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26 Publisher’s Note 32 City Different


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Plein air painters, studio visits with a sculptor and a furniture maker, and previews of upcoming art exhibits

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91 Dining


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home issue ON THE COVER A midcentury modern home in Santa Fe gets a total transformation. Photograph by Gabriella Marks



WE OFTEN HEAR that our home is our biggest investment. Though true from a financial standpoint, a home is also a wonderful investment in ourselves. It’s where we find peace in a noisy world, rejuvenate ourselves, and create an environment where we have some control. Homes are at the heart of our lives, providing a haven for the people and activities we most love. I often get the opportunity to see different houses here in Santa Fe. I can’t help but put myself into those homes, imagining how I would arrange them—where would I place my art, store my bikes, or set my piano? How would I situate the bed and other furniture in the house? I envision how the house would work for entertaining as well as for quiet times. I wonder how it would accommodate my pets. Everyone has different priorities for home design and ownership. What are yours? In this Home Issue of Santa Fean, we take an in-depth look at how three Santa Fe families have answered these questions and made homes out of houses. Whether building from the ground up or modifying an existing property, our home is the place where we all get to be artists and express ourselves. The more open floor plans of today also allow for making changes to the functions of a room. In my home, what used to be a TV/family room is now a music studio. The furniture, wall decorations, and storage areas all have been selected to support this purpose. You can do that with any room in your home—perhaps turning an unused guest bedroom into an office, sewing room, or meditation space. I still think of the home where a bedroom was turned into a model train room. That homeowner loved having a room dedicated to the pursuit of his hobby. That epitomizes home ownership. Your home is your life. As you read about these Santa Fe residences and their owners, I hope you are inspired to think about your own home. I especially encourage you to define the life you want to live and let your new or existing home set the stage for a wonderful life. 

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Buffy Sainte-Marie performs at the Lensic on October 10, benefiting several worthy organizations.

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The Lensic and Indigenous Solutions Present Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) has been singing and writing songs for over half a century. Her sound is a mix of folk, rock, country, and traditional First Nation music, and her powerful messages often focus on the issues faced by Indigenous peoples of the Americas. She remains the only Native woman to have won an Oscar, for co-writing the song “Up Where We Belong” from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The event is a benefit for three worthy organizations: Tewa Women United, a group working to end violence against Indigenous women and girls; Indigenous Solutions, which supports Native communities through music and the arts; and The Friendship Club of Santa Fe, an organization which provides a multi-use community center and programming focused on physical and mental recovery. Buffy Sainte-Marie, October 10, 7:30 pm, $25–$120, $75 more for VIP post-show reception, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

Below: A nativity by Nicolas Otero will be on display at the Land of Enchanting Nativities special exhibition at La Fonda on the Plaza.

Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Crèche

As in the past, Barbara Meikle paints animal models live outside her gallery at this year’s Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out.

Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out, gallery receptions October 18, 5–7 pm, paint and sculpt out October 19, 10 am–3 pm, free, various locations on Canyon Road, 32

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CONVENTION Every other year, American and Canadian club Friends of the Crèche hosts a convention focused on the nativity scene. This year’s convention is happening right here in Santa Fe—called Land of Enchanting Nativities, it focuses on nativities of the American Southwest. A special exhibit of Southwestern nativities, open to the general public on the afternoon of Sunday, November 10, fills the mezzanine of La Fonda on the Plaza. Pueblo and Navajo artists also sell nativities to the public at that time. The convention begins on Friday, November 8, with an evening reception at the Museum of International Folk Art. While enjoying food and live music, participants can view the Alexander Girard exhibit, which contains many of the nativities the designer and architect collected throughout his life. The following day, Saturday, Santa Fe mayor Alan Webber gives a proclamation at La Fonda’s ballroom. The mayor of Belén, New Mexico, talks about defending the public nativity in his town—Belén is “Bethlehem” in Spanish. After morning talks from numerous nativity EVENTS Rain or shine, in October dozens of artists up artists and experts, participants will and down Canyon Road head outdoors to create. Visitors watch a Spanish Colonial Christmas have the opportunity to see and interact with top-tier play put on by actors from Belén. More artists at work in a wide variety of media, including acrylics, talks happen on Sunday, as do nativity watercolor, clay, ink and paper, and more. markets and artist demonstrations The event begins Friday evening, when many galleries at La Fonda. along the historic road host receptions showing artwork by Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Paint and Sculpt Out participants. Some of the receptions, Convention of Friends of the Crèche, which are free to attend, include food, drinks, and live November 8–12, $250, exhibit and nativity music. On Saturday, attending the Paint and Sculpt Out is markets free to the public on Sunday, La as simple as taking a stroll up Canyon Road and observing Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, the artists at work. Some of them take live commissions.

12th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out




Journalism Under Fire CONFERENCE

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations staged the first Journalism Under Fire conference in December 2018. Over 1,000 people attended. The event returns this year with speakers, international journalists, photojournalism exhibits, and more. Through examining the rapidly evolving media landscape, and considering the impact of digital forensics, artificial intelligence, and social media, this year’s conference will discuss the complicated question, “How does technology shape the truth?” Some of the highly esteemed speakers include Malachy Browne, a senior producer at the New York Times; Dana Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from the Washington Post; Rana Ayyub, an investigative journalist from India; and Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of Time magazine. Journalism Under Fire, November 14–15, $130–$155, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, and New Mexico State Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trl,

The 2019 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival FESTIVAL The eco-conscious holiday gift-giver can find a plethora of options at the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival. All art, from vintage tin can earrings to scrap metal sculpture, consists of at least 75 percent recycled and repurposed materials. With around 90 artists participating in the art market and more than 30 in the adult juried art exhibit, there’s plenty to see. The Trash Fashion and Costume Contest kicks off the event on Friday, November 15, with creative clothing made out of everything from CDs to newspapers to old tires. Then, enjoy the art market and adult and student juried exhibits. Adults and children alike can work on their own original recycled creations at the “make and take” art area. The 2019 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, November 15–17, Trash Fashion and Costume Contest $10–$15, $5 entrance on Friday, free entrance Saturday and Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy,



Considered to be one of America’s foremost abstractionist artist, New York based, Siri Berg is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden and numerous private collections. Hunter Squared Gallery is honored to show the work of Siri Berg.

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Chick Corea and his trio come to the Lensic October 8 for a night of acoustic jazz.

Above: Adam Agee and Jon Sousa play traditional Irish repertoire October 12 at GiG Performance Space.


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Left: Anne-Marie McDermott plays Mozart with Santa Fe Pro Musica November 2 and 3.



SANTA FE’S RESIDENTS AND VISITORS are never lacking in things to do. Stages across the city host traveling and local performers several times a week. Here are a few to consider. AMP Concerts has plenty lined up for October and November. Smaller shows include Rising Appalachia on October 17 and Ozomatli November 13 at Meow Wolf. October 11, AMP brings Rufus Wainwright to the Lensic. Considered one of the best songwriters of his generation, Wainwright has collaborated with musicians from Burt Bacharach to David Byrne, and has written two operas. The Portland Cello Project performs Radiohead’s OK Computer and other works November 16 at St. Francis Auditorium. The intimate GiG Performance Space is the place to be for Celtic music fans. John Whelan, accordion, and Brian Conway, fiddle, perform October 4. The two have played together for more than three decades. On the 12th, Adam Agee and Jon Sousa bring their fiddle and guitar duo to GiG. The young Coloradans have lived and studied in Ireland. Other groups appearing at GiG include Rumelia Collective performing music of the Balkans and Mideast on November 9. Santa Fe Pro Musica (SFPM) brings pianist Anne-Marie McDermott back to town November 2 and 3. Mozart and Haydn features McDermott in two Mozart piano concertos, K. 449 and K. 482. The concert also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 90. The infrequently performed symphony’s false ending in the fourth movement is a typically Haydnesque musical joke. SFPM’s associate music director, Carol Redman, presents a series of lectures on October 8, 15, and 22 exploring the historic marginalization of women as composers and performers. The 4 pm lectures will be held at Lannan Foundation’s meeting room on Read Street. Performance Santa Fe (PSF), originally the Santa Fe Community Concert Association, has been bringing performers in diverse genres to town since 1937. On October 1 they bring Third Coast Percussion to the Lensic. The concert includes Perpetulum, a work by Philip Glass co-commissioned by PSF. Einav Yarden, a pianist as comfortable with Haydn as Schoenberg,

Above: AMP Concerts and Meow Wolf host Ozomatli November 13. The Los Angeles band’s Latin rock and social activism make them a Santa Fe favorite.

Ursula Brenner, Fairground, 48 x 48, Oil on Canvas,,,,,

Left: Third Coast Percussion comes to town October 1 with a composition by Philip Glass. Below: A frequent visitor to Santa Fe, Ida Kavafian plays a contemporary piece by Michael Daugherty with The Santa Fe Symphony October 13.

