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411 TANO ROAD | 5 br, 9 ba, 40 Acre Ridgetop Estate | $5,975,000 MLS: 201503595 | Darlene Streit | 505.920.8001

164 TANO ROAD | Estate on 20 Mountain-View Acres | $4,200,000 MLS: 201502526 | Ashley Margetson | 505.920.2300

404 CIRCLE DRIVE | 5 br, 5 ba, approx. 4,500 sq. ft. | $2,490,000 MLS: 201501546 | Neil Lyon | 505.954.5505

845 VISTA CATEDRAL | 3 br, 4 ba, 4,600 sq ft, Eastside Adobe | $2,375,000 MLS: 201501036 | Matt Sargent | 505.490.1718

365 CALLE LARGO | 3 br, 2 ba Luxury Log Cabin, 117 acres | $1,895,000 MLS: 201503492 | Roxanne Apple & Johnnie Gillespie | 505.660.5998

741 CAMINO MIRADA | Luxurious Los Miradores Home | $1,395,000 MLS: 201502697 | Darlene Streit | 505.920.8001

SANTA FE BROKERAGES 231 Washington Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.988.8088 326 Grant Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.988.2533 417 East Palace Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.982.6207 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., Equal Housing Opportunity.

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1120 CAMINO SAN ACACIO | 4 br, 4 ba, Eastside | $1,185,000 MLS: 201504226 | Ray Rush & Tim Van Camp | 505.984.5118

21 PASEO DEL HALCON | 360-Degree Views on 5 Acres | $1,125,000 MLS: 201500169 | Roxanne Apple & Johnnie Gillespie | 505.660.5998

525 HILLSIDE AVENUE | Classic Eastside 3 br, 3 ba | $1,125,000 MLS: 201500145 | K. C. Martin | 505.690.7192

653 CANYON ROAD | 3 br, 2 ba, approx. 2,538 sq. ft. | $995,000 MLS: 201503963 | Ray Rush & Tim Van Camp | 505.984.5118

102 CALLE PAULA | 4 br, 4 ba, House, Guesthouse, Studio | $624,000 MLS: 201503535 | Santa Fe Real Estate Consultants | 505.819.3334

80 & 84 AVENIDA VIEJA, GALISTEO | 16.63 acres | $482,000 MLS: 201502450 | Chris Webster | 505.780.9500

SANTA FE BROKERAGES 231 Washington Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.988.8088 326 Grant Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.988.2533 417 East Palace Avenue | Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.982.6207 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., Equal Housing Opportunity.

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the holiday issue


36 Wearable Masterpieces



December 2015 / January 2016

Santa Fe jewelers prove that art is not only for viewing

43 Gifts, Santa Fe Style

departments 20 Publisher’s Note

24 City Different Snow sports from Santa Fe to Taos, traditional to alternative

Earrings by Scott Diffrient: Double strand Sleeping Beauty turquoise, 7”, 22-kt gold, available at Malouf on the Plaza



30 Santa Favorites Boots and buckles of the Southwest


How to make an impression this year with one-of-a-kind presents

27 Mind & Body Après-ski spots: where to soak and sip after a long day on the slopes 46 Art Artists Jane Filer and Rena Paradis, and a look at tech effects on modern art; plus art previews 55 Living A home for the holidays; ShowHouse 2015’s “Lux New Mex” splendor; kiva warmth





67 Dining High Note, Sazón and Julia’s—A Spirited Restaurant

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YEARS AGO, I DISCOVERED that the Tuk Tuk driver escorting me around Chiang Mai, Thailand, was amazingly well acquainted with Santa Fe. You can imagine my surprise to find, in this faraway location, someone who knew of our community and of our importance as an art center. Clearly, the magic of Santa Fe has reached the farthest ends of the world, as the City Different is like no place else on Earth. We here at Santa Fean magazine believe that among our responsibilities to this community is the sharing of our city’s offerings with lovers of culture everywhere. One way we do this is by taking the magazine to art shows around the country to introduce what Santa Fe has to offer in the realms of art and culture. In fact, I will be accompanying this particular issue to the Los Angeles Art Show. Through efforts like this, we are able to introduce the quality and variety of Santa Fe’s art to the world.  The perfect time to fall in love with our community—as so many people do—is during the holiday season, with our unique traditions, exceptional shopping, and the renowned culture that abounds here. Whether you’re walking up Canyon Road on Christmas Eve for the farolitos experience, or wandering through our shops and galleries, you’ll find that Santa Fe glows in many ways. For example, there’s the exquisite jewelry that is typically designed and created right here. As our jewelry photo essay shows, the pieces originating in Santa Fe are as unique as the artwork in any gallery.  It’s a magical time not just in Santa Fe, but on our ski slopes, in our winding streets, and in our hearts. All of us here at the magazine take great joy in sharing our city with you all year, and we hope that with this issue, the magic that is Santa Fe reaches you wherever you are during the holiday season. If you can’t be here, check out our webcam on the Plaza, which will show you the holiday lights on the newly fallen snow, and serve as a reminder that we are indeed here, and feeling the magic. So should you. Happy Holidays. 



Winter Passage by Sean Wimberly acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48" Bill Hester Fine Art, 621 Canyon, billhesterfineart.com




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|O V E R H E A R D | Q: What’s your perfect winter day in Santa Fe? What are you eating, where are you going, what are you enjoying the most? “I love winter in Santa Fe. My family and I have so much fun hitting the slopes at Ski Santa Fe, which offers great conditions for all skill levels. The best part is we can be home in time to order pizza for the girls, then head to Luminaria Restaurant for a nice leisurely dinner, followed by live music and cocktails next to a roaring fire in the Living Room.” Tom McCann, General Manager, The Inn and Spa at Loretto 20


“A brisk walk along the Santa Fe River Park begins the day, while hopping on the Santa Fe Pickup to Museum Hill means a cozy afternoon browsing exhibits. Early on a snowy evening, strolling along warmly lit Canyon Road or around the Plaza feels like being lost in another time, with luminarias reflecting on the sparkling snow. There are so many places to stop and warm up with friends at night—I can’t choose only one.” Anne Maclachlan, Editor, Santa Fean magazine

“When there is fresh snow, or even as the snow is falling, I love to take a long hike in the cold, crisp air to enjoy the winter light and quiet, followed by a few hours warming in front of a fire while enjoying a good bowl of green chile.” Cody Hartley, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

“I’d start the day at Tia Sophia’s with an order of huevos rancheros (green). Afterwards, I’d head over to Collected Works to look at books and drink espresso on the cozy sofa in front of the fireplace. And, of course, there’s nothing like a walk up Acequia Madre when the snow is falling in Santa Fe.“ Robert Martin, Executive/Artistic Director Lensic Performing Arts Center

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HISTORY ON THE OLD PECOS TRAIL From the original blueprints dating in the early 1900’s to the charming southwest bungalows, this is a slice of New Mexico that is worth your while. Set back amply from the Old Pecos Trail on just under one acre, this house and guest house are fenced and walled in. Close proximity to downtown and minutes from local amenities, these homes have lovely old Santa Fe architectural bones. 4 br, 3 ba, 2,731 sq.ft., 1.065 acres $745,000 mls 201501437 831 El Caminito




Now known as the Frank Applegate Estate, this was the hub of the folk art movement in New Mexico. One of Santa Fe’s oldest historic estate properties.With its glorious outdoor spaces including a beautifully landscaped traditional Placita, enclosed courtyard and clay tennis court, this very private family compound in a superb location & a rare offering.

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6 br, 7 ba, 1.74 acres $2,995,000 mls 201504586 12 La Vega HISTORIC GALISTEO COMPOUND PERFECTLY RESTORED This compound is a one-of-a-kind. From the old rock and adobe walls to the impeccable dwellings, this property will astound you. The main house is double adobe and dates back to the early 1800’s. The guesthouse, built in 2006, is fully contained with an inviting living room and bedroom. The magnificent studio has a large kitchen, bath & theater.

We are honored to have been actively involved in both the 2015 ShowHouse Santa Fe, benefiting Dollars4Schools and the 2nd Annual Richard Jay Golf Tournament, benefiting New Mexico ALS victims. We are grateful to our friends, family, clients and colleagues who gave generously. Thank you for your support! Both events were a huge success!

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local snow fun Winter is the perfect time to get outside in the high desert around Santa Fe, where the sun shines year-round. Snow sport enthusiasts in the Southwest are eagerly anticipating epic snowpack this winter, according to predictions of an El Niño weather occurrence. New this year, buses will run from the South Capitol Station to the ski area with several stops along the route (ridethebluebus.com or ncrtd.org), and discounts for riders will be given at Ski Santa Fe. Whether you’re an alpine skier or snowboarder, or you’re just looking for some alternatives to the resort slopes, throw on some layers (and sunscreen!) and head outdoors for winter fun.—Cristina Olds SWOOSH

Whether weekending in Angel Fire or Taos, or jaunting up the hill to Ski Santa Fe, local winter sports enthusiasts need not stray far from home for snowy thrills.

Ski Santa Fe


S A N TA F E Just 16 miles up Hyde Park Road from Santa Fe, Ski Santa Fe (skisantafe.com) boasts 1,725 vertical feet of skiing across 660 acres of terrain. The 79 trails offer beginner-friendly, groomed slopes as well as challenging expert runs. Known as a great mountain on which to learn, Ski Santa Fe teaches group and private lessons, and offers a variety of package deals for those new to the sport. Daycare and snow play for the wee ones are also available. If you didn’t bring any gear, don’t let that kill your plans. You can find several ski shops in Santa Fe that rent skis, boots, boards, and even winter clothing—Alpine Sports (online at alpinesports-santafe.com) and SkiTech (skitechsantafe.com) are a couple. You can also wait until you hit the mountain to rent gear slopeside or buy whatever you forgot at the Sports Shop. The newly renovated La Casa Lodge Food Court at the ski area serves a range of If you’re short on gear, local shops like Alpine Sports and hot meals and snacks for the whole SkiTech can help you build your suit of winter armor; family in a relaxing atmosphere when mountainside facilities also provide high-quality rentals. weary skiers need a break.



