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24 People We Love

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Lou Diamond Phillips, Chimayó’s own “Mrs. J”, George R. R. Martin, Angelique Midthunder, and more of our most treasured community members

16 City Different The Santa Fe Century bike ride, Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Outdoor Vision Fest, and more events around town

37 Art Joseph Breza, John Barker, and the latest from the Santa Fe gallery scene


80 Living Local artisanal woodshop La Puerta Originals



18 Q + A Actress Cassidy Freeman on Longmire, her new film Cortez, and the magic of Taos


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89 Day Trip Innovative eco-architecture at the Greater World Earthship Community


83 Dining Chef Paul Novak’s new venture at Sunrise Springs Resort; remembering Chef Eric Distefano



April/May 2016

Lou Diamond Phillips

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ON THE COVER We chatted with Lou Diamond Phillips about his work as an actor and playwright, his local gig on Longmire, and life in Santa Fe. Photo by Bobby Quillard.



ONE OF THE GREAT JOYS OF LONGTIME FRIENDSHIPS and relationships is watching the transformations of our friends and loved ones over the years. We see the growth, the struggles, and the changes that create the individuals whom we know in the present. I have been in Santa Fe long enough to watch friends and associates evolve from young “20-somethings” into mature adults with lives well lived. What a joy to observe! The wonderful cast that we’ve identified in this issue as People We Love have all undergone some sort of transformation to become who they are now. Their skills and experiences form the core of who they are today, but their lives have also had additions and remodels, so to speak, that add to this foundation. To my mind, that’s growth, and it’s so beautiful to watch. It comes from that yearning for something more in life, something larger. These inspiring people have made their lives bigger, often through the influence of living and participating in the culture of Santa Fe. This city has a rich history of being a place where accomplished individuals have come to build their established lives into something grander, often more meaningful, and always in pursuit of bigger dreams. Santa Fe is a place that encourages risks and forgives failure. This is why Santa Feans are such fascinating people. They’re not static—whether they travel to great adventures in faraway places, or just stay right here. This is their base, where they get restored, refreshed, and inspired for the next great effort. While the attainment of great dreams and accomplishments is elusive, these individual stories are a testament to Santa Fe as an environment where all our dreams have an opportunity, and where the risk-taking adventurers are rewarded. DAVID ROBIN



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“An extraordinary history and unique blend of Spanish, Native American, Anglo, and other cultures has shaped Santa Fe into a city unlike anywhere else in the world, filled with rich traditions—from art and music to food and architecture. Santa Feans have a deep appreciation and respect for the diversity that distinguishes our city, and take great care to preserve our history and the vibrant multicultural legacy that truly makes Santa Fe ‘The City Different.’ At the same time, Santa Fe fully embraces the opportunities of the 21st century, incorporating technological advances and new aspects of a ‘creative economy’ to bring an ever-unique approach to every aspect of the community.” —Tom Udall, United States Senator

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“New Mexico’s honored traditions, languages, and multicultural heritage date back centuries. As the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe is at the heart of the rich cultural history of Northern New Mexico. The vibrant city boasts the Santa Fe Plaza, art galleries, museums, historic markets, breathtaking scenery, and more. As a center of art, travelers come from far and wide to visit this cultural landmark, find the work of our skilled artisans, and participate in the spirit that makes Santa Fe such a great place. The diversity, blending generations of traditions, along with a myriad of cultures, come together to form the City of Faith and create a unique and special place. Santa Fe and its diverse people have played an important historical, social, and cultural role in New Mexico and the country. And if that’s not enough, don’t forget our food, which warms the soul. There is something spiritual about Santa Fe that brings people here to find peace. Who couldn’t be inspired not only by Santa Fe, but by the majestic wonder of Northern New Mexico?” —Ben Ray Luján, United States Congressman

“Santa Fe has so much to offer, from dining and the arts to history and the outdoors. But what truly make us the City Different is our commitment to each other, the sense that as we move forward, we’re all in this together, and we are all invested in one another’s successes. That’s what makes us family.” — Javier Gonzales, Santa Fe Mayor




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Many Mothers: parenting doesn’t have to be done alone SANTA FE Children aren’t born with instruction manuals, yet asking for parenting help is often considered taboo. That’s an attitude Many Mothers—a Santa Fe nonprofit that provides free emotional and physical support to any local family following the birth or adoption of a baby—hopes to change. Trained volunteers are matched with families in need for up to three months (or six months in the case of twins or triplets). “Some parents may need someone to hold the baby while they shower, bathe, or sleep,” explains Executive Director Nancy Guthrie. “Other parents may need someone to listen, help them apply for a job, or fold laundry. There are few things we don’t do, like care for pets and heavy housekeeping, but for the most part our volunteers are there to help reduce the stress and isolation associated with bringing home a newborn, and what that entails varies from parent to parent.” Although Many Mothers’ in-house support is open to any Santa Fe family regardless of income level, some of its programs are geared toward low-income households. The Hoop House Program, for example, supplies families in need with free greenhouse gardens that enable them to grow fresh vegetables. And new this month, baby boxes filled with basic supplies will be available to cash-strapped families. “Changes in the structure of our society mean that mothers often don’t have the support from extended family or religious communities the way they did in the past,” Guthrie says. “Postpartum depression and isolation are still big issues for mothers of newborns and can create stress that has a negative impact on the baby. Many Mothers volunteers provide support in the early months that help reduce the stress.”—Whitney Spivey

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The Santa Fe Symphony: “Four Seasons,” April 10, 7 pm, $25–$80, children age 6–14 half-price, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

Santa Fe Century EVENT One hundred miles on a bicycle may strike most as a titanic feat of focused athleticism, attainable by only the most experienced, trained riders—but, as the yearly Santa Fe Century ride consistently proves, only the titanic feat part is true. Amateur riders from near and far are invited to test their endurance on the hilly Century course, which winds through town from Christus St. Vincent Medical Center to the Dinosaur Trail, south to Madrid and Cedar Grove, back northeast through Stanley and Galisteo, and finally alongside Santa Fe’s Eastside foothills to complete the loop. Over 130 volunteers will staff the course to ensure an enjoyable, safe ride for each participant, and food stops at towns along the track—as well as catered selections from Cowgirl BBQ at the start/finish—will keep riders well nourished. Still (perhaps rightly) intimidated by those vast desert distances? Half-century (50-mile) and 20-mile abridgements of the course will be outlined as well. Meanwhile, seasoned cyclists may choose to test their mettle in the timed Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo races, which respectively follow the Century and Half-century routes.—Dylan Syverson

Santa Fe Century; onsite registration May 21, 5–7 pm, and May 22, 6–8:30 am; ride May 22, course open 7 am; $50 ( pre-registration $40); start/finish at Christus St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 455 St. Michael’s;


EVENT Commended by the New York Times for “... immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing,” acclaimed violinist Alexi Kenney returns to the Santa Fe Symphony for a performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as Bach’s Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin, which will also feature the Symphony’s own principal oboist Elaine Heltman. The works will be followed by Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major. A free lecture will be held before the concert at 6 pm.—Stephanie Love


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The Santa Fe Symphony presents “Four Seasons”


Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Outdoor Vision Fest EVENT The annual Outdoor Vision Fest (OVF) features interactive environmental projections and outdoor art installations imagined and produced by Santa Fe University of Art and Design students, whose multimedia creations are projected across the walls of Ricardo Legorreta’s world-famous Visual Arts Center, the Fogelson Library, and Garson Theatre. The 2016 show highlights new content and displays current students’ abilities to create experimental and emerging media work that transcends the boundaries of film, television, and web series productions. As in previous years, food trucks will be on-site. Last year’s event hosted nearly 3,000 guests, and the university expects even higher attendance this year.—SL

Outdoor Vision Fest, April 29, 8:45–10:45 pm, free, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s,

The Morris Miniature Circus Aiming to recapture the disappeared “glamour of the old circus”—that is, the ragtag traveling “railroad circuses” of his early20th-century youth—craftsman W. J. “Windy” Morris of Amarillo, Texas, lovingly built his massive 3/8"–scale circus display over a period of four decades beginning in the 1930s. Astonishing in scope, the miniature extravaganza features an estimated 100,000 pieces (many of which include moving, mechanized parts), each handcrafted by Morris from wood, clay, and other materials. The Museum of International Folk Art’s new exhibit featuring Morris’s magnum opus will itself serve as a throwback to the past: MoiFA first exhibited the circus 30 years ago in 1986, and will fully restore the model for its 2016 appearance. An April 3 reception for the exhibit will feature a parade, aerialists from local real-life circus troupe Wise Fool, and hands-on activities for the whole family.—DS EVENT


The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top; reception April 3, 1–4 pm; free with museum ticket; through December 31;

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Cassidy Freeman the City Different welcomes filmmaker and actress Cassidy Freeman for a chat about her new Taos-based film Cortez, the Season 5 production of the Netflix series Longmire—and maybe a song or two. w it h Anne Maclach la n

Your background is extensive; not just onstage and onscreen, but as a musician and as a producer. I think of life as a stove—I never use just one pot. Doing different things in the entertainment business specifically helps give some perspective. It can be easy to find the faults in your everyday life when you don’t know how hard others might be working just outside your trailer. Seeing production from all the different angles keeps me grateful and aware of just how much work goes into creating stories. Can you tell us a little about your latest film, Cortez? Cortez is a film that explores what it means to be imperfect and still worthy of love. Our story is about Jesse and Anne, former lovers, who find each other again after 10 years. Jesse is a once-successful musician unable to adapt to a rapidly changing industry, and Anne is a single mother who has all but disappeared in Cortez, a tiny mountain town in northern New Mexico. After a canceled tour and a failed mission to find himself, Jesse goes to Cortez to seek out Anne. When he knocks on her door, a 10-year-old boy answers—a boy that looks just like him. Jesse makes an arrogant attempt to insert himself into the family, betrays the trust of his loved ones, and is forced to confront the mistakes of his past on his own.

Taos has such a wonderful vibe; how was the creative team able to incorporate that into Cortez? We shot the film in Taos, New Mexico, which serves as the fictional town of Cortez. The complicated history and wild, rare beauty of the place has drawn those looking for inspiration since the early 20th century. It was a retreat for many of the artists that have shaped our image of the Southwest: Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Martin, Dennis Hopper. So to us, Taos was a natural setting for a story about a man who is on an ego-driven search. We were lucky enough to have the full support of the town of Taos, with many of the colorful locals, including Arron’s own son, integrated into the fabric of the film. Every single day, even if I had only had four hours of sleep, I was so grateful and eager to shoot because everything around me was so freaking beautiful. I felt like I was living in a painting of possibility . . . and everyone around us wanted to help.

be honest, it never stops happening. Will the film be making the indie circuit? That’s the plan. You and your brother Clark have a band; is this something you’ve been doing since you were kids? Clark and I make up half of our band,

How did it go? Cheryl has been a powerhouse in terms of keeping us on track and making sure we’re all doing the best we can in the shortest amount of time. When you spend years of your life imagining a film, creating concepts with your team, and then having to explain and re-explain it to investors, it almost feels as if the film has already been made. Then, when you walk into day one of shooting, you have to have faith that your vision will be the guiding light, but magic happens unplanned and often looks different than you thought it would. That magic continues even after picture wrap. It happens well into post production. To BOBBY QUILLARD

What drew you to this particular project? There are people that you meet in your life and you think: we’re connected. I felt that way when I met Cheryl Nichols [when we were both new to Hollywood]. Cheryl invited me to a reading of Cortez in her living room with her writing partner, Arron Shiver, along with a bunch of friends. I was blown away. Not only was the dialogue natural and funny, it was human. I offered to help in any way I could, and they asked if I’d be willing to produce it. I like telling stories that I can relate to— knowing that somehow, somewhere, someone is feeling what we feel. It is an incredibly unify-

ing thing, film. Cortez spoke to me in this way. I bowed to its honesty and acceptance of being exactly what it is.

