaza where they are building Fort Marcy. In spite of these changes, the farming community of Canyon Road will remain much as it has been for another 100 years. Once the railroad comes, in 1880, the Anglos start arriving, especially the artists. Ironically, Canyon Road as we know it—the street that in a 1980s marketing campaign would be dubbed “the art and soul of Santa Fe”—could be called “the street that tuberculosis built.” For it was Sunmount Sanatorium, established at the turn of the 19th century on property near Sun Mountain (where the Carmelite Monastery is now) that drew so many of the artists who would forever influence the character and architecture of the road. In the time before antibiotics, the dry, clean air of the Southern Rockies was a life-saving beneficence for infected Easterners. One of those artists, Gerald Cassidy, came to Albuquerque in 1890, under sentence of six months to live with TB-complicated pneumonia. He survived and thrived, making friends among the Indians at the pueblos in northern New Mexico. He married in 1912 and, according to records, in 1915 he became the first artist to buy property on Canyon Road, purchasing a house at 1000 Canyon Road for a studio and home. Formerly a commercial artist, Cassidy decided to make a serious stab at becoming recognized for his fine art, and he succeeded, distinguishing himself for his Southwestern landscapes, portraits of Indians, and depictions of pueblo scenes. He lived until 1934, most of that time in his Canyon Road house. In 1913, Sheldon Parsons arrived at Sunmount, having relapsed from TB. He was a widower and he and his small daughter lived in an apartment near the Plaza before moving into Cassidy’s house on Canyon Road (his hosts were traveling abroad). In 1924, Parsons bought a tract of land at the foot of Upper Canyon Road and built a Spanish Pueblo–style adobe home and studio, where he lived and painted Northern New Mexico landscapes until his death in 1943. The year 1916 was a stellar year for the incipient art colony, when artist and teacher William Penhallow Henderson and his wife, the poet and editor Alice Corbin Henderson, arrived so Alice could be treated for advanced tuberculosis at Sunmount. While Alice was residing at the sanatorium, William bought a small adobe house

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at the bottom of the road up to the hospital, called Camino del Monte Sol. By 1924, Alice was well enough to leave the sanatorium and the couple built a larger house on an adjoining tract of land, and William converted the original house into a painting studio. The two became doyens of the Santa Fe art scene, entertaining visiting pooh-bahs of poetry such as Vachel Lindsay, Robert Frost, and Carl Sandburg, as well as the artists coming in from the East. Henderson began a construction business, The Pueblo Spanish Building Company, which was devoted to recreating what he and others had designated “Santa Fe style.” A big contributor to this style, of course, was the architect John Gaw Meem, who had come to Santa Fe in 1920 to recover from TB at, you guessed it, Sunmount Sanatorium. Once recovered, Meem settled on the Camino and began devoting himself to designing structures around town in the Santa Fe style. Municipal officials jumped on this bandwagon fairly early on, as did the incoming artists. The indigenous architecture was a major draw, as far as they were concerned, and they went

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sophisticated shopping



Diversity. It not only defines the range of art available on Canyon Road, it determines its many different businesses as well. Whether it’s jewelry, fine clothing, fine rugs, or goldsmiths, the eclectic variety of what can be found on this historic avenue adds to its charms. One of the key components to whatever shopping you do on Canyon Road—you’re looking for that perfect engagement ring for your partner, you need a lightweight but beautifully designed dress for the Santa Fe Opera, you’re thinking of getting your parents a kilim for their living room back in Ann Arbor—is atmosphere. The weather’s perfect almost year-round. There’s very little automobile traffic to deal with. There’s the lovely garden at El Zaguán in which you can rest, relax, and literally stop and smell the roses. And the winding alleys and side streets off Canyon Road itself are as unique and funky as the stores themselves. In short, there’s hardly a road in America as easy and inviting—for strolling along, for window shopping, for shopping shopping—as Canyon Road. There are stores for your dog, for your home, for finding something to wear that’s casual yet refined. The typical Canyon Road shopping experience is personal, casual, elegant, and informed. Just the way life is in Santa Fe itself.


to great lengths to build—or have William Henderson build—houses and studios that echoed the stylistic themes. Among edifices his building company constructed were the Wheelwright Museum on Camino Lejo, artist Fremont Ellis’s last home on Canyon Road, and the restoration of historic Sena Plaza just east of the Plaza. In 1919, the fledgling art colony got a boost with the arrival of artists John Sloan and Randall Davey and their wives. Already well-known and established in the art world, their decisions to settle in Santa Fe added needed cachet to the growing colony. Sloan mostly summered in Santa Fe for the next 30 years, living in a small adobe on Garcia Street (one of the side streets to Canyon Road); while Davey settled here permanently, buying a large tract of land where the old sawmill had been. Davey, his wife, and his son renovated the old building into a home and studio where he painted portraits, landscapes, and horse-racing scenes until his death in 1964. In the 1920s, Canyon Road began the transition from its former agrarian character to “the place where those artists live.” But it was the plump and prosperous post-WWII period that pushed Canyon Road into the commercial prominence it enjoys today. In 1962, the street was finally paved, and the artists began opening their studios to show their work. From their success grew the plethora of galleries, studded with high-end restaurants and boutique shops, that are found on Canyon Road today. But the imaginative visitor can still see vestiges of the road that was. cr

