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“fresh Start” for 2017 • holiday fun • ELEGANT gift guides

December 2016 / January 2017

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BLAME HER RANCH mls: 201604766 | $6,999,000 Lavish 1,630-acre ranch includes a custom log home and a guesthouse. Chris Webster | 505.780.9500

51 JACKRABBIT LANE $4,200,000 Territorial-style 5BR, 8BA compound on 19.72 acres in Arroyo Hondo. Darlene Streit | 505.920.8001

VILLA DE PIEDRA mls: 201601783 | $2,995,000 Five-bedroom, 9,728-square-foot Las Campanas custom estate. Darlene Streit | 505.920.8001

460 CIRCLE DRIVE mls: 201505386 | $2,700,000 Irreplaceable 12,000 sq. ft. compound on 2.93-acres with dramatic views. Darlene Streit | 505.920.8001

600 LOS ALTOS NORTE mls: 201505093 | $1,295,000 Northside view residence near the Plaza. 3BR, 3BA. Furnishings available. K.C. Martin | 505.690.7192

1674 CERRO GORDO mls: 201604549 | $535,000 Enchanting 2-bedroom, 3-bath Old World adobe home on the Eastside. Caroline D. Russell, CRS | 505.699.0909

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14 Via de Zorritos. Stunning 50+ acre compound. MLS #201601931 $6,750,000

433 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 tel: 505.989.7741 • A Full Ser vice Real Estate Brokerage

721 Camino Ocaso del Sol. Artistic beauty. MLS #201601920 $1,799,000

41 Vista Hermosa. Custom-sculpted plasterwork. MLS #201600732 $1,475,000

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Featuring the work of:

Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) Helen Hardin (1943-1984) Margarete Bagshaw (1964-2015)

Original paintings, reproductions, bronzes, jewelry, books,

and lots of 3D

Margarete Bagshaw “Twist and Shout” cast bronze with gold leaf and jewels maquette 30”/lifesize 84” tall

Buchen/Goodwin THE 3 FATES: Time, Destiny, & Chance 3D Print in PETG. Hand finished in resin and lacquer.

Margarete Bagshaw “Positively Thinking” cast bronze with patina - 24” X 30”

Buchen/Goodwin “Ribbon Figure” cast bronze with sterling silver 30” tall

201 Galisteo St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 - 505-988-2024 -

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gift guide


Ojo Optique

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

Teca Tu—A Pawsworthy Pet Emporium

Pamper your pooch with an elegant “Piazza Bed” or a handmade Southwest-inspired Pendleton coat or vest... a Teca Tu exclusive! DeVargas Center, 165 Paseo de Peralta 505-982-9374,

Asian Adobe

Featuring Beatriz Ball Metalware for the holidays! Serve ice, bottles of wine or display flowers that your guests will enjoy from a serving piece they will admire. Asian Adobe features the most extensive selection of Beatriz Ball Fine Metalware products. Each piece is made entirely by hand, using the ancient art of sand casting. 310 Johnson Street, 505-992-6846


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Aria Collection | available in acrylic on acrylic paintings and limited edition reproductions | disc sizes range from 48 to 24 in. | premiered at Show House Santa Fe 2016

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24 Fresh Start 2017

26 The Grape Meets The Stage Pairing the perfect wine with the perfect play

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Join the circus, learn new recipes, flash some flamenco, or pick up some paints: fresh ideas for your new year


30 Jewels of Santa Fe

Jewelry made from dreams by local artisans

departments 16 Publisher’s Note

39 Art The art of “squish” with Heidi Loewen, Golden Dawn creates 3-D work from the art of Margarete Bagshaw, meet MoCNA’s new curator

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20 City Different Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, holiday concerts, Winter Indian Market, New Year’s Eve on the Plaza


49 Living The magic of design: Chandler Prewitt, ShowHouse Santa Fe 2016

tony buchen

57 Dining Chef Johnny Vee reviews Bodega Prime and visits Doc Martin’s in Taos

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dan mcguinness



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ON THE COVER Howard Carr, Early Stroll II, oil on canvas, 18 x 24". Photo courtesy of Mountain Trails Fine Art.

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| O V ERHEARD | Q: What’s your holiday wish? “Our holiday wish is for one full of tradition, family, friends, love, warmth, and a cozy spot by the tree!” Heather and Matt French French & French Interiors


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“I wish not to lose sight of what’s important: my family, friends, home, and neighbors; that my family remain safe and healthy; that the world is more peaceful; and that I continue to be grateful for what is and what isn’t in my life. I wish for more local live music in Santa Fe and for more appreciation of live music.” Busy McCarroll, musician

“My holiday wish is for more water! Rain, snow, sleet—I’m not picky. Just more water falling from the sky, please!” Clara Holiday, sales manager form & concept


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LIKE MANY SANTA FEANS, I walk my dog early every morning throughout the winter to savor the serenity of morning’s dim and peaceful light. It’s a spiritual time that allows me the chance to reflect on the day ahead as well as on other elements of my life—and to put everything in perspective. These quiet winter mornings with our special friends, whether two-legged or four-legged, afford us a chance to forget our daily worries and revel in an atmosphere devoid of noisy intrusions. It’s our time to feel the importance of relationships and the generosity of the human spirit, and to touch powers greater than ourselves. It is the gift that each of us receives during this season. For this very reason, Santa Fe is the perfect place to enjoy the holidays. We do things a bit differently here, but the traditions, both old and new, make it an experience that is meaningful and lovingly remembered. This is especially true when we’re graced with a beautiful snowfall. Our cover painting, Early Stroll II, is by Howard Carr. It perfectly captures this feeling, one that many Santa Feans enjoy every day—especially after a fresh snowfall when a quietness settles over the city. All of us at Santa Fean magazine wish you a most joyous winter season filled with the simple joys of a winter walk with a trusted companion, the happiness of shared moments with loved ones, and the spirituality of the season that will sustain you throughout the new year ahead.

New Listing

SHOWHOUSE SANTA FE 820 Camino Atalaya

6 BR, 8 BA, 8,100 SQ.FT., .81 ACRES mls 201604926

$3,300,000 - As Showhouse Santa Fe 2016, this remarkable Eastside estate is on nearly one acre downtown with two homes on one lot each fully appointed and accessible from within. The original estate has a historical provenance, a captivating entrada, library, formal living and dining as well as a full kitchen, three bedrooms each with a bath and a central great room. There are a total of 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms, 3 living rooms, 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. The grounds behind adobe walls are masterfully landscaped with a stunning water feature.

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3 BR, 3 BA, 1,972 SQ.FT. mls 201605125

5 BR, 3 BA, 4,353 SQ.FT., 1.54 ACRES mls 201603176

2 BR, 2 BA, 2,413 SQ.FT., .09 ACRES mls 201602915

$550,000 - This 2 story home has an owner suite with walk in closet, double sinks, separate tub and shower with upgraded tile and fixtures. Owner suite, kitchen, dining, living room, powder room and laundry are all on the main floor. 2 bedrooms, upgraded bath and office upstairs.

$1,250,000 - Stylish & privately sited on 1.5 acres, this pitched roof 3553 sq. ft. home and 579 sq. ft guest casita are located minutes from shopping, fine dining and the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The architectural design is captivating when entering the walled and gated courtyard with extensive landscaping & fountain.

$1,245,000 - On a small lane minutes from Canyon Road Art Walk, this exquisite, mostly adobe 2413 sq.ft. contemporary home enjoys two separate suites each with en suite baths, 3 custom fireplaces, dramatically high ceilings, a media room/library, chef’s kitchen & a spacious living/dining room with a well appointed wet bar for entertaining.

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker dances in front of a storybook set.

The Nutcracker, December 17, 2 pm and 7:30 pm, December 18, 1 pm and 5 pm, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

The Blind Boys of Alabama present a holiday gospel concert at The Lensic.

holiday concerts If so inclined, one could spend most December evenings at a holiday-themed concert. The Santa Fe Symphony presents their annual Christmas Treasures on December 11th at the Lensic. On the 14th, the Santa Fe Concert Band takes the Lensic’s stage for their annual free concert of carols and other holiday tunes. Choral music fills the halls mid-month as Santa Fe Women’s Ensemble sings at Loretto Chapel and IHM chapel; Schola Cantorum’s sacred music fills Loretto Chapel, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and other venues; and Santa Fe Desert Chorale reconvenes for seven performances of Northern Light. December 20th, AMP Concerts presents Blind Boys of Alabama at the Lensic with holiday-themed gospel. Performance Santa Fe’s symphony performs with pianist Claire Huangci on Christmas Eve, and then amasses an orchestra and chorus to raise the roof with Beethoven’s majestic Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Eve, both at the Lensic. Santa Fe Pro Musica and pianist Melissa Marse celebrate the end of the year with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue December 29th, again at the Lensic.—Lisa Van Sickle EVENT

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PERFORMANCE Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Two days, four performances, and over 60 performers delight audiences with their whimsical interpretation of the classic tale. Including, of course, ballet, the addition of flamenco, a Chinese sword dance, and an aerialist, The Nutcracker creates fantastic memories for both young and old.—Amanda Jackson


Friday, December 16 5-7pm Join us for a jewelry event with DB/CB Jewelry! Experience the beauty and power of the DB/CB Jewelry line and learn about the jewelry-making process with Smithsonian-collected artist, Debra Baxter. Receive a 10% discount on any purchase that evening.

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Handmade Christmas ornaments are among the finds at Winter Indian Market.

Baroque music and holiday decorations add to the ambience of Loretto Chapel.

