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101 Tano Norte | 3br/4ba | $3,500,000

11 Camino del Alba | 4br/4ba | $2,975,000



Elegant Mediterranean-style residence is sited on almost 13 view-filled acres.

This view-filled home overlooking the Santa Fe Opera boasts exceptional design.

Darlene Streit 505.920.8001 NEW PRICE

David Woodard 505.920.2000


1050 Sierra del Norte | 3br/4ba | $1,795,000

1824 Cristobal Lane | 2br/2ba | $1,485,000



Elegant and exquisitely crafted single-story custom home on more than two acres.

Gorgeous recently-built single-level luxury home with views and lush landscaping.

87 Calle Josephina | 63+ acres in Las Dos | $711,000

8 Calle Nopalitos | 3br/3ba/2.5± acres | $650,000



Vacant land in Las Dos with extraordinary sweeping panoramic mountain views.

Peaceful oasis nestled amid piñon trees with lovely landscaping and spectacular views.

Darlene Streit 505.920.8001

Chris Webster 505.780.9500

Marilyn Foss 505.231.2500

David Córdova 505.660.9744

Santa Fe Brokerages

231 Washington Avenue, 505.988.8088 | 318 Grant Avenue, 505.982.6207 | 326 Grant Avenue, 505.988.2533 sothebyshomes.com/SantaFe Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Real estate agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity.


915 Old Santa Fe Trail | 5br/6ba | $2,975,000

23 Vista Redonda | 3br/4ba | $2,500,000



Rare contemporary home close to the Plaza offers magnificent mountain views.

Adobe foam-insulated home on five acres features sweeping mountain views.

Darlene Streit 505.920.8001

Darlene Streit 505.920.8001

16 Hubbard Hill, Pecos, NM | 5br/6ba | $995,000

106 Old Canoncito Road | 3br/4ba/13± acres | $795,000



Exquisite, one-of-a-kind country compound on approximately 3.5 landscaped acres.

Northern New Mexico ranch home, studio and multiple gardens on 13.7 lush acres.

Vicki Markley 505.927.3229

Skye Smith 505.470.1150


58 County Road 140, Medanales, NM | 4br/4ba | $599,000

407 Arroyo Tenorio Street | 1br/1ba | $465,000



Lovingly restored Northern New Mexico classic adobe on 2.23 acres with water rights.

Charming Eastside pied-a-terre close to Downtown Subscription coffee shop.

Lois Sury, CRS, ABR 505.470.4672

K.C. Martin 505.690.7192

Santa Fe Brokerages

231 Washington Avenue, 505.988.8088 | 318 Grant Avenue, 505.982.6207 | 326 Grant Avenue, 505.988.2533 sothebyshomes.com/SantaFe Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Real estate agents affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Bodelson - Spier Team WHAT’S COOKING SANTA FE?

Check out these fabulous kitchens from just a few of our listings!

Main House



5 br, 7 ba, 3 Separate Houses, 2 Separate Lots Main House 5,169 sq.ft., 2nd House 1,230 sq.ft., 3rd House 2,215 sq.ft.

3 br, 2.5 ba, 2,700 sq.ft., 2.5 Acres

mls 201900660

$695,000 - Stunning pitched roof home on mls 201804756 2.5 acres. Excellent floorplan, immaculate, $4,500,000 - Three distinct and separate top of the line appliances, spacious open kitchen, living and dining. Well appointed Owner’s suite, office, 2 guest bedrooms, 3 fireplaces, fully fenced and landscaped, private well, gated community and a 3-car garage.

homes each with custom gate entrance set back off of East Acequia Madre and situated on two lots totaling 0.7053 of an acre. This spectacular remodel is complete with extraordinary taste and style!

Guest House

820 CAMINO ATALAYA 6 br, 8 ba, 8,100 sq.ft., .89 Acre

$2,900,000 - Remarkable Eastside Compound on nearly one acre. Property consists of two complete homes attached only through a laundry room. This property is totally remodeled and ready to move into. Downtown is at your doorstep from this quiet and protected location. A Studio, workshop and a large porte-cochere complete this offering.

Deborah Bodelson 505.660.4442

Cary Spier 505.690.2856

Visit us at SantaFeHomesNM.com View our Luxury Kitchen Cooking Videos • See all of Deborah and Cary’s new and existing inventory Santa Fe Properties: 505.982.4466

14 the people issue


18 People We Love

Profiles of artists, business owners, philanthropists, musicians, and others who help make Santa Fe special


April / May 2019


42 Sculpture Month

Canyon Road celebrates the threedimensional side of art

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49 Canyon Road Magazine An introduction to the art, architecture, history, shopping, and dining along the historic street



10 Publisher’s Note 14 City Different

A roundup of events across the city, including Native Treasures art market, Santa Fe Century, and more gvg contemporary

34 Art

Bill Hester Fine Art’s Imaginarium, previews of art shows around town, and Matthew Mullins and Karen Bexfield talk about their lives as artists

75 Living

A home in a brand-new development boasts magnificent views


83 Dining

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Chef Johnny Vee tries out the food and amenities at Ojo Caliente Springs Resort & Spa and visits Atrisco Cafe & Bar

Linda's Historic Eastside Listings Recently Sold



635 Garcia | $1,295,000*

558 Garcia | $1,050,000* | Linda’s Listing & Sale



333 Magdalena | $995,000*

Camino Don Miguel | $450,000*

lindamurphy Award-W inning Real Estate Broker, Certified Residential Specialist Member of Historic Santa Fe Foundation L I N D A M U R P H Y. C O M • 5 0 5 . 7 8 0 . 7 7 1 1 • L I N D A @ L I N D A M U R P H Y. C O M • S A N TA F E P R O P E R T I E S - 5 0 5 . 9 8 2 . 4 4 6 6

*List Price. Santa Fe Properties participated in this Sale.



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ON THE COVER Erin Currier, an artist and world traveler, is one of the 2019 People We Love. Photograph by Michael DeYoung

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BEING PUBLISHER OF SANTA FEAN magazine has many interesting benefits, but the greatest joy of my job is meeting the variety of people who cross my path. Unique, often quirky, and brilliant in a specific way, the two common denominators are that they all love Santa Fe deeply and they are all lovable in and of themselves. The 2019 People We Love are fascinating characters in their passion for their work, the respect they have for culture, and their dogged determination to make a difference. Each one cares deeply for others and each has very consciously selected Santa Fe as the place to build the greatest life possible. The enchantment of this place has allowed them to grow as incredible people. Financial prosperity may have come to some of these folks, but they’ve opted to live in a place where money is not the biggest factor in measuring success. Santa Fe has attracted incredible people since artists first started coming here over 100 years ago. The city has continued to lure brilliant writers, actors, scientists, philosophers, businesspeople, politicos, and so many others. I’m sure there are many reasons why this community drew them in—and why those born in the area have stayed—but the creative environment, filled with other amazing people and a beautiful lifestyle, keeps them here doing their fine work. The city seems to fuel them in their endeavors. While the natural resources surrounding Santa Fe are abundant, this issue reminds us that our greatest natural resource is the City Different’s inhabitants. In truth, this population is like no other. We invite you to read about these beautiful individuals and look at how your own beauty fits in our beloved city.


In order to take your Santa Fean experience to the next level, we have added videos to our website that enhance our editorial content, as well as expanded offerings from select advertisers. Make sure to like us on Facebook to see new content, videos, and promotional material.


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PHOTOGRAPHY laurie allegretti gabriella marks, douglas merriam


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The Girls Inc. Gala Girls Inc. of Santa Fe reached over 1,000 young Santa Feans last year, providing researchbased programming to guide and educate girls aged 5 to 18. According to the organization’s website, 96 percent of those girls receive some level of tuition assistance. The Girls Inc. Gala is an opportunity to support the nonprofit’s work while enjoying wine, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner, and a live auction. Items up for grabs include week-long stays in Maine, Costa Rica, and other locations, and a Paul McCartney package with four concert tickets and an autographed bass guitar. —Sarah Eddy FUNDRAISER

The Girls Inc. Gala, April 4, 5:30–9:30 pm, $200, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, girlsincofsantafe.org.

the buzz around town Cameron Gay/CMRN Visual Arts

Wear your best red outfit and show your support for local youth programs at the Girls Inc. Gala.

Canyon Road Spring Art Festival EVENT Every year during the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival, dozens of artists working in virtually every medium imaginable convene en masse to make art, providing in-depth looks into their unique creative processes. The festival kicks off on Friday with numerous gallery exhibition openings, many with live entertainment, light snacks, and wine or beer. On Saturday, over 50 artists from galleries all along the celebrated half-mile road create original works en plein air while visitors watch. In past years, artists have worked with oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, pastels, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, wood, ceramics, pottery, glass, jewelry, leather, and more. Opportunities to ask questions and to request live commissions abound, with silent auctions in select galleries.—SE

Canyon Road Spring Art Festival, May 10, 5–7 pm, May 11, 10 am–3 pm, free, Canyon Road, visitcanyonroad.com.



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EVENT At the 34th annual Santa Fe Century, bicyclists can sign up for 25-, 50-, and 100-mile rides, timed or not. On Saturday afternoon, riders can register, pick up their ride kits, and enjoy a beer garden and a vintage bicycle concours d’elegance, all at Santa Fe Brewing. Sunday, the day of the races, events move to the west parking lot at Santa Fe Community College. A beer garden is open all afternoon on Sunday, as is a pop-up massage station. The event is teaming up with YouthWorks, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling, education, and job training for at-risk youth. YouthWorks Catering will be onsite providing breakfast and lunch. Registering for a race? You can turn your ride into a fundraiser by signing up and inviting your friends and family to sponsor you.—SE

Heartbreak Hill is known as one of the most challenging stretches of Santa Fe Century.

Santa Fe Century, May 18, 4–7 pm, Santa Fe Brewing, 37 Fire Place, May 19, 6 am–5:30 pm, $30–$75, Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards, santafecentury.com, santafeyouthworks.org.

Jay Chapman Jay Chapman

Santa Fe Century

Eldorado Studio Tour tour At the 28th annual Eldorado Studio Tour, catch an intimate look into the creative spaces of artists working in a variety of media, including woodworking, glass, paper and printmaking, photography, digital art, painting, drawing, fiber, and wearable art. This spring studio tour event boasts the largest number of participating artists and artisans in New Mexico. You can peruse a list of the dozens of participants on the event’s website and print out a brochure and a map to each studio before hitting the road.—SE

Eldorado Studio Tour, May 18–19, 10 am–5 pm, free, various locations, eldoradoarts.org. Left: A turquoise and bead necklace by Eldorado artist Joan Babcock.



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EVENT Over 200 Native American artists representing tribes across the country participate in the Native Treasures Art Market each year. With styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, emerging and established artists sell jewelry, pottery, paintings, basketry, beadwork, carvings, sculpture, textiles, and more. Since the market’s inception in 2005, Native Treasures has generated well over $4 million in sales. A portion of the sales, along with the net proceeds Above: Deer Dancer, by Mateo Romero, and an from sponsorships and ticket sales, earthenware piece (left) by Diego Romero. The supports the brothers are this year’s MIAC Living Treasures. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture’s annual exhibitions and educational programs. The 2019 Living Treasures, brothers Diego and Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), will be honored in a ceremony at the Friday evening reception and celebration. Mateo Romero is a painter and Diego works in ceramic. Saturday kicks off with a champagne breakfast and early bird shopping from 8–10 am. Admission to the market is free the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday, with a fashion show at 2 pm on Saturday.–SE

Native Treasures, Pre-Show Celebration and Benefit, May 24, 5–7:30 pm, $150; champagne breakfast and early bird entry May 25, 8–10 am, $25–$40; art market May 25, 10 am–5 pm, and May 26, 10 am–4 pm, free, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, nativetreasures.org.

Karl Duncan

Patricia von Buelow shows off her studio and work during the Eldorado Studio Tour.