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the culinary canyon


alleries aren’t the only reason to stroll down Canyon Road. The seminal street of Santa Fe also features plenty of fine restaurants, casual cafes, teahouses, sandwich shops, and bars, among other types of eateries (to say nothing of the free spirits and en gratis edibles on offer at various gallery openings), and with menus offering everything from the finest in contemporary American to imaginative combinations of Southwestern and Asian to Spanish tapas to South African Rooibos teas and eye-opening espressos. Santa Fe, you see, has well over 200 restaurants. And while quantity doesn’t always equal quality, the City Different is as wellknown for its sophisticated cuisines and world-caliber dining as it


is for its big skies, great art, and unique cultural mix. It’s only natural, then, that in a community of so many culinary masters these chefs de resistance would be constantly challenging each other if not their respective clienteles with dishes and delights as artistic and bold as some of the artwork found in the galleries. Food and art, it turns out, go hand in hand. Especially great art and great food. And when both can be found within walking distance of each other, or right next to each other—say, a warm and intimate bar ensconced between a gallery with contemporary art on one side and Native art on the other—the food, the atmosphere, the company just seems that much more sophisticated and relaxed and informed. Even the food tastes better. Why? How? Because there’s a certain creative pressure to keep up. It’s a fact: chefs in cultural epicenters feel compelled to give their guests a better overall dining experience—from the wine to the appetizers to the entrees to the desserts and aperitifs. And where can one find more art, and more different types of art, than along Canyon Road? Or more history? Or an easier environment in which to take a walk? Or friendlier gallery owners? Or artists, period? Artists at work, artists at play, artists dining right next to you, enjoying their own glass of wine or chai or their own plate of chile rellenos or smoked salmon and avocado tartar. They’re all part of the uniquely creative milieu that is Canyon Road, where there’s been a centuries-long history of the community—moms, cooks, chefs—feeding its artists, and artists in turn feeding the community. Both sides fueling each other to nurture each


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other, give each other more—be more creative, find better ingredients, make more interesting dishes, mix this mole with that meat, complement the perfect venison with the perfect wine. But as much as it’s all about the food—or the fusion of art and food—it’s also about atmosphere. And ambience. And architecture. And history. Of which Canyon Road is about as rich in all these qualities as that out-of-the-way brasserie in Paris, or that off-the-map café outside Tuscany. If there’s the sensation when walking around Canyon Road of being in some other country, or in some other time period, it’s a feeling that’s only enhanced whenever you take the time to relax in almost any one of its restaurants. Because virtually all of them, like the galleries, like the homes, have been preserved and date back in construction to the 1600s, or the 1800s. And it’s not a nostalgic reaction that it elicits—these buildings rich in history and in design— it’s more a romantic emotion. It’s no wonder dining out on Canyon Road can be such a transcendent experience. Art, food, romance. What better way to spend a day, a vacation, a life. cr

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canyon road’s gardens a walk to remember


story and photography by Charles Mann

ear and far, Santa Fe’s Canyon Road is virtually a synonym for fine art. Just a mention of the celebrated street conjures visions of patrons and tourists alike strolling from gallery to gallery along a picturesque lane whose Old West roots date back to the 16th century. Amid all the history and architecture, another feature of the famous district adds a dimension of beauty and interest:


its gardens. Art and gardening go together, and a stroll up Canyon Road reveals a botanical side that is worth more than a passing glance. Wake-up calls Seasons come and go, and as surely as geese pass overhead, the plants on Canyon Road also come and go, telling us that spring is imminent or that summer is passing. In March, following the miracle winter bloomers like hellebore and winter jasmine, doughty shrubs such as quince and pink-flowering almond appear, shrugging off the white lace of lateseason snow. Like the sight of the first robin or bluebird, there’s something enthralling about seeing colors peeking out after a long monochrome winter of browns and grays. These harbingers of spring are soon followed by explosions of yellow forsythia, white spirea, and sudden masses of tulips and daffodils that somehow endure winter’s cold to bloom another day. The colorful shrubs and bulbs are great companion plantings for the galleries’ outdoor sculptures. At the garden near Canyon Road at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Acequia Madre, the flowers of April and May can seem a like a slow-motion fireworks display among the silently posing statues. Canyon Road is an ideal climate for apricots and especially for lilacs. A signature of spring in Santa Fe, lilacs flourish in hedgerows and yards throughout this older east side of town. In other parts of the country, these purple, pink, or white-flowered shrubs can be sparse and floppy, but the high-desert conditions here produce tight, dense branches of intensely fragrant flowers. Walk near the corner of Delgado and Canyon in mid-May and you simply can’t miss them, even with your eyes closed. Wisteria is another late spring favorite. For years an old tree standing in the courtyard of a gallery at that intersection hosted a vine that soared to its very crown, creating a showstopping mini-mountain of sky-walking purple blooms.