SWAIA’s Winter Indian Market Because once a year isn’t enough. Native artists, 150 strong, will fill the Lumpkins Ballroom, mezzanine, and other La Fonda gathering spaces with pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more during SWAIA’s Winter Indian Market.. Exhibitors will include Jesse Monongya, Zoe Urness, Benson Manygoats, and Nancy Youngblood. Winning films from the summer’s Class X division will screen in the Exchange Room, a silent auction will include handmade ornaments by some of the exhibitors, and ticketed, guided tours of the hotel’s extensive Native art collection will be available. A special opening celebration the evening of December 16 includes refreshments, music, and early bird shopping,—LVS EVENT

Winter Indian Market, December 16, 6–9 pm, $50. December 17, 9 am–5 pm; December 18, 10 am–3 pm; $10–$15, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco,

Santa Fe Pro Musica: A Baroque Christmas

Canyon Road Farolito Walk

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Santa Fe Pro Musica: A Baroque Christmas, December 19, 6 pm, and December 20–24 at 6 pm and 8 pm, $20–$80, Loretto Chapel, 207 Old Santa Fe Trl, Many of Canyon Road’s galleries are dressed up in lights for Christmas Eve.

Canyon Road’s beloved Farolito Walk takes place on Saturday, December 24. Beginning around dusk, Canyon Road becomes a Santa Fean Christmas wonderland. Often it seems the whole city has turned out to see the thousands of farolitos (small paper bags filled with sand and topped with a votive candle) or “fauxlitos” (the electrified models) and the many luminarias (small piñon wood bonfires) that pop up along the streets. Many of the galleries are open, offering hot cider or hot chocolate to the numerous window shoppers and random carolers. A festive tradition for all to enjoy.—AJ EVENT

Canyon Road Farolito Walk, December 24, begins at dusk and continues until approximately 10 pm, free, Canyon Road,

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EVENT Loretto Chapel is one of Santa Fe’s architectural jewels, and when it’s dressed up for Christmas there is no lovelier spot. Fill it with baroque music played on period instruments and it’s absolutely sublime. Santa Fe Pro Musica does just that each December with A Baroque Christmas. The program includes a Handel concerto grosso for strings and one of Telemann’s Paris Quartets, scored for flute, violin, cello, and continuo (organ and bassoon), performed by the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble. The centerpiece is Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus for mezzo-soprano and strings. Avery Amereau and Deborah Domanski, both mezzos with glowing opera credentials, will alternate performances of the exquisite nine-movement work. Each concert ends with a selection of traditional carols.—LVS

Plaza Menorah lighting EVENT The eight nights of Chanukah will shine on the Plaza as the folks at the Santa Fe Jewish Center light a community menorah. Each evening around 5 pm (4 pm on Friday and 7 pm on Saturdays), beginning December 24th, another light on the menorah will be lit until all eight blaze brightly on December 31st. The main community event will be on Sunday, December 25th, at 3 pm. The Santa Fe Jewish Center will also present Chanukah on Ice at the Chavez Center skating rink December 27th at 3 pm.—LVS

Plaza Menorah Lighting, December 25, 3 pm, Santa Fe Plaza, Chanukah on Ice, December 27, 3 pm, Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo,

New Year’s Eve on the Plaza EVENT New Year’s Eve on the Plaza is a not-to-be-missed event for locals and visitors alike. Festivities begin at 9:30 pm, and include bonfires lining the Plaza, various food trucks, and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available with a donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region. When the clock strikes midnight, a City Different New Year’s surprise will kick off 2017 in the nation’s oldest capital city. Join us in saying “Bienvenidos” and “Prospero Año Nuevo” to 2017! Make sure to check the website listed for information regarding parking, road closures, and transit/taxi options.—AJ

New Year’s Eve on the Plaza, December 31, 9:30 pm–12:15 am, free, the Plaza, december 2016/january 2017

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fresh start: challenge yourself in 2017 fresh start: art classes by Amanda Jackson

Heidi Loewen works a large porcelain piece on the potter’s wheel.

porcelain, champagne, and chocolates—oh my

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The Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery & School not only offers one-onone instruction and classes for up to 20 students, but she will also serve up champagne, wine, and chocolate receptions on request. Heidi, as you will see, loves the “squish” of clay, and is eager to share the feeling with students. Please see page 40 for a special feature about Heidi. Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery & School, 315 Johnson $195 per person, per hour

Lauren Mantecón works on a large painting— sometimes easier to do on the floor than on an easel.

curious mind? explore your canvas

Lauren Mantecón, owner of Mantecón Studio, says, “Creativity is innate.” An artist herself for 20-plus years, she structures her workshops, classes, and private lessons for groups and individuals with an emphasis on finding a student’s unique brushstroke, mark, or color combination. Mantecón’s students run the gamut from the beginner to the professional artist looking for new techniques and approaches. Classes typically run from 5 to 12 students, with a vast range of experience and styles. Wednesdays, she offers a three-hour open studio with materials provided. During the year, various one-day to weeklong workshops pop up on the schedule—from color theory and found materials to book arts and collage, where Mantecón and other visiting artists impart knowledge in their subject of expertise. Mantecón Studio has also partnered with Santa Fe Art Tours to provide curated explorations of Canyon Road, along with a creative component back at the studio (with a side of wine and chocolate!). Mantecón Studio, 123A Camino Teresa cost varies per class, workshop, tour, etc.

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art and wine, wine and art

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go play in the clay

Located in the Railyard district, Santa Fe Clay reawakens the childhood desire to play in the dirt—but creatively, in a studio setting, with clay. With options to take a class or workshop, or to rent space to work independently in the communal studio, the studio is open daily. Sign up for seven weeks of beginning wheel throwing, life-sized bust making, or all level slab construction, among many other interesting course options. With enrollment, students receive unlimited studio access during regular hours and 25 pounds of clay. For kids (ages 6–10) and teens (ages 10 and up), there are options for six and seven week classes with an emphasis on clay exploration, developing skills, and learning decorating and glazing techniques. Nine different teachers on staff are sure to help you discover your passion to play and create. Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia Seven-week classes, $250; weekend workshops vary; private lessons, $110–$150,

Students gain unlimited studio access at Santa Fe Clay when they register for a class.

If you happen to love art and wine (or beer, or cider) this two-hour, step-by-step painting class for beginners is perfect: you can BYOB, sip, and paint a masterpiece without a recurring commitment. With classes each week on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, these events are ideal for social or corporate events, solos, dates, or a girls’ night out. Private classes are also available. The easy-to-read calendar schedule shows which painting subjects are available—everything from landscapes and flowers to pueblos, chiles, churches, and more—and on which dates. Packages and private bookings are also a fun option! Santa Fe Art Classes—Paint Moment, 621 Old Santa Fe Trl Two-hour beginning painting classes, $55 per person; private classes $65 per person with six person minimum,

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Audrey Derrell

As the new year approaches, we’re all looking at the scales, old clothing sizes, unused gym equipment, and 12 months of broken resolutions. Maybe, though, just maybe, none of it was the right fit to begin with? In 2017, why not try something a little out of the ordinary—something that might suit you better than too-tight shirts, exercise machines, and flavorless diets? We may have just the opportunity for you in our fresh start pages.

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fresh start: cooking classes by Amanda Jackson

chile out: Southwestern cooking and educational talks

First-date cooking classes are popular in rom-com movies, but it’s even better when you try it yourself! The Santa Fe School of Cooking offers not only regular cooking classes, but also a full-fledged Southwest Culinary Boot Camp throughout the year. Complete with a new facility and large demonstration kitchen, these two options are terrific opportunities for the beginning chef or the advanced cook looking for new recipes and ideas. For a third option, try one of the school’s talks and tours inspired by local art and culture; and then head to the kitchen to make a meal that complements the discussion. Classes run all year, so hurry and sharpen your knives, dust up (or sign up for) some skills, and decide which classes to try. With courses taught by well-respected local chefs, famous guest chefs, and cookbook authors, there is something for every foodie to learn and enjoy. Santa Fe School of Cooking, 125 N Guadalupe cost varies per class,

fresh start: performing arts by Anne Maclachlan

cook famously with Chef Johnny Vee

Chef Johnny Vee, a.k.a. John Vollersten, is a celebrity chef, known for appearing on television and at many of the best restaurants in town. After making his home in Santa Fe in 1998, he joined Las Cosas Cooking School, quickly developing a loyal customer base eager to learn new cooking and equipment skills. With entertaining and hands-on cooking courses—and the motto “We cook for fun!”—it is easy to see why every major Santa Fe chef as well as those from Taos and Albuquerque come to Las Cosas to impart their kitchen and cooking wisdom. Classes range from beginning skills and novice cooking techniques to creating seasonal delights (think hand-rolled tamales or holiday pies) and comforting favorites like casseroles and enchiladas. Take one class, or take them all; they’re listed by date and available for perusing on the Las Cosas website. Las Cosas Cooking School, 181 Paseo de Peralta cost varies per class,

join the circus

Remember when you threatened to run off and join the circus? Make good on that in 2017, when Wise Fool offers classes to adults and young people at all levels of physical fitness. Artistic Director Amy Christian explains the company’s “Elevate” session, which she calls “a ‘circus bootcamp’ for adults of all ages (16-90+), genders, and skill levels.” Classes are tailored to working adults, thus taking place evenings and weekends. In its various courses, the Wise Fool crew teaches everything from handstands to unicycling, juggling to trapeze arts—and pretty much everything else you can think of related to Big Top performances. Their goal is to increase an individual’s confidence and encourage the enjoyment of active participation in the circus arts. Wise Fool stages several professional performances each year, along with student shows. Wise Fool is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inclusion; so no matter what you think you “can’t do,” this supportive group will show you otherwise. Wise Fool New Mexico, 1131 Siler, Suite B $20 per drop-in to $350 depending on session duration

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Flamenco is enchanting, with the swirl of women’s dresses, the dash of the men, the poise and the drama—and that confidence! At Entreflamenco’s new downtown Santa Fe studio, El Flamenco, Estefania Ramirez instructs newcomers through seasoned dancers in the art of flamenco. Adults are encouraged to participate in specially tailored introductory classes which stave off the onset of stiffening joints and, says Ramirez, mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. “Dance is one of the most effective activities that a mature person can practice to help prevent dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Ramirez. “The level of concentration on learning the rhythmical patterns and combining those with the sequencing of movements between the upper body and the lower extremities activates an intense focus that has been proven scientifically to strengthen memory and brain function, and that helps delay the development of these conditions.” Not only that, you can unleash your inner Carmen. El Flamenco, 135 W Palace, $30 per drop-in to $120 for 10 sessions

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Chef de Cuisine Noe Cano demonstrates the technique of flambé.