Performance Santa Fe presents the Billy Childs quartet November 8 at the Lensic.



plays in St. Francis Auditorium November 21. November 8, jazz fans will want to see the Billy Childs Quartet at the Lensic, and the Schoen Movement Company, eschewing traditional theaters, performs at Second Street Brewery’s Rufina Taproom on October 9. The Santa Fe Symphony (SFS) brings violinist Ida Kavafian to the Lensic October 13 for Michael Daugherty’s Fire and Blood. The violin concerto was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is inspired by Diego Rivera’s murals and Frida Kahlo’s paintings done in Detroit. Kavafian, raised in Detroit, played the piece at its premiere. The concert closes with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. On November 23 and 24 SFS and the Symphony Chorus roll out Handel’s oratorio Messiah, a yearly reminder that the holidays are quickly approaching. Lensic Presents brings some big names to the historic theater this fall. Jazz giant Chick Corea and his acoustic trio play October 8. Singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) appears two nights later in a benefit concert for three local organizations. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving weekend in Santa Fe without Wise Fool New Mexico’s Circus Luminous at the Lensic, and they will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 29–30 and December 1. Other events include Mari Boine, a Sámi performer, October 15, and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, accompanied by the Ahn Trio, November 16. October 5, local group Littleglobe performs ¡Presente! inspired by the city’s affordability and housing crisis.

Gina Freschet, Green River, 30 x 24, Oil on Canvas

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designer roundup who’s new? who moved? by Sarah Eddy

THOSE LOOKING TO FILL a new home or refresh an old one with furniture, textiles, and home accessories can find a number of options, both traditional and contemporary, in Santa Fe. The landscape of interior designers and design stores in The City Different is ever-growing and changing—here are nine that have recently moved, expanded, or established themselves in town.

Veteran interior designers Michael Violante and Paul Rochford have long offered traditional and contemporary design services at Violante & Rochford Interiors on the northern side of Paseo de Peralta. Their new retail shop, The Store, is right next door, housing their design office and curated showroom. Fans of using art as a focal point for projects, the pair fills The Store with artwork and eclectic treasures from around the world for easy browsing and shopping. Violante & Rochford Interiors, 405 Paseo de Peralta,


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Above: At The Store, Violante & Rochford Interiors has created vignettes to suggest interior design possibilities.

Reside Home


Reside Home, a design-based boutique home furnishings showroom, moved last year from the Railyard location it occupied since 2013 and is now just across from the New Mexico State Capitol in a handsome brick house. In addition to providing double the square footage, the current location has 18 private parking spaces and a separate casita focused on interior design. Reside Home’s new digs are in the historic Digneo-Moore House, built by Italian stonemason Carlo Digneo ca. 1911. Digneo was brought to Santa Fe by Bishop Lamy to complete the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. The stately, whitetrimmed brick house makes for a stimulating showroom, with upstairs and downstairs rooms providing compartmentalized space where the Reside team can show off different styles, from the classic to the transitional to the contemporary. Owners Jeff Fenton and Chris Martinez offer a mix of national brands paired with one-of-a-kind pieces, as well as a private label upholstery collection called Reside Loft. Reside Home, 1233 Paseo de Peralta,

Below: Sukhmani Home sources home furnishings from countries around the world.

Above: Reside Home offers a carefully curated combination of national brands and singular pieces.


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Sukhmani Home

Sukhmani Home’s rustic furnishings range from antiques to repurposed architectural fragments to reproductions using traditional methods. Brothers and co-owners Hari Mander Jot Singh Khalsa and Sat Gurumukh Singh Khalsa find unique and storied furniture, accessories, textiles, and architectural elements from places like India, China, Indonesia, and Turkey and use them to create their customdesigned pieces. Expanding upon the success of their store in Albuquerque’s Nob Hill, Sukhmani Home opened another location this summer on Lena Street in Santa Fe. The new showroom gives a taste of Sukhmani’s extensive and ever-changing offerings, which include one-of-a-kind armoires, beds, lamps, cabinets, mirrors, and more. Sukhmani Home, 1703 Lena,

Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors

Unique furnishings, antiques, and accessories marry the traditional and the contemporary at Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors. Its interior designers, led by Pam Duncan and Buffy Kline, work with clients on historic restorations, design projects, and the creation of custom draperies, bedding, and more. After 20 years on St. Francis Drive, Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors relocated its showroom to Canyon Road. The new space is prime for walk-in traffic, and it also has generous parking in the back—a real bonus for a Canyon Road location. A relaxing outdoor area with big trees welcomes visitors. Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors, 205 Canyon,


Right: Wiseman & Gale & Duncan’s new Canyon Road location showcases the team’s talent for combining the traditional and the contemporary.


Victoria at Home

After years of offering interior design services in Washington, D.C., through her business, Victoria at Home, Victoria Sanchez has expanded to Santa Fe. While maintaining her East Coast presence, this summer Sanchez opened a Victoria at Home showroom and design center midtown in Pacheco Park. A tailored selection of home furnishings, upholstery, art, lighting, and pillows from an international network of suppliers make the new location worth a visit. Though she travels back East regularly, Santa Fe is Sanchez’s new home base for both residential and commercial design. Victoria at Home, 1512 Pacheco, Find home furnishings, lighting, and art at Victoria at Home’s new Santa Fe location.



An artisan maker of textiles, home furnishings, and original artwork, K.O’NEAL now fills the Railyard location formally occupied by Reside Home. Interior designer and artist Kelly O’Neal is the owner and creative force behind the business. O’Neal was drawn to Santa Fe by the culture and through his history of working for a chain of stores in Texas that represented many New Mexican makers. His original paintings—striking, abstract acrylics—are at the core of K.O’NEAL’s offerings, along with an extensive line of textiles designed and manufactured in his Texas facility, Design Legacy. Over 400 patterns of textiles are the basis of the company’s custom upholstery, pillows, drapes, and more. K.O’NEAL, 340 Read, Above: In addition to art and furnishings, K.O’NEAL sells textiles in hundreds of original patterns. october/november 2019

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Below: Gloria Devan excels at pairing exquisite furnishings with homeowners eager to create bespoke home environments.


Metamorphosis’s new location includes a spacious showroom as well as a retail shop offering gift items.


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Gloria Devan specializes in creating bespoke environments that realize the relationship of art, antiques, and architectural atmosphere. Valuing custom work and building entirely unique and personalized spaces, Devan draws from a coterie of artisans and artists who provide well-crafted furniture, antiques, intriguing objects, and contemporary materials, editing and customizing when necessary. As of press time, Devan was between showroom locations. However, her both her inventory and design services are currently available by appointment. Gloria Devan Interior Design,

From a consignment store and warehouse on Pacheco Street, interior designer Marty Wilkinson’s brainchild Metamorphosis has transformed into a showroom and retail store on the corner of St. Francis Drive and Zia Road. The store sells gift items such as candles, purses, jewelry, and cards, while the warehouse and showroom in the back displays furniture. “One of the unique things about us is that we do sell out of our staging inventory,” Wilkinson says. “If someone is looking for something specific, whether it be a dining table or a cabinet or a dresser, we can walk them into the back into our staging warehouse and potentially find something for them.” Wilkinson has also created her own line of upcycled and reupholstered furniture, called Imagine by Metamorphosis. She shows a stock of transformed antique pieces in the “Imagine Room” and also takes commissions. Metamorphosis Home Furnishings and Design, 3005 S St. Francis,

Below: Design Warehouse offers an expanded selection of contemporary and iconic midcentury modern furniture at its new location.

Design Warehouse


A Santa Fe institution since 1981, Design Warehouse sells sleek, contemporary furniture, lamps, and home accessories. After decades on Marcy Street downtown, the store has moved to a much-expanded space about a block over on Lincoln Avenue. The new location is 50 percent bigger and has free parking. Now offering a greatly increased supply of furniture, the Design Warehouse team has filled their new space with the help of local interior designer Susan Stella—also the mind behind the store’s new custom magazine rack, which carries fashion, design, and art magazines. Of his customers’ reactions to the new spot, owner Larry Keller says, “They just walk in and say, ‘Wow.’ They love it, they love the parking, and it’s just so happy and clean and bright and light.” Design Warehouse, 130 Lincoln, 38

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a view to a thrill

from nearly every angle, a modern Pueblo Revival–style home captures Santa Fe’s breathtaking scenery


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by Jessa Cast photographs by Katie Johnson

THE SIMPLEST OF MOMENTS CAN change a life. In the case of Houston residents Marcia and Jeff, one casual conversation caused all of their plans to neatly but decisively pivot. While visiting Santa Fe for Jeff ’s parents’ 65th anniversary celebration, the couple went for a hike to take in the natural beauty of the area. At one point, they shared the trail with a group of strangers, residents of Las Campanas who waxed happily about how much they loved living there. Intrigued, Marcia and Jeff enlisted a realtor to show them some homes in Las Campanas. But none were quite right. The realtor tacked, and showed them an undeveloped lot which, as is often the case in Santa Fe, offered captivating views.

This is a home that artfully encourages long-distance gazing in every direction, ample glass making the outdoor a staple element of the interior experience.

Oversized windows and sliding glass doors brilliantly draw the mountain views into Marcia and Jeff’s Las Campanas home. Prull Custom Builders won the Grand Hacienda in the 2019 Parade of Homes for this spectacular residence, which is filled with art meaningful to the owners. The homeowners even consider the mustard yellow Roche Bobois dining set, which informed much of the palette of the living and dining areas, a “major piece of art.”

