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Ab Above: Mark White, Purple Mountain Majesty, oil on canvas, 36” x 36” At left: Mark White, Yin & Yang, patina on engraved aluminum, 18” x 18”
26 the art issue
34 HIPICO Santa Fe: History of the Horse Equine events return to Santa Fe as HIPICO launches its 2017 Summer Series
June / July 2017
36 Warm Summer Music
Summer days and nights bring all musical genres from Music on the Hill and Bandstand to the Santa Fe Opera and Desert Chorale
38 The Art of Framing
You have brought home your latest treasured painting. Now what?
20 Publisherâ€™s Note
40 Art Must-know artists and profiles, plus show previews not to miss 85 Living Explore Canyon Road art with interior designer Jennifer Ashton and her clients as they redo a Northside home
26 City Different International Folk Art Market, Traditional Spanish Market, Contemporary Hispanic Market, Rodeo de Santa Fe, Museo Nacional del Prado in Cathedral Park, and much more
91 Dining Chef John Vollertsen puts Museum Hill Cafe on exhibit, and bows to the new husband-wife culinary team at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon
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ON THE COVER Mark White, In the Flow III, patina on engraved aluminum, 12 x 24" (detail) Courtesy Mark White Fine Art
For the past 100 years, artists from all over the world have been drawn to Santa Fe to explore their creativity. Prior to that, Native Americans and Spaniards had, for centuries, produced beautiful visual, religious, and practical art. Necessary tools like knives and cooking utensils were adorned with beauty in mind. Is it merely the natural loveliness of this area that has inspired such artistry? While that seems a likely influence, Santa Fe creativity goes far beyond any visual stimulation. Consider the actors, writers, builders, designers, musicians, jewelers, and others whose endeavors take place here. The joke is that everyone is an artist in Santa Fe, and there is a certain degree of truth to that. Something is drawing it out of us. To me, the area’s creativity—and there’s a serious dose of it in the following pages—comes from many factors that all feed the process. Santa Fe has thousands of years of artisanal history. We continue to have a community that cherishes and respects the artistic process. Artists of all stripes feel safe and welcome here. Our light, our skies, our hills, our mountains, our valleys, and our forests provide a stimulation that stirs the soul. And finally, this is a spiritual place where followers of any creed feel at home and that they’re with their maker. With all these factors feeding the creative process, how could this not result in extraordinary and beautiful art? To enhance this outpouring of inspiration, artists need another element: the admirer, the collector, the listener, the reader, or the homeowner, who will appreciate the beauty. Although there’s plenty of artistic delight in cities all across this country, people who are drawn to creativity are also drawn to Santa Fe. It might be our history or the winding, adobe-lined streets, or perhaps it’s that mystical light; but something here allows people to turn off both internal and external noise, to really view art, and to let it move them. Perhaps what pulls people back to this area is the feeling they first had upon seeing Santa Fe’s beautiful art; it’s the opportunity to go to that place in the heart whenever the western breezes of Santa Fe call. DAVID ROBIN
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The Prado in Santa Fe EXHIBITION If you have always wanted to see Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation (1425-28), Hieronymous Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490–1500), or Francisco de Goya’s The Third of May 1808 in Madrid (1814) in person, but haven’t been able to visit Spain, Santa Fe has a treat in store. Reproductions of the works of Museo Nacional del Prado are coming to Santa Fe for a unique outdoor exhibition in Cathedral Park—in the form of Spanish, Flemish, Italian, French, and German painters of the 14th to 19th centuries. Mayor Javier Gonzales commented on the upcoming exhibition: “Santa Fe enjoys international prominence as one of the world’s greatest art cities. We are especially honored to be the first U.S. site for these stunning Museo Nacional del Prado masterpiece reproductions and welcome all visitors this summer to experience them in the beautiful outdoors of historic downtown.” The Prado in Santa Fe exhibition is the star of the Santa Fe Celebrates Global Art and Culture 2017 festivities taking place over the course of the year. —Amanda Jackson
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The Prado in Santa Fe, through October 2017, on view seven days a week, free, Cathedral Park, 131 Cathedral Pl, pradosantafe.com
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Diego Velázquez’s painting Las Meninas (1656) is among the reproductions of masterpieces from the Prado included in the show at Cathedral Park.
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Not Just for the Birds
Now in its second year, the Not Just for the Birds benefit will be held at the Scottish Rite Center this June. Sponsored by New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness (NMCEH), the silent auction raises funds by Dick Wagner fashioned this avian getaway house. offering fantastical, colorful birdbaths, bird-themed art, birdhouses, and other related items. Last year more than 200 people attended the events, and all items on offer were sold, funding grants to NMCEH member agencies. All of the proceeds from the auction will be used to finance programs that help homeless people in New Mexico get back into housing. Some of the items available this year include a Sacagawea image by Glenna Goodacre, a Santa Fe caboose birdhouse by Rick Martinez, paintings and prints including Phoenix by Ben Shahn, birdhouses from 3rd graders at Amy Biehl Community School, and many other fun and unique bird related items.—AJ
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Not Just for the Birds, June 4, 3–5 pm, free, Scottish Rite Center, 463 Paseo de Peralta, nmceh.org Bareback riders are in for a rough ride at Rodeo de Santa Fe.
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On Saturday, June 17 this year, preceding the annual rodeo, there will be an Exceptional Kids Rodeo at the Roy Butler Memorial Arena at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds. This event is open to children ages 4–12 with physical and mental exceptionalities. Participants can enjoy riding the “bucking barrel,” roping hay bales, and racing stick horses, among other events, with assistance from Rodeo de Santa Fe volunteers.—AJ
Above: An artist creates an intricate Nepalese design. robert smith
Exceptional Kids Rodeo, June 17, 10 am–1 pm, Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd, rodeosantafe.org Rodeo de Santa Fe, June 21–24, gates open at 5 pm, rodeo starts at 6:30 pm, $10–$37, Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd, rodeosantafe.org
ARTfeast Edible Art Tour Touted as “a feast for the eyes and the palate,” ARTsmart’s popular Edible Art Tour (EAT) takes place from 5–8 pm over two evenings. On Friday, June 9, downtown galleries will be filled with food and drink from the city’s top restaurants, chefs, and caterers. View artworks and enjoy the edibles at Joe Wade Fine Art, POP Gallery, and others. Saturday night, June 10, the party moves to galleries along Canyon Road. Gallery 901, Canyon Road Contemporary, Mark White Fine Art, and others will each be paired with a restaurant or caterer. All proceeds from tickets sales will go to benefit ARTsmart New Mexico, a nonprofit arts and literacy organization for children.—AJ EVENT
ARTfeast Edible Art Tour, June 9–10, 5–8 pm, $35 includes both nights, downtown and Canyon Road, artfeast.org 28
The 68th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe comes to town in June for four nights. Gates open at 5 pm, and visitors are encouraged to grab a bite to eat at the rodeo grounds before the show begins at 6:30 pm with mutton bustin’—followed by the grand entrance at 7 pm. Spectators will be treated to the typical rodeo events, including bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, and more. EVENT
Left: Indonesian shadow puppets are often beautifully painted, although only their silhouettes are seen in a puppet show.
EVENT New for 2017, the International Folk Art Market presents Innovation Inspiration—a special exhibition area featuring works by 30 artists who are reinterpreting timehonored materials and techniques into works that express new meaning in our modern age. This, along with the variety of artists from all over the world, makes International Folk Art Market the one-stop shop for jewelry, beadwork, basketry, carving, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, and textiles. With 160 master artists from 53 countries and 54 first-time artists this year, there is guaranteed to be something to strike your fancy.—AJ
14th annual International Folk Art Market, opening party July 14, 6:30–9 pm, $225; early bird market, July 15, 7:30–10 am, $75 (includes allday pass), Saturday market, 10 am–5:30 pm, $20 (ages 16 and under, free), Sunday market, 9 am–5 pm, $15 (ages 16 and under free), Museum Hill, 710 Camino Lejo, folkartalliance.org
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Spanish Market and Contemporary Hispanic Market
Retablos are a favorite at Spanish Market.
EVENT Spanish Market returns in late July with approximately 250 artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Artists must be of Hispanic heritage, working in art forms authentic to the Spanish Colonial period. A multitude of works will be available in almost every medium imaginable, including woodcarvings, tinwork, colcha, hide paintings, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture, weavings, jewelry, pottery, and ironwork. The week prior to Spanish Market weekend ¡Viva La Cultura! offers lecture series, tours, music, culinary events, and movies in partnership with other Santa Fe organizations. The same weekend as Spanish Market, the annual outdoor Contemporary Hispanic Market features artists in all media from around New Mexico displaying their work in over 130 booths lining Lincoln Avenue.—AJ
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66th annual Spanish Market preview, July 28, time and cost TBA, El Museo de Cultural Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia; Spanish Market, July 29–30, 8 am–5 pm, free, Santa Fe Plaza, spanishcolonial.org Contemporary Hispanic Market, July 29–30, 8 am–5 pm, free, Lincoln Ave, contemporaryhispanicmarket.com
Art Santa Fe EVENT Art Santa Fe, the four-day juried contemporary art show now in its 17th year, is once again gracing the Santa Fe Convention Center with extraordinary art from around the world, curated programming, special events, and entertainment. Last year, Redwood Media Group Contemporary art is just the ticket at Art Santa Fe. expanded the show programming to include art talks, live demonstrations, interactive art labs, and other unique options for visitors. The theme for 2017, [FUSION], symbolizes the merging of artistic media, of exhibitors and collectors, and galleries and artists.—AJ
Art Santa Fe opening night preview party, July 13, 5–9 pm, $100 for two (includes admission Friday– Sunday), Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy, artsantafe.com Art Santa Fe show, July 14–16, Friday and Saturday 11 am–8 pm, Sunday 11 am–5 pm, $10–$15 for students/seniors, $20–$25 general public, Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy, artsantafe.com
Santa Fe Opera premiere: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Baritone Edward Parks debuts at The Santa Fe Opera with his portrayal of the title character in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.
NM Music Commission
Al Hurricane keeps the New Mexico sound alive.
Platinum Music Awards EVENT The New Mexico Music Commission recognizes six music legends for lifetime contributions to the musical culture of New Mexico at the inaugural Platinum Music Awards. This year’s musicians and music educators include Arlen Asher, jazz; Fernando Cellicion, Native American music; Bill and Bonnie Hearne, bluegrass, Americana, and western swing; Al Hurricane, Norteño and Tex-Mex; Dr. Dale Kempter, educator and conductor with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony; and Catherine Oppenheimer, a founder of New Mexico School for the Arts, who is the recipient of the Lee Berk Award. The award winners will be honored with musical performances and personal tributes highlighting their contributions.—Lisa Van Sickle
Platinum Music Awards, July 21, 7:30 pm, $25–$100, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, platinummusicawards.org
Glen Workshop Image, a literary journal, has been presenting the Glen Workshop at St. John’s College, in the foothills on the east side of Santa Fe, since 1995. Aspiring writers can choose from 10 instructors to help them pursue poetry, fiction, criticism, and songwriting from a Christian perspective. Seminars are also offered for nonwriters, who can come along just for the retreat. Mornings are spent with the instructors; afternoons and evenings are filled with readings, lectures, concerts, worship services, and explorations of the area.—LVS WORKSHOPS
Glen Workshop, July 30–August 6, $940–$1820, St. John’s College, 1160 Camino de Cruz Blanca, imagejournal.org/glenworkshop
PERFORMANCE The Santa Fe Opera’s latest premiere encompasses light and darkness as it explores the biography of the late Steve Jobs. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs neither sanctifies nor demonizes the legendary Apple cofounder. Instead, the three-dimensional Jobs story is told against a backdrop of simplicity, as the libretto and music weave Jobs’s complex moodiness with his interest in the lines of Japanese philosophy. Mason Bates’s score does the same; from full orchestration in a modern, industrial theme to a solo acoustic guitar piece, flavored by the soft Japanese influences that drew Jobs away from the hard overdrive of his daily life. Baritone Edward Parks sings Steve Jobs; mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke is Laurene Powell Jobs; and bass Wei Wu portrays Sōōtōō Zen priest Kôbun Chino Otogawa. Librettist Mark Campbell’s impressive awards list includes a Pulitzer Prize in Music for 2012’s Silent Night.—Anne Maclachlan
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, July 22 through August 25; dates and times vary, $43–$285, The Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Drive, santafeopera.org june/july 2017
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The Racecourse is fine for family outings. Helmets and personal flotation devices are mandatory, but if you’re one of the youngsters, paddling is optional.
snow’s second life spr ing wate r spor ts by Ja s on Str ykowski
The best part of winter snows? They melt. The pack that once provided skiing in New Mexico’s mountains flows to the rivers for the spring sports of choice—boating and fishing. A number of spots within easy driving distance of Santa Fe offer rafting, kayaking, and fishing trips for adventurers, from novices to professionals. Northern New Mexico is home to two main types of boating— flat water and whitewater. Flat water includes bodies like Cochiti Lake and Eagle Nest Lake, ponds, and reservoirs. They are ideal for line and fly-fishing, as well as paddle boating, canoeing, and training for whitewater trips. Whitewater, typically in the form of rivers, offers opportunities for rafting, kayaking, and, location depending, flyfishing. Water flow, measured in cubic feet per second (CFS), tends to be highest in early spring due to the melting snow. The water flow and CFS measurement determines boating conditions and which sections of a river are navigable. The International Scale of River Difficulty describes the treachery of whitewater rapids. The scale goes from the gentlest Class I to sometimes-life-threatening Class V. 32
These sports are seasonal by nature, the amount of water from the snowmelt determining the speed of the rivers. Steve Miller, who with his wife, Kathy, founded New Wave Rafting in 1980, expects good runoff from the snowmelt this year. “The highest water in early June is when the most thrills are available,” he says. Those new to the sport or who desire a tamer ride can wait until July when the temperatures rise and CFS drops. For most, whitewater rafting in Northern New Mexico is synonymous with a single stretch of river on the Rio Grande between Taos and Santa Fe. This fast-flowing section features two famed runs. The Racecourse is the most popular spot in New Mexico for guided rafting trips, and its rapids are usually Class III. Just upstream, the more challenging Taos Box is 17 miles of all-hands-on-board paddling and is best for experienced kayakers and rafters. Rapids run from Class III to a whopping V here, so expect to get very wet. Half-day Racecourse trips are accessible to families with children as young as seven. During the drier the months when the river moves more slowly, parts of the Racecourse can be navigated on a stand-up paddleboard or an inflatable kayak.
