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one-of-a-kind jewelry • winter art previews • handmade holiday decorations

December/January 2015


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463 Paseo De Peralta | The Scottish Rite Temple | $6,900,000 MLS: 201301174 | Maureen Mestas | 505.310.1050

962 Cerro De la Paz | Contemporary Masterpiece | $3,900,000 MLS: 201404709 | Chris Webster | 505.780.9500

1244 north suMMit Drive | Spectacular Views | $2,075,000 MLS: 201404226 | Moo Thorpe | 505.780.0310

1438-C BishoPs loDge roaD | Tesuque, 4 br, 5 ba | $1,980,000 MLS: 201302483 | Roxanne Apple | 505.660.5998

500 Douglas, las vegas | The Historic El Fidel Hotel | $1,699,000 MLS: 201404042 | DeAnne Ottaway | 505.690.4611

130 YerMo Drive | Abiquiú, 3 br, 4 ba, approx. 26 acres | $1,150,000 MLS: 201403924 | Jane Reid and David Dodge | 505.690.5108

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River Foliage Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 18” Dan Namingha © 2014

MICHAEL NAMINGHA Cultural Images #19 White Yule Marble 12” x 6.5” x 4” Arlo Namingha © 2014

Young Archival Pigment Print on Paper Edition of 10 6” x 9” Michael Namingha © 2014

Artist Exhibition: Dan, Arlo and Michael Namingha Friday, December 5, 2014 • 5-7pm 125 Lincoln Avenue • Suite 116 • Santa Fe, NM 87501 • Monday–Saturday, 10am–5pm 505-988-5091 • fax 505-988-1650 • nimanfineart@namingha.com • namingha.com

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Distinctive Homes, Homesites and Neighborhoods Las Campanas, Santa Fe Located in the artistic town of Santa Fe, Las Campanas sits on 4,700 secluded acres surrounded by high desert preserve and mountain views. Home to The Club at Las Campanas, a private club featuring a state-of-the-art Fitness Center complete with Tennis, Pools, and Spa, a world-class Equestrian Center, two award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, and the Hacienda Clubhouse. Las Campanas is the spirit of community refined.

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40 Not-So-Hidden Gems Striking handcrafted jewelry

48 Lighting the Way Canyon Road’s Christmas Eve Farolito Walk

departments 24 Publisher’s Note

29 City Different Exciting new offerings at Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire Resort

34 Adventure Fly-fishing with Norman Maktima 52 Art Painters Erin Cone and Tom Noble, blacksmith Tom Joyce, historic holiday cards from Gustave Baumann and friends, and gallery show previews


30 Santa Favorites Holiday decorations


72 Dining Cheesemongers of Santa Fe and holiday recipes from three top local chefs



63 Living A look back at ShowHouse Santa Fe 2014, the latest offerings from technology-centered A Sound Look, fashion designs by Char de Vazquez, and insights from interior designer Christopher Lowell


80 Day Trip Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

SKI OUT in four directions


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Many places around the country have a darkness that descends upon them in the cold months of December and January. The cloud cover, freezing temperatures, and snowy roads have residents huddled inside their homes. Not so in Santa Fe. While we can have cold weather and snow, the sun is never far behind. And with it comes encouragement to come out from behind our adobe walls and embrace this special time of year and the light that it offers. It’s never quite as cold when the sun is shining. The light of winter has a special glow as it careens off the light brown adobe walls, through the leafless trees, and onto the snow-covered Sangres. While sunsets are special year-round, the dramatic oranges are never more pronounced than they are now. My favorite light of winter is the shimmering light on the Rio Grande, contrasted with the late afternoon shadows, as I’m coming home from a day of skiing in Taos. Our beloved Plaza has its own light of winter, thanks to the holiday lights that adorn its trees. The lights of winter are made romantic with the farolitos that enliven both the Plaza and, especially, Canyon Road on Christmas Eve. Even the darkest winter nights are alive with light. As you stroll the winter streets of Santa Fe, I’m sure you’ll find your own special light. It can also be found in the local galleries and jewelry shops. Every painting has its own light. The special jewelry pictorial in this issue of the Santa Fean illuminates exactly how light can be found on the finger or around the neck of a loved one. The winter scene on the cover of this issue illustrates how the snowcovered mountains can be alive with light as well. All of us here at the Santa Fean wish you a holiday season that lights your heart and the hearts of those you love.



La Mesita Ranch is centrally located to experience New Mexico skiing at its finest. Within about an hour in each direction, skiing by day, enjoying the cozy, winter comforts of La Mesita Ranch by night, we welcome ski parties from January 7-March 30.

For up-to-the-minute happenings, nightlife events, gallery openings, and museum shows, visit SantaFeanCalendar.com. You can also sign up for the Santa Fean’s e-newsletter at SantaFean.com.

To the south, Ski Santa Fe; to the north, Taos Ski Valley; to the east, Angel Fire Resort; and pointing due west of the Ranch, Ski Parajito.

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David Mensing, Meant to Fulfill, oil on canvas, 24 x 30". Courtesy of Canyon Road Contemporary.

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courtesy angel fire resort. inset: courtesy taos ski valley.

snow time! skiing The snow’s starting to fly, which means it’s time to buckle your boots and hit the slopes, taking advantage of exciting new developments at two of New Mexico’s most popular ski resorts. In November 2013, hedge fund billionaire (and advanced skier) Louis Moore Bacon bought Taos Ski Valley (skitaos.org) and immediately announced big changes. A new chairlift was installed on the 12,450-foot Kachina Peak, serving runs that were only accessible with hike-to access and increasing the advanced terrain on the mountain by 50 percent. The newly thinned Wild West Glade opens another 75 acres of double black diamond hike-to tree runs, and new snowmaking equipment helped get the mountain ready for its Thanksgiving Day opening. Plans for the 2015 season include updating the ski rental and ski school areas as well as the construction of 40 new condominium units. Among the improvements this winter at Angel Fire Resort (angelfireresort.com) is a terrain park specifically designed for new skiers and snowboarders called the Railyard. Once newbies are comfortable on the Railyard’s gateway boxes, rails, and jumps, they can head to the Night Rider terrain park in its new location at the front of the mountain (where the best snow is). Night Rider, plus 50 acres of groomed runs, stays open and illuminated until 8 pm on weekends and peak holidays, offering extended hours of fun. Committed to “creating the most dedicated family-first winter destination,” according to marketing director Dan Swanson, Angel Fire has improved its ski school and day care offerings and is providing a variety of lessons, lodging options, and ticket deals. —Cristina Olds


decking the halls w h e r e to s hop for on e-of-a -k ind h a ndma de holiday decoration s by C r i s t i na Olds p hoto g ra p h s by Ga b r i el la Ma r k s

When you step into any of Santa Fe’s specialty gift shops this time of year, you may feel as though you’ve been transported to a Southwestern version of Santa’s workshop, post-production. Shopping for handcrafted holiday items made by top-notch local and international artists is an enchanting experience in the enclaves around the Plaza and atop Museum Hill, as you’re sure to be drawn to the glass, wood, clay, and wool ornaments (and much more) depicting everything from beloved local landmarks to festive annual events. So browse the following pages and then hit the shops, where you can get into the holiday spirit by searching for enduring, one-of-a-kind items and supporting New Mexico’s artists and business owners in the process.

These ornaments from Japan, whose scenes are painted on the inside, are available at the Museum of International Folk Art Shop. They were inspired by a recent exhibition at the museum called Kite Crazy in Japan.

Traveling Mouse is handmade in Nepal from felted wool and is part of a series of ornaments that features felt animals carrying various types of backpacks and knapsacks. Available at the Museum of International Folk Art Shop.


Right: Mouth-blown glass churches from Artistry of Poland are specially commissioned by Susan’s Christmas Shop. Depicting local landmarks like the San Miguel Mission and Loretto Chapel (seen here), the ornaments are silvered inside and hand-painted outside. Proceeds from sales benefit historic preservation efforts in New Mexico. Left: Handcrafted from a reclaimed steel drum, this horse ornament, available at the Museum of International Folk Art Shop, is hand-polished and patinaed in India. The shop’s theme for this holiday season centers on animals, in conjunction with the exhibition Wooden Menagerie, which celebrates the rich history of animal wood carving in New Mexico. The shop also carries traditional holiday items crafted by folk artists from around the world. Right: The MoCNA Store (at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts) carries cloth Spirit Buffalo ornaments (and ornaments depicting other animals) hand-painted by Peter Ray James (Navajo).