One Mile, Over 100 Galleries, Boutiques & Restaurants



Experience ďŹ ne art, great shopping and exquisite dining on Canyon Road. Stroll the magical Historic District - one hundred art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

El Zaguán—a niche in time Preserving the old homes and buildings saved the old plants, too. One of the most notable examples is El Zaguán, located about halfway up the gallery row at 545 Canyon Road. El Zaguán is easy to spot—just look for the picket fence and the two huge, venerable old horse chestnut trees that have been leaning out over the street ever since it was a mere livestock trail in the 1870s.They are a Santa Fe landmark. For a while, El Zaguán was the biggest and finest home on that trail after merchant James L. Johnson bought the property in the 1850s. The original garden at El Zaguán may have been planted by Mrs. Johnson. Peonies that are over 100 years old still bloom there, and in the northwest corner you can see one of the largest and . . . hmmm . . . gnarliest salt cedar trees in the state. There are also some ancient pear and apple trees that doubtless dropped fruit into the hands of many passing pioneers and their children during an earlier era. Incorrectly labeled the “Bandelier Garden” (after naturalist Adolf Bandelier, who stayed there briefly but did no gardening), this historic English-style enclave is one of the oldest and most “Victorian” garden spots in all of the Mountain West. During a 1990s restoration, the plot was repopulated with delphiniums, alchemillias, hostas, helenium, and other traditional pretties that still thrive, along with some original roses and honeysuckle bushes, in the protective shade of the gigantic chestnuts. El Zaguán is special, and, even more 24

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Back to the future One of the charms of Canyon Road is that it still retains its once-upon-a-time, retro aura. Back in 1957, the Santa Fe city fathers made a visionary decision, guided by legendary citizens Irene von Horvath, author Oliver La Farge, and architect John Gaw Meem. The Historic Style Ordinance forbade buildings that did not reflect Santa Fe’s “architectural heritage.” In addition, Canyon Road was established as a Residential Arts and Crafts District, meaning that local artists could sell their work from their homes. The upshot of these guidelines, according to a travel article at, is that “Today, dozens of old adobes and traditional Spanish [homes] have been converted into galleries and studios . . . [standing] shoulder to shoulder with restaurants and bars . . .” and “. . . the combination keeps Canyon Road lively and unique.” We can only add—Amen!














special, it’s open to the public. Summertime blues, reds, and yellows When summer really begins to heat up, look for clematis vines climbing up any convenient structure. Their masses of dark purple flowers collide with tall hand-me-down orange daylilies, yellow yarrow, or popular butteryellow Stella D’Oro daylilies. These are often accompanied by fragrant pink hummingbird mint (agastache), yellow columbines, tough-as-nails purplered Jupiter’s Beard, and a rugby scrum of other summer bloomers including coreopsis, blanket flower, shrubby blue mist spirea, and aromatic blue lavender. A little exploring will result in spotting colorful locals like red pineleaved penstemon, the white trumpets of a sacred datura, or tall, orangey beardtongue (Penstemon barbatus), often accessorized with an accompanying hummingbird. In August, the sunflowers, ornamental grasses, and hollyhocks peak, along with our unique trademark shrub, chamisa. When you see this rubbery gray-green bush completely covered with bright yellow threadlike flowers, you can be sure that the end of summer is near. September brings strings of red-chile ristras and the yellow patina of changing aspen and cottonwood leaves. Meanwhile, old wooden benches, terra cotta pots, even bronze ballerinas spend the last half of summer oozing petunias, red salvias, zinnias, and chartreuse potato vines.

A Cultural Experience You Won’t Want to Miss

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Then and now There are more than 100 galleries on Canyon Road, all found in the span of less than a mile. And many have garden treasures—fountains, rock gardens, sculpture, whirligigs, birdbaths, and more. Mix in world-class restaurants, a popular tapas bar, some relaxing cafes, and a wide selection of specialty shops and other businesses, and you are in for a promenade like no other in the country. Hit the Road on a Friday afternoon for some gala gallery openings and a margarita—and keep an eye out for those gardens! cr


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Art and gardening go together, and a stroll up Canyon Road reveals a botanical side that is worth more than a passing glance. . . . And one of the many charms of this historic street is that it still retains its once-upon-a-time, retro aura.



