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the people issue April / May 2014
30 Locals We Love
30 18 Publisher’s Note
22 City Different An Oscar-winning musician gives a benefit concert, Native Treasures celebrates its 10th anniversary, sculptor Kevin Box holds a show at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
25 Q&A Author Anne Hillerman
53 Canyon Road Magazine A special magazine supplement focused exclusively on Canyon Road 91 Living A cozy condo gets a complete makeover, custom designs from Firefly Lighting, sophisticated home accessories
26 Santa Favorites Custom hatmakers
105 Dining Reviews of new restaurants El-Evation, L’Olivier, and Izanami
28 History Cowboy churches, then and now
110 Events April and May happenings
45 Art Mixed-media artist Rachel Rivera, painter Kate Palmer, gallery previews
112 Day Trip Tinkertown Museum
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IN A WORLD OF SEEMINGLY ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES, many of us struggle to find our true passions, the things that propel us into action and into making an emotional commitment to something. Almost all great accomplishments begin with someone’s passion. It’s easy to see this when studying the biographies of some of the most accomplished people in history. As you read about the people featured in this issue of the Santa Fean, our People Issue, you’ll see that they all have passion that propels them forward. That passion drove them to learn, practice, or study, and in the process, a certain expertise began to emerge. As you’ll also see, these Santa Feans used their passions to propel themselves into various levels of success and even fame. They’ve earned our gratitude and respect. I have the same kind of respect for the accomplished actress as I do for the bar owner who’s preserving his father’s World War II legacy. It’s because they identified their passions and put their energies into them. Santa Fe is blessed with being home to so many passionate people. Every year we spotlight just a sampling of them in our People Issue, and we never have a shortage of noteworthy individuals to choose from. But why is Santa Fe so blessed? In my opinion, it’s because Santa Fe encourages passion. It supports creativity, spirituality, and uniqueness. Locals easily mingle among different demographic groups, and they readily accept and often applaud others’ passions, regardless of what they are. So what are your true passions? For some people, passion comes to them in the form of parenthood or in a strong need to tackle social issues. Four years ago, while simply trying to find a temporary escape from my workday, I discovered—stumbled into, actually—a newfound passion. I think the secret to finding your passion is to live life fully engaged and to stay open to possibilities. If you live like that, you’re sure to wake up one day and realize that your passion has been born. And it wouldn’t be surprising if it happened while you were in Santa Fe.
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“Living here has changed my perspective on how to engage in the pursuit of happiness. This community’s motivations are so different from others’ I’ve lived in. Our natural beauty commands an awesome priority, demanding attention and accountability; time operates on a different clock, indifferent to one’s daily struggles.” —Nancy Leeson, owner of Canyon Road Contemporary
“Santa Fe has helped me to appreciate light and space, scale and intimacy. The natural world became part of my aesthetic—needed and available daily. The vast expanse of sky and land influences my desire for personal space. I learned to value the richness of small-scale experiences and encounters that unfold in this place of great beauty.” —Jackie M, director of education and public programs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
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Grammy and Academy Award–winning musician Dave Grusin will perform a benefit concert for the Santa Fe Waldorf School on May 22.
m u s i c The Santa Fe Waldorf School marked its 30th anniversary in the 2013– 2014 academic year. To celebrate the milestone, on May 22, at 6:30 pm, celebrated pianist and composer Dave Grusin will perform in a concert called An Evening of Jazz to benefit the Waldorf’s scholarship funds and tuition assistance programs. “We’re immensely honored that Mr. Grusin would agree to do a benefit concert for us,” says Melissa Coleman, Waldorf’s development director. “A lot of the Santa Fe Waldorf School curriculum embodies the arts—especially music—in everyday life. To have such a famous person with a lifelong commitment to music education [perform for us] is a real treat.” Grusin, a part-time Santa Fe resident, has been nominated for numerous awards, from BAFTAs to Golden Globes. He’s won 12 Grammys and one Oscar (for his score for the New Mexico–based, Robert Redford–directed movie The Milagro Beanfield War), and his scores for Heaven Can Wait, The Champ, On Golden Pond, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and The Firm earned Oscar nominations as well. Grusin will be joined onstage at the James A. Little Theater by jazz pianist John Rangel, bassist Michael Glynn, drummer Ryan J. Lee, and vocalist Barbara Bentree, and the finale will include students from the Waldorf School’s music program. For more information, visit santafewaldorf.org/events; for tickets, visit ticketssantafe.org. —K. Annabelle Smith
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Artists Joe and Althea Cajero are the recipients of this year’s Living Treasure award from Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival.
a local treasure turns 10 f e s tiva l s Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and on May 24 and May 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, the popular event will honor the talents of 200 handpicked Native American artists working in a wide variety of media. The festival, which began in a tent on Museum Hill and is now held in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, raises crucial funds for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC). Native Treasures has brought in $700,000 for more than 20 MIAC exhibits over the years, and it’s also generated $3 million in art sales, a portion of which the artists donate to the museum. “I’m very impressed with the Native Treasures event and the people who have been involved throughout the last decade, and I want to thank all of them,” says Della Warrior, MIAC’s director. “As I walk through the museum, I am reminded daily that a lot of what we offer to the public wouldn’t be possible without the funds that come from this event.” The festivities kick off on May 23 with a Preview Party (held at the Convention Center from 5:30 to 7:30 pm), where works created especially for that evening can be purchased. While nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and sipping champagne, guests will honor the recipients of the festival’s Living Treasure award, which this year, for the first time ever, goes to two people—the husband-and-wife team of Joe Cajero (a Jemez Pueblo sculptor) and Althea Cajero (a Kewa/Acoma jeweler). “We are grateful and humbled that we are both being honored with the MIAC Living Treasure award,” Joe says. “Through the sharing of new ideas and possibilities, we enhance and advance each other’s work and understandings about life.” As Native Treasures celebrates its 10-year anniversary and its organizers contemplate where things will be heading in the future, co-chair Karen Freeman reiterates the festival’s goal, which, she says, is “not to grow in the future, but to [remain] a small, high-quality show that visitors want to come back to year after year.” For more information, visit nativetreasures.org.—Emily Van Cleve
Native Treasures: Indians Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this May.
art in the garden In late April, the almost one-year-old Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill opens its exhibition Origami in the Garden, featuring works by sculptor Kevin Box. The Santa Fe resident, whose popular pieces can be seen on Canyon Road at Selby Fleetwood Gallery and in multiple galleries, museums, and public collections around the world, will display between 15 and 20 works in the show, including never-before-seen items. Box created a 12-foottall sculpture called Spirit House (a larger version of a previous incarnation of the same work) specifically for this show, and he’s also unveiling a 24-foot-tall monument called Master Peace. Box says the latter, a collaboration with his wife Jennifer, is “the most ambitious piece I’ve ever done in my career,” noting that it’s been in the works for about nine years and was inspired by senbazuru, an assemblage of 1,000 origami cranes. (According to Japanese legend, anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes either receives good luck or has a wish come true.) “Last year we cast 1,000-plus cranes all at once,” Box says, “and 500 were gathered together for the monument itself. The other 500 were put aside as collectors’ pieces and eventually scattered [in galleries, including Selby Fleetwood, and elsewhere] around the world.” The sculptor, who also collaborated on pieces in this show with origami masters like Dr. Robert J. Lang, notes that “anybody who’s experiencing Master Peace can see all 1,000 cranes together by looking in the black granite base underneath it, which reflects all 500 of the cranes above.” Origami in the Garden runs from April 25 through October 25. For more information, visit santafebotanicalgarden.org.—Amy Hegarty aR T
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After working as a journalist for 20 years and penning eight nonfiction books, Santa Fe resident Anne Hillerman journeyed into the fiction frontier with Spider Woman’s Daughter. Released in October 2013, the novel was Hillerman’s mystery debut. For fans of her father Tony Hillerman’s stories, however, it was the 19th book in his successful Navajo Tribal Police series. Hillerman reinvigorated her father’s classic characters, detectives Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, but she chose Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette (Bernie) Manuelito as her protagonist. Spider Woman’s Daughter starts with a bang—literally— when one of Bernie’s fellow police officers is shot. It then follows an intricate plot involving a hippie love nest, ancient artifacts from Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and a collision of Native and modern traditions that helped Tony’s novels garner much acclaim. Having earned a spot on The New York Times’ best-seller list with her novel, Hillerman weighs in on the challenges of keeping her father’s legacy alive while also building her own. What did you learn from your dad about writing? That it’s important. I can remember his passion for well-told stories, for poetry. Seeing him, particularly when we were still living in Santa Fe, working long days [as editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican from 1954 to 1963] and then in the evenings putting in an hour or two writing—just seeing how much it meant to him made me realize that writing was an honorable thing to do.
Did you ever discuss taking over your dad’s series with him? No, I never did. After a parent dies, you think of all the things you should have talked about. I had some good conversations with him about his books while working on Tony Hillerman’s Landscape [a nonfiction book based on settings from Tony’s novels, with images by Anne’s husband, photographer Don Strel]. After he died and I got over the worst of missing him, I realized I was missing those stories, too. I thought if anyone was going to continue them, it would be me.
I think there’s plenty of action in my book. Dad’s books were also notorious for being appropriate for, say, seventh graders to read without anything shocking. My book has a kiss in it! I think it’s the first kiss in a Hillerman book.
Your dad had such a following. Was it intimidating to inherit his characters? Yes. Besides the grief, I think that’s why it took me awhile to get started. There was the idea that people were going to look at the book and say, “She’s no Tony Hillerman.” And I’m sure they do that even now. But I’m hoping they’ll open it up and give me five minutes. . . . All you can do is your best. The response has been really good. I get emails from people every day saying they’re glad the characters are back. It’s really heartening.
How does living and writing in Santa Fe influence your work? There’s a great, supportive network of writers in Santa Fe and all sorts of other creative people here, too. [You’re] not [considered] unusual when people ask “What did you do today?” and you say, “Well, I sat and stared at my computer screen for eight hours.”. . . Their response is like, “Yeah, that’s how some days go.” In some towns, if you said that, they’d think you were nuts.
What did you discuss with your dad about the character of Bernie? As I was doing the research for Tony Hillerman’s Landscape, I reread all Dad’s books. I was interested in the evolution of Bernie. She’s first introduced in The Fallen Man as a rookie cop who’s stranded. Jim Chee rescues her. In Skeleton Man, I thought maybe Bernie would get to solve the crime because she’s close to it. . . . But then there’s a flash flood and Jim Chee saves her again. After that I talked to Dad, asking him if he ever thought of letting Bernie solve the crime. I thought it would be nice not to have her always being rescued, but to show her as a competent police officer. And he said, “You know, if I were going to write three or four more of these, I would probably do that.” I don’t know if he was just being nice to me, but he didn’t have a chance to do it. I thought she deserved the spotlight. How does your writing style differ from your dad’s? There’s more about relationships [in my book]. Maybe that’s the woman’s touch. I’ve created a little sister for Bernie, and a mother, so there are scenes [where she’s] helping her mother and dealing with her sister. I don’t think my dad would have written those scenes. Maybe he would have put in a good car chase—although
What role does Santa Fe play in the novel? I really wanted this to be my book, not just a copy of a Hillerman mystery. Dad had never brought Chee and Leaphorn to Santa Fe, so I thought that would be fun to do.
What’s next? I’m already at work on a second novel with Bernie as the protagonist. The deadline is April 2014, with an expected release in 2015. It’s going to be set, in part, in Monument Valley. A subplot is going to involve an endangered cactus that only grows near Ship Rock.
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A customer at O’Farrell Hats gets sized with a conformateur to ensure a perfect fit.
It’s unusual for a town of Santa Fe’s size to have one custom hat shop, much less four, and a visit to any of them is an education. You’ll learn why beaver fur makes the softest, strongest felt (it has barbed interlocking fibers) and why the highestend straw hat costs several times as much as its felt equivalent (each Panama hat is woven by hand). You might even get your head measured by a conformateur, a 19th-century French sizing instrument that resembles a steampunk torture device. Montecristi Custom Hat Works (montecristihats.com) is a 38-year-old Santa Fe institution whose felted and straw hats enjoy an international reputation. Owner Milton Johnson can tick off an impressive list of places he’s recently shipped orders: Nigeria, Serbia, Abu Dhabi, England, Australia. And it’s not just the majority of his clientele that originates outside New Mexico; it’s his material suppliers as well. “We have three families [in Ecuador] that weave exclusively for us,” Johnson says, noting that many of the crown ventilation patterns he carries are his own design. Montecristi also has a sister shop, Santa Fe Hat Company (118 Galisteo), which carries millinery by Helen Kaminski, Eric Javits, and Patricia Underwood. A beaver hat with leather carving by Wes Mastic, Mortenson Silver & Saddles’ head saddle maker, is available at Davis Hats.
Davis Hats (daviscustomhats.com) was located in Stanley, New Mexico, until Roger Tomlinson bought it in 2013 and moved it to Santa Fe, just off Route 14. A farrier and cowboy who’s also made boots and saddles, Tomlinson is a Western jack-of-all-trades, and he received “intensive direction and instruction” from George Davis, who ran the business for more than 30 years. “I don’t specialize in any sort of style,” Tomlinson says of his hats, “but I do cater to the working cowboy crowd.” Working cowboys tend to prefer 100 percent beaver [fur], which “looks really good but holds up to the rigors of the lifestyle.” Scott Farrell of O’Farrell Hats (ofarrellhatco.com) has been immersed in hatmaking since he was a kid. “My father opened this business in ’79 in Durango and moved it to Santa Fe in ’96,” he says, adding that he took control of the shop when his father died 10 years later. “Everything here is about personal preference,” Farrell notes, and that retail philosophy extends well beyond variations on Panama hats and Western wear. If it can be fashioned from felt, Farrell will build it. Fedora? Fez? Cloche? Yes, yes, and yes. “We even made a Don Quixote hat once,” he says. J. D. Noble started The HatSmith (thehatsmith.com) with one objective: to sell affordable, custom-fitted felted hats. He’s succeeded by keeping his overhead low and remaining a one-man operation. (Although he co-owns the business with Fran and Art Sundheim, Noble is the sole hat guy on the premises.) About three-quarters of his sales are from customized pieces, but Noble keeps some readymade stock on hand for shoppers who need instant gratification. Over the past few years, he’s built a strong relationship with the state’s film industry; look for his headgear in writer/director Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming film A Million Ways to Die in the West.