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New Wave Rafting, 2110 Hwy. 68, Embudo, NM 87531, newwaverafting.com; Santa Fe Rafting, 1000 Cerrillos, Santa Fe, santaferafting.com; Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, 1401 Maclovia, Unit A, Santa Fe, kokopelliraft.com; High Desert Angler, 460 Cerrillos, highdesertangler.com; The Reel Life, 526 N Guadalupe (in DeVargas Center), thereellife.com
Above: An angler uses a fly-rod to land a Rio Grande cutthroat trout in a meadow stream in Northern New Mexico. These fish can be found throughout several small streams in the area, and are especially prevalent within the Rio Grande and the Rio Santa Barbara in Taos County.
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Commercial rafting companies offer trips on the Rio Chama. Unique 1–3 day excursions through O’Keeffe country are on relatively calm water. Along the way, paddlers can count on seeing plenty of wildlife and catching some rapids while floating between the sandstone cliffs. In fact, this trip is so popular that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) limits the number of permits purchased by boaters each year. The permits are sold through a lottery system, and applications must be submitted by January 31st. A little farther north, parts of the San Juan River can accommodate newbie paddlers. Beginning at Navajo Lake State Park, the San Juan River between Navajo Dam and the Four Corners is perfect for a lazy float on one of its many slow-moving stretches. It’s also a fantastic spot for fishing and practicing paddling skills for faster-moving water. Many of the same rivers provide opportunities for fishing. (Make sure to purchase a fishing license first, available online.) The Rio Chama can be fished, as can waters in the Jemez Mountains, parts of the Rio Grande, and Abiquiú Lake. Fly fishermen often head to the Pecos River with Santa Fe–based guides. “The diversity of fishing in New Mexico is greatly overlooked,” says Peter Mosey, head guide at The Reel Life. Waters in the state teem with brown trout, rainbow trout, and lesser numbers of cutthroat or brook trout. “We’re anticipating a really good fishing season,” continues Mosey. Plentiful fish and high waters may promise a good time, but can also be perilous. Anyone making plans to hit the rivers and lakes should check ahead regarding weather, conditions, and applicable permits. Most guides will supply all necessary boats and safety equipment, but those who want to venture out on their own can seek instruction locally and rent personal flotation devices, helmets, and even vessels.
Above: The rapids can get rough, and finding that you and the raft have parted ways is not out of the question. Getting soaked is a given.
Left: An angler fly fishes for brown and Rio Grande cutthroat trout near a waterfall in Taos County, New Mexico. june/july 2017
history of the horse
HIPICO Santa Fe’s third season begins in July
As equestrian enthuasists know, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, is the equine capital of the world. The City Different, however, has carved out its own niche in the competitive horse world with HIPICO Santa Fe, a 138-acre gem of a Southwestern equestrian facility founded by native New Mexicans Brian Gonzales and Guy McElvain. HIPICO’s third full season—operating under the theme History of the Horse—will focus on, of course, the history of horses, as well as horse sports, riding equipment, the history of HIPICO’s land, and other bits of information that horse experts and non-experts alike will find interesting. Last year’s theme, Art of the Horse, was exceptionally well received and showcased many New Mexico artists in the printed program and the onsite art tent. From July 19 through August 13, HIPICO’s arenas will be filled with riders facing off in various hunter and jumper classes. As a nationally A-rated show, the Santa Fe Summer Series features top equestrians, mostly from the Southwest. The competitors will vie for more than $400,000 in prize money over four weeks. Highlights include the weekly welcome stakes every Friday at noon; the $30,000 Variable Grand Prix, July 23; the Sandia BMW/MINI Cooper Ride-&-Drive Challenge, July 29; the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, August 4; and, of course, the $40,000 Grand Prix de Santa Fe, benefiting local and regional charities, August 13 at 1 pm. Beyond riding and ribbons, HIPICO offers free admission, shaded viewing areas, and much more—art, fashion, live music, food trucks, beer and wine garden, an elegant Sunday brunch in the VIP lounge, and the opportunity for a meet and greet with these world-class equine and human athletes. Aside from the excitement of the summer competition and events, HIPICO brings a massive economic boost to Santa Fe—to the tune of a projected $12–15 million this year alone. HIPICO strives to be not only a hotspot for national and international equestrian competition, but to also operate under the umbrella of sustainability and togetherness for the entire New Mexico horse community. Their current and 34
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Above: Riding her mount Legis Touch the Sun, Jenni Martin McAllister gallops the Grand Prix course at HIPICO Santa Fe, a prelude to the pair’s journey to the 2017 World Cup Finals. McAllister was also the winner of the 2016 Grand Prix de Santa Fe.
Below: Wiener dog races have become a light-hearted tradition during the Santa Fe Summer Series.
Left: Derby Hat Day is always a crowd favorite. Equestrian Kendra Lyon and her Italian greyhound, Twiggy, relax in the HIPICO VIP Lounge on Derby Day.
The HIPICO VIP Lounge features ringside local cuisine, a beer and wine garden, and concierge services. Spectators join sponsors and competitors to enjoy a community experience and the thrill of showjumping.
three-to-five year plans are impressive—with hopes to open the facility for day use, for a small fee, to riders of all disciplines (with access to public Bureau Land Management land and 4.5 million acres of trails), and to bring western riders equally prestigious competitions, including reining, cutting, western pleasure, and more. If you haven’t been out to HIPICO simply because you aren’t sure horses are your thing, give it a try. Plans are also in the works to host various festivals— everything from antiques to music, to an autumn pumpkin patch, powwows, weddings, and other events for locals and visitors. Stop by and see what it’s all about—you’ll be glad you did. HIPICO Santa Fe, 100 S Polo Dr, hipicosantafe.com
Schedule of Events Santa Fe Summer Series 2017: Santa Fe Welcome Week July 19–23 Santa Fe Sonrisa Week July 26–30 Santa Fe Fiesta Week August 2–6 Grand Prix de Santa Fe August 9–13
Left: Britt Harley sails over the formidable wagon wheel jump with her mount Casbojo, owned by Daniel Michan Harbinger.
summer music roundup hitting all the right notes
The Peterson Brothers come up from Austin, Texas, to play blues, funk, and soul at Bandstand on July 12.
From al fresco opera to plaza dance parties, the mesas are alive with music this summer in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Opera (June 30–August 26) will present its 15th world premiere, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, a retelling of the innovator’s binary life. The opera blends tech and tradition in story and music: composer Mason Bates blends electronica with traditional opera orchestration. The season also includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, Handel’s Alcina, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat), a comic opera sung in English. With 40 concerts performed by 80 top musicians and ensembles, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is brimming with premieres; five commissioned pieces, including works by William Bolcom, Brett Dean, and Julian Anderson will debut during the season (July 16–August 21). Acclaimed countertenor and artist-in-residence David Daniels makes his festival debut in three programs, August 13, 16, and 19. The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s summer season (July 19–August 13) salutes the past by tapping into a multi-venue cultural collaboration. Be Here Now: Summer of Love Santa Fe examines 1960s social experimentation and activism with museum exhibits, while the chorus gives voice to the era with programming on liberty and justice. The 12th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival (July 13–August 5) has a calendar of Left: Anthony McGill returns to Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, which runs July 16–August 21.
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Above: Black Pearl Band brings snazzy shirts, a horn section, and a variety of music to Santa Fe Bandstand July 21.
Music on the Hill presents Wednesday evening performances at St. John’s College. A perfect opportunity for a picnic.
vibrant performers that include both top and up-andcoming acts. NEA Jazz Master and tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders will take the stage at the Lensic on July 29. The festival is also collaborating with other summer music programming favorites, like Music on the Hill, at St. John’s College, to present soprano sax player and flautist Jane Bunnett and her sextet, Maqueque, on July 19. Jazz/blues band Davina and the Vagabonds will play as part of the Santa Fe Bandstand series on July 25. Music on the Hill’s season (June 14–July 26) includes performances by Latin music songstress Nacha Mendez (July 12) and Cuban salsa favorites Son Como Son (July 26). Santa Fe Bandstand’s season (July 5–August 25) will open with bajo sexto sounds from Albuquerque native and Grammy Award–winner Max Baca, and will close with the Meow Wolf Monster Battle Party, when costumed monsters, aliens, robots, and freaks will assemble on the Plaza-turned-dance floor. In between, look for bluegrass, opera, and rock. Performance Santa Fe’s summer offerings are similarly eclectic—and world class. Rising opera stars will perform three 15-minute operas by Jake Heggie, Mark Adamo, and Joseph Illick on July 30, while sparkling soprano Anna Christy and Irish mezzosoprano Paula Murrihy will each present Festival of Song recitals, on August 4 and 10, respectively. Stars of the American Ballet, featuring elite dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, round out the summer season with performances on August 9 and 10.
santafeopera.org, santafechambermusic.com, desertchorale. org, outpostspace.org/pages/new-mexico-jazz-festival, sjc.edu/ santa-fe/events/music-on-the-hill, santafebandstand.org, performancesantafe.org
Rachel Barton Pine makes her debut at the Chamber Music Festival with a July 22 recital.
hang it all
the art of framing
by Lisa Van Sickle photographs by Gabriella Marks
ANYONE WHO OWNS OR COLLECTS ART will eventually need a framer. Whether you need to replace broken glass, or you bought an unframed piece of art, or the ’80s called and want their turquoise and mauve mats back, the day will come when you find yourself standing at a framing counter. Here’s what you need to know. Why frame a piece, anyway? There are pieces of art that don’t need frames. Some paintings created on stretched canvas, often on heavy stretcher bars (one inch or deeper), can have hanging wire attached to the stretchers. These are usually contemporary canvases with painted edges, either as a continuation of the paintings or just to make them presentable. Artwork made of metal, wood, ceramic, or plastic can usually be hung without the support of a frame and doesn’t need protection. Oil or acrylic paintings on canvas or board are framed with wood—or occasionally metal—moulding, but rarely require glazing. Because mats must be used under glass, they are not used for these paintings; but a linen or silk–covered wood liner can be added instead to give the same effect. UV or not UV Works on paper, or those in a more fragile medium such as pastel or watercolor, need glazing and usually a mat. Glass that blocks ultraviolet (UV) light (particularly important in Santa Fe) offers protection against fading and other damage at a reasonable price. Museum glass, which also blocks UV light, is non-reflective, eliminating glare from light fixtures or windows without distorting the color and detail in the art. While more expensive, it can be just the solution for certain pieces and locations. For large pieces, heavily trafficked areas, or children’s rooms, plexiglass—lightweight and shatterproof—is necessary. Like glass, plexiglass is available with UV protection and antireflective properties. Not just for show: Mats serve two purposes. Visually, a well-proportioned mat gives the photo, print, or painting some breathing room between the image and the frame. More important, mats keep the glass from touching the surface of the art. Always ask for archival mats and backing. (Most Santa Fe framers won’t use anything else.) Made from cotton fiber or highly purified wood pulp, archival materials are nonacidic and won’t discolor or damage the art. Mats come in thousands of colors, including more varieties of white than you knew existed. Working with your framer, you can find a shade that suits you and your art. Fitting the mould Frame shops carry hundreds of samples of moulding. How do you decide which one to use? Do you love gold? Prefer the warmth of natural wood? 38
Above: No two are alike! Here are some of the 4,000 options at Fine Art Framers.
Want to play up a certain color? First, look at the painting itself. An ornately carved baroque moulding is probably not what you want on an abstract. While a wide moulding can be fabulous on a small painting and a narrow one can be just the right finishing touch on a large piece, make sure the size looks neither overwhelming nor skimpy, and that the framer feels it is structurally appropriate. Talk with the framer about where the painting will hang. Look at the piece with several moulding samples. Set aside what you don’t care for, and try a few more. Narrow it down until both you and your framer think you have found the perfect one. Remember, framing professionals do this all day long, and they know how the finished piece will look. Give their opinion some weight. At the same time, you will be living with the piece and enjoying it for years to come. Choose what makes you happy and what brings out your favorite aspects of the painting. Santa Fe is an art-lover’s paradise, so it comes as no surprise that there are many picture framers, serving galleries, museums, and art collectors alike.
The local experts Justin’s Frame Designs Justin Sachs opened his shop in 2004. Now located in the Railyard off Baca, Justin’s Frame Designs gives Sachs the showroom he desired: an attractive space to work on framing design with gallery personnel, interior designers, and individual customers. An attached gallery shows several artists’ work. “What people are starved for in framing is handmade things,” Sachs says, and his business fills that need, for both the retail and wholesale trades. His unique classic Southwestern, gilded, and hardwood frames—including bubinga, lacewood, and padauk—are made in the shop, allowing his crew to adjust dimensions and finishes to fit the customer’s needs. Justin’s also carries commercially made mouldings, from the traditional to the up-to-the-minute. Above: Southwestern designs at Justin’s Frame Designs would complement Santa Fe–style décor. Perhaps on a mirror?
Justin’s Frame Designs, 1221 Flagman Way A2, santafeframing.com
Gavin Collier & Company Gavin Collier opened his eponymous frame shop in 1981. More than three decades later, manager Jesse Blanchard runs the place. Their primary goal is to use materials and methods that ensure safety and preservation: a piece of art should come out of the frame in just the same condition it went in. They carry manufactured moulding in all price ranges and also custom-mill and finish mouldings in-house. Shop specialties include gilding, hand-wrapped fabric mats, and framing objects of all shapes and sizes. With a clientele that ranges from impoverished students to museums, Blanchard and his staff love finding solutions to get a project done, large or small, on time and within budget.