The irresistible Chef Johnny Vee (our own Dining editor) offers lessons and laughs during his popular classes.

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These four wines were chosen to go with the four featured plays.

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in the spirit of Dionysus wine and stage pairings

by Frances Madeson

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Left: Mary Francis Cheeseman, sommelier at La Casa Sena Wine Shop, chose wines appropriate to the plays, with knowledge and good humor.


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The Tempest 

January 19–22, Thursday–Saturday at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm, $5, El Museo Cultural, 555 Camino de la Familia,

The Upstart Crows, no strangers to Shakespeare, perform a rousing Falstaff.

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heater and wine form an ageold pairing—the ancient Greeks acknowledged the relationship. We thought we’d explore this concept with a modern angle, and customize it to what’s playing around Santa Fe this winter. We asked Mary Francis Cheeseman of La Casa Sena Wine Shop to provide wine suggestions for enjoyment after some local holiday theatrical offerings, along with a little vineyard history related to each play. Mary Francis, who is pursuing her Master Sommelier certificate, graciously and wittily rose to the challenge.

Scenario: In Shakespeare’s late tragicomedy written (some say) as a farewell to the theater, Prospero magically evokes a great storm so that certain political figures will be shipwrecked on his island, and abiding conflicts in power relations can at long last be settled. Mary Francis Cheeseman recommends: Hubert de Montille Volnay Champans 1996, 1er cru Winemaking in the region of Burgundy dates back to the Romans, and the wines produced in the region today have unparalleled complexity, subtlety, and finesse. We couldn’t think of any other region that would pair so well with this Shakespeare play. Touching on the figure of Prospero, whom many believe to be a stand-in for Shakespeare himself, we selected a wine from a truly historic winemaker who has bid farewell to the world. Hubert de Montille was a patient, hardworking vigneron, a lawyer from Dijon turned winemaker who was a forerunner to modern organic and non-interventionist styles of winemaking. He died at the age of 84, survived by a handful of his magical wines. The Domaine continues to thrive under the leadership of his son, and the wine world is forever changed by his tireless efforts to preserve French terroir. A classic wine from a master craftsman.

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A Musical Piñata for Christmas IV 

December 9–18, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under, Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie,

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Performers in the 2015 version of the show celebrate with traditional music and dance—and of course, a piñata.

Scenario: A bilingual holiday-themed variety show with elements of folklorico and flamenco, complete with a gift-bearing Santa and dancing, piñata-cracking children. MFC: Bodegas Toro Albalá Marqués de Poley, Oloroso, Pedro Ximénez, Montilla-Morilles, Sherry This is the perfect Christmas dessert wine, sweet and unctuous with plenty of rich spicy notes of cardamom, cinnamon, and clove. We picked it because it represents the Spanish influence of the play, and because it is a small production, unique example of sherry, arguably one of the most artisanal styles of dessert wine in the world. Perfect with sugarplums or other Christmas dragée.

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Performed by SQUID Inc., a group of local theater students presenting their second play, December 15–17, 7 pm, $15, $10 students and seniors, Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta,

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Scenario: In what used to be known as “black comedy,” a film director tries to make a movie on an iceberg in Norway about Marco Polo’s voyage of discovery, starring the director’s own father, but everything, and we mean absolutely everything, goes farcically wrong. MFC: Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino, “Laboro Disubbidiente,” Bussia, Barolo, 2005.

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Barolo riserva is one of the most labor-intensive wines to make, as it must be carefully aged for at least five years before release. In 2005, the two brothers Alessandro and Gian Natale Fantino missed the deadline to classify their Barolo as riserva, due to bureaucratic incompetence and miscommunication. They decided to release their wine anyway, on their own terms. “Laboro,” meaning “I work” in Latin, is also an anagram of “Barolo”; and “Disubbidiente,” Italian for “disobedi-

ent,” refers to the brothers’ act of rebellion. Famous Italian cartoonist and author Sergio Staino created a colorful, iconic label of a man enjoying one too many glasses of wine. This wine represents a break from tradition, a lighthearted approach to marketing, and underneath it all, a seriously good wine, 100% nebbiolo aged for four years in large oak casks and for one year in bottle. We thought it would be the perfect thing to pair with the wackiness and clever wordplay of this comedy.

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The Champagne pictured here is from an unusual source, as is the Christmas show in the play.

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Scenario: At the “St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church, where all faiths are welcome because we’ll believe anything,” a rip-roaring holiday extravaganza is planned. But when none of the scheduled acts show up, three members of the congregation are pressed into vamping a performance. MFC: Moussé Fils Champagne Spécial Club Meunier, 2009 The dominant theme of this play is inclusion, and it speaks to celebrating many diverse perspectives. Nothing is more celebratory than Champagne! But the region of Champagne is dominated by strict traditions—when to plant, when to harvest, and how to make the wine…all rigidly controlled by the Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne (CIVC). This particular Champagne is unique because it represents a break in tradition. There are three major grapes in the Champagne region: pinot noir, chardonnay, and pinot meunier. Most Champagne producers consider pinot meunier inferior, and incapable of making a wine that will age. At Moussé Fils, over 80% of the vines are planted to pinot meunier. Not all the producers in Champagne grow their own grapes to make wine, but at Moussé Fils it is common practice. In addition, Cedric Moussé is a particularly conscientious growerproducer who practices organic viticulture. This Spécial Club represents his finest vintage dated Champagne to date, made entirely from an unreasonably maligned grape that only now is receiving the attention and appreciation it deserves.

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This year’s wearable dreams are made from handcrafted gold and silver, brilliant corals, liquid opals, deeply rich rubies, midnight sapphires, and starry diamonds, all in impeccable Santa Fe style. Extraordinary creations from the studios of some of New Mexico’s most innovative designers can be found in the next few pages. Unique and brilliant to behold, these pieces are the realizations of treasures normally found in dreams alone. This is the year that you can make your dreams come true, through the magic of Santa Fe. Photographer Gabriella Marks Hair and Makeup Jess Evans, founder, Beauty Bar Models Jocelyn Montoya Melissa Paquin of Renefade Floral


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Necklace This breathtaking beaded necklace is made of moonstones, sapphires, pink tourmaline, pale blue and lavender chalcedony, labradorite, peridot, iolite, and quartz crystal briolettes. The 18-kt white gold clasp sparkles with over 9 carats of multicolored sapphires. Earrings These beautifully hand-carved chalcedony calla lily earrings are enhanced by platinum and 18-kt gold with pavĂŠ diamond centers. Ring "Pillow For Dreaming" An AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) award-winning piece featuring a custom-cut frosted aquamarine with pavĂŠ-set diamonds in 18-kt white gold. Bracelet Stingray bracelet in 18-kt gold with bezel-set diamonds. Its eyes are created from purple diamonds, and a large Tahitian pearl adorns its tail. form & concept 435 S Guadalupe december 2016/january 2017

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The Flax series of wearable art by Mark Humenick includes a striking geometric necklace, earrings, ring, and cuff bracelet, all handmade in sterling silver and 18-kt yellow gold. Malouf on the Plaza 61 Old Santa Fe Trail


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Local artist Jeff Lewis created this threestrand angel skin coral necklace, whose size is adjustable in length from 20" up to 23". Verdy Jake’s (Navajo) ring, made from Sea of Japan coral and set in sterling silver, is adjustable from a size 7 to a size 8. The cuff by Navajo artist Delbert Vandevere has five Mediterranean coral stones set in sterling silver, and fits from a size 5 ½ to a 6. The tab earrings, made by an unknown Navajo artist, are Mediterranean coral with sterling silver. True West, 130 Lincoln december 2016/january 2017

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Lawrence Baca uses materials ranging from sterling silver and 24-kt gold to gems and stones in order to create unique handworked designs with Spanish Colonial influences. Silver Bead Necklace is made of sterling silver mixed beads, at 64" in length. Red Heart Pendant is brilliant with red automotive paint; it shines with a black star sapphire and a sterling silver bead border, at 2 ¾ x 1 ½". The pendant is held by a 16" length of 5 mm sterling silver beads. Cody Sanderson utilizes hand-fabricating techniques such as stamping, forging, casting, and bending to craft his imaginative, authentic, and contemporary jewelry. Sanderson’s cuffs are popular with men and women. The Snake Eye design (right, upper piece) is created from sterling silver, and measures 2 x 5 ½". His 5 Out of 5 cuff (lower piece), also in sterling silver, is 2 x 7". Sorrel Sky 125 W Palace