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Among the $350 million in upgrades slated for Taos Ski Valley are a new 80-room hotel, new plaza and transit drop-offs, and new retail and dining options.

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New Mexico’s most visited ski area has been making an increasing number of “best of” lists recently, even before the projected $350 million in upgrades and improvements are complete. Taos Ski Valley (skitaos.org) was chosen number 20 on Ski Magazine’s “Top Ranked Western Ski Resorts of 2016” and was number two on Curbed Ski’s “Top Ten Ski Towns to Visit 2015.” Under the ownership of hedge fund billionaire and expert skier Louis Moore Bacon since November 2013, Taos Ski Valley has experienced exciting new growth with more plans for expansion. This past summer, ground was broken for a brand-new 80-room slope-side hotel. Construction will be contained to interior work over the winter, and the projected opening date of the hotel is November 2016. Other plans for the resort include a new plaza with improved shuttle drop-offs and a more accessible, pedestrian-friendly surrounding base area. Remodeling of existing hospitality services along with several new retail and dining facilities are in the works. The local economy hopes to benefit from the construction jobs, employment opportunities at the mountain, and the loads of skiers and boarders flocking to enjoy the plentiful powder. The first phase of improvements completed last season included a new chairlift installed on the 12,450-foot Kachina Peak, increased terrain for trails, more acres for tree runs you can hike to, and new snowmaking equipment. The response has been notable already, with attendance numbers on the rise over previous seasons. It’s only going to get better. TA O S


Not a skier but still alpine-inclined? Hit one of the lift-served tubing slopes at Angel Fire or Taos, or check out Hyde Memorial State Park’s sledding hills.

If the resort life isn’t your style, try cross-country skiing at the 2.5-mile Norski Trail, or snowshoe up Aspen Vista. Both trailheads are easily marked and located on Hyde Park Road, and both access stunning aspen and spruce forests with views of the surrounding Sangre de Cristo, Pecos, and Jemez mountains. For more than 20 miles of gorgeous, groomed Nordic and snowshoe trails (with a dog-friendly loop), drive north two hours to Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area (enchantedforestxc.com). Make it a weekend and stay overnight in the snowy woods in one of their rental yurts. Channel your inner child (or take your real children) and visit some of the sledding hills in the region. Hyde Memorial State Park, just 7 miles north of Santa Fe, is a designated sledding zone with a variety of slopes. Nearby Black Canyon camping and Big Tesuque picnic grounds are other popular options. Neighboring ski areas Red River, Angel Fire, and Taos feature lift-served tubing slopes. Finally, a hot new sport for cycling enthusiasts allows for wintertime riding—fat biking. These mountain bikes with extrawide tires roll through fresh or packed snow with ease. Ride to and on the La Tierra Trails just west of Santa Fe or the nearby foothills system of the Dale Ball Trails. Santa Fe’s mountains are a winter playground for whatever sport suits your fancy. Head to the hills and enjoy the gifts that El Niño brings. E TC .



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Whether you really are a kid or you just feel like one, take advantage of all kinds of snow sports in the Santa Fe to Taos corridor.


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Visitors to Ojo Caliente can move freely among 11 pools, which vary in both temperature and healthful mineral content.

UNLESS YOU’RE ONE of the lucky few with a slope-side condo and a hot tub, the best way to shake the chill after a day of skiing is to submerge yourself in a steamy mineral bath. Two locales—Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa and Ten Thousand Waves—offer deals to folks who can flash a ski pass or lift ticket from any New Mexico ski resort. At Ojo, snow bunnies will receive either 20 percent off springs entry or 20 percent off any lodging unit. For Santa Feans coming home from Taos, the discount offers an affordable and luxurious way to end the trip. “Soaking in Ojo’s natural hot springs can help stimulate blood flow and is a fantastic way to help soothe sore muscles—especially after a long day skiing,” says spokeswoman Kathleen Langlois. “We encourage guests to stop at Ojo on their way back from Taos or other New


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Situated midway between Santa Fe and Taos, Ojo Caliente is a popular stop for skiers on the road home.

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Ten Thousand Waves offers over a half dozen massage styles, ideal remedies for slopeweary muscles.

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Facilities at Ten Thousand Waves are constructed in an authentic Japanese style sprinkled with Southwestern touches.


Mexico ski resorts.” Ojo’s sulphur-free, geothermal mineral waters are legendary for their healing properties. The Iron Spring, for example, is beneficial to the blood and immune system, while the Soda Spring helps relieve digestive problems. The 11 total pools range in temperature from 80 to 109 degrees; guests are welcome to move about from pool to pool and use the steam and sauna area at their leisure. After soaking, Ojo’s Artesian restaurant provides a delicious and convenient way to refuel and relax. Order an agave wine margarita or mint sake mojito to top off a long day, especially if you’re staying at the resort overnight. Just 11 miles southwest of Ski Santa Fe, Ten Thousand Waves offers not only the closest lodging to the slopes, but plenty of Japanese spa amenities for après indulgences. Nestled among piñons and junipers, the resort has bodywork and skincare services, and public and private hot tubs that range from 104–106 degrees. All hot tubs have cold plunge access, while premium hot tubs also have saunas. On site, the resort’s izanami restaurant serves up organic and sustainably produced salads, noodles, rice dishes, and more. The kozara (small plates similar to Spanish tapas) are a great way to share a meal with friends, or simply to enjoy a light meal yourself. Thirsty? The bar boasts the largest sake menu between New York and San Francisco. Featuring more than 50 varieties, the sake selection alone is a reason to stay overnight in the Japanese and/or Southwestern-style rooms. “We encourage everyone coming down the mountain to stop by and soak in a hot bath, get a massage to treat those sore bodies, and enjoy our restaurant,” says public relations director Mary Johnson. In short, whether you’re in the mood for a sauna or sake, there’s no reason not to stop at this roadside resort.

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Roped Heart buckle in sterling silver on American alligator at James Reid, Ltd.

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NOT EVERYONE HANGS UP their five-gallon hat as soon as snow flies; for many in Santa Fe, Southwest style is a year-round commitment. Should you find one of these diehard cowpokes on your Christmas list, explore the multifarious offerings from the many merchants in town stocking luxurious Western attire. Between cowboy boots and belt buckles; custom-made and quality secondhand pieces; and materials that include 18-karat gold and alligator leather; these local treasures are sure to rope you in this holiday season. Vintage Navajo silver buckles with turquoise, coral, and claws at Double Take.

Below: These Lucchese boots at Double Take were custom-fitted, or so the store was told, for June Carter Cash before eventually gracing the consignment store’s shelves.

Peacock feather boot in dark teal from Back at the Ranch. Buffalo Skull buckle in sterling silver on American alligator at James Reid, Ltd.



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Above: A multicolored selection of all-weather snow-and-ice equestrian boots with Vibram soles from Back at the Ranch.

Above: All-weather El Rancho boots with Vibram soles from Back at the Ranch. Gallegos alligator boot in an antique wine shade from Back at the Ranch.

Double Take offers vintage and new boots in all colors and sizes. Rocketbuster “Rock and Roll� boots with full mule ear python pulls, studs, spots, and crosses at Double Take.

Above: Bootmaker Lucchese offers a range of eye-popping cowboy and cowgirl boots out of their Old Santa Fe Trail storefront as well as online. Above: the delicately tooled Drea model, handmade to order from soft goat leather in Texas, and pictured here in emerald, blue, and brown. santa fean


Sterling silver dress buckle by James Harris from Tom Taylor Custom.

Buckle sets by B.G. Mudd from Tom Taylor Custom; left: sterling silver with mother of pearl and lapis; right: sterling silver with dolomite and red tiger eye.

Above: Gold, sterling silver, turquoise, and coral buckle by James Monongya from Tom Taylor Custom.

The James Reid, Ltd., store in downtown Santa Fe.

Above: Lucchese’s Erin model in chocolate-cognac ranch hand leather with leather soles.

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gift guide Garcia Street Books Teca Tu—A Pawsworthy Pet Emporium A Teca Tu exclusive and best-selling favorite! Hand-cut from Southwestern-style Pendleton wool blankets, our coats and vests are bound in cotton and adorned with silver-tone conchos. Warm, colorful, unique! Available for pooches of all sizes! Sanbusco Market Center 500 Montezuma Ave 505-982-9374 tecatu@gmail.com tecatu.com

Just a block away from Canyon Road, Garcia Street Books carries your favorite new fiction, non-fiction, southwest, art, and design titles. Your locally owned and independent bookstore, we are open 7 days a week. 376 Garcia St, 505-986-0151 garciastreetbooks@yahoo.com garciastreetbooks.com

The Golden Eye Ear-rangements™: Aphrodite Drops in 18kt gold with blue zircons and white diamonds; Pave Diamond Hoops in 18kt gold. Available only at The Golden Eye, where creativity reigns and the possibilities are endless. Design your own unique statement from our collection of uncommon jewels set in 18kt gold… one or many, mix and match. 115 Don Gaspar Ave 505-984-0040 800-784-0038 goldeneyesantafe.com

Asian Adobe The Finest from the East, West and Beyond. Featuring the sand casted, handmade Beatriz Ball Soho Galena Cutting Board. Asian Adobe is known for its elegant home furnishings, antiques, art, specialty gifts and jewelry, and has the most extensive selection of Beatriz Ball Fine Metalware. 310 Johnson Street, 505-992-6846, asianadobe.com



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Turquoise Butterfly A Gallery Different in a City Different: Give them something different and one of a kind. Our handmade Santa Fe knives and money clips have gemstones, fossils, and amazing wood designs. Lots of color combinations and choices, and they will be cherished forever. It’s easy: www.turquoise-butterfly.com for all your thoughtful gifts! 149 E. Alameda, 505-982-9277, info@turquoise-butterfly.com turquoise-butterfly.com

Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths Celebrating Love for Over 40 Years! Wildly imaginative handcrafted designer jewelry by 35 artists. Specializing in custom wedding rings and commissions. Individual tastes happily accommodated since 1974. Located on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. 656 Canyon Rd, 505-988-7215, tvgoldsmiths.com

Full Bloom Full Bloom is a boutique for today’s woman’s casual lifestyle. We believe fashion should be flattering, comfortable, and versatile. Johnny Was, NYDY, Comfy, and Komarov are just some of the lines we offer. New merchandise arrives weekly. Open 7 days. 70 West Marcy St (one block off the plaza), 505-988-9648

Joe Wade Fine Art Cynde Roof, An Apple a Day, oil on panel, 12 x 9" 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 december 2015/january 2016

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wearable masterpieces stunning a nd unique wor ks of a r t Artwork from Santa Fe makes tremendous impressions around the world—not only in sculpture gardens and galleries, but in the form of wearable personal statements. On the following pages, you’ll find elegant necklaces, stunning pendants, shimmering bracelets, and vibrant rings that reflect the beauty and style of the wearer. Each unique piece is the work of a master artist who has created something magical from stone and metal, making it come alive through years of acquired knowledge and skill. Among the galleries and boutiques here in the City Different are masterpieces of art that are uniquely Santa Fe—uniquely you.

