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2105 SENDA DE DANIEL mls: 201605759 | $1,475,000 Expansive, elegant Cerros Colorado home and artist’s studio. Chris Webster | 505.780.9500
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the collector’s issue February / March 2017
18 Freshen up! It’s 2017
Innovative spa treatments for winter skin
22 The Fred Harvey Appeal Everet Apodaca on memorabilia from the Fred Harvey Company
24 The Art of Collecting
Gallery owners say what’s trending; collectors share the joy of it all
32 Barn Finds Hits Route 66
The hidden automotive legacy of Route 66
53 A Novice’s Guide An approach to starting your own collection
departments 10 Publisher’s Note
33 Art Hunt Slonem joins Pippin, plus all the news from art gallery openings
14 City Different The Cancer Foundation’s Sweetheart Auction, ARTsmart’s dinner and auction, and spring break activities for visitors and locals
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45 Dining Chef Johnny Vee spills the details on Gruet’s new tasting room and serves up an old Santa Fe favorite, Geronimo 8
37 Living A different kind of tweeting: the annual Great Backyard Bird Count; year-round sustainable gardening tips from Dwight and Jenifer Hackett
AND THE FOLLOWING February
2017 FUNDRAISING EVENTS:
Annual Dinner & Auction
Art of Home Tour
“You Will Be Served”
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SAT & SUN, FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2017
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Ventana artists have donated the following pieces of art to the silent auction at the Annual Dinner MARY SILVERWOOD - “Chaco Series No. 78” • 20" x 24" • Giclee, FRANK BALAAM - “Santa Fe Marsh I” • 12" x 9" • Oil, ROD HUBBLE - “Morning Petunias” • 8" x 10" • Oil JOHN AXTON - “ARTsmart Table” • 11" x 30" • Giclee
Connie Axton - Owner of Ventana Fine Art and President of ARTsmart invites you to come and enjoy these fun events that support the children of New Mexico.
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February /March 2017
collector’s issue ON THE COVER Even the loveliest home (like this one, which is available) is enhanced by a carefully curated personal art collection. In these pages, read about what’s trending and what’s timeless.
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THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT kinds of art collectors. Some buy only for speculative reasons, while others treasure art and want to experience it in their homes on a daily basis. Then there are those who buy because they love a piece—and if it appreciates, so much the better. They want to own the art, regardless of its hard-currency value. These are the people who listen to their hearts, and that is what owning art is all about, to my sensibilities. They are collectors who have allowed the work to sink into their souls, and it takes them to a special place each time they look at it. A good piece of art can continue this relationship for a lifetime. By owning artwork, we in essence create our own private galleries where strategically placed pieces create a theme or a mood, or simply touch us in some unique, magical way. Thus, each room takes on its own personality, as we place art in our private sanctuaries to reinforce feelings we connect with when in these rooms. There may be art suitable for viewing by visitors, and there may also be art that is far too personal to be placed in highly visible areas of our homes. In creating our individual gallery spaces, we have the chance to select precisely how much we want to reveal about ourselves. In a world where connecting with our inner feelings and emotions can be a challenge (and not always encouraged), owning art puts us in direct connection with our emotions. I actually commissioned my very first painting from a family friend when I was 21 (he gave me a price I could afford). The turbulent seas in this painting remind me of the ocean I love so much, but also speak to me about the turbulence in life, and then how the seas calm. An abstract by Margarete Bagshaw I’ve owned for five years keeps evolving, and I discover new insights in that painting every time I look at it. It speaks to me of intellect, music, and finding beauty within chaos. These two paintings are as fresh and poignant to me today as the day they entered my home. This is what makes collecting so rewarding. Paintings evolve as our lives change; the longer we own them, the more we see in the art and in ourselves. In our own homes, we are the decision makers, placing work in any way that gives us joy, stimulation, and the peace that art ownership affords us all, making every day a richer experience. BRUCE ADAMS
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TRENDING ART AND ARTISTS • TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS • WINTER DINING GUIDE
Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) Helen Hardin (1943-1984) Margarete Bagshaw (1964-2015)
Original paintings, reproductions, bronzes, jewelry, books, ...and lots of 3D
Helen Hardin “Listening Woman” copper plate etching
Pablita Velarde “Cats” casein painting
Margarete Bagshaw “Self Portrait” canvas print 40”X40” ed.6
Buchen/Goodwin “Stepping Out” CNC cut 1” aluminum block - 15” tall
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Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s 12th annual Sweetheart Auction Touted as one of Santa Fe’s greatest parties for a worthy cause, the 12th annual Sweetheart Auction, hosted by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, will be held at the Convention Center on the 11th of February. This year’s auction and dinner are sure to be a hit. There are more than 300 available items up for bid at both the live and silent auctions, and the big-ticket items are always breathtaking. From a 13-day “Best of Zambia” safari for two to a fly-fishing escape at the Soaring Eagle Lodge or the dream vacation raffle, there is no shortage of fantastic trips available. Dinner with actor Ed Begley, Jr. and a concert and dinner for 12 with flamenco and jazz guitarist Ottmar Liebert will be available for bidding. Works from artist and sculptor Allan Houser, painter Harold Joe Waldrum, and ceramicist Rebecca Tobey will also cross the auction block. Peas ‘n’ Pod will present a dinner and dessert buffet, and a
complimentary wine and beer bar will be available. CFFNM works to provide access to cancer treatment to Northern New Mexicans by offsetting the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for those who otherwise might not be able to make the trip to Santa Fe for the care they need. This year alone, it has supported over 16,000 patient visits, up 45 percent from last year. One special component of the evening is the Honor Wall, on which sponsors can honor someone who has been touched by cancer. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door—best to get them early as this is a very popular event and an exceptional fundraiser. —Amanda Jackson Cancer Foundation for New Mexico’s Sweetheart Auction, February 11, 5 pm, $100 per person, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, cffnm.org
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If baby leopards are your style, bid on a 13-day safari for two in Zambia with Africa Calls.
Three Views to Choose The Honor Wall gives sponsors a place to recognize or remember those who have been affected by cancer.
87 LODGE TRAIL $3,450,000 • 3 BR, 4 BA, 6,801 SQ.FT., 4.57 ACRES • MLS 201605695
Right: Allan Houser’s bronze, Playmates, will likely be one of the hottest auction items featured this year.
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Above: Jim Eppler’s bronze, Cottontail II Family, is one of several unique and lovely art pieces on the auction block.
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Lauren Oliver’s Space Owl hangs out at Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return.
The Drury Plaza Hotel’s Junior Artist Package is specially tailored for young creatives.
Spring Break 2017: Kids FreeFest
ARTsmart students create some of the items available at the auction.
This year, the ARTsmart dinner and auction will be teasing out the theme “You Will Be Served” with an eclectic menu by chefs from local favorites Santacafé, 401 Fine Neighborhood Dining, and The Old House, with wines paired by Santa Fe sommelier Kate Collins. By popular demand, Santa Fe High School culinary arts students, along with instructor Myoko Costello, will be back to present some delectable desserts. Honorary artist for 2017 Melinda K. Hall (represented by GiacobbeFritz Fine Art) has partnered with Santa Fe High School visual arts students to create paintings in her signature style that will be for sale. Hall has also donated one of her paintings for the live auction. The 2017 honorary chair Anne Hillerman, author of Spider Woman’s Daughter, will be present at the dinner and will offer two auction items: a chance to be mentored by Hillerman herself in a one-on-one writing consultation, and a gourmet wine dinner—catered in your home by Adobo—for you, Anne Hillerman, and 10 guests. Proceeds from ticket sales and auction items go to support ARTsmart New Mexico’s innovative art programs for Northern New Mexican youth.—AJ
ARTsmart annual dinner and auction FUNDRAISER
Christian Ristow’s enormous robot, titled Becoming Human, looms outside Meow Wolf.
Spring Break 2017: Kids FreeFest; most events and offers are available March 1–April 15; for additional details, see santafe.org/spring_break
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ARTsmart annual dinner and auction, February 25, 5:30–9 pm, $200 per person, The Eldorado Hotel, 309 W San Francisco, artfeast.org santafean.com
Considering a springtime family vacation to the City Different? The 2017 Kids FreeFest, happening between March 1 and April 15, makes this the ideal time to bring youngsters to Santa Fe. Over 30 free or reduced cost events, classes, hotel stays, meals, and other fun options are available for families with children. Fancy a history lesson? Then check out Shiprock Santa Fe’s treasure hunt experience and learn about katsina dolls—use the special password and receive a small token. For animal lovers, Wildlife West Nature Park puts kids up close and personal with coyotes, cougars, elk, hawks, and other New Mexico wildlife. Chocolate lovers can rejoice in a trip to Cacao Santa Fe to enjoy a workshop and tasting opportunity. Children who want to create art will be thrilled that the Drury Plaza Hotel offers a Junior Artist Spring Break Package with a free deluxe art set and artist panel. Adults aren’t totally left out, though! Estrella Del Norte Vineyards provides parents with a $6 tasting flight while kids create art from corks. Lastly, try to make time to check out Meow Wolf—their package deal offers a hotel stay, food, and fun for the whole family.—AJ EVENT
The 2016 auction was a success for all involved, with a little something for every artistic interest, from literary to visual to culinary.
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The Santa Fe High School culinary arts students will be back to present dessert this year.
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In the “nothing’s happening” days when spring still seems a long way off, the appeal of a mind- and bodyrejuvenating spa treatment is quite powerful. We took a look at the newest, freshest approaches to winter well-being available at Santa Fe–area spas. Just reading about them feels soooo gooood.
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Ten Thousand Waves offers crisp mountain air and Japanese ambience to complement your massage. 18
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Left: Shiatsu massage is a specialty at Ten Thousand Waves. Done with the client clothed and without oil, it can help relieve tension in muscle and connective tissue.
Ten Thousand Waves
The outdoor tubs at Ten Thousand Waves are inviting no matter what the season.
The Ancient Echoes massage uses techniques from India and concentrates on the head, neck, and upper back.
Ten Thousand Waves, 3451 Hyde Park Rd, tenthousandwaves.com
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa
la posada de santa fe resort & spa
Left: The hotel at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs was built in 1916. A stay here includes access to the hot springs.
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The spa at La Posada de Santa Fe has been voted one of the best in the nation. Yoga lessons are among the amenities here.