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The Real D’Coy (pronounced di-coy). The other two members are our friend from college, Andy Mitton, and professional kick-ass bass player Kurtis Keber. Growing up in an apartment in downtown Chicago, I used to watch Clark play his drum set in our building’s boiler room—the only place he could make that kind of noise and get away with it. Our mother played piano. She could sight read like I’ve never seen before. Our family time was often spent around a piano. Mom always wanted everyone to feel included, so if you didn’t want to sing lead, you had to learn how to harmonize and if you didn’t want to sing at all, there was a basket of percussive instruments on top of the piano for the taking. Andy and Clark started playing together in Los Angeles after college, and I started coming to sing harmony now and then. After our first album, we got to play at the Isle of Wight festival, and then recorded our second album in Santa Fe while I was filming Longmire. We don’t get to play as much as we’d like, but playing music is one of my purest forms of joy. And doing it with family and friends makes it that much sweeter. Any chance we will see a concert or a jam session in Santa Fe sometime? Or might we see your character, Cady Longmire, sing onscreen at the Red Pony? Clark was a guest star on the show in Longmire Season 4, so I kinda feel like we may have missed an opportunity! Adam Bartley and, frankly, many of our cast and crew are always having jam sessions around Santa Fe. Every time we shoot in the Red Pony, I pick up the guitar we have there and sing between takes—whether anyone is watching or not. Congratulations on Netflix’s picking up Longmire for a fifth season! The story of Longmire is such an amazing one. It is not often that a show gets the kind of second chance we’ve had. A canceled show might get a final season to appease their fan base, but Netflix picking up Season 5 just goes to show that Longmire was far from over, and choosing to pick it up was not just a band-aid to a rather upset posse of supporters. Is there anything you are looking forward to doing or seeing again around the City Different? My favorite things to do in Santa Fe are to get an incredible cup of coffee at Betterday, practice yoga with my community here, see the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Lensic, and eat at Joseph’s. There are also so many hikes and day trips to parts of the desert that can make a person feel so alone and so very not alone at the same time. I love Santa Fe, and I feel so lucky to work here. It feels like home, and yet I always feel there is something more to explore. I’m not done with Santa Fe, so I hope it’s not done with me.




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behind Santa Fe’s oldest bars

The low red lights of the Palace Restaurant and Saloon recall its Wild West days as La Doña Tules’s infamous gambling house.

a brief history

by Joseph Case photographs by Mark Steven Shepherd The Palace Restaurant and Saloon 142 W Palace This saloon dates back to the 1840s, when the infamously popular La Doña Tules ran Santa Fe’s oldest brothel and casino. In spite of her ill repute, La Tules’s knack for wheeling and dealing—as well as her close ties with Governor Armillo and Archbishop Lamy—garnered her much influence. Today she is still remembered as the Gambling Queen of Santa Fe, and her portrait greets patrons as they arrive. The original 19th-century building has since been rebuilt, but even renovations haven’t taken the sheen off this spot’s authentic red-velvet saloon feel. Today, the historic Palace remains one of downtown Santa Fe’s liveliest nightlife spots. 20

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Live music is central to the El Farol experience, with local bands taking the stage every Friday and Saturday night.

El Farol 808 Canyon Santa Fe’s oldest cantina, El Farol debuted as La Cantina del Cañon circa 1835 and has remained a favorite watering hole ever since. Although there are many things for patrons to admire at El Farol, a standout is the work of Alfred Morang, an established Taos artist whose 1948 murals adorn the walls opposite the bar. Morang is said to have painted frescoes of nearby landscapes in order to pay off his bar tab. Today, many artists have graced El Farol’s walls. With much of its historical integrity intact, El Farol continues to exude its local charm.

Above: As one of Canyon Road’s top nightlife destinations, El Farol is a rustic favorite hangout for artists, locals, and tourists alike.

Left: La Casa Sena is well known for its cozy atmosphere and authentic Southwest feel; in summer months, tables on its outdoor patio are among the most coveted in town.

Also a live entertainment venue, La Casa Sena features a variety of performers—including singing waitstaff—in its intimate space.

La Casa Sena 125 E Palace A 17th-century adobe hut once stood on the site of this popular restaurant and cantina. By the 1850s, Major Jose Sena’s 33-room estate entertained the era’s dignitaries and offered the finest dining in town, a culinary experience still thriving today. On your way to the bar from the main dining area, where woodwork from the original building still stands, be sure to look at the mosaic of black and white photographs, which offer a photographic history of the establishment from the 1920s forward. La Casa Sena’s rustic feel and rich history make it one of Santa Fe’s historical gems.

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The Compound 653 Canyon The site of the Compound’s classy cocktail lounge has a history reaching back 250 years, when it was the McComb compound. Before becoming a restaurant, the building had short stints as a farmhouse and also a nuttery. In the 1960s, Alexander Girard, whose whimsical pieces adorn the ceilings and walls throughout, designed the first-ever sunken bar, which was initially conceived as an intimate conversational pit—a lasting success as the Compound celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.



The Compound’s Alexander Girard–designed sunken bar is ideal for small group outings or just a chat with fellow patrons in a welcoming setting.

La Fonda on the Plaza 100 E San Francisco La Fonda has a long history that some trace back as far as the early 1600s. Half a dozen presidents have stayed at the hotel, and notables such as Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis even penned novels while there. In the 1920s, the bar became the meeting spot for members of the artist and writer colonies. It is said that in the 1940s, during the Manhattan project, U.S. scientists would gather at the bar and leak false information to Russian spies while tossing back a few drinks. On the wall, you can find an array of Southwestern art, including a motif by Olive Rush. LaFonda’s recently completed renovations have updated the bar area at this popular destination.




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Lou Diamond Phillips mutual enchantment


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Lou Diamond Phillips and the Land of Enchantment

Lou Diamond Phillips has been filming in New Mexico since playing the outlaw Chavez in 1988’s Young Guns. His current role as Henry Standing Bear in the Netflix series Longmire has brought him back to the area, which he calls “magical,” adding that the creative support here has not only fostered his writing talents, but made him feel at home. We heart you, too, Lou. Filmography in New Mexico Young Guns II 1990 “Jose Chavez”

Longmire (series, 2012–present) “Henry Standing Bear”


Top and right: Lou Diamond Phillips signs autographs and poses for publicity shots during the filming of Young Guns in 1988. Above: as Colonel Telford in Stargate Universe. Middle: as Jim Chee in The Dark Wind. Right: as Henry Standing Bear in the Netflix Western series Longmire.


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Stargate Universe (series, 2009–11) “Colonel David Telford”


The Dark Wind 1991 “Jim Chee”


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t seems that Lou Diamond Phillips fell in love with the Santa Fe area at the same time we here in the Land of Enchantment fell in love with him—in 1988, when he appeared onscreen in Young Guns—and the mutual admiration hasn’t changed. “Magical” is the word Phillips uses to describe Northern New Mexico and its influence on the roles he has portrayed here. “The land, the locale, the atmosphere, and the environment are such a part of what inform these characters for me . . . you can’t separate the place from the experience,” he says. “Santa Fe has a very, very special place in my heart, and that has only been embellished, having done Longmire [the Netflix modern Western series] here.” local warmth Enhancing the area’s natural appeal, says Phillips, is the support of the locals and the New Mexico film industry itself. To Phillips, the film community feels like family; there’s a “sense of home” because he’s still working with many of the same people in his current role as Longmire’s Henry Standing Bear as he did in the part of Chavez in Young Guns and Young Guns II. He enthuses about the breadth and depth his colleagues will be able to add to their characters under the expanded freedom offered under the Netflix umbrella. “It’s a much richer canvas that we’re allowed,” he says, noting that he expects bigger stories in the show’s fifth season. While he often insists that he will “never be as cool as Chavez or Henry Standing Bear”—an opinion his countless fans are quick to dispute— he brings a lot of his own impressive style and experience both to his characters and to the many charities he actively supports.

time as “The Night Stalker.” Preparing for this role “was a bit of a dark journey,” he says. “[Ramirez] was a very, very frightening character.” Phillips used an intellectual approach to the part, he explains, lauding as inspiration the depths plumbed by Charlize Theron in Monster; Sir Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs; and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. The audience “will not be looking at me,” he says, adding that Detective Gil Carrillo of the real-life Night Stalker case told him while on set, “Lou, it was like watching Richard.” On a merrier note, Phillips recently portrayed the Devil in his own play, Burning Desire. A modern, darkly romantic-comic riff on the Adam and Eve tale, Phillips’s play made its full stage debut at the Seven Angels Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut, this February. He’s enjoying the foray into comedy. “I certainly can’t complain about the success I’ve had with drama,” he laughs. “I’m very proud of it; but comedy is something I cut my teeth on back in college.” He looks forward to adding ‘playwright’ to his resume.

“Santa Fe is really one of those energy spots that lends itself to creativity . . . just look at the number of artists. And I’m always motivated to write while I’m here. My gosh, Sam Shepard lives here, and George R. R. Martin, so there’s obviously something in the water.” —Lou Diamond Phillips

passing it along Regarding his long history of community service and social activism, which extends back to his college days, Phillips says he feels a sense of community here in New Mexico. He adds that there’s a responsibility to be good citizens while crews are working in the Land of Enchantment, and “to embrace the community and support it as much as we can. I really do think that it’s incumbent upon those blessed to pass those blessings on; to use our celebrity as a platform for good.” Phillips often spends his downtime on fundraising efforts, from playing softball to auctioning off his cooking services in support of various organizations around Albuquerque and Santa Fe. darkness in the works In contrast to his usual cool, heroic characters, Phillips has some bad-guy roles pending. Perhaps most chilling is his portrayal of 1980s Los Angeles serial killer Richard Ramirez, known at the

and if that’s not enough… Writing, Phillips reveals, has long been a passion. “Way back when, as a teenager, one of my first aspirations was to be a writer,” he says. While he won’t divulge its contents, he has finished a novel, which he wrote with the encouragement of Longmire author Craig Johnson while filming the series in Santa Fe; he is currently developing another. He stresses, “The creative process isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a lifetime commitment of hard work. I think it’s illuminating to an audience who thinks that things just happen overnight; or that actors, or directors, or writers, can just say, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this,’ and then it just happens. . . . Many people will understand and appreciate that, and others will be amazed by it.” Phillips points out that in spite of his wellestablished career, “It’s taken 15 years to get Burning Desire a fullfledged performance.” For that reason, he’s reluctant to comment further on his worksin-progress. “I try not to make promises I can’t deliver on. . . . I prefer to keep the conversation to a minimum until the timing’s right.”

yes, that was Lou Phillips is always ready to immerse himself in the area as another regular guy. Noting that his profession requires him to be in top shape, he frequents the gyms and jogging trails around Santa Fe. He smiles when he hears people say in disbelief that they’ve seen him at Albertsons, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s, where he gathers the ingredients that feed his cooking habit. “Don’t be shy—say hello whenever you see me,” he chuckles. “Just try not to grab me when I’m putting a bite of food in my mouth.”