Photographer Gabriella Marks With special thanks to Laura Shields at Studio Cashmere Gypsy Hair and Makeup Arianna Rodriguez Models Takoda Rhoads Sachiko Royer



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A stunning holiday set by Pamela Farland includes sparkling earrings of .96-kt rose-cut diamonds set in 22-kt yellow gold; a gorgeous 337-kt aquamarine necklace with .55-kt rose-cut white diamonds set in 22-kt yellow gold; and an exquisite 11.80-kt London blue topaz ring with 22-kt yellow gold. A lovely watermelon tourmaline ring by Dell Fox, with 22-kt yellow gold, completes this collection. True West, 130 Lincoln, facebook.com/TrueWestSF

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This 14-kt gold necklace with turquoise and pearls is from the StorywheelsTM collection of composable jewelry. The five-strand coral necklace by John Rippel is rare, genuine Mediterranean red coral with 14-kt beads and clasp. It’s an updated version of a style popular in the Southwest for generations. John Rippel U.S.A., 111 Old Santa Fe Trail johnrippel.com



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These elegant new designs from the Event Horizon collection are created in oxidized silver with high-karat golds, palladium, and diamonds. Fairchild and Company, 110 W San Francisco, fairchildjewelry.com

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This stunning handmade necklace by Navajo silversmith Bryant Martinez features natural turquoise from the Cerrillos and Hachita mines. Silver Sun, 656 Canyon, silversun-sf.com



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This beautiful 22-kt gold ring features a hexagonal natural colored diamond set atop a cube-shaped natural colored diamond band. The pendant is oxidized sterling silver and 22-kt gold, with a large rose-cut center opal surrounded by natural colored rose-cut diamonds, suspended on a black cord, with a 22-kt gold toggle clasp. Karen Melfi Collection, 225 Canyon karenmelficollection.com

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Gorgeously irridescent ring by Jennifer Kalled Jewelry: Australian boulder opal with tsavorite, garnet, and blue zircon stones, with 22-kt gold. Malouf on the Plaza, 61 Old Santa Fe Trail maloufontheplaza.com



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by Emily Van Cleve


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how to be memorable this year WENDY MCEAHERN

Elodie Holmes, Tempest, blown glass, 32 x 24 x 13"


ince Santa Fe is a mecca for unusual and oneof-a-kind creations, the City Different is a great place to shop for the people in your life who relish the unique. For a start, it’s easy to be dazzled by the colorful swirls in the blown glass created by artist Elodie Holmes, one of the founders of the Baca Street Art District and owner of Liquid Light Glass on Baca Street. Holmes hand-sculpts her glass, using traditional glass-blowing techniques, sculpting molten glass with special tools; cutting, polishing and etching to make dynamic sculptures, vases, bowls, platters, paperweights, and ornaments. The pieces in her Aurora sculpture series ($2,450– $12,000) highlight layers of colors like those found in the Aurora Borealis. “I formulate my own colors so each piece is truly unique,” says Holmes.

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Colorful also describes the whimsical, one-of-a-kind lampshades made with recycled materials by Kathleen O’Neill, who sells her work at La Mesa of Santa Fe. The shades (starting at approximately $700) are made out of pieces of old tin cut from tobacco, coffee, beverage, and food containers; O’Neill embellishes them with colored glass beads.

This year’s Santa Fe gift list could make Santa Claus envious. “We never know what Kathleen is going to come up with next,” says Mary Larson, owner of La Mesa of Santa Fe. “Her shades look terrific hanging over breakfast tables as well as mounted on stands as freestanding lamps.” For the professional executive who appreciates precious metals, there is a hand-fabricated sterling silver business card holder ($400–$500) made by Tom DeWitt, whose work is sold at John Rippel U.S.A. They’re embedded with Southwestern imagery, such as rifles, cattle, and pistols, and mounted on old domed silver half-dollars. “This is a great gift for the guy who likes Western Americana,” says owner John Rippel. “Tom’s holders are perfect on home and work office desks.” A yard is required to accommodate the large (87 x 55 x 55") outdoor bronze sculpture Emergence ($160,000), which was created by award-winning blind New Mexico sculptor Michael Naranjo and is on exhibit in the Nedra Matteucci

Clockwise from top: Dan Ostermiller, The Emperor, bronze, 100 x 31 x 22"; Jane DeDecker, Standing Together, bronze, 45 x 17x 17"; Doug Hyde, Expectations, pink Portuguese marble, 91 x 32 x 27"; Dan Ostermiller, Le Toad, bronze, 24 x 27 x 27"





Elodie Holmes, Tall Vortex, blown glass, 46 x 10 x 10"

There are only two in existence of Michael Naranjo’s Emergence, bronze, 87 x 55 x 55".

Galleries sculpture garden. Only two Emergence statues are in existence—the other is displayed outside the New Mexico State Capitol building. Naranjo says of this sculpture, “When I was first commissioned by the Capitol Arts Foundation to create a piece, I pictured a hoop dancer as he was emerging through his hoop. I thought it would go well with the structure of our state capitol, in that the hoop is round—as is the Round House.” While little children can jump all over Emergence and not hurt it, they need to stay clear of the delicate and flawless 1920 Zia pot ($79,500) at Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery that came from the estate of one of the producers of the television series Lassie. “It’s so rare to see a pot in this condition with no chips or restoration,” says Fisher’s son, Derek. Decorated with rainbow bands and the roadrunner, New Mexico’s state bird, this pot is a quintessential New Mexico gift. Anyone wanting to make an impression with real Southwestern style will have a hit with any of these beautiful, uniquely Santa Fe pieces.



Tom DeWitt crafts the Southwest-themed sterling silver business card holders dealt by John Rippel U.S.A.

Original 1920 Zia pot, clay, 20 x 22"



La Mesa of Santa Fe’s shelves feature Kathleen O’Neill’s lampshades, made of tin reclaimed from food and drink containers. The Mermaid Signs “rectangle oval” shade seen here is a patchwork of reproduction “Mermaid Lounge” signs and various decorative tins featuring underwater images. 14 x 12 x 18"




technology and art Sa n t a Fe’s digit a l pulse by Jo s ep h Ca s e

“THE MUSIC HELPS TO PROVIDE a rhythm for each composition,” says local artist Mike Namingha of his new collection. “In each one I thought of the abstract expressionists, how they could attack a canvas—and that’s what I wanted to do; only with a camera and using light as my brush.” Namingha’s piece Sleep Sound 2, named in homage to musician Jamie xx, has an ethereal tranquility to it that fits right into Namingha’s goal of capturing movement and time with something as fleeting as light. He’s always been fascinated by reflections, and his experiments with long exposure photography and light painting are becoming showcases of his creative talent and progression as an artist. Though Namingha is shy to say that his recent experiments with this medium represent a turning point, he does note a distinct difference. “These pieces are a departure from my usual work,” says the artist. “However, light painting is itself a pretty old technique. I remember the images Gjon Mili took of Picasso. At the time I wondered, ‘how did he do that?’ Then I learned more about the process and really started to connect it to abstract painting.” Namingha notes two major changes in the digital art world since his first showing in 2003: accessibility and acceptability. Creations that at one time were experiments—such as inkjet Michael Namingha, Sleep Sound 2, prints—are today easier concepts to grasp and are more digital-print face mounted to plexiglass, accepted. As for access, it’s almost a double-edged 30" diameter sword. On one hand there are exciting ways to experiment with new technology; on the other, the availability of these images via the Internet can mean that seeing the piece in person is less impressive, and almost less exciting. “It puts the artist in an interesting place for sure,” adds Namingha. The digital turn has caught countless other local artists in its current. “Up until the digital era, you had to be a photojournalist to be recognized,” says photographer Bobbie Goodrich. “Digital opened up the creative venue for photography and now it’s a frontrunner in fine art.” 46


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Aleta Pippin, Blue and Then Some, oil panel, 42 x 32" Aleta Pippin’s Blue and Then Some, above, underwent a digital transformation and became Let the Light Shine, below.

Aleta Pippin, Let the Light Shine, original image printed on Dibond aluminum, 40 x 30"

Where to find it Mike Namingha’s collection is at his family gallery, Niman Fine Art, 125 Lincoln, #116, namingha.com. To see pieces from Anthony Abbate or Bobbie Goodrich, visit Gallery 901 on Canyon Road, gallery901.org; or visit Abbate Fine Art gallery at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, abbatefineart.com. David Richard Gallery has a great collection of many and various forms of digitized art, seen at 544 S Guadalupe, davidrichardgallery.com. Stephen Hayes, Refuge, oil on canvas over panel, 60 x 60"

Aleta Pippin’s work can be viewed at Pippin Contemporary, 200 Canyon, pippincontemporary.com.