Cara Romero

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Native Treasures Art Market



performance roundup in the spotlight by Lisa J. Van Sickle

April and May mark the end of the season for many of our local performing arts organizations. Santa Fe Pro Musica (SFPM) presents their season finale, East Meets West, April 27 and 28. Guest conductor Gemma New leads the orchestra in Arvo Pärt’s Trisagion and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana joins the group for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. SFPM’s Baroque Ensemble presents three evenings of Pergolesi April 18–20 in Loretto Chapel to mark Holy Week. The intimate concerts feature Stephen Redfield, violin, Clara Rottsolk, soprano, and Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano. The Santa Fe Symphony (SFS) and Chorus offer Johannes Brahms’s massive Ein deutches Requiem April 14. SFS finishes their season May 18 and 19 with all-Berlioz concerts, including Symphonie fantastique and a performance of Rêverie et Caprice with concertmaster David Felberg on the podium and conductor Guillermo Figueroa as violin soloist. Performance Santa Fe (PSF) presents two ensembles in May. The Emerson String Quartet appears May 10 in a program of Mozart, Beethoven, and Britten. PSF ends the season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in a production of Orlando di Lasso’s final work, Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter). Peter Sellars designed the staging for the Renaissance masterpiece. Lensic Presents three varied programs. April 2, Malpaso Dance Company, based in Havana, performs dances by Cuban, Canadian, and Israeli choreographers. Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion take the stage April 9. The Indian tabla

virtuoso is joined by Niladri Kumar on sitar, Eric Harland on percussion, and Mattannur Sankarankutty Marar and his ensemble from Kerala. On May 2 Lensic Presents Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni: No Tenors Allowed. The baritone and bass-baritone prove that the lower ranges of men’s voices have plenty to offer. AMP Concerts brings guitarist Jimmie Vaughan to the Lensic on April 3. Vaughan has performed both as a soloist and as a guitarist on recordings by the likes of Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, and B.B. King. On April 11, AMP brings the California Guitar Trio to St. Francis Auditorium. With backgrounds ranging from surf rock to classical, they perform all types of music. GiG Performance Space has three April shows scheduled, with more to come in May, no doubt. Flatbed Buggy, headed by jazz drummer Rudy Royston, is first up, appearing April 4. Mandolin whiz John Reischman and the Jaybirds perform a mix of old-time and bluegrass April 11, and April 19 GiG hosts Unison, a jazz trio led by pianist Andy Milne. Dates, times, venues, and ticket prices vary. See websites for details and additional shows. ampconcerts.org, gigsantafe.com, lensic.org, performancesantafe.org, santafesymphony.org, sfpromusica.org april/may 2019

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rin Currier’s art disassembles elements of geography, spirituality, economics, and politics to reconstitute them as wonderful splices of the human condition. Part travel journals, part aspirational abstractions, her collage paintings and drawings invite the viewer to examine notions of privilege, strife, and agency as lived by individuals and communities around the world. “Art can lower people’s defenses so they connect on the familiar level first,” says Currier. “With a lot of my pieces, viewers will say, ‘She reminds me of my niece,’ or, ‘She reminds me of my neighbor.’ There’s this kinship and familiarity. Then it’s only in the next moment that they realize she’s from a different race or a different religion or a different country, and that’s my hope, that the viewer is first drawn in by the familiarity.” Currier’s artistic insights developed at an early age. Even before she could speak, her mother would place crayons in her young daughter’s hand, encouraging her to draw. In high school, Currier used her artistic talents to connect with peers and teachers. “I was always the go-to artist in high school,” recalls Currier. “I drew a life-sized Einstein for physics class, and illustrated all the crime types for law class, and I always had a lot of friends because I would do fliers for people’s bands and events. But then I kind of rebelled against all that.” Turning down scholarships for art schools, Currier instead pursued a BFA in theater technical design at the College of Santa Fe. While working her way through college as a barista, she began incorporating refuse into her art, which would become a signature trait of her work. After her first successful art series, in which she created Buddhist deities out of trash collected from the coffee shop where she worked, she used the earnings from the art sales to take a nine-month trip around the world. The journey helped shape many of her beliefs and her artistic identity. “I learned to travel with purpose,” Currier says. “The quest for understanding and awareness is always being played out in a global arena. Some people say my work has become more and more sociopolitical over time, but really, for me, the spiritual and the political are always the same.” In her latest series, Currier continues to incorporate “disinherited ‘waste’” as she reimagines classic works of art. These derivative creations bridge physical and immaterial separations between old and new and merge the exotic with the mundane. “By subverting, contemporizing and re-creating a masterpiece, you’re also keeping it alive,” says Currier. “Artists who made those masterpieces also borrowed from those who came before them. In Japanese it’s called honkadori, which means ‘picking up the melody.’ I’m trying to pick up the melody, too, and honor these masterpieces by making them my own.” When not traveling, Currier says she is proud to call New Mexico home “because of artists who follow in their traditions but also subvert them to make sociopolitical, spiritual and contemporary statements. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else in the world.”—Efraín Villa


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regg Antonsen is constantly viewing the City Different with a fresh perspective. As senior vice president and qualifying broker of Sotheby’s International Realty, he manages all three of the company’s downtown offices. The position allows him not only to interact with buyers but to “step into their shoes and see Santa Fe through their eyes.” What they see, he says, is “a lot of good.” There’s the sun, which shines 300-plus days each year, the “sense of being nurtured by a small community,” the lifestyle, which he deems “incredible,” and the night sky. “One of the things people love about coming here is that you can see the stars. It’s a whole new world.” Antonsen is no stranger to locales of extraordinary beauty and culture. For a handful of years in the early 1980s, he lived in Honolulu, maintaining a law practice and teaching at the University of Hawaii. He became involved in the real estate industry while serving as an attorney for title companies. A client encouraged him to enter the business himself, and it was ultimately a real estate position that brought him to Santa Fe in 2003. “For me it’s about helping people find their dream home,” Antonsen says of his work. “That’s because I tend to specialize in the upper end of the market.” But no matter what price range his clients occupy, he says, “You have to be there as a support while people are going through what can be an emotional process.” This support often takes the form of bringing “a sense of adventure and fun into it.” Antonsen also devotes his focus to bringing “positive, sustainable change for the community here.” One outlet for his enthusiasm is improving the Santa Fe Airport: “I’m on the advisory board and I’m all about expanding the airport.” It’s an initiative he posits can result in greater access for travelers and new jobs for locals. Increasing the diversity of available medical services is another of his priorities. “When people consider retiring here, the first question they have is, ‘What is the health care like?’ Support for the two health care centers is going to enable us to grow sustainably as we move into the future.” Whether people are drawn to Santa Fe for its arts culture, its access to nature, or its diverse community, Antonsen aims to find each client the perfect home. “It sounds idyllic to say that I’m helping people achieve their dreams, but that’s really the truth.”—Eve Tolpa



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Dan and Ashlyn Perry



he arts are at the heart of Dan and Ashlyn Perry’s relationship with New Mexico—and with each other. It was during an Artist’s Way class­­, based on the book of the same name by Santa Fe author Julia Cameron, that the couple met. The year was 2007, and they were both living in San Antonio, Texas. “We had an interest in the arts,” Ashlyn says. “Dan likes to write, and I like to do anything artistic.” Dan recalls engaging in the course’s daily writing practice. “There was a lot of self-discovery through that,” he says. “Time to reflect and study things.” Another part of the curriculum, he adds, involved “studying places where the arts thrive.” One of those places was the City Different. “We visited Santa Fe on our first date,” Ashlyn says. “Dan always had a love affair with Santa Fe since he was young and came here on family trips.” The two moved to New Mexico three years later and shortly thereafter heard about a 1,500acre ranch in Chama. In 2011, they bought it. Of the property, known as Trout Stalker Ranch, Ashlyn says, “We run it as a working ranch and a guest ranch. We spend about half the time in Chama and the other half in Santa Fe.” In both locations, the arts play a big role in the couple’s lives, and they give back in myriad ways. Ashlyn has been a multi-term board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a current member of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the board for the Western Landowners Alliance. Dan sat on The Santa Fe Opera’s board of directors for five years before going on to chair the organization’s business council, a post he still maintains. He has been a board member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation since 2013, where he and Ashlyn co-chair the organization’s Centennial Campaign to raise funds for the construction of Vladem Contemporary, opening in 2020. In 2018, they were jointly honored with a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Chama is also on the receiving end of the Perrys’ philanthropy, and they plan to donate a building to support local artistic endeavors. “In Chama, I get a lot of nurturing from nature,” says Ashlyn. “Our whole experience has led us to get involved in economic development here. We have a real joy for transforming a community through the arts.”—ET april/may 2019

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anta Fean Benedicte Valentiner has lived a life of adventure. Born in Denmark, as a very young girl she experienced life in Copenhagen under Nazi rule. After completing her education in Denmark and Sweden, she gained professional experience in hotel and restaurant services in Denmark, Switzerland, and Scotland. In 1963, Valentiner jumped at the chance to emigrate to the United States when her father was transferred to Washington, D.C. Having applied for American citizenship, she continued her career in the hospitality industry when she landed a job at the city’s Shoreham Hotel. Marriage brought Valentiner to Santa Fe in 1976, where she worked as an assistant to the Minority Whip of the House of Representatives. By 1981, she was employed by U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-NM). After a number of years of working in the Senate in Washington, D.C., she saw an opportunity to shift back into her area of expertise. A job as the manager of the official presidential guest house, Blair House, seemed too wonderful to think possible, but Valentiner submitted her application. The rest is history: the position was the culmination of her professional life. From 1988 to 2001, Valentiner was the general manager of Blair House. She tells the story in her 2011 memoir, Bedtime and Other Stories from the President’s Guest House, which describes her service to four presidents— Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. “Mrs. V” (as she was affectionately known) shares some of the behind-the-scenes antics of world leaders in her book. Each delegation brought with them specific needs or requirements, often creating unique problems for Valentiner’s staff. One repeat guest to Blair House was a particular prime minister. Aside from an arrogant, often nasty attitude, his morning breakfast tray was usually short pieces of silver upon its return to the kitchen. Valentiner also recounts the night that another head of state was discovered wandering the hallways of Blair House wearing only undershorts, very lost and very inebriated. While some guests were troublesome, others were lovely. Valentiner was so impressed by the Clintons’ generosity of spirit during their White House stay that she became a registered Democrat. President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were particularly fond of Mrs. V’s attention to their needs, especially when grandchildren were on hand. The playful young ones were perhaps a threat to the order and beauty of the stately Blair House, but all was protected under Valentiner’s watchful eye. Valentiner’s parents often reminded her that one should always leave while the music is still playing. That is what she did, retiring in 2001 and returning to a very contented life in Santa Fe with her dachshunds. — R. Eric Gustafson

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Barbara Meikle



s a child growing up in Albuquerque, Barbara Meikle always wanted to be an artist in Santa Fe. “I loved the Plaza, I loved the cultural mix,” she says. “I thought: someday.” To that end, she immersed herself in painting and printmaking at the University of Denver. “I also studied art history,” she says, noting an affinity for the Taos Society of Artists and Georgia O’Keeffe. “I thought, ‘They did it, I could do it. Someday it will happen, but I don’t know how.’” A gallery career took Meikle to Chicago and New York before landing her back in New Mexico in the 1990s. In 2000, she was juried into the Santa Fe Society of Artists and “did about 20 to 23 outdoors shows for seven years or so. I learned so much and built a wonderful client base that still follows me today.” Now at her own Canyon Road–area gallery, Barbara Meikle Fine Art, which she opened in 2006, she exhibits her own work, which she terms “expressive impressionism,” alongside that of seven other artists. There’s an unmistakable theme in her vividly hued oil-on-canvas paintings, giclées, and hot-color patinated bronzes: animals. In addition to being “born with a talent for drawing,” Meikle says,

“I was always horse-crazy.” Indeed, equine subjects populate many of her pieces, but so do a host of other animals—bears, buffalo, and llamas, to name a few. She also creates equally bright landscape paintings. “At first, the high desert seems really subtle,” she explains, “but after a while you begin to see all these colors.” Her devotion to animals is not limited to their artistic depiction; she’s also a dedicated advocate. Several times a year, the gallery hosts events to benefit different local animal rescue organizations. April 27 marks the sixth year Meikle has opened her doors to the Españolabased New Mexico Wildlife Center; in past years, she’s welcomed owls, eagles, hawks, falcons, and turkey vultures from the organization. Visitors are invited to chat with the birds’ handlers while Meikle creates art on the spot, using her avian guests as models. “I tie in prints, paintings,” she says. “When you purchase these things, you are helping to support a rescue or animal-benefit [group].” Between her love for art and her love for animals, Meikle has found what she was looking for in Santa Fe. “A feeling of openness and imagination and compassion—that’s what draws people here, that’s what keeps people here,” she says.—ET april/may 2019

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laugh and say I run a shopping center, I run a spa, a bar, a restaurant, an art gallery, a hotel,” says Jenny Kimball. “It’s like a little city behind the doors here.” If La Fonda on the Plaza is a city, Kimball is its mayor. She’s been chairman of the board for the landmark downtown hotel since 2007, and in 2014 she bought the company with her brother, Philip Wise, and became its CEO. Though early in her career she never imagined ending up at La Fonda—or in the hospitality industry in general— Kimball’s path was laid decades ago. Kimball grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her parents were close friends of Sam and Ethel Ballen, who moved to Santa Fe and purchased La Fonda in the 1960s. In 1989, Kimball, a young business and real estate lawyer and graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, was looking for a change of pace and a community with better access to the outdoors. She decided to move to Santa Fe and found a home-away-from-home with the Ballens, who hosted her while she took the New Mexico bar exam. For nearly two decades, Kimball practiced law in Santa Fe, with La Fonda as one of her clients. She also served as the president of the ECMC Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to college success and career readiness. After Sam Ballen’s death in 2007 (Ethel had passed away the previous year), she switched paths and became chairman of the hotel’s board, later putting together an ownership group with her brother and buying the hotel from the Ballen family heirs and other shareholders. “It’s the perfect place for me to have landed,” Kimball says. As CEO, she regularly uses her legal skills and business acumen, and she also gets to exercise her interest in the arts by helping curate the hotel’s multimillion-dollar art collection. “It uses all of my skills and talents. Who would have thought that about running a hotel?” Though a hotel is typically a place for out-of-town visitors, Kimball highly values La Fonda’s role as a local gathering spot. She says she regularly sees city councilors, state representatives, local heads of nonprofits, and old friends and business acquaintances passing through the lobby. “I would hope it’s the meeting place for the locals, where they want to meet their friends, where they want to have a drink, where they want to have their weddings and their anniversary parties,” Kimball says. “[They] feel that it’s their place, and I think our locals can be our biggest ambassadors if we treat our community properly.” Running a 20,000-square-foot historic hotel with over 200 employees is no easy task, and Kimball commutes to Phoenix, where her husband works, every other weekend. Nevertheless, she still manages to find time to enjoy New Mexico’s natural landscape by skiing, hiking, and riding her horse. “As long as you’ve got a good team helping you—and mine is the best—it makes the job so much easier,” she states. “It is such an honor and blessing to be helming a historic hotel that’s such an icon in the community.”—Sarah Eddy