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s the daughter of Northern Cheyenne jeweler Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Shanan Campbell Wells was immersed in the art world from a very young age. Her early memories of the downtown gallery space occupied by legendary Santa Fe art dealer Elaine Horwitch in the late 1970s are among her fondest. “I loved that Palace Avenue space, and when I found out it was on the market, I jumped at the opportunity to buy it,” says Wells, who opened Durango’s Sorrel Sky Gallery in 2002 and Santa Fe’s branch of the gallery in 2014. While the Durango gallery concentrates on an eclectic collection of Western work, the Santa Fe gallery focuses more on contemporary Western art. Even though Wells is extremely busy taking care of two teenage boys in Durango and commuting from southwestern Colorado to Santa Fe, she finds time to be part of the Lensic Performing Arts Center’s business leaders committee and a member of both the Santa Fe Arts Commission and the Santa Fe Lodgers Association. Wells also operates SCW Art Consulting, which has placed hundreds of pieces of art in hospitals, financial institutions, and universities. She met some of the artists with whom she currently works during a time when she attended dozens of art shows around the West as a scout for the Franklin Mint’s plate art collection. “The art consulting business and the gallery world are very different from one another,” she explains. “As an art consultant, I build an aesthetic brand for a company. As a gallery owner, I’m committed to representing my artists.”—Emily Van Cleve

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he opening of Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe during the summer of 2014 gave jeweler Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne) a reason to spend time in Northern New Mexico. His daughter Shanan Campbell Wells owns the gallery and features her father’s work. “I bought a condo near the Plaza shortly after the gallery opened,” says Campbell, who lives in southwestern Colorado with his wife, Linda. “Being in Santa Fe a couple of times a month really gets my juices flowing. I get inspired by the bronzes, paintings, and other artwork in town, not just the jewelry.” Designing and creating rings, bracelets, pendants, buckles, and more, made out of sterling silver and 18-karat gold and including precious and semiprecious stones (sold under the name Ben Nighthorse), has been part of Campbell’s life since childhood. While he didn’t have time to make jewelry when he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951, or during the two years he was stationed in Korea, or when he was training in judo in Japan for the 1964 Olympic Games (he captained the U.S. Olympic Team), he did create new work during the six years he was a Colorado congressman (1987–1993) and for the 12 years he was a senator (1993–2005). “I set up a jewelry shop in my [Washington] D.C. apartment,” says Campbell, who continues to spend time in our nation’s capital as a consultant to Native tribes. “I wasn’t allowed to sell my jewelry as long as I was a congressman or senator, but I could still make it.” While Campbell now has a few apprentices, he still works on every piece of jewelry sold under his name.—EVC


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ucked away on the rugged and bucolic high road to Taos, Rancho de Chimayó is being honored this May as a 2016 James Beard “America’s Classic” award winner; it is also a historic landmark that hosts a local treasure. Born in Connecticut, Florence Jaramillo moved to her husband Arturo’s family ranch in Chimayó in the 1950s. The couple started the Rancho de Chimayó restaurant in 1965, with recipes passed down from Arturo’s family. When asked about her numerous restaurant honors, Mrs. Jaramillo—known affectionately as “Mrs. J”—laughs, “I’m very lucky; but every award I get, I say, ‘This is for everybody.’ It’s the good food, it’s the staff, the community; it’s everyone.” The National Restaurant Association honored her with a lifetime achievement award for her unwavering commitment to Chimayó, a small town north of Santa Fe where her restaurant has employed 30,000 staff over the last 50 years. “There’s not a lot [of employment] here,” she says. “We try and help high school students saving for college . . . and teach them independence, and a lot of them have done well. They’ll come back and visit, and we’ll eat. We’re a big family.” According to Mrs. J, the best way to give back to a community is to look after the young ones. “We’ve got to take care of our young people,” says the restaurateur. “Our saving grace has been our boys and girls clubs, and our fundraisers in other organizations that offer high school students scholarships for college.” After 50 years of operating Rancho de Chimayó, Mrs. J has made a lifetime’s worth of friends. “I can’t tell you how many times older people—and I’m in a walker now—they’ll come up and talk to me. Some are in their 90s. They say, ‘Don’t close.’” She laughs, “I just feel fortunate to be here now.”—Joseph Case

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he “most notorious serial killer” in modern literature spent much of the last year bringing new life to Santa Fe’s art scene. George R. R. Martin, the author behind the Game of Thrones franchise, lends property to the upstart arts society Meow Wolf and leases space to other artists at his Dragonstone Studios. He also owns the Jean Cocteau Cinema. Martin reinvigorated and reopened the historic Cocteau in 2013. As far as the future of the movie house is concerned, Martin says, “We’ll continue to build on what we’ve done for the past two years, and offer the community an eclectic mix of old and new films, art-house cinema, and big studio blockbusters.”   Through connections at the Cocteau, the arts collective Meow Wolf approached Martin and asked for his help in securing them a long-term home. “‘Let’s put on a show,’ they said. I’m just providing the tent,” says Martin. The former bowling alley on Rufina Circle reopened as Meow Wolf’s base in March and houses a narrative installation, a children’s museum, and a gift shop. Martin’s latest Santa Fe venture, Dragonstone Studios, provides work and retail room for artists in the former Desert Academy building on Camino Alire—a structure Martin initially purchased for storage space. “There are still a lot of renovations to complete at Dragonstone, still some spaces in need of tenants.  I’d love to get a small café in there,” says Martin.   Meanwhile, Martin is deep in the process of writing his next book, the heavily anticipated Winds of Winter. The novel will be the sixth in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, the basis for the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones. While his legacy as an author seems certain, Martin is humble about his contributions to Santa Fe. “All I can hope is that I can give something back to the community,” he says. —Jason Strykowski

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anta Fe is the new residence of world-class flamenco group Entreflamenco, spearheaded by Antonio Granjero and Estefania Ramirez. Spanish-born Granjero—considered a child prodigy— began touring at age 9 and performed for Spanish royalty and across major European cities by the time he was an adolescent. American-born Ramirez, who has a teaching background, began her professional career at age 17 and spent 12 years in Spain, where she founded the flamenco festival Jornadas Flamencas. In Santa Fe, Entreflamenco offers full-length dance productions at the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theater, the longest-running flamenco venue in North America, but the group’s energy doesn’t stop at that. Their offseason includes both fundraising and providing dance opportunities to Santa Feans of all ages. Community lessons at the Santa Fe School of Flamenco are offered at no cost: three classes per week for children ages 7 to 12, and one class per week for adults. In the fall of 2016, outreach programming will also be offered at St. Michael’s High School. Last year, the group raised $300,000 at the Mayor’s Gala to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, and also collaborated with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. Through Arts in Education Programming, Entreflamenco donates time to visit Santa Fe’s schools, discussing and demonstrating all things flamenco; and until the middle of March, it was instructing flamenco classes at the Museum of International Folk Art to K-12 New Mexican students. Community projects are done “not with the idea to make young dancers, but, more than anything, to share the tradition and help young people develop leadership skills, responsibility, discipline, respect, the ability to work in groups, and problem-solving,” says Ramirez. The group is proud to continue Maria Benitez’s legacy and give back to the community. “Santa Fe is so unique in the sense that the arts and culture are here,” says Ramirez. “That’s very important to us, not only as artists, but also as parents and community-goers.” —Elizabeth Sanchez

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n the big small town of Santa Fe, business is done by word of mouth—especially in the world of real estate. Residential Realtor Michael Umphrey likes his service role—and has the glowing testimonials to prove his mettle. “Being face to face with my clients is the most important thing to me. I always tell my clients, ‘I come with the house.’” This self-described “full-time, red-meat-eating” real estate broker at eXp Realty by day becomes a professional musician by night. Of pursuing music along with his robust real estate career, Umphrey says, “I can’t help it; it’s what I do.” Umphrey’s musical devotions developed in 1963 when he and his military school cohorts worshiped at the temple of Beatles tunes, learning every song in their dorm rooms. Later, Umphrey toured on and off for 26 years with The New Christy Minstrels. Now, Thursday evenings in spring and summer, he can be found strumming and singing folk tunes by the fire pit at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado’s Terra bar. He’s also packed the Plaza during Santa Fe Bandstand with American JeM, a folk trio which includes Ellie Dendahl and Jay Cawley (who play frequently at Vanessie, among other local venues). Since 2012, the band has recorded two CDs; the more recent album, Anthem, was released December 2015 and features original songs including “Place for Yourself,” written by Umphrey.—Ashley M. Biggers


ultitalented Santa Fe casting director Angelique Midthunder first entered the movie business as an actress and stunt double. She’s also directed, produced, and written films, and in 2010 she received an Emmy nomination for outstanding casting for the TV movie Georgia O’Keeffe. “I landed a part in a Western that was shooting in Santa Fe in ’95 and ended up staying,” Midthunder says of her attachment here. After a stint back in Los Angeles, she returned for good in 2005, moving to a property outside Galisteo where her now 18-year-old daughter could be raised riding horses and dirt bikes. “The city [of Santa Fe] and the surrounding nature just called me.” With her movie and television experience in Los Angeles and New Mexico, Midthunder gained valuable insight into the skills of local talent, and she founded Midthunder Casting (Santa Fe’s only casting company). “I love collaborating with the writers, directors, and producers to really breathe life into the characters who are until that point just words on paper,” she says. While immersing herself in the local acting community, Midthunder found that people were hungry for continuing education in auditioning, character building, and on-camera practice, so Midthunder Casting recently started offering intensive workshops that have sold out within days of posting. New Mexico has become known for its deep pool of Native American talent, which is being scouted by national and international productions. Midthunder feels Santa Fe is an ideal place to draw from various multifaceted Native musicians, artists, and actors. In January, she was casting for In the Middle of the River, a movie to be filmed on location on New Mexico reservations featuring a large Native American cast. “I’ll be traveling ahead of the production to scout for local talent,” she says. “The director is a stickler for authenticity, which is an interesting challenge.”—Cristina Olds



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iano and keyboard player Chris Ishee began a lifelong love affair with music at age six. When he was choosing his college trajectory, he weighed music and—no joke here—astrophysics. “I decided that if I became an astrophysicist, I would have wondered what it would have been like to be a musician. If I was a musician, I didn’t think I’d wonder what it would have been like to [be] an astrophysicist. And that’s the way it’s turned out,” he says. Ishee toured with jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson and singer Engelbert Humperdinck. When he married his wife Carrie—counselor, teacher, and life coach—they settled in Santa Fe (where he’s played with Jono Manson). In 2000, he became music director of Santa Fe Preparatory School, inspiring a new generation of musicians. He’s also the jazz director of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony. “I want to turn [students] on to jazz music and the freedom that improvisation gives you,” he says. “It’s an important life skill to have—not just musically.” Ishee is walking that lesson during another of his life’s journeys: cancer. “I’m deep in the throes of it, doing alternative treatments. I’m in the fight. I’ve tried to turn this into a learning and spiritual experience,” he says. Music remains a constant. He continues to play with his trio at El Mesón in Santa Fe and the Outpost in Albuquerque; and with Pollo Frito, a New Orleans funk band that often performs at the Cowgirl and Second Street Brewery.—AMB

hile Carnell Chosa, PhD, is one of the figureheads of The Leadership Institute, based at the Santa Fe Indian School, the organization’s efforts are truly those of community. “Our movement wouldn’t be as strong—or even exist—without partners from the foundation world, government, community, and individuals,” he says. “That’s the soul of our work. Partnerships make things happen for us.” Dr. Chosa (Jemez Pueblo) founded the Institute in 1997 with Regis Pecos to create programs that filled a gap in programming, information, and legislative advocacy for the state’s 22 tribal communities. Since then, it has opened into an umbrella organization for 17 different programs, with broad and lasting impact. The Summer Policy Academy, one of the Institute’s cornerstones and longest-running programs, will soon graduate its 250th high school student—each of whom has completed a community service project, from building a playground on the Navajo reservation to conducting diabetes outreach. Another group of signature programs, the Community Institutes, have become think tanks for tribal communities on topics from the environment to the roles of Pueblo libraries and senior centers today. The Institute has broadened its programming to include the Brave Girls Project, which has provided opportunities for young women at Santa Fe Indian School; and Pueblo Pathways, a young men’s mentorship program. In 2015, 10 members of the Pueblo Doctoral Cohort graduated from Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation; Chosa was among them. His thesis subject parallels his work: creating organic solutions to the challenges Native communities face. Dr. Chosa says his work fulfills his love of bringing people together, and creating networks and opportunities for others. “For Pueblo people in general, our lives are about service to community and to others. Anyone growing up in that environment sees that all the time—the value of contributions and engagement.”—AMB 32