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As of December, Ten Thousand Waves now offers two “addon” therapies—a stem-cell treatment and a Japanese facial massage—in one 40-minute session, aptly named the Stem-Cell Massage Treatment. According to spa director Courtney Morris, the former utilizes a biological serum that “replicates dermal skin and regenerates it,” while the latter “addresses the fascia and underlying musculature of the face while stimulating production of collagen and elastin.” The Waves’ staff was instructed in the facial massage technique by a Japanese master, and the spa plans to send about 20 therapists and facialists to Japan in May to soak up some more of that specialized knowledge.—Eve Tolpa
Ojo Caliente’s hotel is currently celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and as a birthday present of sorts the resort is building 12 new guest rooms and expanding the restaurant to include patio dining. In addition, says marketing director Wendi Gelfound, “We recently opened a new lithia pool,” in the former location of the mud pool (which has moved). Last October, the spa introduced Round Barn Apothecary, an all-natural skincare line used in spa services and available in Ojo’s lifestyle shop. “Everything is harvested in the Southwest,” with ingredients sourced from local farmers and wildcrafters, says Gelfound, noting that the anti-aging products are particularly popular.—ET
La Posada de Santa Fe
Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, 50 Los Baños Dr, Ojo Caliente, ojospa.com
La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, 330 E Palace, laposadasantafe.com
The Abhyanga Treatment is La Posada’s Winter Wellness Special. A full-body massage involving drizzled warm oil and the option of one or two therapists, it’s part of spa director Susan Proestos’s vision to revive and solidify a focus on ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India. Ayurveda treats people according to dosha— which translates roughly as constitution and temperament. “If a consultation is done prior to the massage, they can use the correct oil for the dosha; or there is a tri-doshic oil used for everybody,” says Proestos. The focus is “to increase your circulation [and] muscle tone. It’s very calming to the nerves.”—ET
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Wo’ P’in Spa features a variety of massage styles and techniques, including couples massage.
Wo’ P’in Spa at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
Wo’ P’in Spa is bringing a complete new line of spa treatments to the Hilton Buffalo Thunder for 2017. A piñon coffee scrub uses piñon nuts and coffee blended into an oil, providing exfoliation, increased circulation, and a smoother appearance. The treatment finishes with an application of chocolate and coconut body butter. This spring, the 12 Flower Facial uses flower acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients to moisturize and lighten delicate facial skin. Wo’ P’in Spa director Leila Khaleghi also notes that in 2017, the spa will be offering haircare products from Aveda, made with organic botanical ingredients. —Lisa Van Sickle Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trl, buffalothunderresort.com
Left: The couples treatment room at Wo’ P’in has a warm and soothing Southwestern décor. Sunrise Springs offers a wide assortment of mental and physical fitness instruction as well as more traditional spa services.
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, 242 Los Pinos, sunrisesprings.com
Left: Outdoor tubs are new at Sunrise Springs, providing a relaxing prelude to a massage.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Smudging ceremonies are a new addition to the spa menu at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.
Spa director Emily Richey is putting the spotlight on regionally inspired treatments at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado. She has introduced a menu of spiritual enhancements that can be added to any treatment: a session of guided mindful meditation, a smudging ceremony, or chakra balancing can be incorporated into your choice of massages. Lavender, adobe clay, prickly pear extracts, piñon masks, scrubs, and massage oils bring the outdoors to the treatment room. Feeling that there are vortices on the Rancho Encantado property, including one just behind the spa, Richey says they hope to bring the energy from the vortex into the spa for their clients.—LVS
four seasons resort rancho encantado
Sunrise Springs was acquired by the owners of Ojo Caliente in 2013, and the name of the spa’s latest innovation is a direct nod to that tie: Ojitos. These openair soaking pools overlook the property’s landscaped pond area and feature wooden louvers that can be opened for a verdant view or closed for privacy. There are two larger heated, spring-fed pools, each accommodating up to four people for 50 minutes, and two individual outdoor soaking tubs that provide a 25-minute, stress-relieving magnesium bath. Guests who have reserved either type of Ojito are also given access to the spa’s co-ed eucalyptus steam room and private steam showers.—ET
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, 198 State Rd 592, fourseasons.com/santafe
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stations through time collecting the Fred Harvey legacy
GROWING UP IN LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO, Everet Apodaca knew better than to hang around Railroad Avenue. Nothing good happened over there; it consisted of some rundown buildings, a bar, a few people with nowhere else to go, and the occasional freight train rumbling through. The whole town was dusty and economically depressed, and Railroad Avenue epitomized its decay. As he got a little older, though, Apodaca began to realize that Las Vegas once had much more to it. His curiosity about the area grew. It didn’t take much digging to learn that Las Vegas had in fact been a booming, prosperous town. As a teen, Apodaca and his friends would drive up to the old Montezuma Castle and peer through the windows of the abandoned building, which was far grander than 22
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the usual buildings in the region. Boarded-up buildings on Railroad Avenue—the old Castaneda hotel, for example—had been at the heart of the early 20th– century prosperity, which was inextricably linked to the Santa Fe Railway (SFR) and Fred Harvey. The SFR’s partnership with the Fred Harvey Company made travel by rail much more comfortable and accessible by providing above-average amenities— meals that went far beyond the basics, guided tours of sights along the way, shopping for Native American and other locally made souvenirs, and safe places to stay the night—that changed travel from an ordeal into a unique, pleasurable adventure. The Castaneda Hotel and the Montezuma Castle were both Harvey properties. Montezuma Castle, the first luxury hotel
China, silver, and other memorabilia fill a showcase at Santa Fe Antiques & Flea Market. The photo on the far right is of Fred Harvey; in the black and white photo toward the back, Judy Garland is featured in her role in The Harvey Girls (1946).
Harvey built, was the first building in New Mexico to have electric lights and an elevator. Word got out that Everet was interested in the town’s past. When people came across an old newspaper article, an SFR matchbook, or a swizzle stick from the Castaneda, they would give it to him. A collector was born. Now in his early 40s, Apodaca is recognized as an expert in the field of Fred Harvey history. He has amassed a large collection of Fred Harvey Company china, flatware, room keys and registration cards, lobby signs, and even a light fixture or two. He has found pieces at estate sales, from antiques dealers, and online. A few favorites hit the trifecta for Apodaca—they make reference to SFR, Fred Harvey, and Las Vegas. When asked how many pieces he owns, an answer was not forthcoming: like many serious collectors, he quit counting quite some time ago. Apodaca does sell some pieces (generally only those of which he has duplicates). He has showcases at Santa Fe Antiques and Flea Market in Santa Fe, and at Rough Rider Antiques in Las Vegas, on Railroad Avenue across from the old hotel. “The antique-store owners hate telling me something has sold,” he says, as they know he loathes parting with treasured pieces, even if the proceeds allow him to purchase something new. Over the last few years, interest in Fred Harvey has spiked. Several books have recently been published about the hotels and the Harvey Girls who staffed them, and the New Mexico History Museum has an exhibit about the Fred Harvey Company. Mimbreno china, designed by Mary Colter for the Chicago-to-Los Angeles Super Chief train,
has become highly sought after. Apodaca has some insight into the resurgence. He points out that there has always been a fascination with railroad history, and the Southwest has long figured in the public’s imagination. People literally cried when Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, one of Harvey’s nicest, was torn down in 1970. Apodaca speculates that the loss of the Alvarado may have led to the more recent purchase and rehabilitation of the La Posada in Winslow, Arizona, and Las Vegas’s own Castaneda, as it became clear that the Fred Harvey Company’s legacy was worthy of preservation. When old family possessions are cleaned out, sometimes people will stumble upon a piece of china, a silver-plate spoon, or another souvenir of a long-ago, memorably grand trip across the Western United States. Somewhere on it will be the Fred Harvey Company’s logo.
Left: The playing cards picture Las Vegas’s Casteneda Hotel. The silverplate coffee pot exemplifies the elegance Fred Harvey brought to the travel industry.
Left: Used before the advent of electric lights, lanterns have since become symbolic of journeys on the old passenger railroad. Right: La Fonda on the Plaza was a Harvey House from 1925 to1968. The china shown here was used in the hotel dining room; artwork for the menus was done by Willard Clark. The La Fonda Harvey Girls in the photo, identical twins, still live in Santa Fe.
the art of collecting tips and trends from Santa Fe’s experts
Left: Robert Reynolds, Lake Abiquiú, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"
ollecting art is a deeply personal matter; but it is always interesting to hear what’s trending among art lovers. In the following pages, Santa Fe’s gallery owners—all experts in their fields—have provided some insight on what’s new, what’s timeless, and whose work is currently sought; while art owners themselves express the joys of collecting their favorite works.
Acosta Strong Fine Art
When John B. Strong Fine Art opened 16 years ago, the focus was Western historical works: Taos Society of Artists, Los Cinco Pintores, and the like. Three years ago, Carlos Acosta came on board as a partner, and the gallery—rechristened Acosta Strong Fine Art—widened its focus to include pieces by living artists. According to Acosta, historic work will never go out of fashion. “[It] will always have a lot of value,” he says, but notes that many buyers already have full collections. As a result, the gallery is reaching out to new collectors of all ages. Members of this group “buy things they love, but they also want to be sure it fits in their home. Landscapes sell well [as do] things with color, especially on the contemporary side.” The gallery’s newer work becomes “contextualized and elevated” when juxtaposed with historical pieces. Bestselling painter Jim Jennings, for example, “studies Victor Higgins [and] Maynard Dixon, and he’s come up with his own interpretation of the landscape.” Pieces by Evelyne Boren also have lasting appeal. “She’s been painting since 1961, but she’s always trying something different,” Acosta says, pointing out an innovative watercolor on canvas. “You’re able to tell a story about who she is as an artist.”—Eve Tolpa Acosta Strong, 640 Canyon, johnbstrong.com 24
We collect Evelyne Boren and Robert Reynolds for their New Mexico landscapes. Both artists allow us to be transported to New Mexico in different ways. Boren captures the colors of the region in a more realistic approach as opposed to Reynolds’s more stylized presentation. Reynolds’s work has a threedimensional feel on canvas that makes his landscapes vivid, while being semi-abstract at the same time. The art we collect transports us to the scene every time we look at a painting. When working from home in a 12 x 12 -foot room, I can look up from a computer screen and see art on all four walls and just smile. Life is more beautiful when surrounded by art. A relationship with a gallery is crucial in deciding what art to buy and how much to pay. Carlos [Acosta, of Acosta Strong] takes the time to talk to you and present the art and artist without any pressure to close a sale. In our case, the Reynolds art sold itself, and Carlos handled packaging and shipping flawlessly. He introduced us to Boren after we bought Reynolds because he sensed we might also enjoy her work. He was right.