Sin-ying Ho’s art is on exhibit at Tansey Contemporary, 652 Canyon, tanseycontemporary.com.

Phillis Ideal, B&W #1, i-Phone print series, archival pigment print, 32 x 22"

Another local artist, Aleta Pippin, uses the digital enhancement of previous paintings to “experiment with ways for a piece to go further.” Anthony Abbate points to one of the pieces from his Cactus, Cacti and Cactuses series and talks about how he was able to do some of the pieces on his laptop while flying across country. Namingha mentions being able to create this new series in his living room, underscoring how technology offers more flexibility. When asked if he feels nostalgia for “old media,” Namingha smiles and mimes a yawning motion; but there isn’t a sense that he views one method to be more evolved than any other. “I like experimenting with new ways to create colors,” he explains, “ones that have vibrations, and when juxtaposed, give a blurred sense to where one color begins and another ends.”

Sin-ying Ho, Ladies, porcelain, 18 x 9"

Beverly Fishman, Untitled (full spectrum), enamel on polished stainless steel, 61 x 84" Matthew Kluber, No Place Like Utopia, alkyd on aluminum, custom software, computer, digital projection, 44 x 96"

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Jane Filer fragmenting reality by An n e Maclach la n

photo graph s by Ch ri s Cor ri e

Jane Filer says her home studio holds easels and art supplies for anyone who wishes to stop by and create something.

Wherever she is painting, Filer prefers to work outdoors.



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VIEWING THE WORK OF Jane Filer is more than simply taking a trip into a fabulous land; it’s a metaphysical, philosophical, and cultural journey. She is passionate about the nonlinear and the unseen; about string theory, simultaneous multidimensional existence and quantum physics; and all of these are revealed in her work. “Imagination is a major ingredient,” Filer says. Each of her paintings starts out as an abstract, with “color, pattern, composition, and texture.” From there, “I look into it, just like you look into a cloud and see something there.” When she creates a piece, she first constructs, then deconstructs it, “which fragments reality, taking pieces of what happened before, adding what now transpires … .” Reflecting aspects of Australian Aboriginal space and time concepts—acquired during two years of Filer’s childhood in West Australia—the paintings draw the viewer into simultaneous, fantastical realms. “[The Aboriginal painters] went inside your heart and soul and pulled things out, like these transparent X-ray type paintings that would show what the kangaroo ate that morning. … They break the surface; they fragment reality. … They understand the world the way I understand the world.” Filer is also passionate about nurturing creativity. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of friends coming over to her house to paint and draw together, so to this day in her home studio, easels and supplies await visitors who’d like to explore their artistic leanings. She speaks with quiet enthusiasm about the joys of teaching mentally chal-

Juxtapositions: Filer’s visions appear on her canvases in fantastic forms, as in Flight of the Ground Owls, acrylic on canvas, 56 x 110”

lenged teens, and of watching their struggles to create form result in pure expressions of art. “That’s what I try to do, too; I try to find that spot in my heart.” Until recently, she has offered artists’ retreats and workshops, but she’s decided to let that go in order to concentrate on her artwork. “Not as a legacy,” Filer says, “but as something that speaks to humanity.” If you listen with your eyes and your soul, you will hear Jane Filer speak. Bill Hester Fine Art, 621 Canyon billhesterfineart.com

Wherever she is painting, Filer prefers to work outdoors.

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Rena Paradis angels, children, and holiday charm by Cristina Olds photographs by Stephen Lang

“THIS IS HOME,” says artist Rena Paradis, who has lived in Santa Fe since 1967 and has sold her paintings and ceramics for nearly as long. The daughter of a painter and carver mother and a master woodworker and craftsman father, Paradis says she’s a painter first. Most of the works she creates in her Eldorado studio are acrylic scenarios of Native Americans and Hispanics in daily life. Paradis sells her figurines and holiday angel wall hangings (lower middle photo) inexpensively from her website and studio. “My main interest is having my work in people’s homes, and I love selling to local people,” says Paradis, adding, “I also have clients all over the country who . . . have been collecting my work for 30 or more years.” Rena Paradis, renadesantafe.com

It takes Paradis 4-6 hours to paint one figurine, depending on its level of detail.

Paradis removes a highly vitrified, artist-quality plaster figurine from a mold made by Brett Chomer, a Santa Fean mold maker and craftsman.

“The concept for the figurine collection is a play yard for Native children, not unlike one I visited on the Navajo reservation,” says Paradis. Each figurine is a limited edition and is individually numbered.



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Of her acrylic painting Santa Fe Fanta Se, Paradis says, “I wanted to do something with lots of color from my imagination rather than my usual situational, fairly realistic subjects. Its purpose is to dance on the wall with color.”



Charlie Miner, Koi Sunset lead crystal glass 15 x 26 x 6"

Annual Holiday Party Tesuque Glass Works, 1510 Bishop’s Lodge, tesuqueglass.com Artist’s reception December 6, 1–5 pm Charles Miner helped breathe life into Santa Fe’s art-glass movement in the 1960s and continues to be a key figure in the area’s development as a major glass media arts destination. Every year, he and his fellow artists invite the public to Tesuque Glass Works as they host their annual holiday party. Patrons should arrive early for shopping (and the 50% discount afforded to locals); then stay late into the afternoon for festivities, food, and to observe the mesmerizing glassblowing demonstrations. In addition to the wide variety of glass art being shown, the artists will be present and available for conversations about Tesuque Glass Work’s elegant art.—Joseph Case

Woody Galloway, Snow Horse, photographic print, 11 x 14"

Woody Galloway: Winter in Photographs New Concept Gallery, 610 Canyon, newconceptgallery.com December 11–January 18 Each photograph Woody Galloway captures is a moment with nature, a deep connection the viewer can grasp through Galloway’s lens. His images of snow-filled trees and wild horses all carry their own stories, set in landscapes and environments absent of human life, seeming to express the feelings of a sentient Earth. Originally from the bucolic hills of Arkansas, Galloway has lived in Santa Fe for over 40 years with the driving belief that all life is “sacred and unfolding.” His photographs reflect the timelessness of the gifts around us—the beautiful nature that will exist long after the churning wheel of ages has passed us by.—JC



Stephen Day, Winter Color, oil on board, 30 x 40"


Winter Wonderland group show Sorrel Sky, 125 W Palace, sorrelsky.com Reception January 1, 2016, 5–7:30 pm, ongoing The solemn beauty of winter in the West is celebrated by Sorrel Sky’s best and most beloved painters and jewelers. Works reflecting the unique characteristics of high desert snow, light, and wildlife will be featured at this New Year’s Day reception, while artists and pieces from the show will be exhibited during the year.—AM

Peter Millett, Toro, steel, 24 x 34 x 19"

Peter Millett solo exhibition Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, 558 Canyon, chiaroscurosantafe.com December 4, 2015–January 2, 2016, reception December 4, 5–7 pm Sculptor Peter Millett will present 10 of his latest small- to large-scale geometric works of wood and steel on December 4, during the opening reception for his third solo show at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art. Millett, known for taking exhibit space and shape into account when he is considering a show, will thus be extending his artistic eye to enhance and include the interior architecture at Chiaroscuro, which recently moved to its new location on Canyon Road.—AM

Cody Hooper, Sweet Immersion, acrylic on panel, 55 x 22" Holiday Storyteller figurines on exhibit at Adobe Gallery

Holiday Storyteller Exhibit Adobe Gallery, 221 Canyon, adobegallery.com November 13–January 4 Helen Cordero began experimenting with traditional pottery styles as an adult. Unhappy with her results, she listened to advice from her cousin, who suggested that she try creating clay figures instead. Using local clays from just south of Santa Fe, Cordero went on to sculpt her Storytellers series. Spirituality is in the fine details of her handmade pottery, depicting the oral tradition of elders passing down the Pueblo culture to children. For the holiday season, Adobe Gallery will be showing Cordero’s one-of-a-kind figurines as well as Storytellers created by more than two dozen other Cochiti Pueblo artisans.—JC 52


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Christmas in Color: Pippin Contemporary Holiday Group Show Pippin Contemporary, 200 Canyon pippincontemporary.com December 9–December 30 Cookie and cocoa reception December 12, 3–5 pm Pippin Contemporary’s 10 artists and sculptors combat winter gloom with bright splashes of color and warm bronze, stone, and glass creations at the gallery’s holiday group show. The show will celebrate winter cheer with a cookie and cocoa reception to warm up gallery visitors. Featured artists include painters Aleta Pippin, Adam Shaw, Cody Hooper, Stephanie Paige, and Tony Griffith; and sculptors Greg Reiche, Guilloume, Kevin Robb, Troy Pillow, and Suzanne Wallace Mears.—AM

Ben Haggard, Chas Banks, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 32"

Ben Haggard: Faces Santa Fe SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, sitesantafe.org January 22–February 14 Reception January 22, 5–7 pm The result of a three-year project begun in 2010, Ben Haggard’s portraits of 288 Santa Fean faces capture his subjects’ introspection, half-smiles, discomfort, and depth in brilliant splashes of color. The exhibit will be on display at SITE Santa Fe for three weeks, beginning on January 22.—AM



Claire Kahn, necklace, crocheted glass beads and gold, 44"

The Winter Colors of Claire Kahn Patina Gallery, 131 W Palace, patina-gallery.com Through January 10, 2016 Reception December 18, 5–7 pm Jewelry artist Claire Kahn brings a striking, warm palette to a muted December backdrop with new crocheted glass pieces inspired by her deep connection to Florence, Italy. She blends rustic with fine materials, such as beach pebbles with diamonds and gold, creating rich mosaics of color and form.—AMB