t’s not easy to define what Roger Montoya does. Dancer, painter, educator, community activist, yes, but the whole exceeds the sum of the parts. Montoya was born in Denver to a family with deep roots in Northern New Mexico. High school and college gymnastics led to a professional dance career, derailed when his partner was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984. The dying man was ostracized by his own family but embraced by the Montoya clan, so the pair moved to Velarde, New Mexico, where Montoya tended to him. When his partner passed, Montoya returned to New York and his career, touring with Parsons Dance. By 1990 he had seen hundreds of friends die of AIDS. Feeling doomed himself, Montoya returned to Velarde. His health held up, and he became a founding member of Moving People Dance Santa Fe, a professional company that also offered dance education. In 1998 he started a branch of Moving People in Velarde. The 2003 New Mexico Fine Arts Education Act allowed Montoya to expand arts education programs to all 12 elementary schools in the Española district. Montoya and partner Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel started Moving Arts Española in 2008. The after-school program offers instruction in dance, gymnastics, music, drama, and visual arts, taught by professionals, for 250 kids aged two to 17. They also provide services for another 225 youngsters from Ohkay Owingeh Community School and La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences—Montoya and Ruiz founded the charter school. All too common are “poverty, addiction, and all the social ills that create barriers to success,” says Montoya. “There’s a lot of heavy lifting to do in the region.” Children showed up hungry, so Moving Arts found funding to provide farm-to-table vegetarian meals for students, their families, and staff, serving 12,000 meals in 2018. A large number of Española’s children are being raised by grandparents, and Montoya appreciates how the meals provide both social time and nutrition for the elders, seeing meals as “the heart and soul” of Moving Arts. A tutoring program, overseen by a professor at Northern New Mexico College, matches younger children needing academic help with “cool teenagers” who work with school officials to develop targeted academic mentoring. Montoya notes this program is overseen by a 19-year-old Moving Arts alumnus. Throughout Moving Arts older students and alumni teach younger kids, earning respect, confidence, and pay. Montoya’s next undertaking is as Rio Arriba Community Liason with Cariños Community Hub, a project of United Way and Rio Arriba County. Montoya envisions a full range of services aimed at “disenfranchised, under-educated, and drug-addicted” 16-to-36-year-olds—vocational training, recovery programs, GED classes, basketball, laundry and showers for homeless teens, and quality childcare. “There is cultural and personal resilience that lives in the DNA of people here,” Montoya believes. “What an opportunity to invest in a population that’s hiding in plain sight,” helping reintegrate them into the community. “What community doesn’t have an empty building, needy kids, and employable artists?” Montoya shrugs, making it all sound so easy.—Lisa J. Van Sickle

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rom the first moment Dr. Mark Botwin saw the Southwest, he was hooked. While finishing optometry school in Memphis “when Elvis was still alive,” the East Coast native traveled to Arizona to visit a friend. The Indian Health Service (IHS) offered him jobs in North Dakota, Montana, and Winslow, Arizona, and he chose the Southwest. Botwin worked for IHS for 12 years, in Winslow and the Four Corners area. He opened a private practice in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, but quickly realized he and his family were constantly running to Santa Fe, so it was on to New Mexico in 1990. He always envisioned having his own optical shop with an optometry practice, and in 2006 he opened Botwin Eye Group / Oculus Optical on St. Michael’s Drive. He considers eyeglasses the perfect fashion accessory. “They’re right in front of you,” unlike a handbag or shoes. “You look at someone, that’s what you’re looking at.” Oculus carries frames from many different makers. Botwin notes that manufacture of glasses frames had just about died out in the United States, but recently, every time he attends a trade show he finds frames from new independent makers. As the practice grew it got a little busy for one doctor. That problem resolved in 2007 when Dr. Jonathan Botwin, his oldest son, finished school and joined the practice. Five years later Dr. Jeremy Botwin returned to Santa Fe, credentials in hand, to join his father and brother, and Dr. Micayla Fisher-Ives (née Botwin) completed the family trifecta in 2016. “I never dreamt it,” says Dr. Mark about all three of his children going into optometry and joining his practice. “It was quite a surprise.” Botwin opened a Water Street branch in 2016, figuring it mainly would be an optical shop. To his surprise, plenty of people prefer to get an eye exam downtown, such as people who live in the area and don’t own cars. State employees can walk over, and tourists often contract eye infections, break glasses, and lose contact lenses. David Naylor Interiors designed both offices. The décor includes Navajo textiles and Jicarilla Apache pottery Botwin acquired while working for IHS and antique optical equipment he has collected. Dr. Jonathan and several staff members are bilingual. Patients include old friends from the Jicarilla Apache Nation as well as “movie stars, cowboys, hippies, the whole gamut.” The office will see Patient 100,000 this year. The four Botwins enjoy providing medical eye care to the community, including minor eye surgery and treatment of eye diseases, as well as providing fashionable eyewear. They are proud to support organizations from Santa Fe Bandstand to the Helen Keller Foundation. If the gentleman sitting next to you at the opera or the woman at yoga looks familiar, it just might be your eye doctor.—LVS 26


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hen the weather is just right, and the music is just right, and people are waltzing in a big circle,” Michael Dellheim knows Santa Fe Bandstand has created another magical evening. Bandstand’s parent organization, Outside In, was founded by David Lescht in 1995 to bring music to people in prisons and hospitals. “In 2003 the City asked Outside In if we would consider doing a once-a-week thing on the Plaza on a weeknight,” remembers Dellheim, a board member from the outset. They put together shows on eight Tuesdays, at noon and in the evening. The schedule grew from there. “We had lunch that day,” says Dellheim, recalling the shock in May, 2012, when his close friend Lescht suddenly died. Wanting to keep the already-planned 2012 Bandstand series going in honor of its founder, he agreed to take the reins, hoping someone else would step up going forward. Instead, Dellheim, formerly a location manager for the film industry (and an amateur musician and music-lover himself), stayed in the job, implementing fiscal management he’s not sure Lescht would have fully appreciated. For 2019, Dellheim has booked 72 groups for Bandstand, 80 percent from New Mexico. “Very much a classic, best-of-Santa Fe lineup.” National acts include Amy Helm, Davina and the Vagabonds, and Los Straitjackets. All performers are paid, a policy

since Outside In began. Having tried it all, he’s found that heavy metal, jam bands, and jazz don’t work. “Anything you can dance to” brings a crowd, and attendance data and survey results concur. There are exceptions: “It’s really satisfying to see the steady annual growth of Opera Night,” he says. “We try to play well with others,” Dellheim laughs. He starts later on Wednesdays to keep Bandstand’s sound from interfering with Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The four Saturday events in July are held at SWAN Park on the Southside, partly to avoid conflicts with the Railyard concert series, partly to bring live music to a whole new audience of people not inclined to go Downtown. Dellheim marvels that Santa Fe is still small and peaceable enough that, with average evening attendance of 840 on the Plaza and 1,100 at SWAN Park, “I don’t have a line item for security.” With the support of grants, business sponsors, and a dedicated board of directors, “People who don’t have money can still see something of interest and quality” five nights a week for eight weeks. One steadfast board member is Sarah Lescht. Although she needed to back away for a while after her husband’s death, she returned to represent his vision for the organization. Over time, she and Michael Dellheim realized they had much in common besides Outside In, and they married two years ago. He smiles. “It’s been spectacular.”—LVS april/may 2019

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inda Raney wasn’t the kid whose mom had to force her grudging child into taking music lessons. Learning the piano was her idea—at age seven—and she took to it like a fish to water. “It was a real thrill to start piano lessons, and in a way a rite of passage,” says Dr. Raney, music director of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe. She sang in a number of children’s choirs growing up and began playing the organ in high school. By her sophomore year at Indiana University she had made the decision to pursue music as a career, to the surprise of her staid, Midwestern family. Moving to Santa Fe with her husband, Raymond, Raney embarked on a long (31 years and counting) career with First Presbyterian. In addition to practicing two to three hours a day, she programs music for all services, directs the Chancel Choir and Chancel Bell Choir, and runs the church’s wildly popular TGIF concert series, which she founded. Open to the public, the freewill offering TGIF concerts happen every Friday evening at 5:30, 52 weeks of the year—rain, sun, or snow. When they first started in 2008, coinciding with the momentous installation of the church’s C.B. Fisk Organ (Opus 33), it was pretty much the Linda Raney Show. “The first nine months I played a heckuva lot of organ recitals!” she laughs. “But then people sort of got the idea, and we started getting requests. We started taking these voluntary bookings, and now I only have to play about once a year.” Already booked into 2020, the TGIF series features acts ranging from organists and string ensembles to choirs and poetry readers. Outside of the church, Raney directs her purposeful—and seemingly boundless—energy, vocal expertise, and infectious enthusiasm for performance toward the Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble, which she has led for 30 years. In 2010, recognizing Raney’s commitment to musical performance and outreach throughout the city (she also directed the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus for two decades), then-Mayor David Coss and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission presented her with a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. For the music teacher and lifelong music student, it was a high honor, and validated her mission to share a variety of music with diverse audiences. “Keeping programming relevant for the times has added a wonderful nuance to it all and keeps it different for me; it isn’t the same old, same old,” Raney explains, adding the musician’s lament: “There’s just so much music and so little time.” —Amy Gross

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rammy Award–nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album the last two years running— this year for If You Really Want, a bombastic collaboration with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orkest, last year for the solo album Bad Ass and Blind— Raul Midón is achieving new heights in an already long and remarkable recording career. The multi-instrumentalist, comfortable in musical idioms from jazz to Latin to classic rock, banged out his first rhythms as a Santa Fe–area youngster. “It started with my father recognizing that I had a gift,” Midón says. His dad started him on flamenco guitar lessons at age six. “I don’t know if I really decided [on a music career]. It kind of decided me.” Midón and his brother were blind from infancy, and they grew up awash in the sounds of their father’s eclectic music collection. Young Raul’s tastes were as precocious as his talents, and he was quickly drawn to jazz innovators like Chick Corea (whom he fondly remembers seeing at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater as a teenager). Midón embraces the role of his blindness in his art while habitually taking humorous digs at expectations placed on blind musicians. “I think I’ve sort of taken control of that,” he says, and as an artist he approaches the subject with a dry wit that shows in song titles containing overtly visual elements, like “Ride on a Rainbow,” “Red, Green, Yellow,” “Fade Away,” and a cover of The Who’s “I Can See for Miles.” This defiant independence is especially reflected in his recent solo work, through which Midón says he aims to show that blind musicians can not only perform, but also direct all aspects of their careers. “With technology it is possible for a blind person . . . to produce and engineer their own music,” he says—and he has done so for his past three releases, using an interface called Dancing Dots that lets vision-impaired people control digital audio workstations. “I have my own studio. I don’t need a label to record.” When not engineering records, Midón can often be found engineering friendly chats through his amateur radio hobby. “I have friends all over the world” from over the airwaves, he says. “It’s cool to have the hobby, but it’s even cooler to have the hobby and travel as much as I do and actually meet the people.” (Any ham operators reading this can catch him at call sign AE3RM.)—Dylan Syverson

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Buddy and Irene Roybal

n 1984, Buddy Roybal was living in the back of his brand-new store while renting out his home to make extra money. He sold his 1964 Corvette to start up Coronado Paint & Decorating, but don’t worry—he now has 16 vintage automobiles in his collection. Aside from the car count, the biggest thing to grow over the years has been Buddy and his wife Irene Roybal’s focus on philanthropy. “Sometimes small businesses are in their own little inner circle and it’s hard to break out of that circle and stop saying ‘I don’t have time for this, I don’t have time for that,’” Buddy says. “We learned a long time ago the more we gave the more we got back.” Before opening Coronado Paint & Decorating, Buddy, a bornand-raised Santa Fean, was in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He worked as a police officer for several years before spending a decade as the manager of a Sherwin-Williams paint store. Less than a year after starting Coronado Paint & Decorating in search of “that American dream of wanting to own your own business and be your own boss,” Buddy met Irene. A Los Lunas native who is now retired, Irene spent many years working for the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board. 32


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The Roybals, who were named Philanthropists of the Year by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and Journal North in 2015, support a wide range of organizations. This year, Buddy and Irene are co-chairs of the Mayor’s Ball, an event honoring over 100 community volunteers. Buddy is currently a board member of the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Historic Review Board, the City of Santa Fe Economic Development Review Board, the Santa Fe Vintage Car Club, and Century Bank. Each year, Coronado Paint & Decorating donates paint and finds volunteers for a “paint the Plaza” event. The Roybals attribute their philanthropic spirit to their religious faith. “Every day my biggest prayer is to be a good steward and a light,” Buddy says. “That’s what drives both of us. Everything we do is based on godly principles: the honesty, the fairness, the treating the employees right, treating customers right. Our Christianity is what makes us who we are and that helps us to be better people.” Irene agrees. “Our faith in God comes first in our lives.”—SE