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock) created these hand-painted, micaceous clay berry bowls as part of the Level/Land exhibition in the MoCNA Store’s Lloyd Kiva New Gallery. The store offers contemporary and traditional jewelry, basketry, pottery, paintings, and prints created by Native American artists as well as a large collection of books and music.

Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art and GF Contemporary

Small Works Holiday Group Show Opening Saturday, December 13, 3-5pm

Below: The collection at the New Mexico History Museum’s Spiegelberg Shop includes items that reflect the museum’s current exhibitions. The hand-painted tin and paper santitos with imagery of the Virgin of Guadalupe seen here are by artists in Northern New Mexico and Peru.

Below: These Artistry of Poland mouth-blown, handpainted glass ornaments, which are silvered inside, are available at Susan’s Christmas Shop. Since 1978, Susan’s has offered an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments and nativities that are handmade with natural materials, such as clay, tin, and leather.

Above: Isleta Pueblo artist Kimo DeCora designed this clay hand-painted quail ornament, available at The Shop: A Christmas Store. Established in 1977, The Shop specializes in New Mexico­–made ornaments, nativity scenes, and Santa figurines, and it also sells items from leading artists from around the world.

Save The Date! Saturday, February 7, 2015 Santa Fe Convention Center

Dinner Buffet

Complimentary Wine & Beer Bar

Fantastic Live & Silent Auctions

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Almost Asleep bronze by Allan Houser

Ten day luxary safari for two with Africa Calls

Duo sculpture by Kevin Box

Catered dinner for 50 by Whole Hog Cafe

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on the fly fly-fishing expert Norman Maktima offers guided adventures while continuing to win medals in the sport photo graphs by Stephe n La ng

Norman Maktima grew up fishing along the banks of the Pecos River. For the last 17 years he’s been guiding fly-fishing trips with Santa Fe’s High Desert Angler as well as participating in international fly-fishing competitions. Since being selected for the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team in 1997, Maktima has gone on to win team and individual medals in Italy, Slovenia, Norway, and the Czech Republic. Next year he’ll visit Bosnia with Fly Fishing Team U.S.A. “The sport is always evolving,” Maktima says. “With these competitions, I’ve seen how much more there is to learn about gear and fly patterns as well as techniques.” High Desert Angler, which encourages catch-and-release fly-fishing, offers guided excursions throughout the year. For more information, visit highdesertangler.com.—Cristina Olds Maktima casts for rainbow trout in the Pecos River.


Sanctuary, Acrylic on Canvas, 40 x 54" with hand-tooled, burnished metal frame Kirby Kendrick is represented by La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa • www.kirbykendrick.com 34


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Most fly-fishermen practice catch and release, Maktima says. “If I kept what I caught, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy fishing as long.”

This fly features the HDA Fav Variant, a pattern Maktima developed for competition that’s now being manufactured and distributed by Umpqua Feather Merchants.

“It helps in competition if you tie your own flies and create your own patterns so you’re not fishing what the other guys are fishing,” Maktima says. “It’s an advantage if you have something original that the fish haven’t seen before.”

Villa Serena | Santa Fe, nM Offered at $4,200,000 This gracious and private compound, walking distance from the Plaza, has been treasured by the same owner for more than 30 years. The approximately 4 acre parcel is a botanical paradise with waterfalls, specimen fruit trees, aspens, yews, and flowering plants. The main house contains multiple bedrooms and baths, a large eat-in kitchen, formal living and dining rooms, a spacious den, office, exercise room, and gorgeous outdoor entertaining areas. Adding to the charming picture are two one-bedroom casitas, a two-bedroom cottage, an extra detached garage and stables. MLS# 201402291

ROXANNE APPLE 505.660.5998 roxanne.apple@sothebyshomes.com Grant Avenue Brokerage 505.988.2533 sothebyshomes.com/santafe Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Operated by Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., Equal Housing Opportunity.

gift guide The Golden Eye

Charlotte Santa Fe Fine Jewelry Our high-tech ceramic rings are interchangeable, timeless, and sophisticated jewelry—truly one-of-a-kind! Also in 18-kt yellow or rose gold, stainless steel, and platinum. Call us for a catalog. 66 E San Francisco St On the Plaza 505-660-8614 charlotteshop.com

New works from Robin Waynee in 18-kt gold, oxidized sterling silver, and precious gemstones. Fluid lines, striking detail, and real-life wearability. Another extraordinary collection from The Golden Eye, where creativity reigns and the possibilities are endless. 115 Don Gaspar Ave, 505-984-0040, goldeneyesantafe.com facebook.com/thegoldeneyesantafe

Cos Bar The Cos Bar started as a single store by Lily Garfield more than a quarter of a century ago in the beautiful resort town of Aspen, Colorado. We carry products based on their results—makeup in the latest colors and with long-wear technology; skin care to match your concerns; fragrances to make your own personal statement; bath and body supplies in luxurious textures and fragrances; men’s lines using lighter, non-greasy moisturizing textures; and accessories in the trendiest fashions and home fragrances. Bring in this ad to receive a deluxe sample of your choice with any $50 purchase while supplies last. 128 W Water St, 505-984-2676 cosbar.com



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

Sal Hamdy Antiques & Consignment Artwork shown: Hernando Villa, pencil and charcoal drawings, framed and signed, 1945, 19 x 21.5” Make your home a treasure chest of living! Explore the unexpected style of European and Southwest ambience. Find a daring mix of classic, contemporary, and one-of-a-kind pieces that surprise and inspire. 811 Cerrillos Rd and our new second location at 1512 Paseo de Peralta (behind Chicago Dog), 505-310-8082, salhamdyantiques@yahoo.com, salhamdyantiques.com

James Kallas Beautiful one-of-a-kind custom jewelry pieces are waiting for you at James Kallas Jewelers. Specializing in expert fine jewelry repair, custom jewelry, and appraisals. We are your local fine jeweler, your family jeweler, and your favorite jeweler. 2801 Rodeo Rd, Ste B10, in Rodeo Plaza, next to Joe’s Diner, 505-986-1955, jameskallasjewelers.com

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

Give the gift of fashionable healing. FIRMA Energywear uses far-infrared technology yarns to increase and improve your body’s microcirculation. FIRMA offers socks, compression bands, leggings, sports tanks, and compression tops for men and women. Priced from $22 to $150. Two locations: DeVargas Center, Santa Fe, and ABQ Uptown, Albuquerque, 505-983-8213, firmaenergywearusa.com

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gift guide Gusterman Silversmiths of Santa Fe It is our goal to produce quality jewelry at an affordable price. In every Gusterman creation, simplicity and style have been combined to achieve a tasteful solution. Always in fashion, each unique design will have special appeal to those who seek the unusual in jewelry. 126 E Palace Ave Just off the Plaza 505-892-8972 gustermansilversmiths.com

Lily of the West Custom-designed clothing exclusive to Santa Fe­—for bridal events, celebrations, or just to dress in beauty! We use silks and French laces along with fine leathers and beautiful costume jewelry. We welcome your visit! Please call or email for hours and appointments. $$$$ 323 E Palace Ave, 505-982-5402, lilyofthewest@cybermesa.com lilyofthewest.com

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



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MEI Gallery Navajo Medicine Mask Collection in gold, silver, and a variety of stones and diamonds. This exquisite jewelry is handmade and features symbols for protection, prosperity, healing, and nourishemnt. Artist Fernando Benally is a third-generation Navajo jeweler, and his artwork is highly recommended and collected by those who collect the best of American Indian art! 662 Canyon Rd, 505-490-2487, meiartinfo@gmail.com, meigallery.com

not-so-hidden gems s tr ik ing ha nd c raf t e d je welr y i s a t imele s s at t ract ion f or Sa nt a Fe shoppe rs