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n 1998, Chris Eyre broke onto the national scene with the release of the film Smoke Signals (written by Sherman Alexie), which he directed and co-produced. This tale of a pair of unlikely friends from the Coeur d’Alene Reservation of Idaho garnered critical and popular praise. Eyre followed that success with a number of television and film projects, including a 2004 adaptation of Tony Hillerman’s Thief of Time. In 2012, Eyre brought his impressive experience to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design as Chair of the Film School. Eyre finds teaching to be invigorating, recharging him to produce and develop more films. This past year, he executive produced the documentary The Seventh Fire alongside fellow filmmakers Terrence Malick and Natalie Portman. The film played at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. Eyre is also developing a narrative movie that he hopes will film this summer in Canada. In a rapidly evolving film market, Eyre teaches his students to value the personal connections they make and be prepared to work in virtually every facet of the industry. “You really have to have a lot deeper set of skills in a world where anyone can pick up an iPhone,” says Eyre. “So, nowadays, it’s more about students being flexible and diverse in what they do and also being able to network and get along with the crews.”—JS

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offee in hand, David Manzanares pauses, pointing up to the speakers in a San Francisco Street café: “I wrote that song,” he says with surprise. His tribute to Santa Fe, “Home” captures influences varying from Santana and Billy Joel to the Eagles. It’s this type of fusion that attests to Manzanares’s wide range of interests—as an actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. Manzanares, a 15th-generation New Mexican, has the spirit of Santa Fe in his veins. He is currently transcribing a story passed down in the oral tradition through his family for many of those 15 generations. When not playing to a crowded Santa Fe bandstand or working to bring new productions to the area, he stays busy raising his son Max, an aspiring jazz musician, with his wife and partner Andie, who is also a producer. He credits Santa Feans as much as the area itself with feeding the City Different’s creative vibe. “The landscape, production and infrastructure give us a leg up when competing with places all over the world for projects. Our equipment, crews, vendors, and hotels—it all really allows us to secure these jobs,” says Manzanares. “It’s a community effort.” For Manzanares, whether it be vast and pristine landscapes or simply a bowl of green chile, Santa Fe’s distinct sense of place furnishes this inspiring atmosphere. “You can have a bowl of green chile,” he says, “and know exactly where you’re at, which is very grounding. Once you’re in a sense of place, you can start to create. Ultimately,” he adds, “the community is very open and embracing. It beckons creative souls.”—JC



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ike other imaginative souls attracted to the City Different, artist Angel Wynn says, “Of all the art communities where I’ve lived, Santa Fe is the friendliest and most supportive of artists and creative networking.” Whether she’s posing ephemeral figures in historic New Mexico scenes, painting translucent layers on photographs, collaging portraits of Native Americans, or instructing monthly photo-encaustic workshops at the Encaustic Art Institute (EAI), Wynn cultivates a Santa Fe-style legacy with each piece she creates. Wynn, a promoter of art education, frequently volunteers at the EAI; gives demonstrations to students at St. John’s College and Santa Fe University of Art and Design; and actively shares her knowledge with burgeoning artists through workshops, demonstrations, and local internships. “Before the move [from Idaho in 2012], I had an ear-to-ear grin each time I drove the two days down here to visit. Santa Fe is the ideal place for me to develop my style of art,” Wynn says, crediting the city’s interactive opportunities—art exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and presentations—with facilitating her successes. “I’ve always had rigorous work ethics, but since becoming a full-time artist, I’ve never worked harder in my life,” she says. Her efforts resulted in a retrospective show hosted by Gallery 901, which currently represents her work. “There’s no other place on earth like Santa Fe,” observes Wynn. “Initially it was the diverse cultures, the arts, and Western lifestyle that made Santa Fe very desirable. But it actually was the large number of free-spirited locals I met that was the major factor. I had finally found my tribe.”—Stephanie Love

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look for innovation that is refined,” says Leroy Garcia of his criteria for selecting artists for his Blue Rain Gallery. It’s a venue that has set the standard for top Native art in Santa Fe and beyond—and in the Santa Fe spirit, Garcia has made no distinction between contemporary Native art and other fine art. He adds that a new generation of Native artists is brewing, including Cannupa Hanska Luger, Del Curfman, and Chris Pappan. “These artists have thought outside the box—even more so than the previous generation. They are Native Americans and their work has a Native feel to it, but it can cross over into regular modern art and a broader market,” Garcia says. Garcia was attending college, majoring in political science and looking ahead to law school when he lost interest in academics, and his passion for art ignited; he founded Blue Rain at age 23 and devoted the next two decades to developing the business

and the artists he represented there. Now, after spending so many years supporting others, Garcia has returned to being an artist in his own right. His personal work reflects his own Hispanic roots as well as his interest in Native art. He’s created a series of three bronze skulls—El Fuego, El Macho (something of a self-portrait, he says), and El Rey—each of which he hopes to create in lead crystal one day. He’s also developed a set of Native-inspired bronze and patina tiles, continuing his love of multicultural arts. Garcia’s greatest passion is perhaps his blended family of five children with his wife D’Nelle, an andrologist who specializes in the science of male fertility. In yet another supportive move, the couple has founded Garcia Laboratories, which assists those wanting to start or even delay their own families—in what could be termed another unique aspect of Garcia’s creativity in the City Different. —AMB april/may 2016

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eirut frontman Zach Condon has built his musical career on far-flung creative cues, drawing on sources from classic movie soundtracks to Zapotec funeral music to Balkan and Eastern European folk. The mariachi brass arrangements and age-old Hispanic cultural practices Condon encountered as a boy in New Mexico are an evident aesthetic influence on his records. May 9 will mark 10 years since the release of Beirut’s acclaimed first album, Gulag Orkestar, largely performed and recorded solo by Condon in his bedroom. In the intervening decade, Beirut—

which has evolved into an energetic live act featuring a number of onstage performers—has shared its unique flavor of world music at venues all over the planet, as well as on national television programs like Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band keeps a special place in its collective heart for the hometown fans, however; Beirut’s most recent Santa Fe gig, a free homecoming show last October on the Plaza, saw attendance estimates of nearly 3,000. —Dylan Syverson

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haring time, money, goods, and services with the community seems to be in the DNA of stylists Christopher Willett-Crane (left) and Bryan Crane-Willett (right), who co-own the Santa Fe salon When the Sun Reaches My Sister. Partners in work and life, this dedicated couple has inspired their clients to reach out and help those in need. “We collect items year-round, everything from cell phones and food to toothbrushes and clothes,” explains Willett-Crane. “It’s rare that one of our clients doesn’t participate in donating to our causes.” Along one wall of the salon is a handsome wood cupboard (featuring a two-foottall statue of St. Francis) that serves as a repository for client donations to Santa Fe’s Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc. When one client who regularly traveled to Clovis mentioned a need for donations at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, Willett-Crane and Crane-Willett organized shipments of canned goods to this grassroots distribution center. A conversation with another client sparked interest in donating hair salon services to women who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments. For more than four years, Willett-Crane and Crane-Willett have been shaving heads, offering relaxing head massages, and styling wigs and hair for clients referred to them by the New Mexico Cancer Foundation. Their work was featured in a segment aired on KRQE in December 2014. Since animals are a huge part of the two men’s lives (they have eight cats, two dogs, a snake, a tarantula, and a bird) and the lives of their clients, donations have also been made to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, The Heart & Soul Animal Sanctuary, and Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary. In 2007, Willett-Crane received the Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Milagro award for his volunteer work. “At a time when human transactions seem to be at a low, it’s very important to Bryan and me to participate in our community,” says Willett-Crane. “There is no such thing as ‘other’ people; we’re all people.”—EVC



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Rosenberg, Onward, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48"

A fixture at 200 Canyon for five years, Aleta Pippin has procured new stomping grounds further up the road, moving into the historic space that formerly housed the Tom Ross Gallery. The new location will feature work from established Pippin Contemporary artists, with a group show christening the space on May 27. Joining Pippin’s usual stable will be a number of erstwhile Tom Ross Gallery artists, including Ross himself under his pseudonym “Rosenberg.”—Dylan Syverson 5th Anniversary and Grand Opening Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon May 27–ongoing Reception May 27, 5–8 pm april/may 2016

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John Barker not just real estate by Stepha nie Love

“WORKING IN REAL ESTATE was very different until I understood it was like making art,” says painter and property manager John Barker of Barker Realty. He explains that buying and repairing a house creates something imaginative, something enjoyable, “just like a painting.” This dedication and passion for art drives his life outside of the real estate world and fosters success in both professions. Barker’s local family history began with N.B. Laughlin, who rode on horseback from Missouri to Santa Fe in 1879. Laughlin’s grandson, Laughlin Barker, opened Barker Realty in 1965 and recruited his son David—John’s brother—around 1978. John Barker eventually left his creative fields—assisting New York City artists Rudi Stern, Paul Jenkins, and Larry Poons; and working at Disney in California—to join the family trade 20 years after college. Perpetually an artist, however, he found constant inspiration in the Southwestern scenery. “I like landscapes of old buildings and broken signs and subdivision homes with dirty cars,” he observes. “Nothing is permanent.”

The concept of impermanence inspired Barker to pursue his talents; he began painting his subjects in a gestural, chaotic style he calls “distractionism.” He soon found that his dual lives actually complement each other. His relentless real estate schedule has encouraged him to enforce strict studio hours, and he wakes up every morning around five to paint for two hours. “I distract myself from the realty,” Barker says. “It is the best part of the day, and I paint in my pajamas; and I make big scribbles; and I let the dogs out; and I don’t know where I am anymore.” Barker’s painting provides an outlet for self-expression, helping him alleviate stress before his busy day. His emotions occur outside of the office on colorful, abstracted canvases, as he explains: “Most of today’s art is from the head, but my paintings are from my heart.” Bad Prayers, May 13–30, reception May 13, 5–7 pm, Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon,

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WHETHER HE IS DEPICTING WATER lilies in Monet’s garden at Giverny, hidden hillside adobes in New Mexico, or the historic canals of Venice, Joseph Breza creates masterpieces that span a world of inspiration. In fact, this international flavor helped establish his iconic presence on Canyon Road. With Breza’s 36 years of oil painting in the City Different, his solo show has become an annually anticipated event that also provides out-of-state collectors with a reason to visit Santa Fe each year. Emphasizing saturated colors and gestural brushstrokes, Breza’s artistic authenticity is apparent in his style, which marries expressionism with impressionism. He fancies many natural muses such as seasonally golden aspens, puffy-clouded sunsets, delicate garden flowers, and reflective bodies of water. Breza then renders these scenes with neutral tones to balance and accentuate the more vibrant ones. His brushstrokes reflect a practiced painterly quality that recalls the works of the impressionist masters. Whether he is painting a wilderness landscape en plein air or thoughtfully adjusting compositions in the studio, Breza continues to show his diverse artistic talents, and his followers are eagerly waiting to see what comes next.