Santa Fe is home to two Manitou Galleries, and according to marketing director Matt Mullins, “each location has a slightly different focus, but it all falls under the umbrella of contemporary regional Western art.” Painting and sculpture are the galleries’ dominant media, though they also carry prints, glass, and jewelry. “We’re definitely noticing more of an interest towards contemporary work,” says Mullins, who adds that pieces utilizing traditional Western motifs, such as cowboys and stagecoaches, have been waning in popularity. Instead, he’s noticed that collectors have recently been drawn toward work that reflects their own personal experiences of the region, including landscapes and scenes of modern working life. Figurative work, too, is increasingly on their radars. So is color. “People are more accepting of brighter colors than they have been in the past,” says Mullins. They are also becoming “a lot more sensitive to racial stereotypes” that have been known to show up in historical Western art. “Luckily,” he continues, “that’s starting to die out.” The allure of the West in general, however, is still very much alive. For collectors both local and international, Mullins says, the region’s “mystery and intrigue hold a special place in people’s imaginations.”—ET Manitou Galleries, 123 W Palace and 225 Canyon, manitougalleries.com
McLarry Fine Art
Above: Bryan Haynes, El Burro de Chimayó, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30"
Left: Peter Hagen, Last to Bloom, oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Though the work at McLarry Fine Art (not to be confused with its sister gallery, McLarry Modern) casts a relatively wide net in terms of genre and media— encompassing still life, landscape, and figurative painting, as well as Native American and wildlife sculpture—owner Chris McLarry characterizes the overall focus as being “more Western, more regional.” In the three decades he has spent in Santa Fe’s art world, McLarry has seen continuity in trends. For current and past collectors, he says, “landscapes seem to be very big,” along with work that showcases “cowboy subject matter.” And, “wildlife sculptures never waver. They are always strong.” Many of the gallery’s landscapes are purchased by visitors, and a carefully chosen painting can provide a “memory of their connection to the place, to the land here.” McLarry adds that many collectors these days are attracted to works featuring “more dramatic light—morning and evening, when there’s a really strong light source in the painting.” As someone more than qualified to take the long view of the art market, McLarry also notes, “in general right now, people are buying very large pieces, price-wise and sizewise.” Could that be due to a rebounding economy? “I hope so,” he says.—ET McLarry Fine Art, 225 Canyon, mclarryfineart.com
Below: Geoffrey Gorman, Unica, mixed media, 17 x 22 x 17"
For nearly four decades, Adobe Gallery has offered exquisite examples of fine art from the Pueblos of New Mexico and the Hopi of Arizona. Specializing in historic pottery, the gallery also features the work of 20thcentury Pueblo painters, whose prolific careers marked the advent of an innovative trend in American Indian art. The gallery’s owner, Alexander E. Anthony, Jr., notes that continued tourism in the Southwest and the region’s unique cultural material further a demand for high-quality artworks. “The collectors of historic Pueblo pottery are in tune with the beauty and ethnohistory of the older pottery,” says Anthony. “They collect based on visual appreciation rather than name recognition.” Adobe Gallery encourages their customers to value aesthetic and cultural significance over an artist’s reputation. Anthony also appreciates the sustained popularity of early Pueblo painters, especially those from San Ildefonso. “They are documented as the earliest painters of any Pueblo, starting as early as 1900,” he explains, when many of the artists attended San Ildefonso Day School. With its collection of such exemplary works, Adobe Gallery strives to provide “the finest pottery and paintings of the generations of Pueblo artists that preceded the modern artists who are still actively producing.”—Chelsea Herr (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Adobe Gallery, 221 Canyon, adobegallery.com
Selby Fleetwood Gallery
After 13 years in its 250-year-old adobe home in the Canyon Road Arts District, it’s still something of a point of pride for owner Selby Fleetwood that Selby Fleetwood Gallery’s success has not been dependent upon her possessing a formal education in art history or curation. “My approach has always been highly intuitive.” says Fleetwood. “I look for excellent figurative and abstract works in a diversity of materials by committed lifetime artists with exceptional skills easily discernible in the execution of their work.” A quick look around the gallery’s four spaces and two gardens proves her point. You might find works by Geoffrey Gorman, who creates exquisitely detailed, fantastical menageries from found materials; Olga Antoniva, whose surprising still-life paintings of quotidian objects like umbrellas, reflect the style of Dutch masters; and Istanbul sculptor Belgin Yucelen, who renders small figures of great emotional delicacy. “Everything moves around all the time,” says Fleetwood, clearly enjoying the novelty of displaying painting, sculpture, and photography all together to great effect. Though overall sales have been steady year-to-year, outdoor sculptures—such as the large “origami” figures cast in stainless steel and aluminum by Kevin Box, have been very successful this year. “Even seasoned collectors who’ve run out of room on their walls are finding space in their yards and gardens for these irresistible creations,” Fleetwood observes.—Frances Madeson Selby Fleetwood Gallery, 600 Canyon, selbyfleetwoodgallery.com 26
[We] have always collected things because we like them, and have been able to exercise our “enthusiasm-within-a-budget.” The result is an eclectic array of mainly clay works by Pueblo artists. The appeal is the uncanny beauty and grace that flow from cultural tradition and skill. Sharing the enjoyment of our little collection with others provides an opportunity to open our imaginations to the lovingly meticulous process of shaping, firing and finishing, and to the makers’ store of inspiration. We stumbled into Adobe Gallery at the end of a long afternoon about a quarter century ago, at the original location in Albuquerque. Primarily it has been Al [Anthony] and his talented staff who have mentored our interest in Pueblo works over the years. His intellect and lifelong personal contact with Pueblo people heighten his appreciation and his eagerness to share his vast knowledge with others. Those qualities also make him a highly reliable expert, and quite a storyteller in his own right. For us, Adobe Gallery has gone beyond being “just” a gallery, with Al serving in the role of a friendly, reliable, and plain-spoken mentor as our collection has grown.
“ Tsayutitsa (Zuni), historic, clay and pigment, 9 x 11"
[We] collect mostly pottery, a few katsina dolls, and an occasional sterling silver item, favoring the classical masters such as Tsayutitsa (Zuni), Nampeyo of Hano (Hopi), Grace Chappella (Tewa), and Mary Histia (Acoma). Owning a work by Tsayutitsa is a rare privilege, since so many of her pieces are in museums. Her craftsmanship and design are considered the best of Zuni pottery. One of our favorites is the Acoma potter Mary Histia, who created astonishing jars at the tender age of 19. The complexity of her early geometric designs, which she transformed into an “Art Deco” style in later years, continues to amaze us. We have also acquired some of the best work of significant contemporary artists like Russell Sanchez (San Ildefonso) and Mark Tahbo (Tewa), through their contacts with Adobe Gallery. What we most enjoy about the collecting experience is acquiring works of art which combine historical importance, spiritual significance from the artist, and embodiment of the culture from which each piece comes as expressed in its design and fabrication. We acquire [pieces] we love and which bring us a quality of life, recollecting the sacredness of the artistic experience to the maker. We “discovered” Adobe Gallery over five years ago and have grown to respect the integrity, artistic knowledge, and reputation of Al Anthony and his staff. The gallery’s influence and contacts with individual artists and other dealers have been beneficial to us as collectors.
Richard Zane Smith (Wyandotte), polychrome jar with corrugated feather design, clay and natural pigments, 9 x 12"
Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery
Andrea Fisher, owner of the eponymous gallery Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery in the Plaza district, takes pride in promoting Native pottery primarily from the New Mexican Pueblos and the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. For over 20 years, Fisher has devoted her time to creating an experience for collectors that differentiates her gallery from others. “Our space is an educational retail experience,” Fisher says, “and we insist on our employees’ knowledge and their willingness to procure information for customers.” The gallery’s selection includes a range of time periods, and the quality of each piece speaks to Fisher’s attention to both tradition and innovation. A large portion includes historic pieces from renowned potters such as Maria Martinez (San Ildefonso); however, Fisher also features contemporary artists whose work pushes the boundaries of Native-made pottery, including Richard Zane Smith (Wyandotte), Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti), and Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara). “We represent two ends of the spectrum, from the matriarchs—ladies who have come before and paved the way with their unbelievable, high-quality work—to newer innovators, whose work uses traditional references while stretching cultural limitations and expectations,” notes Fisher. Regardless of era, culture, or geographic location, Fisher’s selection represents a long history of continuity and adaptation that characterizes Native cultures in North America.—CH Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery, 100 W San Francisco, andreafisherpottery.com
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
Charlotte Jackson, who opened her gallery, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, in 1989, has spent decades helping viewers discover the joys of monochromic works— brushwork, composition, color, vitality, and emotion. “They settle me,” she explains. Jackson lights up at the mention of Yasmina Reza’s Art, a play that humorously chronicles the friendship of three Parisians after one of them buys an all-white painting, and the others can’t quite see or value its artistry. “That play is my life,” Jackson says with a smile. A recognized leader in color-oriented works, the gallery offers paintings by renowned California Modernist David Simpson; Jeremy Thomas’s steel sculptures, which juxtapose rust with color-saturated automotive paints; and Heiner Thiel’s curved, anodized aluminum pieces. Many of the gallery’s painters and sculptors—including William Metcalf, Max Cole, and Paul Sarkisian—are in their 70s or beyond and have dedicated much of their practices to deep explorations into the possibilities of color or its absence. “They’re not fooling around,” Jackson says. “They’re working feverishly to say everything they have to say.” Their works are being snatched up by international collectors. “Sales, especially at the high end, have broken records in the last two quarters,” she explains. This is perhaps because hers is the only gallery in Santa Fe with this singular focus, and one of a very few in the United States.—FM
Right: David Simpson, The Latest Alchemy, acrylic on canvas, 72" diameter
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, 554 S Guadalupe, charlottejackson.com
LewAllen Galleries has a venerated history; its original owners—Elaine Horwitch, succeeded by Arlene LewAllen—helped put Santa Fe on the art market map 40 years ago and keep it there. “It was a place of flamboyant celebration of the vivacity of the Southwest,” says current owner Ken Marvel, with a twinkle in his eyes. “But you won’t find carved coyotes with handkerchiefs here anymore.” Instead, the gallery is now known for equally vigorous Contemporary and Modern programs. It’s a veritable ground zero for worldwide collectors, who fly in to buy works by an impressively diverse international roster of artists, including Dan Christensen, Joan Snyder, Forrest Moses, Woody Gwyn, Wolf Kahn, Ben Aronson, John Fincher, Emily Mason, Bernard Chaaet, Robert Natkin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Daniel Clayman, Hiroshi Yamano, Linda Stojak, Ed Mieczkowski, Bill Barrett, and Joel Perlman. “We’re committed to artistry and excellence, agnostic as to genre, with a resolute dedication to beauty, technical mastery, and the capacity and possibility of transcendence,” Marvel says. It’s an exuberant and enlivening space; many schools of Contemporary art—generally defined as post–World War II—including realist, pop, abstract, color field, minimalist, op, geometric abstraction, and expressionist are found on the walls of its two public viewing floors, as well as in the private downstairs vault. Modern masters, who worked in the years before or bridging the war, such as Picasso, Munch, Hartley, Renoir, Chagall, Matisse, Rothko, and Modigliani also grace the more than 20 group and solo shows exhibited in the galleries annually. “What we do, regardless of period, is forge links between people who’ve made beautiful things and those who need them urgently in their lives,” adds Marvel.—FM Above: Woody Gwyn, Nube y Mar II, egg tempera on panel, 60 x 60"
LewAllen Galleries, 1613 Paseo de Peralta, lewallengalleries.com
Left: Huari Culture, Peru, ca. 500–800 AD, royal feathered panel, macaw feathers on cotton ground, 37 x 90"
William Siegal Gallery William Siegal’s life has been a protracted, multi-continental treasure hunt, bringing to market—and sometimes creating the markets for—the “truly spectacular craftsmanship of the ancient world.” He views William Siegal Gallery as a bridge from antiquity to the contemporary moment, a bridge he fills with works “that transcend meaning and time.” Siegal curates instinctively, in a tried-and-true method borne of four decades of experience. “If it moves me in a visceral sense, it will likely move others as well,” he observes. If there’s a recent trend among his collectors, it’s that they’ve been buying works at the high end. (Prices reach the mid-six-figures.) What primarily moves Siegal to a passionate engagement are the ancient textiles, ceramics and statuary objects of Meso- and South America, which he displays to marvelous effect juxtaposed with contemporary works with similar aesthetics and quality. Against the backdrop of rare and almost miraculously
preserved Andean textiles unearthed from tombs or caves in one of the driest regions of the world, the gallery exhibits six or seven small group shows a year of contemporary works on paper, sculpture, photography, and paintings. “My taste tends toward minimalist abstract works. There’s a universality in the abstract. I especially prize works that are either different from what they appear to be or are the results of innovations based on established techniques.” Among these are works like Cheryl Ann Thomas’s porcelains. “The sculptor builds large coil vessels by hand in the manner of the Pre-Columbians, but then fires them multiple times until they collapse in on themselves, creating organic, unreplicable forms that never fail to astonish,” he explains.—FM William Siegal Gallery, 540 S Guadalupe, williamsiegal.com february/march 2017
We began our collecting in 1984 when our daughter came home from a school trip to Arizona and New Mexico with a black-on-black Santa Clara pot. The following year we returned with her and fell in love with the landscape, history, culture, and art. We’ve collected Southwest Native American art ever since, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, katsinas, weavings, glass, and bronzes. Our favorite artists are Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Tammy Garcia (Santa Clara), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Pahponee (Kickapoo/Potawatomi), and Al Q. [Qoyawayma] (Hopi). Collecting truly became a journey for us, and every year our home started to reflect more of this as we returned to Santa Fe looking for art to bring home. Knowing the artists and their histories and cultures made the journey exhilarating. In 2007, we built a new house designed and built around our art collection. We first discovered Blue Rain Gallery in the early 1990s. We were intrigued by the art on display and delighted by the knowledge of the staff and the owner. That visit began a long and rewarding experience with the gallery as our knowledge grew. They were always available to help in any way that they could to enhance our journey.