Santa Fe’s art scene isn’t limited to paintings you hang on your wall or sculptures you place in your courtyard. Jewelry—stunning, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces—also takes center stage in the City Different’s standout galleries and shops, luring both longtime residents and first-time visitors alike. On the following pages, you’ll find creative custom pieces from some of our favorite local purveyors. Necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings are masterfully designed to showcase the strength of a metal, the beauty of a gemstone, and the skill of an artist. Whether you’re looking for a classic cut or a signature style, you’re sure to find it here, among Santa Fe’s wholly original, and wholly unforgettable, wearable art. Photographer David Robin Production Assistant Dustin Sammann Hair and Makeup Jessica Evans for When the Sun Reaches My Sister Models Ann Rogers, Angelica Padilla Hannah Sparks, Elise Eberwein



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Natural Ceylon sapphires are the focus of these pieces from Jewel Mark. The ring is a sapphire set in platinum with two half-moon diamonds; the bracelet, necklace, and earrings all feature 18-kt white gold, diamonds, and sapphires. For 30 years, Jewel Mark has carried fine gemstone jewelry from world-renowned designers while also offering one-of-a-kind, museum-quality Native American jewelry in turquoise and coral. Jewel Mark, 233 Canyon, jewelmark.net

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Rocki Gorman designed this four-strand lapis necklace with a four-inch extender for length versatility as part of her “Many Stones” collection. Gorman’s eponymous store has operated in Santa Fe for nearly 15 years, with Gorman serving as its sole jewelry designer. All of Gorman’s pieces are handcrafted by a family of Navajo silversmiths and stone cutters and feature turquoise and other stones to create Southwestern and contemporary styles. Rocki Gorman, 119 Old Santa Fe Trl, rockigorman.com



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Valerie Fairchild, founder and owner of Fairchild & Co., designed this “Spiral Galaxy� ring in 18-kt yellow gold with blue topaz and colored diamonds. A trained goldsmith who hand-draws her designs, Fairchild has said that she finds inspiration for her work in various sources, like nature, history, and different cultures. Serving Santa Fe since 1976, Fairchild & Co. offers standout pieces that incorporate precious metals and gems and are renowned for their level of craftsmanship. Fairchild & Co., 110 W San Francisco, fairchildjewelry.com

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This 18-kt white gold, opal, diamond, and emerald necklace from Things Finer can be worn with or without the detachable pendant. For nearly 40 years, Things Finer has specialized in unique antique and estate jewelry by notable artists. The store also carries contemporary fine jewelry and beautiful decorative items for the home. Things Finer, 100 E San Francisco, thingsfiner.com



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Artist Andi Callahan crafted this faceted aqua chalcedony into a one-of-a-kind fine silver design she calls “Caldera,” which is available at John Rippel U.S.A. Rippel features the work of approximately 12 local artists and a handful of national and international designers. The store’s offerings include owner John Rippel’s original silver belt buckles, Southwestern and contemporary jewelry, and vintage collectibles, among other items. John Rippel U.S.A., 111 Old Santa Fe Trl, johnrippel.com

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Designed by Karen Melfi, owner of Karen Melfi Collection, this necklace showcases natural-colored polished diamond cubes strung with 20-kt gold beads. The iron pendant features 22-kt gold set with rose-cut natural-colored diamonds. Karen Melfi Collection specializes in natural-color diamonds set in gold and represents 30 select local and national artists who make striking gold and silver pieces. Karen Melfi Collection, 225 Canyon, karenmelficollection.com



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Donna Diglio designed this briolette necklace featuring 18-kt gold and orange and yellow sapphires, available at Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths. Vorenberg represents more than 35 artists from around the world and specializes in high-quality custom pieces. Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths, 656 Canyon, tvgoldsmiths.com

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Canyon Road’s illuminating Farolito Walk brings together families, friends, and strangers

by Cristina Olds

photographs by Adrian Wills


t’s Christmas Eve day, and Canyon Road–area residents and business owners are filling buckets with sand from a big pile at nearby Acequia Madre Elementary School. When they get home, their families, from grandparents to tiny tots, help them fill hundreds of lunch-size brown paper bags with the sand. People gather in yards or driveways, working in sync and taking the occasional break to sample a cooling biscochito from the kitchen. They fold down the tops of the paper bags an inch or two, scoop some sand into the bottom of the bag, nestle a votive candle in that sand, and move on to the next bag. The long-standing Santa Fe tradition of lining Canyon Road with farolitos (as the illuminated bags of sand are called) on Christmas Eve traces its roots to the 1970s, when Eastside residents took to the street to celebrate the Historic Neighborhood Association’s squelching of development plans for the area. “The women in the association at that time, including my sister Anita Gonzales Thomas, designated a person to make farolitos for each block where they lived,” says longtime area resident Edward “Gonzo” Gonzales, who’s served as a Santa Fe city councilor and president of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council. “They would meet and have coffee and tell stories and fold bags.”



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Music and carols are a key part of the merriment during Canyon Road’s Farolito Walk.

Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes during the Canyon Road Farolito Walk. Temperatures are typically chilly, but you can warm yourself with the heat from numerous luminarias (small bonfires) along the way.

Canyon Road’s Farolito Walk traces its roots to the 1970s, when locals celebrated the Historic Neighborhood Association’s defeat of development plans.

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The Canyon Road Farolito Walk draws thousands of participants every year. And so a tradition was born. Today, the Historic Neighborhood Association collaborates with the City of Santa Fe to host what’s officially known as the Farolito Walk, a Christmas Eve event that attracts thousands of participants to Canyon Road. The city closes Canyon Road and its surrounding streets to traffic at dusk and offers free bus service during certain hours to minimize traffic. “Every year when the farolito walk is going on and afterward with the cleanup, I think, ‘I’m not going to do it again,’” says Gonzales, who’s now almost 80 years old. “And then every year by the time Christmas is over, we’ve mellowed, and we do it all over again.” Today Gonzales’s grandson handles most of the family’s prep work for the event, placing farolitos along the driveway and on top of the wall in front of the family compound as well as lighting luminarias (small bonfires). “Almost all of the neighbors here on Delgado Street [which is off Canyon Road] like to participate, and my family makes about 100 farolitos,” Gonzales says. Many revelers stop by the luminarias, which can be found on side streets and up and down Canyon Road, to warm their hands and feet and perhaps enjoy things like cocoa, cider, live music, and caroling. The farolitos are lit around dusk, but Gonzales favors visiting the area after 10:30 pm to avoid the heavy crowds. “It’s so calm at that time,” he says. “It’s wonderful.”

Farolitos illuminate Canyon Road’s streets and sidewalks as well as the exteriors of its galleries, a number of which open their doors and offer refreshments to revelers.



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Artists Phyllis Kapp, Marshall Noice, Andree Hudson, Matthew Higginbotham, Dominique Boisjoli, Sharon Markwardt, and first-time participant Javier López Barbosa contribute works to Waxlander Art Gallery’s popular annual group exhibition. “The holiday show is a favorite with Waxlander’s collectors,” says gallery director Bonnie French. “We receive more new art—a cornucopia of wonderful colorful work—from more artists for this show than any other show of the year.”—Emily Van Cleve Gift of the Holidays Waxlander Art Gallery, 622 Canyon waxlander.com, December 1–January 1 Reception December 26, 5–7 pm

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New Views, Old Villages Tom Noble celebrates his Taos upbringing with new works at Ventana Fine Art by G u s si e Faunt le roy

Some things just stay with you. Like the idea, planted in Tom Noble’s mind as a little boy, that he was an artist. Now 73, the third-generation Taoseño was just a tyke when he accompanied his mother on walks around the old town. She would set up her French easel, pull out her oil paints, and hand her son a pad of paper and a little watercolor set. “She set me in motion,” Noble says, “and no one could countermand that order.” Another thing in Noble’s life that has remained: visceral, visual memories of old adobe houses, with their slouched shoulders and comforting feel of warm earth; village churches whose walls were lovingly re-mudded each spring; wandering chickens and sheep; spectacular skies; and layers of juniper-studded hills and the deeper hues of mountains beyond. Many things have changed in and around Taos during the 50 years that Noble has been rendering its scenes in watercolor, but the old ways of rural Northern New Mexico are still alive in his paintings—more than ever in some ways, as he delves more deeply into rich color and its potential for engaging the imagination and heart.