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The exquisite Humming ring (from the series “There’s humming in that dewdrop”) by Larry Vasquez features a 22.5-ct Lightning Ridge blue opal surrounded by 34 blue sapphires weighing .68 total ct, five diamonds weighing .5 total ct, and two rubies (representing hummingbird eyes) weighing .1 ct, set in 18-kt yellow gold. The Blue Tango necklace, also by Larry Vasquez, features an 18-ct Ethiopian peacock Name jeweler, pieces spinel, and 42 blueof opal with 6-cton burgundy light blue sapphires weighing 3.96 ct set in 18-kt yellow gold on an 18-kt yellow gold chain. Malouf on the Plaza 61 Old Santa Fe Trail december 2016/january 2017

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Valerie Fairchild’s Event Horizon collection was created in 24-kt, 22-kt, and 18-kt gold and palladium over sterling silver, with burnished set diamonds. The laser-drilled white diamond necklace is by King Hansi. Fairchild & Co. 110 W San Francisco


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Classic original designs in natural Persian turquoise, sterling silver, and 22-kt vermeil form this lovely suite, with its stunning color and texture. Things Finer 100 E San Francisco (inside La Fonda on the Plaza)

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Ian Shive: Wilderness and the National Parks Edition One Gallery 1036 Canyon December 9–February 3 Reception December 9, 5–7 pm

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial celebration, Edition One Gallery presents the work of filmmaker, photographer, and conservationist Ian Shive. Curated by Shive and gallery founder Pilar Law, this exhibition features an impressive selection of Shive’s most stunning and aweinspiring images of the national parks. Images range from quiet portraits of rocks and ferns to sweeping landscapes printed so large that viewers feel almost as if they are within the landscape. Shive has numerous awards to his name, including the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography; this exhibition is a must-see for art and nature lovers alike.—Amanda Jackson

Ian Shive, Yosemite National Park, Tunnel Overlook, archival pigment print, 20 x 30"

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Heidi Loewen poses with her winning sculpture, It’s the Shoe that Makes the Woman. Cast in aluminum and finished with automotive paints, the piece won first place in sculpture at Spectrum Miami in 2015.

Loewen’s series of shoe sculptures come in different sizes and many colors and patterns, including leopard print.


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Loewen beautifully contrasts the white outside of a piece with the gilded interior by folding the rim to juxtapose the textures and colors.



Loewen smooths and shapes the inside of one of her large porcelain pieces.

Heidi Loewen for the love of “squish” by Eve Tolpa Since the age of 2, Heidi Loewen has always been, as she puts it, “a girl who likes to play with ‘squish.’” She moved quickly from mud to clay, taking her first ceramics class when she was 10 years old. Later, as a post-baccalaureate student at Harvard, she “developed a technique on the pottery wheel that allows me to work very large and fairly detailed.” Primarily known for her distinctively sliced and curled ceramic sculptures, Loewen also creates installations for clients’ homes and offices. A striking case in point is her piece Constellation, comprising five carved white porcelain platters with a shimmering swirl of gold leaf at the center of each. Loewen “adores” working on commission, she says. “It usually takes me down a path that is new to me, and that’s very exciting.” Also exciting for Loewen is a diversion she recently took from her (often more serious) work on the pottery wheel: a series of sixinch hand-built ceramic stiletto heels, all customizable in color and motif—not to mention fur, fabric, and gems. She then took the idea one step further, arranging for one of her stilettos to be sized up to six feet by three feet and cast in aluminum. It was then enrobed in ruby-red automotive paint flecked with gold mica, and adorned with quartz crystals. That particular piece, It’s the Shoe That Makes the Woman, won first prize in sculpture at Spectrum Miami, a juried show at Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. “Now my dream is to put it on the roof of my beautiful adobe [gallery] and put changing LED lighting inside it,” she says, adding that someday she’d like to display her giant six-foot heels in an exhibition lining New York’s Park Avenue. (Similar cast aluminum stilettos are also available for custom commission in two sizes: 24 inches and six feet.) The appeal of the project for Loewen? “It’s glamorous and it’s hilarious,” she says. “And I love bringing humor into my artwork.” Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery & School, 315 Johnson,

Loewen cuts a swirl into the center of a porcelain platter.


The center swirl is then highlighted with gold leaf.

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Dan McGuinness is determined that the artwork of his late wife, painter and sculptor Margarete Bagshaw, should continue in a new dimension. As the owner of Golden Dawn and 3D Gallery—which exhibits her work alongside pieces by Bagshaw’s mother, Helen Hardin, and her grandmother, Pablita Velarde—he is in a perfect position to make this happen. “She did a lot of clay work in 2009,” says McGuinness of Bagshaw. “About three weeks before Margarete died [in March 2015], she said, ‘I wish I’d had more time to work in bronze.’ I said, ‘I think we can make bronzes of your paintings.’” Dan managed to get his hands on a very large 3-D printer. “It prints 40 x 40 x 20". We’re using it in the first step of doing bronzes,” he says. McGuinness worked in Adobe Photoshop to prepare the flat images and brought 3-D graphic designer and sculptor Tony Buchen on board to make the conversions. McGuinness calls Buchen “the basis of the operation,” adding, “He invested his whole world bringing Margarete’s work from 2-D to 3-D.” Bagshaw’s paintings are ideally suited to this kind of media-morph—very strong graphically, with each plane clearly delineated. “All of her colors define a geometric shape,” McGuinness explains. “Margarete was a very compositional painter. Sometimes she worked upside down, sometimes sideways; sometimes she worked on a section at a time.” As the final step in the 2-D to 3-D process, Tesuque bronze artist Bill Weaver uses the 3-D printouts to make molds from which he can cast the pieces. To capture some of Bagshaw’s chromatic sensibility, he employs different patinas, which tend to mute the original colors somewhat but still provide a range of hues. Some of the sculptures retain the sharp angles present in the paintings, while the hard edges of others have been softened. Either way, McGuinness is more than pleased with his wife’s posthumously-created bronzes. “They are phenomenal,” he says. “They are the embodiment of what she created.” Golden Dawn and 3D Gallery, 201 Galisteo,

Left: The central figure in Margarete Bagshaw’s original painting, Ancestral Procession, oil on stretched Belgian linen, 7 x 10', became the basis for the 3-D piece Twist and Shout. Below: The maquette (shown in detail), 30 x 9 x 4", was printed in polylactic acid, then gilded with 18-kt gold leaf and set with gemstones. The finished bronze sculpture, Twist and Shout, measures 81 x 24 x 11"

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Dr. Well-Off-Man is looking forward to contributing to the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in her newly appointed role as chief curator.

Dr. Manuela Well-Off-Man welcoming MoCNA’s new chief curator by Fra nce s Made s on

In May of 2016, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) named a new chief curator, Dr. Manuela WellOff-Man. Coming from a curatorship at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Dr. Well-Off-Man has been presenting works by Native artists for all of her curatorial career. Beginning in 1998, as an independent curator working with “a visionary director” [Dr. Alfred Hendricks] at the Westphalian Museum of Natural History in her native Germany, she borrowed major works from MoCNA’s collection, including several paintings by Rick Bartow (currently the subject of a retrospective exhibition), “because of his imaginative and expressive renderings of animals,” she explains. 44

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What she terms “MoCNA’s stunning collection” contains numerous other works that WellOff-Man has considered deeply, exhibited over the years, and included in catalogs and other writings. It’s hard to imagine a more informed and genuinely enthusiastic advocate for contemporary Native art. In fact, the IAIA interview committee’s recommendation to offer her the position after an international search was unanimous. The move to Santa Fe is a bit of a homecoming for part of WellOff-Man’s family. Her husband, the contemporary artist John Well-Off-Man (Chippewa-Cree), attended IAIA and received a degree in fine arts in 1990. The couple and their two teenaged daughters are looking forward to their first holiday season in Santa Fe, particularly the Christmas Eve farolito walk along Canyon Road. Well-Off-Man does admit to a bit of concern, though, about the local availability of a proper German stollen—“the bread-shaped cake with powdered sugar, raisins, and sometimes marzipan,” she recalls, so synonymous for her with Christmas. Six months into her tenure, Well-Off-Man is mounting her first exhibit—a show of “exciting new works” by New York City–based Lakota painter Athena LaTocha, opening on January 20, 2017. “LaTocha is known for her dramatic dark canvases and large-scale works in which she creates a feeling of being inside the landscape,” WellOff-Man points out. “These ideas are linked to tribal philosophies, that all human beings are part of nature. And her process, which is fascinating, will require some explanation”—a project that the curator has well underway.