Geoffrey Laurence, Learning to Float, oil on canvas, 28 x 42"

Emotion in Motion Lacuna Galleries, 124 W Palace, lacunagalleries.com Through December 31, reception December 4, 5–7:30 pm Focusing on the work of Santa Fe painter Geoffrey Laurence, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, this show features work that evokes emotional response. Laurence draws upon his experience as an illustrator for magazines, such as Woman’s World, and in graphic and interior design, to ground his work in realism, but moves his figurative paintings into emotional narratives with gentle, subliminal effects.—AMB

Holiday Small Works show and Calendar show Manitou Galleries, 123 W Palace manitougalleries.com Small Works through December 18 Calendar through January 15 Receptions December 4, 5–7:30 pm and January 1, 2016, 5–7:30 pm Manitou Galleries’ annual Holiday Small Works show features the ultimate in holiday stocking stuffers: original miniature works of art. At the recepMarshall Noice, New Growth, oil on canvas, 45 x 31" tion on December 4, gallery visitors will be treated to hot cider and the ambience of farolitos. The Calendar Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, 622 Canyon show, opening with a reception New waxlander.com, through January 1, 2016 Year’s Day, will represent work from Receptions November 27 and December 26, 5–7 pm all of Manitou’s artists, including This group show features three to eight works from each of Waxlander’s stable of 32 gallery artists, mak- those found in the gallery’s popular complimentary calendar.—AM ing the gallery f lush with more than 100 new pieces for the holiday season. The show will include work B.C. Nowlin, Two Lights, oil, 12 x 9" by nationally known artists such as Phyllis Kapp, Bruce King, Marshall Noice, Matthew Higginbotham, Christopher Owen Nelson, and Javier Lopez Barbosa.—AMB

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Arturo Chávez, Nambé Winter, oil on board, 10 x 23"

Arturo Chávez: Small Works Gerald Peters Gallery, 1011 Paseo De Peralta, gpgallery.com December 4–January 16 Spending his childhood in Chimayó and Los Alamos, Arturo Chávez developed into a masterful painter who captures the incomprehensible splendor of the canyons and deserts in the area he grew up. His recent collection, Small Works, is a departure from his larger paintings, and retains the goal of preserving New Mexico’s pristine landscapes through paintings—and through these paintings to transport the viewer into an awe-inspiring world. Chávez captures every detail and creates an intense illusion of space to accomplish this end. “If I can get the viewer to stop and look,” says the artist, “there is a chance to reconnect with the beauty of our landscape through the beauty of our painting.”—JC

Arthur Drooker, Grapple, digital pigment print, 30 x 20"

Heavy Metal and Anthracite, Patina Gallery 131 W Palace, patina-gallery.com Through December 6 Arthur Drooker and Daphne Krinos both reuse and repurpose metal, though to dramatically distinct ends. Urban explorer Drooker captures alluring and abstracted digital photographs of scrap metal in an Oakland, California, recycling center. Krinos, a native of Greece and current resident of London, often melts down heritage gold for the Grecianinspired jewelry inset with brilliant gems that has become part of the permanent collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum.—AMB

Christian Haub: Float David Richard Gallery 544 S Guadalupe davidrichardgallery.com Through December 31 New York–based Christian Haub moves between creating paintings and the acrylic wall sculptures he’s dubbed floats. Incorporating seven to eight colors of acrylic plastic, Haub manipulates color through the sheets’ thickness, fashioning luminescent geometric abstractions that become even more dynamic as light shifts across the surface and new shadows are cast. A continuing series for Haub, this exhibition features multicomponent structures that increase scale and the dynamic properties; the exhibition also includes two diptychs.—AMB

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Amanda Jaffe, Concurrent V (detail), porcelain, 7 x 7"

Amanda Jaffe and Suzanne Kane Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, santafeclay.com December 11–January 23, reception December 11, 5–7 pm Once a teacher at New Mexico State University, Suzanne Kane credits the Land of Enchantment with finding her artistic voice. Her work reflects durability; she is inspired by the oceanic emptiness of the desert, and by the true grit it takes for vegetation to survive its harshness. To achieve this effect, Kane uses welded steel and a creative combination of glazes and paints that create a sense of toughness and beauty. Amanda Jaffe, currently Professor Emeritus at NMSU, creates ceramics that reflect duality, inspired by living in Helena, Montana and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her pieces in this body of work capture the essences of these two very different—yet complementary—environments.—JC



lifestyle lifestyle || design design || home home

AS ISLA PUTS THE finishing touches on the tree, Mom and Dad look on from the living room of their gently rustic, tastefully decorated, and eminently livable home in Madrid. With a young daughter as inspiration, interior designers Matt and Heather French have a keen appreciation of the fun and the whimsical, the new and the old, the classic and the cool. Their own home reflects their unique sense of style all year round, but especially during the holidays. The Frenches graciously invited Santa Fean in to celebrate the season and to share in some of their favorite family Christmas traditions. Read on for more about their lovely home. French & French Interiors, frenchandfrenchinteriors.com

Every item in the home is placed with care, from a child’s piano to a colorful abstract painting by Madrid artist (and family friend) Nigel Conway.

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a home

for the holidays fun, fresh, and family-forward—by design

by Amy Gross photographs by Amadeus Leitner

THERE’S ONE DECORATION that makes an appearance every holiday season in Matt and Heather French’s home in Madrid. Perched on a living room bookshelf is a saw blade, a reminder of a Christmas-tree-cutting expedition that almost didn’t happen, when Matt discovered to his chagrin that his carefully packed bag of treecutting tools had been left at home. Rummaging in his pickup for anything that might do the trick, Matt discovered an old, rusty blade. And a tradition was born: That blade, now sporting driftwood handles, is the “official” blade Matt, Heather, and their 6-year-old daughter Isla use to cut down their Christmas tree every year. Anyone who’s met the Frenches knows that resourcefulness is par for the course for this young couple. When Matt and Heather say, “We built our house,” they mean it quite literally—as in, using their own design, and with their own hands. Their charming, one-story home in Madrid started as a 400-square-foot room that the couple and their then-infant daughter lived in for 18 months—sans hot water—while other rooms were added on. “The tiny house movement that’s happening now, we did 10 years ago,” Heather, a former acupuncturist, says with a wry grin. Eventually she and Matt, today the proprietors of Santa Fe–based French & French Interiors, added on a living room, a couple of bedrooms and baths, a big kitchen, and a deck. In building essentially five additions 56


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to the original room over a period of time, the young couple developed a valuable skill set. “We honed our drafting skills and learned how to draw to scale,” says Matt, who hails from a family of artists and designers and who at the time was an electrical contractor with plenty of construction, cabinet-making, and framing experience. As their home came together, an epiphany of sorts manifested for Heather and Matt, who as it turns out were both at career crossroads. “We were figuring it out—in all aspects,” says Heather. “And I feel like looking back on that time now, becoming interior designers was right in our faces the whole time. Even as an anthropology major in college, what I was most interested in was the way people live in their homes.” Immersing herself in design blogs and design magazines, she started to connect the dots, which consistently pointed toward interior design. To their delight, the Frenches’ newly built home was a hit with friends and family, and the decision to go into interior design “kind of hit us on the head,” according to Matt, who jokes that their design magazine budget alone should have been an indicator of where their careers were headed. In 2014, the couple founded French & French Interiors; this past August they moved into their current location on Manhattan Avenue in Santa Fe. The Frenches describe their personal design style as “fresh and fun,” favoring white walls against which they can add in texture, color,

Six-year-old Isla, whose bedroom is a little girl’s dream, has a holiday tradition of her own. Every year she gets to decorate a small tree in her room.

Above: Thrift store finds, like the vintage orange desk in the master bedroom, are big sources of pride for the Frenches. “We’re always on the hunt!” says Heather. Matt designed and built the modern chandelier that hangs from the gently sloping, rough-sawn ceiling.

patterns, and antiques. Indeed, within the white walls of their own home are many interesting pieces and thrift store finds, some from local shops in Madrid. Their everyday furnishings, which include a vintage orange desk, an antique horsehair chair, an opium bed, and a dining room table that converts into a ping pong table, are complemented during the holidays with décor that’s equally tasteful and fun but decidedly minimalist: a German Christmas pyramid; a simple bough of fir draped across a bookshelf; a sparse but lovingly decorated Christmas tree. With a youngster in the house, Christmas is naturally a big deal in the French household, but their adopted hometown of Madrid also goes all out at the holidays. The mining town’s elaboLeft: As it is in most households, the Frenches’ bright and airy kitchen is the gathering place for their family. Exposed shelves flanking the Euro-style hood offer an artful display of serving dishes and cookware. Opposite: When they were building their home, the family lived in one room for 18 months. “The white room,” as they now call it, serves as a dining area, accented with brightly colored furniture and a chainsaw painting by Madrid artists Lori Swartz and Shelly Johnson. december 2015/january 2016

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Christmas décor in the Frenches’ home is low-key and minimalist but always includes one special item: the driftwood-handled saw blade (sitting on a shelf to the right of the wreath) the family uses to cut down their tree.

rate decorating traditions date back to the 1920s (see “Merry Madrid,” next page) and are rumored to have been Walt Disney’s inspiration for Disneyland. Matt, Heather, and Isla will be front and center at the town’s annual Christmas parade on the first Saturday in December; later, Matt will “saddle up” a trailer to his pickup for hayrides—a tradition he and his wife started a few years ago. And on Christmas Eve, the family will take in the Farolito Walk on Canyon Road. “Making people happy in their own home—their own skin—is what we’re all about,” say Matt and Heather, who are clearly happy in both, especially now that they’ve found their calling. Comfortable and eclectic, their home is the perfect complement to a funky, nonconformist town that celebrates the type of creativity this couple has in spades. “We’re about ‘pretty,’” but we’re into making functional pretty,” says Heather, whose living room (left) and kitchen (below) open into each other and invite comfortable family gathering. A wall of cabinetry in the living area neatly houses a wood stove, a TV, books, a bar, and more.