Scott Farrell (in back) of O’Farrell Hats tends to one of his store’s pieces while friend and former salesman Bob Ogur relaxes with his goldendoodle Mesa.
O’Farrell Hats uses small stamps to put customers’ names in their hats.
Montecristi Custom Hat Works CIO and Director of Operations Chris Beaumet irons the brim of an all-beaver hat.
A pair of custom cowboy hats at The HatSmith feature intricate beadwork by Gayle Green. april/may 2014
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by Ashley M. Biggers
I ain’t much good at prayin’, and You may not know me, Lord— For I ain’t much seen in churches, where they preach Thy Holy Word. But You may have observed me out here on the lonely plains, A-lookin’ after cattle, feelin’ thankful when it rains.
owboys working New Mexico’s llanos in the 1800s were on their own when it came to most things—including worship. Although often raised in devout Christian homes, out on the range the cowpokes seldom had access to churches or the guidance of circuit-riding preachers. The earnest opening lines of “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer” (see left) by New Mexico rancher and poet S. Omar Barker (1894–1985) capture the spirit and spirituality of the cowboy as he worked those “lonely plains” from dawn to dusk. When cowboys on the llanos did publicly pray, they gathered in improvised houses of worship, just as the penitentes did in moradas. In the town of White Oaks in the late 19th century, ranchers, miners, and other folks met in saloons (a setting penitentes would have eschewed). “They might have been breaking chairs over each others’ heads there the night before, but on Sunday they were on their best behavior,” says historian Marc Simmons. The congregation shared in reading Scripture and reflecting on the gospel according to the cowboy, who held dear the values of truth, honor, and hard work. Simmons worked on a cattle outfit on the Plains of San Agustin and attended cowboy church in the 1960s, when an outreach ministry rolled into the town of Claunch for three days of testifying and soul saving. White Oaks and other such sites of cowboy churches eventually became dusty ghost towns, but the cowboy church tradition has endured, if in a more formal guise. The latest incarnation
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The Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County embraces the informal—but powerful—mode of worship practiced by 19th-century cowboys working on New Mexico’s plains
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The Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County stays true to its roots, with a bannerdraped chuck wagon (left) parked outside its building and bluegrass and country-and-western music performed inside (below).
emerged 10 years ago in Texas, birthed by Ron Nolen as a mission of the Southern Baptist Church and formalized as the American Fellowship of Cowboy Churches (AFCC). Today there are more than 200 outposts across the West. The nondenominational Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County, which opened in 2011 in the 4H Barn on Rodeo Road, materialized from that movement but isn’t affiliated with the AFCC. Indeed, the house of worship bears much of the informality of the churches of yesteryear. “We welcome anyone seeking God. We’re unpretentious; we don’t care what you wear. You can bring your dog to church here,” says Steve “Doc” Timmons, who prefers the title “trail boss” to that of pastor. “A trail boss is the one who leads the cattle drive, who shepherds the flock to where God wants it to be,” he notes. Inside the cowboy church’s current location on N.M. 14, against the wooden facade of a Western town complete with a mercantile, jail, and schoolhouse, this winter Doc’s wife, Dixie Timmons, opened a service with the song “Happy Trails,” as the wild-rag-clad congregation stashed their Stetsons under folding chairs. Invoking tradition, elders and members read from Scripture and offered Communion. They joined in singing hymns and in fellowship—sipping coffee to strains of bluegrass in the interludes. When Doc took to the podium (bookended by saddles) to deliver his message, he invited the congregation to saddle up and join the trail ride to glory, just as their cowboy church predecessors first did on New Mexico’s dusty plains more than a century earlier.
Cowboy Church of Santa Fe County
Services at 10:30 am on Sundays, with fellowship beginning at 10 am 4525 N.M. 14, 505-982-9162, cowboychurchofsantafe.org april/may 2014
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from Santa Fe to stardom
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ctress Anna Gunn is known around the world for her Emmy Award–winning portrayal of Skyler White on AMC’s iconic TV show Breaking Bad, but Gunn, who was born in Ohio and moved to Santa Fe with her family in the late 1970s, got her start right here in the City Different, where, as a high school student at Santa Fe Prep, she fell in love with acting while taking a drama class. Following graduation, Gunn headed to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to immerse herself in the school’s prestigious theater program, earning a scholarship award, spending a semester at London’s British American Drama Academy, and landing her first professional acting job (in a 1990 production of The Beggar’s Opera at Chicago’s Court Theatre) along the way. Over the next few years, Gunn steadily made her mark in Hollywood with guest appearances on shows like Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, and Six Feet Under; featured roles on The Practice and Deadwood; and parts in films like the Tony Scott–directed blockbuster Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith. But it was Gunn’s portrayal of Skyler White during Breaking Bad’s five-year run from 2008 to 2013 that took her career to an entirely new level, earning her Screen Actors Guild award nominations in addition to her Emmy win and putting her among Hollywood’s elite. (You can see her later this year starring as Detective Ellie Miller in the Fox miniseries Gracepoint with David Tennant, Nick Nolte, and Jacki Weaver.) And while Gunn’s work on Breaking Bad took her forward in one sense, it brought her back in another—back to where it all began for the actress, as the Golden Globe– and Emmy Award–winning show was set and filmed in Albuquerque, roughly 60 miles south of Santa Fe. In addition to Gunn’s intelligence, raw talent, and classical training, it’s arguable that her intimate connection to and understanding of the Santa Fe area’s idiosyncratic ways allowed her to deliver a strikingly complex, richly nuanced, and thoroughly believable performance as Skyler White, the wife of high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-master-meth-maker Walter White,
Emmy Award–winning actress Anna Gunn first fell in love with acting while taking a drama class at Santa Fe Prep. played by Bryan Cranston. Gunn convincingly conveyed the strength and resourcefulness—as well as the cunning and guile—it took Skyler to confront her utterly unenviable, seemingly impossible circumstances, and Gunn’s masterful execution left audiences enthralled with (and often shocked by) her character’s unpredictable decisions. Just as New Mexico is intrinsic to the personality and storyline of Breaking Bad, Gunn’s artful performance as Skyler is central to the show’s status as one of the best-acted (and most addictive) works in television history. —Amy Hegarty
the art of ranching
A career move from big-city high-end art dealer to rural Galisteo rancher might seem like a huge jump, but for Timothy Willms, owner of Talus Wind Ranch, it made perfect sense. After gigs in New York, Chicago, and London handling works by artists like Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Christo, and Joan Mitchell, Willms stumbled onto his current career path quite unintentionally. “I became disillusioned with the art scene, and during a visit to New Mexico in 1995 I bought a town house downtown. In 1999, I fell in love with property I found in Galisteo [and bought it]. I often say that the ranch found me,” Willms notes. “Instead of dealing with paintings, now I raise, buy, and sell livestock. Rambouillet, Southdown, and Churro sheep; turkeys including Standard Bronze, Narragansett, and Bourbon Reds; and Berkshire and Heritage breeds of pigs are now my live forms of artistry.” Many of Santa Fe’s top restaurants offer the fruits of Willms’s labor on their menus. “I used to sell works of art that made your mind and soul feel good. Now I sell food that makes your body and belly feel good! Everything I love about artistic talent is similar to ranching—I love knowing the individuals involved with creating wonderful, essential ingredients of life. Consumers are embracing and enjoy connecting with their food source, just like art collectors love to know the story of the artist.”—John Vollertsen
locals we love R. Eric Gustafson waltzing through life
As a child growing up in the Bronx during World War II, R. Eric Gustafson escaped his prosaic surroundings by going to see “feel-good” films featuring elegant characters gliding through country estates. (“They spoke so beautifully!” he recalls.) At age 10, he decided to reinvent himself, embarking on a journey that eventually took him to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, where he was introduced to “opera and beauty and art,” and to Santa Fe in the late 1960s, where he introduced the City Different to contemporary art, in the form of Fritz Scholder and R. C. Gorman, while serving as the director of a local gallery. In addition to having worked as a curator, actor, and lecturer, Gustafson is the author of several books—most recently Last Guy Waltzing, which “explores my climb into international society and the world of celebrity. I have danced with Rita Hayworth, waltzed [with] Beverly Sills and Doris Duke, been flirted with by Jackie, amused Mae West, and been adopted by Greta Garbo.” What inspires Gustafson to follow so many disparate creative paths? “I’m a Libra,” he says, “and Libras, as you know, like balance and beauty.” Sometimes, though, “you have to shake people and say, ‘Hey, isn’t this fabulous?!’ Having fun is a lot of hard work.”—Eve Tolpa
In a town that celebrates history while keeping an eye toward the future, jewelry designer Laurie Lenfestey fits right in. The Rhode Island native is the owner of Bittersweet Designs on Canyon Road, where she showcases her elegant handmade necklaces, which she describes as a combination of the old and the new. Lenfestey’s jewelry is the most recent of her creative work, which has been evolving since she settled in Santa Fe in the early 1990s. “In 1991, my then boyfriend—now husband—and I loaded what our son William calls ‘the hippie van’ and ventured west,” Lenfestey says. “After three months of camping and zig-zagging around the country, we landed in Santa Fe and immediately felt at home.” The artist made daily collages for her children, studied photography, and created stationery before settling on necklaces after finding an inspiring vintage rosary while sifting through warehouse goods. Today her work is sold around the country and abroad. A Planned Parenthood board member, Lenfestey also dedicates her time to empowering women. “I started a collage group for teenage girls many years ago, and this year I’m sponsoring Girls Rising, a movie about the importance of educating girls around the world,” she says. In the fall, Lenfestey plans to debut a workshop series focused on branding, networking, and creativity.—Samantha Schwirck
“What happens to a child who has an incredible gift or an incredible passion but doesn’t have access to a master teacher?” —Catherine Oppenheimer
Catherine Oppenheimer developing local talent
When Catherine Oppenheimer retired from a career as a professional dancer, she felt adrift. “It was awful,” says the veteran of both the New York City Ballet and the Twyla Tharp Dance Company. “You have no reference for what normal life is like.” Oppenheimer found her bearings teaching at Jacques d’Amboise’s National Dance Institute (NDI), a nonprofit that works with New York City public school children to build character through the love of movement. Having done residencies in Santa Fe for the NDI in 1992 and 1993, Oppenheimer fell in love with the high desert and cofounded NDI-NM with d’Amboise in 1994. “Witnessing what happens with the children over time, it feels like you are a part of something spiritual,” she says. Today Oppenheimer serves as chair of the governing council for the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), the semi-residential state charter school she cofounded in 2010. An outgrowth of NDI-NM, it was created to train young visual and performing artists to “compete on a national level.” Talent, Oppenheimer emphatically contends, does not exist in a vacuum; it needs to be supported and directed. “What happens to a child who has an incredible gift or an incredible passion but doesn’t have access to a master teacher?” she asks. Fortunately, NMSA students don’t have to find out.—ET
locals we love “New Mexico is really about the drama of contrasts. For me, it’s a passionate place.” —Matthew Higginbotham
When Matthew Higginbotham visited Taos in the late 1980s, he fell in love with the land. Some years later, he was living in Seattle and working in ceramics when he realized two things: that a different medium—painting—was “the shoe that fit,” and that what he wanted to paint most was the high desert landscape. In 1996, Higginbotham made the move to the Land of Enchantment and has been here ever since. “New Mexico is really about the drama of contrasts: the light and the dark, the dryness and the rain, the temperature fluctuations, the desert and the alpine,” he says. “I love the luminous clouds. For me, New Mexico is a passionate place.” Higginbotham takes what he calls a spiritual approach to art, seeking to create a balance between quiet subtlety and energetic vibration. He calls the point at which he’s achieved that balance the “crossover moment.” Prior to that, he explains, the work is about “technique, color notes, all the basics.” Afterwards, “it becomes alive. It’s emotional.” A recent plane trip sparked Higginbotham’s interest in exploring a new artistic direction: aerial landscape paintings that illuminate the relationship between the organic and the man-made—yet another pair of contrasts. “I am,” he says, “fascinated by the interplay.” Higginbotham’s work can be seen at Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden on Canyon Road.—ET
Matthew Higginbotham high desert landscape painter
Marty Wilkinson all the world’s a stage Santa Fe–based interior designer Marty Wilkinson is so passionate about her home-staging projects that she decided to have her wedding at one of the sites last year. “I always hometend one of the houses I’ve staged,” she says, “and my husband and I had our wedding on [one particular home’s] back portal overlooking incredible sunset views.” Wilkinson, who owns and operates local interior design and home-staging business Metamorphosis, moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles in 1996. Having worked in the design/build construction industry for a number of years, she accumulated enough inventory to stage 20 to 25 houses at the same time. The designer says that Santa Fe provides all the inspiration she needs to transform her clients’ homes into their best-selling state. “The unique organic quality of the adobe structures lends itself to a variety of styles where I can blend decor and layer different cultural elements in the furnishings that I place in a home.” To Wilkinson’s delight, her design work isn’t beholden to a client’s personal tastes. “I usually get to do whatever I feel looks right in the home,” she notes. With both local and national clients, Wilkinson has her sights set on the future. “I love my business so much that I foresee continuing with it for quite some time,” she says. “I basically live in my work—we have to move a lot, but that’s OK with me. I have the resources and man power, plus I love creating a new environment to live in.”—SS