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Susan Burnstine, Hubbard and Wells, 9:18 am, hand varnished photograph on watercolor paper, ultra chrome inks, 12 x 12"

Susan Burnstine, Beth Moon, and Kamil Vojnar VERVE Gallery of Photography 219 E Marcy December 2–January 28 Reception December 2, 5–7 pm Gallery talk December 3, 1 pm VERVE Gallery of Photography has a busy month this December, with two book signings and exhibitions for Susan Burnstine and Beth Moon, and an exhibition of new work from Kamil Vojnar. Burnstine is autographing her book Absence of Being in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title. This series explores how the past remains with us, through fleeting memories captured on film. Burnstine created this work using only handmade film cameras and lenses. Her work is widely represented across the globe, and she has written for multiple photography magazines. Moon is signing her book Ancient Skies, and is also showing new work in an exhibition of the same name. Moon is known for the large-scale, richly toned platinum prints she produces. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including several museums. New work from Vojnar is also on view. Vojnar was born in Czechoslovakia, later studying at the School of Graphic Arts in Prague and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He has exhibited work all over France, England, and the United States, and has had work published in numerous photography magazines. —Amanda Jackson

Long Echo Center for Contemporary Arts 1050 Old Pecos Trl Through January 15 Presented by codirectors Alex Gill and Kyle Farrell of Strangers Collective, Long Echo intends to transform the Center for Contemporary Arts’ Cinematheque lobby gallery into a diverse art exhibition. According to Gill, “Long Echo comes at a time when many of us are delving into past experiences. These conceptual and aesthetic elements are ringing out again in clearer and stronger ways.” Farrell adds that the show addresses the question, “How do you concentrate your creative power?” The goal of the exhibition is to challenge visitors to rethink the role of emerging visual art, writing, music, and dance and the links among them in the broader community. In addition to the exhibition, Strangers Collective will host a series of to-be-announced events during the 11-week show. These events include a panel discussion and round-table gathering, as well as performance installations.—AJ Alma Loretto Concha (Taos), four-piece nacimiento, clay and pigments, tallest figure 6"

Nacimientos Adobe Gallery 221 Canyon Through January 7 Begun in 1979, and continuing in its holiday tradition, Adobe Gallery presents an exhibition dedicated to nacimientos, or nativity scenes made exclusively in New Mexico by Pueblo potters. Nativity sets have been popular collector’s items since the 1970s, particularly the folk art pottery sets featuring the birth of Jesus with a Native American twist. These Native American artists, including (just to name a few): Helen Cordero (Cochiti), Ada Suina (Cochiti), Seferina Ortiz (Cochiti), Manuel Vigil (Tesuque), Stella Teller (Isleta), Alma Concha (Taos), and Marie Herrera (Nambe), typically make the figurines in the likeness of Pueblo Indians. For example, Mary may wear her hair in a chonga and be wrapped in an Indian blanket, Joseph perhaps in long braids, moccasins, and an Indian sash, and the three wise men might be bearing traditional New Mexican gifts such as Indian bread, green chiles, a rabbit, or ears of corn. Even the animals typically associated with the scene are sometimes changed to bears, deer, or antelope.—AJ

Small Works Gerald Peters Gallery 1005 Paseo de Peralta Through January 16 Gerald Peters Gallery hosts a winter exhibition of paintings and photographs, all in small scale. Continuing through midJanuary, the show features several artists from the gallery, as well as paintings by Mike Glier and Theodore Waddell. Glier’s series The Forests of Antarctica evolved during his recent trip to New Zealand—and from the effect the windy conditions had on his en plein air style. Says Glier, “…the panel often became a sail and lifted from the easel with the breeze. On days like this, I took up pencil and paper and attempted to draw the wind. Back in the studio, I filled in the lines with gouache to make shapes. Encouraged by the unexpected results of drawing something that is invisible but can be felt, I began to include sound and smell and touch as sources.” Waddell, who makes his home in Montana as a cattle rancher and painter, was recently honored as the 2015 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award and the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Yellowstone Art Museum. Waddell paints looselydepicted range animals on the plains of his home state; however, he draws a deliberate parallel between his subjects and the elements of abstract art, in a style characteristic of modernism.—AJ Mike Glier, The Forests of Antarctica 446, oil on linen, 24 x 24"

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Cowboy Up! Christmas Show and Online Auction McLarry Modern 225 Canyon December 1, online art auction opens Closing reception December 23, 3–7 pm In conjunction with Horses for Heroes–New Mexico, Inc., McLarry Modern hosts an online art auction, opening December 1, with a closing reception and final bidding at the gallery on the 23rd. Live entertainment and refreshments are featured at this festive reception, and proceeds from the auction go to benefit Cowboy Up!—a local horsemanship, wellness, and skill-set restructuring program designed for post 9/11 military veterans and active military personnel. Tailored for those who have sustained post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), physical injuries, or other combat trauma while serving their country, this equine therapy program has proven to be one of the most beneficial and cost effective programs to help those who have served with honor. Expect to see many horse-themed works, as well as contemporary Western works and abstracts from gallery artists including Poteet Victory, Mark Edward Adams, and Rick Brunner.—AJ

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String of Lights—A Holiday Market Farmers Market Pavilion at the Railyard 1607 Paseo de Peralta December 10, 5–9 pm Grab your favorite holiday sweater, friends, and family, and mosey over to the Railyard district to enjoy the String of Lights holiday market. Curated by the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, you can expect to find over 40 local makers selling their handcrafted gifts. There are also food and beverages, and for those over 21, hard cider from New Mexico Hard Cider. Santa Claus is set to make an appearance, and a special set of music from The Shiners Club rounds out this festive holiday event.—AJ Holiday Small Works Show Manitou Galleries 123 W Palace Through December 9 Each of Manitou Galleries’ 50-plus artists contributes small paintings, sculptures, pottery, woodwork, and jewelry for the Holiday Small Works Show and sale.—AJ Jerry Jordan, Ancestors Remembered, oil on panel, 4 x 4"

Peaceable Kingdom: Claire Kahn’s New Mexico Patina Gallery 131 W Palace December 16–January 15 Reception December 16, 5–7 pm Jewelry artist Claire Kahn creates one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets by knitting tiny glass beads into her unique, statement works of wearable art. Each piece takes approximately 40 hours to assemble and incorporates over 5,000 beads. Kahn’s latest series of jewelry was inspired by her time in Northern New Mexico, after recently making this state her home. Her particular use of color was pulled from the stunning blues, greens, reds, and golds found all over the state. Says Kahn, “All colors are equally fabulous. My feeling about colors depends on the relationship of one to another. I love opposites coming together. It’s a big thing with me.” She adds, “I like hearing from people about the experience they have with my pieces. There is purpose to my pieces. ...It has purpose. It isn’t completed until it is worn.”—AJ

Ryan Singer, Rancor versus the Hero Twins, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24"

Native Realities: Superheroes of the Past, Present, and Future form & concept 435 S Guadalupe Through December 31 Professional Native American comic artists Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Jonathan Nelson (Diné), Jon Proudstar (Yaqui), Ryan Singer (Navajo), and Arigon Starr (Kickapoo), along with youth, teachers, and leaders from the Zuni Pueblo, come together at form & concept for a trailblazing exhibition that invites the public to consider the role of heroes—those everyday people doing extraordinary work—in our lives. Created as comic art and various comic book series, these works serve a purpose. As described by artist Starr about her comic book series Super Indian, “There is a lot of social consciousness evident in Super Indian, but disguised in humor. You can look at it as satire or parody—but underneath the yuks, it’s great to explore issues of identity, community, and how Native folks are perceived.” This exhibition also aims to examine and share the stories of superheroes across Native cultures.—AJ


PREVIEWS Reneé Lawter, The Helper, watercolor on paper, 16 x 20"

Karma’s Kreatures POP Gallery 125 Lincoln Through December 31 POP Gallery transforms into a “Creature Feature” this season with new two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by Seattle-based painter Juli Adams, native New Mexican sculptor Sophia Torres, Los Angeles artist Reneé Lawter, and sculptor Jeffery Herrity, among many others. Lawter’s watercolor series Karma’s Kreatures conveys a message in conservation and preservation by using odd characters to deliver her ideas. The series is shown through the eyes of her main character, Karma, a chronically ill little girl who sees strange creatures trying to make the world a healthier place. These beings, complete with crooked smiles and teeth, invite the viewer into a world that is at once foreign and familiar. The charming monsters balance wit and meaning within their sepia tones and vintage frames. The discussions of consumer culture and other global issues are sure to arise and evoke both contemplation and sympathy.—AJ

Yuletide Spirit Waxlander Gallery 622 Canyon Through January 1 The annual Waxlander Gallery holiday show exhibits recent works from over 20 of their artists, including painters Joseph Bellacera, Bruce King, Marshall Noice, and Jami Tobey; and sculptures in metal, stone, and paper by William Freer, Mike McKee, and Chris Turri. These works show the diversity of the gallery’s artists, and the variety available to collectors.—AJ Marshall Noice, Birch Grove, oil on canvas, 75 x 75"

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Neo·Tribal City of Mud 1114A Hickox Through January 7 Modern art by Jamie Chase, Michael McCabe, Joseph Griffo, Jack Charney, Michelle Goodman, Richard Kurtz, Sasha Pyle, and other artists is situated beside ceremonial objects, textiles, masks, carvings, furniture, and other African tribal items from private collections, now available to the public in this diverse and thought-provoking exhibition. Curated in juxtaposition with artisan jewelry and midcentury décor, this exhibition highlights the tribal items while complementing the art and wares.—AJ

Barbara Meikle, Autumn Tangle, oil on stretched canvas, 36 x 18"

My Favorite Things Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado December 9, 5–7 pm Bonfire, Biscochitos, and Cider December 24, 5–8 pm Barbara Meikle Fine Art gives the public two December evenings to stop in and enjoy the holiday season and peruse the creations of the gallery’s artists. December 9 brings a show and sale of new works by Barbara and other gallery artists just in time for holiday shopping. On Christmas Eve, the gallery will be open for the Bonfire, Biscochitos, and Cider celebration, once again featuring paintings, glass, and ceramic pieces by the gallery’s stable of artists, plus cookies and cider.—Lisa Van Sickle

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Brad Wilson, Zebra 1, archival pigment ink print, 29 x 22"

PREVIEWS Gerald Balciar, Miss Clover, bronze, 7 x 6 x 4"

Marlin Rotach, Saddle Study #3, Little Windows with a Big View transparent watercolor, 11 x 14" Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 W Palace December 2–31 Reception December 2, 5–7:30 pm Just in time for a holiday splurge, Sorrel Sky hosts an exhibition of small works titled Little Windows with a Big View. This show features small artworks in various media by the gallery’s numerous artists, including Edward Aldrich, Gerald Balciar, Stephen Day, Cynthia DeBolt, Peggy Immel, Michael Lewis, Chuck Sabatino, and Star Liana York. Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells remarks, “As the gallery receives new small works from its many artists, excitement builds for the show itself. These smaller pieces have such a different power than larger works. They speak quietly but with great impact, pulling you in and telling you a story that perhaps only you can hear. Sharing those stories with family and friends makes these small works even more powerful.”—AJ

Customers admire ceramic pieces of all shapes and sizes.