Goldleaf Framemakers The crew at Goldleaf Framemakers can take lumber, carving tools, gold leaf, and a few other supplies and recreate a frame from the Hudson River School, art nouveau, or Louis XVI tradition. They have made frames for Gustave Baumann’s art that are indistinguishable from Baumann’s originals. With over 1,000 accounts across the country, their hand-carved frames travel far. Owner Marty Horowitz wrote the book on gilding—literally. “I can gild anything,” he says (and he probably has). He teaches gilding and the history of picture frames, and he and his staff can make a frame authentic to a painting from any age and area. His shop, open since 1988, adheres to the strictest standards of conservation while faithfully using materials and techniques of bygone eras. Goldleaf Framemakers, 627 W Alameda, goldleafpictureframes.com
Above: Trying a corner sample on a painting at Gavin Collier & Company. Does it work?
Above: At Goldleaf Framemakers, all the details are hand-carved before the frame is finished with gold leaf or other materials.
Gavin Collier & Company Custom Framers, 815 Early, gavincollier.com
Fine Art Framers, Inc. After several years working in other frame shops, Will Schmitt opened his own, Fine Art Framers, at the beginning of 1996. He describes his clientele as a good mix of commercial accounts—galleries, museums, and artists framing in quantity—and individuals. The shop displays over 4,000 moulding samples, in an endless range of styles, sizes, and price ranges. Schmitt says that the heart of the business is in building relationships and meeting the customers’ expectations. Galleries in particular often have time constraints, and Fine Art Framers works to accommodate. They don’t shy away from a challenge: Schmitt recalled a job framing 15 drawings, each one almost 6 x 7', to be sent to a museum show in Wisconsin. After that, no job seemed too big! Fine Art Framers, Inc., 1415 W Alameda, fineartframers.com
Above: Fine Art Framers touches up any imperfections before the finished product goes to the customer. june/july 2017
Star Liana York, Echo in the Canyon, bronze, 35 x 37 x 21"
Star Liana York Inspired by the connections found between environment, people, animals, and culture, Star Liana York renders these bridges in bronze sculptures that capture these concepts in playful, powerful, and spontaneous moments. York lives in the Southwest and draws continuous inspiration from the wildlife, ancient sites, Native peoples, and natural beauty of this region. Working in sizes from jewelry pendants to monumental sculptures, York is a master of her craft. Her clever staging of miniature bronze elements posed on natural materials, such as agate, sets her apart as a distinctively Southwestern artist.—Stephanie Love Bridging Worlds—Human, Animal, Divine, July 7–31, reception July 7, 5–7:30 pm, Sorrel Sky Gallery, sorrelsky.com
ANRI TSUTSUMI Raised in Tokyo, Japan, and residing in the United States for most of her adult life, Anri Tsutsumi translates and melds her cultural influences into fantastical creations on canvas. After attending the University of New Mexico in 1990 to study art and Native American culture, she became drawn to the Southwest. Tsutsumi, now based in Santa Fe, combines Eastern and Western influences in what she refers to as “wasabi salsa” to produce spicy, joyful works of contemporary art. In her current series of works, to be displayed at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Tsutsumi creates compositions that can be hung with any side at the top. She confirms, “In that way, my collectors would enjoy having four different variations with a painting, by simply rotating it.” Tokyo meets the Southwest in a unique solo exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings. —Amanda Jackson Wasabi Salsa Rhapsody, June 2–July 30, reception June 16, 5–7 pm, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, elmuseocultural.org Above: Anri Tsutsumi, The Red Groove Gray Castle #1, acrylic, oil pastel, and pencil on paper, 20 x 30"
Alex Gabriel Bernstein Created from cast, carved, and polished glass, sometimes in contrast with rusted steel, the pieces that Alex Gabriel Bernstein designs and fabricates reflect an appreciation of organic line and a mastery of color as well as an understanding of light. The vibrant and nebulous hues of the glass contrast with the rigid, intricately detailed textures; together, the combination evokes a terrestrial yet cosmic feel. Bernstein’s precise technique and astute use of color accentuate his simple yet intriguing forms, some of which resemble ice crystals and land formations. As these natural shapes suggest, the North Carolina artist spent much of his childhood outdoors, immersed in the gorgeous landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains.—SL Alex Gabriel Bernstein: New Work, July 28–August 22, Reception July 28, 5–7 pm, Winterowd Fine Art, fineartsantafe.com
Right: Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Purple Blue Reach, glass, 19 x 19 x 4"
Paul-Henri Bourguignon, Innocence, gouache on paper, 21 x 15"
Paul–Henri Bourguignon Using bold, geometric strokes, Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906-1988) made gouache or acrylic paintings and drawings in varied media of the locations and people he encountered in his travels. Thoroughly a modernist, the Belgian artist created most of his masterpieces from memory, during and after his frequent trips to Haiti, Peru, North Africa, and other countries in the Caribbean and Europe. Bourguignon eventually settled in the United States. Focused on local color, his rough, planar forms and confident lines reveal his unique perspective on the portrayal of portraits and architecture. An insightful show, curated by Jane Hoffelt, executor of Bourguignon’s estate, will be presented by Ventana Fine Art this June.—SL A Retrospective—50 Years a Modernist, June 2–20, Reception June 2, 5–7 pm, Ventana Fine Art, ventanafineart.com 42
Gigi Mills Maine Summer/Bather with Hat and Sandals 15 x 22 oil on book board/mounted on panel
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Michael and Catherine Jensen Michael Jensen’s background in sculpture, engineering, and fine arts blends with Catherine Jensen’s love of history, gemology, and education to create unique, historically-influenced pieces of wearable art. The Jensens’ classical Greco-Roman pieces reflect their deep interest in ancient worlds. Catherine was raised in several cultures, and spent her childhood exploring museums and archaeological sites. Michael’s expertise was acquired through the study of sculpture and goldsmithing. Both share a love of history, and their designs are affected by themes they discover in their museum travels. “My husband and I are both pretty academic,” says Catherine, and their knowledge is evident in the jewelry they create. The Jensens have been showing with Fairchild & Co. for about 10 years.—Anne Maclachlan Fairchild & Co., fairchildjewelry.com
Right: Michael and Catherine Jensen, The Minoan, bronze, sterling silver, and 18-kt gold, Montana agate, and garnet
EDWARD GONZALES Edward Gonzales paints realistic scenes of Hispanic life in New Mexico. Rendered in vibrant colors, his works are richly expressive and feature subjects placed in compelling compositions. Fathers and sons with fattened pigs, a woman and her dog by an horno, a fruit harvester, women with ristras, mountainous landscapes, churches, and even still lifes are all represented in his signature style. Gonzales describes his working method as “pouring energy, movement, and color into my paintings.” Coinciding with the celebrations of Spanish Market and Contemporary Hispanic Market, Gonzales will present new works at Acosta Strong Fine Art. Gonzales, himself the founder of Santa Fe’s Contemporary Hispanic Market in 1989, was the 2013 recipient of the Governor’s award for excellence in the arts.—AJ Edward Gonzales: One Man Show, July 24–August 14, reception July 28, 5–7 pm, Acosta Strong Fine Art, acostastrong.com Above: Edward Gonzales, Paisanos Bajo El Cielo Azul, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 38"
MICHA TAUBER After receiving her education at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Arts in Paris, later continuing her studies at Atelier National d’Art Textile, Micha Tauber developed an aesthetic that is at once timeless and dreamlike. Since 1993, Tauber has exhibited her works at numerous contemporary art shows and European galleries in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, and Frankfurt. She now shows her work at Gallery 901.—AJ Gallery 901, gallery901.org Left: Micha Tauber, Peace for Hiroshima, mixed media on canvas, 24 x 36" 44
Guilloume Emphasizing silhouette and spherical forms, Guilloume sculpts figurative works with stylized, sleek forms and vivid patinas. Describing his work as being in the Bolismo style (the artist’s translation of balls), the rounded profiles of the people he creates suggest narrative in subtle, aesthetic ways, with clustered figures posed in harmonious compositions. The Colombianborn artist now calls New Mexico home. His bronze sculptures and paintings have become a coveted part of Santa Fe’s Contemporary Hispanic Market, where he is now showing for his 23rd year. Pippin Contemporary is hosting an exhibit of Guilloume’s latest series of bronze sculptures and wall reliefs during this time.—SL Guilloume’s Contemporary Hispanic Market Preview, July 26–August 8, reception July 28, 5–7 pm, Pippin Contemporary, pippincontemporary.com
RICK STEVENS Loitering In Mystery JUNE 16 – JULY 2, 2017
FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 5 – 7pm
Shinrin Yoku, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 × 48 inches
Guilloume, Becoming One, bronze, 22 x 10 x 8"
Hunter Kirkland Contemporary 200 – B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 phone 505.984.2111 hunterkirklandcontemporary.com
HAROLD O’CONNOR Harold O’Connor’s jewelry, a craft he perfected during his time in Europe, reflects puzzles and abstract concepts in a design format. Having fallen in love with the challenge of translating ideas into solid form, he continually develops his own techniques and sometimes even his own tools, in order to actualize his ideas. O’Connor’s focus is on the metalworking aspect of creation, “design it, make it, teach it, and write about it.” And while not too influenced by “other jewelry” he does find inspiration in certain sculptors’ work (David Smith, Noguchi, Chillida) as well as travel, interaction with society, architectural forms, and form of nature. Most of all, he believes the most important part of his works is the aesthetic value, not intrinsic value.—AJ Patina Gallery, patina-gallery.com
Left: Harold O’Connor, ring, Indonesian Beach Pebble, oxidized sterling silver with stone, inlaid with 18-kt gold granules, size 7 ¾, band ¼", stone 1 ½ x ¾"
KURT MARKUS In 1977, Edward Weston’s photograph Pepper No. 30 sparked Kurt Markus’s love affair with photography. Markus embraces the idea that “photography can take you to places outside yourself, that photography intensifies living and seeing. Even—especially—when I am not holding a camera to my eye.” A stickler for straight photography, he is happy to express himself within the confines of this style, knowing that great and timeless pictures can easily fit within that framework. Markus began his career capturing the Western United States, and is perhaps best known for his early images of cowboys and, later, fashion and advertising photography. A man of many talents, he has also directed and shot music videos and documentary films, and has written two screenplays.—AJ Obscura Gallery, obscuragallery.net Above: Kurt Markus, Spanish Ranch, Tuscora, NV (1983), gelatin silver print, 16 x 20"
MELINDA ROSENBERG Melinda Rosenberg is inspired by wood—the turn of a branch, the texture of bark, the pattern of growth rings. When painting and staining the grain, she says, she is “celebrating life in a direct way” and “embracing age.” Her two current series, X Series and Tumbling Blocks, at Tansey Contemporary are undoubtedly contemporary, however, Rosenberg asserts that her influences are both historic and eclectic. “[The X series] is designed to take the participant out of their mind, and into the present moment” by referencing some of the visual effects used in Japanese tea houses and gardens where, for example, stepping stones would be mirrored on either side of a portal. Ultimately, Rosenberg uses visual plays to contradict expectations.—AJ Tansey Contemporary, tanseycontemporary.com 46
Above: Melinda Rosenberg, X-85, paint on pine, old shelving, plywood, and maple, 17 x 22 x 6"
the power of color and figure
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Right: Rance Jones, Potatoes, watercolor on paper, 20 x 14"
RANCE JONES Broadening the boundaries of watercolor, Rance Jones’s photorealistic style imbues the subject with a story filled with beauty, emotion, elegance, and wonder. His watercolors are heirs to a movement begun by artists such as Chuck Close, Charles Bell, and Richard Estes. Rance’s approach draws the viewer in by giving his subjects a visceral, dramatic presence. Subjects ranging from animals and landscapes to nontypical still lifes, people working, and portraits compete with a foreground and background, allowing a tension to exist within the work. The viewer is invited to consider the layers of meaning in the relationship between a painting’s elements, while the photorealistic style heightens the visual and emotional response.—AJ Rance Jones: La Vida de una Montaña—Watercolor Paintings of Peru, June 16–29, reception June 16, 5–7 pm, The Worrell Gallery, worrellgallery.com
John Oteri, Talkin’ the Talk, oil on canvas, 8 x 16"
John Oteri Painter John Oteri’s approach is best illustrated through his own words: “White paper is very beautiful in itself and I find it very difficult to cover it all. As a result, my paintings tend to be vignette-like with a major center of interest. Because of this tendency, I feel the painting can be viewed either at a distance strictly as an abstract composition, or close-up, revealing the detail of the subject matter.” Certainly, his colorful ghostly forms moving through simple landscapes are lovely from afar. Yet, upon close observation, fabric and patterns are beautifully expressed.—AM John Oteri: Solo Exhibition, June 30–July 9, reception June 30, 5–7 pm, Joe Wade Fine Art, joewadefineart.com
Mark White, Golden Pair, patinas on engraved copper, 8 x 8"
Mark White Mark White is best known for the wind sculptures he fashions from brightly colored copper and stainless steel, standing sentry outside his eponymous gallery. Or maybe for his landscape paintings—broad expanses of water or sky rendered in oils. White’s newest work combines elements of both. Beginning with hand-engraved copper or aluminum sheets, White colors them using a hot dye process. The resulting patinas are vividly colorful, and the metallic surface underlying each print heightens the hues. He often chooses koi as his subject matter, and the medium lends itself to the shimmering water and iridescent fish scales. A landscape done with this process hints at where White may be heading next.—Lisa Van Sickle My World and Welcome to It: Paintings by Mark White, July 7–August 21, reception July 7, 5–7 pm, Mark White Fine Art, markwhitefineart.com 50
PEGGY MCGIV ERN Working as a full-time artist since 1978, Peggy McGivern began her artistic career selling paintings in a pub in Manchester, England. Having come from three generations of accomplished artists, she knew where her path in life would eventually lead. Typically utilizing a color palette reminiscent of the 1940s, with rich, toned oranges, reds, and lime greens, plum shadows, and hints of charcoal, McGivern depicts the people and places she has encountered during her world travels. “There always has to be a glimmer of truth in my work,” she notes. Among her influences she includes Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (his style clearly evident in her paintings of horses), as well as several artists in the 1960s Bay Area figurative movement.—AJ Alexandra Stevens Gallery, alexandrastevens.com Peggy McGivern, Babysitters, mixed media on panel, 20 x 24"
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BILL WORRELL With a career spanning more than 35 years, Bill Worrell has found success as a sculptor and painter. Executed in various media, his works are personal, copyrighted interpretations of ancient pictographs found along the convergence of the Lower Pecos River and the Middle Rio Grande, on the border of Texas and Mexico. With a zest for the elements around him and a lifelong passion for archeology, Worrell maintains two studios—one in the Texas Hill Country and one in Santa Fe. Worrell has shown at Worrell Gallery since 2011, though he has exhibited his works in other Santa Fe galleries since 1986.—AJ Healing Powers, July 21–August 3, Reception July 21, 5–7 pm, The Worrell Gallery, worrellgallery.com Bill Worrell, The Vision, bronze, 35 x 18 x 5"