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p bustling Canyon Road lies a quiet gallery featuring striking abstract encaustics, calming oil paintings, shimmering glass sculpture, and elegant wooden furniture. “There are so many galleries here, I feel that you need your own niche if you want to survive,” Globe Fine Art owner and director Steve Cie says. “The work I surround myself with is what I love, and I’ve created my own niche where people come to me for light and color. I created a place where people come in from the outside world and say, ‘You know, I’ve walked around all day; I’m really tired.’ And they come into the gallery and they feel relaxed.” Cie took over Globe Fine Art a year and a half ago. Since then, he’s brought in a host of new artists to match his taste, which is partly informed by his past as a mindfulness meditation instructor. “Moving around the world we’re bombarded with negative energy all the time just by looking at the television and the news, because they’re tapping into the part of the brain where you get a reaction,” he says. “What I’m doing is having the brain take the side roads, and when people see the art, hopefully they stop and they’re quiet.” Cie’s journey with art is lifelong. He received his BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York City, where he grew up. He spent several years as an illustrator before moving to Paris to teach at Parsons School of Design. It was there that Cie began closely studying the works of Johannes Vermeer and other 17th-century Dutch masters. He started using a variation of Vermeer’s technique, a labor-intensive process involving layer upon layer of glazed pigment. He moved to Oaxaca to paint, returning to New York every couple of years to sell. Due to shoulder issues Cie no longer paints, but his connection to art remains as strong as ever. After a stint in Montana caring for his elderly in-laws, Cie moved to Santa Fe in 2011. He had briefly visited nearly two decades before and never forgotten the town. Cie bought Globe Fine Art after spending several years working for various galleries up and down Canyon Road and deciding, with his wife, that Santa Fe is where they want to stay. “I feel that the Santa Fe art world is on par with—or even better than—the New York world or Paris,” Cie says. “Paris has a tradition of painting, and I get that, but I find the art in Santa Fe much more exciting. And I can’t say I miss New York. I just love the atmosphere here. “When people come in here from all over the world, which is what I love, I get energy from them,” he explains. “I get excited, and they get excited, and when they walk out, everybody’s happy. I think it’s the same thing that an artist is doing with a painting—there’s residual energy left there, and that is what’s resonating with humans whether we know it or not, and that’s what’s not in the computer or electronic world. That’s why art is always going to be viable.”—SE april/may 2019

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Above: Angus, Four Oranges and Cherries With Peonies, acrylic on board, 24 x 27"

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Ventana Fine Art opens their summer season with an exhibit by Frank Balaam and Angus. Both artists use strong and bright color to portray the natural world. Balaam paints “the energy and passion of trees,” and light filtering through a forest. His gaze is level, neither down towards earth and roots nor up to the tree’s canopy and sky. Raised in the United Kingdom, he now makes his home among the aspens and ponderosa of Eastern Arizona’s mountains. Angus arranges the natural world into still life, with flowers and fruits filling his canvases. The composition is often split with refraction lines, adding unusual dimension to the tableau. Angus was born and raised in Scotland, and now makes his home near San Francisco. He also paints the occasional coastal landscape.—Lisa J. Van Sickle



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Above: Ron Hall’s red stainless steel sculpture stands at 10' tall.

The Imaginarium is chock-full of colorful, fun, and engaging sculpture designed to spark the imagination.

Above: Metamorphosis and Homage to Brancusi, contemplative stone sculptures by Somers Randolph, catch the sunshine in The Imaginarium.

We often think of imagination as something that only children get to enjoy, but when discussing The Imaginarium, a sculpture garden nestled between his galleries on Canyon Road, Bill Hester of Bill Hester Fine Art says it’s quite the contrary. “Art has the uncanny ability to fuel the imagination in all of us,” Hester explains. “When you have imagination in your life, you see benefits in all you do. I see it with my collectors all the time. It can and does change people’s lives. If you can imagine it, you can do it. Imagine what you don’t know, not necessarily what you do know.” The Imaginarium welcomes everyone to a spot where they can sit quietly in the parklike tranquility of Canyon Road and enjoy stunning sculpture by Somers Randolph, Walter Horak, Alex Barrett, Barrett DeBusk, Ron Hall, David Regier, Arlie Regier, and Dr. Fadhli. In the hurry to see everything Canyon Road has to offer, The Imaginarium is a place to slow down and sit with art while giving yourself time and opportunity to absorb the creativity that surrounds you. It can’t help but inspire your own imagination to soar—which is the whole idea. Bill Hester Fine Art, 613, 619, and 621 Canyon, billhesterfineart.com



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Below: Tradition, a striking bronze sculpture by Dr. Fadhli, has a story to tell the viewer.

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Karen Bexfield used a water jet cutter to create the rectangular cutouts in Ventana IV after the piece had been shaped in the kiln. The straight lines and right angles contrast with the random pattern of holes formed as the glass is repeatedly fired.


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“I am insatiably curious,” Karen Bexfield explains about her 2003 start in glass. Her search for an answer to a question she was pondering led to an Albuquerque glass shop. Intrigued, she signed up for a sandblasting class. A concurrent class on glass fusing caught her eye and she enrolled in one-on-one fusing lessons in 2004. Fifteen years later, Bexfield’s kiln glass has become a second career. She says of her dual vocations in art and physical therapy, “They are intertwined in many ways.” 38


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She describes working with glass as a Venn diagram: a pair of overlapping circles, one labeled “art,” the other “science,” and the area where they overlap is “wonder.” She is fascinated by the science of glass—its chemistry and how the variables of heat, time, and even color change the outcome, and the optics of how light is captured, reflected, and absorbed by transparent, translucent, and opaque glass. Bexfield begins by firing frit, ground or powdered glass available in hundreds of colors, into sheets of glass. She

Right: Oropendola Rojo. The Oropendola series is inspired by the hanging nests of oropendola birds Bexfield observed in Costa Rica. At 41" long, it is similar in size to the actual nests. Bexfield has made or modified many of the forms, jigs, and tools she uses to work the glass.

Above: Enigma VI. When designing the Enigma series, Bexfield uses the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula, to determine the proportions and placement of the circles, creating a dynamic interplay as the viewer moves around the sculpture. The piece is supported by a handmade base.

employs mathematical calculations to determine how much frit to use—too much and a random pattern of holes in the glass, an integral part of her work, won’t appear. After the flat shapes, subtly layered with two or more colors, are finished she returns them to the kiln for slumping into or over forms, creating dimension. A single piece of glass is fired four or five times, at temperatures between 1,200°F and more than 1,400°F. “People would be mortified,” Bexfield thinks, to see the sawing and grinding she uses to perfect the final components before joining them with epoxy. To display her sculpture she casts concrete stands, fabricates custom brass hanging hardware, or gets travertine from Belen and carves stone bases, each an essential component of the sculpture. Proving, as Bexfield’s partner says of her, “[She has] an extreme amount of persistence.”

Left: Solar Flare. Each piece of glass contains multiple layers of color, adding depth to the sculpture. Bexfield often gives the outside surface a matte finish.

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Above: This landscape painting is still a work-in-progress. Left: To create Nocturnal Rose Quilt, Mullins painted a realistic flower and then overlaid it with a geometric pattern.

Matthew Mullins natural symmetr y by Sarah Eddy photographs by Gabriella Marks

“I’m trying to create a meditative viewing experience where eventually you stop thinking about whether you’re looking at the landscape or the pattern and you’re just kind of looking,” Matthew Mullins says. Mullins’s paintings cause the viewer to toggle between the natural and the geometric before finding balance between the two. His pattern-overlaid oil landscapes date back to 2011, when he first moved to New Mexico and became inspired by the mountains and the high desert. His artistic practice has continued to evolve ever since. 40


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Above: For his landscapes, Mullins first paints from a photograph and then improvises. Jasper, lower left, offers constant advice and approval.

Originally from California’s Bay Area, Mullins received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. He began his art career creating photorealistic watercolors of machinery and scientific laboratories, but eventually grew tired of the straightforwardness of the process. “They were kind of just like copying the photo and it got boring because I knew generally what the painting was going to look like,” he says. “I think the patterns make it feel much more unexpected and bring in this element of risk, because [now] I don’t really know how a painting is going to look until it’s done.”

Mullins’s spacious studio allows him to work on multiple projects at once. He paints in oil, watercolor, and acrylic, and also shows sculpture and photography.

In 2016, Mullins’s fascination with nature led him to begin experimenting with sculpture, meticulously covering chunks of wood with graphite in order to highlight their wind- and fire-shaped details. He started working with pinhole photography and photograms in 2017, creating long-exposure photographs by leaving pinhole cameras out in nature for months at a time and allowing them to capture the arching movement of the sun. He then scans the photographic paper onto his computer. “I kind of like that combination of the oldest, most simple, archaic way to take a photo with digital scanners and technology,” he says. Whether he’s exploring a new medium or diving into a new painting, a sense of adventure is important to Mullins. “The most important thing to me is the intuitive aspect of painting, and then the risk-taking and not really knowing if it’s going to work out,” he says. “It’s a kind of tightrope of making the painting and keeping everything balanced.” Matthew Mullins at form & concept, formandconcept.center

Some of Mullins’s work is monochromatic, either graphite drawings or landscape paintings done with acrylic ink.

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Ivan Navarro’s Red Ladder (Backstage) lights up the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Art House.

EVE N T Left: Jeffie Brewer’s metal sculptures greet visitors to GVG Contemporary.

Above: Kicking Ass by Robin Laws, at Manitou Galleries. Right: Holding up the Moon is among stone works by Michael Wilding at GF Contemporary. Far right: Molly Heizer shapes one of her ceramic totems at Canyon Road Contemporary Art.



The Canyon Road Merchants Association (CRMA) has designated May as Sculpture Month. Up and down the street, 24 galleries are taking part, hosting exhibits, opening receptions, and demonstrations. One or more galleries will be hosting events each weekend in May, and on May 25–26, Memorial Day weekend, CRMA members present a sculpture and garden tour along Canyon Road and surrounding streets. Three galleries in the 600 block of Canyon open exhibits the first weekend. Convergence Gallery, at 634 Canyon, shows bronzes by Tony Lee (Navajo). Lee’s work is distinguished by geometric shapes and intricate patinas. New Concept Gallery shows work by Richard Swenson at 610 Canyon. The Los Alamos artist welds scrap metal into animals. Both galleries plan opening receptions from 5–7 pm on May 3. Kari Rives also sculpts animals. Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 622 Canyon, carries her critters, made of clay, and she will demonstrate on Saturday, May 4. Curt Sullan discusses his glass and steel sculpture at Globe Fine Art at 10 am May 4.

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Richard Swenson’s whimsical scrap metal sculptures are on display at New Concept Gallery from May 3–27.

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May 11, Canyon Road Contemporary Art switches to glass, with Doug Gillis and Lydia Piper in the gallery. Both work in kiln glass, but their work is very different, showing the possibilities of the medium. Robin Laws, a bronze sculptor, demonstrates all day May 11 at Manitou Galleries, 225 Canyon. Her bronze animals range from tabletop dimensions to life size. The preceding evening, Manitou honors Laws and animal painter Jennifer O’Cualain with a reception from 5–7:30 pm. The gallery represents 11 additional sculptors whose work also will be on display. Canyon Road Contemporary Art has shown Molly Heizer’s work for 24 years, and on Saturday the 18th you can find out why. Heizer works in ceramic, portraying symbols and characters from Native American cultures. She is known for her totems, kachinas, and animals. Over Memorial Day weekend, Pippin Contemporary brings six sculptors to 409 Canyon where they will greet visitors and

give demonstrations of their work. Guilloume will be working under the portal the afternoons of May 25 and 26 and he will discuss the lost-wax technique for casting bronzes. Rob Lorenson speaks Saturday at 1 pm about siting sculpture in residential or commercial settings, and Sunday he shares how he prepares the surfaces of his steel pieces, which are often finished in bright primary colors. Both days at 1 pm Greg Reiche leads visitors through the sculpture garden at Pippin, discussing his work in metal and stone. Kevin Robb speaks at 2 pm on Saturday, giving guidance on siting sculpture, and talking about public art at 2 pm Sunday. Joe Slack will be working in steel in the garden starting at 1:30 pm both days. Sage Creek Gallery has four bronze sculptors in residence May 24–31. Scott Rogers portrays images of the historic West. Vala Ola is known for figurative work, while Kim Kori’s animal sculptures have a sense of whimsy. Lincoln Fox’s work is familiar to anyone who has been to the Albuquerque Sunport, where his monumental sculpture Dream of Flight is displayed. Saturday, May 25, Canyon Road Contemporary Art welcomes Lorri Acott and Adam Schultz. The couple, husband and wife, will demonstrate lost-wax casting

Participating galleries Acosta Strong Fine Art 640 Canyon, johnbstrong.com Art House 231 Delgado, thomafoundation.org Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado, meiklefineart.com Canyon Road Contemporary Art 622 Canyon, canyoncontemporary.com Convergence Gallery 634 Canyon, convergencegallery.com Above: A sculpture by Ilse Bolle, who demonstrates and exhibits at ViVO.

Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art 403 Canyon, dominiqueboisjoli.com

Below: Guilloume works on Becoming One. He shows at Pippin Contemporary.

Freeman Gallery 203 Canyon, freemangallerysantafe.com Gallery 901 555 Canyon, gallery901.org GF Contemporary 707 Canyon, gfcontemporary.com Globe Fine Art 727 Canyon, globefineart.com courtesy of the artist

Sheltered, a bronze work by Kim Kori, represented by Sage Creek Gallery.