Many things have changed in and around Taos during the 50 years that Tom Noble has been rendering its scenes in watercolor, but the old ways of rural Northern New Mexico are still alive in his paintings. Noble’s remembered vision of the world in which he grew up is showcased in New Views, Old Villages, a solo exhibition at Ventana Fine Art that features more than two-dozen new paintings, including 10 miniatures. While the artist’s subject matter has altered little over the years, his work continues to be cherished for its depictions of the region’s cultural roots, which reach deeply into a timeless, rural way of life. As his paintings reveal, it was a life intimately connected to land, family, and religion. After his early start in painting, Noble’s involvement with art continued through high school, where he took part in a weekly sketch group led by 1960s Op artist Oli Sihvonen. Art classes at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque were followed by a stint as an illustrator in the military, and, later, lithography studies at Colorado Mountain College and in Mexico. Noble’s early paintings were chromatically muted, but over the years the impulse to incorporate more nuanced and saturated—yet never garish—color gradually, naturally grew. “I didn’t push it,” he says. “It just arose on its own.” Noble’s life and art today reflect the dual dimensions of his world: a solid connection with a living, changing place and a remembrance and honoring of the past. “I call myself a plein air memory painter,” he says with a smile. Tom Noble: New Views, Old Villages, December 5–December 31, reception December 5, 5–7 pm, Ventana Fine Art, 400 Canyon, ventanafineart.com

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Erin Cone the artist at work and at home in her studio

by As h le y M. Bi g g e r s pho t og r ap h s by G a b r i e l l a M a r ks


rin Cone’s entrée into Santa Fe’s professional and residential worlds coalesced in one gutsy move: In 2002, she quit her job in Austin, Texas, to pursue a fulltime art career, and she and her husband moved to Santa Fe’s Eldorado community. The couple’s spare bedroom became Cone’s studio, and Cone quickly set about making a number of her slightly abstracted and always alluring paintings there. With a flourishing career, however, Cone soon outgrew that space, so in 2008 she moved into her home’s refitted 300-square-foot garage, which she equipped with creature comforts like heat, daylight-fluorescent overhead lighting, and carpet squares overlaid with a plastic mat that, although new, is already marked with acrylic paint drips. Cone’s works are meticulous, yet the artist is a self-confessed messy painter; inside her studio, crumpled paper towels, on which she’s wiped her brushes, blow around her ankles. “When I’m painting, I’m oblivious to myself and my surroundings,” she says. “I’ve even backed into canvases.” continued on page 71



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Above: Erin Cone in her studio. Right: Allude, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48"

Cone’s studio is filled with bins of paints sorted by hue, swatches of colors from works in progress, and various means of inspiration, like postcards collected while traveling and posters with encouraging mantras.


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Cone at Nüart Gallery on Canyon Road, where her show Modiste was on view in October.



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season’s greetings holiday cards by Gustave Baumann and friends are on view at the New Mexico History Museum by Ash le y M. Big ge rs

Today homemade Christmas cards seem like a relic of a bygone era. And yet, while the holiday cards in a current exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum are indeed historical, they also provide fresh insight into one of Santa Fe’s best-known 20th-century artists, Gustave Baumann, and a number of his contemporaries. Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past showcases 100 cards, some of which noted printmaker Gustave Baumann created himself, and some of which were sent to him by the likes of Will Shuster, B. J. O. Nordfeldt, and Ernest Blumenschein. In this homey medium, the artists, unbeholden to any demands and expectations of collectors or gallery owners, expressed themselves freely, commenting on Christmas, their families (in a rather non-idealized way), and contemporary affairs. The cards span from 1919 to 1970, touching upon the Great Depression, World War II, and the launch of Sputnik. In one of them, the printmaker Chuzo Tamotsu observes that “The little ones are enjoying life peacefully. What’s wrong with the grown ups?” “This is not high art, but there are some beautifully rendered pieces,” says Tom Leech, director of the Palace Press, which collaborated on the exhibit with guest

Left: A linoleum-cut Christmas card by Harold West, 1940. Below: An undated (ca. 1950s) color woodcut by Theodore Van Soelen.

Above: A woodcut Christmas card printed on Chinese paper by Gustave Baumann, 1924. Right: A 1936 holiday card by Will Shuster made via photoengraving from an original drawing.

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curator and antiquarian book dealer Jean Moss. Baumann’s cards reflect motifs expressed in his larger works, including the New Mexico landscape and Native deer dancers, but in his family Christmas cards, his sense of play was unleashed. “He had a very eccentric, quirky sense of humor, as we can see from his puppets, but you can’t see that as much in ‘the work,’” Leech says. In Baumann’s nimble hands, diapers became visual puns about snow upon the birth of his daughter. He even made himself the butt of jokes, signing one New Year’s card Gustave “Later than Usual” Baumann. The artists may have had a friendly competition for the best creations, with Don Herold writing “Please give Gustave Baumann a Merry Christmas” in one custom print featuring a man praying and lettering. Cards culled from the 400 in Baumann’s estate have also been compiled into a companion coffee-table book from the Museum of New Mexico Press. Leech set aside 75 copies to create a limited-edition Palace Press version. The Baumann aficionado used the artist’s original blocks as well as paper found in his studio to re-create several prints. In a few cases, Leech improvised, cutting new blocks and rigging canvas into his press to create prints faithful to the originals. Throughout the process, he always asked himself “What would Gus do?” From this exhibit, it’s clear that neither Baumann nor his friends would have held anything back in the holiday greetings to those who knew them best. Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past, Through March 29, 2015, New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln, nmhistorymuseum.org

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Right: The inside of a 1934/35 two-color woodcut Christmas card by Gustave Baumann. Below: An undated (ca. 1930s) two-color woodcut card with hand coloring by Willard Clark.

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THE WONDROUS THING about iron, notes Tom Joyce, is that it almost never gets thrown away. And each time iron is forged and reused, something of the material’s previous life is literally folded inside the new. It’s what Joyce calls the “ferrous DNA” of iron, and it adds layers of often-hidden meaning to his art. In the early 1970s, a teenaged Joyce apprenticed with blacksmith Peter Wells in El Rito and soon began practicing the trade on his own. His neighbors brought him broken farming implements, and he reforged the iron into new hardware, tools, and art. Today the 58-year-old artist works a similar magic but on a much larger scale. Most of his public sculptures are produced at an industrial forge near Chicago, where Joyce joins a highly skilled team to turn tons of salvaged iron into artworks of his own design. Among those works is Two to One, seven stacked pairs of solid stainless-steel cubes that have a soft, claylike appearance. The sculpture was installed last May in front of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, with a dedication set for March 2015. Each piece incorporates remnants from items that were manufactured for the military, mining, aeronautics, or energy industries. And while Joyce is aware of the specific lineage of the steel he incorporates, for viewers


A rendering of Thicket, forged stainless steel and cast iron, 120 x 120 x 120". At the Mint Museum Uptown.

An architectural rendering of a quote from Virgil’s The Aeneid that Tom Joyce forged and that currently hangs in the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

it remains an “indecipherable and mysterious part of the story,” he says. The story behind the material in another of Joyce’s public works is well known, however. Using steel from the World Trade Center ruins, the artist forged letters that today stretch across a concrete wall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Honoring the lives lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks, the letters spell out a verse from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” This thoughtful and thought-provoking approach is one reason Joyce has gained international acclaim since setting up his Santa Fe studio in 1977. Among his many honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Artist of the Year Award, the United States Artists’ Award, and, most recently, an honorary doctorate from Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Joyce’s artwork has been acquired by numerous museums and other public collections, and his museum involvement has taken on another dimension thanks to his role as guest curator for Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths. The first major international exhibition of work by African blacksmiths from ancient times to the present, Striking Iron opens in 2016 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum and then travels in the United States and Europe. Joyce says that he always wanted to live in Europe, and today he divides his time between Santa Fe and Belgium. In his Brussels design studio he works on drawings, clay models, and other preparatory processes before producing sculptures in iron back in the United States. He’s also delving more deeply into drawing and photography, and in the summer of 2015 he’ll display such works alongside his sculptures and lithographs in a solo exhibition at James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe. For a recent piece called Thicket, which Joyce created for the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina, and which will be dedicated in July 2015, the artist drew on remnant steel from his Santa Fe studio. Thicket incorporates clusters


Joyce refers to the “ferrous DNA” of iron, which adds layers of often-hidden meaning to his art.


of stainless-steel rods radiating from nuclei of hammerheads, which are cast from set-aside bits of steel from every project he’s ever made. In Joyce’s view, there’s no distinction between hard-won, finely honed skills of the hands and the deeply creative spirit that uses them to produce fine art. As he puts it, “I’ve always chosen to walk both paths simultaneously.”