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Tony Mark and Susan Fiore Hollywood heavy hitters Tony Mark and Susan Fiore have all the credentials of a high-powered Hollywood couple. He’s an Academy Award–winning producer of The Hurt Locker and she’s an assistant director who’s worked on such blockbusters as Goodfellas, Interview with the Vampire, and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. At heart, however, they’re just another downto-earth Santa Fe duo. Both are longtime residents who found the City Different suitable for raising their daughter Rafaella, enjoying the outdoors, and fashioning lives as New Mexico filmmakers. Together, Mark and Fiore have crafted such films as Georgia O’Keeffe, a made-forTV movie they fought to have filmed on location in O’Keeffe Country, and Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden. “It’s so wonderful to work with Tony,” Fiore says. “He knows I ask for no more and no less than I need, and he gets me exactly that.” That’s not to say they don’t travel when necessary. This winter, Mark was on location in California, producing filmmaker Michael Bay’s post-apocalyptic TV drama The Last Ship, set to air on TNT in June. But, ultimately, it all comes back home. Trading off travel with her husband, Fiore has recently been directing commercials in state, including those for the ENDWI campaign, which she says hold special importance to her as a parent. Mark also plans to bring another New Mexico project closer to fruition in 2014: the long-awaited Blood and Thunder miniseries, based on the acclaimed book by fellow Santa Fean Hampton Sides.—Ashley M. Biggers 35
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Travel is an integral part of Erin Currier’s life—and of her artistic process. She spends up to half of every year abroad, “sometimes renting an apartment for several months to live, cook, paint, and study, in places like Buenos Aires and Berlin,” she says. Currier then returns to New Mexico with “travel journals filled with ideas and with materials—post-consumer waste—that I collect during my travels for new series of works,” she adds. The artist incorporates those discarded materials— anything from posters to food labels—into her mixedmedia paintings, which express her belief that “most of us have, beneath our conditioning, substantial links: our shared curiosity, our tendencies toward inquiry, our spirit of struggle, our ties as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.” Not surprisingly, she feels a kinship with Latin American muralists like Diego Rivera. Having recently returned from a trip to Thailand, Malaysia, and Borneo (during which she immersed herself in books by Southwest authors John Nichols and Cormac McCarthy), Currier is settling back into her Santa Fe studio, working on pieces for a September solo show at Blue Rain Gallery (where she shows her work locally) that link “the cultural traditions, values, social and ecological struggles, and aesthetic triumphs” of New Mexico to those of Southeast Asia. In other words, “the creative resilience and spirit characteristic of people from Bangkok to the Burque.”—ET
Erin Currier building connections through art
Terry and Jo Harvey Allen living the creative life
“Most of us have, beneath our conditioning, substantial links: our shared curiosity, our spirit of struggle, our ties as brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.” —Erin Currier
Terry and Jo Harvey Allen may never have dreamed of pursing careers in the arts while growing up in Lubbock, Texas, but they’ve fashioned themselves into renaissance people nevertheless. While attending the Chouinard Art Institute, Terry was drawn into the creative froth of 1960s Los Angeles, becoming a visual artist, singer/ songwriter, and writer of radio and theatrical productions. Jo Harvey hosted a show on an underground rock station, where she “told weird stories about her family,” and soon earned her chops as a playwright, poet, and actress. Terry’s 40-year career in the arts has earned him numerous accolades, including Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He continues to be represented by L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice, California, and Dwight Hackett Projects in Santa Fe. In his wife Jo Harvey, Terry found a star for his plays and radio productions; she’s also acted in films like Fried Green Tomatoes, The Client, All the Pretty Horses, and, most recently, the indie movie The Other Kind. These days, the duo share coffee every morning and then adjourn to his-and-hers studios, where Terry is currently sketching studies for a public art sculpture commissioned by the City of Columbus, Ohio, and Jo Harvey is penning a book based on a series of radio interviews with waitresses. For both, a piece starts with a story and then finds its medium. With this creative couple, there’s no telling where the muses may lead.—AMB april/may 2014
Longevity isn’t a word often associated with the topsy-turvy restaurant industry, but at Restaurant Martin, chef Martin Rios has navigated the waters with winning results both on the plate and within the culinary world. At his packed South Capitol eatery, meals resemble artwork more than they do dishes of food, but Rios doesn’t just serve pretty fare—the quality of his ingredients and the creativity of his flavor profiles are firmly rooted in his expansive and impressive experience. Born in Mexico, Rios—who, as of press time, is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award for best chef in the Southwest—apprenticed in both France and New York, which has led to him earning national and international acclaim, including landing a spot on the popular TV show Iron Chef America. What’s Rios’s secret to staying on top in such a competitive and unpredictable industry? “At the end of a day I ask myself, Is there something more I can do tomorrow, something new to learn, something more to inspire me,” he says. “I’m constantly learning and challenging myself. I’m successful, and my restaurant is successful, because it’s not just me who’s like this—[I] ask and expect the same of [my] entire team and they deliver it every day.” A new dining space adjacent to Restaurant Martin’s lovely outdoor patio will help accommodate the chef’s growing throng of fans, and recently Tabasco named Rios its taste ambassador, which requires him to create new recipes and promote the company’s spicy sauce. This chef is definitely hot stuff!—JV 38
Martin Rios top chef
Pictures hanging over the front door and above the bar at Evangelo’s portray one of the iconic mugs of World War II. Angelo Klonis—face gritty, cigarette dangling from his lips—was immortalized by a LIFE photographer in 1944, and his image has graced magazines, book covers, and postage stamps. Angelo was a war hero, but he was also a Santa Fean, having moved here in the ’30s after arriving in America as a stowaway from Greece. Angelo opened Evangelo’s, just off the Santa Fe Plaza, 45 years ago. These days a different sort of icon occupies the bar there. Nick, Angelo’s son, isn’t famous nationally like his father, but anyone who knows Santa Fe’s nightlife knows Nick. “It’s the most unique bar in town,” Nick says of Evangelo’s. “It has flavor and character. We have a downstairs for the younger crowd, with different music, and upstairs we play rock and blues. We keep it interesting.” Nick remembers being a teenager at Evangelo’s, when a beer cost 20 cents. His father, who passed away in 1989, didn’t talk much about his experience in the war, but the pictures speak volumes. “I’m the son of one of the toughest men that was ever born,” Nick says. “I’m very proud.” Today Nick’s own children work at Evanglo’s alongside him. (The photo on the left shows Nick, bar manager Johnny Pink, and Nick’s son Evaggelos and daughter Ageliki, with an image of Angelo above them.) One of Nick’s trademarks is that he’s sometimes gruff with customers. “I’ve been doing this for so many years. I love the people, but sometimes I get tired. . . . . I’m trying to be nice but I’m a human like everyone else. I’m not a clown, you know?” Decades after Evangelo’s opened, the bar endures as a Santa Fe fixture, a memorial to a great American, and a testament to family. Expect Evangelo’s to still be rocking in another 45 years.—Phil Parker
Nick Klonis making a local legend thrive
Sadie Brown dancing a dream To many New Mexicans, Native American dancers summon visions of Pueblo feast days or powwows. For Sadie Brown, whose maternal heritage is Santa Claran, dancing means toe shoes and tutus. Last year, the now 22-year-old became the newest virtuoso of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Brown spent her toddler years in Santa Fe but grew up primarily in Evansville, Indiana, where she began studying ballet at age 3—too young to recall why she was drawn to the art. She went on to perform with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Evansville Dance Theatre, Evansville Ballet, Michigan Classic Ballet Company, and Balet Bratislava in Slovakia. Joining the ASFB in January 2013 was a homecoming of sorts—a return to her familial roots and a confluence of her performance ambitions. She first saw the ASFB perform at age 13, during a visit to Santa Clara. “I [fell] in love with the style of movement,” she says. “It was so different from what I’d seen before. Each dancer stood on their own. It was a small company, and it was so beautiful how the whole performance came together.” Brown aims to stay with the group for several years, and she particularly enjoys having family members in the audience; before her first Santa Fe performance, many of them had never seen her grace the stage. Yet Brown still puts her ballet shoes aside on occasion and joins her family in traditional Native American dances. “Both are very deep, emotional, and spiritual experiences,” she says.—AMB april/may 2014
locals we love Valerie Fairchild
Jewelry designer Valerie Fairchild has been in New Mexico for 42 years. The native Kentuckian jokes that what brought her here was “a Greyhound bus—or maybe it was a Trailways bus.” In 1976, she founded Fairchild & Co. “with no money” and “worked hard to have a beautiful store,” she says. Today the store is one of the few locally owned businesses in downtown Santa Fe carrying custom jewelry created on the premises. Bucking current trends, Fairchild eschews the use of computers in designing her pieces. “I like the spontaneity of hand-drawing,” she explains. “It’s not as precise, but I think it translates into a more soulful piece of jewelry.” She also enjoys exploring nature in her work—“the majesty of the myriad colors, textures, and forms”—as well as “natural and human history, different cultures, and the arts from different time periods.” Those themes and motifs are then translated into metal and unusual gemstones, “some of which one seldom sees,” she notes. Other sources of inspiration include the Land of Enchantment itself, which, Fairchild says, “influences my work in the quiet of its deserts, the peace of its mountains, and the overall feeling of clarity and atmosphere. I like complete silence when I am trying to design.”—ET
Jose Lopez’s favorite construction project of his career—a 180-foot-long, two-foot-wide wall he built using recycled concrete sidewalk slabs—sits in his own yard. “It was once called the ‘wonder wall’ by a local newspaper,” he says, referring to the structure’s many notable nichos. Born in Santa Fe in 1936, Lopez, a retired construction/ landscaping professional, has many tales to tell from all his years living in the high desert. He and his wife raised 11 children in Santa Fe, and many now have children and grandchildren of their own. “Santa Fe has grown so much since I was younger,” he notes. “Many more people have moved here, and I can see why people want to—it’s so beautiful and peaceful. I’m very lucky and proud to say that I’m from here.” Since retiring, Lopez has been enjoying his time off. He’s experimented with some unconventional work, such as modeling for Palace Jewelers, a shop situated within Manitou Galleries that his daughter Susan Holmes manages. “Susan asked me if I’d be the face of the company,” Lopez explains. “She said she wanted someone who would really bring the look and feel of Santa Fe to Palace Jewelers.” Lopez is open to more modeling in the future, but he also embraces the unknown. “Who knows?” Lopez asks. “Maybe I’ll win the lottery!”—SS 40
Jose Lopez model citizen
John O. Armijo has spent a lifetime providing daily essentials for Santa Feans in a setting that feels just like home.
John O. Armijo upholding a family—and local—tradition
For almost 70 years, Johnnie’s Cash Store has been a fixture in Santa Fe’s historic Eastside, the last of several family-run groceries that once dotted the neighborhood. Much of the store’s longevity—and the community’s affection for it—can be attributed to its friendly owner, John O. Armijo (whom friends call Johnnie). A teenager when he helped his father open the shop’s doors in 1946, Armijo has spent a lifetime providing daily essentials for Santa Feans in a setting that feels just like home. Though more of a general store when it first opened— leather jackets, pleated shirts, and radios were popular items after World War II—today the shop offers the usual grocery-store staples as well as a number of local foods, including delicious homemade tamales. These days Armijo leaves the running of the store to his six sons and three daughters, though he remains a regular presence—and it’s easy to see why. Judging from the steady flow of locals who linger to chat with him by the vintage cash register, it’s clear that some things are best left unchanged.—Steven Horak
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Michael McGarrity best-selling author of New Mexico–centered novels
A former Santa Fe County deputy sheriff responsible for establishing the sex-crimes unit, a psychotherapist who treated high-risk populations, and an all-around good guy, Michael McGarrity became a fulltime author in 1996 with the publication of his novel Tularosa. Since then, he’s funneled his professional experience into a dozen vivid police procedurals featuring protagonist Kevin Kerney, who straddles the worlds of law enforcement and modern ranching. McGarrity’s newest book, Backlands (set to hit shelves May 6), is the second of a planned trilogy of historical novels that are prequels to his dirty dozen. (Hard Country, from 2012, was the first of the three.) Backlands follows the story of Matthew Kerney from the 1920s through World War II, touching on the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and other travails along the way. Where his early novels relied on his professional acumen, McGarrity brings a different aspect of his knowledge base to this series. “I’m an old guy, so I remember a lot of this stuff,” he quips. Wary of historical anachronisms, the history buff also dives into field and academic research. “I’m having a heck of a good time trying to create that world and the people who inhabited it,” he says.—AMB
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“Santa Fe is a beautiful place. So you drink in the beauty, then start to write something beautiful, then pervert it.”—Jack Handey
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Georgia O Keeffe: Abiquiu Views NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 14, 2O14
Jack Handey deep thinker
Georgia O’Keeffe found constant inspiration in the architecture of her homes and the views of the surrounding landscape. Through a series of presentations, Abiquiu Views features artwork inspired by her residences, explores her garden, the iconic patio with the black door, and the landscape surrounding her home at Ghost Ranch, as well as her original studio worktable, arranged with her art materials and personal effects.