“It was the most spectacular vista we could have ever imagined,” says Marcia. Suddenly they were serious buyers. Fortuitously, the lot happened to belong to husband-and-wife custom homebuilder luminaries Will Prull and Jodi Vevoda of Prull Custom Builders. The two couples hit it off immediately, and everything fell into place very rapidly. “By the end of the week we had become fast friends,” says Marcia. “We bought the lot that Friday over breakfast at Café Pasqual’s.” How Santa Fe is that? In the midst of this process, Marcia and Jeff toured some of Prull’s work, and just as quickly, hired them to build their home. Prull and Vevoda were only too happy for the honor of building on a lot they already loved. “We wanted to see somebody appreciate it as much as we did,” says Prull. “It was that much more meaningful,” his wife agrees. october/november 2019

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Below: Although some elements of the home’s design are more traditional, the glass and steel storefront-style entry is strictly contemporary. It offers a dramatic peek at two- and three-dimensional art from both inside and outside the home.

Above: A framed kimono from Jeff’s grandparents’ large collection of Asian art and artifacts is presented in a large nicho in the entryway. Marcia and Jeff were adamant about the kimono’s placement, and design decisions were made to accomodate it. Ultra-contemporary sconces flank the vintage piece for an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.

Above: A Brief Mention of Sanctuary in America, a mixed media piece by Lien Truong, is a strong focal point in the living room. Interior designer Chandler Prewitt worked closely with Marcia and Jeff to tie the painting’s blues, golds, and even blacks to the living room’s furniture, rug, and accent pieces. 42

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Above: The guest wing features two bedrooms, each with its own bath. A media room/den situated between them gives guests a common area to relax and mingle, and Marcia and Jeff a place to wind down when it’s just the two of them.

Prull exclusively builds architect-designed homes, so their clients vetted a few architects before being roundly won over by Lorn Tryk of Lorn Tryk Architects PC. Tryk’s process, including visiting the property with a ladder to observe the views as they’d be seen from inside the home, demonstrated an in-depth understanding of both his clients’ tastes and the home site. While Tryk was at the drawing board, Marcia partnered with local interior designer Chandler Prewitt, owner of Chandler Prewitt Design. Instantly synergized, the dynamic duo commenced shopping for elements to anchor the interior design of the home. One of the first furnishings they purchased was a glass dining table and sunny yellow dining chairs, both by Roche Bobois. “That table was chosen in the ideation phase,” says Prewitt. “It was a key part of the design, a special thing that Marcia wanted.” Above: Pauline Ziegen’s When a Whisper Becomes a Song provides the lone color point in the hallway leading to the master wing. Gold leaf in the painting reflects the subtle uplighting of the arched ceilings and the warm white plaster. october/november 2019

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Above: The black and white kitchen is certainly striking, a steel backsplash by metal fabricator Gabe Rippel extending from the counter to the ceiling behind the range and skirting the center island. Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances, polished countertops, and black cabinetry all harmonize with the steel’s subtle variations in color. Against the monochrome palette, three painted wood plaques by Moira Kelly add a nice pop of color.

An exquisite piece of art from Turner Carroll Gallery perfectly reflected their intended ambience and immediately became a design anchor. A Brief Mention of Sanctuary in America, a multimedia piece by Lien Truong, has bright pieces of silk that flutter in a breeze, lending an extra dimensionality. “It’s a statement piece that holds its weight,” says Prewitt. “It was made for that house.” Indeed, in its place of honor above the living room fireplace, it’s simply arresting, with flecks of gold picking up the hues of the dining room chairs. The house is a brilliant dichotomy: a modernized Pueblo Revival exterior with a thoroughly contemporary interior. The 4,600-square foot, four-bedroom home artfully encourages longdistance gazing in every direction, ample glass making the outdoor a staple element of the interior experience which, as Prull notes, “blurs the barrier between interior and exterior spaces.” Above: Two sets of sliding doors in the living room allow for amazing pass-through views and fully integrate the house with its surroundings. Deep covered portales keep the indoor-outdoor experience going in most seasons. 44

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Left: Avoiding the very rounded, sculptural shape of many freestanding tubs, the tub in the master bath echoes the clean lines and angles of the rest of the home. And yet, the master bath is anything but cold or sterile. Notice how there are even dramatic views to the outdoors from the tub and the shower?

The ability of the lot to capture scenery in all directions is what drew Marcia and Jeff to it initially, and architect Lorn Tryk masterfully sited the home to take advantage of the vistas from nearly every angle. Serene and understated, the master bedroom has an amazing wake-up view of sky, horizon, and distant mountains.

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Below: Stacked stone columns are an interesting contemporary twist on the traditional portal support. One column even has a fireplace built into it so as to minimize the disruption of the outdoor areas; likewise, landscape architect Solange Serquis’s unfussy xeriscaping and geometric walkways never overpower the views.

Astutely crafted to reflect modern times in historic Santa Fe, the home blends contemporary and Pueblo Revival styles for a unique City Different feel.


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Outsized rooms, with smooth, silky plastered walls and topped with coffered ceilings, translate to spaciousness without ostentation. “We wanted openness,” says Jeff. “We had 160 people in the house one evening and it was still comfortable.” Designed to host visiting family with comfort and ease, there’s even an attached, twobedroom, two-bath guest wing with its own living/media room and stunning views. Hot-rolled steel features by metal fabricator Gabe Rippel carry a theme throughout. From the counter-to-ceiling kitchen backsplash, to the island skirting, to the three-dimensional front gate designed by Prewitt, the raw steel lends a surprising sense of warmth. One aspect that’s proven a favorite among visitors is the use of reglets at the base of the walls. Thin metal strips that join the wall to the floor, reglets serve dual purposes: to prevent wall damage from mops and vacuums, and to give the walls a sense that they’re floating, or subtly underlined. Everyone comments on them. Astutely crafted to reflect modern times in historic Santa Fe, the home blends styles for that unique City Different feel. “You end up with a house that’s modern and contemporary,” explains Prull, “but

when seen from the outside, fits that Pueblo Revival look. It nestles into the landscape and is very identifiable as a Pueblo Revival–style home.” Very much a product of its contemporary technology, green features include floor-radiated heating and cooling, an ERV (energy recovery ventilator) system, and humidification for comfort in the dry desert. There are smart home features as well, including security cameras, Wi-Fi broadcast points, and recessed roller shades. Landscape architect Solange Serquis of Serquis + Associates, a frequent partner on Prull projects, worked her magic on the landscape plan. Her signature skill—maintaining a fine line between celebrating Mother Nature’s randomness and corralling it for a subtle sense of order—perfectly suits this home, which so prominently captures views of the outdoors. With so much working in concert, and such an accomplished team on the job, it’s no wonder the home earned awards for Prull Custom Builders in the 2019 Haciendas—A Parade of Homes, including the newly created Most Innovative award and, even more notably, the coveted Grand Hacienda. In fact, it was Prull’s second Grand Hacienda in as many years, the top honor for the house considered best in show. For their part, homeowners Marcia and Jeff are enamored with their new digs and pleased that it appealed to so many visitors on the Parade. They look forward to the day Jeff retires— when they can be in their glorious new abode year-round and call Santa Fe their forever home.

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modern midcentury a renovated older home and its stewards, newly minted Santa Feans, look forward to their exciting next chapters

There are only a few streets in Santa Fe with midcentury modern homes, and Valley Drive is one of them. Kevin and Chris Sokol-White (inset, left and right, with rescue dogs Nicholas and Edie) chanced upon one last year and embarked upon a lengthy and comprehensive renovation that has transformed the original house into something that joyfully celebrates midcentury architecture and contemporary design.


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by Amy Gross photographs by Gabriella Marks

EVERYONE MOVING TO SANTA FE has heard that old adage, the one about how Santa Fe will either embrace you with open arms or chew you up and spit you out. Kevin and Chris Sokol-White had heard it, too, but weren’t too worried about being rejected by The City Different. In relocating permanently from Houston, they had successful careers, enjoyed a happy marriage, and, as they say, “were not escaping anything—except maybe hurricanes!”