Above: Tom Joyce (right) installs his sculpture Two to One outside the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

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Tom Birkner and Don Stinson: Small Works Gerald Peters Gallery, 1005 Paseo de Peralta gpgallery.com, December 5–January 10 Don Stinson, known for his delicate, dreamlike depictions of the Western landscape, incorporates references to human activity into his works, with signifiers including a roadside tractor or an abandoned drive-in movie theater. Tom Birkner is renowned for his scenes from American suburban life, which include malls and high school sporting events. His latest works focus on “other overlooked subjects,” like turnpikes and roadside cafés. “My work has a tendency to have a psychological charge to it, even if it’s quiet, but there is a suggestion that something is going to happen,” he says.—EVC


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Arlene LaDell Hayes: The Many Voices of Arlene LaDell Hayes Joe Wade Fine Art, 102 E Water, joewadefineart.com December 20–December 28, reception December 20, 4–6 pm The many facets of artist Arlene LaDell Hayes’s work are evident in her solo show at Joe Wade Fine Art. “Arlene is always doing something new, which is what is so exciting about her,” says gallery owner Judy Wade. Hayes’s acrylic, oil, and mixed-media paintings with stylized figures of people and animals are on display along with her 3-D abstract plaster pieces.—EVC Arlene LaDell Hayes, We Are Taking Them With Us, encaustic and oil on board, 18 x 18"

Alfred Morang: Morang and Friends Matthews Gallery, 669 Canyon thematthewsgallery.com, December 12–December 26 Reception December 12, 5–7 pm Alfred Morang (1901–1958), who moved from Maine to Santa Fe in the 1930s to treat his tuberculosis, painted impressionistic, heavily impastoed landscapes and portraits. He died tragically at age 56, when his Canyon Road studio caught fire. A new exhibition at Matthews Gallery features artifacts and paintings salvaged from the studio—including sketches, a charred violin, and personal writings—as well as paintings by some of Morang’s contemporaries.—EVC

Deborah Oropallo, Head Nurse, pigment on canvas, 68 x 60"

Red Turner Carroll Gallery 725 Canyon, turnercarrollgallery.com December 8–January 16 Reception December 12, 5–7 pm Turner Carroll Gallery asks guests to wear red to the opening reception of its latest show, in which each of the participating artists incorporates the color into their works. The various pieces on display—by David Linn, Hung Liu, Greg Murr, Deborah Oropallo, Kate Petley, Rex Ray, Shawn Smith, and Ann Weiner—reveal the powerful and multifaceted symbolism of the color, whether it’s suggesting good fortune, lust, passion, or politics.—EVC 60


Alfred Morang, Untitled, oil on panel, 23 x 20"

Brooks Oliver, Sushi Trays, stained porcelain, 7 x 25 x 4"

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Six Under Thirty-Six Santa Fe Clay, 545 Camino de la Familia, santafeclay.com January 9–February 21, reception January 9, 5–7 pm This show features bold and colorful installations, abstract forms, and pieces inf luenced by architectural design, all by six emerging ceramic artists under the age of 36, The artists— Emily Duke, Linda Lopez, Brooks Oliver, Peter Pincus, Adam Shiverdecker, and Matt Ziemke—were selected based on the strength of their work and the unique voice each one brings to the field of ceramics.—EVC

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Annual Small Works Holiday Group Show Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, 702 Canyon, giacobbefritz.com December 13–December 27 Reception December 13, 3–5 pm Twenty-five new small works by 11 contemporary artists are on view in Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art’s annual holiday group show. “[This show] is a wonderful opportunity to view the gallery’s extremely eclectic collection of artists in a small format,” says gallery director Palin Wiltshire. Included in the show are Britt Freda, who paints wild animals with kaleidoscopic patches of shapes and color; Siri Hollander, known for her equine sculptures; and Ben Steele, who paints witty, irreverent takes on classic works from art history.—Noelle Stern Sandra Pratt, Pink Sky, oil on canvas, 16 x 18"

The Snow Show: Winter Group Show Selby Fleetwood Gallery, 600 Canyon selbyfleetwoodgallery.com Through January 1 Selby Fleetwood’s group show features works that center on winter imagery—from the crispness of winter light to piñon wood burning in a fireplace. In addition to works by the gallery’s permanent artists like Sandra Pratt and Joan Barber, the show includes pieces by Santa Fe abstract painter Dick Evans and California-based painter Melissa Chandon.—EVC

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BIGGER. BETTER. SHINIER. ShowHouse Santa Fe upped the ante in the event’s second year. With more than 20 rooms, Casa La Luna, an estate listed by Barker Realty/Christie’s International Real Estate, offered plenty of blank canvas for the 26 designers to work their magic on. Proceeds from tours of the ShowHouse benefited Dollars4Schools and The Lensic Performing Arts Center’s Youth in Performing Arts Education Programs. Interpretation of ShowHouse’s “Ancient-Future” theme was left entirely up to each designer, although a common element helped tie the spaces together. “We encouraged the designers to celebrate metallics, and it became this phenomenon!” says David Naylor. Naylor’s cochair, Jennifer Ashton, adds, “It was wonderful to watch artists and clients connecting over these beautiful spaces.”

Above: Mixing textures, shapes, and even furniture styles, Patti Stivers and Virginia Smith (Stivers & Smith Interiors) created a Zen-like guest bedroom that invites sitting and reading as well as sleeping. Kicky orange accents like the chandelier and the shaggy throw pillows draw the eye to different parts of the lovely room.



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Inspired by nature, Lisa Samuel (Samuel Design Group) incorporated Japanese mulberry branches, gilded weeds, and a seagrass rug into her masterful dining room, anchored by a custom-designed American black walnut and reclaimed wood table. Of the gorgeous mismatched seating, Samuel says, “These were the chairs that said ‘I want to be there!’”

Below, top: Painting a Renaissancethemed floor cloth is how Mary Ann Salomone (cents-ible decorating) anchored the “ancient” aspect of her art and music conservatory, while an eco-friendly electric fireplace spoke to the future. Giving new purpose to printed books (which she notes are quickly being replaced by electronic versions), Salomone turned a collection of hardcovers and bookshelves into a Mondrianinspired art installation.


Below, bottom: Because his living room was in the original 1920s-built part of the home, David Naylor (David Naylor Interiors) wanted to use furniture from that era. A dramatic abstract painting by Élan Vital overlooks a restored French empire sofa with Italian leather and a pair of barrel chairs upholstered in a conversationstarting, period-appropriate duck and bird pattern. Kristin Urbanik used vintage fabrics for the window cornice.


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Annie O’Carroll (Annie O’Carroll Interior Design) says she imagined “Marie Antoinette having tea with George Jetson” in her peaceful, feminine sunroom, where oversized fuchsia pillows pop in the multitextural space. A dreamy impressionist painting by Peter Hagen (McLarry Fine Art) floats above the fireplace, which O’Carroll finished with layers of copper and silver leaf.