GVG Contemporary 241 Delgado, gvgcontemporary.com James Roybal Fine Art 924 Paseo de Peralta #5, jamesroybal.com La Mesa of Santa Fe 225 Canyon, lamesaofsantafe.com Luca Décor 225 Canyon, lucadecor.com Manitou Galleries—Canyon Road 225 Canyon, manitougalleries.com Mark White Fine Art 414 Canyon, markwhitefineart.com New Concept Gallery 610 Canyon, newconceptgallery.com

Right: Convergence Gallery celebrates sculpture month with bronze works by Tony Lee, such as Roswell. Nature and architectural design inspire his abstract creations.

while working on a large piece. Head to ViVO May 25 and 26, where Brian Haley speaks and answers questions both days at noon. Ilse Bolle demonstrates how she works with handmade paper and mixed media at 2 pm on the 25th. The gallery represents a total of six sculptors, working in metal, kiln glass, and assemblage. Two galleries on Delgado Street, which intersects with Canyon, show very different work. The Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, at Art House, 231 Delgado, shows digital art, including sculptural pieces. Barbara Meikle, whose eponymous gallery is at 236 Delgado, will have three new bronze sculptures finished of her favorite subject: horses. Check gallery websites and calendar.santafean.com for additional special events as May approaches. For videos of Sculpture Month artists go to santafean.com/video.

Owen Contemporary 225 Canyon, owencontemporary.com Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon, pippincontemporary.com Romancing the Stone 223 Canyon, janandjomoore.com Sage Creek Gallery 421 Canyon, sagecreekgallery.com Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon, ventanafineart.com ViVO Contemporary 725 Canyon, vivocontemporary.com Wiford Gallery 403 Canyon, wifordgallery.com april/may 2019

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P R EV I E W S Celebrating the Joy of Spring Alexandra Stevens Gallery 820 Canyon alexandrastevens.com May 11, 10 am –3 pm Saturday, May 11, Alexandra Stevens Gallery celebrates spring by inviting four of the gallery’s artists to paint onsite. Jody Rigsby shows animal paintings. Her background as a quilter is evident in the blocks of color she uses to create dimension and form, yet her heavy brushstrokes are painterly. Rigsby and her husband enjoy living on the road. Ruth Valerio, also an oil painter, is a longtime Santa Fean. She paints the landscape. Victoria Taylor-Gore, who has shown at the gallery since 1995, will demonstrate in pastel. Peggy McGivern, whose recent paintings are based on old family photos, will be at the gallery working in mixed media.—LVS

Left: Harrison Begay, untitled ceremonial scene, watercolor on paper, 19 x 31"

Diné Life and Legend: Paintings by Harrison Begay Adobe Gallery 221 Canyon adobegallery.com April 5–May 3 Reception April 5, 5–7 pm Many families on a midcentury road trip through the Southwest returned home with a small silkscreen print by Harrison Begay (Diné)(1917?–2012), the best-known Navajo painter of his generation. Begay first studied painting at the Santa Fe Indian School and adopted the flat style of painting taught there by Dorothy Dunn. After serving in World War II, Begay returned to Navajo country where he painted people, animals, and scenes of Navajo life, always in the flat style. Begay and others founded Tewa Enterprises in Santa Fe to make and sell silkscreen prints of paintings by Begay, Woody Crumbo, Gerald Nailor, and other Native artists, bringing their work to a wide audience. Begay painted into his 90s, and Adobe Gallery has assembled about 15 of his masterful original paintings for this exhibit.—LVS

Left: Jody Rigsby, Prairie Prowler, oil on panel, 12 x 4"

Celebrate Spring Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Blue Stripe Half Moon, Winterowd Fine Art cast and cut glass, fused steel, 12 x 20 x 5" 701 Canyon fineartsantafe.com April 19–May 2 Seventeen artists represented by Winterowd spent the colder months hunkered down in their studios, and each has new work to show for spring. Dylan Martinez, Karen Bexfield, and Alex Gabriel Bernstein each work in glass, although their pieces could not be more different. Ceramic sculptor Sheryl Zachariah has joined Winterowd, and Alex Watts and Gilberto Romero both sculpt in metal. Abstract painters Annell Livingston, Rosenberg, and Susan Pasquarelli all explore geometry while Don Quade and Brigitte Bruggeman work with more organic forms and Tom Kirby’s paintings are minimalist. Sarah Bienvenu, Jamie Kirkland, Charlie Burk, and Suzanne Wiggin are landscape painters, each with an abstract bent, and J. D. Wellborn’s Mystical Tablet series looks both modern and ancient.—LVS

Right: Tom McGee, San Jose Reimagined, acrylic on 3-D print, 12 x 12"



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Landscapes Reimagined 7Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln 7arts.gallery April 1–30 Reception April 5, 5–7 pm The New Mexico landscape has drawn artists to the area for ages, and they have used oil, watercolor, acrylic, photography, printmaking, and any other media at hand to capture its nuances. Tom McGee continues the exploration with 21st-century tools including 3-D printing and ChromaDepth® 3D, a process that creates color images that look normal to the naked eye, but leap into three dimensions when viewed through special glasses. McGee is also creating paintings that are three-dimensional, using a 3-D printer. He describes his process, developed through trial and error, as “painting-photo-3-D print-painting.” He begins with a painting, uses a digital image of it to decide how to proceed to 3-D, makes the dimensional print, then paints the final result. The exhibit promises to be an interesting look toward the future.—LVS

Left: Forrest Moses, Wood With Small Stream, oil on canvas, 51 x 67"



Peri Schwartz and Taizo Kuroda Gerald Peters Gallery 1005 Paseo de Peralta gpgallery.com May 24–June 22 Reception May 31, 5–7 pm

Left: Peri Schwartz, Studio LI, oil on canvas, 36 x 36"

Forrest Moses LewAllen Galleries 1613 Paseo de Peralta lewallengalleries.com April 26–June 15 Reception April 26, 5–7 pm LewAllen Galleries is mounting a major exhibition in honor of painter Forrest Moses’s 85th birthday. Moses came to Santa Fe in 1969, where he established himself as a landscape painter and printmaker who brought an abstract sensibility to the genre. His paintings and prints have been shown in museums and galleries across the United States and in Japan. Moses is no longer producing new work. The exhibit includes 15 pieces from the collection of Charles MacKay and Cameron McCluskey. MacKay, formerly the general director of The Santa Fe Opera, and McCluskey are longtime friends of Moses’s. Their collection includes many pieces from the 1980s, later work, and monotypes.—LVS

This exhibition pairs Peri Schwartz’s paintings of her studio interior with Taizo Kuroda’s smooth ceramic works. Schwartz is from Far Rockaway, New York. Her studio paintings, which depict bottles, jars, books, and her drafting table, are carefully arranged. Taizo Kuroda’s porcelain works are monochromatic, elegant, and perfectly smooth. His vase-, plate-, and bowl-like objects appear to be eggshell-thin. Born in Japan, Kuroda studied ceramics in both Japan and Canada.—Sarah Eddy Below: Jack Dunn, The Mighty Rio Grande, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"

Left: Angel Wynn, Fly By Raven, encaustic on panel, 10 x 10"

Angel Wynn: Wings 7Arts Gallery, 125 Lincoln, 7arts.gallery May 3–May 31, Reception May 3, 5–7 pm Mixed media artist Angel Wynn dedicates this exhibition to the Border Angels, a group of volunteers who trek the desert along the United States–Mexico border, placing water along migrant paths. The group also works to spread compassion and dispel myths surrounding immigration. Wynn considers wings to be symbols of freedom and justice, and she created multiple works featuring realistic bird, butterfly, and angel wings for this show. In an interactive element, viewers are encouraged to pose for photos in front of the artwork and to share the photos on social media. Wynn’s current work combines photography and encaustic wax.—SE

Color and Rhythm— Jack Dunn Acosta Strong Fine Art 640 Canyon acostastrong.com May 20–June 1 Reception May 24, 5–7 pm Jack Dunn took an unusual path to becoming a painter; he began with an engineering degree from West Point. A military career took him to Italy, where he discovered painting, although the armed forces and a subsequent corporate career kept him from pursuing art seriously. A few decades later, he now paints full-time. Dunn paints landscapes and the occasional still life, and he considers himself a fauvist. Self-taught, he lists Kandinsky, O’Keeffe, and Marsden Hartley as his main influences. “I have always been inspired by the hard rarified light, the geometric landscape formations and the vibrant colors of the American Southwest,” he says.—LVS

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Left: Barbara Meikle, Pop Up, oil on canvas, 16 x 12"

My Lucky 13 Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado meiklefineart.com May 24–June 24 Reception May 24, 5–8 pm Barbara Meikle celebrates her gallery’s 13th anniversary with her annual solo show. This year, she presents new bronze sculpture and paintings, featuring the horses, donkeys, and landscapes she loves to portray. Join Meikle for the Canyon Road sculpture and garden tour and celebrate her 13 years of supporting groups that rescue and care for animals.—LVS

Above: Kent Townsend, ziricote desk, ziricote veneer, sterling silver drawer pulls, cast bronze legs, 31 x 57 x 26"

New Work From the Smithsonian Exhibition and Excavating Beauty Globe Fine Art 727 Canyon globefineart.com May 10–June 9 Reception May 10, 5–7 pm Kent Townsend, who shows his exquisite furniture at Globe Fine Art, was accepted into the highly selective 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show. Townsend’s furniture is inspired by the art deco period, and he also cites the influences of nature and Asian arts. Townsend’s furniture combines elegant form with striking wood grain and handcrafted metal hardware. Heidi Goodyear presents new paintings in Excavating Beauty. Her oil paintings are heavily textured and layered, representational at first glance but actually abstract. She describes her work as an exploration of “. . . how messy and how beautiful things can get.”—LVS 46


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Right: Miranda Hicks, handforged sterling silver hoops with rock crystal drops, 1 3/4“ long

Michael Berman and Neil Folberg Obscura Gallery 1405 Paseo de Peralta obscuragallery.net April 30–June 15 Reception May 10, 5–7 pm

Above: Neil Folberg, Reflection, archival pigment ink print, 30 x 36"

Michael Berman photographs the American West and Northern Mexico. He shoots the long view, and looks at how the human presence, including mining, grazing, logging, and growth, affect the land. His recent work includes images of Mongolia’s grasslands. Berman’s black-and-white photos hang in museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Neil Folberg studied with Ansel Adams, and he works in both color and black-and-white. Raised in the United States, he now lives in Israel and is known for his photos of the landscapes of the Middle East and the Faroe Islands. Folberg uses dramatic light and color, and places figures into some of his otherworldly landscapes.—LVS

Mom, Prom, Ban the Bomb City of Mud 1114A Hickox cityofmud.com May 4, 11 am –5 pm, May 5, 12–4 pm At this two-day jewelry trunk show, seven local designers display and sell exquisite work in silversmithing, beading, gems, pearls, mixed metals, and more. Simultaneously celebrating Mother’s Day, the end of the school year, and local artisan talent, the event also supports an antinuclear organization. A portion of the proceeds benefit NuclearWatch New Mexico, a group that promotes safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities and advocates for a world free of nuclear weapons. Participating jewelers include Miranda Hicks, Klara Reitz, Julie DeFeo, Ábrego Jewelry, and Kelly Cozart.—SE

Left: Rebecca Haines, Here in the Looking, oil on panel, 18 x 18"

Rebecca Haines: Color Me Curious Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon pippincontemporary.com May 22–June 5 Reception May 24, 5–7 pm Rebecca Haines unveils new abstracted paintings, showing her artistic evolution while continuing to express her deep interest in animal portraiture. Realistic eyes ground her paintings as the figures surrounding them becoming increasingly abstract. “Sometimes the less descriptive information that’s present, the more potent is the being that comes through,” she says. Haines was born in Wyoming, and she worked as a painter and a gallerist in Colorado and California before making her way to Santa Fe. She thinks of her animal paintings as personal messengers or self-portraits and says that while her personal ancestry “came from Europe . . . growing up in the West and Southwest gave me a strong connection to Native cultures, which impacted the meaning of my paintings.”—SE

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Below: Carlos Mérida, Two Men From Huixquilucan at the Fiesta of the Huehuenches, lithograph on paper, 18 x 13"

Carlos Mé​rida: Carnival in Mexico Hecho a Mano 830 Canyon hechoamano.org Through April 27 Canyon Road’s newest gallery opens with a show of early work by Carlos Mérida (1891–1984), a Guatemalanborn artist who lived and worked in Mexico. Mérida created the nine lithographs in the series in 1940. A set of illustrations of costumes worn during Carnival, the week of indulgence before the solemnity of Lent, the series combines Mérida’s modernist outlook with almost ethnographic subject matter. Hecho a Mano’s mission is to exhibit historic and contemporary jewelry, ceramics, and printmaking from Mexico, New Mexico, and the rest of the United States. Owner Frank Rose says, “I’m interested in the intertwined history of the United States and Mexico, the endless art versus craft debate, contemporary and traditional art. These players, usually opposed to one another, exist on a spectrum and they’re all important.”—LVS Surface Architecture: New Paintings by Lori Swartz and Kevin Gilmore GVG Contemporary April 26–May 19 Reception: April 26, 5–7 pm Lori Swartz and Kevin Gilmore both work in paint, employing abstract geometries, open spaces, and unexpected hues to coax visceral narratives from flat surfaces. Placing the artists’ work side by side simultaneously creates dialogue and juxtaposition between their approaches to the two-dimensional landscape. Swartz, a Santa Fe local, spent her winter in Buenos Aires. Inspired by the architecture of the city’s streets, she communicated her emotional experience through shape and color. Gilmore explores architecture and surface through a more structural and pragmatic language in his body of work.—SE Left: Lori Swartz, I Am Full of Rain, mixed media on paper, 24 x 18"

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P R EV I E W S Left: PAZ, The Creation and Destruction of Civilization, mixed media on handcarved wood panel, 14 x 24"