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Holiday Sale and Open House Santa Fe Clay 545 Camino de la Familia December 2, 3–7 pm December 3, 9 am –3 pm At the end of each year, Santa Fe Clay opens its doors and invites the public to their annual holiday sale and open house. For two days, visitors can stop by, chat, and purchase unique ceramic pieces to support local artists. Studio members, students, teachers, and staff are selling their handmade pottery items for the holiday season. A variety of work is available to purchase, including sculptural, hand-built, and wheel-thrown. Live entertainment and food add to the once-a-year weekend event.—AJ

Affinity photo-eye Gallery 541 S Guadalupe December 2–January 21 Reception December 2, 5–7 pm Photographer Brad Wilson has his second solo show, Affinity, in photoeye’s main gallery through January 21. This color-portrait series explores the unique and subtle idiosyncrasies in each of his subjects—captive birds, reptiles, and mammals in a studio environment, against a stark black background. Wilson explains, “It’s just you and the animal and you can kind of inhabit the space with the animal…you’re seeing the animal in a way that you could never see it in the wild or in a zoo.” Wilson was formally educated in art history and studio art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has been published worldwide, with notable inclusions at Photo LA, Art Beijing, and AAF London.—AJ

Daniel Brice, Untitled WCS #104, watercolor on paper, 30 x 22"

Holiday Show Chiaroscuro 558 Canyon December 2–January 7 Chiaroscuro’s annual Holiday Show highlights recent pieces from the gallery’s artists along with large-scale works: photographs from Renate Aller and abstract watercolors from Daniel Brice. Aller’s photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and hang in numerous private collections and museums, including The Lannan Foundation and the Yale University Art Gallery. Brice, a California-based artist, creates mixed media, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel works—studies in the use of line and color that convey a complex world of ideas.—AJ

Online/Offline ViVO Contemporary 725 Canyon Through January 17 During this busy holiday and post-holiday season, ViVO Contemporary invites you to unplug and go offline to discover the visual and digital experience that is their exhibition, Online/Offline. Through exploring the real and virtual concepts of edges, lines, and contrast, this exhibit implores viewers to experience each artwork, then go online at a gallery digital kiosk to discover additional information about the art and artists via the ViVO website. Comprising multiple media, including paintings, sculpture, assemblages, constructions, monotypes, and of course the digital aspect, this exhibition seamlessly blends the gallery experience and online world in one interactive art exhibition.—AJ


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Joy Campbell, Prom Time, altered book, 14 x 17 x 17"


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Ever so gently, with personal sensitivity and the kind of understanding that results from a rigorous formal education in art history and the humanities, Chandler Prewitt gets close enough to his clients to read them well. Drawing on their art collections, furnishings, and personal adornments, Prewitt creates spaces through which his clients can fulfill their own dreams. Prewitt recently completed a remodel for a discerning female client that can only be described as a beautiful dream brought to life. Read about it beginning on page 50. Chandler Prewitt Design,

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The master bedroom is a dreamy space that mixes soft fabrics with metals and earthy materials for a tactile experience. Custom draperies by Twice Preferred Designs; custom bedding and drapery tiebacks by Nancy Clusiau Designs; Alchemy Collection table lamps from David Naylor Interiors; antique Oushak rug from The Rugman of Santa Fe. december 2016/january 2017

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realizing the dream

a classic Eastside adobe embraces its softer, gentler, and more feminine side

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Small but exquisitely appointed, the master bath eschews bright lighting in favor of the warm glow from faceted chandeliers. Wawirka “Wave” vessel sink, Avalon faucet, and cabinet hardware from Santa Fe By Design. Cabinets custom-painted by Cindy Peck.

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IN REMODELING A GRAND old Betty Stewart–designed home on Santa Fe’s Eastside, Chandler Prewitt, an interior designer and the owner of Chandler Prewitt Design, envisioned a microgarden—indeed, a garden of a single flower. “In my mind it was a huge peony,” Prewitt explains, “dripping with dew and beauty—everywhere a little glittery shine and twinkle.” Unable to engender any structural changes due to the home’s historic covenants, Prewitt had to rely strictly on his design and decorating sense—much in the way he works when participating in ShowHouse Santa Fe—to transform this classic Pueblo. (See Prewitt’s ShowHouse kitchen makeover on page 54.) “When you’re unable to modify the structure, you have to look at how to make the inside space available to work best for the needs of the client,” he explains. “It requires a different type of creativity and ingenuity to tailor-make those existing spaces.”

“Stewart wanted you to see the hand of the craftsman—to understand that woodwork requires labor,” says Chandler Prewitt. “I love that, too—referencing back to nature and to the earth.” To achieve the “operatic and classic” design he envisioned, Prewitt used sumptuous velvets and silks in pinks and a romantic dusty rose. “My client made it clear from the start that she liked warm colors, soft fabrics, and old world beauty,” Prewitt explains. “After spending some time looking through fabrics together we had a strong direction for the entire space. I loved her Proto-Renaissance paintings (Madonnas) and drew inspiration from them.” Reconciling his client’s feminine, European aesthetic with the rustic Pueblo vernacular Betty Stewart was so well known for was a matter of Prewitt tastefully placing his client’s fancier antiques among Mediterranean and Southwestern elements of hand-hewn wood. “Stewart wanted you to see the hand of the craftsman—to understand that woodwork requires labor,” he says. “I love that, too—referencing back to nature and to the earth.” A native New Mexican, Prewitt returned three years ago from San Francisco where he designed modern urban dreamscapes for Facebook and Dropbox. He proudly sources much of his custom work and purchased pieces through local shops and designers, and especially prizes the rich history of fine artisanship found in Santa Fe. 50

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Soft natural light illuminates the genteel office and highlights the silver-leafed Lorts desk and carved Lorts cabinet, both recent acquisitions sourced through Chandler Prewitt Design.

Draping the spare iron bed in lightweight fabrics transforms it from utilitarian to queenly.

Left: Complementing the homeowner’s antique French secretary desk is an antique chair covered in fun animal print upholstery.

Above: In the bedroom, dusky roses and corals in the rug, the Moroccan side table, and the Dransfield & Ross pillow pick up playful elements in the painting.

Prewitt combined his client’s older, personal pieces with new treasures in such an artful way that every piece can be easily admired. Above: A simple white chair, a hand-painted pillow from Pandora’s its only ornament, quiets an ornate, wood and bone inlay Taracea cabinet.

Right: Strategically placed, a large gilded mirror custom-made by Justin’s Frame Designs turns a small bathroom into a much larger space. The client installed five chandeliers in her bathroom for subtle, ambient illumination.

“I hold a great value and respect for the tradespeople in this area,” Prewitt says. “I know everybody’s name on the job, and I pay them on time.” In exchange he expects the best work they’re able to do. Loyalty is key, and being a perfectionist, Prewitt will wait for the most skilled people. “There are world-class metalworkers here who come from a lineage—third- and fourth-generation furniture-makers,” says Prewitt, who, in giving his East and West Coast clients’ homes a Santa Fe point of view, will often bring the craftspeople in right away to ground the project and make the new environment less abstract. Prewitt describes himself as a “hands-on” designer, not only in terms of creative problemsolving, but also as a designer of tactile experience. “Rub the pillow against your face and see if you like it,” he sometimes suggests to clients who have to, as he says, “live with these things in a tactile way, not just visually.” Prewitt worked with his client to put his touch on several spaces in the home, including the master and guest bathrooms, the kitchen, and the master bedroom, where, over the regal iron bed in the master bedroom, a draping of delicate sheer fabrics softens the sturdy metal. The side table lamps are faceted crystal, and mirrored “sun” wall ornaments above the bed gleam and pop. With a variety of interesting, enlivening textures and shapes, everything fits beautifully beneath a pitched beam ceiling a la Stewart. In the master bath, the vanity was extended with a Barcelona granite countertop, and custom-painted cabinets were added for storage. Bucking the modern trend toward sleek, functional lighting in the bathroom, Prewitt and his client searched for and purchased no fewer than five spectacular antique chandeliers; one is even installed in the standing shower. “I really wanted the room to feel grand and full of light since it was a smaller space,” he says. “A woman should feel beautiful in her bathroom.” When a project is finished, Prewitt ritually chooses and gives his client a scented candle to complete the sensoryscaping. But for this thoughtful designer, the glow of a well-completed project sticks with him a long time. “Some of the best, most charitable, most loving people I know are my clients,” Prewitt says. “I think about them a lot.” december 2016/january 2017

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ShowHouse 2016 “Everything Old Is New Again: Mexico!”