If you accept the results of an online poll asking if Jack Handey is a real person, then you’re among the many who think that, no, he’s not—that he’s only a character created by Saturday Night Live for its popular Deep Thoughts segments that ran in the mid-1990s. But not only is Jack Handey a real person, he’s an acclaimed humorist who’s called Santa Fe his permanent home since 2003, and his famously quirky aphorisms have roots in the City Different. As a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican in the early ’70s, Handey became familiar with (and began parodying) quotes from Hugh Prather’s New Age books. “As a comedy writer, I can’t resist making fun of things people love,” Handey says. Deep Thoughts first appeared in National Lampoon magazine and then on SNL, where Handey wrote other popular sketches. (He’s also written for comedy greats like Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin.) After releasing four collections of his signature witticisms, in July 2013 Handey published his first novel, The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure. The book arose as an experiment “to put the Deep Thoughts character out in the field, to see what kind of damage he could do.” As it has since the start, Santa Fe continues to inspire Handey—if in an offbeat way. “Santa Fe is a beautiful place. So you drink in the beauty, then start to write something beautiful, then pervert it.”—AMB
Georgia O’Keeffe, Untitled (Road from Abiquiu), undated. Photographic print, 6 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe, Mesa and Road East II, 1952. Oil on canvas, 26 x 36 in. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Abiquiu Views was organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This exhibition and related programming were made possible in part by a generous grant from the Burnett Foundation, and was partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.
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William Haskell, Twist of Fate, acrylic on archival panel, 14 x 11"
Manitou Galleries’ self-described “transportationthemed” exhibition Planes, Trains & Automobiles featuring B. C. Nowlin (225 Canyon, manitougalleries.com, April 25–May 4, reception April 25, 5–7 pm) showcases vivid landscapes by the native New Mexican artist as well as pieces by William Haskell, Tom Perkinson, Billy Schenck, Z. Z. Wei, and Dennis Ziemienski. “I began this suite of artworks in 2004 by painting a burning truckload of art,” Nowlin says. “My artwork may be narrative, but a narrative from a book I have yet to read.”—Eve Tolpa
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taking flight avian imagery gives rise to Rachel Rivera’s unique artistic expression by Emily Van Cleve
Santa Fe artist Rachel Rivera is terrified of birds. All kinds of birds. It doesn’t matter their shape, color, or size: panic sets in when they’re near. “It started after high school,” says Rivera, a native New Mexican who studied printmaking at UNM. “I’m aware it’s an irrational fear. Sometimes it’s embarrassing.” Along with extreme fear is a sense of intrigue and fascination, however, which is why the winged creatures, which Rivera describes as looking “mean and angry,” feature prominently in her mixed-media work. Paper clay—a white, nontoxic modeling clay—is Rivera’s “go-to material” for making her sculptures. “It’s easy to work with,” she says. “I sculpt it and it air-dries hard without any firing.” Rivera uses the material to make half-bird, half-human forms that feature real bird feet (pigeon and pheasant are some of her favorites) and glass bird eyes that she buys online from a taxidermist. She scours thrift stores and garage sales for porcelain dolls, which she transforms into creatures featuring paper-clay bird heads and those real bird feet.
“The work I’m most proud of comes from a place that expresses something intangible and hard to articulate,” says Rachel Rivera. Since she doesn’t have a studio in the home she shares with her six-year-old daughter, Rivera generally chooses to use materials she can work with in a small space. Goldleaf Framemakers of Santa Fe, where she’s been employed in the gilding and finishing departments for seven years, allows her to use their space on occasion. Support from Goldleaf’s owner and from her coworkers was particularly helpful when Rivera needed to make 62 basswood frames for a series of drawings. “I started collecting vintage birdcages as a way to present my bird sculptures,” she says, “but I ended up deciding to present the sculptures in another way. I had these birdcages around, so I looked at them and thought I would draw a series.” The framed drawings, which Rivera made on Japanese paper purchased at a garage sale and then arranged into the shape of the cul-de-sac she grew up on in Albuquerque, were part of a group show at GF Contemporary last summer. When it comes to deciding what to create, Rivera says she always follows her intuition. “The work I’m most proud of comes from a place that expresses something intangible and hard to articulate.” To see more of Rachel Rivera’s work, visit gfcontemporary.com.
Conjoined Reunited VIII, acrylic, graphite, and 12 kt gold leaf on paper, 23 x 30"
Metatarsus Varus IIII, mixed media, wood, and pigeon feet, 10 x 6 x 3". Below: Cranes, mixed media on four panels, 14 x 14" each.
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painter Kate Palmer ’s custom-designed studio keeps her close to home—but always within her own art world by Eve Tolpa photographs by Eric Swanson
When landscape painter Kate Palmer began building her Tesuque studio in 1997, the first thing she did was conduct hands-on research. “I visited probably a dozen or more studios of friends and acquaintances in the region,” she says. “I wanted to [know] what people said they needed.” The one thing she discovered? That work spaces are as individual as the artists who inhabit them. And hers is no different. “What dictated a lot of the arrangement of the studio is the fact that I like to be able to walk back 25 feet from a painting and see it from a distance,” Palmer says. To that end, there’s an ergonomic runway-style mat covering the well-trod path between two easels that bookend the bank of windows 18 feet high by 10 feet wide. Beneath it is a sprung wood floor (blond, to reflect light), similar to those found in gymnasiums. Palmer explains that it’s easier on the body than concrete and makes a big difference in comfort over the course of a long workday. “I’m really glad I insisted on it,” she says. Though the roughly 1,200-square-foot studio shares a wall with the south-facing William Lumpkins–designed passive solar house Palmer bought with her husband, Robb Habbersett, it’s oriented to true north—as opposed to magnetic north—which allows for more indirect lighting in the mornings year-round. (It also means that the bulk of Palmer’s paintings and research materials are stored in a “funny wedge-shaped” room.) Palmer’s pieces, which can be seen locally at Greenberg Fine Art, begin as plein air studies emphasizing color and composition, and a lifetime of “responding intuitively to location” has taught her to internalize the specifics of landscapes and the logic of nature. But whether it’s Northern New Mexico, Italy, Colorado’s Rocky
Lago del Como, oil on linen, 16 x 24"
“I like to be able to walk back 25 feet from a painting and see it from a distance,” says Kate Palmer. Rocky Mountain Winter, oil on linen, 16 x 24"
Mountain National Park, or the Pacific coast that she’s capturing visually, Palmer likes to extrapolate from her surroundings. “Living where I do, there are references to a lot of the subjects I paint,” she says. Cases in point: the play of light across the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or the hand-built rock walls partitioning the terraced kitchen garden just beyond the back patio. As close as she is to home, Palmer makes sure her studio provides the psychological space to create. No doors lead directly there from the house—she has to walk outside to get to work. “When I come out here,” she says, “I’m in my art world.”
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Barbara Meikle: In the Company of Color Barbara Meikle Fine Art, 236 Delgado meiklefineart.com, May 23–June 23 Reception May 23, 5–8 pm Energy, texture, and intense hues are some of the elements New Mexico native Barbara Meikle employs in her impressionistic paintings. “I’m very theme-oriented,” she says, noting that her current crop of work is all about “color plus form.” Whether Meikle is depicting animals, landscapes, flowers, or old trucks, the results, she says, reflect “what you can do when you add color to the scene.”
Barbara Meikle, A Colorful Past, oil on canvas, 24 x 30" Nancy Frost Begin, Elf Owl and Owlets, woodblock print, 23 x 21"
Paintings by Former Santa Fe Indian School Students Adobe Gallery, 221 Canyon, adobegallery.com April 25–May 22, reception April 25, 4–6 pm The Santa Fe Indian School was the first institution of its kind to have an art department. Known as The Studio School, it was founded by Dorothy Dunn, who, along with Gerónima Cruz Montoya, taught students in the early 1930s. Southwest Native art specialist Adobe Gallery narrows its focus for an exhibit exclusively showcasing those students’ work, offering viewers a first-hand glimpse of pueblo life.
Nancy Frost Begin: New Woodcut Prints Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon, marigoldarts.com May 2–June 4, reception May 2, 5–7 pm Nancy Frost Begin is one of the few American women working in woodblock printing, a technically exacting medium that originated in China. Combining an earthy palette with a contemporary aesthetic, she incorporates fantasy themes into her images, which deftly portray everything from horned lizards to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The exhibition also features Begin’s Monster Boxes, sculptures that double as functional forms.
Quincy Tahoma (Water Edge), Untitled, gouache on paper, 11 x 7"
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Eleventh Anniversary Group Show Gallery 822, 822 Canyon Road, gallery822.com May 9–ongoing, reception May 9, 5–8 pm Gallery 822 celebrates spring with a commemorative show featuring new work from all its artists. Many are based in New Mexico, such as award-winning landscape watercolorist Peter Krusko and Jane Chavez, who creates contemporary woven horsehair baskets. Some call other Western states home, like wildlife artist Amy Poor (Oregon), bronze sculptor Joshua Tobey (Colorado), and painter Trevor Swanson (Arizona).
Andrew Rodriquez: One Voice The Longworth Gallery, 530 Canyon thelongworthgallery.com, through May 29 Reception April 25, 5:30–7:30 pm A native (and Native) New Mexican known for his bas-relief sculptures examining human spirituality and its connection to the animal world, Andrew Rodriguez, who studied under Allan Houser at the Institute of American Indian Arts, was deemed an Albuquerque Local Treasure in 2009. In addition to being collected worldwide, his work has been honored by SWAIA and featured on the HGTV show Modern Masters. Andrew Rodriquez, Dark Emergence, painted terra cotta clay with patina copper accents, 26 x 36"
William Lumpkins, Abstract Landscape #4, screen print, 24 x 36"
Elevated Elements Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden 622 Canyon, waxlander.com May 20–June 2, reception May 23, 5–8 pm Phoenix-based artist Justin West is a metalworker; his wife, Josiane Childers, is an abstract painter. Together they create wall-mounted sculptures that combine steel and paint in unexpected ways. The pieces, which hang on walls, “elevate the mind of the viewer,” says Childers. “Justin is working on new shapes and ways of shaping the steel, and I am pushing for bolder color and depth with the paints.”
Gustave Baumann, Church—Rancho de Taos, woodblock print, 18 x 19"
Justin West and Josiane Childers, Levitate, acrylic on steel, 52 x 47"
The Lumpkins Files Matthews Gallery, 669 Canyon thematthewsgallery.com April 18–April 25, Reception April 18, 5–7 pm William Lumpkins (1909–2000) possessed a multifaceted artistic talent. Deemed a Santa Fe Living Treasure in 1988, he designed more than 2,000 of the city’s buildings, founded the Santa Fe Art Institute, and was associated with Los Cinco Pintores and the Transcendental Painting Group. Though Lumpkins was best known for his landscape watercolors, Matthews Gallery unveils never-before-seen serigraphs and felt-tip pen drawings from the ’60s and ’70s.
Missions and Moradas: Icons of New Mexico, 1925–1985, William R. Talbot Fine Art 129 W San Francisco williamtalbot.com, April 11–May 9 William R. Talbot’s annual Easter exhibition showcases prints, paintings, drawings, and photographs of the high desert’s iconic religious structures. Missions were a popular subject for many artists (including Gustave Baumann, Howard Cook, and William Dickerson), as were moradas, the humbly constructed 19th-century churches built for the Penitente Brotherhood that are specific to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Jo Sherwood: The Best of Burros Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery, 217 Galisteo santafeartcollector.com May 9–May 23, reception May 9, 5–8 pm Oil painter Jo Sherwood, a third-generation artist born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland, honors the burro with multicultural images of the sturdy and dependable beast of burden. She documented the animal’s role as an essential part of daily working life throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East while traveling with her late husband, Peter, to whom this exhibit is dedicated.
Sandra Pratt, Seaside Village, oil on linen, 18 x 24"
Sandra Pratt: New Work Selby Fleetwood Gallery, 600 Canyon selbyfleetwoodgallery.com May 23–June 5, reception May 23, 5–7:30 pm Self-taught oil painter Sandra Pratt gleans inspiration for her work from time spent in New Mexico and Colorado, as well as from trips to New England, Western Europe, and Canada. Using emotion and memory of place—in conjunction with her palette knife and intuitive sense of composition—Pratt creates landscapes and village scenes exploring personal themes such as home and community.