Blue Rain Gallery
Founded in 1993 by Leroy Garcia, Blue Rain Gallery promotes the work of contemporary Native American and regional artists. Their two locations—downtown and in the Railyard Arts District—feature works in a variety of media, including glass, pottery, sculpture, and painting. According to Denise Phetteplace, the gallery’s director of business development, “Blue Rain Gallery prides itself on its relationships with its artists and collectors,” and these relationships depend upon Blue Rain’s “commitment to cultivating careers for its artists and actively seeking new collectors.” This commitment is apparent in Blue Rain’s broad range of high-quality works, especially those in the figurative and representational genres. “There is an unarguable point of access that figurative and representational works offer the viewer,” Phetteplace explains. “These resonating images can be a launchpad to a memory for the viewer, or simply a doorway into a time or place.” The work of artists such as Billy Schenck, Roseta Santiago, Brad Overton, and Preston Singletary epitomize Blue Rain’s focus on timeless, exceptional artworks. “We are not as interested in what is ‘trending,’ as we are in what is ‘lasting,’” states Phetteplace.—CH Blue Rain Gallery, 130 Lincoln and 554 S Guadalupe, blueraingallery.com Left: Billy Schenck, The Old Spanish Trail, oil on canvas, 60 x 50"
We began our relationship with artist Rimi Yang and Blue Rain Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale four years ago. Rimi Yang’s Kind Horse, a 12 x 12" oil painting on wood, appealed to us, with its multiple nuanced colors. We are not even horse people, yet our walls are now adorned with numerous Rimi paintings. Each of her works tells a story, in texture and color and spirit. Even her personal history is shared in some paintings, which further enhances our appreciation and experience. We were shocked recently to realize that we own 10 of her works .We have come to understand that each experience with a Rimi painting is unique; that one purchase is not connected with a previous one—it stands alone. Our relationship with Blue Rain is really more like a partnership. It is important to us that Leroy Garcia supports Native artists, introducing us to such remarkable people as David Bradley (Chippewa), Richard Zane Smith (Wyandotte), Lisa Holt (Cochiti) and Harlan Reano (Kewa), Tony Abeyta (Navajo), and Maria Samora (Taos). He also brought outstanding glass artists to the Southwest from the Pacific Northwest, including Shelley Muzylowski [Allen], Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and Nancy Callan.
Below: Katie Metz, City Connections 15, acrylic on panel, 36 x 31"
Photo: Wendy McEahern
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Younger buyers are quickly finding their way to GF Contemporary, where owner Deborah Fritz seems to have an innate understanding of which works and artists might appeal to new, research-savvy collectors. “Millennials will buy works if they love them and understand the reasoning behind them, but only if they feel a connection to them,” explains Leisa Forman, director of sales. “Cityscapes are hot right now; but in general, our buyers flock here to find things that are not replicable anywhere else. Works that offer soulful commentary, that aren’t stuffy—[that are] almost bohemian. It has to matter to them, beyond status.” GF Contemporary has a rotating stable of artists working in a variety of media: sculpture, painting, print, digital art, and others. Among the 16 artists, some like Gigi Mills (beloved in Manhattan) are highly collected. Mills’s canvases are filled with an understated palette and are set in handmade frames of linen and gold leaf. Also represented is fast-selling Pascal Pierme, whose sculptural works in wood—natural, irregular, alive, and organic—become part of a home’s architecture. GF also shows urban landscapes by Katie Metts, who scratches her lines rather than painting them, and Michael Wilding’s sensuous stone sculptures which, with one glance (or irresistible caress), take the viewer back to the earth, to a reality not easily eroded.—FM
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Above: John Nieto, Fancy Dancer, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48"
If Windsor Betts Art Brokerage House hadn’t already existed for the past 18 years, it would have to be invented for the present day. “There are five main reasons collectors have to sell their holdings in the secondary market,” Alex Betts explains. “I call them the Five Ds: death, departure, divorce, downsizing, and debt.” Specializing in Southwestern art by prominent contemporary and historic artists, Betts, a former art director and real estate broker, represents collectors when one or more of the Ds has befallen them and it’s time to resell. Her buyers, who are largely from Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona, can sometimes find a bargain hanging on the walls. “Though often, things have appreciated,” she adds. This is not surprising, with the gallery featuring works by Fritz Scholder, Kevin Red Star (Crow), Earl Biss (Crow), Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache), and John Nieto, to name just a few. Even with three floors of gallery space, Betts is selective. “I’m responsible for selling, so I have to like it and feel that my clients will like it.” Windsor Betts also represents artists’ estates and conducts tours of the 250 galleries in Santa Fe.—FM Windsor Betts Art Brokerage House, 143 Lincoln windsorbetts.com
GF Contemporary, 707 Canyon gfcontemporary.com february/march 2017
PROFILE The 1939 Ford Woody the author drove on the Route 66 road trip poses with an Iso Grifo and a Jaguar XK120 in Highland Park, Illinois. Below: West of Gallup, these two were pulled out of an arroyo and now grace the foot of Blasting Rock.
get your kicks automotive “barn finds” on America’s Main Street by L i sa Va n Sickle
Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip: Lost Collector Cars Along the Mother Road, by Tom Cotter with photography by Michael Alan Ross, Motorbooks, hardcover, $35
STRETCHING FROM CHICAGO to Los Angeles, Route 66 opened in 1926 and quickly caught the public’s imagination as car ownership increased and travel became more common. It was the route for families escaping the 1930s Dust Bowl and heading for the promised land of California. In the ’40s, traffic increased as people moved west to take jobs with California industries supplying the war effort. By the 1950s, 32
the summer road trip became commonplace, and Route 66 funneled countless carloads of families from the Midwest through New Mexico and Arizona to the Pacific coast. The American love affair with the car played out along its 2,448 miles. Although Route 66 was gone by 1984, replaced by the interstate system, car buffs still carry a torch for their old love. Tom Cotter is one of those fans. His new coffee table book, Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip: Lost Collector Cars Along the Mother Road, celebrates the road itself and the cars along its remains. Piloting a yellow 1939 Ford Woody, Cotter and photographer Michael Alan Ross set out to document “barn finds”—the mostly unrestored automotive treasures discovered across eight states. He documents salvage yards and garages containing everything from Pontiacs to Lancias, a few still serving as daily drivers, most in need of restoration, some long past that possibility. No perfect paint and shiny chrome here; almost every photo features a background of weeds. The book is arranged geographically, and New Mexico gets its due with 40 pages. Many of Cotter’s finds were out around Gallup, where untold numbers of cars seem to have breathed their last and were left behind. Bernalillo, in particular, provided some
surprises—Ella Fitzgerald’s Lincoln? This is Cotter’s second Barn Finds book, and the author has his own YouTube series titled Barn Find Hunter. His love for both old cars and the people he meets while looking for them is apparent on every page. Ross’s evocative images document the small-town diners, gas stations, and motels along Route 66 as well as the automotive finds and their owners. Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip will be a welcome addition to the library of history buffs as well as car nuts. It’s guaranteed to bring back fond memories for anyone who spent long hours looking out the back seat windows of the family sedan or wagon, crossing Oklahoma or Arizona on the way to somewhere else. Waiting for a buyer, a 1937 Ford coupe sits by the side of the road.
Hunt Slonem character in color
courtesy pippin contemporary
by Stepha nie Love
Above: Hunt Slonem and one of his muses sit amid Slonem’s paintings.