PAZ: Nature and Culture, Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery 614 Agua Fria April 6–May 4 Reception April 6, 5–9 pm LA-based artist PAZ, known for his emotional and evocative oil paintings, unveils a new collection of works exploring the anxieties of our times: sex, society, politics, identity, and global warming. Inspired from a young age by surreal and fantastical painters like Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosch, PAZ tends to concentrate on the human figure, presenting it in surprising ways and placing it in imaginative worlds. Also influenced by a wide range of artists including Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, and Albrecht Dürer, PAZ describes himself as a nonconformist who combines striking new styles with a respect for classical forms.—SE Paintings by Karen Cole Convergence Gallery 634 Canyon convergencegallery.com May 10–30 Reception May 10, 5–7 pm Karen Cole shows new work at Convergence Gallery in conjunction with the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival. Originally from Baltimore, now making her home in Santa Fe, she has been an artist since childhood. Cole works in acrylic. Her current paintings are landscapes, heading toward abstraction and implementing a strong graphic sensibility. Hard edges separate the canvas into discrete areas, while subtle gradations of color within each area create form and atmosphere. The overall effect is reminiscent of serigraphy, an effect she creates by “. . . layering many translucent, vibrant hues, which create new spectrums, shapes, and compositions.”—LVS

Above: Karen Cole, Offering Solace, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48"

Left: Ken Daggett, Bend in the River, oil on board, 48 x 36"

Above: Jeremy Thomas, Tartrazine Yellow 1, cold rolled steel, powder coat, 11 x 9 x 12"

Jeremy Thomas: Structural Consciousness Charlotte Jackson Fine Art 554 S Guadalupe April 5 – May 5 Reception April 5, 5–7 pm Bloated, bulging, and crinkled steel forms fill Charlotte Jackson Fine art with slick and shiny colors at this spring show. Jeremy Thomas’s sculptures, which range in size from inches to several feet across, are made by heating steel to upwards of 2,800°F and inflating it with pressurized air. The resulting forms are voluminous, marked with creases, folds, wrinkles, and curves. He coats parts of his work with bright colors characteristic of industrial farming and leaves other areas exposed, creating striking contrast. Thomas originally learned metal forging in order to make a chisel for carving stone sculpture. He soon abandoned stone to work as a metalsmith, later developing his now-signature technique.—SE 48


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Ken Daggett: Solo Exhibition Meyer Gallery 225 Canyon meyergalleries.com May 3–9 Reception May 3, 5–7 pm Although Ken Daggett worked for years making architectural renderings, you will rarely find a manmade structure in his paintings. Daggett paints the Southwestern landscape, almost always within 50 miles of his Taos home. Even when returning to a place he has painted many times before, Daggett points out that “every day is different,” and he relishes portraying the changes that come over a view as the seasons change. Few artists work in both watercolor and oil, but Daggett shows work in both media. He brings 20 new paintings to the May show, illustrating the changing seasons and landscape of Northern New Mexico.—LVS

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Free Santa Fe Pick-Up to Canyon Road Route

The free Santa Fe Pick-Up shuttle runs approximately every 30 minutes, seven days a week. It stops where there are designated “Pick It Up Here” signs—there are four on Canyon Road (shown below). The shuttle will drop passengers off anywhere along the route (safety permitting). Another route serves the Downtown and Railyard areas.

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

Look for the red pickup truck on the signs for the shuttle.

• Capitol/PERA Building • Santa Fe Children’s Museum • 3 Museum Hill Stops: near the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, near the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 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, before 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

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Canyon Road is lined with examples of Santa Fe’s unique architecture, rooted in Pueblo Indian building practices and often revealing Territorial-era updates.

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anta Fe’s unique aesthetic is vividly demonstrated along its world-famous thoroughfare, Canyon Road. Along 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 to 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 irrigation 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 using available materials—mud, stone, and timber—and incorporating lessons learned from neighboring Pueblos.




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Above: Bright blue paint on doors and window frames is common. Some say it keeps away evil spirits, some say it’s used because it stands up to our high-altitude sun, and some just like how the color, known as Taos blue, looks against brown stucco.

Canyon Road displays several examples of these originally simple homes. In addition to being constructed from mud bricks, 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.

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Native Native American American Paintings Paintings An early-1700s casita on Canyon Road demonstrates a subtle evolution; its blue window framing and lintels evoke the Territorial style, a mid-19th-century aesthetic that was introduced by army design influences. Reflecting New Mexico’s new status as a United States territory, this style increasingly incorporated manufactured materials like fired-clay bricks and milled lumber. Many people simply added updated ornamentation to their existing Pueblo-style homes, but new projects boasted increased size, made possible by imported materials and construction techniques. An incredible example of Territorial-style 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 posts and railings. A period-perfect, 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 Ventana Fine Art, this building demonstrates nonNative 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 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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Geronimo is one of Canyon Road’s award-winning spots for fine dining.




esidents of the City Different often use the ultimate compliment to describe the restaurants on Canyon Road: “so Santa Fe.” 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 authentic Persian cuisine to succulent elk tenderloin, from French roast coffee and pastries to Oregon pinot noir and Spanish tapas. Earlier in the day stop off for a breakfast burrito or plate of huevos rancheros. Hungry for history and the plato del día? Perhaps try small plates of grilled octopus and shrimp on the cozy back patio of an 1835era 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 changing highend menu. A little farther up the street you’ll find a restaurant serving more varieties of tea than you knew existed to accompany your meal. An epicure will find no lack of earthly delights here. No matter what your tastes or taste buds crave, Canyon Road is the perfect location for all things artistic, and an absolute gastronomic must. cr


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Above: At the lower end of Canyon Road, Caffe Greco opens at 7 am, a great spot for breakfast before hitting the galleries.

Above: Cozy and comfortable, The Teahouse carries dozens of teas to accompany sandwiches, salads, and pastries.

CafĂŠ des Artistes 223-B Canyon, 505-820-2535 cafedesartistessf.com Caffe Greco 233 Canyon, 505-820-7996 caffegrecosantafe.com El Farol 808 Canyon, 505-983-9912 elfarolsf.com Geronimo 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500 geronimorestaurant.com

Right: The Compound is an award-winning fine dining option. Open for lunch and dinner, with private dining rooms available for groups.

Milad Persian Bistro 802 Canyon, 505-303-3581 miladbistro.com The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com amanda Pitman

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Left: El Farol offers Spanish wines and tapas, flamenco, and live music in the bar. Murals by Alfred Morang and other early20th-century artists still grace the interiors of the restaurant.

The Teahouse 821 Canyon, 505-992-0972 teahousesantafe.com canyon road


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anyon Road’s combination of culture and history encourages visitors to enjoy unique experiences year-round. Gallery openings, usually on Friday evenings, are a Canyon Road staple. Galleries welcome guests to view their latest shows as well as the work of their represented artists while offering light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists. Featured artists occasionally offer gallery talks or demonstrations. For a comprehensive schedule of gallery openings, please visit calendar. santafean.com New for 2019, May is Sculpture Month on Canyon Road. Enjoy spring in the galleries’ outdoor sculpture gardens and view smaller work indoors. Memorial Day weekend (May 25–26) participating galleries will host demonstrations and discussions by sculptors about their work. The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival (May 10–11), a public art event, offers crowd-friendly fun as artists in varied media paint outside the galleries and along the sidewalks and street. Galleries and shops host artist receptions, demonstrations, trunk shows, and live music. (visitcanyonroad.com) During Santa Fe’s busy summer season, don’t miss the annual ARTfeast Edible Art Tour (June 14–15). Locals and visitors stroll through galleries, study art, and enjoy food provided by local restaurants. Proceeds support arts education programs for Northern New Mexico’s youth through ARTsmart. Before the winter weather descends, enjoy a day of plein air painting and sculpture with more than 100 artists during the Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out (October 18–19). This annual Saturday affair also features live music, gallery exhibitions, and refreshments. (visitcanyonroad.com) The Christmas Eve Farolito Walk is arguably Canyon Road’s most highly anticipated and popular event. On the night of December 24, the street is lined with glowing farolitos, and thousands of visitors stroll along the road. Galleries and shops serve cookies and hot beverages as carolers sing and bonfires blaze to celebrate the magic of the holiday season and this enchanting neighborhood. cr

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Visitors can sample food from local chefs while enjoying Canyon Road’s painting, sculpture, and jewelry during the Edible Art Tour in mid-June.


Watching artists create deepens an appreciation of their work. May and October events on Canyon Road provide visitors with a chance to observe.

Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around the world.

art new and old continuing Canyon Road’s creative legacy 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 not have known that the little pathway would become a world-class destination—thanks largely to a vibrant arts scene that would emerge in the city during the early 1900s. Today the city is home to a large number of accomplished creative talents. Boasting one of the largest art markets 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 is only about 84,000. The strength of Santa Fe’s artistic soul is especially evident on Canyon Road, a halfmile stretch that winds into the shadowy folds of forested mountains and was once the route for those Spanish settlers and their loyal, if overburdened, burros.   With its dense assemblage of dozens of art galleries—plus shops, restaurants, and historic adobe homes—Canyon Road is a draw for locals, tourists, and art collectors from around 16


the world. In this quaint enclave, visitors can enjoy a broad range of work, from historic Native American pottery and jewelry to contemporary sculpture and abstract paintings. At a few galleries, visitors can see works by early 20th-century artists like Sheldon Parsons, Gerald R. Cassidy, and Olive Rush, 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 socialized) on the map. Some artists still maintain studios where visitors can watch them at work. Canyon Road is also home to custom jewelers, boutiques, and shops specializing in home décor. Throughout the year, galleries host opening receptions for new exhibitions. Usually held on Friday evenings, they include refreshments and live entertainment. The storied and picturesque road further comes to life during the annual Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out (held in October), when roughly 100 artists take to the street to set up easels and turn their creative processes into an interactive experience between artist, viewer, and the unmatched setting. cr

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Santa Fe is one of the largest art markets in the country.

Independently owned shops abound on Canyon Road.

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Canyon Road is famous for its abundance of artwork, but it has many other goods to peruse as well. Independent shops abound, as befits 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 in to one of the unique jewelry stores for handmade, locally crafted adornments, whether your style is an antique, turquoise-embellished, silver concha belt or a custom-made gold and diamond ring. Check out chic, sophisticated Western wear, including custom boots and high-end home furnishings. Beautifully made textiles (from clothing to tapestries) are also among the many finds you’ll discover while walking the length of one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. cr

Shops offer everything from jewelry and clothing to weavings and handmade home décor.

Above: Visitors enjoy a wide range of work along Canyon Road, from contemporary sculpture to historic Native American pottery and jewelry.

Above: Dozens of art galleries line Canyon Road, welcoming visitors.

agriculture to art the colorful history of Canyon Road t is hard to imagine one of Santa Fe’s artistic epicenters as a dirt path running along the river into the mountains, but over time Canyon Road has evolved from a family-oriented 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 such 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 the disease. In the interest of revitalizing body and soul, the sanatorium hosted lectures by literary luminaries such as Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Santa Fe poet and bon vivant Witter Bynner. According to West, “Bynner knew everybody in the world,” from Rita Hayworth to Ansel Adams. “[Santa Fe] really didn’t become an artist community until the time of Carlos Vierra,” says West. “Then word spread, and one thing led to another.” One of those things was the railroad, which, in the decades after its arrival in town in 1880, transported artists here from across the country. A rise in plein air painting, popularized by the Impressionists, inspired painters to trade their urban studios for outdoor inspiration. Santa Fe’s unique charm and high desert light made it a magnet for artists, and Canyon Road became a 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 display altar paintings from a ruined Nambé mission church. Their neighbors included New York artist Randall Davey, who in 1919 bought an old sawmill at the end of Upper Canyon Road that today



Above and right: Larger sculptures are displayed outside many galleries.

is home to the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary. Indiana native and celebrated muralist Olive Rush moved to Santa Fe shortly after Davey, purchasing what is now a Quaker meetinghouse. Santa Fe painter Jerry West, son of the late artist Harold West, recalls spending time 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’ “Most Iconic Street in America.” 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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treasures Scarlett’s Antique Shop & Gallery Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths Featuring wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by over 35 artists. Creating timeless treasures since 1974. 656 Canyon Road 505.988.7215 TVGoldsmiths.com

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 ScarlettsGallery.com (for preview)

Horndeski Contemporary, LLC. Gregory Horndeski, River in Spate, acrylic on Masonite, 22 x 30” Gregory Horndeski’s Vernal Paintings exhibition runs from April 12 to June 15, 2019. Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, from 5 to 8 pm. This will be Gregory Horndeski’s 23rd consecutive spring in Santa Fe, and to celebrate his gallery will be exhibiting some of his works dealing with spring motifs. All pieces will be executed using his immediately recognizable style, which employs fluid acrylic paints applied with knives to a horizontal surface. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 716 Canyon Rd, next door to Geronimo’s Restaurant 505-231-3731, horndeskicontemporary@gmail.com horndeskicontemporary.com

Hecho a Mano Rebecca Mir Grady, Georgia Ring, 14k gold, turquoise, diamond Hecho a Mano is handmade. We support artists making work at the intersection of innovation and tradition. Featuring contemporary and historical prints, ceramics and jewelry from across the Americas, with a particular focus on Oaxaca, México.The jewelry of Santa Fean Rebecca Mir Grady shines in its utter simplicity and is made by hand from reclaimed sterling silver and gold with ethically-sourced stones and conflict-free diamonds. Inspired by the colors of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, this two stone ring (image) features a rose-cut white diamond and turquoise. 830 Canyon Rd 505-916-1342 hechoamano.org

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Charlie Burk oil painting

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Brownell-Howland school / First Ward Public School on the corner of Canyon Road and Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, ca. 1920, Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Negative Number 015222

Left: Now Ventana Fine Art, the building at the corner of Canyon and Garcia was once a school.