The annual ShowHouse Santa Fe is growing both in popularity and in the amount raised for Dollars4Schools, which contributes funds to classroom projects in Santa Fe schools. Money is raised from the tickets to the lively Fiesta Gala, public home tours, proceeds from the live art auction, and related sales. ShowHouse cofounder Jennifer Ashton, whose family room design is featured on these pages, is delighted that 2016’s attendance increased by 500 over the 2015 event. The 2016 design theme for the house at 820 Camino Atalaya was “Everything Old Is New Again: Mexico!” Approximately 30 designers created new kitchen, bedroom, and hideaway looks for the house, concentrating on splashes of 52

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color and the integration of Old and New Mexico themes and décor. The nine-bedroom, eight-bath, two-kitchen, 8,000-square-foot residence (listed for sale with the Bodelson Spier Team of Santa Fe Properties) dates from 1926, and has incorporated several additions in decades since, presenting unique challenges to the design teams. During the grand opening Fiesta Gala, guests toured the home and had the opportunity to speak with the designers about their approaches to their selected rooms. In these pages, we take you on a mini-tour with designers who reveal the interpretations and implementations of the 2016 theme to their respective spaces. For even more photos and design looks, please visit

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Opposite: In creating this lovely patio and portal space, Mary Patten and Kim McIntosh of Santa Fe Home wanted to show how influences from Spanish, Moorish, Mexican, and modern American design could come together to create a New Mexican look.

Above: With hints of bright, bold colors, this sitting room by Sissy Mahoney of Wesley Interiors is a serene place to sit, relax, or read a book. A bold oil painting of Frida Kahlo by local artist Susan Kahn anchors the room, while a distinctive chandelier and five antique Mexican masks add depth and detail.

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Left: Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors commissioned glass artist Christopher Martin to create seven custom disc sculptures as the starting point for her family room, then enlisted painter Cindy Peck to design a subtle, understated diamond pattern on the walls. Ashton explains that her inspiration came not only from her family’s heritage (they are originally from Guanajuato, Mexico) but also from the repetition of discs, bands, and patterns throughout the room. The framed wall photograph is of her mother as a young girl in Mexico.

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Above: Chandler Prewitt of Chandler Prewitt Design remodeled the kitchen and breakfast nook. “My inspiration for ShowHouse stemmed from the arts and crafts of Spanish Colonial Mexico—Puebla-style Talavera pottery, traditional tinsmithing, and wood craftsmanship,” he explains. “The challenge for me was to create a kitchen that had the sense of time and age but was completely updated with all new surfaces.”

Right: Drawing inspiration from colors of the oceans in the bathroom and vivid sunset shades in the bedroom (reflecting Mexico and New Mexico, respectively) Marty Wilkinson of Metamorphosis designed this sumptuous guest suite. The walls’ striking faux finishes were painted by Bekye Fargason and Monique Munoz. Wilkinson designed the bed’s drapes and pillows, which play off colorful pieced cowhide rugs from Surya.


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1144-B Canyon A heated waterway meandering through an interior courtyard is one of many special features at this private Canyon Road property, which is nestled down a small lane. Enjoy the sound of flowing water and the aroma of garden flowers outside the 2,413-square-foot home, which is built primarily of adobe, with plenty of Santa Fe charm and a contemporary interior design. Featuring two separate bedroom suites, each with its own connected bathroom, the home has three custom fireplaces, towering ceilings, and a living room-dining area that can accommodate many guests. Everything a gourmet chef could want can be found in the well-equipped kitchen. The media room-library can be used as a comfortable office space. An off-street parking space is included. List Price: $ 1.245 million Contact: Team Bodelson & Spier; 505-660-4442,

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1108 Piedra Rondo

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No need to climb any stairs in this custom three-bedroom, four-bathroom home. The house, which has an elevator, was designed by Larry Andren and built by Steve Langham in 2008. Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just a few minutes from the Plaza, this 3,651-square-foot Sierra del Norte neighborhood home is surrounded by terraced gardens, fruit trees, a private patio with a pond, and a portal with a kiva fireplace and sunset views. An Anasazi stone fireplace graces the large living room, which features built-in cabinetry and Italian tile flooring. There’s another fireplace in the family room, which is open to the fully-equipped gourmet kitchen. Need a work space for projects? A three-car heated garage has a work area with a sink, a counter, a workbench, and a large storage room.

Located in the hills close to town, this elegant 13,779-square-foot estate offers exceptional interior and exterior living spaces. Entertaining dozens of guests is easy in the magnificent formal living and dining rooms. Retire to the home’s handsome library to enjoy some quiet moments at the end of the day. The home has four bedrooms and six bathrooms housed in private suites located in separate wings of the house. Thirteen fireplaces found throughout the home feature handcrafted mantels created by a third-generation stonemason. Enveloping the residence are many tastefully designed portales and garden spaces that provide tranquil outdoor living. There is an oversized three-car garage. Close to the main home is a charming 1,242-square-foot guesthouse with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

List Price: $ 1.38 million Contact: Jan Hamilton, 505-690-8994, Santa Fe Properties,

List Price: $ 13.65 million Contact: Ray Rush & Tim Van Camp, 505-577-5117, Sotheby’s International Realty, december 2016/january 2017

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Santa’s helper Bodega Prime, a combination of coffee house and gourmet food shop in the Baca Street district, makes finding gifts for foodies easy and fun. This modern mini-mart is the spot for all things gastronomic, with an intriguing collection of kitchen, cookery, and tableware items perfect for anyone who appreciates good food and the objects needed to create a stunning meal. From homemade ceramic canisters to fancy chopsticks, lovely cutting boards, stylish hot food thermoses, sexy salt cellars, trendy mixing bowls from Hawkins New York, chic ceramic and wood steamers, and much, much more, there’s a wonderful selection of items you won’t see in other Santa Fe stores. Add to that a refrigerated showcase full of housemade goodies like jams, relishes, dressings, ketchups, chutneys, pickles, sauces, and the creamiest ricotta you’ll ever taste. Stay for breakfast or lunch and fuel up for shopping with a delicate pastry or one of the hefty sandwiches—like spicy braised pork shoulder with queso fresco, savory peach chutney, and Napa cabbage slaw—yum! —John Vollertsen

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Bodega Prime, 1291 San Felipe, Suite A, 505-303-3535,

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Doc Martin's t h e D o c t o r is in

The pattern of the cuts in the sausage hints at the ingredients in this inventive entree: rattlesnake and rabbit. Potatoes, cabbage, and green vegetables are the accompaniments.

The "I Need a Miracle" margarita is sure to cure what ails you.


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When the snow flies, it puts me in the mood to get out of town and head for the hills; often those hills are the mountains of Taos. Though not a skier, I do love the Alpine atmosphere of this tiny town in winter, especially the local flavor of the Taos Inn and its longstanding restaurant, Doc Martin’s. It’s set in the town center—close to everything and with a wonderful historic feel. Many of the rooms feature wood-burning fireplaces, as does the lobby lounge, the Adobe Bar, which also offers music every night. A visit from an Aussie friend seems like the perfect excuse to head up to Taos, spend the night at the charming hotel, and check out the cuisine of Chef Greg Romo. I also invite two dear Taoseño friends—foodies I know will enjoy appraising Doc Martin’s eclectic menu. We start off in the buzzy bar that inhabits the lobby, joining tourists and locals enjoying the live music. We peruse the special margarita menu and select a creative “I Need a Miracle” soured up with Pama pomegranate liqueur, and a more classic “Baby Buddha” with Sauza Blue Tequila, Triple Sec and fresh lime. Both set the mood for the delicious dinner that follows. The dining room is set in the former offices of Dr. Thomas Paul Martin, who settled in Taos in the 1890s and became the county’s first physician. The surrounding buildings that make up the property include Martin’s private residence, as well as other structures he once rented to local artists and writers. The restaurant is cozy, with windows overlooking the street and dining terrace. Our waiter is expecting us, saying that Chef Greg has some menu items he would like us to try—dishes he feels show off his style—and invites us to order anything else that intrigues us. Options include a nice mix of traditional New Mexican dishes with an interesting addition of modern and trendy touches. Our server is terrific and knowledgeable. First arrives a platter with warm toasted baguette, a dollop of goat cheese, tomato

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Chef Greg Romo, in Doc Martin's dining room, is the genius behind the restaurant's eclectic menu.

Left: Clams prepared in a white wine sauce arrive topped with spicy chorizo and fresh spinach.

Doc Martin's dessert menu includes green chile cheesecake, a new take on an old classic. After all, what's "New Mexican" about food if it doesn't have green chile?

basil salsa, and a plump head of roasted garlic. It’s yummy and a great starter to share. Next comes a bowl of chubby clams with spoonfuls of spicy chorizo in a light wine sauce, which requires more baguette to soak it up. A chile relleno with crunchy batter, pumpkin seeds, and zippy salsa fresca heats up our palates with a surprising kick. Given the season, we order a bowl of Annabelle’s New Mexican green chile; it’s fiery, too, and shows off the chef’s New Mexican heritage. For main courses we enjoy getting our fingers sticky, sharing the unbelievably tender pork ribs served with moist and crumbly green chile cornbread—delish. A slow-red-wine-braised local lamb shank with horseradish mashed potatoes is a table favorite. I’m a bit shy about trying the rabbit and rattlesnake sausage, but my friends deem it delicious, so I take a bite and concur; the accompanying braised cabbage and mustard potatoes give the dish a clever German twist. Though we’re bursting at the seams (thank God it’s sweater season) we finish two desserts: a luscious peach and blueberry crumble, and a unique, creamy green chile cheesecake—very tasty— that will certainly give the tourists something to talk about. Happy our hotel room is just steps away, we resist the temptation of a nightcap, even though now the bar scene includes dancing. A sign of age perhaps; falling asleep in front of the fire has more allure. Although only 90 minutes north of Santa Fe, the Taos Inn, to me, feels continents away—New Mexico’s own little Switzerland, but a Switzerland with green chile and rattlesnake sausage, in the best of both worlds.—JV

A perfectly shaped chile relleno, topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds, is accented with salsa fresca and goat cheese cream. A single relleno is on the starter menu and a pair makes a hearty dinner.