“It’s more about the tailoring of furniture and the nods in the legs or lamps to midcentury,” Kevin SokolWhite explains of his home’s unique style. “We didn’t want to be too ‘expected.’” “We came here with intent, and we were deliberate about it,” says Kevin. “It was really to help take our lives to the next level.” To that end, Chris, a personal trainer, established his business, Summit Health & Fitness, working primarily with people living with Parkinson’s, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Kevin, who had left a career in the energy industry behind him and was looking for something more fulfilling, obtained his real estate license, then landed at the renowned Santa Fe Community Foundation, where he is vice president of finance and CFO. In this life-changing role, he says, he has at last learned what it’s like to “wake up, go to work, and love it.” Looking to improve their quality of life even further, the creative, multi-lingual, world-traveling couple, who had renovated homes and even a boutique hotel together, suddenly found themselves in Santa Fe considering yet another such project. Leaving behind the midcentury home they had so lovingly restored in Houston had been hard, and assuming their real estate options in Santa Fe would be adobe, and more adobe, they were very pleasantly surprised to discover some midcentury modern aroctober/november 2019

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Fun, patterned upholstery on the bar chairs and a geometric backsplash tile add depth and visual interest to the kitchen. “We love the black pendants and the modern dining room chandelier,” says Kevin. “You can maneuver the pieces, and it feels like a contemporary take on midcentury modern.”

chitecture here. “When we drove down Valley Drive, we were blown away by all the midcentury houses,” says Chris. One happened to go on the market the day they were looking, and they snapped it up. Though compartmentalized and with a few of the slightly wonky architectural features midcentury designs tend to have, the house had great bones, and Kevin and Chris envisioned a thoughtful, more open take on midcentury modern design that would also embrace Santa Fe style. They enlisted the services of Cara Scarola of BUILT Design Collective for her architectural and interior design expertise, and contractor Eric Harris of Flat Iron, LLC, who brought his own skill set in architecture and design to the project. “This style isn’t something we see every day!” says Harris, in what might possibly be the understatement of the year with respect to Santa Fe architecture. “It was a challenge from a construction standpoint because we used exterior details we don’t normally use, such as vertical tongue and groove siding, and the brick sill detail.” Left: Is there anything more midcentury modern than a fully stocked drink tray with gold barware? The bar area is unobtrusively tucked into the dining area amid sleek, slab-front cabinetry. Kevin commissioned the painting from Houston artist Maggi Battalino for his very first home. 50

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Above: The cozy den and TV room can flex as additional sleeping space when needed. Kevin and Chris love how the room’s vibe leans toward the ’60s and even ’70s, “because you had midcentury influences throughout those decades, too,” they say.

Above: Chris sets the table with Franciscan Starburst dinnerware. The gorgeous dining table is a marriage of two midcentury styles: a modern Platner base and a Moroccan inlaid round top. Above, top: Chris Martinez of Reside Home riffed off midcentury breeze block patterns to design the metal room divider, brilliantly executed by artist Don Kennell.

“Inside, we tried to accentuate the ceilings a little bit, architecturally,” adds Scarola. “They were pitched before, but we brought in the tongue and groove and secondary beams to emphasize that midcentury slope. But also to bring in that sense of Santa Fe.” Despite their love for the era, Kevin and Chris were not interested in a full-blown midcentury modern home dripping with Eames chairs and Sputnik chandeliers. “It’s more about the tailoring of furniture and the nods in the legs or lamps to midcentury,” Kevin explains. “We didn’t want to be too ‘expected.’ Instead of midcentury modern, we wanted modern midcentury.” Scarola opted for geometric tiles, brass-accented hardware, walnut cabinetry, and limestone—“fixtures and finishes that were modern, but not ‘kitschy’ midcentury,” she says. The job of furnishing the home fell to Reside Home’s Jeff Fenton and Chris Martinez, personal friends of the Sokol-Whites who happen to share their passion for midcentury styling. Even though the house was a veritable blank canvas—only two chairs in the master bedroom came with Kevin and Chris from Houston—Fenton and Martinez, too, shied away from “cliché or formulaic” midcentury modern. “We really sought to make reference to it, october/november 2019

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Reside Home looked to other midcentury influences—Asian, African, even tiki and Polynesian—when considering bed linens. Neutral yet very noticeable, their patterns pair beautifully with the textural wallpaper, geometric lamps, and framed Nigerian tapestry Kevin acquired during one of his many visits to Lagos and Port Harcourt.

Below: These two chairs are the only pieces of furniture Kevin and Chris brought with them from Houston to be used in the new house. They make a nice hangout spot in the master bedroom. Just beyond, however, lies an outdoor seating area that extends their private master retreat.

Right: Check out the carved handle detail in the master bath’s floating cabinetry. Horizontal lines rule in this light and bright space thanks to the window, vanity, and gorgeous green subway tile. 52

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Below: A hairpin leg vanity cabinet, vertically laid hexagonal tile, tasteful gold accents, and, of course, a bold abstract painting lend panache to this powder bath.

Tk word word word word word word word word word word word word word word Though almost all of the furniture in the word word word word word word house is new, Kevin and Chris’s collection of art has been with them for years. In almost every case they know the artist and the story behind the painting. A huge sun painting by artist David Adickes has a place of honor in the hallway where it can be enjoyed from the living room.

Above: Midcentury modernists loved ethnic and geometric patterns, pairing them with smooth and streamlined sofas, lamps, and tables. Chris and Kevin’s living room captures the very essence of the style, using contemporary textiles and décor.

but in the same voice, make sure we were referencing Santa Fe with some regional aspects—a house that looks like it belongs here,” says Fenton. “It was also fun to throw into the mix how Kevin and Chris wanted to live, how they wanted to entertain—how they wanted their public spaces and private spaces to feel and envelop them,” adds Martinez. Emboldened by the openness and trust of their clients, the two interior designers presented fun, patterned textiles and pieces of décor they suspected might be a bit out of the homeowners’ comfort zone. “Okay, we never would have thought of that, but we like where this is going,” Kevin and Chris repeated over and over. “What’s next?” The last piece of the puzzle was the exterior landscaping— another blank canvas. Other landscapers heard “midcentury modern” and threw their hands up, but landscape architect october/november 2019

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Below: A raised seating area is yet another “room” Solange Serquis created outdoors. Standing on tiptoe on the short platform, the owners can boast a mountain view from their downtown home.

The entire backyard is a neatly composed puzzle of angles and geometries, with multiple areas for conversation and dining. Hanging out here with the dogs, fire table ablaze, has become the owners’ evening ritual.

Steel—in the planters and the modern pergola—is a cool, contemporary accompaniment to the wood deck and the concrete dining table that extends directly from the house. Chris and Kevin love the very midcentury “gull wing” eaves, which are beautifully adorned with a T&G detail.


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Solange Serquis of Serquis + Associates impressed Kevin and Chris by immediately diving into books for a crash course on the subject. Turns out, the style paralleled beautifully with her own focus on form and function. “It’s the most important thing to me,” she says. “The landscape was really trying to contemporize that midcentury modern legacy, which is why we incorporated a table beneath the steel pergola, planters, and a fire pit banco.” In the way the interiors of the home are mapped into separate seating and living areas, the outdoor spaces, bounded by impressive steel structures by Gabe Rippel, likewise comprise seating areas outside the master bedroom, an outdoor dining room, and even a raised platform that, when one stands on tiptoe, offers a peek-a-boo view of the mountains. Kevin and Chris, along with adorable rescue “terrierists” Edie and Nicholas, are already comfortable and established in the home they moved into just a couple of weeks ago. Drinking his coffee on the sofa and looking out the big front window has become Chris’s morning meditation, while gin and tonics in the backyard, fire table going and dogs doing their thing, is the couple’s cherished evening ritual. Chris and Kevin are excited about sharing their forever home with the many friends they’ve made in Santa Fe. “Chris and I have done a lot of adventurous things together, not the least of which was making the move to Santa Fe,” says Kevin. “But we just have an amazing network and community of friends here. We feel very welcome.” Santa Fe, it would appear, is quite pleased with her new residents, and vice versa.


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Above: Christopher Owen, Morning Tea, reverse enameled painting on plexiglass, 30 x 24”

Childers-West and Christopher Owen Nelson Mark White Fine Art 414 Canyon November 1–30


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Mark White Fine Art is adding two new represented artists to its cohort. One of these artists is actually two—Childers-West is a husband-and-wife team. Josiane Childers paints bright, drooping, and balanced colors of the rainbow onto the steel and mixedmedia sculptures that Justin West creates. This exhibition will welcome Childers-West beside Mark White’s other new represented artist, Christopher Owen Nelson. Nelson creates paintings, often on glass, as well as mixed-media sculpture using alternative materials. “Using textures and microscopic elements of the natural world, I thrive on giving things new life, purpose, and movement,” he says. “Reviving these details found in nature reshapes the way I exist myself.”—Sarah Eddy

fresh air and oil paint Santa Fean talks with three plein air painters

Above: Barbara Coleman’s oil painting Pond Up North won Best In Show at last year’s PAPNM National Juried Members’ Exhibition. The painting is 11 x 14", a typical size for plein air paintings.

ARTISTS HAVE PAINTED ON LOCATION forever, but painting en plein air became more popular in the mid19th century. Artists were freeing themselves from academic constraints, natural light became increasingly important, and tubed paints and portable collapsible easels came on the market, making it easier to leave the studio. Currently, plein air painting is booming. Local, state, and national groups sponsor paint-outs, exhibits, classes, trips, and contests. Santa Fe hosted the annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in April of 2018. The event drew 1,200 attendees, including at least 200 people who had never before painted and wanted to start. 58

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New Mexico, with its breathtaking scenery, mild climate, and artistic traditions, has long been a draw for plein air painters. Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) was founded in 2007. The organization currently has around 400 members, 30 percent of whom live in states other than New Mexico. In advance of PAPNM’s National Juried Members’ Exhibition in October, a show of 150 plein air paintings, Santa Fean spoke about plein air painting with three PAPNM members: Peggy Immel, a longtime professional oil painter who shows at Sorrel Sky Gallery; Tobi Clement, a pastel artist showing at Canyon Road Contemporary Art; and Jack McGowan, a relatively new oil painter represented by Santa Fe Art Collector.