Belle Brooke Jeweler Belle Brooke Barer is aware that she lives, as do we all, in the digital age. This consciousness is part of the appeal she finds in working with her hands, using age-old tools and techniques to create objects of beauty. In another recognition of the dilemmas of modern life, Barer uses 100 percent recycled metal and thoughtfully sourced diamonds and other stones. Barer works in both gold and silver, and incorporates stones from diamond to agate, sometimes all in the same piece. Her jewelry is decidedly contemporary, and virtually every piece uses circles in the design. The pieces Barer makes with a matte oxidized silver finish are unique; the almost-black metal lets the smallest bit of the silver shine through.—LVS Belle Brooke, bellebrooke.net
Left: Belle Brooke, pendant, matte oxidized sterling silver and 18-kt yellow gold with GVS diamond melee and Australian chrysoprase cabochon, 1 ½"
Scott Swezy An old saying has it that if you stay in New Mexico long enough to wear out a pair of shoes, you’ll never get The Land of Enchantment out of your blood. Scott Swezy arrived from the East Coast in 1974 to attend University of New Mexico, and must have worn out those shoes right away. The area’s light and mountains influenced his artwork immediately, and still do. Swezy is a flexible artist, working in oils, printmaking, and both soft and oil pastel. He also shows his versatility by creating both figurative and abstract works. Swezy’s landscapes show his familiarity with abstraction, while his abstracts often are marked with thick, black lines, reminiscent of Asian brush painting or the work of French painter Georges Rouault.—LVS Catenary Art Gallery, catenaryartgallery.com
Above: Scott Swezy, Black Mist, oil pastel on gator board, 53 x 42"
Ken Bonner Oil painter Ken Bonner has lived many lives. Wildlife photography, a corporate career, and raising a family all had their turn. Since 2003, though, Bonner has devoted himself to oils. No surprise, as his father was a painter and graphic designer and his mother a textile artist. Bonner spent much of his adult life in New Zealand, and then moved to Mexico for a few years, where he met his wife. They moved back to her native Australia, and then to Santa Fe in 2013. Bonner’s life is reflected in his work. Tropical blooms find their way in, as do saguaros, cranes, and forests. If it catches his fancy, Ken Bonner will paint it.—LVS Ken Bonner, painting demonstration, June 2, 5–8 pm, True West of Santa Fe, truewestgallery.com Above: Ken Bonner, Until the End of Time, oil on canvas, 40 x 30" june/july 2017
Daniel Martin Diaz “Art is a reflection of ourselves, the story of humanity, and a quest to understand the physical and metaphysical world.” So says Tucson-based artist Daniel Martin Diaz, and Diaz has gone to considerable lengths to increase his understanding. Fragments of his study of anatomy, cosmology, and quantum physics find their way into his art. Our Lady of Guadalupe is surrounded with a lacy pattern resembling molecular structure. The fine bones of a skeleton’s hand or foot morph into tree branches or roots—or are those actually veins and capillaries? Much of Diaz’s subject matter starts with the iconography and symbolism of the Catholic Church. A deeper look reveals worlds and layers within, a contemporary examination of ancient beliefs.—LVS Contemporary Spanish Market Show, July 7–August 1, reception July 29, 6–8 pm, POP Gallery, popsantafe.com Daniel Martin Diaz, La Virgen, graphite on paper, 22 x 17"
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Albert Scharf, Blanket Comfort in White Rock, oil on canvas, 36 x 48"
Albert Scharf Raised in New York City, Albert Scharf came to New Mexico to study architecture and photography at the University of New Mexico. He, like so many other artists, was taken with the long views and colorful sunsets of the Southwest. Scharf has made a study of Western skies, with their everchanging clouds and light patterns spilling over arid landscapes. Those who dream of classic desert sunsets will find Scharf’s soft renderings in oil paint to be truly evocative of the classic Western idea of broad vistas filled with the vivid evening light.—AM Edges to Enlightenment, June 23–July 7, Reception June 23, 5–7 pm, Giacobbe Fritz Fine Art, giacobbefritz.com
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Above: Tresa Vorenberg, Bird in Flight, 14-kt gold, rubies and diamonds
A small business owner needs many skills, and Tresa Vorenberg has them all. She’s a quick study; while on leave from college she began working for a Kansas City silversmith, and was making all the jewelry and running the business within six months. People wanted gold instead of silver? No problem; she taught herself goldsmithing. In 1981, a family illness brought Vorenberg back to her native New Mexico. She opened a store on Canyon Road the following year, and it’s now a mainstay. Vorenberg’s shop carries the work of 35 other jewelers, but she mainly makes custom pieces, ensuring perfect fit and design. She thrives on the interaction with clients—the third generation of one family now comes to her. She says, “I think I have a really happy life. I love what I do.”—LVS Tresa Vorenberg, tvgoldsmiths.com
Paul Sarkisian Born in 1928, Paul Sarkisian has had many careers as a painter. Starting with a brief stint painting abstracts, he began a series of photorealistic, airbrushed nudes, did a number of lifesize paintings of the façades of houses and storefronts, dove deeper into realism with a series of trompe l’oeil images in the 1980s, and then arrived full circle back at non-representational painting. Sarkisian was honored with a 2005 retrospective at SITE Santa Fe and currently shows at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art. His most recent paintings are done with industrial resins and automotive paints, sometimes on irregularly shaped substrates, exploring color, depth, and surface. Sarkisian’s paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Germany’s Aachen Museum of Art.—LVS Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, charlottejackson.com
Above: Paul Sarkisian, Untitled (#6), polymer resin and mixed media on wood, 21 x 14" 58
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Michael Parkes Right: Michael Parkes, Summer Storm, bronze, 27 x 23 x 20"
Born and educated in the United States, Michael Parkes has resided in Spain since 1975. He works in bronze and lithography, and still finds time to paint. His lithographs are deeply complex, using as many as 14 colors printed one at a time. Parkes considers his work “magical realism.” In visual art (as well as literature), this means highly lifelike portrayals of imaginary beings. Wings sprout from heads or shoulders, animals bring messages, and a mermaid or a centaur is just as likely to be in the picture as a human. Parkes’s work shows a deep understanding of the human form, which he uses to depict tableaux with a mythological feel.—LVS The Longworth Gallery, thelongworthgallery.com
Melissa Chandon There is a conundrum running through Melissa Chandon’s body of acrylic paintings. Virtually everything she paints is manmade—boats, buildings, the tail fin on an old Cadillac—but no people are pictured. What she is actually portraying are shapes, colors, and composition. Chandon uses bright, clear color, unsullied by earth tones, and she pares shapes down to their essence. Her sense of composition is equally uncompromising. Chandon herself describes her style as “Americana meets Pop Art.” The influences she cites include David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Hopper, and 1950s road trips remembered from childhood. Most viewers would agree wholeheartedly.—LVS Selby Fleetwood Gallery, selbyfleetwoodgallery.com
Above: Melissa Chandon, Three Boats With Turquoise Dock, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48"
Helen Hardin Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was to the easel born—her mother, Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara), was one of the first Native women to establish a career in art. Having shown since childhood with her mother, Hardin had a highly successful solo exhibit in Colombia in 1968, where her father was then living, and where no one knew of Velarde. This proved to Hardin that she was an artist in her own right, and her career soared. Between her prodigious ability and her striking looks, she was often featured in magazines and on television. Hardin’s paintings and etchings incorporate Native imagery with thoroughly modern elements. Often using a geometrical foundation for her composition, katsinas and animal designs break into Cubist-style planes, and her images are rife with nonrepresentational elements of pattern and texture. Diagnosed with cancer in 1981, Hardin completed some of her most important works in the last few years of her life.—LVS Golden Dawn and 3D Gallery, goldendawngallery.com Left: Helen Hardin, Listening Woman (1982), copperplate etching, 25 x 19" 60
Gigi Mills, Night Sail, oil crayon and graphite on paper, 68 x 48"
gigi Mills Santa Fe artist Gigi Mills paints in mere references to the physical world. She deconstructs the everyday, painting in flat, geometric shapes, rarely including any detail; the simplified style produces an elegance that is essential to her work. She uses layers of rich oil, sometimes adding a glaze, to reveal ethereal images that are at once both personal and timeless. Having been raised amongst the Mills Brothers’ Circus and trained as a ballerina, Mills often incorporates characters in performance in her works—many of her paintings appear as a stage set, where the figures and interiors are conspicuously on display. In July, GF Contemporary will present new works from Mills with a reception on July 7.—AJ The Solace in Imperfection, July 7–21, reception July 7, 5–7 pm, GF Contemporary, gfcontemporary.com
Gregory Price The glass sculptures of Gregory Price defy the expected laws of physics; they bend, melt, and hang in midair. Price experiments with texture and surfaces. In his Trauma series he creates offkilter towers and blocks of spiderwebbed glass, while his wall art seems to peel softly from its foundation. If his work doesn’t capture the viewer’s immediate attention, it at least generates a startled feeling of “wait; that can’t happen.” Price is one of four sculptors whose shows overlap at Christopher Martin Gallery this summer and fall.—AM Shared Elements, May 19–September 30, Reception June 16, 5–7 pm, Christopher Martin Gallery, christophermartingallery.com
Right: Gregory Price, Kabuto, glass, 16 x 18 x 4"
Above: Chris Maynard, Owltercation, red-tail black cockatoo wing feathers and European eagle owl wing feather, 19 x 24"
The works of Chris Maynard are stunning. Using eye surgery tools, Maynard skillfully makes detailed cuts from feathers. Keeping their three-dimensional shape, he arranges his pieces to produce interesting play between light and shadow. Each of his shadowbox creations tells its own story—and within the piece, two other layers emerge—the relationship between the birds that grow and shed the feathers, and the personal interactions with people associated with the feathers. Maynard states, “My ideas are inspired by the birds themselves, like a flight sequence or a certain pose. Or they are inspired by the shape or color of a particular feather. Or they are inspired by an attribute of feathers: flight, transcendence, hope, bridges between worlds, and escape. They are full of metaphor.”—AJ The Art of Chris Maynard, June 23–July 22, Reception June 23, 5–7 pm, Gerald Peters Gallery, gpgallery.com
Rick Stevens, Auburn Deciduous, pastel on paper, 37 x 36"
Rick Stevens Rick Stevens’s life is evident in his art. His father was a painter; he grew up in Michigan with easy access to woods and water; and he has long followed spiritual interests. The results are oils and pastels based on elements of nature and the landscape, without being direct representations. Stevens, through his paintings, shows a reverence for nature and the beauty inherent in the natural world, while also exploring the structure and harmony he finds in pursuits such as tai chi. He describes his work as “an open window to other realms.”—LVS Rick Stevens, New Paintings, June 16–July 2, reception June 16, 5–7 pm, Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, hunterkirklandcontemporary.com
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Anthony Martinez, Chest (Caja), pine with hand-forged hardware, 36 x 38 x 17"
ANTHONY MARTINE Z A Santa Fe native, Anthony Martinez produces extraordinary woodwork based on authentic Spanish colonial arts. For 30 years, Martinez has studied the colonial period iconography, and recognizes the beauty in the older, classic styles. He has made it his mission not just to reproduce the Spanish colonial furniture, but to reeducate the indigenous Hispanic population regarding the style and importance of the traditional designs. Ultimately, he would like to see this heritage passed onto future generations. Martinez is also an accomplished draftsman for mechanical, electrical, architectural, and civil engineering projects. Recently, he has branched out into other media including photography, metal and stone sculpture, paintings, and music.—AJ July 14–August 19, Reception July 14, 5–7 pm, Gerald Peters Gallery, gpgallery.com
Nathan Bennett, Meditation Time, patinas on bronze, 16 x 10"
Nathan Bennett Blue Rain Gallery debuts Nathan Bennett’s new series of patinas on bronze. Bennett’s waking-dream images often consist of deep shadow against warm, coppery hues, producing a sense of the mystical. Whether he is depicting an approaching steam locomotive gliding through the mist on a snow-covered track (Still Steel), or a stag leaping against the moon’s glow in a serene woodland (Moon Lake Escape), Bennett creates a rare depth of feeling and vision.—AM Of Metal and Fire: New Patina Paintings by Nathan Bennett, June 9–24, reception June 9, 5–7 pm, Blue Rain Gallery, blueraingallery.com
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Tony Buchen and Jazzmean Goodwin, The Three Fates: Time, Destiny, & Chance, PETG filament handfinished with resin and lacquer, standing figures 16 x 7 x 7", seated figure 10 x 11 x 7"
A Retrospective: Sculpture From the Virtual World Golden Dawn and 3D Gallery 201 Galisteo goldendawngallery.com June 16–July 14 Reception June 16, 5–7:30 pm
In this retrospective show, Tony Buchen and Jazzmean Goodwin present 20 years of sculpture created between 1997 and 2017. While working as artists-in-residence at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1990s, metal sculptors Goodwin and Buchen became interested in what computers had to offer them. Sloss, a former blast furnace turned historic site with strong digital capability, inspired the duo to begin creating virtual sculptures, which consisted only of pixels that formed photos and videos. In the early 2000s, while living in Corsica, Buchen and Goodwin had an opportunity to work with 3D printing in its earliest forms. This technology eventually led them back to producing physical objects, working with the state-of-the-art 3D printer at Golden Dawn and 3D Gallery. The retrospective includes artwork from all stages of their collaboration, including their first 3D print, Capo di Muro, and first video, Capo di Muro: A Virtual Sculpture—and hints at upcoming possibilities.—Lisa Van Sickle june/july 2017
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Above: Awaiting the Silent Season, oil on canvas, 20 x 16"
Above: See With the Heart,oil on canvas, 4 x 4" Right: Generational Threads, oil on canvas, 58 x 58"
Reveling in the dazzling, high desert light of the southwest, the historic Taos artists painted the splendor around them. In brushstrokes reminiscent of these masterpieces, Jerry Jordan depicts the same mountainous region, with abundant color and aesthetically pleasing composition. At age 19, when Jordan first visited this special Northern New Mexican town, he encountered the paintings of the Taos art colony. From that influential visit on, he sought to paint in oil, in the style of these early 20thcentury virtuosos. “I was swept off my feet!” he says. Jordan and his wife, Marilyn, became engaged during this first road trip to Taos in 1963, then returned as residents two years later. Both were working at the Taos Inn Art Gallery, but Jordan claims that he couldn’t yet paint to his satisfaction. Discouraged by his first attempt at the craft, the couple left Taos, not to return until 1984, establishing residence the next year. During this later trip, Jordan grew close with a family from the Taos Pueblo, the Reynas, who encouraged him to continue pursuing his lifelong passion. Living with the Reynas provided “insight into the way they embraced life and their world,” he notes. “Their inspiration is what gets me up in the morning to go paint.” Born and raised in West Texas, Jordan was not initially exposed to art, but confirms that the historic Taos artists began everything for him. “I cannot answer what is the inspiration to each painting without the context of what initially inspired me to paint Taos,” he says. Rendering scenes framed by lush, towering mountains and picturesque skies, this artist paints gatherings of Native Americans, handsome little adobes, and spontaneous, everyday moments. Now a thorough Taoseño, Jordan has shown at Manitou Galleries since 2003. Jerry Jordan at Manitou Galleries, 225 Canyon, manitougalleries.com
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Above: Poteet Victory has come to prefer a palette knife for applying paint to canvas.