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Char de Vazquez the timeless appeal of the Santa Fe–based fashion designer’s style by Emily Van Cleve

Fashion designer Char de Vazquez has owned a boutique in Santa Fe for almost 30 years, and over the decades she’s managed to continuously create new, buzz-worthy products and designs. Her latest line, the Char Designer Blouse Collection, is her first departure from leatherwork and features 20 styles of white cotton shirts with lace accents that are handmade in Bali. “I was inspired by a beautiful white cotton shirt I’ve had in my closet,” says de Vazquez, who grew up in Colorado and started wholesaling her handmade leather clothing in 1976. “I did some research to find out exactly where it was made. When I traveled to Bali, I didn’t find a factory but a group of women hand-sewing shirts in their small community.” The Char Designer Blouse Collection complements de Vazquez’s inventory of leather items, which includes jackets, vests, and bags whose style, the designer says, is inspired by a fusion of 1960s aesthetics and Native American design elements. De Vazquez, whose work is included in the permanent collection of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, sells her work at saintestate.com, a website she shares with her sons, Austin jewelry designers Demian and Alex Vazquez, and through her retail boutique at 206 McKenzie Street. “I opened my first store in Santa Fe in 1986 on Old Santa Fe Trail, across from La Fonda, but about three years ago I decided I needed a change and moved to [my current] building,” de Vazquez says. “It’s white, inside and out, so I call the business The White Studio. It’s a wonderful place to host events focused around inventory I want to highlight.” Designer clothing and accessories from around the world are also showcased in de Vazquez’s boutique, including new hand-knit sweaters from Portugal. “I’m so excited by these sweaters that I’m going to design my own line and have them handmade in Portugal,” she says. Char, 206 McKenzie, saintestate.com


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Center: The “Angelica,” a handmade lace blouse that’s part of the Char Designer Blouse Collection. Above: The “Rosalie,” a suede 3/4 jacket, over the “Angelica.” Far left: The “Sweet Sioux” fringed jacket over the “Angelica” blouse and “Victorian” camisole.



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getting down to business by C h r i s top he r Low el l

Snow descends, frosting the village like adobe cupcakes. Flocked ristras sway in evergreenentwined porticoes. Lit-up trees twinkle from the square, and farolitos line our pathways. It’s the city’s last public push for en-route skiers and incoming holiday travelers, yet, come January, it’s as if a self-imposed winter hibernation befalls us, since, in many people’s minds, we’re primarily a seasonal town. While this mind-set may have only a minor effect on the city’s major businesses, it drastically affects the unique start-up companies that must become Santa Fe’s defining lifeblood. In my last column I wrote that the Internet and e-commerce are critical in strengthening yearround business in Santa Fe, but that’s only part of it. As our national economy starts to stabilize, perhaps it’s time to take a page from other winter communities (far more remote than ours) that have shifted their thinking and now use their off-season months to cement vital bonds among their residents. Investing in local pride has helped support (and keep afloat) young businesses that need time to mature. These communities have found ways to keep their residents gathering in public throughout the year and to capitalize as much on community ownership as they have on summer tourism. They’ve devised casual showcase gatherings that bring visibly active, in-town residents together with the more self-contained artists and craftspeople who populate the town’s outskirts. Their eateries create informal, less expensive menus that turn fashionable summer restaurants into popular watering holes that teem with locals. They link up their Facebook pages so their community bulletin boards go national, allowing city-dwelling social media users to eavesdrop on engaging conversations that reflect the town’s uniqueness and prove that there are still places, far from the madding crowd, where everybody knows your name. A thriving, sustainable village is about its people, and investing in them, and what makes them unique, is good business too. christopherlowell .com

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A Sound Look

the technology-centered company lets homeowners take control

luxury ranch The “cowboy chic” Blame Her Ranch, located on 120 acres 45 minutes outside of Santa Fe in Ribera, New Mexico, includes a main house with three wings as well as a guesthouse. The property’s hand-cut custom log cabins are filled with rustic luxury, as seen in the main home’s three moss-covered stone fireplaces and wide-plank reclaimed wood floors. The chef’s kitchen is outfitted with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, custom cabinets from La Puerta Originals, a 20-foot island, a hand-pounded copper sink, an instant hot-water faucet, and a walk-in pantry. The master bath includes heated towel rods, copper and pewter sinks and fixtures, and a copper bath that fits two comfortably. 70


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There’s a fully equipped gym with a steam spa shower and a lap pool, and there’s also an in-home theater and a game room. An outdoor patio includes kitchen facilities and extras like a Fontana wood-fired pizza oven and a Viking barbecue grill. Additional outdoor amenities include ipe wood decks, horse stables, a dog kennel and run, a Western-style Zen garden, stone fountains, fire pits, a golf driving range, and a skeet shooting deck. The owners are promoting the option of fractional ownership to those interested in a second home without the full cost of traditional ownership. List price: $4.85 million; fractional ownership: $2.799 million; Contact: Ted Rivera, Coldwell Banker Trails West of Santa Fe, 505-470-9729, tedriverarealtor @netzero.com, coldwellbankersantafe.com, blameherranch.com


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A Sound Look helps homeowners remotely monitor and control their home’s various systems.

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cool contemporary Architect Jeff Harnar (1954–2006) designed this Bauhaus-style home on 2.5 acres with his distinctive progressive style. (Other notable examples of his creative contemporary designs include the Jean Cocteau Cinema and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.) Located near Tano Road, the single-story, 3,230-square-foot residence has three bedrooms and three baths. Signature Harnar concrete flooring and asym-

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Imagine you’re on a winter vacation, and while you’re away you’re able to monitor your home’s gas consumption or know if a pipe has sprung a leak by checking your home’s water usage—all from your cell phone. Santa Fe’s A Sound Look offers those services and more. Founded in 1993 by Leonard Pascual and his parents, A Sound Look has been selling and installing audio, video, and security systems for more than two decades, with corporate clients including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Over the last two years, A Sound Look has been helping Santa Fe homeowners monitor and control those systems themselves. While away from home, you can raise and lower your thermostat, adjust your lighting, and manage your security system. You can also receive emails that notify you of any potential issues, like if your home’s water usage has significantly increased. This level of control provides a kind of convenience and peace of mind that more and more homeowners are finding to be indispensable. “We provide out-of-the-box solutions,” Pascual says. “We’re problem solvers. We have homeowners and businesses call us when other companies get stumped and can’t figure out how to give them exactly what they want [with their] audio, video, and security systems. We do a lot of customization.” Other services provided by A Sound Look include the construction of hermetically sealed modular storage areas that protect a home’s artwork and data from flood, fire, smoke, theft, and more, as well as telecommunications offerings. Currently in the works is a massive telecommunications project in Africa that will bring Wi-Fi and IPTV (Internet Protocol television) to more than 30 million people. A Sound Look, 502 Cerrillos, asoundlook.com


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metric fireplaces lend a sleek and modern feel to the residence. An open floor plan unites the living and dining areas, which share floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Amenities include granite kitchen countertops, radiant in-floor heating, double-basin bathroom sinks, a whirlpool tub, two patios, a guesthouse, and a private well. For the animal lover or breeder, there are four radiant-heated kennels and large exterior dog runs. List price: $1.175 million Contact: David Woodard, Santa Fe Properties, 505-920-2000, davidwoodard@mac.com, santafeproperties.com

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Over 40,000 visitors monthly continued from page 54 Cone’s detailed nature reveals itself in her studio’s organization, from the bins of paints sorted by hue to the swatches of colors from works in progress. The studio brims with points of inspiration, like postcards of paintings Cone gathers while traveling; the elements of a composition—the arc of a neck in one or a color from the palette of a Dutch master—draw Cone’s attention. She creates digital collages of such images at the studio’s computer station before touching paint to canvas. Posters with encouraging words (like “Get excited and make things”) pepper the walls. “I catch myself saying ‘I have to go paint,’ and then I correct myself to say ‘I get to go paint,’” says Cone, referencing the small reminders to enjoy her craft. When she enters her studio, she plays music to cue her transition. While making the works for her show Modiste, which ran at Nüart Gallery on Canyon Road in October, she listened to vintage swing artists like The Andrews Sisters and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. “I try to work most of every day,” she says. “I tend toward overwork. I have to train myself to take breaks.” During those rare recesses, Cone walks Eldorado’s recreational trails or does yoga in her studio, which provides both mental and physical release. “It’s grueling to be standing and painting for long hours,” she notes. Cone is currently working on large canvases that are difficult to maneuver in an intimate, Lshaped space, so the artist is hoping for another studio upgrade sometime in the near future.