The Frenches describe their personal design style as “fresh and fun,” favoring white walls against which they can add in texture, color, patterns, and antiques.



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“Going bright and light as a foundation allows you to saturate or pull back through the years,” says Matt. “It’s timeless and classic, and it’s a look that can be easily updated without a hammer and saw.”

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Above: A working scale coal locomotive made Toyland a hit with young and old back in Madrid’s Christmas celebration heyday. Today, Santa and his yak (right) join a troupe of bagpipers (below) in the annual parade.

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A cast of characters comes out for the annual Madrid Christmas parade, including Father Christmas (top, right) and a gentleman, who, with the help of a feathered companion, offers tarot readings (above). Along Main Street, bonfires encourage roasting of marshmallows and hot dogs.

IT’S A SMALL TOWN, but Madrid’s Christmas traditions are huge—and have been since the 1920s, when an extravagant annual festival of lights drew 100,000 visitors every December. The ballpark was converted into “Toyland,” complete with a working scale coal locomotive. The town’s four hills, alternately lighting up and fading out, told the biblical story of Christ’s birth, ending at a scale model of Bethlehem (on Bethlehem Hill), where a lighted angel would zip down a line in the dark to a star that lit up in the night. It was a display so amazing that early Pan Am flights altered their flight patterns so that passengers might look down and catch a glimpse. Madrid’s Christmas light tradition ended when the United States entered WWII, but not before—or so the story goes—Walt Disney’s visit to the town inspired him to build Disney World. Today’s light displays are not quite so elaborate, but Madrid still joyously celebrates the holiday that put it on the map. The annual Christmas Parade, held on the first Saturday in December (December 5 this year) is quirky and fun—but so brief that if you blink you might miss it. Get into town early to find parking, says Lisa Conley of the Madrid Merchants Association. Every Saturday throughout the month, galleries stay open later with carolers, farolitos, marshmallow roasting, and bonfires to warm hearts and fingers. december 2015/january 2016

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Patti Stivers and Virginia Smith (Stivers & Smith Interiors) knew right away this massive ironwood bed from Cowboys & Indians would be the perfect anchor for their unusual space: the Sleeping Portal. Going for “romantic, dreamy, inviting, and overthe-top,” they adorned the outdoor bed with lacy linens from the Ann Lawrence Collection and one of Stivers’s art pillows, adding a kicky, turquoise-accented cowhide rug just for fun.

IF ONLY FRANK APPLEGATE could have seen it. The modernist artist, who purchased and expanded the El Caminito residence in the 1920s for his family, might have actually felt right at home in the dramatically decorated spaces of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2015. After all, the 29 talented designers who completely reimagined this sprawling estate followed a very artistic theme—“Lux New Mex”—and turned to familiar Western classics such as denim, leather, and suede to transform dozens of empty spaces into jaw-dropping bedrooms, living areas, salons, meditation and art rooms, guest suites, outdoor spaces, and more. Over 3,000 visitors toured ShowHouse over two weekends in October, and through various fundraising efforts, including a lavish Fiesta Gala, helped the ShowHouse committee raise $30,000 for Santa Fe–based educational foundation Dollars4Schools. We could tell you more about ShowHouse, but in the end, it’s all about the delivery. See for yourself how these creative designers and artists ran with a common theme—in ways that reflected their own artistic tastes—to create spaces at once functional, comfortable, fun, elegant, and livable. 60


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Jeff Fenton, Chris Martinez, and Kendra Henning (Reside Home) took cues from New Mexico’s rich traditions with their Gentleman’s Room and trophy space. Saturating the walls with a deep red gave the space instant personality and a warm, masculine feel. “Trophies” (all faux) adorn the walls, while boldly patterned indigenous textiles are classic—and lux—New Mexico.

Marty Wilkinson (Metamorphosis) scored an interesting settee at a local consignment shop. After re-covering it with a more modern fabric, she used it to anchor the sitting area of her upstairs guest suite. Lots of visitors inquired about the zebra skin rug; its metallic flecks brought out the sequins in the settee and the undertones of metallic paint in the walls.

Above: One of ShowHouse’s more dramatic spaces was Kim McIntosh’s (ACC Santa Fe) entry to what she called “The Papoose.” The neutral metallics of the aspens, hand-painted by Beckye Fargason, carried over into the nursery next door. In creating the salon (right, top), Chandler Prewitt (Chandler Prewitt Design) knew he wanted to incorporate saddles into his space, so he used four at a table as seating for reading and games. A puffy rattan pendant is a softly rustic touch.

Jennifer Ashton (Jennifer Ashton Interiors) and David Naylor (David Naylor Interiors) collaborated on the living room, which they divided into a formal space and a lounge area (shown here). “David and I wanted to own ‘Lux New Mex’ while paying homage to previous ShowHouses,” says Ashton, noting the metallic denim fabric of the barrel chair and banco.

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Trading Post


holiday gifts with a traditional trading post flavor

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HAVING A TRADING POST was Cathy Smith’s lifelong dream—one that came true when she, along with her daughter, Jennifer Jesse Smith, took over a roughly 75-year-old business in Nambé, located at the very start of the High Road to Taos. “We wanted to restore that traditional Santa Fe magic,” says Jennifer Jesse of their collective endeavor, the Nambé Trading Post. “We wanted to have a place where we could show both our art, as well as anything local and handcrafted.” To call the mother-daughter team multitalented is an understatement. Cathy is an Emmy-award winning costume designer with dozens of Western movies and TV shows under her belt (she constructed costumes for Dances With Wolves) and a historian who restores Plains Indian artifacts for museums and collectors worldwide. Jennifer Jesse is a fine jeweler who studied at IAIA and the Art Institute of Chicago. One-quarter Lakota, she creates work that combines European and Native influences; raven, feather, dragonfly, and morning star motifs feature prominently. On top of all that, both Smith women are painters. Cathy is also renowned for her traditional bead-and-porcupine quillwork, using original stock seed beads from Venice. This particular handiwork shows up on her ceremonial war shirts, buckskin jackets and dresses, made-to-order moccasins, knife sheaths, medicine bags, and women’s evening purses, perfectly sized, she says, “to hold a credit card and a lipstick to take to the opera.”



Jennifer Jesse Smith; Kiowa dragonfly ring; sterling silver, gold, labradorite gemstone.

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Their focus for the business, says Cathy, “is on retaining the authenticity and charm of a historic trading post, where all goods are handmade and very special.” At the same time, they deliver a modern take on tradition. For example, they sell Pendleton blankets and Navajo weavings, and also stock Pendleton towels decked out with classic Navajo designs. “We take them up to Ojo Caliente,” Cathy says. “People stop us and ask where we got them.” There is pottery by Galisteo artist Denise Lynch, hand-coiled using ancient Anasazi methods and designs; traditional Spanish straw applique crosses by Nambé-based Mel Rivera; Navajo and Hopi kachinas; antique saddles (says Cathy, “I’ve ridden every one of them”); and, of course, clothing. “I have a huge collection of movie costumes, and I decided to share it with people,” says Cathy, who also stocks vintage pieces and historically accurate reproductions she makes herself. The holidays are especially festive at the Nambé Trading Post. Starting Thanksgiving weekend and continuing each weekend throughout the season, the Smiths stage an open house. “We decorate the whole place, everything with candlelight,” says Cathy. “We always have hot mulled cider, hot mulled wine, and biscochitos and empanadas made by local ladies.” The giant fireplace at the back of the store is perpetually lit, and many of the shop’s artisans create holiday-specific pieces. “We have beautiful pottery Christmas ornaments from Acoma,” Cathy says, “little mini drums and bow-and-arrow sets from Ildefonso, tons of handmade candles, and a glassblower who makes handblown Victorian-style ornaments.” Jennifer Jesse fashions special jewelry just for Christmas, as well as pieces that hang as ornaments. “We keep it authentic and old-timey,” says Cathy of the trading post’s year-round focus. “There is a story to each piece that gives value and meaning.”

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Original paintings, signed prints, limited edition figurines

Studio hours by appointment only (505) 466-4665

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An iron screen and poker by smith Ward Brinegar graces this festive Santa Fe kiva.

kiva fireplaces keeping warm with wood by Eve Tol pa


THERE ARE SOME SCENTS THAT ALL Santa Feans recognize: rain-soaked soil after a summer monsoon, chiles roasting in the fall, woodsmoke during the holidays … and where there’s winter smoke, chances are there’s a kiva fireplace. Built into the corners of Southwestern houses, these bulbous fixtures are named for the round ceremonial chambers found in ancient Puebloan dwellings from Chaco Canyon to Mesa Verde. Though gas-burning kiva fireplaces are available, wood is the traditional fuel of choice, and rightly so: It’s cozy, it emits beautiful warm light, and it smells great. Santa Fe EcoWood sources much of its wood from forest restoration projects in the northern part of the state to supply numerous hotels, businesses, and homes in the city. Owner Sean Gabriel explains that because kivas have open flues, they are considered less a primary heating source and more a decorative element—think hot mulled cider, not hot water bottle. “A kiva fire is for ambience,” Gabriel says, and for that purpose, “a lot of [people] prefer a pine mixture of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and white fir.” Pine is an aromatic and relatively fast-burning wood, but piñon, both harder and denser, will last longer—and it’s known for having a distinctive fragrance that’s practically synonymous with cool weather in Santa Fe. Oak, says Gabriel, burns even longer, but unfortunately can only be found in the southern part of New Mexico. Lighting a kiva is pretty much like lighting any other fireplace; except for the upright tripod-style stacking of the logs, which allows for better draw given the kiva’s unique shape. Most people recommend no more than three logs at a time for the best results. Ultimately, though, it’s all dependent on the quality of wood. Firewood that has been properly split and dried for a full season should light right away. “If it smokes, it’s still green,” says Gabriel, adding that green wood is also heavier than dried. Quality kindling and fire starter sticks play a role in the process as well. “A lot of people are chemically sensitive,” Gabriel says, and it’s best if they avoid manufactured fire-starting products like Duraflame. “We sell fire starter sticks that come from the base of pine trees. They’re full of sap,” which adds to wood’s flammability, “and we sell them by the bundle.” Plain old newspaper works, too.