In drastic high-desert temperatures, a Santa Fean plein air painter must be prepared for all types of weather.

Strong palette-knife strokes form the bones of Breza’s paintings. His colors are the soul.

Snow is one of the most challenging subjects to paint, and it is one of Breza’s favorites.

Breza carefully considers his colors, ranging from blended, subtle neutrals, to cadmium red applied almost straight from the tube.

Joseph Breza, Canyon Fine Art, 205 Canyon,

Contrasting the romantic aesthetic of his paintings, Breza’s studio resembles an industrial one-man assembly line.

Breza has many outdoor spots where he paints en plein air, capturing the beauty of his natural muses. This water reflection exemplifies a signature Breza palette—beautiful and bold.

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Joy of Illumination Waxlander Gallery 622 Canyon May 24–June 6 Reception May 27, 5–7 pm



Javier Lopez Barbosa’s abstracted masterpieces are works of selfexpression formed by vibrant layers of paint and glaze. An artist all his life, Barbosa continues to cultivate his style, and his collectors will find that he has been implementing more gray tones and alternating texture with smooth spaces on the canvas to increase contrast. “We’re excited to open our season with Javier’s work,” says Bonnie French, Waxlander Gallery Director. “The exuberance of his art and the joy that visitors have upon seeing it sets the perfect stage for summer.”—SL

Sandi Lear, Pride, watercolor, 18 x 24"

Anniversary Group Artists’ Reception, Longworth Gallery 530 Canyon, Exhibit ongoing; reception May 27, 5–8 pm Seven of the many art-world figures represented by Longworth— including Sandi Lear, Steve Fallows, Barbara Woods, Tom Thomas, Charles Frizell, and others—will come from near and far for the gallery’s annual reception, which showcases work from its entire stable of artists. The event will be painter Lear’s Canyon Road debut, featuring a collection of her acclaimed wildlife portraits. The autodidact Australian watercolorist garnered attention in her native land as “Best Emerging Artist” at 2012’s Mission Beach Arts Exhibition—an unusual turn, given she was in her 50s when she created her first painting, Pride (pictured) in 2012. Lear now paints full-time, with her work on view in Yungaburra, Australia, and Shanghai, China.—Dylan Syverson Hunter Kirkland Contemporary 200 B Canyon May 27–June 12 Reception May 27, 5–7 pm The abstract expressionist paintings of Jennifer J.L. Jones render nature in deeply pigmented, luminous compositions with an open, carefree spirit that encourages viewers to appreciate their splendor. Jones expertly layers acrylic, tar, oil paint, and varnish, providing her work with originality and a more profound voice. Her latest works reflect more impulsiveness in her pursuit of order and beauty.—SL

Pablita Velarde and Helen Hardin: Tradition & Innovation Adobe Gallery, 221 Canyon, Through April 30 Pablita Velarde (1918–2006), born in Santa Clara Pueblo as Tse Tsan (“Golden Dawn”), epitomized the do-it-yourself ethic in the art world: Painting with selfmixed pigments in a studio she built, she created works that evoke—and sometimes straightforwardly depict—the traditions of her Pueblo heritage, albeit in a visual language all her own. Taking after her mother’s creative sensibilities at an early age, Velarde’s daughter Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was also keenly aware of the age-old methods and aesthetics informing her work as she forged her own illustrious art career. Native on her mother’s side and Anglo on her father’s, Hardin took perceptible cues from her mother’s work and the Santa Clara style, but often made less traditional choices in medium, coloration, and method. Works by both mother and daughter will remain on display at Adobe Gallery through April 30, offering a firsthand chance to compare and contrast the artistic legacies of both women.—DS Pablita Velarde, Mineral Earth Painting of an Eagle after a Rabbit, earth minerals, 24 x 12"

Jennifer J.L. Jones, Sweeping Grace, mixed media on panel, 60 x 60"


Javier Lopez Barbosa, Formation of Serenity, mixed media, 64 x 48"

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Solo Exhibition with Lesley Richmond Tansey Contemporary 652 Canyon April 8–29; reception April 8, 5–7 pm Lesley Richmond’s fascination with the symbolism, history, and organic forms of trees and leaves inspires her newest series, highlighted in this solo show. She methodically combines layers of materials— photographs, raw textiles, chemical processes, and metallic pigmented paints—to imitate nature and organic decay. Richmond’s deep understanding of negative space, dimension, and color adds visual significance to her forest renderings, while her technique evokes the delicateness of our natural environments. To honor Earth Day on April 22, Richmond will also exhibit mandalas based on tree and leaf forms.—SL Leslie Richmond; Mystic Forest; cotton/silk fabric, kozo, and metal patinas; 32 x 73"

Grand Opening, Canyon Fine Art 205 Canyon, May 7–8 It’s springtime at the former Greenberg Fine Art space at 205 Canyon; in May, co-owners Hether Bearinger and Paul and Carol Hartsock will celebrate the gallery’s rebirth under the new Canyon Fine Art banner. In addition to Greenberg mainstays such as Joseph Breza, Timothy Horn, and Paige Bradley, Canyon Fine Art will also represent new faces like Fannie Brito and James Hoyle. Coinciding with the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival, the gallery will host its grand opening in May over Mother’s Day weekend.—DS

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Stan Metzger, Under Martini Rock, acrylic, 38 x 30"

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Spring Art Festival Preview Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon, May 6–18; reception May 6, 5–7 pm Ventana Fine Art announces an exhibit of new works by the three artists who will be the gallery’s selected painters for 2016’s Canyon Road Spring Art Festival. A reception for painters John Axton, Doug Dawson, and Barry McCuan opens the show on Friday, May 6, followed on Saturday, May 7, by the annual Spring Art Festival activities, which involve galleries and artists throughout the Canyon Road arts district.—SL

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treasures Eldorado Studio Tour Vincent Faust, Rotary, Welded steel and aircraft cable sculpture with a powder coat finish, 39 x 23 x 15" The 25th Anniversary Eldorado Studio Tour, the largest in New Mexico, is held the weekend of May 14 and May 15, featuring 94 artists showing in 59 studios. For artists’ images, directions and opening event details, please visit the website. Preview Gallery: 1 La Hacienda Loop Eldorado, 505-466-3256

Joe Wade Fine Art Dan Bodelson, Underground Neighbors, oil, 6 x 8" 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 year-round. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm. 102 E Water St, 505-988-2727

John Rippel U.S.A. Gorgeous pieces by artist, Valerie Naifeh: Versatile 35" strands can be worn as wrap bracelets or necklaces, shown in turquoise and hematite with 18K clasps and baroque pearls; 22K cigar band ring with blue zircon, tsavorites and diamonds. Inlay sterling silver belt buckle by John Rippel. These and much more at John Rippel USA, just off the Plaza at 111 Old Santa Fe Trail, between San Francisco and Water Streets outside the La Fonda Hotel. 111 Old Santa Fe Trl, 505-986-9115

Edward Gonzales Art Edward Gonzales, El Santuario de Chimayo, oil on canvas, 36 x 48" Artist Edward Gonzales invites you to visit his online gallery where you’ll find paintings that celebrate life and express the beauty and vitality of New Mexico’s people and iconic landscapes. Works by the artist are in art collections throughout the country and in New Mexico’s museums. 505-264-1335


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IN A WORLD THAT CONTINUOUSLY REINVENTS ITSELF, Santa Fe’s Canyon Road is no exception. While it may outwardly look the same (thanks to the Historic Districts Review Board), in the last couple of years, a few more dining options have cropped up, allowing visitors and local residents to grab a quality meal without having to get in their cars. More importantly, the evolution of the art world has reached Canyon Road. While there are still lots of traditional art galleries, there’s been a movement toward more collectible and more contemporary art. This is a direct reflection of the art world as a whole and speaks to the quality of the dealers on Canyon Road. Today Canyon Road has an excellent selection of galleries and shops, where you’re sure to find your next special treasure. Contemporary, traditional, and historical artwork fills these charming structures and former homes. Restaurants with national reputations are housed in extraordinary and historically significant yet understated buildings. 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 the wonderful events that build on the area’s history. I especially encourage you to experience the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival in May, the Paint Out & Sculpt Out in October, and the Farolito Walk on Christmas Eve, which fills even a Scrooge like me with the holiday spirit.

4 Publisher’s Note 10 Navigating Canyon Road 15 Annually Anticipated Canyon Road’s must-see events of the year 16 Cultivation to Creativity The history of Canyon Road 19 Blissful Browsing Canyon Road is famous for its art, but that’s not all there is to find 20 Imagination Destination Continuing Canyon Road’s creative legacy 24 Edible Art Canyon Road offers everything from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés 27 Canyon Road Spring Art Festival Getting involved in celebrating the arts 28 Bountiful Buildings How Canyon Road earned its eclectic collection of architecture

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32 Last Look The past and present of Canyon Road



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Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road Route

Getting around Canyon Road is a breeze. It’s an easy half-mile stroll (many people start at the eastern end and work their way down the gentle slope) and a quick drive. Santa Fe Pedicabs are available, and there’s a free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle.

The Santa Fe Pick-Up route starts and ends near the Roundhouse on Don Gaspar Avenue and runs to Canyon Road and Museum Hill with the following stops:

Santa Fe Pedicabs provide transportation and tours downtown, around the Railyard arts district, and along Canyon Road.


• Capitol/PERA Building • Santa Fe Children’s Museum • Three Museum Hill Stops: near the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, near the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and near the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art • The corner of Old Santa Fe Trl and Camino del Monte Sol • Camino del Monte Sol, between Mt. Carmel and Camino de Cruz Blanca • Santa Fe Preparatory School (stops both ways) • Camino de Cruz Blanca, before it intersects with Camino Cabra • Near the entrance to St. John’s College • Two Stops on Calle Picacho • Camino Cabra, before Camino de Cruz Blanca • Paseo de Peralta, two blocks south of Canyon Road • Canyon Road, before Café des Artistes • Canyon Road, after Camino Escondido • Canyon Road, near The Compound • Canyon Road, before Geronimo • Between Canyon Road and East Alameda • East Alameda, halfway between East Palace and El Alamo • East Alameda, before El Alamo • East Alameda, before Delgado • East Alameda, near the Inn on the Alameda

The Santa Fe Pick-Up, a small van that shuttles visitors around town, is free and runs every 15 to 30 minutes. There are four designated Santa Fe Pick-Up stops on Canyon Road, with an additional one on Palace Avenue between Canyon Road and East Alameda Street (see map below). Look for the signs with the red pickup truck.

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annually anticipated 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 along with their permanent collections, usually while offering light refreshments and sometimes live entertainment, too. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, visit In spring, the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival (May 6–7), a public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun like an Artist Slow Draw competition and a live auction. Many galleries and shops host artist receptions, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. Proceeds go to Santa Fe Public Schools’ music programs ( During Santa Fe’s busy summer season, the annual ARTfeast festival presents its Edible Art Tour (June 10–11). Visitors and locals stroll between galleries, taking in art while enjoying food from top restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs for Santa Fe’s youth ( Before the winter weather rolls in, enjoy a day of plein air painting with more than 100 artists during the Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out (October 14–15). The annual event features live music, a parade, art shows, and refreshments ( 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 the season and this special street. cr

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“If all the galleries along Canyon Road were English pubs, we’d be inebriated and happy within half a mile!” —Lisa Rodgers, owner, The Longworth Gallery

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cultivation to creativity the rich history of Canyon Road by Eve Tolpa


I “I think one of the unique things that we enjoy and have to offer our visitors is this ultra-concentrated and uninterrupted opportunity to focus on art.”