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Former rodeo cowboy and bull rider Poteet Victory (Cherokee/Choctaw) has been credited with inventing a new art form: those splashy whimsies called the Abbreviated Portrait Series, created from the simple essences of well-known people. Each image has a dash of paint or a stroke of color creating an instantly recognizable trait, but it’s up to the viewer to fill in the details. Look for Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot; Prince’s enigmatic symbol; Andy Warhol’s hair; and the Rolling Stones’ signature cheeky tongue among the collection. It’s all about finding meaning via absence. The inspiration, Victory says, arose from watching people texting—specifically, from wondering how anyone could instantly interpret “L8R” as “later.” While experimenting with the concept of communicat70
ing through abbreviation, he created a white background centered with a soft red square and punctuated by a black dot. Thus appeared Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress, lips, and beauty mark. No other artist had created anything like it. It was his friend Andy Warhol who encouraged Victory to see rejection as a path to success, which freed him of that dread of failure. He is constantly experimenting. In fact, after abandoning brushes, he now paints exclusively with a narrow palette knife. “You can’t get that effect with a brush,” he says, stepping back and eyeing up his current work in progress. He’s adding layers of a unique gloss that he creates himself, and it is producing an astonishing depth to the already vibrant colors on the canvas. “I paint it, sand it down, paint it, sand it down again,” until reaching
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the desired effect. “You have to create your own niche, your own look,” he says. Victory arrived in Santa Fe in 1989, kicking off his time here as a bartender at Vanessie. Soon, at the request of the owner, his work was hanging on the walls there, selling fast and well. “So that ended my bartending career,” he observes with a broad smile. There’s a lot on Poteet Victory’s calendar at the moment, and he is very happy about that. He thrives on being busy, painting daily, and even building his own frames and worktables. This summer, 15 of Victory’s works, which he is creating especially for this exhibit, will hang at the Halcyon Gallery at Harrod’s in London. Halcyon had originally requested six, he explained, but more than doubled the request after meeting the artist. His Abbreviated Portrait series will show at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma; and he is the first nontraditional, abstract painter ever invited to show at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale June 9–10, 2017, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Victory will continue to exhibit his work at McLarry Modern. Poteet Victory at McLarry Modern, 225 Canyon #8, mclarrymodern.com
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Debra Baxter earthly elegance
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The brash and beautiful bronze and crystal works that Santa Fe artist Debra Baxter designs embrace the harmony between function and appearance. Baxter’s customized metalwork elevates the natural roughness of her materials—anything from minerals to crystals to metals—in order to create a refined, wearable masterpiece. Having gained recognition for her sterling silver and quartz crystal brass knuckles, a part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection since 2015, Baxter has built upon an already successful career since moving to the City Different. The Nebraska-born artist finds great inspiration from living in her current home. “The beautiful light and sky have heightened my appreciation for natural materials,” she notes. “There is a magical, peaceful energy here that grounds me.” Baxter, like many other artists that reside in Santa Fe, also finds that “the overall mindset of the community is conducive to making.” Baxter has exhibited at form & concept in Santa Fe’s Railyard district since they opened in 2016. She is grateful to show at a gallery that suits her portfolio, and says that it seems, “an obvious fit because [the] work has a strong overlap of art and craft.” Her deliberate, stylized imitation of practical and defensive fashions, such as the brass knuckles and a breastplate—her newest piece—make for a contemporary version of aesthetic armor. Perpetually an artist, Baxter has been creating since childhood and has worked seriously in nearly all media, from painting to steel sculpture to photography. “All art media provide an avenue to magic,” she says, appreciating the potential of each technique and process. Although she clearly has acquired a talent for crafting her sophisticated and conceptual adornments, the accomplished artist is also humbled by the challenge of translating her ideas to physical form. She admits, “To turn an idea into reality effectively feels like a miracle every single time.” Debra Baxter at form&concept, 435 S Guadalupe, formandconcept.center
Breastplate (Reveal), quartz crystals and bronze, 18 x 12 x 3"
Left: Elana Schwartz, Erodon on Cliff (detail), linden wood, pine, and mahogany, 67 x 22 x 24"
One-Year Anniversary Exhibition form & concept 435 S Guadalupe formandconcept.center Through October 22 form & concept opened a year ago in the Railyard district, with the goal of breaking down the boundaries between art, craft, and design. By presenting recycled jewelry and hand-knit superhero costumes; hosting a presentation by Judy Chicago; and featuring comic book art by Native youth during their inaugural year, they certainly have crossed traditional lines. The anniversary show artists include Heidi Brandow, Heather Bradley, Matthew Mullins, Wesley Anderegg, Debra Baxter, Brett Kern, Bunny Tobias, Armond Lara, Thais Mather, Rebecca Rutstein, Elana Schwartz, and an array of jewelry artists in the form & concept shop. A new media exhibit by Noisefold incorporates glass, sound, and light, and will be at the gallery through July 22.—LVS Positivity Below: Kari Rives, Canyon Road Contemporary Spiral Healer, ceramic, 403 Canyon 23 x 14 x 24" canyoncontemporary.com June 23–July 2 Reception June 23, 5–7 pm Positivity celebrates the work of two artists, both of whom emphasize the brighter side. Kari Rives has worked in many media over her career, and is currently making ceramic sculptures of animals. Some are solitary, others are grouped, but all of them illustrate Rives’s conviction that animals possess rich emotional lives and tend towards kindness and empathy. Even an alligator smiles and exudes friendliness. Painter Dena Tollefson uses a technique she calls “daubism,” which could be defined as “pointillism meets the palette knife.” Each painting comprises individual daubs of oil paint, mixed from a limited palette. Together, they depict flowers, insects, water, landscape, and still life, all full of the joy the Iowa-based artist brings to her paintings.—LVS Landscape’s Edge Canyon Road Contemporary 403 Canyon canyoncontemporary.com July 28–August 6 Reception July 28, 5–7 pm Artist’s demonstration, July 29, 11 am–2 pm There is a sense of starkness to Kathy Beekman’s pastel paintings. They are mainly land and sky, bisected where the two meet. A lonely building or two often punctuates the horizon, but is too far in the distance for the viewer to tell if it is occupied. In others, the silhouette of a bare tree fills the paper. Beekman’s demonstration on Saturday, July 29, is a must for those interested in her work. Pastel is a demanding medium—while colors can be blended, they cannot be mixed—and Beekman, usually working on black paper, creates beautiful gradations of color in a brilliant sky or a rolling meadow.—LVS
Left: Doug Menuez, Steve Jobs Explaining Ten-Year Technology Development Cycles, Sonoma, California, 1986, archival pigment print, 50 x 30"
Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley Patina Gallery 131 W Palace patina-gallery.com July 14–August 13 Reception July 14, 5–7:30 pm Patina Gallery presents a show by photojournalist Doug Menuez, who documented corporate life in Silicon Valley beginning in 1985. His first years were spent with Steve Jobs following Jobs’s ouster from Apple, and it is these photos Menuez shows at Patina. Fearless Genius opens a week before The Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Menuez was quick to realize that what Jobs and his contemporaries were doing was game-changing, and Jobs gave him access to the day-to-day activities of the innovators. He became fascinated by the work being done at the edges, where art met science. Menuez says, “People know of Steve Jobs. Now with this exhibition they get to see inside his world. There is a romantic side: the sense of mission, a noble cause, the human side I think that’s missing in our culture today.” Menuez, known as a compelling speaker, will lecture July 19 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.—LVS
Above: Kathy Beekman, Looking Toward the Mountains, pastel on paper, 34 x 41"
PREVIEWS Stephanie Shank: Risking Delight Globe Gallery 727 Canyon globefineart.com June 9–July 5 Reception June 9, Stephanie Shank, Cloud Break, 5–7 pm mixed media on canvas, 60 x 72" Stephanie Shank deals in opposites. Her artist’s statement reads, “Clearly, we are not born psychologically integrated, but become so through effort and growth. Our shadow side and our light side must learn to coexist. A certain consciousness of the split is part of being human.” Shank maintains studios in Tucson, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon, trading the rain and gray for the clear light of the Southwestern desert and vice versa. Her large abstract paintings combine areas of neutral, blended colors with spots of strong color and distinct line. Shank’s June show at Globe Gallery, Risking Delight, challenges the dark and crazy world with flashes of delight, innocence, and hope in her paintings.—LVS
Above: Tony Vaccaro, Kiss of Liberation, St. Briac, France, August 14, 1944, archival pigment print, 22 x 17"
Tony Vaccaro: A Retrospective Monroe Gallery of Photography 112 Don Gaspar monroegallery.com June 30–September 17 Reception June 30, 5–7 pm Tony Vaccaro is so dedicated to photography that he took his camera with him when he was sent to Europe to fight in World War II. At night, he would develop film in army helmets and hang the negatives from branches to dry. When the war ended, Stars and Stripes magazine hired him to stay in Europe to document the reconstruction of Germany. On his return to the United States in 1950, Vaccaro began a career as a commercial photographer, continuing to this day. His photos range from the death and horror of the war to shots of celebrities and fashion. The photographer, now 94, still works several hours each day and plans to attend the opening of the show in Santa Fe.—LVS
Inspired by Nature Nedra Matteucci Galleries 1075 Paseo de Peralta matteucci.com June 24–July 22 Reception June 24, 2–4 pm Painter William Berra shows a collection of new work in this exhibition. Berra paints landscapes—New Mexico and Italy—plus figures, architecture, and occasionally lone cattle. Stating that he begins each painting with the composition, Berra often portrays a figure or building with vast amounts of space surrounding it, rather than placing his subjects front and center or filling the frame with them. Light is usually strong, shadows often crisp. His new work will show his ongoing exploration of the possibilities of paint.—LVS Right: William Berra, Midday, Ravello, oil on linen panel, 20 x 30"
Above: Iban Navarro, Las Golondrinas, egg tempera and watercolor on paper, 16 x 12"
Oil & Water: The Masterful Works of Jesús Navarro and Iban Navarro Gallery 901 555 Canyon gallery901.org July 28–August 28 Reception July 28, 5–7 pm Jesús Navarro and Iban Navarro (father and son, respectively) present an exhibition of paintings in the style of hyperrealism. This type of painting creates the look of high-resolution photography, while still imbuing subject matter with narrative and emotion. Jesús Navarro paints in oil. His background in classical painting is obvious in his hyperrealistic still life paintings of fruit and carefully arranged flowers. An oil painter, J. Navarro also paints city scenes, capturing light, reflection, and shadow. Iban Navarro started painting at a young age in his father’s workshop. He is drawn to water-based paints and now works in egg tempera, one of the most difficult and unforgiving of all painting media. As is befitting, most of I. Navarro’s paintings portray water. Seascapes and boats are some of his favorite subjects, and his paintings show his ability to capture the translucency and motion of a body of water.—LVS
Marshall Noice, Toward Presentine Bar, oil on canvas, 51 x 62"
Expressive Landscapes Waxlander Gallery, 622 Canyon, waxlander.com July 4–17, demonstration/lecture July 8, 3–5 pm Marshall Noice’s annual one-man show at Waxlander Gallery is a highly anticipated event. Best known for his landscapes in pastel and oil, Noice presents an exhibition that includes the vibrant pieces collectors expect as well as a few surprise abstract works and paintings in a non-typical color palette. With a special interest in the forests and landscapes of the Western states, he strives to “create a work, an artifact if you will, that resonates with the spirit of the landscape that inspired me to begin working. It’s hard for me to say exactly why one location makes me want to paint and another often equally beautiful or interesting location is easily passed by. But it’s impossible to resist the urge when the right subject matter comes before me. It’s almost a magnetic attraction. I’m instantly drawn in and I simply must paint.” —Amanda Jackson
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Irene Kung: Trees Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art 558 Canyon chiaroscurosantafe.com June 9–July 1 Reception June 9, 5–7 pm Trained as a painter, Swiss artist Irene Kung is now based in Italy, where she has taken up photography. Although her themes run from international architecture to horses to the landscape, her prints are quickly recognizable. Her subject is centered, with the background losing color or darkening as it recedes. While central elements may be sharply focused, her technique, combined with the rag paper she uses to print her large images, gives much of the surface a feeling of softness. Even her color photos seem monochromatic. For three weeks in June, Chiaroscuro is exhibiting Kung’s photos of trees. These images feel like formal portraits, capturing a particular tree at a certain moment. No background or foreground intrudes: Kung simply shows the canopy. Even the junction of trunk and earth is omitted.—LVS
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Right: Ani Kasten, shell bowl with rock foot, porcelain with slips and glazes, 7 x 7 x 7"
Above: Doug Dawson, Coastal Breeze, pastel on paper, 16 x 20"
Celebrating 35 Years at Ventana: DougDawson Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon ventanafineart.com June 23–July 5 Reception June 23, 5 –7 p m Celebrating their three-plus decades of representation for Doug Dawson, Ventana Fine Art presents his newest landscapes, urban night scenes, and portraits. Illuminated with an atmospheric haze, each of Dawson’s pastel and oil paintings emphasizes the mood of the season, from dazzling summer meadows to homes cozily tucked among the snow on frigid winter afternoons. Through a peaceful lens, he captures his brilliant, yet harmonious, subjects with a mastery of composition. One of the three founders of the Denver Art Students’ League and an esteemed teacher, Dawson will be in attendance at an artist’s reception to open the show on June 23rd from 5–7pm.—Stephanie Love
Bruce Cochrane, Ani Kasten, Ryan M cKerley Santa F e Clay amino d e l a F amilia 545 C santafeclay.com June 2 –July 22 Reception J une 2 , 5–7 pm The three-dimensional talents of Bruce Cochrane, Ani Kasten, and Ryan McKerley are exhibited in a group ceramic show at Santa Fe Clay that focuses on vessels. This compelling exhibition features the very distinct processes these artists use to form each work. While the Canadian-based Cochrane creates elegant sculptures from wheel and slabbased construction, often with precise detail, Kasten’s approach develops a more rustic effect with rough, natural texture, which is complemented by minimally colored organic glazing. McKerley’s water-carving technique creates dramatic patterned surfaces for his functional stoneware and porcelain pieces.—SL
Below: John Axton, The Wind and the Tide, oil on canvas, 40 x 60"
Below: Elizabeth Hahn, Birds of a Feather, acrylic on panel, 30 x 30"
Emotional E xpressions in C olor Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon pippincontemporary.com July 5–18 Reception J uly 7 , 5–7 p m Curating the brilliant works of four female masters, Pippin Contemporary hosts a show that emphasizes strong hues and emotion. The graphic paintings that Elizabeth Hahn creates in acrylics comprise imaginative compositions punctuated by color. Her whimsical figurative works contrast with the abstract mixed media canvases by Liz Barber. Barber’s sporadic layers of pigment complement one another with bright energy, while the abstract works by Stephanie Paige form rough, textural horizontal planes to evoke a sense of sky or landscape. Suzanne Wallace Mears expresses her own vivid palette in bold geometric shapes that come together as kiln-formed glass artworks.—S L 76
Sensuality in 2- and 3-D Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon ventanafineart.com July 7–21 Reception July 7, 5–7 pm Featuring John Axton’s paintings and sculptures by Mark Yale Harris, a new show at Ventana Fine Art pairs organic and geometric contours with sensual softness. Botha rtists are masters of evocative expressions that utilizes implicitytomakea morem eaningfulimpression. With mostly abstract compositions, Axton creates eloquent works in oil paint by blurringboth subtlea nd highlycontrastingc olors. Starting with stone—typically marble—Harris carves his modernist sculptures with stylized, curvaceous planes that translate beautifully into his limited edition bronzes, ranging from small to monumental. Axton and Harris will be present for the opening reception on July 7.—SL
Below: Jean Richardson, Caparison, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40"
Alive in the Wild: Rebecca Tobey and Jean Richardson Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon ventanafineart.com July 28–August 10 Reception July 28, 5–7 pm The dashing, painted forms of Jean Richardson’s vibrant and wild horses meet Rebecca Tobey’s whimsical, anthropomorphic animal sculptures in this dazzling show of animal-themed art. Although Richardson renders equine subjects in nearly all her paintings, these energetic and carefree expressions also feel inherently human, and they resonate with a wide variety of collectors, even those who don’t particularly seek horses. Tobey finds inspiration from many different types of creatures, which she depicts in charismatic poses. Her bronzes feature detailed patinas, while her ceramic works are glazed as one of a kind pieces that more closely resemble a creatively composed three-dimensional painting than a sculpture.—SL
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Above: Rebecca Tobey, Ravin’ About It, ceramic, 10 x 16 x 16" Below: Bindy—or is that Marley?—amid Barbara Meikle’s paintings of him.