Santa Fean: Is painting your career? Peggy Immel: Yes. Tobi Clement: I am working toward making this my next career. I am currently in transition from a 25-year career as a hairstylist. Jack McGowan: Painting is my last career. I spent the better part of my life running businesses in energy efficiency and renewable energy, focusing on innovation to reduce the environmental impact of our lifestyles. SF: How long have you been painting? PI: Since I could hold a brush. Basically, all my life. I took my first real oil painting lessons at the age of 10. Above: Beaver Ponds, a 9 x 12" oil by Peggy Immel. Her smaller paintings are almost entirely completed on location, while larger paintings are done in the studio.

PAPNM organizes excursions to painting locations around New Mexico. Here, Sarah Turner works in the garden of the Fechin House in Taos.

TC: In 2009, I began to experiment with learning how to paint with pastels. My introduction to painting was through plein air, learning to capture the light and refine the narrative of the painting. I also took many workshops with established pastel and plein air painters. JM: I have been painting for four years—it is possible for a newbie to come to painting late in life. I started dabbling with paint in my mid-20s while living on the Zuni Pueblo, studying with Alex Seowtewa, the famous Zuni painter and muralist. It was only a brief introduction, as other opportunities and challenges took me away from painting, but I always wanted to get back to it.  SF: How long have you been painting en plein air? PI: I’ve been plein air painting for about 40 years. I started painting plein air with watercolor but now use oils almost exclusively.


TC: Since I began the process of learning how to paint with pastels en plein air, I will always have a love affair with this approach. It has taught me so much about how light affects what we see. JM: I came back to painting in late 2015. I met Sally Delap John in 2017, who introduced me to plein air painting. I immediately fell in love with the idea of creating art outdoors, in extraordinary settings. SF: Tell us a bit about your process.

Above: Jack McGowan’s Sangre de Cristo Spring, painted in oil on two 6 x 8" linen canvases. McGowan returned to painting after a career in energy efficiency, drawn by Northern New Mexico’s landscape.

PI: The largest size I usually paint outside is 16 x 20”. Smaller paintings are easier to do because the time one has to finish the painting before the light changes is about three hours. After that, one has to paint from memory or come back to the location on another day. I like to complete plein air paintings on location and bring them to a high level of finish. But I do make minor touchups in the studio if they are needed—things like adding a highlight or darkening a shadow. If a painting needs more than a few touchups, I don’t consider it plein air. And the fact is, many terrific plein air paintings are killed by working on them in the studio. “Less is more” definitely is true in this instance. Increasingly I make field studies outside and then use them for reference for my larger studio paintings. october/november 2019

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JM: Painting outdoors is a multi-sensory experience. You are alive, in an ever-changing landscape of light, shadow, and color, in one of the most captivating places in the world. You get to try to capture an ephemeral scene and feeling in paint. It is great if someone looks at that painting later on and feels just an inkling of what you did, standing in the sunshine on that perfect day. SF: What are the benefits of belonging to a plein air organization? PI: I love meeting and getting to know other painters and most of my good friends are painters, so the camaraderie is the most important part for me. And I like the opportunity to show my work in various venues.

Above: Tobi Clement paints in pastel. Sweet Dreams, 11 x 14", hints at how quickly a plein air painter must work to capture a sunset before it fades.

TC: I have found plein air painting to be a crucial piece in building my visual understanding of light and the shapes in landscape. The light changes so rapidly and is so varied, you cannot learn this any other way but by standing in the landscape observing. I now relax into the process, and I enjoy painting plein air as a field study. My time spent creating field studies or color studies later informs my studio work. I am obsessed with studying color, and with pastels you cannot mix in the traditional way an oil painter can. I am always researching the best pastel colors to have in my travel box and how they create a relationship that supports my paintings.  JM: It is a process of trial and error to assemble a painting kit that ensures you are prepared for all that the natural elements can inflict: from sun to wind to snow to bugs. My preferred sizes for outdoor painting are 12 x 16” or 16 x 20”, depending on the time available. When I arrive at a site, I use a viewfinder to crop out composition options, take photos, and do several pencil sketches before beginning to paint. Taking time to settle in, think about the composition, and experiment with sketches are critical steps for me. Once I get back to the studio, I consult the painting and all my reference materials to put on the finishing touches. Nearly all plein air shows and competitions require that paintings be completed at least 80 percent en plein air, so studio work must be limited.  SF: What is the best part of painting on location? PI: The best part of painting on location is being outside at the location and being exposed to all of the elements that make a particular place special. The color is purer, the air feels terrific and the smells and sounds are all part of a grand experience. It’s soul food. TC: Aside from the growth of my skills as an artist, it is the spiritual connection to the planet I find when I am standing in the stillness and observation process of painting en plein air. Stepping out of the busy-ness of life and dropping into the quiet observation process is how I reconnect with the cycles and greatness of life on this planet.  60

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TC: I really enjoy getting to know artists from all over the USA. Being able to have an organization to grow with as an artist and having competitions to show and compete in has helped me develop as an artist. Having the opportunity to have my work seen in shows and winning awards has increased my visibility and confidence. The friendships with other artists have richened my life—it is a “tribe” of like-minded folks that I enjoy being connected to. JM: There are many benefits to meeting and interacting with a group of people that share a common interest. PAPNM offers five or more shows throughout the year, offering workshops in conjunction with the show where the state’s best painters are happy to share their secrets. Coming from a business where very few people were willing to share secrets, tips, and techniques, that is refreshing and welcome. One member calls this philosophy “no painter left behind.” PAPNM organizes dozens of paint-outs per year, a chance to paint with others in a group. Those who are pursuing careers as professional artists can give people like me great insight into how they develop gallery relationships, the benefits of advertising, social media, and a host of other topics. Likewise, I have been able to share my knowledge of the things that I learned in other industries that apply to art. SF: Any stories from the field that are too good not to share? PI: A few years ago, I was painting at the Grand Canyon with a friend. We were out on the rim one morning, totally absorbed in watching the condors and painting the morning light. It was really spectacular. About halfway through my painting a pigeon flew over me and pooped right on my palette. I thought, “Everybody’s a critic.” JM: Every day out painting—spring, summer, fall, and winter—is completely memorable. Earlier this summer, I was up and out early to paint. As I enjoyed the sunrise and early morning color I came upon a majestic herd of elk. The sun was coming up behind me, and I was there early enough to see the full moon setting over the mountains, with a dramatic cliff face in the mid distance. To capture a memory of that experience is what plein air painting is all about. PAPNM National Juried Members’ Exhibition, Santa Fe Art Collector, 217 Galisteo, October 4–27, reception and awards presentation October 4, 5–7:30 pm,





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Horndeski Contemporary Gregory Horndeski, Red Sky with Gravitational Doppler Shift, acrylic on linen, Masonite and wood, 30 x 36 x 3” Multifarious Aspects of Gregory Horndeski’s Paintings showing October 18 through December 28, 2019. Opening reception: Friday, October 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12:30 pm to 6 pm. Depicted here is an example of what the artist Gregory Horndeski calls one of his Math.-Phys. paintings. The text on the frame discusses aspects of quantum gravity, and is suitable for the lay reader. Horndeski’s work falls into several categories, and pieces from each will be in the show. 716 Canyon Rd, next door to Geronimo’s Restaurant 505-231-3731,

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Alexandra Stevens Fine Art Gallery Ruth Valerio, Sunset Drama, oil on canvas, 18 x 24” Painting the World showcasing Ruth Valerio and Jody Rigsby. Opening Night: Friday, October 18, 5:30 to 7 pm. Artists Ruth Valerio, Jody Rigsby, Victoria Taylor-Gore, Melinda Morrison, Peggy McGivern, and Arlene LaDell Hayes will be participating in the Canyon Road Paint Out on Saturday, October 19th. 820 Canyon Rd, across from the public parking lot 505-988-1311,




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Watts in bronze


Three of Watts’s figures dance with each other. Alone or grouped, the elongated figures are dramatically elegant.

by Lisa J. Van Sickle

“IT’S BEEN A LONG, BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY,” says Alex Watts of how she came to bronze sculpture and a life in Santa Fe. She presents Unbounded, her first solo show of bronzes in a decade, on October 4 at Winterowd Fine Art. Watts was born in New York City to British parents. “They would have art in the house before they would have furniture,” she remembers of them. Her early childhood was filled with trips to museums and the ballet. The family moved to Georgia, then to Arizona for a year before returning to the United Kingdom when Watts was 12. Alluding to a difficult childhood, she says of Arizona, “I found great solace in the desert . . . it brought me great comfort.” BILL STENGLE

Left: The figures in Flying Home only connect to the base in one small area, which made the piece exceptionally difficult to realize in bronze. “I got in such trouble for that!” laughs Watts, although her mold-maker, the foundry, and her metalworker got it done. 62

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Below: Watts applies modeling clay to a wire armature. When she finishes, a set of molds will be made from the original to make wax copies, which are then cast in bronze.

Alex Watts, Unbounded, October 4–17, reception October 4, 5–7 pm , Winterowd Fine Art, 701 Canyon,

Above: Watts works on Agape, the figure of an angel, a symbol of hope, love, and her conviction that a higher power surrounds us. The finished sculpture measures 23 x 14 x 5" Above: Although her figures are highly stylized, Watts’s command of anatomy is obvious.