Jo Sherwood, Greece II, oil on linen, 12 x 15" april/may 2014
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Pablo Milan Gallery Pablo Milan, Winter Storm in the Mountains, acrylic/canvas, 30 x 40" The Pablo Milan Gallery, located just a few blocks off the Plaza, offers a unique combination of contemporary art. Come by and see the latest works by New Mexican artist Pablo Milan, who’s renowned for his use of color and painting techniques, abstract artists Jennifer Lindberg and Len, contemporary artist Nancy Hillis, Lakota Sioux artist Don Brewer Wakpa, and sculptor Kevin Sears. 209 Galisteo St, 505-820-1285, email@example.com pablomilangallery.com
Lynden St. Victor, The Archer, mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48" Celebrating our seventh anniversary in 2014, POP Gallery features contemporary and New Brow established and emerging artists from around the world. Our vision is rooted in providing art lovers with a thought-provoking alternative. Rising from the underground world of tattooing and graffiti, comics, cartoons, pop art, illustration, and surrealist art, the art showcased feeds on the blend of influences and energies well cemented in today’s culture. In essence, POP Gallery represents a celebration of mediums and ideas, the dynamic union between independence and spirit, and the emergence of subculture onto a contemporary platform. Located at the corner of Lincoln and Marcy. 142 Lincoln Ave, Ste 102 505-820-0788 firstname.lastname@example.org popsantafe.com
Appleton Gallery Jason Appleton, Painted Warrior, acrylic on canvas, 16 x 20" Combining bold graphics, intricate patterning, and vigorous swaths of paint, Jason Appleton’s canvases sing with zestful energy. “His compositions feature an engaging play between confident line and intricate ornamentation. The pull between these two extremes gives Appleton’s work a feeling of vitality and continuous movement. Strong geometric elements cut across his pieces, forming architectural frameworks. Malleable, organic forms weave in and out of these structural skeletons, creating an intriguing tension between softness and hardness.”—Kate Skelly. Appleton was the featured artist, and collaborated with interior designer Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors and Chef Charles Dale of Bouche Bistro, for the Ode to Modernism in Paris event in March. 505-795-7270, email@example.com appletongallery.com
Joe Wade Fine Art John Oteri, Escorts, oil, 14 x 11" Joe Wade Fine Art, Santa Fe’s premier art gallery since 1971, offers an extensive collection of emerging, established, and acclaimed artists’ work. The gallery, located one block south of the historic Santa Fe Plaza in El Centro, showcases a varied selection of original paintings and bronze sculptures yearround. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm. 102 E Water St, 505-988-2727, joewadefineart.com
Eldorado 2014 Spring Studio Tour Ursula Freer, Shaman’s Vision, digital, 15 x 12" The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association’s Studio Tour is one of the oldest and largest in New Mexico. The Spring Studio Tour, now in its 23rd year, features more than 100 participants within a four-mile radius. Glimpse the working studios of widely recognized professional artists featured in galleries and exhibits. Studios and Preview Gallery open Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18, 10 am–5 pm. Preview Gallery: LaTienda at Eldorado Exhibit Space 7 Caliente Rd, 505-670-1635, eldoradostudiotour.org
“ICEBERG #15” Emma Varga ~ Glass ~ 13 3/4" x 8 3/4" x 2"
“SPHERE #4” David Patchen ~ Glass ~ 13" x 12" x 12"
“TEXTILE 13 #13” Giles Bettison~ Glass ~ 10" x 8" x 8"
“SEA HORSEMAN” Irina Zaytceva Handbuilt porcelain ~ 9 1/2" x 9" x 4"
“ARCHITEKTEN” Emma Varga ~ Ceramics ~ 7 1/2" x 17 1/2" x 17 1/2"
“AUTUMN WINDS” Sheryl Zacharia ~ Ceramic sculpture ~ 17" x 21" x 5"
Tansey Contemporary (formerly Jane Sauer Gallery) offers a unique selection of high quality contemporary art across a variety of media, with special emphasis on exceptional execution. Our 2014 program includes both long term gallery artists as well as new additions and thought provoking group exhibitions throughout the year. Visit www.tanseycontemporary.com and click on “show schedule” for specific events and dates.
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Famous writers often talk about the journey being as interesting, if not more so, than the destination. This is something that’s particularly true when you’re walking up Canyon Road. While there are countless fabulous galleries, restaurants, and shops to explore along this enchanting road, enjoy the stroll itself. The tenants and various uses of the buildings have changed over the centuries into what you see today—nearly everything along Canyon has a history. These old buildings and stately trees tell stories that reach back to the origins of Santa Fe. Today Canyon Road has a wonderful selection of businesses where you’re sure to find a special treasure. Contemporary, traditional, and historical artwork fills these charming structures and homes. Restaurants with national reputations are housed in extraordinary and historically significant, yet understated, structures. Canyon Road is an evolving street with a friendly personality, where gallery and shop owners welcome an adoring audience of visitors. In the last several years, a welcome addition to the Canyon Road experience has been wonderful events that build on the area’s history. I especially encourage you to experience the Passport to the Arts event in May, the Paint Out on Saturday, October 18, and of course the Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve, which fills even a Scrooge like me with the holiday spirit. Despite the changes, Canyon Road is still a community with focused and determined residents who want to ensure their neighborhood doesn’t overdevelop or compromise its charm in any way. I thank them for preserving this gift for all of us.
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12 Shopping Hot Spot Canyon Road is famous for its art, but that’s not all there is to see 14 The Art of Eating Well Canyon Road offers everything from fine dining to casual cafés 18 State of the Art Canyon Road’s creative legacy 19 Canyon Road Events Where to go, what to do 20 Where Art and History Meet How Canyon Road achieved its distinctive identity 24 Passport to the Arts Celebrating Canyon Road’s creative contributions
32 Last Look Cover photograph by Chris Corrie
28 Built to Last Canyon Road’s historic, enduring architecture
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How to Get Around Canyon Road
Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road
The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Catch it at stops marked “Pick It Up Here”—there are four on Canyon Road (shown below) and one nearby at Alameda and Paseo de Peralta. The shuttle will drop passengers off anywhere along the route (safety permitting).
The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends at the Santa Fe Depot in the Railyard and runs counterclockwise around downtown with the following stops: Capitol/PERA Building Canyon Road Alameda and Paseo de Peralta Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi Main Library City Hall/Santa Fe Community Convention Center Santa Fe Plaza/Museums Eldorado Hotel & Spa
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“Canyon Road has the characteristics of a bygone era. One can still romanticize how it must have been to live in a time before automobiles, electricity, and other modern-day conveniences. Strolling Canyon Road in late spring and early summer, it’s amazingly beautiful—the sprays of lush color from gardens greeting you, the large trees creating that bit of shady sanctuary, and the open doors of the galleries bidding you to enter. I wonder if someday folks strolling Canyon Road will contemplate how folksy it was when we were here!”
—Aleta Pippin, abstract artist and owner of Pippin Contemporary
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“Walking down Canyon Road provides visitors and locals alike a glimpse of Santa Fe’s charming history, with beautiful galleries, gardens, and alleys with secret homes at the end of them. Canyon Road beckons you to slow your pace and absorb the amazing art, chat with the artists, and breathe deep. Nowhere else will you experience art so alive.”
—Cynthia Delgado, Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau marketing director
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Canyon Road is world famous for its abundance of artwork, but it has many other goods on offer as well. Independent shops abound, befitting the City Different’s origin as a trading post. You can spend a full day walking the length of the street, ’ buying art for your home—from paintings to pottery to sculptures—or choosing the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for family and friends. Stop into one of the unique jewelry stores for handcrafted, locally made adornments, whether it’s a turquoise-embellished silver concho belt or a custom-made gold and diamond ring. Or check out the chic, sophisticated Western wear and high-end home furnishings on offer here as well. Beautifully made textiles (from clothing to tapestries) are also among the many popular items you’ll find while walking the length of one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. cr
the art of eating well Canyon Road offers everything from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés esidents of the City Different use the ultimate compliment to describe the restaurants on Canyon Road: “so Santa Fe” is what they often say. But not only are the restaurants indicative of the area’s unique charm and hospitality, they’re also ranked among some of the best fine-dining establishments in the country, with chefs earning accolades from the likes of the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine, and eateries winning AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four Star awards. The gastronome and art lover will find Canyon Road dotted with places to feed both body and soul. To be sure, the culinary delights are as tempting as the art on display, because, simply put, Canyon Road makes an art of dining. You can pamper your palate with comestibles ranging from sprightly gourmet teas to succulent elk tenderloin, from French roast coffee and pastries to Oregon pinot noir and Spanish tapas. Hungry for history and the plato del día? Try small plates of grilled octopus and shrimp on the cozy back patio of an 1835-era adobe while local flamenco dancers swirl around you. Or sit on the front portal and let Canyon Road’s passing parade of pedestrians be your entertainment. You can also visit a mid-20th-century eatery nestled in a cluster of homes, while a serene example of Santa Fe’s outdoor dining, secluded behind high walls and leafy trees, tempts with a high-end menu featuring salmon, striped bass, and Muscovy duck. The epicure will find no lack of earthly delights here. No matter what your tastes or taste buds crave, Canyon Road is a wellchosen spot for all things artistic, and a gastronomic must. cr
There are numerous spots along Canyon Road where you can rest your feet and grab a bite in between gallery and shop hopping.
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obert Daughters is a familiar icon in a
long tradition of legendary Southwest painters. Inheriting the legacy of the artists emigrating to Santa Fe and Taos a century ago, he produced some of the deﬁnitive work of New Mexico. Meyer Gallery is actively seeking to acquire and consign paintings by the legendary Robert Daughters. Please contact the gallery if you have work
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“New Mexico Fence Line” | 24" x 30" | Oil | (circa 1980)
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Canyon Road Restaurants Café des Artistes 223-B Canyon, 505-820-2535 Caffe Greco 233 Canyon, 505-820-7996 The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com El Farol 808 Canyon, 505-983-9912 elfarolsf.com
The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972 teahousesantafe.com
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“Canyon Road is full of rich history. Our gallery, [whose building was] built in the early 1700s, is a wonderful showcase for my work and four other artists’ work. It has been said in the press that Canyon Road is the most famous art street in America. No one can match this variety, which allows the diverse art enthusiast to find unique creations to add to his or her collections. I am glad to be a part of this historic venue.”
—Mark White, artist and owner of Mark White Fine Art
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hen 17th-century Spanish settlers used burros to haul firewood from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to customers in Santa Fe, they could never have known that the little backwater would become a world-class destination—thanks largely to a vibrant arts scene that would emerge here in the early 1900s. Today the city is home to a large number of accomplished creative talents. Boasting the third largest art market in the country, Santa Fe ranks among the world’s major cultural metropolises—an accomplishment that’s particularly impressive given that the city’s population numbers around 70,000 people. The strength of Santa Fe’s artistic soul is especially evident on Canyon Road, a half-mile stretch that winds into the shadowy folds of forested mountains and was once the route for those Spanish settlers and their loyal if not overburdened burros. With its dense assemblage of more than 100 art galleries—plus shops, restaurants, and historic adobe homes—Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around the world. In this quaint enclave, visitors can enjoy a broad range of work, from Native American pottery and Spanish Colonial–inspired wood carvings to contemporary sculpture, photography, and abstract paintings. At a handful of galleries, visitors can check out works by early-20th-century artists like Carlos Vierra, Gerald R. Cassidy, Theodore Van Soelen, John Sloan, and Randall Davey, whose depictions of the area’s natural beauty and rich cultural traditions put Santa Fe and Canyon Road (where many of the artists lived, worked, and congregated) on the map in terms of its importance as an art destination. Throughout the year, Canyon Road hosts gallery openings that showcase exciting exhibitions and typically include refreshments and live entertainment and sometimes artist demonstrations and discussions. The storied and picturesque road further comes to life during the annual Canyon Road Paint Out (held in October), when roughly 100 artists take to the street to set up easels and turn their creative process into an interactive experience between them, the viewer, and the one-of-a-kind setting. cr
John Nieto, Navajo, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48". courtesy Ventana Fine Art, ventanafineart.com.
by Ben Ikenson
canyon road events Canyon Road’s combination of history and culture allows visitors to enjoy a unique experience year-round, but on certain days the legendary art district’s offerings are even more noteworthy than usual. Exhibition openings, often celebrated on Friday evenings, are a Canyon Road staple. Many galleries schedule them on the fourth Friday of every month, and those “Fourth Fridays” can be particularly lively. Galleries welcome guests to take in their latest shows as well as their permanent collections, usually while offering light refreshments and sometimes live entertainment, too. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, visit santafeancalendar.com. During February, the annual ARTfeast festival presents the Edible Art Tour. Visitors and locals stroll between galleries, where they take in art while enjoying food from top restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs for Santa Fe’s youth. (artfeast.com) In spring, Passport to the Arts (May 9–11), a three-day public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun like an Artist Quick Draw competition and a live auction, and many galleries and shops host artist receptions, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. Proceeds go to Santa Fe Public Schools’ music programs. (visitcanyonroad.com) Before the winter weather rolls in, enjoy a day of plein air painting with more than 100 artists during the Canyon Road Paint Out (October 17–18). The annual event features live music, a parade, art shows, and refreshments. (visitcanyonroad.com) The Christmas Eve Farolito Walk is arguably Canyon Road’s most popular event. On the night of December 24, the street is lined with glowing farolitos, and thousands of visitors stroll along the road guided by their light. While galleries and shops serve cookies and hot beverages, carolers sing and bonfires are lit to celebrate the magic of this special season and special street. cr
where art and history meet
how Canyon Road achieved its distinctive identity by Eve Tolpa
t’s hard to imagine one of Santa Fe’s artistic epicenters as a dirt path running along the river into the mountains, but over time Canyon Road has evolved from a familyoriented farming area into a vibrant and internationally known art district. One of the key factors in this development has been Santa Fe’s long history as a center of trade. “An art community that settles in a trading center is going to have a very distinctive feel, with very vital art,” says historian Elizabeth West, editor of the book Santa Fe: 400 Years, 400 Questions. “It’s going to bring in new ideas, and the people who stay and contribute artistically are going to be much more interesting.” One person who stayed and made an indelible mark was the Portuguese-born photographer and painter Carlos Vierra, Santa Fe’s first resident artist. Vierra, like many others, came to Santa Fe for health reasons, seeking treatment for tuberculosis at Sunmount Sanatorium in 1904.
“I discovered Canyon Road 23 years ago, on my first visit to Santa Fe. I was immediately taken by this beautiful and historic street, never thinking I would own a business here. I am still in love with the beauty and energy of Canyon Road and feel fortunate to be able to own a business on this magical, mystical road.” —Mark Greenberg, Greenberg Fine Art
Sunmount’s treatment philosophy contended intellectual stimulation was a key element in curing TB. In the interest of revitalizing body and soul, the sanatorium hosted lectures by literary luminaries such as Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Santa Fe poet and bon vivant Witter Bynner. According to West, “Bynner knew everybody in the world,” from Rita Hayworth to Ansel Adams. “[Santa Fe] really didn’t become an artist community until the time of Carlos Vierra,” says West. “Then word spread, and one thing led to another.” One of those things was the railroad, which, in the decades after its arrival in town in 1880, transported artists here from across the country. A rise in plein air painting, popularized by the Impressionists, inspired painters to trade their urban studios for outdoor inspiration. Santa Fe’s unique charm and high desert light made it a magnet for artists, and Canyon Road became a 20
“As an artist and gallery owner, to me Canyon Road represents the epitome of world-class art and elegance in one spectacular setting. Canyon Road runs the gamut of art for every collector, and people from around the world come to experience its magic. Canyon Road incorporates the best of everything in one fell swoop!”