Left: Bunnies, oil on canvas, 48 x 48"
Hunt Slonem creates paintings, sculptures, and public artworks that depict numerous rabbits, colorful birds, insects, tropical plants, and other lively subjects in each composition. Emphasizing outline and brilliant pigment in a distinct Pop art style, these works celebrate the playfulness of frolicking creatures by using inexact, meditative repetitions of forms. Not only does his style reflect the organic nature of the subjects, it also pays homage to them; the repeated imagery comes together to create a visual mantra. Slonem’s use of pattern translates well into decorative fields—he has designed many popular fabrics and wallpapers featuring his animal motifs. He pursues this interior design passion in his personal life as well, investing in real estate and decorating each spacious property with unique furnishings and his personal art collection. Slonem now owns large spaces in New York City, Upstate New York, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, as well as two historic plantations in Louisiana. Though he was born in Kittery, Maine, Slonem’s specific focus on the tropics reflects his time living in Hawaii, as an exchange student in Nicaragua, and on trips to Mexico and Belize. In fact, his appreciation of exotic animals extends to his home life, where he cares for hundreds of macaws, hummingbirds, hornbills, and other uncommon birds. These beloved pets also model for many of his paintings. Slonem is inspired by his appreciation for the natural world, but he also cites influences by numerous modern artists, especially noting Umberto Boccioni and Pablo Picasso. Alongside both of these artists, he has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as over 100 other collections around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, and the National Museum of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Recently joining the Santa Fe art market, this highly regarded artist is now represented by Pippin Contemporary on Canyon Road. Pippin Contemporary, 409 Canyon, pippincontemporary.com
Right: White Butterflies, oil on canvas, 48 x 48"
Above: Finches, oil on canvas, 31 x 61" february/march 2017
Right: Lawrence Baca, Mediterranean coral necklace, sterling silver and coral, 18–20"
PREVIEWS Time Frozen ViVO Contemporary 725 Canyon vivocontemporary.com Through March 14 Vivo Contemporary presents Time Frozen—a look into moments that exist outside the conventional realms of time and space, defy Warren Keating, Aerial View of the limitations of both clock and Woman Riding Bicycle, calendar, and inspire escape. To oil on canvas, 14 x 11" quote photorealist artist Chuck Close, “Art is the frozen evidence of a performance.” These contemporary works range from paintings and sculpture to assemblage, book art, kiln glass, and collage and monoprints, and serve to encapsulate and preserve specific moments in unique and original ways. Four artists in particular—Barrie Brown, kiln glass; Nina Glasser, photography and stained glass; Ilse Bolle, construction; Ann Laser, teabags— highlight the variety of available works in the exhibition.—Amanda Jackson New Mexico Tapestry Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 W Palace sorrelsky.com March 3–31 Reception March 3 5–7:30 pm In this two-person exhibition, painter Peggy Immel and sculptor Michael Tatom show at Sorrel Peggy Immel, Hillside Ramble, Sky for March’s First oil on canvas, 11 x 14" Friday Art Walk. Immel enrolled in her first oil painting class when she was 10, and now paints en plein air. Her pieces feature earth colors and softened edges, often including architectural elements in the vast landscapes she portrays. Tatom began as a jeweler—an art he still practices—before branching out into bronze. His small-scale animals, measured in inches rather than feet, are recognizable by their simplified, almost abstracted shapes and the varied colors and textures he achieves in their patinas. —Lisa Van Sickle
Frank Boyden, Uncle Skulky Deals with Birds, wood-fired porcelain, 13 x 9 x 9" 34
The Dynamics of Love and Jewelry Design Sorrel Sky 125 W Palace sorrelsky.com February 3–28 Reception February 3, 5–7:30 pm Jewelry artist Lawrence Baca will have a one-man show opening February 3 during the First Friday Art Walk. Baca states, “Nothing is perfectly symmetrical, but it is all so beautiful. To have found something that I love to do…making people happy with what I make…I count it as a gift.” Baca typically works in a variety of materials ranging from sterling silver to 24-kt gold. A Santa Fe native, he has been honored with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society’s highest distinction—the Master’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.—AJ Left: Christo, Wrapped Fountain Project for La Fontana de Jujol, Plaza D’España, Barcelona 2009, multimedia print with fabric and thread, 22 x 28"
Christo and JeanneClaude: Revelation through Concealment Mill Contemporary 702 ½ Canyon millcontemp.com Through February 11 Creating environmental works of art under the name Christo, the artists and spouses Christo and Jeanne-Claude collaborated from 1961 until JeanneClaude’s death in 2009. They are best known for their large-scale wrapped objects and packages including The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979–2005; Running Fence in California; Reichstag in Berlin; and Pont-Neuf Bridge in Paris. Mill Contemporary will show an exhibition of the limited edition collaged prints they made in order to raise funds for their large-scale projects. There will also be pieces representative of early concepts for the above-mentioned major works.—AJ Open House Manitou Galleries 123 W Palace manitougalleries.com March 3, 5–7:30 pm To mark the March First Friday Art Walk, Manitou Galleries will hold an open house at their Palace Avenue gallery. Paintings and sculpture from their roster of artists will be on display, and live music, food, and drink will complete the hospitality.—LVS
REFRESH and 2017 Summer Workshop Preview Santa Fe Clay 545 Camino de la Familia santafeclay.com February 3–April 1 Reception February 3, 5–7 pm Two shows in one evening at Santa Fe Clay. Refresh is a group show for more than a dozen ceramic artists who have worked in Santa Fe Clay’s studios for years. They will show work in a variety of techniques, sizes, and materials. The 2017 Summer Workshop Preview shows pieces from this summer’s faculty. Established in 1994, the workshop program brings both established and emerging clay artists with international reputations to Santa Fe to teach. The show encompasses both functional and sculptural work, and serves as an introduction to the summer class offerings as well.—LVS
Right: Josh Tobey, Autumn Ballad, bronze, 48 x 25 x 20"
Mark Newport, Mend 5, embroidery on muslin, 17 x 13"
Kat McIver, Aum Heart, clay, 18 x 24 x 7"
One Heart: Valentine’s Invitational Canyon Road Contemporary 403 Canyon canyonroadcontemporary.com February 1–14 Reception February 3, 3–5 pm In celebration of “unity and the one heart all beings share,” Canyon Road Contemporary is inviting their roster of artists and guest Kat McIver to show work responding to the theme. Working in media as diverse as glass (Lydia Piper), cartoon watercolors (Liese Chavez), and clay (McIver), many will create pieces specifically for the show. McIver, whose work is the inspiration for the show, says, “I experience my art as a radical response and prayer to life...I believe the more personal the piece, the more we touch into the heart of everyone. We are all one.”—LVS
Left: Amber Beata, cuffs, amber and leather, turquoise cuff 1 1/8" wide, gold cuff 1 7/8" wide; circumferences are expandable
Mark Newport: Mending form & concept 435 S Guadalupe formandconcept.center February 24–May 20 February 24, 5–7 pm Mark Newport’s last show at form & concept featured hand-knit suits for superheroes. Moving from the invincible to the vulnerable, Mending is a series of torn muslin cloths mended with elaborate embroidery, using traditional techniques from Europe and the United States. Newport is intrigued by the idea that misfortune—a tear or injury—can ultimately enhance the damaged object or person. “If you have a stain on your favorite shirt, or a beloved blanket that gets dirty, maybe it’s even better because it lived through something,” he says. “The same goes for that scar on your knee from falling on your bike, or the one on your belly from your burst appendix.”—LVS Right: Raymond Belcher, White Church, Silverado Movie Set, Galisteo, NM 1985, silver gelatin print, 15 x 13"
Lisa Law & Raymond Belcher: Vintage New Mexico Justin’s Frame Designs 1221 Flagman Way editionone.gallery February 10–March 24 Reception February 10, 5–8 pm Edition ONE Gallery curates an exhibition of the two New Mexican photographers, presented in the gallery space at Justin’s Frame Designs. Lisa Law shows portraits taken over her 50 years in the state. Known for chronicling the hippie movement in Northern New Mexico, the subjects of Law’s photos range from the immediately recognizable to the unsung. Raymond Belcher continues to explore black-and-white landscape photography, which he still prints using the classic silver gelatin process. He has photographed the Galisteo and Santa Fe areas since the mid-1970s.—LVS
Wine, Chocolate, & Jewelry Manitou Galleries 123 W Palace manitougalleries.com February 3, 5–7:30 pm With Valentine’s Day approaching, Manitou presents a showing of Native American, vintage, and contemporary jewelry in turquoise and silver as well as other materials. Alvin Yellowhorse, Walt Duran, Amber Beata, and several more jewelers will have pieces available. As the title of the show promises, the one-evening event, held during the West Palace First Friday Art Walk, also includes wine and fine chocolates.—LVS
Right: Tony Da, Painting of Mimbres Human and Bird Figures, acrylic on board, 20 x 14"
A Century of San Ildefonso Painters Adobe Gallery 221 Canyon adobegallery.com March 3–April 30 Reception March 3, 5–7 pm Adobe Gallery will present a large group of paintings created between 1900–2000 by artists from San Ildefonso Pueblo. While San Ildefonso is commonly associated with striking black-on-black pottery, the Pueblo also has a strong tradition of painting, and was actually home to the first Pueblo painters. The show includes many of these early painters, including Tonita Peña, Romando Vigil, and J. D. Roybal, who worked in the flat style that began at San Ildefonso and was later associated with the Santa Fe Indian School. Adobe Gallery will also include a few paintings by Tony Da, who worked later in the century in a more contemporary style.—LVS february/march 2017
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YOU DON’T NEED BIRDING experience, binoculars, or even a goofy hat to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, held nationwide and right here in Santa Fe from February 17–20. Free, fun, and, as the name implies, done right in one’s own backyard, the GBBC is a way for absolutely anyone with an interest in birds to help the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society in their conservation and identification efforts. “This year I’m excited to spend more time birding from my yard when I come home from work during GBBC, and hopefully getting my 3-year-old daughter interested, too,” says Scot Pipkin, Director of Community Education for Audubon New Mexico. Participants are invited to count birds as often as they like or are able—whether that’s one day or all four, for hours at a time or just 15 minutes. When they’ve finished counting for the day, participants submit a checklist online at gbbc.birdcount.org, which offers charts and maps that show where—and what—other bird lovers are observing and counting around the country. Last year over 160,000 people participated in the count, and more than 18 million birds representing 5,600 different species were observed. “One great resource available to those who’d like to know more is the ‘Explore Data’ feature on ebird.org,” says Pipkin. “It’s easy to punch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a region to explore and get lists and bar charts of what birds can be found here, and when.” As the GBBC is held in February, Pipkin says that Santa Feans can expect to see the usual complement of birds that winter in Northern New Mexico, among them white-crowned sparrows, mountain chickadees, dark-eyed juncos, pine siskins, canyon and spotted towhees, robins, mourning and ringnecked doves, a variety of finches, Western scrub jays, and many others. Can’t tell a house finch from a Cassin’s finch? Head to the Randall Davey Audubon Center on February 18 for a daylong GBBC event at the center, with bird identification workshops, citizen science demonstrations, and activities with Santa Fe Master Gardeners. —Amy Gross
White-crowned sparrows, with their boldly striped heads and white “eyebrows,” are common winter visitors at Santa Fe feeders and likely candidates for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
in rhythm with the earth following a simple philosophy, Dwight and Jenifer Hackett nurture gardens, friendships, and a sustainable lifestyle s tor y a nd photo graph s by G abri ella Ma r k s
In the peak of summer, Dwight Hackett harvests vegetables from his garden in Agua Fria, which has served for centuries as a growing center in Santa Fe. Planting potatoes (below) is a wintertime project.