Watts attended Brighton University, where she studied art, torn between sculpture and painting. She pursued ceramic sculpture, also teaching art to 12- to 18-year-olds in the British schools. In 2003, Watts returned to the desert—to Santa Fe, where her friend from university, gallery owner Karla Winterowd, introduced her to metal work. Each figure begins with an armature, a process that can take Watts as long as a month. After the form is exactly as she wants it, she covers it with modeling clay, adding volume, detail, and texture. A mold-maker then takes over, creating the molds used to make wax copies. Watts dresses each wax herself, making subtle changes to each. “You won’t ever see the faces the same. In every single sculpture there will be something different.” The wax is cast in bronze in sections—as many as six—at an Oklahoma foundry. After casting, her trusted metalworker rejoins the pieces into a whole. Watts applies the patinas, desert colors that subtly enhance each figure. She is indebted to her mold-maker and metalworker, acknowledging they find her long, thin, forms challenging. The sculptures in the October show share the theme of unboundedness, of freedom and joy. Watts takes inspiration from prayer, quietness, meditation, and dance. “What I want to sculpt is the freedom, the joy, the connectedness . . . the sense of never being alone,” even in times of darkness or fear. “I like to remind people they don’t have to do it themselves.”


Above: Patinas are applied to heated bronze, causing a chemical reaction that changes the color of the surface. No two pieces will be identical.

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Ernst Gruler


form and function by Sarah Eddy photographs by Gabriella Marks

ERNST GRULER’S TABLES aren’t merely flat-topped pieces of furniture—they’re eye-catchingly abstract, with curves designed to draw each person into the fold and chairs that smoothly follow the shape of the human body. The sculptural legs supporting the tables and chairs are on the line between the geometric and the organic. “I can see an animal quality to them,” Gruler says of his creations. “I could see them moving around at night when you’re not paying attention.” Gruler is originally from Michigan, spent time as a modelmaker, and has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in furniture making. He began making plywood furniture similar to what he creates today in the early 1990s. “With linear furniture, there’s stuff that bugs me,” he says. “If you have a table that seats eight, and it’s rectangular, you have pockets of conversation.” He gestures to one of his tables, recognizable by the smooth curves that draw each chair inward. “When you sit at that, everybody can see; there’s no blocking anybody. Everybody comes into their space—they engage with the table in a way they wouldn’t normally do.” GVG Contemporary, the Canyon Road–area gallery Gruler owns with his wife, painter Blair Vaughn-Gruler, celebrated its 10th anniversary this summer. For the first few years, the pair managed the gallery full-time while also producing artwork. Nowadays they tend to have one or Above: To wire his elegant wood, paper, and stone lamps, Gruler strings the electrical cord through the thin trunks of tree saplings. Below: Gruler compares one of his models to a completed product. This is one of the first tables in this style ever created.

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Above: Gruler’s studio has the tools necessary for most of his creative endeavors, including painting and woodworking. He goes to a metal shop in Santa Fe for much of his metalwork.

two employees, allowing them more time to focus on their art. “I’m happy when I’m working,” Gruler says. “If I’m not in my shop enough of the time you don’t really want to be around me because I get crabby.” Some of Gruler’s furniture is covered in lines and doodles he does by hand. As with his dented and textured surfaces, it’s all part of a drive to make his creations livable and full of character. “In my early phase, I thought I could rival what a machine does,” he says. “But once you reach perfection, it’s all downhill. Someone nicks it, whacks it, it’s like, ‘Damn, it’s screwed.’” Highly versatile, Gruler also makes lamps, lately out of saplings with shades made from handmade paper. His “soundscapes” are yet another project—sculptures made from repurposed steel and pressure canisters. When struck, the pure, unique sound each bell-like sculpture makes juxtaposes with its intriguing industrial look. “I like working on a lot of different things at one moment because one thing kind of inspires the next,” Gruler says. “I burn myself out doing furniture after a while, so the idea that I have lamps, steel work, painting—it just keeps me moving. And movement’s life.” Above, right: As many as 50 pieces of plywood might go into the making of a single chair. Right: Gruler carefully creates a lampshade out of handmade paper.

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autumn art four studio tours to experience this fall by Sarah Eddy

THERE’S NO BETTER TIME of year than autumn to explore the many small, historic towns sprinkled throughout Northern New Mexico. Studio tours are a great way to experience both the natural beauty and the artistic creativity of the area. Each year, artists in various communities open their studio doors and allow visitors an intimate peek into their creative processes. Most studios are open from 9 or 10 am to 5 pm. More than 20 artists participate in this year’s El Rito Studio Tour, October 5–6, with quilts, dolls, painting, found object sculpture, pottery, and more represented. During the tour, the Community Artist Mercado happens at Northern New Mexico College, with food, live music, and work from over 30 artists. Also find food at El Farolito Restaurant and El Rito Library, where freshly baked goods and grilled lunch items are on the menu. Work in photography, painting, pottery, jewelry, bronze sculpture, and more await in the small, historic village of Galisteo. At the Galisteo Studio Tour, October 12 and 13, stroll from studio to studio amid a bosque of fall-colored cottonwood trees. Special food stops serve traditional New Mexican food as well as contemporary fusion dishes. To finish off the trip, take a short drive up the hill to the neighborhood known as Ranchitos. There, find even more studios while enjoying panoramic views of the Galisteo Basin. At the Abiquiú Studio Tour, October 12–14, visitors have the opportunity to view the dramatic landscapes that enchanted and inspired Georgia O’Keeffe while discovering the varied contemporary work still produced in the area. Micaceous clay artworks, signature to the region, are on display, as are retablos, pottery, furniture, paintings, sculpture, photographs, glassworks, ceramics, textiles, and more. The Dixon Studio Tour has been going strong since 1982. This year’s tour is November 2–3, and, as always, visitors can enjoy both the brightly colored orchards and the many artist studios spread throughout the area. The community puts on The Mercado at the local public school, with various homegrown and homemade products for sale.,,,


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Below: Brian Barreto shows marble sculpture at the Dixon Studio Tour.

Above: Watch artists create at Rift Gallery as part of the Dixon Studio Tour.

Left: Steve Ebben opens the studio where he creates his sculptures during the Dixon Studio Tour.

Left: Painter Paula Narbutovskih opens her studio to the public at the AbiquiĂş Studio Tour.


Below: Julie Wagner shows paper sculptures in the El Rito Studio Tour.

Left Betsy Williams, the creator of this four-piece set of tiny plates, participates in the Dixon Studio Tour.

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Right: Katie O’Sullivan, Strength of Spirit, acrylic and drawing media on canvas, 24 x 18"

Just Beyond the Horizon KEEP Contemporary 142 Lincoln November 15–December 15 Reception November 15, 5–8 pm Taking inspiration from Greek mythology and ancient Greek art, Katie O’Sullivan creates emotional, mystical, and highly imaginative narratives in this solo exhibition. Hybrid creatures—often horned and hooved humanoid figures—fill her canvases. O’Sullivan’s paintings and drawings are raw and provocative, with the representational sometimes sinking into roughedged abstraction. O’Sullivan was born in New Jersey and attended the Parsons School of Design, where she majored in graphic design but also took various classes in drawing and painting. She worked and traveled as a yacht deckhand for several years before moving to California and then the Southwest in 2015. She began to pursue painting as a full-time profession in 2014.—SE

Below: Stephen Wilkes, Lesser Flamingos, Lake Begoria, Kenya, Africa, digital C-print, 34 x 64"

Stephen Wilkes: Day to Night Monroe Gallery of Photography 112 Don Gaspar October 4–November 24 Reception October 4, 5–7 pm As much as it is photography, Stephen Wilkes’s artistic medium is time. In an image of Coney Island, the amusement park is lit up in whizzing colors against a deep night sky while the beach beside it is still caught in a hot, blue-skied midday. In another image, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated against a fading sunset while tourists enjoy a bright, bustling afternoon at its base. To create each work, Wilkes wakes before dawn and spends the day shooting up to 2,000 photographs from a single vantage point. He then selects the best moments of the day and night and seamlessly blends them together. “Over the last several years, photographic technology has evolved to a point where anything is possible,” Wilkes says. “I imagined changing time in a single photograph.”—SE 68

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Above: Steven Kutcher, Bromeliad, gouache The Bug Show on paper with Zophobas grub, 18 x 24" Calliope 2876 NM-14, Madrid October 5–November 4 Receptions October 5 and 6, 3–6 pm Various insects collaborated with artist Steven Kutcher on this body of work. A Hollywood “bug wrangler,” Kutcher has managed the insects for over 70 feature films, including Arachnophobia, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jurassic Park, and The Exorcist II. He has now expanded his work to painting with his many-legged friends. To create his distinctive pieces of art, he applies non-toxic paint to the legs of hissing cockroaches, darkling beetles, and others, and then guides them around fine art paper. After a colorful, uniquely meandering piece is finished, he cleans and cares for the bugs. Assisted by Wade Harrell of Santa Fe’s Harrell House Bug Museum, Kutcher will demonstrate his process at both exhibition receptions.—SE



The Amazing Arnoldis Charlotte Jackson Fine Art 554 S Guadalupe November 8–December 7 Reception November 8, 5–7 pm