—Deborah Fritz, owner, GF Contemporary

t’s hard to imagine one of Santa Fe’s artistic epicenters as a dirt path running along the river from 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. 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, motivated 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 desirable place to live because “it was safe, easy, inexpensive, and beautiful,” West says. The first artist to settle on Canyon Road 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

“Canyon Road has over 100 world-class fine art galleries along its historic half-mile road. What city of a population of 70,000 can say that?” —Sherry Ikeda, owner, Gallery 901



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 Streets.” 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




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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 by one of the many distinctive jewelry stores for handcrafted, locally made adornments (perhaps a turquoise-embellished silver concho belt or a custom-made gold and diamond ring); or check out chic, sophisticated Western wear and high-end home furnishings. Beautifully made textiles (from clothing to tapestries) are also among the many popular items you’ll find while perusing this famous shopping destination.


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imagination destination artistic tradition on Canyon Road by Ben Ikenson







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 only 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, Olive Rush, Theodore Van Soelen, Agnes Sims, 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 & Sculpt Out (held in October), when over 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

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“Canyon Road is like nowhere else, and it is an honor to be part of its ongoing story. We think Canyon Road is an essential part not only of Santa Fe’s art world, but also of Santa Fe’s overall identity!”


—Mark White, owner, Mark White Fine Art

RUMI VESSELINOVA Edge, Archival print on cotton rag paper, 17”x27”


“Canyon Road is a journey for the senses and a place to imagine. Give yourself the freedom to leave the everyday struggles in which decisions demand your time. There is no price for the constant inspiration that art can bring to your life. Before you inquire about price, ask yourself the question: ‘What will this inspiration bring to my life?’ Canyon Road can expand your experience of living.” —Bill Hester, owner, Bill Hester Fine Art


“I think Canyon Road is the heart of Santa Fe.” —Cass Schuck, owner, Dancing Ladies

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Relax over a decadent dessert and a cup of tea from India, China, or Sri Lanka at The Teahouse.

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, 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 delightful sustenance here. No matter what your tastes or taste buds crave, Canyon Road is a well-chosen spot for all things artistic, and a gastronomic must. cr


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—Julia Linder Bell, part owner, Caffe Greco


“The thing that I love most about Canyon Road is that it exudes an incredible creative vibe. I love to walk up from Caffe Greco and get lost in a myriad of art, architecture, food, fashion, and the sense that I am on a magical journey right here where I live.”

Café des Artistes 223-B Canyon, 505-820-2535 Caffe Greco 233 Canyon, 505-820-7996 The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 El Farol 808 Canyon, 505-983-9912 Geronimo 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972

In between galleries and shops, visitors can pause to rest their feet and grab a bite at numerous spots along Canyon Road.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY | MAY 6 & 7 Plan to spend the weekend on historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe for this exciting special event that connects art lovers with world-class artists and galleries in the famed art destination. All events are free and open to the public. FRIDAY EVENING GALLERY OPENINGS LATE NIGHT DINING & ENTERTAINMENT



Canyon Road Spring Art Festival fifth annual interactive arts event


anyon Road’s creative and artistic legacy is celebrated during the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival (CRSAF), an annual public event held May 6–7 along the famous halfmile-long street. More than 100 artists from around the country—with styles ranging from abstract to figurative, traditional to contemporary—make the event, presented by the Canyon Road Merchants Association (CRMA), the unofficial kickoff to Santa Fe’s high art season. “The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival is a unique and exuberant event, as it showcases the extraordinary talents of artists while they create live art in one exhilarating day, in one of the most exceptional art districts the world has known,” says CRMA secretary Nancy Ouimet, owner and director of the gallery Canyon Road Contemporary Art. “The tradition of live art has always been what sets Canyon Road apart from other districts.” On May 6, in addition to the usual Friday-night show openings (which are typically accompanied by refreshments and often live music and entertainment as well), galleries will host artist demonstrations, lectures, and other goings-on. That evening and the following day, you can also bid on artwork that will be included in the Spring Art Festival’s silent auction. An Artist Slow Draw kicks things off on May 7. During the event, 70 Canyon Road artists take to the street—rain, shine, or even snow—to complete an original work, providing both locals and visitors a chance to experience Santa Fe’s plein air tradition firsthand. Collectors and spectators can then head to Wiford Gallery & Sculpture Garden for a cocktail

reception, which will feature live entertainment by student musicians, followed by a live auction of the unique, quality artworks created during the Slow Draw event. A portion of the auction’s proceeds will go to student music programs, and Bruce Adams, publisher of Santa Fean magazine, will serve as auctioneer. Bonnie French, CRMA president and director of Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden, says, “Here on Canyon Road, the Spring Art Festival honors local, national, and international artists, and nestled within the galleries are paintings and sculptures by these same groups of artists. . . . Combined with the rich history and congeniality of the road, any visitor can get the feeling of world travel while staying in the heart of Santa Fe.” For artist and bidder registration information, as well as a detailed schedule of events and general information about the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival and the Canyon Road Merchants Association, go to cr

“Waxlander Gallery has been on Canyon Road for 32 years. In that time it has been amazing seeing the Canyon Road Art District grow into a vibrant destination for art collectors from the United States and the world.” —Phyllis Kapp, owner and artist, Waxlander Gallery

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bountiful buildings “Having had a gallery on or near Canyon Road since 2006, I can’t think of a better location. To be in the midst of the beauty and uniqueness that is Canyon Road, a road that has experienced its growth as a result of being an art colony during its historically long past. Walking the road, visitors and locals alike can imagine how the road may have been, about the artists who once lived here, and contemplate how [it] has evolved into such a concentrated art market much larger than most U.S. cities, regardless of size.”


—Aleta Pippin, owner and artist, Pippin Contemporary


adobes and Americanization on Canyon Road by Charles C. Poling


anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vividly demonstrated along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. During the half-mile walk up the road, visitors encounter seemingly straightforward adobes. Rooted in Pueblo Indian architecture, many of these structures, however, reveal Territorial-era updates on their original Native design. Canyon Road winds beside the Santa Fe River to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eventually forming a steep-sided canyon. This 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 Pueblo-style homes comprising local materials—mud, stone, and timber—and incorporating lessons learned from neighboring native tribes. Canyon Road displays several examples of these originally simple homes. In addition to being constructed from mud, the structures were also distinctive for protruding beams known as vigas, which sit 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. Many galleries and adobe buildings at the lower end of Canyon Road illustrate this earlier Pueblo style. An early-1700s casita on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution; its blue window framing and lintels evokes the Territorial style, a mid-19thcentury aesthetic that was introduced by army design influences. Reflecting New Mexico’s new status as a U.S. territory, this style increasingly incorporated manufactured materials like firedclay bricks and milled lumber. Many


Diverse aesthetic sensibilities tend to converge on Canyon Road; interior designer Jennifer Ashton (pictured) shares a space with painter and gallerist Carole LaRoche at 415 Canyon.

people simply added ornamentation to their existing Pueblo-style homes, but new projects increased building size, made possible by imported materials and construction techniques. An incredible example of Territorialstyle architecture, El Zaguán (now the Historic Santa Fe Foundation), shows the evolution of a mid-18th-century farmhouse. Many remodels later, the home’s Pueblo roots appear beneath an overlay of Territorial ornamentation— wood shutters, crown molding over wood window framing, and a portal with white milled 8 x 8–foot posts. A periodperfect, pedimented lintel forms a shallow pyramid atop the framed entry door. Not far from El Zaguán, the former First Ward School flaunts a lovely brick exterior, capped with a white cupola. Now an established art gallery, this building demonstrates non-Native architecture that sprang up following railroad expansion into New Mexico in the late 19th century. With Western-bound trains came more Anglo-Americans, manufactured materials, and East Coast influences. To balance this Americanization of

“Canyon Road (and Santa Fe) is a magical place that changed my life and has made my dreams come true for 34 years now.” —Carole LaRoche, owner and artist, The Carole LaRoche Gallery

“The magic on Canyon is found in the artistic tempo, God’s amazing light and creative energy, and the spirit in the air! I believe in starting with an artistic eye with my clients; taking them down the path—literally—on Canyon Road always leads to a good place for design projects. The collaboration with an artist like Carol LaRoche is exciting. Her natural talent and eye for color keep me inspired; her range is amazing—a great artist will do that! I am blessed to be in the heart of the Santa Fe art and design experience.” —Jennifer Ashton,

Jennifer Ashton Interiors the region, 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 clay bricks, the church remains one of the largest adobe structures in New Mexico. cr

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Manitou Galleries Classic Collection Birger Sandzen, West Kansas Landscape, oil, 40 x 48", 1940 The Manitou Galleries’ Classic Collection features the finest and most quintessential examples of Western Art. One can find paintings and sculptures from some of the best living Western artists, as well as works by legendary artists such as Birger Sandzen. Manitou Galleries -- the True Spirit of the West. 123 West Palace Avenue, 505-986-0440 225 Canyon Road, 505-986-9833

Featuring wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by over 35 artists. Specializing in unique custom jewelry since 1974. 656 Canyon Road 505-988-7215

Casweck Galleries Canyon Road Contemporary Art Joy Richardson, Casanova, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48" Energetic tone and texture intertwine against a serene backdrop, often with a saucy jolt that leaves one ruminating about why they are uplifted. The nuances that occur while Joy blends colors create unprecedented new shades for which the dictionary hasn’t names yet! 403 Canyon Rd, 505-983-0433

Ernest Chiriacka, The Preparation, oil on board, 30 x 24" Ernest Chiriacka (1913-2010) is Internationally known as an impressionistic painter of dramatic Western moods and the American landscape. He is one of few fine artists that successfully transitioned from illustration to fine art. 713 Canyon Road 505-660-0246

Carole LaRoche Gallery Carole Laroche, Moonlight, limited edition giclee “Look at the Wolves… And they will look right back at You Powerful but not Threatening… Wise yet Unsentimental… Above All…They are Alive” The Paintings of Carole LaRoche. 415 Canyon Road 505-982-1186

Desert Son of Santa Fe Fabulous colors and textures from our Italian designers, Officine Creative Booties and Sandals, Numero 10 Handbags. 725 Canyon Rd, 505-982-9499 30


Scarlett’s Antique Shop & Gallery Welcome to Scarlett’s—a favorite shopping haven of locals and visitors alike. We feature a beautiful array of authentic, high quality Native American jewelry by many award-winning artists. Whether you prefer the sleek contemporary look or traditional Classic Revival style, you are sure to find your treasure from the Land of Enchantment at Scarlett’s! At-door parking available. 225 Canyon Rd, 505-473-2861 (for preview)

Proudly Presents Annie OBrien’s new exhibition


Canyon Road Contemporary Art Lydia Piper, Fire in the Sky, kiln formed glass, 17 x 27" Lydia’s luxuriant kiln formed glass artworks evoke the Southwest, yet are distinctly contemporary. Broad in color spectrum and almost electrifyingly vibrant, her works are infused with symbolism and meaning while remaining abstract enough to create a unique dialogue with the viewer. 403 Canyon Rd, 505-983-0433

Opening Friday May 6, 2016 Reception 5-7 The artist will be in attendance signing her Nationally published number one selling book,

“Bold Expressive Painting”

Also Representing:


Glass Painting and Sculpture

Alexandra Stevens Fine Art Gallery Juan Dell, Shepherd Girl, bronze, 60" H Juan Dell’s West Texas Heritage gave her the imagination and spirit that has made her the gifted artist that she is. Juan Dell has undeniably earned the title First Lady of Western Bronze. Alexandra Stevens Gallery is one of Santa Fe’s finest galleries showcasing contemporary, representational award-winning artists in painting and sculpture. Whether representational art, impressionism, illuminism, high realism or contemporary abstract.We cater to our collector’s sophisticated taste in choosing work among both emerging and award-winning artists. Located on Upper Canyon Road, across from the public parking lot the gallery is open year-round. Open Monday-Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10am–4 pm 820 Canyon Rd, 505-988-1311

The Globe Gallery 727 Canyon Road Santa fe, NM 87501 505 989 3888

“Meet me at The Globe!”