Bundled in a wool cap and bulky down winter coat, Dwight Hackett kneels on the ground behind his Agua Fria home, forming a grid of small impressions in the soil with his fingers. The steady repetitive motion and geometric pattern are reminiscent of a textile design or even a meditative mandala. While winterâ€™s frost is scarcely synonymous with the idea of gardening, it is in fact time to plant the first seeds of the seasonâ€”and for Dwight Hackett itâ€™s but one of many stages in his annual cycle of gardening. His main garden is about 30 x 60 feet, plus a small cornfield, an enclosure of beehives his wife Jenifer cultivates, and a collection of young fruit trees taking root in corners of the 38
A colorful harvest of vegetables is rinsed off outside before being consumed, put by, or shared with friends.
property. During the peak of the season, the Hacketts source most of their food from the garden. So much so, in fact, that they supply friends on a regular basis as well, a steady harvest that includes chard, spinach, kale, cucumbers, squash, carrots, beets, tomatoes, peas, beans, corn, and honey.
“Learn to grow what you will eat. Don’t overplant, and plant things you enjoy.”
Right: Dwight sows seeds in a mini greenhouse container that insulates the seeds, protects them, keeps them warm in the winter, and helps them to retain moisture.
For nearly 45 years, Dwight has performed this ritual in Northern New Mexico, from germination to harvest. It’s a pattern he was born into, growing up on a family farm in the agricultural hub of central California. In addition to the farm’s commercial production, there was always a kitchen garden, which remains to this day on that family homestead; his brother still lives there. And this kitchen garden is really at the heart of Dwight’s gardening practice. During college, Dwight discovered a passion for documentary photography and subsidized his education with summer work as a soil engineer. After graduation, he arrived in New Mexico to work on the development of Cochiti Dam. And here he stayed. Over the following decades, Dwight would move february/march 2017
Honey is another product of the Hackett garden, where Jenifer cultivates several beehives.
Dwight mows a cover crop of clover, which, though not harvested, is integral for productive soil. Also called “green manure,” cover crops suppress weeds, replace soil nutrients, and help control pests and diseases.
“I use Langstroth hives—boxes that sit on top of one another,” says Jenifer, who credits Melanie Kirby and Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbee Company in Truchas for expanding her knowledge of beekeeping.
to Nambé, learn the craft of metal casting, first at Nambé Mills, and then in his own foundry. While gardening was a constant in his life throughout that time, it wasn’t until he and Jenifer found their way to their current homestead in historic Agua Fria Village that they returned to the soil in earnest.
Agua Fria was pioneered by farmers . . . who raised the food that fed the capital. By sharing their bounty with friends, the Hacketts are contributing in their own way to that legacy.
Fresh potatoes, cleaned, prepped, and ready for cooking or canning.
The location has a rich agricultural legacy. Whereas Santa Fe proper served as the seat of government and the military stronghold, Agua Fria was pioneered by farmers rather than conquistadors, who raised the food that fed the capital. By sharing their homegrown and homemade bounty with friends, Dwight and Jenifer are contributing in their own way to that legacy. They also have plenty of advice for budding gardeners. Probably the most important: “Learn to grow what you will eat. Don’t 40
Dwight Hackett has been planting a garden in Santa Fe for over 45 years. The payoff for all the year-round hard work: healthy, fresh produce, like these beautiful, straight-from-the ground beets.
overplant, and plant things you enjoy.” It’s a process they’ve been honing for years. This is as local as it gets; their goal is to feed themselves—if not exclusively, then primarily—on what they produce, living seasonally with fresh produce in the summer and fall, then canning, pickling, and freezing to carry them through the winter. For the Hacketts, gardening has become more than a hobby; it’s central to their lifestyle and philosophy, which is “to live simply, in rhythm with the earth and what’s going on,” Jenifer explains. It’s a lifestyle that is not a driven mission or a strict dogma, but rather the culmination of a series of small choices that create a way of living in the world, “living sunup to sundown, observing ways to mark time, to know where you are in a repeating cycle of seasons”—the weather, the earth, your own.
Right: The season begins indoors. Each year Dwight and Jenifer select their seeds for the next year’s garden. They keep records of what they plant each year, what was successful, and what was delicious, planning the new year based on those observations.
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Sited on more than 10 acres, this one-of-akind private, gated home boasts unending views of both the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. Built by master artisan Kim Dressel, the home covers a sprawling 5,683 square feet; each of the three bedrooms is in its own wing with a private bath and a private portal, and there are two additional powder rooms as well. The kitchen is a home chef’s dream, with a multiburner stove, a pantry wall, and a center working island. Complete with beautiful modern fireplaces, the house features the most luxurious finishes and details both inside and outside in the grand outdoor living and dining areas. The entry, with its reflection pool and gated Zen garden, completes the experience. This Las Campanas estate is truly a must-see.
Located less than five miles north of downtown Santa Fe in the sought-after Santa Fe Summit subdivision, this stunning home features two floors—the main level with 2,200 square feet and lower level with 1,200 square feet—with a total of three bedrooms and one full, one three-quarter, and one half bath. A stonestepped spiral staircase with a skylight overhead makes a dramatic entry. The floor plan is open and contemporary, yet ensures privacy in every room. Throughout the home, understated natural finishes, custom cabinets in beautiful, light-colored wood, and plenty of natural light indicate a subtle Asian influence. A wet bar and a fireplace in the living room add to the feeling of relaxation and enjoyment of the spectacular mountain views. The gourmet kitchen is appointed with a butler’s pantry and two dining areas. The lower level hosts an office and library, plus a spacious master suite with walk-in closets, a sitting area, a spa-like bathroom and a second washer and dryer. A beautiful home close to the outdoors and downtown.
The ultimate combination of modern and traditional, this Tesuque-area home and casita are only minutes from shopping, dining, and the historic Plaza. With one and a half acres, a fenced garden and fruit trees, a walled courtyard, a fountain, and extensive landscaping, this home is an outdoor-lover’s delight. The home encompasses 3,553 square feet, three bedrooms downstairs plus an upstairs owner’s suite, and two bathrooms, with an additional 579 square feet in the separate casita. The main living area features a locally quarried stone fireplace and also showcases the back portal with breathtaking mountain views. The functional and beautiful kitchen has granite and stainless steel counters, a Thermador refrigerator and freezer, a 36-inch Wolf range, a Bosch dishwasher, and a walk-in pantry. The upstairs opens to a sitting room with mountain views, a deck, and a new hot tub, plus a spacious owner’s suite and bath. The casita has one bedroom, a full bath, a kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a private courtyard entrance. A wonderful escape from the everyday.
List Price: $4.295 million Contact: Aleka Moore, Johnnie Gillespie, or Jill Benjamin Blankenship, 505-988-2533, Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebyshomes.com
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This Eastside Territorial-style estate epitomizes Santa Fe living. Completely walled with three separate dwellings on almost an acre of land, the five bedroom/seven bath compound totals 6,840 square feet. The expansive main house, erected in the 1980s, is built of double adobe and features heated brick floors, vintage a+dzehewn exposed beams and vigas, deeply recessed sash windows, and specialized, energy-efficient track lighting. The living room offers ample wall space for an art collection, as well as a fireplace with an antique mantel framed by two sash windows. Between the living room and kitchen, the dining room features a two-way fireplace that opens to the adjoining library and wet bar. Two guest suites offer gracious accommodation, while the luxurious master bedroom suite includes a charming fireplace, built-in cabinetry, a large closet, and spa-like his-andher bathrooms. The chef’s kitchen is stunning, with a kiva fireplace, marble countertops, custom cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, and through beautiful French doors, an east-facing front portal that overlooks beautifully manicured and landscaped outdoor spaces. The comfortable guesthouse includes a master suite, a living room, a kiva fireplace, and a full kitchen; and there’s a 680-square-foot studio (or caretaker’s apartment) on-site as well. Only a stone’s throw from Canyon Road, this is an exceptional property. List price: $5.45 million Contact: Gavin Sayers, 505-690-3070, Santa Fe Properties, santafeproperties.com
If living well is the best revenge, then drinking Champagne or other sparkling wines may be the best vengeance ever! At the swanky new Gruet tasting room tucked off the historic Hotel St. Francis lobby, you can enjoy everything from a quick sample to a flight of five Gruet wines, or share a whole bottle in stylish surroundings reminiscent of a sunny drawing room in a French château. Open daily from late morning to early evening, the sleek and elegant tasting room— designed by HVL Interiors—is perfect for relaxing after a long day of Santa Fe touring or a cheerful break before or after a night on the town. Gruet has been bottling their sparkling and still wines for over 30 years in New Mexico, so here’s to drinking local and celebrating the new year. To quote Mark Twain, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” I couldn’t agree more. Bottoms up!—John Vollertsen Gruet Winery Santa Fe Tasting Room 210 Don Gaspar, 505-989-9463 gruetwinery.com february/march 2017
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I’M ALWAYS ASKED what my favorite Santa Fe restaurant is, but to answer it honestly would be like acknowledging which of your children is your most loved. Restaurants, and the people who work in them, are like personal friends or kids to me, and I admit to loving them all to varying degrees. In my Top 10 list, however, is Geronimo. It has been my go-to for all kinds of occasions, including the “whenever I want to impress someone” variety, since I first moved here. The greeting at the door— whether by the dashing (and ageless) owner Chris Harvey or one of his welcoming staff—gives guests the immediate sense that the restaurant is glad that they have come. To me, that’s a prerequisite of a top-notch eatery. The elements that make up a great restaurant are all in harmony here, and diners around the country agree; Geronimo was recently included in the top best 100 restaurants in America by OpenTable. Seated in the cozy front room, fireplace aglow by the front door to keep out the cold, we are immediately greeted with a glass of Champagne. I am dining with local luminaries tonight: Mayor Javier Gonzales, his partner, and the new director of the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Although I always feel spoiled here, there is extra sparkle to the service and dinner. Tonight is a bittersweet return; I have visited the bar this past year but this is my first time eating in the dining room since Chef Eric DiStefano left our
Right: After two years as Geronimo's chef de cuisine, Sllin Cruz has stepped into the executive chef position, ably filling the shoes Eric DiStefano left behind.