Clouds: New Paintings by Doug West Blue Rain Gallery 544 S Guadalupe October 11–26 Reception October 11, 5–7 pm Doug West’s reverence for the American Southwest is apparent in this show. With an eye for light, his oil paintings capture the striking mountains, varied flora, and endless, ever-changing sky signature to the region. “At the core of who I am is my reverence for solitary experiences in nature, those moments in time that are pure,” the artist says. “I’m still chasing after that deep space, educating myself on capturing the quality of light through oil paints.” West’s fascination with nature began when he was a child in Riverside, California. He earned an art degree at the University of Southern California and moved to New Mexico in the mid-1970s. In 2012, he painted an image for a stamp commemorating New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood.—SE

Above: Charles Arnoldi, untitled, acrylic, Flashe vinyl paint, and wood chunks, 18 x 24 x 6"

Natalie Arnoldi isn’t exactly a chip off the old block—in this exhibition, her father, Charles Arnoldi, created wood sculpture while she focused on large-scale oil painting. Natalie’s ambiguous paintings explore the fine line between the abstract and the figurative. Trained as a marine biologist, her work often has an environmental narrative. Meanwhile, Charles, an experienced printmaker, painter, and sculptor, shows compositions crafted from painted sticks and wood chunks in this exhibition. Some works are affixed to canvas while others are structured into geometric, openwork wall hangings and sculpture.—SE

Above: Aaron Jones, Peeking Through the Foliage, mixed media on board, 20 x 22"

Right: Doug West, Ghost Ranch Vision, oil on canvas, 60 x 40"

Germination Eye on the Mountain Gallery 614 Agua Fria November 9–December 7 Reception November 9, 5–9 pm Aaron Jones, also known as Rev AWL Jones, shows “post-dystopian” mixed media sculpture on board. Some of his work incorporates colored lights. The artist says that the objective of his fine art is to “explore the mystical relationship between matter and spirit,” by taking materials from the natural world and turning them into the “transmuted remains of human culture and consciousness.” At the opening night reception, Dievolve, a multifaceted creative group founded by Jones, performs rock, industrial, and psychedelic music.—SE

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PREVIEWS Playful Abstraction Blue Rain Gallery 544 S Guadalupe October 25–November 16 Reception October 25, 5–7 pm While Rimi Yang’s paintings contain many abstract elements, they always have a central subject: a highly stylized vase of flowers, a woman, or a horse is prominent, surrounded by color, texture, and pattern. Yang’s paintings hint at a story, but the meaning is not obvious. Ethnically Korean, Yang was born and raised in Japan before moving to California where she lives today. Her paintings combine imagery, techniques, and symbols from both the East and the West. She is continually searching for the connections between supposed dichotomies: male and female, abstract and figurative, or ancient and new.—LVS

Below: Sandy Vaillancourt, La Morada at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30" Above: Rimi Yang, Sisters’ Song of Songs, oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

New Mexico Mi Amor Detours at La Fonda Hotel 100 E San Francisco November 27–December 1 Sandy Vaillancourt continues her longstanding tradition of presenting a trunk show of new work at Detours over Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday–Sunday. She will have watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media works plus fine art prints and greeting cards made from her original work. All reflect her deep love for New Mexico, where she has lived for more than 20 years. Vaillancourt’s paintings are distinguished by intense color. She has some work year-round at Detours and also maintains a studio and gallery on Canyon Road.—LVS

Below: Carole Bowker, Pedernal, pierced sterling silver and amethyst, dimensions vary

Jewelry Jamboree Thomas-Carole Bowker Fine Art 815D Early November 1–30 Reception November 1, 1–7 pm Thomas and Carole Bowker are each adept in a number of mediums. Carole’s work in this show is done in silver and semiprecious stone. She brings an abstract sensibility to her silver work. Thomas shows crosses, made from exotic woods accented with stone. They are a part of his sculpture practice, with the cross being a form he has returned to repeatedly. Both Bowkers have had decades-long careers as artists and art educators. The have lived on the shores of Lake Michigan and in the Florida Keys, and now call Santa Fe home.—LVS 70

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One-of-a-Kind Obscura Gallery 1405 Paseo de Peralta November 22–January 4 Reception November 22, 5–7 pm For this holiday-season exhibition, gallery owner Jennifer Schlesinger asked the photographers she represents and a handful of guest artists to create work that would be exclusive to Obscura Gallery. Some created a single photography-based piece of art while others created a new print edition solely for the gallery. Participating photographers reside in the United States, Israel, Cuba, and France. Artists include Kurt Markus, Lawrence Fodor, and Caitlyn Soldan of Santa Fe, Aline Smithson of Los Angeles, Louviere + Vanessa from New Orleans, and Coco Fronsac of Paris. All manner of photographic processes are used in the work exhibited at Obscura.—LVS

Above: Susan de Witt, untitled, polymer photogravure print on paper, 16 x 20"

Native Surrealism King Galleries 130 Lincoln November 15–30 George Alexander (Muscogee) shows a group of paintings at King Galleries. King is a 2016 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and also studied painting in Florence. His paintings combine traditional Native American subject matter with imagery and symbols from Alexander’s own experiences living in the contemporary age. His goal in painting is to challenge the viewer’s ideas about “Indian” art and to test the boundaries of contemporary Native art.—LVS

Above: George Alexander, Anxious, oil on canvas, 36 x 36"

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The Contemporary Estate Collection Patina Gallery 131 W Palace Reception November 15, 5–7 pm The time eventually comes when a cherished piece of fine jewelry needs to go to someone new. Patina Gallery, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has sent plenty of contemporary fine art jewelry out its doors over the years. The Contemporary Estate Collection offers pieces, many by artists Patina represents, that are ready to go to a new owner. The collection kicks off with an opening reception, then will be available in the gallery and online.—LVS

Left: Earl Pardon, brooch, sterling silver, 14-kt yellow gold, ebony shell, enamel, topaz, and tourmaline, 2 1/4 x 1 3/8"

Painting the World Alexandra Stevens Gallery 820 Canyon October 18–31 Reception October 18, 5:30–7 pm Born into an English family that valued the arts, it is not surprising that Ruth Valerio became a landscape painter. Each of her oils shows the landscape, even if the focal point is a building or person. Bright splashes of color stand out against forested or adobe backgrounds. Jody Rigsby also paints the natural world, usually animals with an occasional landscape or floral painting for variety. Rigsby’s strong brushstrokes and patches of color, laid in without much blending, give her work an abstract aspect. Saturday, October 19, Peggy McGivern and Arlene LaDell Hayes will be painting outside the gallery, part of the annual Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out event.—LVS Above: Jody Rigsby, Baby Shower, oil on cradle board, 20 x 24"


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Below: Ricardo Fernandez Ortega, A Time to Look Inside, oil, 39 x 55"

PREVIEWS Ricardo Fernandez Ortega: Dawn Voyage Meyer Gallery 225 Canyon October 25–31 Reception October 25, 5–7 pm Mexican painter Ricardo Fernandez Ortega combines classical imagery, painting techniques drawn from the 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, and a surrealist mindset into a compelling exhibit of paintings. Ortega paints the female figure, often winged, and frequently set by the shore. The costuming looks ancient, but it isn’t specific to a particular time and place. The show’s title refers to new beginnings and new experiences. “After a deeply dark night, the light of a new day begins to be seen,” Ortega explains. His deft handling of crepuscular light is evident in the paintings in this show.—LVS

Below: Barbara Hendricks, 14-kt gold pink tourmaline, peridot, amethyst and diamond pendant on an 18" 14-kt yellow gold square box chain Below: Gregory Horndeski, In the Beginning, acrylic on masonite and wood, 29 x 33 x 2"

Multifarious Aspects of Horndeski’s Work Horndeski Contemporary 716 Canyon October 18–December 28 Reception October 18, 5–8 pm Gregory Horndeski earned a PhD in mathematics and quickly became a tenured professor of math and physics. By the time he was in his early 30s, however, he decided his true destiny was to be a painter. Moving from oils to acrylics, he kept bumping up against each medium’s limits until he developed a method of pouring acrylic paint onto a horizontal canvas and moving it around with a knife. In almost 40 years of painting he has worked in 16 categories, including music paintings, natural disaster paintings, family affair paintings, and social commentary paintings. This show includes at least one piece from each category. In 2013 Horndeski became aware that a number of physicists had unearthed theories and equations he had developed while writing his dissertation. Describing them as “. . . all the rage in cosmology,” his theories have been cited over 1,400 times in published articles.—LVS

Trunk Show with Barbara Hendricks Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths 656 Canyon October 12–November 11 Reception October 12, 3–5 pm Barbara Hendricks brings a trunk full of jewels from her Dana Point, California, studio to Canyon Road. White or yellow gold holds diamonds, colored stones, and pearls in Hendricks’s curving, elegant designs. Her work has been featured in several jewelry industry journals and she was honored with a Niche Award, given for excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft.—LVS october/november 2019

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Below: Helen Cordero, 17-piece pottery nacimiento (detail), clay, pigment, goat skin, wood, turquoise, figures 1 1/2 to 6 1/2" tall