Bindy is Back! Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado meiklefineart.com June 24, 11 am–2 pm Not so long ago, burros were a common sight on Canyon Road as they hauled wood down from the foothills. Anyone who knows Barbara Meikle or has seen her paintings realizes immediately how fond she is of animals. Combining history with affection, Barbara Meikle Fine Art holds its sixth annual fundraiser for Equine Spirit Sanctuary (ESS), a sanctuary for horses and donkeys that also offers therapeutic riding programs in Northern New Mexico. Bindy and his best buddy Marley, both miniature donkeys, are rescues who have found a new purpose at the sanctuary. They will be at the gallery, posing while Meikle paints them. She will also release a signed, limited edition print featuring animals from ESS, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the sanctuary.—LVS
Above: Maura Allen, Your Cheatin’ Heart, acrylic on panel, 48 x 72"
Geography of Hope Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 West Palace sorrelsky.com June 2–30 Reception June 2, 5–7:30 pm Blending pop art’s graphic style and a screen-printed effect, Maura Allen’s paintings are ultimately Western artworks created in a contemporary, saturated manner. Her popular pieces depict aspects of ranch life and feature dramatic shadows, simplified words, and rousing equine imagery in a style entirely her own. Sorrel Sky’s June 2 opening welcomes sculptor Denny Haskew (Potawatomi Citizen Nation) to the Santa Fe gallery. Portraying figures who often illustrate the stories of his tribe, Haskew’s bronzes will be on view during the First Friday Art Walk. The exhibition is on display throughout June.—SL june/july 2017
Marlys Mallett and Michael Redhawk, A Royal Affair, acrylic paint, resin, and amethyst on board, 24 x 24"
Stone Creations Canyon Road Contemporary 403 Canyon, canyoncontemporary.com July 21–30, Reception July 21, 5–7 pm Marlys Mallett and Michael Redhawk show a new group of wall hangings from their Stone Creations series. Left to their own devices, Mallett creates abstract paintings while Redhawk is a jeweler who also paints landscapes. Wedding their approaches, Redhawk starts with a stone—among them, petrified wood, amethyst, agate, or ammonite—then cuts and mounts it on board. Mallet goes next, surrounding the irregularly shaped minerals with acrylic paint to enlarge and enhance the shapes, colors, and textures found within. On their completion, it’s difficult to discern where the work of Mother Nature and Redhawk leaves off and Mallet’s additions begin. This marriage of artists and techniques results in beautiful, unique pieces.—LVS
Spanish Market—Lawrence Baca and Fred Ortiz Sorrel Sky Gallery Left: Lawrence 125 West Palace Baca, pendant, sorrelsky.com sterling silver with Reception July 27, 5–7:30 pm Amazonite and Focusing on three-dimensional form, this mother of pearl, show pairs gold and silver jewelry pieces 2 ¾ x 1 ¾" by Lawrence Baca with Fred Ortiz’s bronze vessels, and coincides with Santa Fe’s Spanish Market. Ortiz’s pristine metal detailing, geometric patterns, and turquoise inlays reveal a thoroughly Southwestern style, while Baca’s similarly ornate designs can feature many different types of gems and precious stones. Both artists hail from New Mexico; Ortiz was born and raised in Nambé, and Baca is a native Santa Fean. In a special preview of the works that will be shown during the market, both artists will be in attendance at this show’s reception.—SL 78
Above: Cheri Christensen, Cheri Christensen Party Girls, oil on board, 6 x 12" McLarry Fine Art 225 Canyon mclarryfineart.com July 21–August 4 Reception July 21, 5–7 pm What do Russian Impressionist Sergei Bongart and chickens have in common? Cheri Christensen. Her teacher studied with the Russian-born master Bongart, whose loose brushwork is evident in Christensen’s paintings. As for the poultry, Christensen was raised in rural Washington, where her grandfather owned a ranch. Animals— chickens, ducks, and cows—form her subject matter, and even an armadillo makes an appearance. The animals are often backlit by a low sun, so the light forms a glowing halo around the outline of a newly hatched chick or plays up the shape of a cow’s ear. Christensen’s animals are not anthropomorphized. They don’t have a story to tell or a lesson to impart to the viewer. They become vehicles for Christensen’s adept drawing, her beautiful color sense, and her skillful handling of oil paint.—LVS
Power Play Above: Jeremy Thomas, Mustang Green, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art mild steel, powder coat, and lacquer, 554 S Guadalupe 55 x 78 x 57" charlottejackson.com June 30–July 30 Reception June 30, 5–7 pm During the June Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art opens Power Play, a group show for many of the gallery’s artists. Charlotte Jackson carries primarily color-oriented painting and sculpture, and this show is no exception. Participating artists include an array of painters and sculptors: Charles Arnoldi, Tim Bavington, Frederick Hammersley, William Metcalf, Heiner Thiel, Paul Sarkisian, Michael Post, Pard Morrison, Jeremy Thomas, and Bill Thompson.—LVS
Below: Genevieve Howard, Prelude, laser cut Japanese linen paper and elastic cord, necklace 10 x 10 x 1 ½", bracelet 3 x 3 x 1 ½"
Crafted Visions: The Tension of Opposites Patina Gallery 131 W Palace patina-gallery.com July 21–August 20 Reception July 21, 5–7:30 pm Continuing their tradition of exhibits with tie-ins to The Santa Fe Opera’s season, Patina Gallery presents the creations of 13 jewelers inspired by the upcoming premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Gallery owners Alison and Ivan Barnett have chosen Ivy Ross as co-curator of the show. Ross, who began her career as a jewelry designer before joining the tech world, is currently head of Google Glass. The curators see the tensions between simplicity and complexity and between art and technology as having defined Jobs’s work. They see the same contradictions in the jewelers’ use of 3D printing and photoelectric etching, for example, alongside the traditional handwork skills use in metalsmithing. Jewelers selected for this show come from the United States and many European countries.—LVS
Below: Patricia Aaron, Island Music, encaustic, ink, and mixed media on panel, 48 x 48"
Giving Way to Still Globe Gallery 727 Canyon globefineart.com July 7–August 4 Reception July 7, 5–7 pm Patricia Aaron spent five weeks in Reykjavik, Iceland, in early 2016 during an artist’s residency. Finding the far-north country fascinating, Aaron has been using her impressions of the land, people, language, and culture of Iceland in her recent work to be shown at Globe Gallery. Aaron’s huge canvases are absolutely abstract, and she groups her paintings into a number of different series. Each series, whether inspired by Iceland, rural Virginia, or Youngstown, Ohio, endeavors to express a sense of place. She paints primarily in encaustic; however, drips and splashes of ink, and sometimes spray paint applied over original stencils, find their way in as well. Aaron also sculpts in wood and metal, and although her show at Globe Gallery will be of paintings, it’s obvious that nothing, for this artist, is out of bounds.—LVS
Above: Steve Elmore, Temple of the Sun II, oil on canvas, 36 x 48"
Walking the Line: Contemporary Landscapes Steve Elmore Indian Art 839 Paseo de Peralta elmoreindianart.com June 16–September 1 Reception June 16, 5–7 pm While Steve Elmore Indian Art may be known for its collection of antique Native art, Elmore himself is an oil painter. This show of 15 new pieces, all landscapes, reflects Elmore’s identity as a native New Mexican, as well as his love for the surrounding Native American culture and his life in the 21st century. Elmore brings a sense of surrealism to the familiar yet distorted landforms he paints. Likewise, his use of color is grounded in reality but goes far beyond the natural world. He describes the body of work as being “like puzzles which demand assemblage.”—LVS
Paul Gibson and David Rothermel David Rothermel Contemporary 142 Lincoln drcontemporary.com July 28–August 9 Reception July 28, 5–7 pm Paul Gibson’s still life paintings require a second look. They are far from traditional; there are no perfect blossoms or just-ripe fruit here. His compositions commonly include mirror or glass, adding reflection and refraction to the image. The scribbled line formed by an extension cord fascinates him, as does a look into a hidden corner or at the tools in an artist’s studio. David Rothermel’s abstract works employ a series of vertical lines to divide each canvas into blocks. The sharply delineated areas are then filled with a different color and texture. As large as nine feet wide, each canvas is imbued with its own mood.—LVS Left: David Rothermel, Latitude 22, acrylic on panel, 60 x 68"
Above: Jack Dunn, High Sierra Los Tres Pintores Canyons, oil on canvas, 24 x 36" Acosta Strong Fine Art 640 Canyon acostastrong.com June 17–27 Reception June 23, 5–7 pm Live painting demonstrations June 24, 11 am–3 pm Los Tres Pintores (The Three Painters) Robert Reynolds, Jim Jennings, and Jack Dunn exhibit together at Acosta Strong Fine Art in June, with a reception on June 23 and live painting demonstration on the 24th. Reynolds renders his colorful, expressive New Mexican landscapes in heavy paint with a palette knife. Often painting en plein air, he has a passion for the natural light and landscape of the Southwest, clearly evident in many of his works. Jennings’s paintings hark back to some of the Old Western masters including Maynard Dixon, Edgar Payne, and Victor Higgins. His evocative works aim to share with the world what he sees and feels. Dunn, however, experiments in various styles and genres, and is referred to as a modern impressionist painter. His style and compositions reference the fauvist movement and painters such as Marsden Hartley, Wassily Kandinsky, and even Georgia O’Keeffe. The works of these three artists stand alone, yet intermingle to create a fantastic mix of landscapes that is at once familiar and new.—AJ
Above: Henry Diltz, Joni Mitchell, Laurel Canyon, California, 1970, digital C-print, 11 x 14"
Above: Kevin Horan, Sydney No. 3, archival pigment print, 30 x 24"
Kevin Horan Chattel | A Portrait Study The Globe Gallery and Edition One Gallery 727 Canyon globefineart.com Through July 5 In an interesting spin on traditional portrait photography, Kevin Horan’s Chattel project looks at animals as people, people as animals, and the planet as a very small space. Though each image is reality-based, Horan reveals amazing hidden aspects within the seemingly ordinary. He first began this series in 2007 when he relocated from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington, and was intrigued by some sheep he saw across the street. His work from Chattel was selected for the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 in 2014. Horan describes himself as a recovering photojournalist; his photographic work can be seen in The New York Times Magazine, LIFE, National Geographic, Smithsonian, U.S. News & World Report, and numerous other magazines and books.—AJ Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll: Portraits of an Era The Globe Gallery and Edition One Gallery 727 Canyon globefineart.com July 7–September 1 Reception July 7, 5–7 pm Featuring photography from Baron Wolman, Lisa Law, David Michael Kennedy, Bob Seidemann, Henry Diltz, and William Coupon, Hail, Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll: Portraits of an Era, shows rock photographers at their peak. From the British Invasion in the mid-1960s to acid rock, punk, heavy metal, and through the 1980s, these photographers captured it all. This elite group of insiders had access to the bands, both onstage and behind it, and every moment of glamour and grit. It was a serendipitous mix of the right place and the right time, with a camera and a vision. A few instantly recognizable superstars from this exhibition include Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Debbie Harry, Janis Joplin, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Chuck Berry.—AJ
Don Brackett and PJ Garoutte Manitou Galleries 225 Canyon manitougalleries.com June 30–July 14 Reception June 30, 5–7:30 pm Artists Don Brackett and PJ Garoutte exhibit at Manitou Galleries this summer. Brackett, a third-generation New Mexican, paints in both watercolor and oil. Currently working primarily in oil, he continues to win numerous awards in both mediums. His works often depict New Mexico’s monumental landscapes, quiet villages, nocturnes, people on horseback, mountain streams in the snow, and similar subjects. Garoutte approaches her paintings with “complexity within simplicity.” She says, “My paintings are a diary of my everyday life; there has been a continuous dialogue between myself and my works of art my whole life.” Garoutte notes that she spends a lot of time visualizing her paintings, both before and after she paints them. Brackett and Garoutte have been married for 35 years and reside in Taos.—AJ Left: PJ Garoutte, Poppies Extraordinaire, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"