Custom Fireplace Screens

Helmut Hillenkamp crafts iron doors and screens for fireplaces of all shapes; this Santa Fe example includes tools by Native smith Jason Brown.

This Angel Fire home features a raised wall-inset fireplace with Hillenkamp-designed ironwork.



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Because dimensions of kiva fireplaces vary so widely, it often makes sense to get a screen specially constructed to fit the curve of the opening. It’s not just safety that these free-standing screens provide but ample opportunity for self-expression, too. Hearth accessories represent just one of the categories of ironwork offered by Helmut Hillenkamp (Iron to Live With, iron-to-live-with.com). Sturdy and classic in design, his kiva fireplace screens can be complemented by custom fireplace tools. Blacksmith Ward Brinegar’s (Harmony Forge, harmonyforge.com) résumé includes bespoke hand railing for Hotel La Fonda. Adornments to his fireplace screens range from mountainous landscapes to delicate butterflies and copper Zias. Screens by Lee Wright (Man of Steel, kivafireplacescreens.com) creates decorative Spanish-style tinwork as well as regional motifs like Kokopelli and the Santuario de Chimayó. He also crafts stylish conical log rests.—ET



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171 Headquarters Trail, Lot 69


This stylish contemporary residence, which features European traditional, GermanAmerican modernist, and Southwestern design, offers privacy and stunning mountain views on more than 27 acres in La Tierra Nueva. Beautifully maintained outdoor spaces that surround the home include a portal off the dining room and kitchen; a patio off the master suite; three courtyards; and formal gardens with mature trees and flowering plants. One wall of the home’s great room has a large sliding-glass pocket door that opens to a courtyard. Indoor spaces are comfortable and elegant. The master suite has twin bathrooms, a fireplace, and walk-in closets. Savor a bottle of wine from the professional wine cellar in the home’s den/library or family room. A studio is attached to the property’s guesthouse.

List price: $3.195 million Contact: Tara Earley, Sotheby’s International Realty, 505-660-1734, santafesir.com

Bison Airlighter

If you’ve ever wrestled with fat sticks, lighter fluid, or any other props to get your wood-burning fireplace, stove, or fire pit, or charcoal grill going, the Airlighter may be the answer to prayers. Fueled by butane, this beefy lighter delivers a high-velocity, 4-inch flame with a jet-air stream to light wood instantly and cleanly. An LED flashlight at the front of the Airlighter lets you see exactly what you’re aiming at, while the air-cooled barrel and child safety lock guarantee peace of mind. $80, The Bison Company, airlighter.com


In his forge and studio near San Jose, New Mexico, master ironworker Christopher Thomson has been handforging exquisite furniture and accessories for 30 years. Threeand four-piece fireplace tool sets, available in four finishes including the pewter black shown here, are among his company’s signature products. The four-piece set includes tongs, a long- or short-handled broom, a poker, and a shovel. In an impressive display of craftsmanship, the latter two pieces and the sculptural tool stand are handforged from single pieces of hammered metal. $1,150–$1,265, Christopher Thomson Ironworks christopherthomsonironworks.com


Christopher Thomson Studio Four-Tool Fireplace Set

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The seemingly conscious effort by businesses to attract a younger crowd is a good thing for Santa Fe, but it’s nice to discover new ventures aimed at a more grown-up niche. The atmosphere at the new High Note nightclub, which replaces the former Den on the street level beneath Coyote Café, strikes a perfect balance for jazzophiles of all ages, in a sleek and sophisticated setting. Classic cocktails—given a modern twist by owner and mixologist extraordinaire Quinn Stephenson—add to the luxe experience and fuel the energy of evenings set to music by local and visiting performers. With tasty riffs on such Jazz Age concoctions as Ramos gin fizz, daiquiris, Nigronis, and sidecars—in this photo given a spritz of jasmine essence—Santa Fe nightlife just got a little sexier. Whether you’re there for pre-dinner cocktails or afterwards, when sweets from Chocolate Maven would be a great addition to your beverage or espresso (think carrot cake, chocolate decadence, and more), High Note promises to be the perfect cozy joint to escape from the cold this winter. Everything old is new again!—John Vollertsen High Note, 132 Water, The High Note on Facebook

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Sazón hopping apps, with a little sizzle


BELIEVE IT OR NOT, the eating life of a restaurant critic/food writer can actually become mundane. Sure, there’s lots of velvety foie gras (ho hum) and plates of pasta strewn with intensely umami truffles (yawn), but after all the eight-course tasting menus and fawning over by chefs and servers, it takes a lot to stand my taste buds on end. Early this fall, however, I found a dish that rocked my palate and helped me get my groove back: grasshoppers. Oh, not just any grasshopper, and certainly not the field variety, but crunchy, olive oil crisped ones as handled by the deft cooking skills of Chef Fernando Olea at his lovely new restaurant Sazón. The dish is called oaxaqueños, and the chapulines are served on a tender blue corn tortilla that’s been spread with avocado and sour cream, which serve as an adhesive for the crispy critters. The flavor is earthy—a little funky—but altogether intriguing in the way your first escargot or oyster was. It is also a dish that perfectly exemplifies the dining experience at Sazón; it’s a journey of new tastes and culinary concepts. The building, which sits downtown on Shelby Street and has hosted a variety of restaurants including the most recent, Tanti Luce 221, has been dramatically and beautifully renovated. As you climb the steps to the front door, a garden of sculptural metal yucca sets the tone for your visit to Mexico; albeit old Mexico with a very modern gastronomic approach. Striking tile floors and white stucco walls set off bold and colorful paintings by a variety of Mexican artists, including an expansive one whose elements showcase the ingredients Chef Olea incorporates into his famous New Mexico mole.

Halibut at Sazón, whose menu features pescado del dia—the catch of the day.

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Upon arrival, my guests and I stop in the stylish bar for a flight sampling and quick tutorial by Chef Olea on the nuances of tequila and mescal. If you can lure the passionate chef out of the kitchen when you visit, do; he is knowledgeable and ardent about the elixirs made famous by the popularity of margaritas in the States. Your newly gained information will have you sipping your tequila neat, and pooh-poohing sweet and sour mix and Cuervo forevermore. The handsome dining room transports you to a classy hacienda in Mexico City with a central open pit fireplace, which I’m thinking will chase away the cold this winter. In the opening weeks, the menu is short but there are specials nightly; and though tempted, we decide to sample from the printed menu. The chef sends over a plate of single-bite sized corn tortillas and three bowls of different moles to start our culinary journey. Each one is unique with varying degrees of burn due to the diverse chiles and other tasty elements. As exotic as the grasshoppers are, so too are the huitlacoche-topped tortillas with asadero cheese. The prized fungus that grows in corn and is referred to as corn smut imbues a truffle-like richness; this is not your corn-chip-and-guacamole joint, and we love it. Next, we sample a scrumptious, creamy poblano soup gilded with chunks of crabmeat and just the right amount of heat—delicious! Even the house salad goes south-of-the-border with chunks of mango, cotija cheese and zippy cilantro vinaigrette. Main courses continue to intrigue us. A rich shrimp enchilada is sauced

Sazón’s rustic, carefully decorated downtown dining room, warmed by a central open pit fireplace, is the perfect setting for enjoying Chef Fernando Olea’s picturesque creations.

Sazón’s Meats Trio with creamy poblano-walnut sauce.


“An almost smoky Fernandez Gomez tempranillo from Rioja pairs well with all the Latin flavors, and you might want to consider lingering over one of the cognac-like aged tequilas.” with a luscious, smooth zucchini blossom sauce, while Olea’s version of the classic chiles en nogada (a poblano relleno stuffed with spiced meats, nuts, and dried fruits and set adrift in walnut sauce with pomegranate seed scatter) makes us forget any others we’ve had. The towering eggplant Berenjena, with its zucchini, corn, and tomato filling, will thrill your vegetarian friends. We all vow to return for a halibut special and pepper-crusted Angus beef tenderloin. An almost smoky Fernandez Gomez tempranillo from Rioja pairs well with all the Latin flavors, and you might want to consider lingering over one of the cognaclike aged tequilas. Although we didn’t think we had room, an intensely flavored raspberry sorbet and a delicate flan, cleverly flavored with yellow cherry tomatoes, finished a perfect evening. At the bottom of the menu is a quote: “The difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary life is finding extraordinary pleasure in ordinary things.” Ordinary things like grasshoppers! Salud, Chef Olea, on your extraordinary new eatery.—JV Sazón, 221 Shelby Street, 505-983-8604, sazonsantafe.com

Julia—A Spirited Restaurant

Julia—A Spirited Restaurant’s menu is dramatic and largely locally sourced. Front: Brick-pressed halfchicken with saffron spaetzle, pearl onions, and kale. Rear: chorizo-stuffed quail with fried plantains.