Jesse Nusbaum, Adobe building on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1912, Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Negative Number 061476

Janice Guercio , Automobile accident at Canyon Road and Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1965, Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Negative Number 029621

Howard Mier for the Santa Fe New Mexican, Waiter at Cities of Spain restaurant on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico,1980, Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/ DCA), Negative Number HP.2014.14.416

Right: Three Cities of Spain, a Canyon Road restaurant and coffeehouse, offered movies, live music, and cheesecake made from a recipe that is still available on online. Geronimo now occupies the space.

Robert H. Martin, Olive Rush welcoming GIs to her home on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, ca. 1948, Courtesy of the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Negative Number 041220

Left: Artist Olive Rush purchased a house on Canyon Road in 1920. She bequeathed the property to the Santa Fe Friends Meeting upon her death in 1966.

Couple walking on Canyon Road at Gormley Lane, 1985, Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Negative #HP.2014.14.411

Right: Gallery hopping on Friday nights was as popular in decades past as it is today. This couple strolling down Canyon Road by Gormley Lane would now be in front of GiacobbeFritz Fine Art.

Canyon Road a look back

Below: Then, as now, Canyon Road was narrow and congested. Drive carefully!

Below: Residences along Canyon Road in 1912 were humble.

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The homeowners’ coffee table book on African textiles caught interior designer Jennifer Ashton’s eye and inspired a trip to Santa Fe gallery Casa Nova, where the team acquired tribal textiles for the living room throw pillows.

AFTER SEARCHING HALFHEARTEDLY for second home property in Santa Fe for many, many years, things suddenly got real for Houstonites Deb Tummins and Abby Daniels last year, when they landed on a new-to-everyone development in Monte Sereno. After snapping up the first home being built in The Compound, Tummins and Daniels began the process of customizing their finishes and furnishings, creating a home that blends contemporary materials with warm, regional accents. A dynamic convergence of build and design professionals delivered a smashing success of a home. Says Tummins, “It’s like the dream team showed up for us!” Read all about it on page 76.


artful, easy feeling the first home in The Compound at Monte Sereno captures views and the spirit of contemporary mountain living

With a view like this one, it makes sense to tone down the interior hues of the home and focus on the outdoors. Huge, sliding pocket doors open to a portal from both the master bedroom and the living room (shown here). At right, fiber artist Ilse Bolle’s Behold (ViVO Contemporary).

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A subtle infusion of black and red tones in the furnishings and art add depth throughout the house and complement metals, woods, and creamy white walls. In the entry (above), Karen Earle-Browne’s No. 811 (far wall) and Martha Rea Baker’s Canyonlands IV (Owen Contemporary) play off a modern tribal rug. 76


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Until last August’s Parade of Homes, The Compound at Monte Sereno may have been Santa Fe’s best-kept residential secret—even from individuals typically pretty plugged into the building and design scene. Luckily for Houston residents Deb Tummins and Abby Daniels, their realtor, Liz Sheffield, had heard about the potential for this small, lock-and-leave-concept development before it was even announced. Tummins and Daniels had looked for Santa Fe property with Sheffield on and off again for some 15 years, in every area of the city. But the minute they met with the two builders in the new subdivision (Odai Design + Construct and Solterra+Design+Build), got a glimpse of the incredible Sangre views, and fully realized the brand new community’s miles of hiking trails and proximity to town, the couple’s leisurely attitude vanished, replaced with an urgency that surprised even them. “They were building two spec houses,” Tummins recalls, “and we made an offer on one of the spec houses before they were even announced to the public!” She laughs. “We were kind of early adopters—and then we were nervous wrecks that nobody else would like the development.” They needn’t have worried. Thanks to thousands of people touring the two finished homes during the Parade, both builders and The Compound enjoyed plenty of exposure, and very quickly others followed

One design goal was to artfully blend contemporary materials with a few rustic touches. Right: The judicious use of red as an accent color in the dining room chairs and outdoor furnishings lends an appropriate amount of edginess to the interiors.

Claire B. Cotts, Shrove Tuesday, acrylic on canvas (Nüart Gallery)

“We gave the house its own mix: artsy, a little tribal, a little tradition, and kind of easy,” says Jennifer Ashton. Tummins and Daniels’s lead. Because the couple made their offer so early in the game, they quite literally got in on the ground floor of their own build. The slightly larger floor plan of Odai’s “Atalaya” design appealed to them, and they were able to work with Anthony and Wendi Odai in choosing finishes, materials, and colors for the three-en suite–bedroom, 2,626-square-foot home. “We tried to use more cutting-edge materials, especially in the tile and countertops,” says Wendi Odai. “And we used a beautiful, 12-inch-wide plank white oak floor, which really opened up the space and made the house feel bigger than it was. We were going for creamy earth tones, a lot of taupes—colors that would kind of blend in with the landscape.” When it came to decorating and furnishing the home, the women were introduced to Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors by fellow Houstonites with their own Santa Fe pied-à-terre. Through a series of adroit conversations and by using design apps, Ashton helped the owners put their finger on a style that would work for them.

Above: The kitchen, finished in off-white cabinetry, contemporary tile, and a highly durable countertop product called Neolith, is designed to bring in natural light and has one of the best vantage points in the house for views. april/may 2019

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Soft blues and golds in the contemporary rug from Arrediamo mimic shades in the master bedroom’s linens and furnishings, including the Jennifer Ashton–designed nightstands. Not a bad view to wake up to!

“We got to this place where they liked the idea of contemporizing their style, because what they have in Houston is more traditional,” says Ashton. In embracing the Compound’s low-maintenance, lock-and-leave mindset and contemporary home designs, it certainly made sense to lighten and simplify the interiors, choosing slightly edgy furnishings and art and mixing it up with warm, tribal textiles in the living room. Infusing a subtle black tone into the furnishings gave it all a bit of depth and balanced the plastered walls and natural woods. Ashton playfully coined the phrase “sexy rustic” to describe the evolving aesthetic, and it stuck. “They definitely wanted regional nods, but they didn’t want cliché Santa Fe,” Ashton says. “We gave the house its own mix: artsy, a little tribal, a little tradition, and kind of easy.” Ashton wrapped up the design process by doing something she typically starts with: shopping for Santa Fe art, with the team starting at the top of Canyon Road and working their way down. “We just spent a weekend going from gallery to gallery, of those Jen had pre-selected for us, and fell in love with some artists she found for us,” says Tummins. “Initially we thought we’d be bringing some Houston artists’ pieces with us, but we got to Santa Fe and we found so much diverse art—in galleries we’d never been to. Jen’s so good at using the talent in the community as much as possible.” Immediately after Tummins and Daniels put an offer on their house, six of the seven remaining lots at The Compound were snapped up; the last will be a model home. Twenty-two view lots will open up in a subdivision called Los Panoramas, followed by a second, eight-lot phase of The Compound. According to Al Lilly, Director of Operations for 21 Club Holdings, the developer of The Compound, plans are also in the works for a fitness facility, destination restaurant, and even a boutique hotel in the resort village to the northeast of The Compound. 78


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As for Tummins and Daniels, they hope to be in Santa Fe more frequently to hike, relax, and enjoy many of these new amenities. “We’ve met some of the people who’ve bought up there, and they’re just fun and wonderful people,” says Tummins. “We’re excited about the whole thing.”

Above: All three of the home’s bedrooms are en suite, offering ample space and privacy for visiting guests. Don Quade’s Solitaire (Winterowd Fine Art), mixed media on panel, manages to capture all of the hues in this guest bedroom’s soothing palette.

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Homeowners Deb Tummins and Abby Daniels enjoy enviable, seasonally changing views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from their covered portal. Their new home offers the best of Santa Fe: hiking trails, proximity to the city, and a low-maintenance, come-and-go-as-they-please lifestyle. april/may 2019

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This stunning Eastside property, which includes three separate homes in a walled compound off Acequia Madre, combines privacy, luxury, and a location convenient to Canyon Road and Downtown. The main house is spread over 5,169 square feet. It offers a library, media room, study, and solarium in addition to two master suites, a formal dining room, and a large living room. The kitchen opens onto an outdoor courtyard. The second house, at 1,230 square feet, has separate living and dining areas and a large bath and dressing area off the bedroom. The 2,215-square-foot third house, which may be purchased separately, has two master suites, each with walk-in closets. Recently renovated, each house has laundry facilities, parking, storage, and its own electric iron gate. Fireplaces, outdoor spaces surrounded by irrigated landscaping, vigas, and floors of wood, tile, and brick give all three residences Santa Fe style. List price: $4.5 million Contact: Deborah Bodelson, 505-660-4442, or Cary Spier, 505-690-2856, Team Bodelson & Spier, Santa Fe Properties, santafehomesnm.com

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List price: $799,000 Contact: Linda Murphy, 505-780-7711, Santa Fe Properties, lindamurphy.com 80


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At the end of a cul-de-sac above West Alameda in the Las Lomas neighborhood, this light and airy home provides city and mountain views and is just minutes from Downtown. The 2,650-square-foot home includes three bedrooms plus an office or den and two-anda-half baths with top-of-the-line fixtures. The spacious kitchen was recently updated with new cabinetry and more. Three sets of French doors lead to patios and decks surrounded by landscaping that includes flower beds, trees, native vegetation, and a recirculating fountain. Deluxe ceiling fans and refrigerated air conditioning ensure the home is cool in the summer, while radiant heat and a wood-burning fireplace keep it cozy during cooler weather. This home is sited on just under a half acre, and there is an adjacent lot that may be purchased separately.

List price: $970,000 Contact: Mark Banham, 505-577-5273, Barker Realty, markbanham.com


Located in Sierra Del Norte, this home seamlessly blends traditional and Pueblostyle design. Sprawled over 2,850 square feet, the home boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a luxurious master suite complete with a walk-in shower and relaxing jacuzzi tub. Through a portal, you’ll find a private patio and hot tub overlooking a beautiful mountain view. In the heart of the home, an open floorplan showcases a large chef’s kitchen—with high-end appliances and a wine refrigerator—a cozy dining room, and a living room featuring a warming fireplace. Several New Mexico– style elements—including tumbled brick floors and exposed wooden beams—can be found throughout. This home blends perfectly into its Santa Fe surroundings.





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Eldorado Studio Tour Penny Truit, Clay and Steel sculpture, 12 x 16” The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association presents the 28th annual Eldorado Studio Tour, May 18-19, 2019 with an opening reception at the Preview Gallery on Friday, May 17, from 5 pm–7 pm, located at the Eldorado Community Center at 1 Hacienda Loop. The Preview Gallery will be open from 9 am–5 pm, both days. The open studios are from 10 am–5 pm. The largest, most concentrated Studio Tour in New Mexico, the Eldorado Studio Tour features the work of approximately 109 artists showing and selling their art in their studios. The artistry encompasses myriad styles, media and techniques—surely something to appeal to all visitors and art collectors. eldoradoarts.org/studio



Manfred Rapp, Santuario de Chimayo, oil, 20 x 24” 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 joewadefineart.com

Ojo Optique Elevating Santa Fe’s optical experience with refreshing and artistic independent eyewear. The world’s most exquisite and innovative designers are represented to create the most striking collection of frames available. Specializing in sun- and prescription-ready frames, precise adjustments, superior custom and Rx lenses, and unparalleled service. 125 Lincoln Ave, Ste 114 505-988-4444 OjoOptique.com

Plata de Santa Fe Jewelry (Inside Casita Tienda Consignment) Step into a colorful Santa Fe haven that showcases all the rich charm and beauty of Santa Fe! Drench yourself in our tantalizing collection of breathtaking turquoise jewelry by both Native and Mexican artists. We carry Oaxaca dove filigree jewelry, Guadalupe items, purses plus more! Pair it all with Roja or Silverado clothing and you will be walking in Santa Fe style! A “must see” boutique! Open: Wednesday through Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.

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Although the Atrisco Cafe & Bar is my go-to destination when I need a green chile fix, the menu also has many other delicious offerings. If I’m trying to dine on the lighter side, I love the Yia Yia Sophia Greek salad, tossed with a zippy, creamy, lemony dressing. If I’m ignoring my ever-expanding waistline, the Central Cafe meatloaf, which sports locally raised beef with jalapeño mashed potatoes, always does the trick. Queso fans can’t pass up a bowl of the classic dip, and you might need a bracing margarita to help wash it down. (Try The Swirl, a colorful blend of margarita and sangria—yum!) The burgers require two hands to hold ’em while the green chile stew packs that requisite kick. Save room for dessert: the ice cream–stuffed sopaipillas celebrate New Mexico’s favorite carbohydrate, and if it’s Wednesday, the banana cream pie is a must. Everybody needs a local, and this is mine! —John Vollertsen Atrisco Cafe & Bar, DeVargas Center, 193 Paseo de Peralta, atriscocafe.com

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rest stop As air travel becomes more complicated (and expensive), the idea of a staycation in your own area becomes increasingly attractive. One of my favorites is at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, just an hour north of our fair city. Over many years of visiting the popular resort I have watched it transform from rustic and funky to first class and swank. My first visit, circa 1993, I stayed in a tiny room with a bed that squeaked and floor boards that creaked with every step to the bathroom down the hall. My January visit was entirely different. The latest addition to the sprawling property, completed last spring, features luxurious suites, each with its own hot spring–fed tub and all the amenities you would expect from a world-class hotel, and the floor boards are new. The main lobby is bustling when we check in. My friend’s parents are visiting from Wisconsin, and his son Luka came along. We head off to our rooms and I take a quick soak in my private tub before for my “Legends of Ojo” treatment—to complete the Ojo experience, you must soak in the healing waters and book a massage. My 75-minute massage starts by dissolving the knot in my shoulder and finishes with 15 minutes of foot manipulation that send me into an altered state. I float back to the room.