A Century of San Ildefonso Painters Adobe Gallery, 221 Canyon, adobegallery.com Through August 31 Adobe Gallery presents 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 artists. 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 also includes a few paintings by Tony Da, who worked later in the century in a more contemporary style.—LVS Left: Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), three Zuni Shalako with attendants, gouache on paper, 16 x 22"
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Left: Karen Johnson, Deer Spirit Mobile, found deer bones, 12 x 24 x 24"
Skull & Bone Group Show Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery 614 Agua Fria eyeonthemountaingallery.com July 7–August 11 Opening reception July 7, 5–9 pm Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery presents a unique, mixed media group show wherein artists incorporate a real skull or bone somewhere in the work of art. Rachel Houseman, owner of the gallery and an artist in her own right, found inspiration for the exhibition in live performances by the band Bone Orchard, whose name is a euphemism for a graveyard. Bone Orchard, from Taos, New Mexico, specializes in singer-songwriter style music, and describes their sound as “Celtic gypsy Spaghetti Western with Spanish influences.” The band will perform August 11, 6–8 pm in the gallery’s garden for the show’s closing reception.—AJ
Joe Wade Fine Art John Oteri, Serenity, pastel, 24 x 31" Joe Wade Fine Art, Santa Fe’s premier art gallery since 1971, offers an extensive collection of emerging, established, and acclaimed artists’ work. The gallery, located one block south of the historic Santa Fe Plaza, in El Centro, showcases a varied selection of original paintings and bronze sculptures year-round. Open Monday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm. 102 E Water St, 505-988-2727, joewadefineart.com june/july 2017
Above: Danielle Procaccio, Motives for the Metaphor Arrival, oil and resin on David Rothermel Contemporary canvas, 48 x 72" 142 Lincoln drcontemporary.com July 14–26 Reception July 14, 5–7 pm Motives for the Metaphor at David Rothermel Contemporary will feature the work of two artists: Danielle Procaccio and Justin Lyons. Procaccio’s typically large-scale paintings combine different media. Her compositions, created with multiple layers, infuse the canvas with texture and movement. Through her work, Procaccio makes a spiritual connection with herself, and invites viewers to make their own connection. Justin Lyons, inspired by the lives and work of Cy Twombly, Barry McGee, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, has refined his style and process to “make honest art, raw art, vulnerable art, art that makes you happy, art that makes you cry.” Lyons endeavors to make art that is approachable to everyone, letting the viewers forge their own relationship to the piece.—AJ
Penny Bidwell and Melinda Risk Trunk Show Karen Melfi Collection 225 Canyon karenmelficollection.com July 14, 5–7 pm Karen Melfi Collection presents a one-day trunk show for two artists—sculptor Penny Bidwell and jewelry designer Melinda Risk. Sculptor Bidwell creates handbuilt works from clay, combining slips, stains, glazes, and sometimes found objects. After applying several layers of pigment, she fires the pieces repeatedly until she achieves her desired level of finish. Bidwell holds a masters degree in psychology and is interested in the human experience and psyche. Her characters stand alone, and are “soulful beings, reflective of a deep inner experiences.” Jeweler Risk has designed and created jewelry for over 20 years. She pulls ideas from nature and life experience, with subject matter varying from birds and bugs to dolls, music, lyrics, spirituality, and more. Risk blurs the lines between art and craft, producing pieces of wearable sculpture. She hopes that “the jewels I create become personal to those who own them.”—AJ Above: Penny Bidwell, Fragile, ceramic, 23 x 13 x 9"
Smoke-fired Porcelain Sculpture With 22-kt Gold Heidi Loewen Fine Art 315 Johnson heidiloewen.com July 21–August 25 Opening receptions July 21, 5–8 pm and July 22, 10 am–5 pm Porcelain is Heidi Loewen’s sculptural canvas. Loewen, an instructor as well as an artist, smokes her work with a variety of natural, organic elements such as pine needles and combustible “spices,” including orange peel, all of which yield delicious earth tones to her pieces. Her platters and sculptures are often finished with a dash of oil paint, pigmented waxes, or vibrant gold leaf. Loewen also works with her collectors to create commissioned pieces, and offers private pottery wheel classes for all ages and experience levels. Where other artists might retreat to the sanctuary of a private studio, Loewen enjoys having visitors at her colorful Johnson Street gallery and studio, where they can watch her work right on the premises.—Amy Gross Above: Heidi Loewen, Out of This
John Gill and José Sierra World, smoked porcelain, 28" Santa Fe Clay 545 Camino de la Familia santafeclay.com July 28–September 9 Reception J uly 2 8, 5–7 p m Curating a show that emphasizes lively colors, ornate patterns, and, of course, ceramic artworks, Santa Fe Clay hosts a pairing of John Gill’s and José Sierra’s abstracted sculptures that opens on July 28. Also featuring an interesting dichotomy between perfect and imperfect geometry, this exhibition coordinates Gill’s slab-formed versions of dinnerware pieces and a dynamic palette with the organic forms and neatly patterned glazing designed by Sierra. The Venezuelan-born Sierra now finds inspiration in his new home of Portland, Oregon, and Gill shares his knowledge and talent with students at Alfred University’s College of Ceramics in western New York.—SL Left: José Sierra, untitled, stoneware, 6 x 7 x 6" 82
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Above: Catherine Molland, Transfiguration, mixed media, 36 x 48"
Above: Cris Nein, Color Burst, recycled metal and glass, 40 x 36"
Right: Tamara Cameron, Pulled Together, ceramic, 9 x 8 x 4"
Erica Elliott’s first contact with the Santa Fe Studio Tour was as an attendee. She recalls time spent in one artist’s workspace hanging out over chips and salsa with other visitors, and making new friends there. The all-volunteer organization relies not only on its members to keep the annual non-juried event running smoothly, but also on outside organizations. “This year our fiscal sponsor is the Turquoise Trail Association,” Elliott says. Now she herself is involved in the organization both as a painter who opens up her own studio to guests, and as a provider of graphic design and administrative support for the 2017 tour. In 2009, a small group of artists revamped the tour. “There had been a Santa Fe Studio Tour many years ago, and we felt that there was a need to revive a tradition,” remembers one of the early organizers, Teena Robinson, who works in encaustic, watercolor, and mixed media. “Jennifer Box took over running the tour in 2013,” she adds, “[and it] became nationally known.” This year’s event opens with a reception hosted by the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where a campus gallery showcases work by studio participants. “People can come in and take a look at various artists’ work and plan their tour from there,” explains Elliott. This year there are 48 studios, containing more than 65 artists and stretching from Tesuque to Cerrillos. The benefits that flow from the event enrich participants and visitors alike. Says ceramic artist and sculptor Heidi Loewen,“I really love having people around me watching me work. I find it very energizing.” Artists also receive access to a wealth of opportunities for networking, sharing technical knowledge, and forming critique groups with their peers. “For the community,” says Elliott, “it’s nice to see how an artist works and what their studio looks like. It bonds you to the work a little more deeply.” Santa Fe Studio Tour, June 17–18 and 24–25, 10 am–5 pm, opening reception June 16, 5:30–7:30 pm, free, santafestudiotour.com
Brian Edwards, House, Cedarvale, New Mexico, archival pigment print, 12 x 18"
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start with the art a trip up Canyon Road set the tone for a townhome’s transformation
“This is the best of Santa Fe!” says interior designer Jennifer Ashton of this charming townhome near Bishop’s Lodge. A thoughtful blend of Southwestern, Spanish Colonial, Native American, and contemporary elements produces an effect that’s at once warm, artistic, and homey. june/july 2017
Combining traditional Santa Fe style with soft contemporary lines, Alejandro Morua and Scott Winters’s townhome pays homage to the Southwest and celebrates the talents of local artisans and artists. Above the fireplace: Macaw II by Christopher Martin (Christopher Martin Gallery); SFNM, a mixed media piece by Dolan Geiman.
by Amy Gro s s photo graphs by Chri s Cor rie AFTER VISITING SANTA FE together for the better part of the past decade, Houston residents Alejandro Morua and Scott Winters finally sealed their love affair with the City Different by purchasing a modest townhome near Bishop’s Lodge—where, it turns out, Scott had spent time with his family as a child. Save for a lovely view of the Jemez Mountains, the townhome as purchased was a classic example of “Southwestern neutral”—but that was soon to change. In a six degrees of separation kind of thing, Alejandro and Scott were introduced by their realtor, Val Brier, to Jennifer Ashton of Jennifer Ashton Interiors. With Alejandro an art aficionado, Scott a fan of textiles, and Ashton an experienced and intuitive designer, the connection was immediate, and the three noodled on how to bring Alejandro and Scott’s personalities into the monochromatic spaces. “Jen’s approach was, ‘Before we do anything, we start with art,’” says Alejandro. “And I was like, sign me up!” 86
Above: Fire-Pot by Robert Rivera (Torres Gallery) is a gourd pot reminiscent of ancient Anasazi culture. It holds a place of honor on the buffet in the dining room.
The “art first” process worked on many levels, says Ashton. “I didn’t have to ask them, ‘Can you tell me what your aesthetic is?’ Because the art kind of did all of the talking for us.” Before even one sofa or rug was purchased, the three walked Canyon Road in search of a few anchor pieces. At Pippin Contemporary they were drawn to Cody Hooper’s Dream Chaser, a striking acrylic on panel. Situated in the dining room and easily seen from almost anywhere in the front of the house, its deep blues and reds immediately began to inform the home’s color scheme. More importantly, it set the tone for the eclectic mix of Native American, Southwestern, Spanish Colonial, and contemporary influences that Scott and Alejandro sought to capture in their New Mexico pied-à-terre.
“We wanted to be authentic . . . we wanted to honor the influences of the community,” says homeowner Alejandro Morua. “We really wanted to be authentic, and by that I mean we wanted to honor the influences of the community,” Alejandro explains. “It was also important to us to work with and support local artisans, local artists, and local business owners.” Over two years the rugged, masculine energy of the townhome evolved organically through the addition of custom furnishings, Southwestern textiles and rugs, and items of personal significance. Its creative vision expanded, not surprisingly, as many more beloved pieces of art found places on walls and shelves—everything from fine art by Pascal Pierme (GF Contemporary) and Ken Daggett (Meyer Gallery) to drums, baskets, and pottery found in local galleries and shops. A rustic sculpture of blue glass resides in the living room—a
The team embellished the kitchen (above) with drums, custom pendants, and Southwest-inspired textiles on the barstools.
Above, left: Three pieces of aquamarinecolored glass catch the eye in the living room, lucky finds discovered wandering the fields in Round Top, Texas. “You don’t have to overspend on those good nuggets,” says Ashton.
Left: Dream Chaser, an acrylic on panel by Cody Hooper (Pippin Contemporary), was the first piece of art purchased on Canyon Road and served as the anchor and starting point for the rest of the home’s design. The dining table is a custom design by Bernalillo-based Pfeifer Studio.
Right: Alejandro and Scott were drawn to Pascal Pierme’s painting Little Site #18 (GF Contemporary) because it invited continual study and reflection. “You could interpret it as a sun and land piece or a Spanish conquistador,” notes Alejandro. Red accents—a textural throw and a Southwestern rug from Arrediamo—ensure the small mixed media piece has colorful company.
Gorgeous Native American–inspired linens from Pandora’s, wrought iron beds, and richly hued paintings of cowboys and Taos are all part of the Western theme of the guest bedroom. Ken Daggett’s (Meyer Gallery) Deep Gorge is at right, illuminated by some of the dedicated art lighting installed throughout the home.
The master bedroom (right) has a rugged, masculine energy and mixes it up in terms of materials and textiles. The bed, flanked on either side by photographs by Jenny Gummersall, is clad in dark leather, while the linens are from Ralph Lauren’s classic Southwestern collection. A cowhide pillow on the bed is a fun touch.