enchanted treasures Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths Designer Jewelry Gallery Since 1974 Exclusively featuring Donald Wright 656 Canyon Road, 505-988-7215 or 866-988-7215

Desert Son of Santa Fe A handbag should feel great. You should want to have it with you all of the time, like the perfect dog. Henry Beguelin handbags are for sale at Desert Son of Santa Fe. The perfect dog is not. 725 Canyon Road, 505-982-9499,

Karen Melfi


Oxidized silver with faceted diamond slices bezeled in 18k yellow gold dangling from gold and diamond hoops For 20 years, the Karen Melfi Collection has been representing the finest local and national jewelry, wearable art, and contemporary craft artists. Located on Canyon Road, KMC offers a wide selection of high-quality, handcrafted items in all price ranges. 225 Canyon Road, 505-982-3032

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Hunter Kirkland Contemporary

Charlotte Foust, Undefined Element, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48"

“What is important,” says Charlotte Foust, “is the process.” The intuitive nature of her approach evolves into an expressionistic visual language that embraces the spontaneity of action painting while investigating the fundamentals of color and structure. Each painting is a delightful discovery of things unseen.


200B Canyon Road, 505-984-2111


Marigold Arts

Robert Highsmith, Birch in Autumn Light watercolor, 30 x 22"

Marigold Arts is New Mexico’s destination gallery for watercolors, representing the best of fine art and craft, featuring handwoven textiles by Barbara Marigold and gallery artists, washable rag rugs by Sandy Voss, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and turned-wood vessels. 424 Canyon Road, 505-982-4142


Teresa Neptune Studio/Gallery Mark White Fine Art

Join us here in Mark’s calming, meditative kinetic garden to experience bliss. These wind-driven sculptures welcome you through to his gallery. Inside, you will find his exquisite patinaed and engraved metal canvases and bronzes. We look forward to your visit. 414 Canyon Road, 505-982-2073

See Teresa Neptune’s acclaimed black-andwhite photography of South America, Europe, the Southwest, and wherever the road leads her in one of the town’s most charming, historic adobes, off the beaten path, directly behind Geronimo. Neptune’s photos of New Mexico’s diverse and intriguing spiritual self-expression will be featured at the New Mexico History Museum, starting in October. They are part of the exhibition Contemplative Landscape, curated by Mary Anne Redding. Call for hours. 728 Canyon Road, 505-982-0016


Adobe Gallery San Ildefonso, Painting of Zuni Pueblo Shalako Figures, watercolor, 14 x 10"

Romando Vigil (1902-1978), Tse Ye Mu (Falling Cloud). The Zuni Shalako Ceremony, held annually at Zuni Pueblo, is a most spectacular New Mexico pueblo ceremony that non-pueblo people are permitted to witness—and the only Katsina ceremony. Otherwise, Katsina ceremonies are strictly held for the benefit of pueblo residents.

221 Canyon Road, 505-955-0550

Alexandra Stevens Gallery of Fine Art

Jeannine Young, Storm’s Brewing, bronze, 33", edition of 25

Jeannine Young’s work incorporates the clean lines of art deco and the pared-down essentials of modernism. She is influenced by the British modernist Henry Moore, whom she cites for his “wonderful energy and gesture, and the volume and power of his form.” You can see Jeannine’s sculptural treasures at Alexandra Stevens Gallery of Fine Art.

820 Canyon Road, 505-988-1311,

GVG Contemporary

GVG Contemporary presents its second annual Jewelry Show, featuring artist-made jewelry from contemporary jewelry artists. Jane Salley, a Santa Fe jewelry artist whose etched brass and enamel bracelet is shown here, will exhibit, along with Milly Haueptle and Janice Lee Ripley. GVG Contemporary is an artist-owned gallery. 202 Canyon Road, 505-982-1494,

The William & Joseph Gallery Carolyn Cole, #51002, mixed media, 49 x 60"

Celebrating 30 years of painting and represented exclusively in Santa Fe by The William & Joseph Gallery, Carolyn Cole is a 1977 magna cum laude graduate of Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, including the Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and numerous private and public collections. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest. 727 Canyon Road,

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photo by Ann Murdy

Destination: The Garden at El Zaguán Location: 545 Canyon The Ultimate Respite: This Victorian cottage garden of herbs and roses, originally planted by its first owners in the late 1800s, and now owned and overseen by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation (housed in the Territorial-style adobe next door, which is home to a half-dozen working artists), offers an oasis of verdant serenity Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 am–5 pm Info: 505-983-2567 or



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Steven Seinberg Time to Rest 64 x 70 graphite & oil on canvas

Peter Burega

Ocean Rain 60 x 60 oil on panel

600 canyon road santa fe, nm 87501 800.992.6855 505.992.8877

Santa Fean Magazine Canyon Road 2011  

Santa Fean Magazine Canyon Road 2011