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Cheese aficionados, rejoice! There’s a new queso grande in town, and he really knows his stuff. John Isaac Gutierrez, of the just-opened Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, recently moved here from the Bay Area and brought with him a wealth of knowledge and a love of all things fromage. His spankin’ new cheese and gourmet goodies shop ups the ante for specialty food stores in our foodie-frenzied town. Gutierrez notes that more than 80 percent of his inventory has never been available in New Mexico until now. Customers can enjoy everything from the requisite Parmigiano-Reggiano and Cheddar cheeses to the huge selection of exotics, which includes treats like seasonal Vacherin Mont d’Or from Switzerland enrobed in spruce bark. A selection of locally baked breads, crackers, pickles, vinegars, chutneys, mustards, mostardas, and cured meats (there’s jamón serrano on the leg) as well as an antipasto bar round out the offerings in the sunny showroom. Classes, tastings, gift baskets (seen here), and top-notch customer service will make Cheesemongers of Santa Fe a one-stop shop for all the gourmands on your gift list as well as for the kind of party planning that will take your cheese board to another luscious level, any way you slice it. —John Vollertsen Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, 130 E Marcy, cheesemongersofsantafe.com



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eat, drink, and be merry

enjoy favori te h o l i d a y r e c i pe s f r o m t o p l o c a l c h e f s b y J o h n Vo l l e r t se n When the holiday season rolls around, thoughts of entertaining, edible-gift giving, family dinners, and baked goodies for the kiddies (and Santa) are foremost in our minds. We might be celebrating Kwanzaa with sweet potato fritters, Hanukkah with latkes, or Christmas with the requisite turkey, or we might be looking for something new to serve to our family and friends this time around. I recently asked three top local chefs to share their favorite holiday recipes, and they obliged by talking about the tasty dishes below, all of which are family traditions that have brought lots of holiday cheer to their loved ones over the years.

Seared Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Serves 6

Blanch Brussels sprouts in boiling water for two minutes and drain. Meanwhile, add pancetta to a heated medium sauté pan and cook for two minutes until it starts to brown. Add olive oil and sliced garlic and turn up the heat to medium high. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until they start to caramelize (about seven minutes). Add sun-dried tomatoes and vegetable stock and simmer two minutes. Adjust your seasoning with salt and pepper and transfer to serving dish. Grate the Pecorino over the top and have a nice holiday! Recipe courtesy of Steven Lemon, Pranzo Italian Grill, pranzosantafe.com

Turkey Schnitzel with Chanterelle Gravy Serves 4 Schnitzel Gravy 1 lb boneless turkey breast 2 tbsp butter 1 cup flour ½ lb chanterelles 2 eggs 1 shallot, minced ½ cup milk 1 tbsp flour 2 cups bread crumbs ½ cup Madeira wine 1 tbsp thyme, chopped 1 cup chicken stock 1 tbsp parsley, chopped 1 tbsp chopped herbs 1 tbsp sage, chopped (thyme, parsley, sage) Salt and pepper Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup oil Slice turkey against the grain into four 4-ounce portions. Pound cutlets between two double layers of plastic wrap to ¼-inch thickness. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Mix together bread crumbs and herbs in another medium bowl. Place flour in a third bowl. Dredge cutlets in flour, then in egg and milk mixture, and then in herbed bread crumbs. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and fry cutlets over medium heat until both sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over high heat and sauté shallots and chanterelles until shallots soften. Sprinkle with flour and cook for three minutes. Deglaze with Madeira; cook out the alcohol for three minutes. Add chicken stock and allow sauce to simmer until it thickens slightly. Season with salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Spoon over schnitzel. Serve with mashed potatoes and a nice Beaujolais. Recipe courtesy of Louis Moskow, 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar, 315santafe.com



2 lbs Brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut in half ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, sliced thin 3 oz pancetta, diced 3 oz sun-dried tomatoes; soak in warm water 5 mins; drain and julienne 4 oz vegetable stock Pecorino Gran Cru Salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Roasted Acorn Squash with Gelato and Chile Serves 6 3 small acorn squash 6 tbsp sugar, divided 1 small papaya Juice of a lemon 4 oz chocolate bar, 70 percent cocoa, chopped 6 sweet red chiles, such as Jimmy Nardello 3 cups gelato (the chef uses pumpkin gelato) 6 Amaretti cookies, crushed Cut squash in half around the middle and scoop out seeds. Place in large pot that can hold them in one layer and sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar. Add water to the pot until the water is ¼ inch deep, and then cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. With a pastry brush, paint 1/8-inch-thick smears of chocolate onto parchment paper and place in freezer to set up. Place chiles in a small pot and barely cover with water. Sprinkle two tablespoons of sugar over chiles and simmer until water has evaporated and chiles are caramelized. Remove from pan and cool. Puree papaya flesh with two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice. To serve, place puddle of sauce on plate and put squash on it. Add a scoop of gelato and top it with chile, chocolate “bark,” and cookie crumbles. Recipe courtesy of Cristian Pontiggia, Osteria d’Assisi, osteriadassisi.com Copyright 2014/2015. Santa Fean (ISSN 1094-1487 & USPS # 0018-866), Volume 42, Number 6, December/January 2015. Santa Fean is published bimonthly by Bella Media, LLC at 215 W San Francisco St, Ste 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA, Phone (505) 983-1444. CPM # 40065056. 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. www.santafean.com

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WHAT ARE YOUR New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Gastronomically, mine include trying every single dish on chef John Sedlar’s menu at the much anticipated Eloisa restaurant in the Drury Plaza Hotel; eating less bacon and more vegetables; drinking less sauvignon blanc and more of anything else; partaking in a Chef’s Table with Andrew Cooper at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; checking out new chef David Padberg’s menu at Izanami; gorging myself on cheese from Cheesemongers of Santa Fe; and sampling every pickle at Barrio Brinery, to name just a few. As we approach the holidays, please don’t forget to remember those less fortunate than you. A good way to do so is to make donations at thefooddepot.org, youthshelters.org, cookingwithkids .net, and kitchenangels.org. I hope you join us in Santa Fe this festive season and gobble up some of the scrumptious goodies our more than 200 restaurants have to offer. Happy Holidays to you and yours!—JV

DECEMBER 16, 18, 19, 20 @ 8 p.m. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis, Santa Fe

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Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque Cristo Rey Church, Santa Fe

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Arroyo Vino

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218 Camino La Tierra, 505-983-2100 arroyovino.com Arroyo Vino Restaurant and Wine Shop, located just 10 minutes west of Santa Fe, has fast become the city’s best fine dining and wine buying destination. Voted a Top 100 Wine List in America by OpenTable diners in 2014, Arroyo Vino serves innovative contemporary American cuisine. A casual and inviting modern space with views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountain ranges.

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DECEMBER 28 @ 4 p.m. The Lodge at Santa Fe

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Inn & Spa at Loretto, Santa Fe

For more details on programs or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at WWW.DESERTCHORALE.ORG or call our box office at (505) 988–2282.

300 Years of Romance, Intrigue & History. Your stay becomes extraordinary at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza. Originally the hacienda of the influential Ortiz Family who settled in Santa Fe in 1694, we offer luxury guestrooms, private casitas and thoughtful touches for the leisure and business traveler alike. For the start of the day, lunch, or a lite dinner El Cañon offers fabulous fare morning, noon & night. Just steps from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza with fine art galleries, museums and shopping—a unique experience in a unique destination.

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Amaya Restaurant

1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805 hotelsantafe.com/amaya Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. The casual, inviting atmosphere keeps the focus on fine food and conversation, and the restaurant opens onto our patio for seasonal outdoor dining with amazing mountain views.

Bang Bite

502 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-469-2345 bangbitesf.com At Bang Bite, you’ll find a cool selection of goodies that taste better than they do anywhere else [at least we are trying]. We’re not bragging! OK, maybe a little bit … but isn’t taste the whole reason you’re into great food and not eating some down crap from a Super Bowl commercial? We’d love to share our passion with you, so please roll in for a Bite of goodness and simple pleasures.

Every visit is historical.