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past to present


Agnes Sims The first artist to establish their own gallery space on Canyon Road, Agnes “Agi” Sims is pictured here at #716. This building acted as a studio where Sims both created and sold her works. Inspired by the bold, flattened forms in prehistoric rock art in New Mexico, her illustrative interpretations were wildly successful.


The First Ward School, c. 1915



Now numbered as #922 rather than #1000, the former Cassidy home preserves its Santa Fean legacy in a residentially concentrated area of Canyon Road east of most of the galleries, shops, and restaurants.

716 Canyon Road


The first artist to purchase property on Canyon Road, Gerald Cassidy redirected history by selecting #1000 as his home in 1915. The casita functioned as an artist studio for Gerald to create paintings, etchings, and sketches, while also doubling as a writing retreat for his wife Ina.

922 Canyon Road

McCall Fine Art now shows vibrant paintings in Agnes Sims’s former space. Current owner Judy Broughton discusses the wall behind Sims in the far left photograph: “I took part of that wall out, as there was just a small low door between the rooms. Now there is a large opening supported by beams and corbels.”

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The first school on Canyon Road, The First Ward School’s structure at #400 replaced its original building in 1906. Designed with rooms for classes and dancing, this building contrasts the adobe convention that otherwise dictates the street’s aesthetic.

The current incarnation of the #400 space exhibits a variety of exquisite paintings and sculptures under the prestigious title of Ventana Fine Art. GABRIELLA MARKS


Gerald and Ina Sizer Cassidy, c. 1920

by Stephanie Love

AXTON - “The Edge of Hope” • 24" x 24" • Oil Angus - “Reclining Iris on a Purple Cloth” • 18” x 24” • Acrylic ISENHOUR - “Many Souls, One Light” • 8” x 16” • Oil BALAAM - “Autumn Tangle” • 36” x 36” • Oil




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local and in the limelight Handcrafted America loves La Puerta Originals by St eph a ni e Love

La Puerta Originals’ artisans are skilled in a variety of traditional woodworking methods.


A quarter-century of careful craftsmanship has earned La Puerta Originals a national reputation; the vast majority of their commissions come from outside the state.


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THE CLOSING OF ONE DOOR often leads to the opening of another, but at La Puerta Originals, owned by Melissa and Scott Coleman, the two become one: salvaged antiques and materials from old doors are fused into new, custom designs. These highquality, one-of-a-kind products caught the attention of Handcrafted America, a television series showcasing artisans who still utilize traditional construction methods. Melissa and Scott, thrilled with the opportunity to share their creations, agreed to be featured on the program. “Handcrafted America only features artists who make things in the U.S.,” says Melissa, adding that the duo enjoyed filming, but it demanded a lot of hard work. “Six crewmembers and the host, Jill Wagner, were here [from South Carolina and California] for two 12-hour days filming at our facility.” Scott, after earning his architecture degree, began incorporating his collection of Mexican and Central American doors; historic columns and surrounds from Southeast Asia; and other international items in his own work. Today, La Puerta Originals’ skilled artisans maintain this focus on sustainability by using components of the thousands of doors and other supplies from their property on Highway 14 to build new doors, gates, cabinets, and mantels. Seeking this amalgam of influences from distinct cultures, their customers (almost 90 percent are from outside New Mexico)

Left: Handcrafted America filmed for two 12-hour days at La Puerta Originals as well as another day around town. Below: The Colemans show off their collection of antique doors and materials to host Jill Wagner.

also value La Puerta’s collaborative design process. Melissa says, “We have had many clients who wander our yard for hours and find a special connection to the materials they find. We then work with them to incorporate those pieces into their own homes or projects.” In addition to the in-person and online client meetings conducted by Melissa and Scott, Handcrafted America will provide further opportunities for the couple to connect with eager homeowners. After 25 years in the trade, the Colemans are proud that their business is being recognized, says Melissa, as “the go-to place for antique doors and reclaimed wood products.” The La Puerta Originals episode of Handcrafted America debuted on the INSP network on March 29, and will run again on April 12 at 6:30 pm.

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217 Camino del Norte

831 El Caminito


John Gaw Meem designed the classic main residence at this more than fiveacre property in the northeast section of town. Replete with Santa Fe charm, the home has brick and hardwood floors; hand-detailed woodwork and kiva fireplaces; spacious living and dining areas; a family room; four bedrooms; and a recreation room. The roof deck offers a panoramic view of the city and surrounding mountains. Enjoy a dip in the refreshing outdoor swimming pool, which is next to a koi pond nestled among tall plants and trees. Guest accommodations are plentiful, as there is a one-bedroom unit with a Western theme, and a two-bedroom house with an attached greenhouse. A two-car garage has ample room for vehicles and storage.

A slice of Santa Fe’s history is reflected in this exquisitely remodeled 9,300-square-foot Eastside home that was owned by artist and educator Frank Applegate, and was recently the 2015 ShowHouse Santa Fe. Originally built in the 1700s, it was once the residence of Spanish army Sergeant Francisco de la Pena. Among its distinctive and charming features are Spanish colonial balconies, built-in trasteros, and antique corbels. The master suite, which has a fireplace and separate sitting room with its own fireplace, overlooks a beautifully landscaped backyard. A secret rose garden is one of the property’s unusual features. A guesthouse is included with the sale of the property, but four other guesthouses on a contiguous small parcel also are available for purchase. Listing Price: $2.995 million, Contact: BodelsonSpier Team, 505-690-2856,


Listing Price: $3.695 million Contact: Rush/Van Camp, 505-690-2750, Sotheby’s International Realty,,

300 Years of Romance, Intrigue & History. 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.

open nightly for lite dining and spirits

100 Sandoval St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 800-336-3676 | 82

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Bourbon Grill at El Gancho


A kiva fireplace adorns this luxurious seating room, one of three dining areas in the restaurant.

The combination dinner at Bourbon Grill tops a tender 14-ounce New York strip with a cherry demiglace and sautéed asparagus. The restaurant sources grass-fed beef that has been wet-aged for 30 days, followed by 15 days of on-site dry aging. Alongside juicy lobster tail and a savory stuffed baked potato, this steak is the king of the meal. Signature bourbonbased cocktails pair perfectly with every entrée. Dinner isn’t all that’s cooking; Bourbon’s Sunday brunch is served buffet-style in the banquet room. For $30, restaurant-goers delight in a variety of culinary favorites. Meals include coffee, tea, and juice, and a complimentary mimosa or glass of sparkling wine.—Stephanie Love Bourbon Grill at El Gancho, 104 B Old Las Vegas Hwy, april/may 2016

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Pommes Anna, garnished with thyme.

sunrise springs a nourishing retreat

AS OUR WORLD BECOMES MORE and more complicated, and we become less and less able to disconnect and get away from the madness, it’s heartening to know that the revitalized integrative wellness resort Sunrise Springs has opened on the outskirts of town. The lovely property, along a country road that also boasts El Rancho de las Golondrinas, has undergone a costly renovation and reimagining. Designed and conceptualized by the Scott family (with partners), who also own and operate Ojo Caliente, the 70-acre property now offers world-weary, wellness-seeking travelers a reprieve from the stresses of everyday life. And there is food—delicious, wonderful food. My late-winter visit is intended to introduce me to the culinary goings-on, but includes an overnight stay in a luxury casita and an 80-minute hot-stone massage. My afternoon treatment is deeply rejuvenative; the smooth, warm rocks are able to get into tension-holding areas of the body you never knew existed. Completely relaxed, I practically stagger to the handsome Sages Café, which

normally serves as the breakfast and lunch area, but houses all meals until the Blue Heron restoration is complete. I’m joined by friends who live just a mile up the road; they are excited to see the transformation and already vow to make it their local spot. I am well acquainted with Chef Paul Novak’s talents, as I’m already a fan of his cooking from his stints at Geronimo and at Ojo Caliente’s Artesian Restaurant. Paul greets us with a glass of wine and details the concept behind the meal plan. He explains that the menus are generally plantbased, with focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes; animal proteins are offered as more of a side than a main dish. “Food as Medicine” is the way the in-room brochure explains it—and the meal that follows has us proclaiming, “We are healed.” I believe there is an affliction called palate fatigue, often experienced by food writers and chefs who get too much butter, foie gras, and bacon. Novak’s fresh, clean flavors on tasty display in every dish tonight become the cure. Somehow, without help from 84

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The Winter Apple Salad: Bibb lettuce, radicchio, frisée, walnuts, and tangy apple dressing. Left: The mouth-watering blueberry-thyme crostada.


Guests are invited to drop off their cell phones and laptops at reception and experience digital detox as they take in the waters, classes, and food with a revitalizing attitude carefully planned and orchestrated by the experienced staff.

Santa Fe’s Oldest Restaurant Welcomes You! This historic diner, in downtown Santa Fe, offers locals and visitors authentic New Mexican cuisine and flavors that span the globe! We’re the home of fine food and the friendliest folks in the southwest!

54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.982.1664

Above: Chef Paul Novak of Sunrise Springs and Ojo Caliente.

cream, cheese, meat, or other elements chefs often use to gussy up a recipe, the cuisine shines. The meal begins with a simple trio of pink grapefruit segments, lightly dusted with cinnamon and drizzled with a citrusy gastrique. Our palates cleansed, we gobble up the grilled rustic bread, which is drizzled with olive oil and sided by briny olives and a soft mound of herbed goat cheese melting from its grape-leaf casing. A hearty winter salad with lettuces, apples, walnuts, and a zippy apple purée dressing follows; we all comment on how pristine and unfussy the tastes are. The main courses, served family-style, continue to wow us: roasted beets simply seasoned with tarragon, salt, pepper, and Mother Nature; dairyfree scalloped Yukon Gold potatoes and butternut squash with seared brussels sprouts; sizzled onions and cider reduction; spaghetti squash with tart oven-roasted tomatoes and pesto; and the pièce de résistance (well, for us carnivores anyway), local rosemary-grilled lamb chops. Many of the ingredients are collected from the greenhouse; even before spring, everything tastes fresh from the soil. I’m leery of the gluten-free trend—but even though the delicious blueberry-and-thyme crostada is just that, you certainly couldn’t tell—and the coconut ice cream is wonderfully creamy although cream-less. Thoroughly sated, we finish the night with a quick visit to the puppy den at the back of the building and play with four frisky labs that lick clean our faces and restore our souls. As I drift off to sleep between my luxurious sheets next to a fading fireplace glow, I recall hot stones melting my stress away; smoky charred lamb chops; oaky Hess chardonnay; and puppy breath. My cell phone is off, laptop stored away, not a sound except the rustle of the trees; indeed I am renewed. Now it’s your turn.—John Vollertsen Sunrise Springs Integrative Wellness Resort, 242 Los Pinos Road, Call for information on day visits and dining.