Doc Martin's at The Historic Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos 877-807-6427, december 2016/january 2017

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Santa Fe’s Oldest Restaurant Welcomes You!


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

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


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With the winter tourist season in full swing and terrific ski conditions projected, Santa Fe kicks into high gear. The town dresses up with colored lights and farolitos, adding to the sense of celebration. Whether you live here or are visiting, you’ll notice we take our holiday food very seriously. Nothing brings the family and friends together better than a tamalada—a tamale-making party. After spending the afternoon spreading the masa and tying the husks, you’ll appreciate how lucky we are to have so many businesses that put in the work and sell delicious versions of the popular holiday dish. Alicia’s on Rufina Circle makes some of my favorites. I also love the biscochitos at Chocolate Maven, while many of the foodies on my gift list are getting a tub of homemade ricotta from Bodega Prime—so creamy and so delicious. If you need some new recipes to add to your repertoire, grab a copy of the newly released Cooking with Kids Cookbook, available at local bookstores or through (There’s a great recipe for potato pancakes in there.) It’s also a great cause to donate to, as is the wonderful Food Depot ( Teaching kids to cook and feeding our less fortunate families are always in season. This year has been one of transition in the hospitality scene. We lost Geronimo chef Eric DiStefano, one of our most famous and talented chefs. A popular and prominent food writer, Rob DeWalt, left us too soon as well. Their contribution to our culinary heritage will never be replaced and their impact will never be forgotten. Should old acquaintance be forgot; well, not this year. Happy holidays; and this year especially it feels important to say, “Peace on Earth, goodwill to all.”—JV

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n ort h er n n ew m e x ico ’ s fi n est di n i n g e x perie n ces The Compound Restaurant

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

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Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

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.

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113 Washington, 505-988-3236 Inspired by Santa Fe’s rich cultural and culinary history, Executive Chef, Edgar Beas fuses old world techniques with modern, innovative recipes and artful plating. The dishes embrace the Inn’s Southwestern and native heritage and change often to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. The Anasazi Restaurant celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe with a chic, sophisticated design that compliments the restaurant’s legendary architecture. Tequila Table featuring specialty tequilas, Social Hour Monday through Thursday and live entertainment Saturday evenings. Private dining available.

653 Canyon, 505-982-4353

213 Washington, 505-983-6756

A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The 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 326 North Guadalupe Cafe Sonder is a new restaurant coming to the Santa Fe Railyard in October 2016. We pride ourselves in submitting to you a menu wherein food is prepared simply, letting local ingredients speak for themselves. Steps from the year round Farmers Market, we strive to establish relationships with local ranchers, farmers, and foragers. We are committed to crafting a menu of locally driven contemporary American cuisine.

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Cowgirl BBQ

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

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! Best Patio in SF! Open seven days a week: 11 am–11 pm during the week and to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

905 S St Francis, 505-699-2243

319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565

4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000 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.

La Casa Sena

125 E Palace, 505-988-9232, La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants for more than 30 years. Our bar, La Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner.Let La Cantina’s singing waitstaff entertain you nightly with the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more. Open daily 11 am until close. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open Monday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm.

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Luminaria Restaurant

Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-727-5531, 505-984-7915 Wine Spectator award recipient Luminaria Restaurant and Patio continues to be a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy foods from our new Executive Chef Anthony Smith. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Early evening three course prix-fixe dinner from 5 to 6 pm.

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

Plaza Café

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

Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

The Ranch House

Maria’s now uses only 100-percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 handpoured, 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.

The mouthwatering aroma of smoky barbecue greets you at the door of The Ranch House, a southside restaurant with the feel of a historic Santa Fe hacienda—warm and inviting, sprawling yet cozy. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining, and pair a signature cocktail, like the smoked pineapple margarita or BBQ Bloody Mary, with Ranch House favorites like the brown butter salmon and of course our famous baby back ribs and barbecue. Also open for lunch, with daily specials, The Ranch House is proud to serve premium natural hormone/antibiotic-free Angus steaks sourced from Meyer Ranch in Montana, and we offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. Save room for one of our delicious, house-made desserts! Open Monday–Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–10 pm, Sunday 11 am–9 pm; happy hour 4–6 pm.

555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929

Midtown Bistro

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


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Rancho de Chimayó

300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100,

Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó - Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm (May-Oct), Tues-Sun 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (Nov-Apr), closed Mon. Breakfast served weekends. Shop our online store.

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December December 2–4 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival A weekend of art made from castoffs, which have been recycled and upcycled into treasure. Friday evening don’t miss a city favorite, the Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, at 7 pm. The event runs Friday 5–9 pm, Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Sunday 10 am–5 pm; $5 Friday, fashion show $15–$20, free Saturday and Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, December 9 Christmas at the Palace Musical groups perform in the museum galleries, and there are activities at the Palace Print Shop. The courtyard is warmed with bonfires and caroling, while Santa and Mrs. Claus pay a visit. Cookies, hot chocolate, and hot cider complete the hospitality. No admission fee, but donations of


nonperishable food are appreciated. 5:30–8 pm, Palace of the Governors, 105 W Palace, December 10 String of Lights: A Holiday Market AHA Festival of Progressive Arts hosts an evening of food and drink, music, Santa Claus, and over 40 vendors selling unique handmade gifts. 5–9 pm, Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, December 11 Las Posadas A centuries-old tradition in Northern New Mexico, Las Posadas is a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter. The couple seeks refuge at several places around the Plaza, only to be turned away by the devil himself. Finally, the courtyard at the Palace of the Governors opens to the expectant couple and the rest of the crowd for caroling and refreshments. Free, 5:30–7 pm, Plaza and Palace of the Governors, 105 W Palace, December 16–18 Winter Indian Market Last-minute holiday shopping for gifts from your favorite Native American artists. Some 150 vendors will fill La Fonda on the Plaza

with pottery, jewelry, paintings, and more. Special opening celebration December 16 includes refreshments, music, and earlybird shopping, 6–9 pm, $50. December 17, 9 am–5 pm; December 18, 10 am–3 pm; $10–$15, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, December 17–18 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: The Nutcracker With ballet, flamenco, a Chinese sword dance, and even an aerialist, the cast of 60 dancers, actors, and circus artists brings the classic holiday ballet and family favorite The Nutcracker to life once again. December 17 at 2 and 7:30 pm, December 18 at 1 and 5 pm, $25–$94, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, December 24 Farolito Walk Canyon Road and surrounding streets are lit with farolitos, luminarias, and electric Christmas lights. Crowds fill the streets, which are closed to traffic for the evening. Free, dusk–10 pm, Canyon Road, december 2016/january 2017

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63 December 31 New Year’s Eve The City of Santa Fe hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration on the Plaza. Bonfires, food trucks, and hot drinks are available with a small donation, and a countdown to midnight is all part of the fun. This is an all-ages, alcohol-free event. Free, 9:30 pm –12:15 am , the Plaza,





January January 13–15 Performance Santa Fe: The Mikado Music Director Joe Ilick and Stage Director Richard Kagey present Gilbert and Sullivan’s light opera The Mikado. Young professional singers, including some Santa Fe natives, are featured. Free, reservations required, January 13 at 7 pm, January 14–15 at 2 pm, Scottish Rite Center, January 21 Souper Bowl XXIII Ward off the winter chill, help raise money for The Food Depot to alleviate hunger in Northern New Mexico, and taste some of the best of what our local chefs cook up. Thirty of the city’s restaurants send their finest soups for tasting and judging. $30–$35, 12–2:30 pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy,

Joe Wade Fine Art Roger Williams, Harvest, oil, 36 x 24" Joe Wade Fine Art, Santa Fe’s premier art gallery since 1971, offers an extensive collection of emerging, established, and acclaimed artists’ work. The gallery, located one block south of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, in El Centro, showcases a varied selection of original paintings and bronze sculptures year-round. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm. 102 E Water St, 505-988-2727,

January 22 Santa Fe Symphony Guillermo Figueroa takes the podium for his debut as principal conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony with a program of Sibelius, Mozart, and Brahms. $22–$80, 4 pm, Lensic Center for the Performing Arts, 211 W San Francisco, Copyright 2016. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Santa Fean (ISSN 1094-1487 & USPS # 0018-866), Volume 44, Number 6, December 2016/January 2017. Santa Fean is published bimonthly by Bella Media, LLC, at Pacheco Park, 1512 Pacheco St, Ste D-105, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA, Phone (505) 983-1444. © Copyright 2016 by Bella Media, LLC. All rights reserved. CPM # 40065056. Basic annual subscription rate is $14.95. Annual subscription rates for Canada and Mexico is $24.95; other international countries $39.95. U.S. single-copy price is $5.99. Back issues are $6.95 each. Periodicals postage paid at Santa Fe, NM and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946. Subscription Customer Service: Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946, Phone 818-286-3165, fax 800-869-0040,, Monday–Friday, 7 am –5 pm PST.

Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery

Oil painting by Lavanya. A variety of amazing artworks in the world renowned “3rd Annual Guadalupe Group Art Show.” This year over a dozen local and regional artists come together for a show that covers that classic icon beloved by all who know her, “Our Lady of Guadalupe.” Each artist will represent the spirit of Guadalupe with their own original visions, and this is exactly what has made this show an instant classic. Come and enjoy the holiday festivities! Opening Night: Saturday, December 10th  5–9 pm. Enjoy refreshments and live music, free. Show will be up through February 2017. 614 Agua Fria St, 928-308-0319,

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