The New Mexico "Four Corners" rack of lamb comes with a fresh pea puree, Parmesan polenta cakes, roasted leeks, and a merlot reduction.
earthly realm last February. Although Geronimo has been open for over 20 years and has had other chefs at the helm, it was DiStefano who took it to its culinary heights. I am both nervous and excited to see if DiStefano’s successor, Sllin Cruz, maintains the quality, creativity, and magnificence; I am happy to report that he does. Cruz spent two years working under DiStefano as his chef de cuisine. He knows the master’s plan, and as executive chef has stepped up to take Geronimo onward. Tonight we opt for both classic and new dishes. Our welcome Champagne pairs perfectly with the appetizer of Hawaiian ahi tuna sashimi and tartare. As beautiful as it is delicious, the study of flavors and textures celebrating pristine tuna features bursts of flavors with fiery wasabi crème fraîche, tart soy lime syrup, and salty caviar. For an extra jolt, bite the accompanying shiso leaf—bam! A delectable plate of pan-seared foie gras served with sage muffins and pear compote requires glasses of wine, so we each order our favorite varietal—a Hall sauvignon blanc, a Caymus cabernet, and an Archery Summit pinot noir. For a salad course we share two: a red Belgian endive salad with warm sweet onion vinaigrette, topped with nubs of local goat cheese, candied pecans, and crunchy bacon, and one of my old favorites from days past, a Fujisaki Asian pear salad with mini grilled bleu cheese sandwiches, greens, and a simple cider honey vinaigrette—both delish. Perhaps the most acclaimed dish on the eclectic menu is Telicherry rubbed elk tenderloin; it’s not to be missed and has
To complete a meal, this Meyer lemon dessert crepe features lemon three ways: lemon curd, candied lemon, and limoncello syrup.
Vegans needn't go hungry with this plate on the menu: garbanzo bean and eggplant croquettes with ratatouille and crispy artichoke hearts.
appeared in many guises through the years. Tonight it’s napped with a creamy brandiedmushroom sauce, and is as scrumptious as ever. I consider the New Mexico “Four Corners” grilled lamb I have loved in the past but instead opt for Cruz’s slow-braised bone-in Cedar River short ribs with smoky seared kale and wild mushroom-pickled mustard seed sauces; they are a table favorite. An elaborate vegan option of garbanzo bean and eggplant croquette with Italian squash ratatouille, crispy artichoke heart, and Romesco thrills even us carnivores. If a chef can be judged by his chicken dish then Cruz’s pan-roasted organic chicken with house-made cavatelli, fennel Italian sausage, and sherry-infused chicken au jus
deems him a winner; I have to cajole Mr. Mayor into surrendering a bite. For dessert, though the boys are stuffed, I still order the decadent banana cream pie with cinnamon chocolate ice cream, and the light and luscious lemon curd crepe. Of course we finish them both! Geronimo is one of the elders of Santa Fe’s rich culinary history—legendary, world-class, and celebrated, like an old friend who continues to surprise and delight us. I can feel my friend Eric DiStefano smiling down from his heavenly kitchen.—JV Geromino, 724 Canyon, 505-982-1500, geronimorestaurant.com february/march 2017
Geronimo’s Hawaiian tuna sashimi and tartare appetizer features tuna prepared two ways and accented with wasabi crème fraîche, soy lime syrup, and two kinds of caviar cradled by a shiso leaf.
Santa Fe Restaurant Week 2017 t re at your t a s tebuds You know that inviting little dinner spot you’ve been meaning to try, but … ? Santa Fe’s Restaurant Week, held Sunday, February 19, through Sunday, February 26, will give you the perfect opportunity to explore new tastes. Restaurants—both casual and upscale—present their best flavors in special Restaurant Week prix-fixe menus, generally $15, $25, $35, and $45 per person for a three-course dinner, with some establishments featuring two-course lunches. Offerings vary according to each participating establishment. Beverages are generally not included (check with the restaurant, though). Patrons can order from the regular menus if they so desire, but what’s in store for Restaurant Week is so creative, delicious, and satisfying that most diners are delighted to taste the special bill of fare during this week of culinary fun.—Anne Maclachlan Santa Fe Restaurant Week, February 19–26, $15–$45, see website for participating venues: nmrestaurantweek.com
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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 rosewoodhotels.com 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.
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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.
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326 South Guadalupe cafesonder.com Located in the Railyard, we pride ourselves in submitting to you a menu wherein food is prepared simply, letting local ingredients speak for themselves. Steps from the year round Farmers Market, we strive to establish relationships with local ranchers, farmers, and foragers. We are committed to crafting a menu of locally driven contemporary American cuisine.
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.
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4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000 gabrielsofsantafe.com Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. New weekend brunch. Open daily 11:30–9:30 pm.
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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 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.
WITH THE NEW YEAR comes a host of new restaurants in town that keep us food writers and reviewers on our toes. While we at Santa Fean like to give new businesses a chance to settle in before we review them in our food section, some early positive signs of a burgeoning eatery are always worth a mention. Despite the fact that Rowley Farmhouse Ales, a newish gastropub just off Cerrillos, is small in size, it is mighty in beer and menu offerings. A heated beer tent extends the space and should keep brew fans warm this winter, though as a fellow foodie exclaimed, “True ale connoisseurs will weather the cold in search of a good beer!” There’s a short wine list, too. Lunch dishes that grabbed my attention early on included a delicate gigantic popover with luscious Gruyère dipping sauce, zippy Korean-style chicken wings, and (believe it or not) a yummy, retro Rice Krispies Treats–themed dessert with classic kiddie cereals added to the marshmallow goo. I like a chef with a fun sense of cuisine. I’m a big fan of Korean food, particularly the rice dish bibimbap, which is loaded with veggies, meats or tofu, and chili pepper paste, and topped with a raw egg for stirring in. So I was delighted when a friend introduced me to dolsotbob, served at Kohnami Japanese Restaurant on Guadalupe. It arrives in a deep, sizzling cast-iron bowl; the server pushes aside the ingredients with a spoon, then cracks an egg in and does a quick stir and toss. Order a side of kimchi for extra kick. It’s my favorite new dish for 2017 and will warm you up this winter. Want a unique and delicious Valentine’s Day gift for your significant other? Book a “Food of the Gods” chocolate lover’s workshop at Cacao. Along with learning a ton of facts about the history of the world’s favorite ingredient, you will also customdesign your own chocolate elixir and then get to shop to your heart’s (or palate’s) content. We certainly need more love in the world—and more chocolate!—JV
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Alexandra Stevens Fine Art Gallery Justin Dell, Shepherd Girl, bronze, 60" H Paintings celebrating February as the month of love has become an annual event and this year is no exception. An All Gallery Show Filled with “Heartfelt Expressions” showcases the gallery’s established artists such as: Katrina Howarth, G.E. Griffith, Phil Epp, Walker Moore, E. Melinda Morrison, Jody Rigsby, Juan Dell, Jeannine Young, Victoria Taylor-Gore, Adrienne Kleiman, Ruth Valerio, Peggy McGivern and Olga & Aleksey Ivanov. Opening night, Friday, February 17, 5:30–7 pm hosts, collectors and gallery artists officially kicking off the show. The show runs through February 28. 820 Canyon Rd, 505-988-1311 alexandrastevens.com Wendy Perkins
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Juan Dell, Shepherd Girl, bronze, 60" H Art celebrating February as the month of love has become an annual event Alexandra Stevens Fine Art, and this year is no exception. An All Gallery S with “Heartfelt Expressions” showcases the gallery’s established artists su Juan Dell, Phil Epp, Katrina Howarth, G.E. Griffith, Adrienne Kleiman, Walke E. Melinda Morrison, Jody Rigsby, Jeannine Young, Victoria Taylor-Gore, K Ruth Valerio, Tod & Jeanne Steele and Peggy McGivern. Opening night, Sa February 13, 5:30–7 pm. The show runs through February 28th. 820 Canyon Rd, 505-988-1311 Art Notes alexandrastevens.com Send your own artful hello or thank you on a note card designed by regional artist Roseta Santiago. These cards are based on her original oil painting portraits of people and historical pottery of the southwest. Her work is represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM www.blueraingallery.com. The note card collection of 10 individual images is available at Array Store, 322 So. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501 rosetasantiago.com
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Inn and Spa at Loretto, 211 Old Santa Fe Trail 800-727-5531, 505-984-7915 innatloretto.com Wine Spectator award recipient Luminaria Restaurant and Patio continues to be a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Enjoy 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.
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.
54 Lincoln Ave, 505-982-1664 santafeplazacafe.com The famous Plaza Café, on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, has been serving locals and visitors alike for over 110 years! We are Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant and serve authentic New Mexican cuisines and flavors that span the globe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are the home of fine food and the friendliest folks in town! Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm, we hope you come visit us for a bite to eat!
555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com
Rancho de Chimayó
300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com
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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.
901 W San Mateo, Ste A, 505-820-3121 midtownbistrosf.com Midtown Bistro, located in the “heart” of Santa Fe, and only a short jaunt from the Plaza, features local cuisine with an international flair. Open daily. Guests enjoy dining indoors or on our patio among native flora, which creates a magnificent ambience while dining on an array of fresh meats, seafood, pastas, and much more. Diners can enjoy a wide selection of wine and beer. Lunch Monday–Saturday 11 am–2:30 pm; dinner Monday–Saturday 5–9 pm; Sunday brunch 11 am–3 pm.
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.
231 Washington, 505-984-1788, santacafe.com Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays. We are now on Open Table!
Chef Rocky Durham of Blue Heron Restaurant Executive Chef Rocky Durham embraces the idea that food is a potent elixir for the body and mind, and works closely with local farmers to source organic, seasonal ingredients to create vibrant and flavorful dishes in his New American West menus. The Blue Heron Restaurant at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is open 7 days a week serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch offering a selection of global wines and local beers. Located just 20 minutes from Santa Fe Plaza. Baked Polenta and Wild Mushrooms with Cambozola Fondue
242 Los Pinos Road, 877-977-8212 sunrisesprings.com
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Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art shows contemporary pieces, both paintings and sculptures, by more than a dozen artists. You’re bound to find something that appeals to you.
a novice’s guide to collecting purchasing art in the City Different
by Stephanie Love
Barbara Meikle’s artwork is always brightly colored and often features animals. Her eponymous gallery also shows other artists’ work.