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Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

digestifs El Niño provided a schizophrenic weather pattern this winter, and I’m glad it’s over—I’m so ready for spring. Along with the thaw comes a smattering of new eateries that pop up like culinary blooms, ready to lure customers who are shedding their coats and reviving their palates. Mark Connell, one of my favorite chefs, has been in flux for the past year while planning his next project: State Capital Kitchen at 500 Sandoval. Already I predict it will be Santa Fe’s next hot restaurant. The young Connell, who has previously manned the kitchens at Max’s and Arroyo Vino, continues to mature gastronomically. Foodies should book his nifty Chef’s Table, which is not 10 steps from the stoves and really allows diners to see whence springs all this edible creativity. If you need to recharge your batteries from the long winter, check out the Love Yourself Café in the DeVargas Center. Located alongside The Light Vessel Wellness Spa, the café offers creative and tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. There is also an eclectic list of “shooters” full of super-probiotics and health boosters (red deer antler and Changbai Mountain ant, etc.) that the knowledgeable staff can guide you through. Think of it as the perfect antidote for the grueling political season. A skewering restaurant review in the New York Times in January got me thinking where the hospitality industry may be heading in 2016. Reviewer Pete Wells knocked Thomas Keller’s (The French Laundry) Per Se from four stars down to two—an event that has never happened before in the Times history. With scathing criticisms inspired by shockingly bad food and service, Wells may have signaled the end of the overpriced and overly ego-driven dining experience. Quotes such as “Draining off the gluey, oily liquid would have helped a mushroom potpie from turning into a swampy mess,” and “I don’t know what could have saved limp, dispiriting yam dumplings, but it definitely wasn’t a lukewarm matsutake mushroom bouillon as murky and appealing as bong water” must have inspired a collective shudder from restaurateurs around the country. What struck me the most was reference to Per Se being a “no-fun house” and “among the worst food deals in New York.” Ouch! Back at home, we are blessed with restaurants that are fancy and fun, elegant and accessible, and I am proud of our local talents for keeping it all fresh and delicious. I can’t wait to keep exploring!—JV in memoriam: Chef Eric Distefano The world is less delicious now with the passing of Geronimo and Coyote Café Chef Eric Distefano. Truly the grand leader of our culinary scene, Distefano will be remembered not only for his amazing gastronomic skills, but for his kind heart, unlimited generosity, and ability to make each person in his enormous group of friends, family, and fans feel as if they were his favorite. The restaurants will continue in his tribute. I have written a thousand words about him in these very pages but the hardest of all is to say goodbye. I am certain all the scrumptious earthly pleasures he delivered in this world will be multiplied a hundredfold in the next. Godspeed, my friend.—JV 86

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113 Washington, 505-988-3236

Offering Southwestern cuisine with regional Latin influences. The redesigned dining destination celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe with a chic, sophisticated design that complements the restaurant’s legendary architecture. The Anasazi Lounge offers additional bar seating with the Para Picar menu as well as a Tequila Table featuring specialty tequilas. The Anasazi Bar and Lounge offers Social Hour every Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and again from 8:30 pm to close offering half priced beer and wine by the glass and a Social Bites Menu. Live entertainment Saturday evenings with Jesus Bas. Private dining also available.


905 S St Francis, 505-699-2243

The true taste of Philadelphia comes to Santa Fe at Bambini’s, conveniently located in front of Ski Tech close to St Francis and Cerrillos. Our cheese steaks and hoagies are 100% authentic and our bread is straight from Philly. Our passion for healthy and carefully crafted food is in each our delicious sandwiches which includes various meats and vegetarian options. All of our ingredients are carefully selected to achieve the greatest possible quality, while staying true to the food traditions of Philadelphia. Furthermore, we are all HEALTHY people and take great pride in serving our patrons high quality, healthy foods. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you!!

Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565

Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquitesmoked 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! Best Patio in SF! Open seven days a week: 11 am–11 pm during the week and to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

The Compound Restaurant

653 Canyon, 505-982-4353

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.

El Mesón

213 Washington, 505-983-6756

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 housemade 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.


Gabriel’s Restaurant

4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000

La Casa Sena

125 E Palace, 505-988-9232,

La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants for more than 30 years. Our bar, La Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner.Let La Cantina’s singing waitstaff entertain you nightly with the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more. Open daily 11 am until close. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open Monday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 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. Open Monday–Sunday from 11 am until close. Reservations are strongly suggested.


Amaya Restaurant

1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805 Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. Enjoy our newly renovated open air dining room, with lovely garden views.

Luminaria Restaurant

Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 800-727-5531, 505-984-7915 Wine Spectator award recipient Luminaria Restaurant and Patio continues to be a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy the seasonal creations of award-winning Executive Chef Marc Quiñones. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Early evening prix-fixe dinner from 5–6:30 pm, offering three courses for $34.

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555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929

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Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. New weekend brunch. Open daily 11:30–9:30 pm.

Midtown Bistro

901 W San Mateo, Ste A, 505-820-3121

The Ranch House

2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900

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,

Rancho de Chimayó—Celebrating 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic

Plaza Café

54 Lincoln Ave, 505-982-1664 The famous Plaza Café, on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, has been serving locals and visitors alike for over 110 years! We are Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and serve authentic New Mexican cuisines and flavors that span the globe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are the home of fine food and the friendliest folks in town! Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm, we hope you come visit us for a bite to eat!

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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.

New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Come celebrate with us! Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm. November thru April open 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast served weekends. Shop our online store.


231 Washington, 505-984-1788,

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. april/may 2016

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April Now–July 31 IAIA Student Filmmaker Showcase. IAIA's Helen Hardin Media Gallery will host daily screenings of new and past cinematic work by the Institute's students and alumni. Please call for pricing, times, and details on specific screenings. Institute for American Indian Arts, 83 Avan Nu Po, April 3, 2016–January 8, 2017 The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top. Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8"scale circus model acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. The museum will restore and install the Circus once again for 2016. Museum of International Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, April 10 The Santa Fe Symphony: The Four Seasons. Violin virtuoso Alexi Kenney joins the Symphony in a rendition of Vivaldi‘s Four Seasons, as well as Bach's Double Concerto for Oboe and Violin, featuring Symphony principal oboist Elaine Heltman alongside Kenney. $25–$80, 7 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, April 15 Nuestra Música. An evening of songs and stories exploring the region‘s singular blend of musical cultures and styles, featuring folk performers from across Central and Northern New Mexico. $10 (seniors free), 7 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, April 16 Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival. The Santa Fe Japanese Intercultural Network brings Japan’s festival spirit to Santa Fe with its own annual matsuri. 2016 ‘s theme is kabuki, the symbolic Japanese art of dance-drama. 9:30 am–5 pm, Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, April 29 Outdoor Vision Fest. A self-guided tour through environmental projections, outdoor art installations, and interactive multimedia cre88

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ated by local students. 8:45–10:45 pm, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael's, April 29–30 CircAspire. An exciting live performance by rising talent from Wise Fool, Santa Fe’s local circus company. $10–$15, James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos, April 30–May 1 Battlefields & Homefronts New Mexico. Military drills; camp and civilian life; and reenactments of Civil War battles fought over 150 years ago in New Mexico. 10 am–4 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas,

May May 1–31 (Saturdays only) Santa Fe Artists’ Market in the Railyard. A fine art show featuring local artists and artisans. Located in the Railyard District near the Farmers Market. Saturdays, 8 am–1 pm, May 1–March 5, 2017 Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico. ¡Orale! See an array of hubcaps, hood ornaments, memorabilia—and, yes, actual trickedout rides—in this celebration of the region's cherished lowrider art form. New Mexico History Museum, 105 W Palace, May 6–7 Canyon Road Spring Art Festival. Numerous galleries and artist studios on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road host openings, receptions, live painting demos, and more, beginning on Friday night and extending throughout the weekend. Various locations on Canyon, May 9 Performance Santa Fe: Yuja Wang. Known internationally as one of the finest young pianists today, Yuja Wang brings her remarkable virtuousity and power to the Lensic stage. $27–

$100, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, May 10 An Evening with Jackson Browne. The legendary singer-songwriter shares his music with a Santa Fe audience, tapping into his vast repertoire from a career spanning nearly a half-century and generating hits like “Running on Empty,“ “Somebody's Baby,“ and the Eagles‘ “Take it Easy.“ $75–$100, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, May 14–15 Beethoven Festival. The Symphony tackles a range of the great Romanticist’s works, including the Overture to Leonore, No. 3.; Choral Fantasy for Piano, Orchestra, and Chorus; March and Chorus from The Ruins of Athens; and Symphony No. 7. Featuring the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and pianist Sean Chen. $25–$80, 7:30 pm (May 14), 4 pm (May 15), Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, May 14–15 Fiesta de la Familia. Games, crafts and entertainment for families and children. Hands-on activities including weaving, biscochito baking, survival skills and more. 10 am–4 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, May 20–October 9 Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA. Work by Lloyd Kiva New and other faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts, with some emphasis on the school‘s formative years in the 1960s and ‘70s. New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace, May 27–29 Native Treasures. Santa Fe’s museum-quality Native American art show and sale, presenting the work of over 200 artists from across the nation. $10–$25 (general admission free May 29), Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W Marcy,

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Greater World Earthship Community


sustainable living in the high desert NEXT TIME YOU VISIT TAOS, take the long way back to Santa Fe. Drive west on U.S. 64. Stop for a beer at Taos Mesa Brewing, walk the length of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and finally—if you have any interest in architecture, sustainability, or gardening—tour an Earthship. Contrary to popular belief, the Greater World Earthship Community, located about 16 miles northwest of Taos and 75 miles north of Santa Fe, is not just a bunch of hippies living off the grid in the high desert. Yes, there are hippies, and yes, they live off the grid, but the part that most people don’t know is that Earthships aren’t just adobe-bound heaps of old tires, bottles, and cans; they are impeccably crafted feats of sustainable architecture. They’re also expensive ($250 per square foot) to build. What makes them so nice? Well, for $7, you can see for yourself. The self-guided tour around the Earthship Visitor Center (itself, of course, an Earthship) takes less than an hour and is definitely worth the price. Perhaps the most impressive—and immediately visible—feature of this particular Earthship is its garden, which is located in a narrow glass greenhouse that runs along the east-facing side of the structure. Dozens of hanging buckets overflow with verdant produce including basil, tomato, cantaloupe, and kale plants. Each homemade planter has its own white PVC pipe that stretches down into the soil; the tubes provide a way to water the bottom of the plants, which encourages the roots to grow downward. The buckets are clear so that water levels can be monitored. But where does the water come from, you might wonder? Well, it’s slightly complicated. Outside the Earthship, underground water storage tanks collect rain and runoff from the building’s roof, and the water is then filtered according to its eventual use. Washing water, for example, goes through 50-, 500-, and 1,000-mesh filters. Drinking water goes through a ceramic filter and a waterpressurizing tank. Water that has already been used once (in the sink, shower, laundry, or dishwasher) is used to hydrate plants (including a glorious fig tree) growing in a narrow strip of earth in the greenhouse; it then seeps down through layers of rock, gravel, sand, and peat moss before being used in the Earthship’s low-flush toilets. Flushed toilet water goes to a traditional septic tank and on to a black-water botanical cell, which provides nutrients to landscaping outside the home. If you find the process of recycling water impressive, the structures’ solar and wind power capabilities are just as innovative. After the tour, if you don’t leave wanting to purchase an Earthship yourself (and never pay a heating or cooling bill again), you’ll at least walk away with a few ideas about how to make your own home more sustainable, starting with solar panels on your roof.—Whitney Spivey Visitor Center self-guided tour, 10 am–4 pm daily, $7, Greater World Earthship Community, 2 Earthship Way, Tres Piedras, april/may 2016

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