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desirable place to live because “it was safe, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful,” West says. One of Canyon Road’s early artist/settlers was commercial lithographer Gerald R. Cassidy, who came west in 1915 to seriously pursue painting. Cassidy and his wife Ina first visited Santa Fe in 1912. Three years later, entranced with the area and its Native population, they bought a house at the corner of Canyon and Acequia Madre. The couple thoroughly remodeled their home, expanding it to showcase altar paintings from a ruined Nambé mission church. Their neighbors included New York artist Randall Davey, who in 1919 bought a sawmill at the end of Upper Canyon Road that today is home to the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Indiana native and celebrated muralist Olive Rush moved to Santa Fe shortly after Davey, residing in what’s now the Quaker Meeting House. Santa Fe painter Jerry West, son of the late artist Harold West, recalls spending part of his childhood with Rush, who had orchards on her property. “When I was a kid in 1942,” Jerry says, “I’d work for Olive on the weekend and help her with her gardens.” Through most of the 1950s, Canyon Road remained primarily residential, hosting just a handful of businesses—four of which were grocery stores. “There were hardly any galleries before then,” Jerry recalls. A creative atmosphere had already begun to emerge on the street, but it gained significant momentum in 1962, when the street was officially designated “a residential arts and crafts zone,” which meant that artists living on Canyon Road could now sell work from their homes. The number of businesses on the street began to rise, and, not surprisingly, many of them were arts-related. Modern-day Canyon Road is a narrow lane boasting old adobes that house an eclectic mix of galleries, shops, and restaurants. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Canyon Road one of the 10 “Great Streets in America,” noting that “the buildings themselves are works of art—doors and gates all painted in rich shades of turquoise, purple, red, and yellow.” In 2013, Canyon Road finished second in a USA Today poll of readers’ “Favorite Iconic American Street.” According to an early 1900s piece in the Santa Fe New Mexican, archaeologist and anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett, who founded the Museum of New Mexico, said that “the arts have kept Santa Fe from becoming an ‘up-to-date’ burg and made it unique and beautiful. Artists and writers constitute only a small percentage of the population, but their influence is everywhere you look.” Nowhere is that influence more visible than on Canyon Road. cr 22
“Canyon Road isn’t unique only to Santa Fe; it’s unique to the world. I walk along Canyon Road most days just to absorb the diversity of art, architecture, and people. The concentration of galleries along Canyon Road draws people from around the world, and listening to the voices and languages makes me feel like I’m in Paris or Amsterdam or other art capitals of the world.” —Ken Hulick, director of Manitou Galleries
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celebrating Canyon Road’s creative contributions by Samantha Schwirck
anyon Road’s creative and artistic legacy is celebrated during Passport to the Arts, an annual three-day public event held May 9–11 along the famous half-mile-long street. More than 100 artists from around the country—whose styles range from abstract to figurative and from traditional to contemporary—make the event, presented by the Canyon Road Merchants Association (CRMA), the unofficial kickoff to Santa Fe’s high art season. “Passport to the Arts honors the tradition of live art that has always made Canyon Road unique among art districts,” says CRMA board member Nancy Leeson, owner and director of the gallery Canyon Road Contemporary. On May 9, in addition to the usual Friday-night show openings (which are typically accompanied by refreshments and often live music and entertainment as well), galleries host artist demonstrations, lectures, and other goingson, and more than 50 artists from Canyon Road’s galleries create pieces—sculptures, glass art, jewelry, weavings, photographs, pottery, paintings, and more—that are then on offer during a silent auction. An Artist Quick Draw kicks things off on Saturday, May 10. During the two-hour event, more than 40 Canyon Road artists take to the street, rain or shine, to complete an original work while spectators look on—giving both locals and visitors a chance to experience Santa Fe’s plein air tradition firsthand. The completed works are then available at a live auction that evening, with a portion of the proceeds going to student music programs. Bruce Adams, publisher of Santa Fean magazine, serves as this year’s auctioneer.
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“Passport to the Arts honors the tradition of live art that has always made Canyon Road unique among art districts.” —Nancy Leeson, Canyon Road Merchants Association board member
“Passport to the Arts is a wonderful venue for local and visiting artists to showcase their talents for collectors who come to Santa Fe to watch them at work during [three] art-filled days,” says Bonnie French, CRMA treasurer and director of Waxlander Gallery. “Both the Artist Quick Draw and the auctions expose the artists to collectors from far and wide, and in turn the collectors have the opportunity to see a large group of established and emerging artists in one place at a fun event.” For artist and bidder registration information, as well as a detailed schedule of events and general information about Passport to the Arts and the Canyon Road Merchants Association, go to visitcanyonroad.com. cr
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“It is almost impossible to describe the grandeur of Canyon Road to a person who has not walked this magical street. The road is a treasure trove of galleries that represent artists of all kinds from around the world. You’ll want to talk about the food, as you will experience the best cuisine in all of Santa Fe right here on the Road. But, most of all, you’ll want to talk about the feeling of Canyon Road. It is friendly. It is historic. You have to personally breathe it in to really understand what Canyon Road is all about.”
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Canyon Road’s historic, enduring architecture by Charles C. Poling
anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vivdly on display along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. During the half-mile walk from the road’s top to bottom, you’ll encounter simple adobes that have roots in Pueblo Indian architecture and that sometimes reveal Territorial-style updates on that original Native design. Canyon Road winds up the Santa Fe River to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eventually forming a steep-sided canyon. That terrain offered little flat land for settlement, but the nearby river, via the abutting acequia madre (“mother ditch”), supplied precious water for farming. A few Spanish Colonial farmers homesteaded in the middle 1700s along a burro track just wide enough for a wagon. They built what we today call Pueblo-style homes, using local materials—mud, stone, and timber— and incorporating a few lessons learned from the neighboring Pueblo Indians. As you walk along Canyon Road you’ll pass several examples of these originally plain homes. In addition to being constructed out of mud, the homes were also distinctive for protruding beams known as vigas, which sat below shallow parapets and flat roofs. Deep-set windows with plaster-wrapped, bull-nosed corners punctuate rippling, lumpy adobe walls that sometimes run four feet thick. A building (now a shop) at the lower end of Canyon Road illustrates this Pueblo style, although its simple, lintel-capped, postand-viga portal hints at an update to the original house. An early-1700s home on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution, its blue window framing and lintels evoking the Territorial style. That mid-19th-century look reflected New Mexico’s new status as a U.S. territory, revealing Army design influences. Over time, the Territorial
style incorporated increasingly available manufactured materials like fired-clay bricks and milled lumber. Many people simply added ornamentation to the existing Pueblo-style buildings, and newly built homes showed greater scale, enabled by the new materials and construction techniques. For a great example of Territorialstyle architecture, amble up the road to El Zaguán, where a settler built his farmhouse in the mid-18th century. Many remodels later, the home’s Pueblo roots show beneath an overlay of Territorial ornamentation, from wood shutters, crown molding over wood window framing, and a portal with white milled 8 x 8’ posts. A period-perfect, pedimented lintel forms a shallow pyramid atop the framed entry door. Not far from El Zaguán, a lovely brick building capped with a white cupola demonstrates non-Native architecture that sprang up following railroad expansion into New Mexico in the late 19th century.
“Visitors to Bill Hester Fine Art constantly tell us they are overwhelmed by the amount of art shown in the galleries on Canyon Road. Our response: ‘We hope you are enjoying your visit.’ Their response is most often ‘Oh, yes.’ Art collectors, by nature, are busy people. In less than a mile on Canyon Road, they can visit more than 100 galleries and view some of the finest art in the world.” —Bill Hester, Bill Hester Fine Art With the trains came more Anglo-Americans, manufactured materials, and East Coast influences. As a balance to this Americanization of the region’s look, legendary local architect John Gaw Meem reimagined the area’s original pueblos for public buildings, churches, and private homes in the early- to mid-20th century. In 1939, the Catholic diocese commissioned his masterpiece of Pueblo Revival architecture, the Cristo Rey Parish Church at Canyon Road and Camino Cabra. Built with more than 150,000 adobe bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr
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Canyon Road Contemporary Art Amanda Banker, The Mathematician Candymaker, oil on canvas, 24 x 24" Whimsy and Surrealism join in the anthropomorphic animal portraits of Banker’s tightly-rendered oil paintings. Clever references to master artworks, period clothing, symbolism and the modern art of animation are juxtaposed to interesting effect in her lively and surprising works. 403 Canyon Rd, 505-983-0433, canyoncontemporary.com
La Mesa of Santa Fe This colorful, ceramic sculpture by Russ Vogt is the perfect focal point for any garden or outdoor space. Many color combinations and sizes are available. La Mesa has shown the work of contemporary artists in a variety of mediums, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood and hand forged steel since 1982. 225 Canyon Rd, 505-984-1688, lamesaofsantafe.com
Alexandra Stevens Gallery Katrina Howarth, Roses in the Lavender Room, oil on canvas, 36 x 36" “I love contrasting colors and making them dance around with one another,” says Katrina Howarth. “The oil pigments are like having a conversation in which I melt into the painting itself. Once I complete a painting, I set it aside and then continue the dialogue until I feel I have said enough.” 820 Canyon Rd, 505-988-1311, alexandrastevens.com 215 Tremont St, Galveston, TX 713-550-6431, thehowarthgallery.com
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For all the stunning artwork found within the walls of its galleries, Canyon Road offers an artistic feast outside those walls as well, thanks to the numerous sculptures that line the road and greet visitors daily. From accent pieces on galleries’ front lawns to kinetic sculpture gardens set off from the sidewalk, Canyon Road lures you in with its abundance of art—and charm—at every turn.
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The homeowners, who make their primary home in Dallas, had been vacationing in Santa Fe for the better part of 40 years when they decided to buy their Eastside condo. “There’s such charm to the City Different, and we fell in love with it, funkiness and all,” the owner says, noting that the location of the home within the city was paramount. “We wanted a house that was within walking distance of the Plaza and in an attractive neighborhood, and we believed that the Compound condos filled that bill. Security and location were uppermost.” To bring personality to the neutral, ’90s-built spaces, Maahs worked closely with Dallas-based interior designer Cathy Youngberg-Gammon, whose 30-year-old business focuses on residential design showcasing a diverse range of styles, from classic French to art-centered contemporary. Youngberg-Gammon, who had worked with the homeowners in the past, says her instructions for this project were to focus on comfort while emphasizing the owners’ art collection. The designer ultimately came up with a look that she refers to as “Santa Fe Provence.” To cultivate the feel of an eclectic art gallery, YoungbergGammon added details—like a custom-designed checkered
American Clay walls, a custom cast stone fireplace, hand-carved corbels, and an antiqued faux ceiling with new lighting transformed the living room. Above: An enclosed patio looks out to the private, secluded courtyard.
“There wasn’t anything we didn’t do,” says builder Douglas Maahs.
kitchen backsplash using tiles from Statements in Tile/Lighting/Kitchens/Flooring—that bring out the striking paintings and sculptures featured throughout the house. “We wanted color in the kitchen that would complement the colors in the [nearby] artwork and add a retro element to the design,” Youngberg-Gammon says. The unusual pendant lights in the kitchen and a matching small chandelier above the eating area are custom pieces, made by Firefly Lighting from tin cans and blown glass in a traditional Mexican fashion. Throughout the one-level home, however, it’s the intricate woodwork by La Puerta Originals that creates the feel of a folk art museum, albeit one with very modern touches. The kitchen cabinets—aged wood stained a barnyard blue—hide high-end, built-in amenities like an 18-inch dishwasher, a trash pull, and swinging steel shelf units with automatic lighting. “We worked closely with Scott Coleman at La Puerta Originals to customdesign the kitchen cabinets and all of the doors,
Gorgeous cabinetry and woodwork by La Puerta Originals is found at every turn. The once-neutral home is now bursting with Santa Fe blues, greens, and reds, used with joyful abandon to evoke a sense of stylish antiquity that carries through the house.
A colorful, geometric kitchen backsplash is flanked by similar patterns in the contemporary and folk art pieces in the dining area. Coralito Suite by Carlos Estrada-Vega (William Siegal Gallery) adorns the far left wall.
The indoor portal opens into both the courtyard and the master bedroom. Guardian of Fire, an imposing 7-foot mask by glass artist Suzanne Wallace Mears, is from Pippin Contemporary.
windows, and trim throughout the house with repurposed wood from India and Latin America,” Youngberg-Gammon says. Wood corbels supporting the vigas in the living room and a frame around a bathroom door were transformed into works of art themselves; intricately carved details add texture and personality. The predominantly brick flooring, once a traditional red shade, was finished in a deep brown, and Cat Dog Walls provided the American Clay earth plaster finish for all the interior walls. Santa Fe By Design met the homeowners’ hardware needs. And then there’s the art. Self-described “eclectic collectors,” the owners recently attended a Sotheby’s auction in France with William Siegal, owner of the William Siegal Gallery, which specializes in pre-Columbian and contemporary art. The couple purchased several pre-Columbian pieces at the auction and others at Siegal’s gallery in Santa Fe, all of which are displayed in the smoke-blue shelving unit Reminiscent of early-20th-century lighting designed by architect Mary Elizabeth Colter, this custom chandelier, created by Firefly Lighting, is made of blown glass and intricately carved and molded tin cans.