WINNING THE BID ON an artwork— or purchasing one through a gallery—is an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other. But art collectors know the best part comes after the adrenaline fades, the moment they arrive home with their perfect trophy, a handpicked piece of art to commemorate the excitement of the experience. While art collecting may initially seem intimidating, it’s actually about fun, joy, and the satisfaction that comes from choosing pieces that appeal to you on a very personal level. If you’re new to collecting, here are a few tips to get you started acquiring art in the City Different and beyond. First and foremost, do your research. Many magazines, like Santa Fean, of course, share pertinent information about artists’ histories, honors, and
upcoming shows, alongside images of current works for sale. By keeping up with art publications, you’ll be able to inquire about new pieces before they’re marked with red dots. Try to visit every gallery you can. Finding the right piece for your collection relies on your dedication—and ideally some actual legwork—but if you don’t have much time to visit galleries, peruse artwork on gallery websites or in magazines and narrow down your top choices. If you see 50 you’d like to visit, pare it down to a short list of 12. If you like 10 galleries, choose your top three. A great time to visit galleries is Friday afternoons, especially in Santa Fe. Buzzing with anticipation of the evening’s shows, gallerists sometimes allow a sneak peek at new works. Inquire about the artists who february/march 2017
Above: Walls getting full? A piece from Mark White Fine Art Sculpture Garden could be the start of an outdoor collection.
GF Contemporary mainly shows abstract art which can fill a room with color and movement.
will be present at the opening receptions that evening, then take the time to meet those artists personally and find out what makes them tick—creatively speaking. Take time to consider the piece. Ask yourself if it’s the right piece for your collection as well as your art budget. However, keep in mind that others will be doing the same, and that the finest works often sell first. To avoid missing out, be first in line. To ensure you’re a priority, join the gallery’s mailing list. Receiving emails from galleries can help familiarize you with their sales policies and events, and most important, you can see their artists’ upcoming shows first.
Try picking out a favorite artwork each time you visit a gallery; even without purchasing it, this exercise will help you identify your own tastes. Another way to have the first chance at pieces is to build relationships with gallery personnel. Having a gallery guru will help you make confident choices, and there’s another valuable advantage: a gallerist who understands what you like can notify you when they receive new artworks that suit your specific interests, even if they aren’t shared via the general gallery mailing list. If you’re considering purchasing online, make sure you’ve seen the artist’s works in person first. Although it can be exciting to dive into an online purchase—and there are certainly collectors who successfully take this risk—it is not wise. The way images appear on a screen may not authentically translate colors, textures, glazing, or even stylistic elements. At the very least, ask the gallery about similarities and differences between the digital image and the artwork, as well as their return policy, before completing the purchase. If you’re buying art for decorative collecting—that is, for your home and personal enjoyment—remember that although representational art, abstract art, modern art, and expressive art are stylistically very different, they can all fit into one collection. Most important, buy what you like. If “what you like” seems baffling, try picking out a favorite artwork each time you visit a gallery; even without purchasing it, this exercise will help you identify your own tastes. When selecting favorite pieces, ask yourself a few vital questions: How did I 54
initially react to the work? What about this artwork satisfies me most? Am I buying it for the statement it makes? How will this piece inspire me at home? Will it remind me of a special time, place, or person? If your answers affect you viscerally—if you smile, or your heart skips a beat, or you desperately want to touch its surface—this artwork has engaged you, and it definitely should make the list. Also, just because a work doesn’t “match” your home doesn’t make it wrong for you. Follow your instincts: If you’ve seen the piece, love the artist’s work, and know you can’t live without it, go for it! If you’re creating a curated collection—a group of carefully planned, influential artworks—don’t go into it expecting a return on your investments. A collection is exactly that: a collection of beloved art, not a dividend. The real value remains in the thrill of bringing home your new, stunning piece to enjoy for years to come (well, okay, beating other collectors to the punch is kinda fun, too). Research styles, influences, and mediums that pair well, but remember, even if you’re collecting modern sculptures, this may not mean you want modern paintings. The very coolest thing about collecting art is that it’s up to you! After selecting artists whose work suits your collection thematically or aesthetically, it’s time to research each artist’s strongest works. Collect the best artworks you can afford; superb pieces will retain their value and are more
Above: Dominique Boisjoli works on a painting during the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival. Watching artists paint can add to your understanding of their work.
courtesy Kristen Peterson/Santa Fe Striders
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A little less glamorous than skiing, snowshoeing sometimes gets lost in the powder. But, there are plenty of opportunities for the sport near Santa Fe. It’s also easy to get started and out on the trail. Snowshoes are available for rent at Cottam’s, Ski-Tech, and Alpine Sports for $15 to $20 a day, and are very simple to use with a decent pair of waterproof hiking boots. Hiking or ski poles can be useful accessories for balance and speed, and typically only cost a few more dollars. Most starting snowshoers won’t have to worry too much about technique. If walking in deep snow, keeping your knees high can really help. Other tips: To turn around, elevate one foot and rotate. To stand back up after a spill, it’s easiest to start from one knee. A few of the trails along Hyde Park Road in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains make great paths for snowshoeing. Aspen Vista Trail is wide and forgiving to beginners. It’s also usually covered in snow for much of the winter, making it the ideal place for snowshoers. The trail can be hiked as a short out-and-back, or hearty souls can climb six miles to the top. Alternatively, hikers can veer left at Each January, the Santa Fe the gate and climb the Aspen View Striders running club hosts a trail up to the boundary of the ski area. mountain race on snowshoes. A little farther up Hyde Park Road, snowshoers can also test their mettle on the Winsor trail, located right behind the ski basin parking lot. Each January, the Santa Fe Striders running club hosts the Santa Fe Snowshoe Classic. This 4.35-mile (seven-kilometer) loop starts at the Big Tesuque Campground off Hyde Park Road. Registration and instructions for the 2018 event will be available in midNovember at SantaFeStriders.org and NewMexicoSportsonline.com. courtesy Kristen Peterson/Santa Fe Striders
likely to be sought by other collectors. If you aren’t sure you can distinguish between mediocre and best, learn from the pros. Ask gallery personnel or other collectors, curators, and other artists about the works you’re considering. Keep in mind that an artwork may be priced low because more experienced collectors recognize that it is not the artist’s best work. Also note that artists may not always be objective about which are their own strongest pieces. Encompassed in the “collect the best you can afford” rule is buying at art auctions. The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival and the Santa Fe Artists’ Medical Fund annual silent auction, among others, offer exciting live and silent auctions where you can scoop up delightful pieces for less than their standard market value, and many of the proceeds from these auctions benefit local charities. Auctions present budding collectors on limited budgets with an opportunity to purchase affordable works by artists they want to collect, or from artists whose work may not be at market value just yet. As an art city, Santa Fe offers other advantages besides galleries, auctions, and artists. Here, most venues follow standard gallery business practices, where artists and galleries split the proceeds of a sale evenly; both parties agree to pricing, which often makes prices more reasonable. Artists gain recognition with shows, awards, and events through their galleries, so the longer and more successful an artist’s career, the more likely their work will steadily increase in value. New collectors can use this knowledge—an artist’s history, solo shows, awards, and years showing in galleries—to help gauge the fairness of the price. Many galleries sell consigned works on payment plans (interest-free installments), so if it’s perfect but beyond your immediate budget, ask your trusted gallerist about alternative payment options. Take it from an artist, art collector, and former art consultant: If you love the artwork and have a place to display it, the personal value is worth the price of the piece. Every morning my beautiful artworks bring a smile to my face, and I hope these tips will help you build collections that do the same.
Snowshoeing is a winter sport you can enjoy without a lot of equipment or experience.
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February February 11 Sweetheart Auction Twelfth annual fundraiser for Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. Catered dinner, complimentary wine and beer, live and silent auctions, and a raffle to win a vacation in your choice of four destinations. $100, 5 pm, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, cffnm.org. February 12 California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio The steel-stringed Californians and the nylonstrung Canadians blend their sounds in a concert of progressive rock, jazz, and classical compositions and arrangements. $20–$55, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. February 12 Diego Romero vs the End of Art Opening of an exhibition of the autobiographical artwork by Diego Romero, whose Cochiti heritage and California upbringing inform the imagery on his pottery. With museum admission, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, indianartsandculture.org. February 19–26 Santa Fe Restaurant Week Fine-dining and casual restaurants offer prixfixe menus, and some will host classes on everything from sake to cake decorating. Prices, times, and locations vary, nmrestaurantweek.com. February 22 Cirque: Cuisine and Confessions Performance Santa Fe brings Les 7 doigts de main (the seven fingers of the hand), a Montrealbased circus company, to town. Their show combines cooking and storytelling with more traditional circus acts. $19–$85, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. February 25 Ski Santa Fe Second Annual Brewski Beer from six local breweries and music by JJ and the Hooligans at Totemoff’s Bar and Grill,
accessible by ski or by foot. $18, 11 am–3 pm, Ski Santa Fe, State Rd 475, skisantafe.com. February 25 ARTsmart Annual Dinner and Auction With the theme “You Will Be Served,” ARTsmart presents their annual gala featuring fine wines and a seated dinner prepared by several Santa Fe chefs, including students in Santa Fe High’s culinary arts program. $200, 5:30 pm, Eldorado Hotel & Spa, 309 W San Francisco, artfeast.org. February 25 & 26 Art of Home Tour ARTsmart and Keller Williams present a tour of 12 Santa Fe–area houses at all price points. Each house is decorated with artworks from local galleries. Free, 12–4 pm, various locations, artfeast.org. February 28 Shadowland by Pilobolus Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents a unique production by Pilobolus, combining their mix of acrobatics and dance with projected images and moving screens. $25–$94, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org.
March March 4 Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years Songwriter Webb, whose songs have been recorded by everyone from the Supremes to Willie Nelson, supplied Glen Campbell with “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman” plus over 100 other songs. Webb, at the piano, shares anecdotes, video, and audio clips of his work with Campbell. $20– $55, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. March 5 Masters of Hawaiian Music Forget about winter for an evening with three award-winning masters of slack key guitar, ukulele, and Hawaiian vocals. $32, 7:30 pm, James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos, ampconcerts.org. March 8 Lannan Foundation: Terry Tempest Williams with Colum McCann As part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series, Lannan hosts a conversation between Williams, an author and environmental activist, and McCann, author of six novels and
three collections of short fiction. $2–$5, 7 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. March 11 & 12 The Santa Fe Home Show An expo featuring the area’s builders and designers offering solutions to questions about building, remodeling, or adding green technology to your project. $5, 10 am–5 pm Saturday, 10 am–4 pm Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, sfahba.com. March 14 Well-Strung Performance Santa Fe presents this quartet of (need we say handsome?) men who blend vocals with strings and classical with pop. From Mozart and Dvorák to Adele and Kesha—this isn’t an ordinary string quartet. $27–$100, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. March 23 Kodo Taiko Drummers Percussion, vocals, and dance from Sado Island in the tradition of Japanese taiko drumming. $20–$55, 7:30 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, ticketssantafe.org. March 23–26 Bead Fest Santa Fe A variety of workshops offered on beading and metalsmithing for all levels and a marketplace with vendors selling beads, tools, stone, and jewelry make this weekend a must for the crafty. Times and prices vary, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, santafe.beadfest.com.
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