Above: A sweet enclosed courtyard draped in greenery offers a lovely view of the Jemez Mountains to the west, as well as a place for Alejandro, Scott, and their guests to breathe in the soulfulness of Santa Fe. “We’ve made really great friends here,” says Alejandro. “We feel really connected with the community.”
treasure discovered during an Antique Week expedition in Round Top, Texas, where Scott and Alejandro have another home. “It’s a reminder of water in the desert,” says Ashton, who, following her clients’ desire for authenticity to the region, included other natural Southwestern elements that served to echo the New Mexico sky and the land: turquoise pillows on the outdoor furniture, a terra-cotta table, a deep red Southwestern rug. This was certainly fine with Alejandro and Scott, who loved traditional Santa Fe style and initially eschewed anything contemporary. But a funny thing happened on the way to Canyon Road.
“I didn’t have to ask, ‘Can you tell me what your aesthetic is?’ Because the art kind of did all the talking for us,” says Jennifer Ashton. The ongoing “conversation” Ashton had been having with her clients turned into a genuine friendship, with the three making decisions as a team in a non-rushed, organic way. They went on a “drum hunt” together, eventually finding several that now hang in the kitchen. They commissioned a charming piece for the living room with Colorado mixed media artist Dolan Geiman, four panels that spell out “SFNM.” (“Why should San Francisco corner the market on the letters SF?” Alejandro laughs.) Mostly, they had fun doing it—which, Ashton is quick to tell you, is the very basis of her design process. “What a blessing! I got to do and live out what I wanted to do with these guys,” Ashton says. “It made it so fluid. All we did was have fun.” Interestingly, as Ashton was working with her clients to express their love for the traditional, those same clients were opening themselves to more contemporary style. Case in point: The guys wandered into Canyon Road’s Christopher Martin Gallery one day and found themselves admiring several of Martin’s very contemporary pieces, one of which they had in mind for the prominent space above the living room fireplace. They called Ashton, who led them to another piece of Martin’s, and voilà! the last big piece of art for the townhome was a done deal. (Today Alejandro and Scott list several Santa Fe galleries of contemporary art among their favorites. Who knew?) “We knew we would get there together,” says Ashton of the finally completed project. “You can start with the art in this town, and if you do, boy, will you have a great story to tell.” june/july 2017
707 Old Santa Fe Trail The Harry H. Dorman home, a registered cultural property, was built in 1911 and is one of the best-preserved and faithfully restored homes in the area. This multi-level home is zoned AC RC5 for possible limited retail opportunities (confirm with the city), and comes with a 592-square-foot basement—a rarity for Santa Fe. Throughout the home, fireplaces, wood beams, and wood floors add warmth. The kitchen has plenty of storage space with built-in cabinets and has been updated with stainless steel appliances. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom, 2,417-square-foot home is sited on a little under half an acre. The landscaping options for this home are limitless. A truly historic Craftsman-style treasure on Old Santa Fe Trail. List price: $725,000 Contact: Warren Thompson, 505-989-7741, Dougherty Real Estate, dresf.com
sarah meghan lee
john baker, high desert arts
[on the market]
39 Yana Drive
21 Big Tesuque Canyon
This tri-level, approximately 5,500-squarefoot European-style estate sits on 7.7 acres just north of Santa Fe in the village of Tesuque. With views of the surrounding hills and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, this property also has a guesthouse, chapel or studio, and rose gardens. Throughout the home, handpainted antique French ceiling beams, arched stone columns, wood floors, and antique doors and shutters add to the overall charm. The main home features a master suite with sitting room and bath with hand-painted antique clawfoot tub, cabinets, and doors. The master suite also boasts its own laundry with built-in ironing board. The guest suite with full bath is also located in the main area. On the lower level, a bonus room with half bath and guest apartment quarters with its own entrance are perfect for a variety of uses. This romantic home provides privacy yet is only a short drive to the heart of Santa Fe.
Designed by New York architect Richard Cluckman and overseen by local architect Lorn Tryk, this stunning, modern 6,787-square-foot Tesuque home is practically new, having been completed in August of 2016. The main level of the home (4,281 square feet) has three bedrooms, including the master suite with sitting area, massive walk-in closet, and master bath with freestanding tub. Each guest room has its own unique view and private bath. The main living area centers on a beautiful fireplace, with overflow to an outdoor seating or dining area. The kitchen is appointed with a Wolf stove and oven, SubZero refrigerator, two dishwashers, and many other extras. The lower level of the home, an additional 1,406 square feet, features art and wine storage plus a half bath. The garage is a generous, heated 1,100 square feet—perfect for toys or other hobbies. An 18' x 50' lap pool overlooks the lushly landscaped yard. Sited on almost three acres, the irrigated grounds border the Santa Fe National Forest, and are complete with mature hardwoods and an orchard. A stunning home ideal for an art collector.
List price: $1.299 million Contact: Linda Murphy, 505-982-4466, Santa Fe Properties, lindamurphy.com
List price: $4,449,500 million Contact: Roxanne Apple, 505-660-5998, or Johnnie Gillespie, 505-690-1909, Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebyshomes.com 90
Museum Hill Cafe Nowhere is Santa Fe’s vibrant history and cultural scene more concentrated than on Museum Hill. And smack in the middle of all this celebration of the joys of our art and civilization is a lovely (and lively) café. Exploring the wonders of four worldclass museums is going to need some fueling, and the Museum Hill Cafe has got just what you need. From 11 am to 3 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, this bustling eatery with its eclectic menu satisfies both tourists and locals sneaking away from town to enjoy the mountain views. Start with the crispy wild mushroom taquitos served with zippy pico de gallo or one of three daily soups. (The aptly named “Best Chicken Soup” really is.) For summer salad cravings, the Baja shrimp or grilled salmon salads boast bountiful greens and moist, perfectly cooked seafood. For a bigger appetite, the tuna melt requires two hands for holding—delish! Save room for the house-baked desserts, or better yet, stop by on your way home and linger over coffee. I’m still dreaming about the coconut cream pie and carrot cake. Exploring our past never tasted so good! —John Vollertsen
Museum Hill Cafe, 710 Camino Lejo, museumhillcafe.net
Below: The Palace has retained its red flocked wallpaper, while updating the menu under the creative skills of its new culinary team, Jen and Evan Doughty.
Left: The double-cut pork chop comes with cheesy polenta, kale, and barbecue sauce, plus a scattering of piñon nuts.
Below: A warm beet salad reaches new heights, stacked with goat cheese, greens, and spiced pecans.
food fit for royalty When I invited a friend to join me for dinner at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon recently, she replied, “What time should we meet at the palace—I’ve always wanted to say that!” Coming from a former Brit, it was a cute and apt response. Little did we realize that during the night, we would in fact be treated like kings and queens. Santa Fe’s Palace Restaurant has a long and colorful history. It has a habit of re-creating itself every few years, beginning all the way back in 1835, when Doña Maria Gertrudis Barceló (a.k.a. “Doña Tules” or “La Tules”) established a saloon on the site and entertained characters from all walks of life—including the likes of Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy. Many chefs and restaurateurs have taken a stab at running the downtown institution, among them Cliff Skogland and Eric Distefano of Geronimo fame, and Lino Pertusini from Osteria d’ Assisi. Indeed, I reviewed it in these very pages back in February 2012, after it had enjoyed its last major renovation by entrepreneur David Bigby, who is still in 92
residence. Chef Joseph Wrede was at the stoves then; it was his first local gig after moving to town and before landing at his current home at his eponymous culinary pub. After Wrede’s exit, The Palace wrestled with her own identity and food became less prominent, but was still available. The gorgeous bar has always been a draw, and the addition of a full music calendar was smart, given its ability to attract a younger, more night-centric crowd. (I do have a fond memory, during this transitional period, of a Champagne-fueled night where I was schooled in the history and ritual of sabering bottles to open them.) Then I heard that Evan Doughty, a chef whose career I have been following since his tenure at the Eldorado’s Old House, had taken over the kitchen. I was eager to see how this younger culinarian would affect and revamp the menu. A definite lure has been the exceptional food photo postings of menu items on Facebook. By the time I planned to dine, Doughty’s wife Jen had joined him at the stoves; and combined, boy are they a culinary dynamic duo!
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Upon arrival, I am reminded what a lovely dining room this is, with its rich and lush wallpapered walls and cozy banquettes. Though we had missed it, I made a note of the happy hour menu offered from 5–7 pm for future pre-theater, pre-Lensic evenings. A half-dozen oysters for $9—I’m there! I had almost forgotten the large, tree-lined back terrace, where I celebrated my 50th a decade ago while Mr. Distefano was in charge; it will be prime dining real estate this summer. Since we are in one of Santa Fe’s handsomest bars and saloons, cocktails seem in order. The mixologists shake a mean margarita, and The Tules version, tart and bracing with fresh juices and silver tequila, is a prime example. I love the cucumber notes The Deets has, with both Skyy Texas Grapefruit Vodka and Effen Cucumber Vodka firing it up. The concise wine list offers some great prices, so both a grassy The Crossings sauvignon blanc from New Zealand and a wallet-friendly Stag’s Leap Hands of Time red are popped for the non-cocktail set. The lengthy menu guarantees that there will be something to appeal to every palate, and I commend the chefs for deliciously covering the bases. We start with a quartet of appetizers and at once recognize we are in the hands of confident gastronomic talent. Creamy Manchego cheesy polenta is crowned with roasted portobellos and a drizzle of house-made truffle oil. The porcupine shrimp are a clever play on simple fried shrimp,
We all agree that the Doughtys deserve to enjoy new and loyal foodie fans.
Above: Porcupine shrimp is fried in kataifi, shredded filo dough. Crisp and light.
but the tender crustaceans are wrapped in a flaky shredded filo dough called kataifi; tricky to work with, but ever so light. Fried artichoke hearts are greaseless, too, and sided with zippy horseradish and remoulade sauces—delish! Delicate empanadas are stuffed with a tender beef filling and jammy mole sauce. Even a middle course of a Tijuana Caesar salad is made special by Manchego cheese sitting in for Parmesan; each leaf of lettuce is lightly brushed with the tasty dressing—a technique Chef Jen says she learned while working for Coyote Café creator Mark Miller. Main courses continue to win table approval; we all agree that the Doughtys deserve to enjoy new and loyal foodie fans. Our vegetarian at the table is delighted with her bountiful stuffed acorn squash, plump with spicy green rice, calabacitas, pintos, otija cheese and a splash of red chile sauce; while my whopping house-smoked double-cut pork chop sports a truly sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. My new-to-town friend deems the chicken and green chile enchilada casserole his favorite version to date. I can’t wait to return for oysters Rockefeller, and the individual meatloaf with green chile gravy—yum! The Sunday brunch menu looks pretty darn good, too. With goodies like biscuits and gravy or eggs Benedict with red chile Hollandaise, it will get me out of bed and over there soon. Fairly bursting at the seams, but wanting to linger and catch some of the impending karaoke, we manage to sample perfect renditions of a dense chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and a swirl of sauces, and a summery tequila lime pie given a kick with a clever chipotle agave sauce. No karaoke for me after that feast! Castles, palaces, kingdoms, and their kings and queens may come and go, but Santa Fe’s Palace Restaurant continues to deserve a long (and luscious) reign.—JV The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, 142 W Palace, palacesantafe.com Above: An acorn squash, stuffed with spicy rice, is accompanied with calabacitas and pinto beans. june/july 2017
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n ort h er n n ew m e x ico ’ s fi n est di n i n g e x perie n ces Anasazi Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
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.
Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 cowgirlsantafe.com Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! 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. The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an
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 Sunday through Thursday and live entertainment Saturday evenings. Patio open seasonally. Private dining available.
award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended. El Mesón 213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm. Gabriel’s Restaurant 4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000 gabrielsofsantafe.com Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285,
savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. New weekend brunch. Open daily 11:30–9:30 pm. La Casa Sena 125 E Palace, 505-988-9232, lacasasena.com La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s 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. Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com Maria’s now uses only 100-percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, hand-shaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 16th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes—totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic, home-style, Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Open Monday–Sunday from 11 am until close. Reservations are strongly suggested. The Ranch House 2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900 theranchhousesantafe.com 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.
digestifs Summertime: The word itself evokes a respite from the worries of the world. In Santa Fe, it’s the perfect time for enjoying our eclectic food scene, whether on a sunny terrace or under the stars on a balmy evening. I love to “see and be seen” under the portal at Geronimo; celebrity-watch on the porch of Joseph’s of Santa Fe (is that the Longmire cast?); pretend I’m in Paris on Bouche Bistro’s patio; and people-watch from a bar stool overlooking downtown at the revamped Coyote Café Rooftop Cantina. Our vibrant restaurant scene never rests on its laurels. Any moment now, there will be three new spots I can’t wait to check out. In the Guadalupe district, Paloma sets up shop in the space vacated by 401, at 401 South Guadalupe. Owner Marja Martin describes the concept as “modern taqueria,” with a full bar and a focus on tequila and mescal—woo-hoo! Rich Freeman, who has delighted the tea and café society at The Tea House, is overhauling and relaunching El Farol on Canyon Road; while Annamaria O’Brien, who was part of the creative team (and baker) at Café Fina, opens Dolina for breakfast and lunch at 402 North Guadalupe, where Clafoutis used to be. Meanwhile, Clafoutis has moved to 333 Cordova Road, and just reopened on June 1. Fans of tasty cocktails and the professionals who create them should not miss the four-day celebration of mixology at the third annual New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival from June 2–4. This event is developed and hosted by Natalie Bovis, our very own local cocktail culture ambassador, mixologist, book author, educator, and brand owner (have you tried her OM Organic Liqueurs?). Chefs, mixologists, cocktail fans, and national industry leaders gather in town for a variety of tastings, classes and dinners. For a complete list of events, and to register, visit nmcocktailculture.com. Apart from all the festivity, Ms. Bovis donates some of the proceeds to several causes, including the Helen David Relief Fund, which supports bartenders with breast cancer; Cooking With Kids; and the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. I’ll drink to that.—JV
Santa Fe’s Oldest Restaurant Welcomes You! This historic diner, in downtown Santa Fe, offers locals and visitors authentic New Mexican cuisine and flavors that span the globe! We’re the home of fine food and the friendliest folks in the southwest!
54 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501 | 505.982.1664
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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 ourExecutive ChefAnthony Smith. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, andweekend brunch. $29 early menu includes glass of house wine. Available 5 to 6:30 pm only.
Rancho de Chimayó 300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó - Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open 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. Santacafé 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
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!
famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays. We are now on Open Table!
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