THE GHOST OF LA POSADA'S former resident Julia Staab has received national acclaim through the years on TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries and in books including American Ghost: The True Story of a Family’s Haunted Past, written by her great-great granddaughter Hannah Nordhaus. Known for her spunk and tenacity, Julia was a pioneer woman who travelled west from her hometown in Germany with her husband, Abraham, in 1865. The Staabs eventually settled in a mansion that is now ensconced on a massive property. These days, Julia is garnering further fame, albeit of a less spectral kind, through the opening of her new namesake restaurant; and Julia–A Spirited Restaurant, as it is called, joins the ever-growing coterie of upmarket dining establishments hoping to lure foodies with a creative menu and swanky setting. If you’re looking for something casual, the menu at the attached Viga Bar & Grill offers terrific snacking options and sandwiches; try the stacked pickled onion rings with barbecue sauce or the lobster roll sliders with your drinks. The cozy bar, called The Staab House Lounge, is up a short flight of stairs and includes a warming fireplace. This is a terrific place to start the night (and it’s my favorite Christmas Eve haunt after my Canyon Road Farolito Walk). My blood orange margarita is a tasty echo of summer, while my friend’s Vesper martini (the way James Bond drinks them) relaxes him after a stressful day, and gets him in the mood for the feast to come. For the main event, Chef Todd Hall has created an impressive and dramatic menu. The fare includes touches of trending local ingredients, and raises a toast to steakhouses with a prime section offering various cuts, along with lengthy side-dish selections. Seated on comfy couches in the main dining room by yet another roaring fireplace, my guests and I begin the evening with a plate of delicious foie gras au torchon, served pâté-style with jammy caramelized onions and tart quince paste, ideal for piling on top of the rich liver spread on the toasted brioche—delish! Hall pairs this perfectly with a Cakebread sauvignon blanc; this talented chef, new to town, certainly knows his stuff. More appetizers are just as delicious, with a tuna and lobster claw parfait plated cleverly on an Indian fry bread disc (a table favorite), and boned quail stuffed with chorizo and swathed in bacon—another dish that has us licking the plate. Hall’s sauces are intensely flavored and sophisticated, showing off his cooking chops (his experience includes a stopover at the Little Nell in Aspen).


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Our main courses continue to impress. The bone-in 22-ounce ribeye with buttery béarnaise is given a surf-n-turf spin with a side of lobster macaroni and cheese that’s loaded with the sweet crustacean; we are all so happy! Both a brick-pressed half chicken with saffron spaetzle and sautéed kale, and a seared salmon served creatively on an heirloom tomato and burrata salad with pesto, inspire us to return to sample the rest of Chef Hall’s menu. Vegetarians will love the kale salad with cashews, and the roast veggie and ancient grain plate drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. A bottle of Robert Mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon 2004 takes our evening to an even greater height, with such depth of flavor and mellowed tannins; the best wine I’ve had all year! The dark chocolate ganache pueblo is a nifty little edible structure, plated cleverly with cookie crumb “sand” and nougat “boulders”; I love that Hall has fun with his cooking too. One theory as to why Julia’s spirit lingers in the hotel is that she maintains her perpetual concern about entertaining her guests from the “other side”; but I can assure her that in Chef Hall’s deft hands, all is well, Mrs. Staab. It’s time to move on toward the light.—JV Julia–A Spirited Restaurant, 330 East Palace Avenue, laposadadesantafe.com Tuna-lobster claw parfait on Navajo fry bread


taste of the town Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

113 Washington, 505-988-3236 rosewoodhotels.com

Offering Southwestern cuisine with strong regional Latin influences. The recently redesigned dining destination celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe with a new chic, sophisticated design that complements the restaurant’s legendary architecture. The new Anasazi Lounge offers additional bar seating with the new Para Picar menu as well as a Tequila Table featuring a Ceviche menu and specialty tequilas. Live entertainment Saturday evenings with Jesus Bas. Private dining also available.


905 S St Francis, 505-699-2243 bambinissantafe.com

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

I THINK OF COOKBOOKS AS THE GIFTS that keep on giving. If you’re lucky, the person you give them to will cook some of the tempting recipes for you (am I wrong to earmark the ones I want?). This holiday season, there are numerous beautiful gastronomic tomes that will make the foodies on your gift list very happy. All are intrinsically connected to our New Mexico culinary scene; one is a tasting tour of our history. Happy holidays and a delicious New Year! The New Mexico Farm Table Cookbook from The Countryman Press $19.95: Gorgeous photos by Kitty Leaken accompany this tasting tour of our state, with recipes from notable home cooks, farmers, chefs and other food-minded folk. The pictures themselves speak a delicious 1000 words, and anyone who loves the Land of Enchantment will cherish it. Check out my recipe for buffalo adovado empanadas with creamy tomatillo salsa on page 116. The Restaurant Martin Cookbook: Sophisticated Home Cooking From the Celebrated Santa Fe Restaurant from Rowman & Littlefield $39.95: Fans of Chef Martin Rios’s long and luminous career in Santa Fe will love taking some of the talented chef’s recipes home. Although some of them might be a bit intricate for the novice, the more advanced home chef will love the challenge. The book is full of Kate Russell’s stunning photographs that stimulate immediate salivation, along with supporting text by Bill and Cheryl Jamison. Check out the 70


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Cowgirl BBQ

319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 cowgirlsantafe.com

Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! Open seven days a week: 11 am–11pm during the week and to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com

Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its 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.

clam chowder with bacon-chorizo crumbs and clam fritters. Yum! Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook: The Traditional Cooking of New Mexico 50th Anniversary Edition from Lyons Press, $24.95: A lovely reprint of the 1991 cookbook from one of Northern New Mexico’s favorite restaurants. Tales and recipes shared with Bill and Cheryl Jamison evoke a sense of history for this consummate Norteño eatery. Recipes for all your favorite dishes, including the killer carne adovado and famous guacamole, are revealed here. Delish! The Maverick Cookbook: Iconic Recipes & Tales from New Mexico from Leaf Storm Press $26.00: Rated one of the most exciting 2015 fall cookbooks by Epicurious.com, this part history book, part cookbook by local author Lynn Cline puts you in the kitchen of a dozen iconic New Mexico figures, and creates a menu with recipes from the eras in which they lived. From Billy the Kid through to Georgia O’Keeffe, and on to Dennis Hopper, Cline’s creative stories evoke a delicious sense of time and personality. One key ingredient is missing from the Hopper-era brownie recipe, but you will want to try every dish in the book. With beautiful photos and food styling by Guy Ambrosino and Kate Winslow.—JV

El Mesón

213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com

Everything comes together under our roof

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.

Gabriel’s Restaurant

4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000 gabrielsofsantafe.com

Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. New weekend brunch. Open daily 11:30–9.30 pm.

Joseph’s Culinary Pub

428 Agua Fria, 505-982-1272 josephsofsantafe.com

Joseph’s Culinary Pub, created October, 2013, and driven by seasoned New Mexico chef and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef Alumn Joseph Wrede, has blossomed into one of Santa Fe’s most exciting culinary platforms. Recognized twice in the New York Times in its first year, Joseph’s promises an exciting 2015. Awaken your palate and enjoy a warm welcome any night of the week, 5:30–10/11 pm. Parking behind restaurant. Reservations: SeatMe.com.




1893 TUCSON ADOBE $889,000 In the heart of downtown’s Barrio Libre.

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

Saguaro rib ceilings. Walls nearly two feet thick. Three fountains. Spiral stairs. Guest studio.

At age 122, a good home looking for its third family.

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com

Maria’s now uses only 100-percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, hand-shaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 16th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes—totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic, home-style, Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Open Monday–Sunday from 11 am until close. Reservations are strongly suggested.

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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.

Midtown Bistro

901 W San Mateo, Ste A, 505-820-3121 midtownbistrosf.com

Midtown Bistro, located in the “heart” of Santa Fe, and only a short jaunt from the Plaza, features local cuisine with an international flair. Open daily. Guests enjoy dining indoors or on our patio among native flora, which creates a magnificent ambience while dining on an array of fresh meats, seafood, pastas, and much more. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of wine and beer. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner Monday–Saturday 5–9 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–3 pm.

Plaza Cafe Southside

3466 Zafarano, 505-424-0755 plazacafesouth.com

Enjoy more than 100 years of tradition. Plaza Cafe Southside, the sister restaurant to the famous Plaza Cafe downtown, delights both tourists and locals with delicious, regional diner cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, friendly, but upscale atmosphere. Huevos rancheros, margaritas, breakfast all day; yummy fresh house-baked goods and the chef’s imaginative specials. Plaza Cafe Southside has something for everyone. If you don’t know the Plaza Cafe Southside, you don’t know Santa Fe! Sunday–Thursday 8 am–9 pm; Friday and Saturday 8 am–10 pm.

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The Ranch House Luminaria Restaurant

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

2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900 theranchhousesantafe.com

Chef Josh Baum and his wife, Ann Gordon, have built a new home for Josh’s famous barbecue. This cozy restaurant on the south side feels as if you stepped into a historic Santa Fe home. There are two dining rooms, two outdoor dining areas, and a full bar with signature cocktails and eight beers on tap. In addition to the same great barbecue, the greatly expanded menu includes new salads and appetizers, plus a grill menu with salmon, steaks, and more! The lunch menu includes daily specials. The Ranch House is located on Cerrillos and Cristo’s Road, near Kohl’s. Open Monday–Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–10 pm, Sunday 11 am–9 pm; happy hour 4–6 pm.

Rancho de Chimayó

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300 Santa Fe County Road 98 on the scenic “High Road to Taos,” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com

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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Zia Diner

326 S Guadalupe, 505-988-7008 ziadiner.com

Good ol’ Zia has a great new menu. Featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives, Zia Diner has been serving upscale, down-home comfort food for almost 30 years; and now there’s a great new menu with all the old favorites and lots of bold new flavors: Thai shrimp toast, sesame seared tuna, house cured gravlax, bacon-cheddar-buttermilk biscuit, curried cauliflower hummus, and the soon-to-be-famous Hangover Burger! There are also exciting new cocktails like the Montreal, Aperol Negroni, and French Gimlet, in addition to their great selection of draft beers and margaritas. Open daily from 11 am; serving weekend brunch from 11 am—3 pm, with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. 72


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Rancho de Chimayó—Celebrating 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition” for 50 years - 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. Come celebrate with us! Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm. November thru April open 11:30 am to 8:30 pm, closed Mondays.


231 Washington, 505-984-1788, santacafe.com Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays.

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