A custom cast fireplace works with art and new lighting to enhance a remodeled living room, while distressed wood cabinets (right) showcase some of the owners’ pre-Columbian art. The master suite (below, left and right) is a comfortable blend of contemporary and traditional styles.
“There’s such charm to the City Different, and we fell in love with it, funkiness and all,” says the homeowner.
“The people who have had the opportunity to see the home are generally left speechless,” says builder Douglas Maahs. “Every little detail is special, and the home is filled with details everywhere you look.” 98
Mixing different styles and designs is what gives this home such personality. A powder room blends an Asian-inspired cabinet with distinctive metallic accents.
in the living room. A selection of Bolivian woven ponchos (also from William Siegal) hangs on the wall across from the shelving unit, while oil paintings depicting the Southwest landscape adorn the room’s other walls. “Art galleries in town like Meyer East and William Siegal are only two of the many that satisfied our eclectic tastes,” the owner says. A brightly colored, seven-and-ahalf-foot-tall glass mask from Pippin Contemporary enlivens the home’s enclosed portal, while a handmade rug featuring a brand from the homeowners’ ranch in Texas covers the dining room floor. Youngberg-Gammon chose the fleece used for the rug, and master weavers Irvin and Lisa Trujillo from Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayó created the work. “I’m thrilled with the result of all the creative craftspeople and artists involved in this project,” Youngberg-Gammon says. “Melding the elements together was an absolute delight, which I think shows through in the personality of the home.”
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spacious palace This massive La Tierra Nueva property includes a luxurious master suite with large twin bathrooms, a fireplace, and dual walk-in closets. A wet bar makes entertaining easy—though your visitors may beg to stay a few nights in the guest quarters, which include a full bath and office, or, even better, in the one-bedroom guesthouse, which has an attached studio. The outfitted gourmet kitchen is an aspiring chef’s dream, and the great room is a bright, beautiful masterpiece, with 10-by-20-foot glass pocket doors that open onto a landscaped courtyard featuring two rows of Arizona ash trees. The 5,482-square-foot main residence and 2,368-square-foot guesthouse and studio are situated perfectly within a 27-acre property that offers privacy and jaw-dropping views of the Rio Grande Valley and the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. List price: $3.35 million Contact: Paul Duran, Keller Williams Realty, 505-310-5566, kwsantafenm.com
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mountain masterpiece This is an ideal home for Santa Feans who enjoy being outside. One fully landscaped patio area has its own kiva fireplace, new flagstone and rock walls, gorgeous vigas, and an absorbing view of the ski hill; a second patio, also fully landscaped, has a hot tub and surround sound. Inside, mountain views are found throughout the sunny four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home, which also includes a state-of-the-art kitchen with granite countertops and a wine fridge. A recently constructed office has custom built-in shelving, filing cabinets, and work spaces. With three fireplaces, skylights, and windows galore, this gorgeous 3,511-square-foot home makes mountain living comfortable and covetable. List price: $999,000 Contact: Sabrina A. Solomon, Barker Realty, 505-228-6794, firstname.lastname@example.org, santaferealestate.com
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the right light illuminating designs from Firefly Lighting Founded in 1996 by John Zubchenok and Kat Wilde, Firefly Lighting offers unique illuminating fixtures and accessories hand-forged in its Santa Fe studio by craftsmen using old-world techniques. The company began with artisans fashioning recycled steel products cut with a jeweler’s torch; as demand grew, clients started asking for more elaborate fixtures that incorporated elements like glass, wood, and iron. “Clients enjoy the fact that our products are locally made,” Zubchenok says, “and they enjoy participating in a design process that gives them unique items for their homes.” Interaction is indeed encouraged while the fixtures are being made, and some of the company’s products have been named for customers in the past. “The connection formed with our clients is really the most fun [aspect of the business],” Zubchenok says. In addition to creating pieces for private residences over the last 18 years, Firefly has also made memorable works for prominent public spaces like the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and Buffalo Thunder Resort. The new Drury Hotel, scheduled to open just off the Santa Fe Plaza this summer, will also feature Firefly fixtures. “No matter how small or large a project is, we try to accomplish the vision of our client foremost,” Zubchenok says.—Phil Parker
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Your stay becomes extraordinary at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza. Originally the hacienda of the influential Ortiz Family who settled in Santa Fe in 1694, we offer luxury guestrooms, private casitas and thoughtful touches for the leisure and business traveler alike. For the start of the day, lunch, or a lite dinner El Cañon offers fabulous fare morning, noon & night. Just steps from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza with fine art galleries, museums and shopping—a unique experience in a unique destination.
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DALLAS-BASED interior designer Jason Lenox had just launched his company J. Alexander Rustic Interior Design when he was inspired to create a line of home accessories. Among his offerings is a series of elegant accent pieces made from German silver (an alloy containing nickel and copper) that includes various-sized boxes, candlestick holders, wine coasters, napkin holders, tissue-box covers, picture frames, letter openers, cigar ashtrays, and a vanity mirror. The entirely handmade collection, which combines art and functionality, features hand-stamped Navajo-inspired designs with a burnished vintage look. Lenox embellishes the silver with one-of-akind turquoise cabochons from Sonoran Desert mines, and he lines many of his boxes’ interiors with luxurious black felt. The designer says his silverwork was inspired by trips he took to Mexico, and his pieces are now made in a central Mexican village. The collection can be found at Nathalie Home on Canyon Road, where it’s been popular since arriving two years ago.—Zélie Pollon
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Combining a casual dining concept with food that’s both gourmet and upmarket is a tricky endeavor, but that’s exactly what Chef Andres Portugues (formerly of Santacafé) and owner Lane Sanders have done at the new El-Evation Bistro in downtown Santa Fe. There’s much to love on the large and versatile menu—every dish is handled with creative culinary skill, yielding delicious results. From 11 am to 11 pm, El-Evation offers something to satisfy a variety of hankerings, whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, happy hour snacks, dinner, or a late-night nosh. When the weather turns warm, grab a spot on the patio and dig into offerings like the roasted garlic bulb on greens with grilled toast and creamy herb goat cheese for spreading, and finish with the smoky grilled romaine wedge salad with delicious Maytag blue cheese dressing. Don’t miss the chile cheese fries (there are still a few more months until swimsuit season), and check out the beer and wine, which have great prices that are hard to believe. The ante has been upped!—John Vollertsen El-Evation Bistro, 103 E Water, 505-820-0363
taking root L’Olivier settles in for the long haul
The olive tree is a symbol of immortality, while its branches traditionally signify peace, so it’s understandable that Chef Xavier Grenet would choose such life-affirming imagery to represent his new, hotter-than-hot downtown bistro, L’Olivier (which, yes, translates to “the olive tree”). Despite its prime real estate, the space that houses L’Olivier has struggled to find its perfect tenant, but judging from the restaurant’s early success, this new olive tree is firmly planted and will indeed enjoy a long life. After serving as executive chef at Ristra for 13 years, Grenet seems revitalized and reinvigorated amid his new digs. The space’s previously stark dining room has been warmed up with rich colors painted onto the walls, and expansive windows usher in plenty of light. The menu reflects a return to classic French cookery; Grenet dabbled with Southwest ingredients at Ristra, but chile and the like are more of a footnote at L’Olivier. Robust flavors signal the chef’s love of the Mediterranean, evident in the salty kick of the jamón serrano and Manchego cheese scattered over perfectly tender al dente asparagus. Grenet’s ode to New Mexico is a rabbit confit–stuffed poblano, which gets a sweet-and-sour punch with a pomegranate glaze. Delish. If the buttery foie gras au torchon is available, order it; ours came with grilled country bread and tangy blueberry compote. The lobster salad with black truffle vinaigrette makes for a decadent appetizer or light entrée, and a simple, impeccably cooked striped bass filet with sautéed leeks and delicate seafood broth speaks delicious volumes about the talent in the kitchen. Ordering duck is always a good idea when dining French, and Grenet’s seared rare breast with green olives and zippy cider sauce corroborates that notion. Tender
The menu reflects a return by Chef Grenet to classic French cookery. At L’Olivier, chile is more of a footnote.
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rosemary-braised beef short ribs are extra hearty this winter, with creamy green chile and Jack-cheese mashed potatoes on the side. Vegetarians will feel extra spoiled with the delicate vegetable pithivier, a healthy puff-pastry spin on the classic popover. For dessert, an elegant poire belle-Hélène and a tripledecker chocolate mousse sated our palates and our love of this important food group. The gently priced wine list allowed us to enjoy both a French champagne (the lively rose Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux) and a crisp Sancerre. If you hit L’Olivier for lunch, try the grilled merguez sandwich with Dijon mustard and a fork-tender duck confit set lusciously adrift on a plate of requisite lentils. With the arrival of warmer weather, I predict that L’Olivier will be one of the loveliest outdoor cafés for dining—perhaps under a newly planted olive tree!—JV
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L’Olivier’s team includes Gabrielle Fretel (left), who manages the restaurant’s pastries; owner and manager Nathalie Grenet; and owner and chef Xavier Grenet.
Tender house-made gyoza dumplings are filled with pork, cabbage, scallions, and ginger
The recent addition of the lovely restaurant Izanami to Ten Thousand Waves—a longtime spa favorite of locals and visitors alike—completes the pleasure trifecta: Guests can now soak, sleep, and sup in the same striking, serene mountain setting. The dramatic structure that houses Izanami, which, as of press time, is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award for best new restaurant, is reminiscent of both an Alpine ski lodge and a modern Japanese cottage. A towering waterfall that pours into shallow pools outside the front door ushers you into relaxation mode (and makes for a dramatic ice sculpture in winter). The indoor vestibule contains a gift shop offering Japanese culinary and sake paraphernalia, and a long wall displays kitschy photos of modern-day Japan taken by Deborah Fleig, who serves as sake importer and, along with owner Duke Klauck, restaurant designer and developer. Soaring ceilings, dark-wood booths, cubby-hole windows, a long community table, and a low-table seating area make up the central room, which is flanked by an open kitchen with counter seating that offers a front-row view of what’s going on at the stoves. Clearly no expense was spared in the design—Izanami is one of Santa Fe’s most beautiful dining rooms. Chef Kim Müller’s lengthy menu allows you to get a sense of an izakaya, a Japanese gastro-pub that serves small-plate dishes. (Sashimi and sushi are nowhere in sight here.) As a chef, I’m intrigued by everything on offer. Even dishes that aren’t 100 percent to my taste still satisfy in their creativity. Items are divided into categories: cold, hot, grilled, fried, and sweet. Remember to adjust your taste buds; flavors, textures, and combinations of ingredients are presented simply, and elemental tastes are celebrated. Crunch, spice, sourness, saltiness, and umami give each dish its distinct personality. Don’t-miss dishes include a unique and deliciously creamy edamame hummus pepped up with roasted garlic and mint; a spinach salad with added snap from cashews, bacon bits, and crispy shallots, topped with a luscious tofu dressing; silken miso-glazed eggplant slices (my favorite); crispy fried Brussels sprouts with lemon and mint (the table favorite); and Heritage pork belly with ginger BBQ glaze. The house-made gyoza dumplings have a sensual feel, with a tender pork, cabbage, and scallion filling that dissolves on the tongue. The addition of butter to the sake-braised shimeji mushrooms lends a sophisticated richness to an otherwise modest presentation. Even tofu, which I tend to ignore on menus, thrills when marinated in
sesame-tamarind chile and grilled or turned into an almost crème brûlée-esque custard. There’s also a crispy pankocrusted pork loin cutlet with a hot mustard dollop; a great Wagyu beef burger with Japanese seven-flavor chile aioli sitting in for New Mexico green, should your appetite be hearty coming off the mountain; and so much more. The sake, beer, and wine list, which also itemizes extensive loose-leaf tea offerings, is a journey unto itself. Let the knowledgeable staff guide you. The dessert menu features classics that have been given an Asian spin, like a flourless yuzu ricotta cheesecake and black-sesame panna cotta, both a tasty finish. As with every other experience at Ten Thousand Waves, a visit to Izanami is like a restful trip to a far-off land, and this journey offers a particularly delicious final destination. In New Mexico we say panza llena, corazón contento—stomach full, heart content. I wonder what that is in Japanese!—JV
Ten Thousand Waves’ Izanami quickly—and deservedly—earns a national following
Izanami’s stunning dining room features soaring ceilings, dark-wood booths, a long community table, and a view of the kitchen.
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While I was writing and researching profiles for this annual People Issue of the Santa Fean (see pages 31 and 38), I started to think about the Santa Feans in my own life. I feel lucky that a good portion of the professional and personal niche I’ve carved for myself centers on the food and hospitality industry—what a fun bunch to claim as my peeps! Years ago, a critic said that I only write about my friends, but that would be impossible, given that I’ve mentioned at least three restaurants in each Dining section I’ve written since 2005. But even when an eatery, a meal, or a hotel I’m covering isn’t perfect, I’m always appreciative of any concerted effort that was made, and I give credit where credit is due. This industry is a tough one, and my 40 years working in it have given me high regard for anyone who gives it a real go. The work required is hard on the body, can wreak havoc on your selfesteem, demands ridiculously long hours, and typically offers very little financial reward. But it’s not just the chefs, waiters, managers, and hoteliers I salute. All the amazing humanitarians who feed and support the less fortunate have my deepest admiration. Folks like Sherry Hooper at The Food Depot, Tony McCarty at Kitchen Angels, and Jacqueline Beam at The Youth Shelter feed my soul with their important work. There’s a famous song that says “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” I think it’s people who feed people who are the luckiest.—JV
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northern new me x ico ’ s finest dining e x periences Zia Diner
326 S Guadalupe, 505-988-7008 ziadiner.com
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Zia Diner has been serving upscale, down-home comfort food in a Southwestern deco warehouse since 1986! American classics, New Mexican specialties, and international comfort food, along with the best margaritas, local craft beers, and an amazing Happy Hour . . . See ya at the Zia!
Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen 1512 Pacheco, 505-795-7383 sweetwatersf.com
Centrally located in the Design District of Pacheco Park, Sweetwater serves as an oasis where Santa Feans gather to be nourished and inspired. The global eclectic menu is sustainably and locally sourced when available, with many gluten-free and vegetarian items. New Mexico’s first Wine on Tap system supplies an SIP-certified by-theglass selection, in addition to craft brews on tap. Breakfast features gourmet coffees and classic items like baked eggs with crème fraîche and herbs, as well as lemon ricotta spelt pancakes made from flour freshly milled on-site. Check out guest chef Kimnath Nou’s Thai Night on Wednesdays or the special $19 fixed-price three-course menu Thursdays–Saturdays.
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.
San Q Japanese Sushi & Tapas 31 Burro Alley, 505-992-0304 sanqrestaurant.com
Located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, San Q resides in a quaint adobe building with an interior that fuses concepts from both New Mexican and Japanese design. But the ambience is not the only apsect that illustrates richness; the cuisine presents a delectable array of tapas and sushi that complement the scenic location. Using authentic Hatch chile and rich New Mexican salsa, San Q is inspired by the local culture and boasts avant-garde and enticing cuisine that will send you back for more. Enjoy delectable yellowtail tartar at the sushi bar or fire steak and sake on the patio. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, closed for lunch on Sundays. Reservations welcome. Check Facebook and OpenTable.
2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900 theranchhousesantafe.com
Chef Josh Baum and his wife, Ann Gordon, have built a new home for Josh’s famous barbecue. This cozy restaurant on the south side feels as if you stepped into a historic Santa Fe home. There are two dining rooms, two outdoor dining areas, and a full bar with signature cocktails and eight beers on tap. In addition to the same great barbecue, the greatly expanded menu includes new salads and appetizers, plus a grill menu with salmon, steaks, and more! The lunch menu includes daily specials. The Ranch House is located on Cerrillos and Cristo’s Road near Kohl’s. Open Monday–Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–10 pm, Sunday 11 am–9 pm; happy hour 4–6 pm.
Rancho de Chimayó
300 Santa Fe County Road 98 on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com
A treasured part of New Mexico’s history and heritage. A timeless tradition. Serving world-renowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience indoors at this century-old adobe home. Try the Rancho de Chimayó specialty: carne adovada—marinated pork simmered in a spicy, red-chile-caribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Open seven days May–October, 11:30 am–9 pm; open six days November–April, 11:30 am–9 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast on weekends. Online store is now open!
Plaza Cafe Southside 3466 Zafarano, 505-424-0755 plazacafesouth.com
Enjoy more than 100 years of tradition. Plaza Cafe Southside, the sister restaurant to the famous Plaza Cafe downtown, delights both tourists and locals with delicious, regional diner cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, friendly, but upscale atmosphere. Huevos rancheros, margaritas, breakfast all day; yummy fresh house-baked goods and the chef’s imaginative specials. Plaza Cafe Southside has something for everyone. If you don’t know the Plaza Cafe Southside, you don’t know Santa Fe! Monday–Thursday 7 am–10 pm; Saturday 8 am–10 pm, Sunday 8 am–9 pm.
Omira Bar & Grill
1005 S St Francis, 505-780-5483 omiragrill.com
Omira Brazilian steak house is one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe—just ask the critics and our regular customers. We combine culinary delights with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit us. Omira offers a distinct selection of appetizers, soups, and entrées to satisfy every taste, including a fresh unlimited salad bar and up to eight different cuts of meat from our Churasco Brazilian style grill. Open Tuesday– Sunday, closed on Monday. Lunch 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner 5–9 pm.
Located just south of the Plaza next to the State Capitol building, Rio Chama has been a favorite for locals and visitors for more than 10 years. Chef Russell Thornton focuses on contemporary American cuisine with Southwestern influences, featuring the finest dry and wet aged steaks, prime rib, wild game, and fresh seafood. Our wine list features more than 800 labels and 20 wines by the glass, earning us the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. Rio Chama offers a mix of intimate dining spaces, two beautiful patios, and a bustling bar. Our historic, private dining rooms can accommodate from 15 to more than 100 guests and offer several accommodations. Open daily 11 am–close.
Start spreading the news! For nearly 20 years, New York Deli has been a staple for New Mexicans and tourists alike. For years, New York Deli has consistently been voted as one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe. New York Deli features fresh-baked bagels, a variety of house-made cream cheeses, soups, Nova sandwiches, Reubens, hefty heroes with prime-cut cold cuts, hand-cut gyros, falafels, fresh salads, egg creams, and Dr. Brown’s sodas. We have the largest breakfast menu in Santa Fe, including several varieties of eggs Benedict, fluffy omelets, huevos rancheros, Belgian waffles, chicken fried steak, French toast, pancakes, and all your breakfast favorites. Serving breakfast and lunch all day.
414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-955-0765 riochamasteakhouse.com
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420 Catron & Guadalupe, 505-982-8900 4056 Cerrillos, 505-424-1200
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Midtown Bistro, located in the “heart” of Santa Fe, and only a short jaunt from the Plaza, features local cuisine with an international flair. Open daily. Guests enjoy dining indoors or on our patio among native flora, which creates a magnificent ambience while dining on an array of fresh meats, seafood, pastas, and much more. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of wine and beer. Lunch Monday– Saturday 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner Monday–Saturday 5–9 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–3 pm
Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com
Maria’s now uses only 100 percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, hand-shaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 16th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes—totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic, home-style, Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Lunch and dinner Monday–Friday 11 am–10 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon–10 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 800-727-5531 505-984-7915, innatloretto.com Wine Spectator award-winning Luminaria Restaurant illuminates the dining experience by offering casual dining by fireside and candlelight. Dine where the locals dine and experience classic dishes with local ingredients. Located at the iconic Inn and Spa at Loretto, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award recipient. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Early evening Prix Fixe dinner from 5-6:30 pm, offering three courses for $30.
229 Galisteo St, 505-989-1919 loliviersantafe.com L’Olivier Restaurant features acclaimed Chef Xavier Grenet’s elegant and refreshing cuisine combining classic French culinary techniques with Southwestern flavors and ingredients. L’Olivier is a welcome addition to the Downtown Santa Fe gourmet scene where one enjoys fine dining in a relaxed, vibrant ambience. Lunch Tuesday–Saturday 11:30 am–2 pm; Dinner Monday–Thursday 5:30 pm–9:30 pm, Friday–Saturday 5:00 pm–10 pm. Closed Sundays.
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 finest and 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 features a large selection of fine wines and is open Monday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm.
1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805 hotelsantafe.com/amaya-restaurant 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. The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation, and the restaurant opens onto our patio for seasonal outdoor dining with amazing mountain views.
Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen & Enoteca 95 W Marcy, 505-984-1091 ilpiattosantafe.com
Locally owned Italian trattoria located one block north of the Plaza. Nationally acclaimed and affordable, Il Piatto features local organic produce and house-made pastas. Prix-fixe three-course lunch, $16.95. Three-course latenight dining, $25.14, 9–10:30 pm. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11:30 am–4:30 pm; dinner seven nights a week from 4:30 pm; happy hour daily 4:30–6 pm and 9–10:30 pm, half-priced appetizers and glasses of wine. Wednesdays 50% off select bottles of wine. “Everything is right at Il Piatto, including the price.”—Albuquerque Journal
227 Galisteo, 505-982-3700 galisteobistro.com
Chef-owned with “made by hand,” eclectic, innovative international cuisine and known for its open kitchen, quality menu offerings, and attentive service in a casual, comfortable downtown setting. Just a short walk to the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Lensic Performing Arts Center, hotels, and museums. “I admire a restaurateur who says, ‘Hey, I want to cook the foods I love,’ like a musician who says, ‘I want to play the music I enjoy.’ He would have made a great conductor; his orchestra of a staff is playing lovely food in perfect harmony. If music be the food of love—long may the Galisteo Bistro play on.”—John Vollertsen, Santa Fean. Wednesday–Sunday 5–9 pm.
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 saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. 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.
Doc Martin’s at the Historic Taos Inn
125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos 575-758-2233, docmartinsrestaurant.com Doc Martin’s Restaurant is an acclaimed fine-dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc’s is
901 W San Mateo, Ste A, 505-820-3121 midtownbistrosf.com
a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards. Executive Chef Zippy White designs cuisine and sources ingredients that respect region and season. With more than 400 wine selections, our world-class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for more than 20 years. The Adobe Bar features free live music nightly. Lunch 11 am–3 pm; dinner 5–9 pm; brunch Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am–2:30 pm.
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 Tex-Mex, 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! Open seven days a week: 11:30 am–midnight during the week and 11 am 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 award-winning 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 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.
Anasazi Restaurant & Bar 113 Washington, 505-988-3030 rosewoodhotels.com
New Mexico’s most lauded restaurant and bar celebrates the enduring creative spirit of the region’s Native Americans. Located in the heart of Santa Fe, the Forbes four-star hotel, restaurant, and bar is an elegant expression of Southwestern style. Come savor the rich earth flavors of creative American cuisine infused with fresh, seasonal, and regional ingredients. The Anasazi Bar is an intimate bar offering classic cocktails and fine wines as well as a tempting bar menu. Private dining available for intimate gatherings or holiday events. april/may 2014
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April April 17–19 Baroque Holy Week. Santa Fe Pro Musica presents music by Purcell, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel, and more performed by the Baroque Ensemble on period instruments. $20–$65, Thursday and Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday 6 pm, Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trl, 505988-4640, santafepromusica.com. April 19 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Encore Performance. For its winter season finale, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings back the trio of choreographed works performed in March. $25– $72, 7:30 pm, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.org. April 26 Earth Day at the Railyard. An all-day festival offering music, public art projects, performances by Wise Fool New Mexico, workshops on environmental topics, demonstrations of practical sustainable practices for home and the workplace, and more. Free, noon–4 pm, Railyard Park, 505-316-3596, earthdaysantafe.info.
May May 3–4 Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More. Experience military drills, camp life, lectures, demonstrations, and reenactments of battles at Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon. $5–$8, 10 am–4 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos, 505-471-2261, golondrinas.org. May 9 FANTASE Dome Fest. This multimedia light festival will feature four geodesic domes, art projections, live music, and a beer garden hosted by Cowgirl BBQ. Free, 6–11 pm, DeVargas Park, 505-288-3538, creativesantafe.org. May 16–17 Wise Fool New Mexico Presents Flexion. Five acrobats on stilts slowly test the limits of what the human body is capable of. Free, Friday 8 pm, Saturday 1 pm and 8 pm, Railyard Park performance green, 505-992-2588, wisefoolnm.org. May 17–18 Eldorado Studio Tour. A weekend-long tour of Eldorado residents’ art studios. Opening reception Friday, 5–7 pm, La Tienda at Eldorado, 7 Caliente, 505-310-
3828. Open studios Saturday and Sunday 9 am–5 pm, eldoradostudiotour.org. May 17–18 The Santa Fe Symphony: Beethoven’s Ninth. The Santa Fe Symphony concludes its 30th anniversary season with a presentation of Beethoven’s Ninth and Brahms’s Tragic Overture. $22–$76, Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 4 pm, The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco, 505-988-1234, ticketssantafe.org. May 18 Santa Fe Century. Twenty-, 50-, and 103-mile routes are available during Santa Fe’s classic bike race, which celebrates its 29th year. Entry fee includes a water bottle, ride number, and maps, plus food, beverages, support, and service along the route. $15–$30, suggested start time 7–8:30 am, departing from Christus St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center (corner of St. Michael’s and Hospital Dr), ride@ santafecentury.com, santafecentury.com. May 31 Two Perspectives: Writer and Director. Native American director Chris Eyre (Skinwalkers, Smoke Signals) and writer Bruce McKenna (The Pacific, Band of Brothers) discuss the crafts of writing and directing. Hosted by writer/producer Kirk Ellis (John Adams). $150, 5:30 pm, Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trl, 505-988-5531, silverbulletproductions.com.
Museums April 12–September 21 Intimate and International: The Art of Nicolai Fechin. An exhibit of 25 paintings and 30 drawings by Nicolai Fechin—known for emotive, vivid, and idiosyncratic art—will be exhibited at the late artist’s Taos home and studio. $8, Taos Art Museum and Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, 575-758-2960, taosartmuseum.org. May 21–September 2016 Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West. Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879– 1962) was a Taos icon and a political, social, and cultural visionary who collected modern works relevant to painting, photography, drama, psychology, radical politics, and social reform. $8–$10, The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux, Taos, 575-758-9826, harwoodmuseum.org. 110
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Kids have an absolute blast at the Tinkertown Museum, but grown-ups shouldn’t feel guilty about getting sucked in by its charms as well. The museum—an animated, fantastical Western town located in Sandia Park—was founded 31 years ago by the late Ross Ward, who spent the 1960s and ’70s carving and painting figures that he would show at carnivals and county fairs around the country. Ward’s collection of carvings, Americana, and Western memorabilia swelled in size over the years until it was large enough to fill this eclectic, eye-popping space. Tens of thousands of bottles form the walls of Tinkertown’s winding hallways, which stretch between 22 packed rooms, while coin-operated Otto (a one-man band) and Esmerelda (a fortune-teller) provide further entertainment. Tinkertown’s ultimate goal is to inspire creativity, and its slightly admonishing slogan, “We did all this while you were watching TV!,” makes you want to build something of your own.—Phil Parker
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