Above: Flavorful Prince Edward mussels sit in creamy Dijon mustard white wine sauce tossed with house-made chorizo. Served with pesto crostini, it's a hearty appetizer.


Below: At Ojo Caliente's Artesian Restaurant, the grilled split artichoke comes with lemon garlic aioli for dipping.

Above: A baked poblano pepper stuffed with roasted vegetables and goat cheese bathes in a spicy red chile sauce. Served beside a quinoa tamale, the dish is a healthy and delicious vegetarian entrée. 84


Above: Artesian Restaurant's old-fashioned adobe facade.

Our group gathers to walk the short distance to the main building. The lovely Artesian Restaurant harkens back to an era when you might have arrived at Ojo in a horse and buggy. Legendary local chef Rocky Durham, who runs the culinary side of Sunrise Springs in La Cienega, Ojo’s sister property, occasionally consults on the menu. His expertise is apparent and the meal that follows is superb. We order a quartet of appetizers. Plump Prince Edward mussels are bathed in creamy Dijon mustard white wine sauce tossed with house-made chorizo, accompanied by pesto crostini—delish. A perfectly grilled split artichoke comes with a lemon garlic aioli, while the pile of skinny salty fries is drizzled with truffle oil and Parmesan. Out-of-state visitors must try the green chile “fries”: potato-crusted fried strips of roasted poblano chile with hot and sweet vinegar, a terrific celebration of our Norteño ingredients. Main courses include a healthy vegetarian option—a baked poblano stuffed with veggies and goat cheese and a tender quinoa tamale on the side. I’m thrilled that the red chile sauce it sits in has not been tamed down for tourists; it’s got an appropriate kick. Thirteen-year-old Luka’s fajitas are classic, with lots of zippy salsa and guacamole to roll up in the flour tortillas. Pronounced delicious by our budding gastronome, pictures of the photogenic dish hit Instagram immediately. The pasta pomodoro proves to be a hefty mound of linguini with a rich oven-roasted tomato sauce and pine nut crunch with dollops of mascarpone and a sprinkle of Parmesan. It’s yummy, but after a few bites I decide I better not soak after dinner for fear of sinking to the bottom of the pool. I should have had the lighter main course of grilled ruby trout with wild rice and citrus butter, which seems healthy and decadent at the same time. Happy that swimsuit season is months away, we order desserts. We love the simple crème brûlée and the creative addition of coconut and mango to a classic tres leches cake. Don’t miss the coffee pecan bread pudding with coffee ice cream. After a blissful sleep we convene for breakfast, amazed our appetites are back. I laugh that my luscious breakfast burrito could feed a family of four. The Ojo breakfast bowl tips its hat to the vim-and-vigor menus of the past with poached eggs atop a bowl of red quinoa, black beans, and yummy salsa fresca. The rest of the family thoroughly enjoys their breakfast tacos, blue corn piñon pancakes, and simple oatmeal with berries. It’s amazing how refreshing a short out-of-town staycation can be. No wonder folks from around the world love visiting our Land of Enchantment—so do I.—JV

Above: Spicy salsa and guacamole rolled up in warm flour tortillas with sautéed bell pepper and onion make for mouthwatering, classic fajitas. They come with chicken, beef, shrimp, or a combination.

Above: A lovely end to the meal, mango and coconut add a tropical twist to this tres leches cake. april/may 2019

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Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 cowgirlsantafe.com For 25 years, the Cowgirl has been serving up Authentic Comfort Food and Fabulous Pit BBQ to fun loving locals and visitors. Saddle up to some killer burgers, great steaks, carefully sourced seafood, creative salads, New Mexican specialties and exceptional seasonal specials. Nightly our restaurant transforms into a rockin’ Western Honky Tonk with Live Music, creating the best small club scene this side of Austin. Don’t miss our soulful week end brunch. Featuring 24 Award Winning Craft Brews on tap and a vast selection of Tequilas, Mezcals and Craft Distilled Spirits. Enjoy the Best Margaritas in Santa Fe on the Best Patio in SF! Open daily at 11 am and serving food and drink til late. Happy Hour Monday to Friday 3–6 pm and 10–CL. All tap beer and appetizers on special! Award Winning Caterer! Look for us on the Food Network. The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable

private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended. El Mesón 213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm. La Casa Sena 125 E Palace, 505-988-9232 lacasasena.com La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena

Amaya Restaurant

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

Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge 113 Washington, 505-988-3236 rosewoodhotels.com Inspired by Santa Fe’s rich culture and culinary history, fusing old world techniques with modern innovative recipes and thoughtful menu creation. Executive Chef, Peter O’Brien’s menus embrace the Inn’s Southwestern and Native heritage. Consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. The Anasazi Restaurant celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe, offering guests a comfortable dining experience with sophisticated but approachable dishes. Santa Fe’s only Tequila Table featuring specialty tequilas, Social Hour Sunday through Thursday and live entertainment Saturday evenings.

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We celebrate Santa Fe’s rich culinary heritage throughout the year. There’s Restaurant Week in February and Outside Bike & Brew and the Wine & Chile Fiesta in September. In the spring, there’s my personal favorite, the NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival. A weekend jubilee (May 31–June 2) of all things shaken and stirred, this year the NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival offers an extra week of promotions of local eateries and watering holes. The event features seminars by local and national mixologists and festive food competitions like Taco Wars, which challenges local chefs to get clever with their tortillas. At the Chef & Shaker Challenge, kitchen and bar professionals compete to win the award for food and drink. The creator of the weekend festival, local gal Natalie Bovis, donates a portion of the ticket sales to local charities like Cooking with Kids and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Get tickets at nmcocktailculture.com. Chefs like to hop around; I think it keeps them on their gastronomic toes. Formerly at The Club at Las Campanas, Chef Peter O’Brien’s arrival at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi was heralded by a tasting menu evening I was lucky enough to attend. Chef O’Brien wowed us with a nine-course meal, showing off his cooking chops with dishes like rabbit pappardelle with fennel and butternut squash in an anise cream; lamb osso buco with wild mushroom and potato cake; and a warm lemon ricotta doughnut with lemon curd— yum! The restaurant is one of the prettiest in town; I can’t wait to return to review. I’d like to toot my own horn for a minute, if I may. On March 1, I celebrated my 20th anniversary at my cooking school in the Las Cosas Kitchen Shop. Our opening night guest chef those many years ago was my buddy, culinary great Eric DiStefano, who wowed his fans with a meal that included spicy jalapeño crab cakes, winter melon bisque, herb roasted chicken with porcini sauce, and espresso chocolate timbale. What a lovely memory I have of my late friend and that special night! Over 30,000 locals and visitors have shared the stoves with me through the years. We do three classes a week, 50 weeks per year. If you’d like to come play with me in the kitchen, our schedule is available at lascosascooking.com. Happy Spring!—JV

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Rancho de Chimayó 300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 am–8:30 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast served on weekends from 8:30–10:30 am. Shop our online store.

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Cafe Sonder

326 South Guadalupe, 505-982-9170 cafesonder.com Located in the Railyard, we pride ourselves in submitting to you a menu wherein food is prepared simply, letting local ingredients speak for themselves. Steps from the year round Farmers Market, we strive to establish relationships with local ranchers, farmers, and foragers. We are committed to crafting a menu of locally driven modern comfort food.

Plaza Café

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

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35˚ North Coffee 60 E San Francisco St, 505-983-6138 35northcoffee.com 35˚ North Coffee is made up of a small crew of passionate people who love good coffee and the hard work that goes into every cup. The people and landscape of Santa Fe inspires us to produce coffee that’s both adventurous and creative. We take a hand-crafted approach to sourcing, roasting and brewing our coffee because we care about what we’re drinking and we love sharing it with you. We also serve fresh pastries, beignets and a handful of breakfast classics. Located in the Arcade building on the Plaza, we’re open daily from 7 am to 5 pm.


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Santacafé 231 Washington, 505-984-1788 santacafé.com Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 35 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays. We are now on Open Table!

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April 20–21 Easter Dances at the Pueblos On Easter weekend, many pueblos hold dances, often basket and corn dances. Contact individual pueblos for more information and rules for visitors. Photography is usually not allowed. Times and locations vary, indianpueblo.org.

April 2 Malpaso Dance Company Malpaso Dance Company brings the passion of Cuba to stages across the world. The troupe’s Santa Fe program includes work choreographed by Osnel Delgado, Aszure Barton, and Ohad Naharin. $35–$79, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, lensic.org.

May 1 San Felipe Pueblo Feast Day Large corn dance. Contact the office to make sure the date has not changed, and that the dances are open to the public. San Felipe Pueblo, off I-25, 38 miles south of Santa Fe, 505-867-3381.

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April 12 Paul Pletka: Converging Faiths in the New World The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art opens an exhibit of 15 paintings that focus on Christian saints and Indigenous depictions of gods of North and South America. Free with museum admission, Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, 750 Camino Lejo, spanishcolonial.org. April 18–20 Baroque Holy Week The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble, led by violinist Stephen Redfield and with soprano Clara Rottsolk and mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle, celebrates the joys and sorrows of the Easter season. $20–$75, April 18–19 at 7:30 pm, April 20 at 6 pm, Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trl, santafepromusica.com. April 19 Unison with Andy Milne, John Hébert, and Clarence Penn Pianist/composer Andy Milne, who has explored jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music throughout his career, plays in a trio featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Clarence Penn. $22, 7:30 pm, GiG Performance Space, 1808 Second St, gigsantafe.com. Through April 21 Wait Until Dark The New Mexico Museum of Art’s exhibition, taken from the permanent collection, looks at how painters, photographers, and printmakers have portrayed night. Free with museum admission, New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W Palace, nmartmuseum.org. . Through April 21 Kids Free Spring Break Discounts on lodging, meals, and activities for children. Most events and offers available through April 21, see website for details, santafe.org/spring_break.



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May 3 Santa Cruz Feast Day Taos Pueblo celebrates with corn dances, blessings of the fields, and foot races. Contact the office to make sure the date has not changed, and that the celebrations are open to the public. Taos Pueblo, 120 Veterans’ Hwy, Taos, 575-758-1028, taospueblo.com. May 5 Lost Church Hike An off-trail hike with Pecos National Historical Park archaeologist Jeremy Moss to the ruins of the Ortiz Church, which dates from the early 17th century. Free, reservations required, 8:30 am, Pecos National Historical Park, 1 NM-63, Pecos, nps.gov/peco. May 10–11 Canyon Road Spring Art Festival Galleries and studios up and down Canyon Road join in Friday evening openings and receptions, followed by Saturday exhibits, painting demonstrations, and receptions for the galleries’ artists. Free, times vary, Canyon Road, visitcanyonroad.com. May 11 Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival Started in 2004, the annual festival introduces Santa Fe to aspects of Japanese culture including food, tea, and performing and visual arts. Prices and times to be determined, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, santafejin.org. May 18–19 Eldorado Studio Tour The Eldorado Studio Tour shows artists in their natural habitats—their studios—with work to show and sell. Free, 10 am–5 pm, various locations, eldoradoarts.org.

May 19 Santa Fe Century At the 34th annual Santa Fe Century, bicyclists can sign up for 25-, 50-, and 100-mile rides, timed or not. Also featuring a beer garden and a vintage bike show. $30–$75, 6 am–5:30 pm, starts and finishes at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards, santafecentury.com. May 24–26 Native Treasures The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture invites over 200 Native artists to display and sell their work. Brothers Diego and Mateo Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) are 2019’s Living Treasures. Pre-show celebration and benefit Friday, 5–7:30 pm, $150; Saturday early bird champagne breakfast and admission, $25–$40, 8–10 am; Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm, free; Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, nativetreasures.org. May 25–27 Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show Native American art, music, food, and dancing at the Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks. Free, 10 am–5 pm, Jemez Pueblo Red Rocks, two miles north of Jemez Pueblo, Hwy 4, jemezartsandcrafts.com. May 25–27 Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild The guild holds its first of its three annual summer arts and crafts shows in Cathedral Park. Paintings, pottery, woodcarvings, and art glass will be among the media on display. Free, 10 am–5 pm, Cathedral Park, 213 Cathedral Pl, artsandcraftsguild.org. Copyright 2019. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Santa Fean (ISSN 1094-1487 ), Volume 47, Number 2, April/May 2019. Santa Fean is published bimonthly by Bella Media, LLC, at Pacheco Park, 1512 Pacheco St, Ste D-105, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA, Phone (505) 983-1444. © Copyright 2019 by Bella Media, LLC. All rights reserved. CPM # 40065056. Basic annual subscription rate is $14.95. Annual subscription rates for Canada and Mexico is $24.95; other international countries $39.95. U.S. single-copy price is $5.99. Back issues are $6.95 each. Periodicals postage paid at Santa Fe, NM and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946. Subscription Customer Service: Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946, Phone 818-286-3165, fax 800-869-0040, sfecs@magserv.com, Monday–Friday, 7 am –5 pm PST. santafean.com

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