Located in the heart of the Nambé Valley, just 15 minutes north of Santa Fe, this historic, lush and elegant private ranch is now available to guests seeking a retreat, a getaway oasis, or a celebration destination. Traditional and formally appointed throughout, yet comfortable in its decor and modern in its accessibility, La Mesita Ranch offers guests a rare and beautiful setting in which to celebrate the special moments in life such as a wedding, anniversary, family gathering, or golf or girlfriend getaway. The ranch is also available for corporate events, a site location for the film industry or a quiet refuge from the stresses in life. The property is surrounded by native lands, badlands canyons, old Cottonwoods, verdant Alfalfa fields, views of the Sangre de Cristos to the east and western sunset vistas as far as the eye can see. Lovingly and carefully maintained for decades, dating back to the 1920s, La Mesita Ranch is a distinctive property, perfect for those eager to appreciate its beauty, its history, its activity and its solitude. To inquire, please contact 505-920-2698. www.la-mesita-ranch.com

Anasazi Restaurant & Bar 113 Washington, 505-988-3236 rosewoodhotels.com

New Mexico’s most lauded restaurant and bar celebrates the enduring creative spirit of the region’s Native Americans. Located in the heart of Santa Fe, the Forbes four-star hotel, restaurant, and bar is an elegant expression of Southwestern style. Fusing Southwestern and Argentinean flavors to create a unique dining experience. Live entertainment Saturday evenings with Jesus Bas. Private dining also available.


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

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

Cowgirl BBQ

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

Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the

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game, plus locally sourced organic produce, all dishes prepared daily by hand. A truly unique dining experience awaits you in downtown Santa Fe. Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm until 9:30 pm. Reservations recommended.

La Casa Sena

125 E Palace, 505-988-9232 lacasasena.com

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

Il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen 95 W Marcy, 505-984-1091 ilpiattosantafe.com

575.758.2233 best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! Open seven days a week: 11 am–midnight during the week and 11 am on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.

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

Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended.

Doc Martin’s at the Historic Taos Inn

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos 575-758-2233, docmartinsrestaurant.com Doc Martin’s Restaurant is an acclaimed fine-dining establishment located in a registered historic landmark. Doc’s is a true Taos tradition, earning multiple awards. Chef Gregory Romo designs cuisine and sources ingredients that respect region and season. With more than 400 wine selections, our world-class wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award of Excellence for more than 20 years. The Adobe Bar features free live music nightly. Lunch 11 am–3 pm; dinner 5–9 pm; brunch Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am–2:30 pm. 78


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

Locally owned Italian trattoria located one block north of the Plaza. Nationally acclaimed and affordable, Il Piatto features local organic produce and house-made pastas. Prix-fixe three-course lunch, $16.95. Three-course late-night dining, $25.14, 9–10:30 pm. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11:30 am–4:30 pm; dinner seven nights a week from 4:30 pm; happy hour daily 4:30–6 pm and 9–10:30 pm, half-priced appetizers and glasses of wine. Wednesdays 50% off select bottles of wine. “Everything is right at Il Piatto, including the price.”—Albuquerque Journal

Luminaria Restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto 211 Old Santa Fe Trail, 800-727-5531, 505-984-7915 innatloretto.com

A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm.

Wine Spectator award recipient Luminaria Restaurant and Patio continues to be a popular spot for locals and tourists alike by offering casual dining by romantic candlelight in the dining room or alfresco on the tree house feel of the patio. Try the culinary creations of new, award winning, Executive Chef Marc Quiñones. Located at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best in 2014. Open for breakfast, lunch dinner and Sunday brunch. Early evening prix-fixe dinner from 5-6:30 PM offering three courses for $34.

Gabriel’s Restaurant

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.

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

Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. Open daily 11:3–9.30 pm.

Galisteo Bistro

227 Galisteo, 505-982-3700 galisteobistro.com

Casual fine dining just a block off the Plaza Galisteo Bistro specializes in seafood, all natural meat and

Midtown Bistro

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

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

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

Omira Bar & Grill

1005 S St Francis, 505-780-5483 omiragrill.com

Omira Brazilian steak house is one of the top restaurants in Santa Fe—just ask the critics and our regular customers. We combine culinary delights with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit us. Omira offers a distinct selection of appetizers, soups, and entrées to satisfy every taste, including a fresh unlimited salad bar and up to eight different cuts of meat from our Churasco Brazilian style grill. Open Tuesday–Sunday, closed on Monday. Lunch 11 am –2:30 pm ; dinner 5–9 pm .

Plaza Cafe Southside

3466 Zafarano, 505-424-0755 plazacafesouth.com

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

Pranzo Italian Grill

540 Montezuma, 505-984-2645 pranzosantafe.com

Pranzo Italian Grill, Santa Fe’s premiere dining hot spot, has been servicing locals and tourists alike for over 26 years. Feel at home as Chef Steven Lemon, owner and proprietor, puts together wonderful dishes with a northern/ Mediterranean Italian style. We don’t stop there however. Come see our celebrated wine list, fantastic farmers market specials and enjoy the best happy hour in town from 4-6 pm everyday. Reservations recommended.

The Ranch House

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

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

Rancho de Chimayó

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

Celebrating 50 years in 2015 as a treasured part of New Mexico’s history and heritage. A

timeless tradition. Serving world-renowned traditional and contemporary native New Mexican cuisine in an exceptional setting since 1965. Enjoy outdoor dining or soak up the culture and ambience indoors at this century-old adobe home. Try the Rancho de Chimayó specialty: carne adovada—marinated pork simmered in a spicy, red-chilecaribe sauce. Come cherish the memories and make new ones. Open seven days May–October, 11:30 am–9 pm; open six days November–April, 11:30 am–8:30 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast on weekends. Get your 50th Anniversary Cookbook online today!

Rio Chama

414 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-955-0765 riochamasteakhouse.com

Located just south of the Plaza next to the state capitol building, Rio Chama has been a favorite for locals and visitors for more than 10 years. Chef Tony Blankenship focuses on contemporary American cuisine with Southwestern influences, featuring the finest dry and wet aged steaks, prime rib, wild game, and fresh seafood. Our wine list features more than 800 labels and several wines by the glass, earning us the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. Rio Chama offers a mix of intimate dining spaces, two beautiful patios, and a bustling bar. Our historic, private dining rooms can accommodate from 15 to more than 100 guests, and offer several accommodations. Open daily 11 am–close.

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231 Washington, 505-984-1788 santacafe.com

Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best peoplewatching 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.

Zia Diner

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

Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, the Zia Diner has been serving upscale, downhome comfort food in a Southwestern deco warehouse since 1986! American classics, New Mexican specialties, and international comfort food, along with the best margaritas, local craft beers, and an amazing Happy Hour! The Zia Diner, serving breakfast, (including the best Carne Adovada this side of the Pecos River) lunch and dinner 7 days a week, is open all day from 8 am. They use only organic chicken, New Mexico free range beef and Taos Farm eggs. So whether it’s a Beet and Goat Cheese Salad or the famous Green Chile Pinon Meatloaf, we’ll See Ya at the Zia!!!

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Pajarito Mountain Ski Area


Two of New Mexico’s smaller-scale ski areas recently joined forces. For the first time ever, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s management company, along with Los Alamos County, are operating the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, located five miles west of Los Alamos and just under an hour’s drive from Santa Fe. One of the big plans for Pajarito—which has six lifts, 40 trails, and a peak elevation of 10,440 feet—is to crank up the snowmaking so the resort can be open daily rather than just Friday through Sunday, as it has been in the past. This plan draws on Sipapu’s reputation (built over the last 11 seasons and largely driven by its snowmaking capabilities) as the first New Mexico resort to open for the winter and last to close in the spring. “Our vision is simple: to offer a consistent ski and snowboard season and make it affordable for everyone,” says James Coleman, Sipapu’s comanaging partner. In this spirit, Sipapu and Pajarito, which have fun-filled events, ski lessons, equipment rentals, dining options, and more, are offering a new Power Pass that allows for unlimited skiing at both resorts and free tickets at 20 other U.S. ski areas. For more information, visit skipajarito.com or sipapunm.com.—Cristina Olds



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