Native American Nacimientos Adobe Gallery 221 Canyon November 8–29 Reception November 8, 5–7 pm Nativity sets—nacimientos in Spanish—are made all over the world, from all materials imaginable, in sizes from the miniscule to the life-size or larger, and each reflecting the cultural traditions of its maker. New Mexico’s Pueblo potters have been making nacimientos for the last 60 years. Manuel and Vicenta Vigil (Tesuque Pueblo) are credited with making the first nativities in 1959. Other artists followed, including Helen Cordero (Cochiti Pueblo)(1915–1994), who invented the clay storyteller figurines. Pueblo nacimientos are painted with traditional designs and the figures wear traditional Pueblo attire. The three wise men bear gifts of corn and turquoise rather than frankincense and myrrh. The show at Adobe Gallery includes sets from many Pueblos and work by Cordero and the Vigils.—LVS

As Clear as Glass Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado October 4–31 Reception October 4, 4–6 pm Just in time for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, David Shanfeld shows new work including some colorful blown glass balloons. The show also includes pieces from Shanfeld’s Ancient Vessels and Ancient Fish series, blown and kiln-fired glass pieces with a unique texture on their surfaces. Shanfeld took a single hot glass course in college, figuring it was one-and-done. After moving to Santa Fe he wandered into Tesuque Glassworks in 1994, and a conversation with the owner led to a job offer. Shanfeld has worked with glass ever since.—LVS

Above: David Shanfeld, mini and large balloons in flight, cane glass, 13–21" high with stands

Life in Color Canyon Road Contemporary Art 622 Canyon October 4–10 Reception October 4, 5–7 pm Kari Rives, Doug Gillis, and Adam Thomas Rees each show color-saturated three-dimensional work. Rives hand-builds ceramic animals, then returns to her background as a painter by applying several layers of glaze to add color. Each piece is returned to the kiln as many as five times. Gillis shows fused glass. He combines pieces of different shapes, colors, and levels of transparency into Bauhaus-inspired designs. Gillis’s work is designed to hang on the wall. Rees sculpts animals, covering metal forms with vivid polymer clay skins. He forms the clay into canes, an ancient technique that allows him to repeat an intricate pattern across the form.—LVS Left: Kari Rives, Peaches and Cream and Their Children, glazed ceramic, 12" to 17" high 74

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Below: Nancy Crookston, Best Mouser in Six Counties, oil on linen on panel, 20 x 10"


Iron Supplements 7 Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln November 1–30 Reception November 2, 1–3 pm


Left: Rosa Silbert, Interludes, glass and steel, 14 x 26"

Rosa Silbert’s resumé includes exhibitions and study in Europe and the United States. It also mentions law school, and periods spent living in Italy, France, and Malaysia. Silbert brings her eclectic background to her show of sculpture at 7 Arts Gallery. She began 20 years ago as a sculptor working in metal, learning welding, cutting, and the application of patinas along the way. About four years ago Silbert began adding kiln glass to her work. Noting that both processes use high heat, she adds, “The intrinsic strength and flexibility of metal, married with the intense color and transparency of glass, creates layers and illusion in a finished work.”—LVS

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 W Palace November 1–30 Reception November 1, 5–7 pm Oil Painters of America (OPA) was founded in 1991 to promote traditional, representative oil painting. Painters interested in joining submit images of their work to be considered for membership. The organization puts on several regional and national juried shows each year, often receiving more than 10 times as many submissions as there are spaces in the show. The jury selects paintings based on draftsmanship, composition, and use of color. OPA members, now 3,600 strong, paint still life, portraits, landscape, and more. The Western Regional Exhibition is open to members from the Western United States and Canada and all of Mexico.—LVS

Nature’s Calling Above: Liz Wolf, Play is Good Medicine, bronze, edition of 25, 6 x 13 x 6" Manitou Galleries 225 Canyon October 11–November 3 Reception October 11, 5–7:30 pm Two artists share an exhibition at Manitou Galleries’ Canyon Road location. Douglas Aagard paints the landscape of the Southwest. He started as a watercolorist but was seduced by the more vibrant palette available to an oil painter and made the switch. His heavily textured paintings are done with a palette knife. Sculptor Liz Wolf works in clay, mixed media, and bronze. She portrays people, animals, and a number of figures occupying the space in between—birds wearing boots and people with animals’ heads. Both Wolf and Aagard portray nature, but their approaches couldn’t be more different.—LVS october/november 2019

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Above: Dick Evans, Twenty-Fifth Passage, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 90"

Sensual Surface and Volume Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon October 4–23 Reception October 4, 5–7 pm Ventana Fine Art presents new work from painter Dick Evans and sculptor Mark Yale Harris. Evans was born in New Mexico and raised in the Texas Panhandle where he had no exposure to art. Early plans to become an architect fell away as he was entranced by the drawing and design prerequisites, and Evans enrolled in an art program. His paintings are highly abstracted renderings of landscapes. Harris came to sculpture after moving to Santa Fe in the 1990s. He studied stone carving with Bill Prokopiof and Doug Hyde, both of whom had studied with Allan Houser. Harris carves figures and animals in alabaster, marble, and limestone, and also translates his flowing sculpture to bronze.—LVS

Contemporary Look at Childhood in New Mexico Edition ONE Gallery 728 Canyon October 1–31 Reception October 19, 5–7 pm

Left: Douglas Magnus, International Girls, archival pigment print, 11 x 14"

New Mexico’s chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) presents a juried show of members’ photographs portraying the lives of children in today’s New Mexico. The reception is timed to coincide with the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival. Jurors for the exhibit are Pilar Law of Edition ONE Gallery, John MacCauley, art director of New Mexico Magazine, and Jennifer Schlesinger of Obscura Gallery. The exhibit contrasts with a group of photographs from the archives of the Palace of the Governors, displayed at nearby El Zaguán, showing New Mexico’s children in earlier eras.—LVS 76

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From Taos and Beyond: The Art and Odyssey of Hans Paap Nedra Matteucci Galleries 1075 Paseo de Peralta November 9–December 7 Reception November 9, 1–3 pm Hans Paap (1890–1967) was a German-born artist who lived and traveled all over the world. He is best remembered for his paintings of the people of Taos Pueblo, although this exhibit includes work from Europe and across North and South America. The opening includes a book-signing for Hans Paap: Portraits and Landscapes, written by the painter’s daughter, Nancy Paap. “This book arose from my quest to learn more about the life and work of my late father,” she writes. “I saw him for the last time when I was fourand-a-half years old, and it was not until I was 20 that I heard his name spoken again.”—LVS

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PREVIEWS Right: Cody Hooper, Blossoming Falls, acrylic on panel, 43 x 63"

Garo Antreasian: Reflections on Life and Art Gerald Peters Projects 1011 Paseo de Peralta Through October 26 Panel discussion October 19, 2 pm Garo Z. Antreasian (1922–2018) is remembered as an artist, a teacher, and a master printmaker. He first studied lithography at a technical high school and he served as a combat artist during World War II. In 1960 he was appointed the first technical director of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, founded to revive lithography as an art form. Antreasian moved to Albuquerque in 1964 to take a position at University of New Mexico. Tamarind, now Tamarind Institute, followed Antreasian to UNM in 1970. Between his own work, the work of his students at the university, and his work with other artists at Tamarind, Antreasian did as much as anyone to develop the art of lithography and ensure its place in the world of fine art.—LVS

Cody Hooper: Turquoise Dream Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon October 16–30 Reception October 18, 5–7 pm Cody Hooper’s artistic life began with learning realistic painting in watercolor. The skills he acquired in 10 years of painting landscapes have served him well after two moves: from Texas to Albuquerque and from realistic watercolors to abstract oils. In the nine years Hooper spent in New Mexico he married and started a family while gaining a solid reputation as an abstract painter and a following among collectors. Hooper has now decided to move back to Austin, Texas. His October show is simultaneously a look back at New Mexico’s influence on his life and art and a look ahead to his upcoming relocation. Pippin Contemporary will continue to represent Hooper.—LVS Above: Garo Antreasian, Octet: Plate 8, 1/20, 1969, lithograph on paper, 24 x 20"


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At the turn of the 20th century two women pay their respects at the San Miguel cemetery in Santa Fe. Courtesy Palace of the Governors [NMHM/DCA]. No. 058598.

a haunted legacy by Ana Pacheco

WHEN THE NEW MEXICO HEADQUARTERS for the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) opened in 1967 rumors soon began to circulate that the building was haunted. Both office workers and the nightly cleaning crew reported seeing a mysterious Spanish woman dressed in attire from a different era, including a mantilla. Those ghost sightings seemed plausible given the fact that the building was located on top of the old cemetery behind the San Miguel mission. But who was this Spanish woman roaming the PERA building and walking through its walls? Many have speculated that it was the ghost of Doña Maria Gertrudis Peña de Sanchez, who arrived in Santa Fe in 1867, a century before the PERA building opened. Legend has it that Doña Maria had traveled from the family’s ranch in Northern New Mexico after learning of the death of her young son, a student at El Colegio de San Miguel. The school for boys, founded in 1859 by four French Lasallian Christian Brothers, included boarding students from around the area. The reputation of the institution soon caused it to grow to the point where it could not

keep pace with the increased enrollment, and its infrastructure began to deteriorate. The school’s water supply became contaminated with a mysterious diarrheal disease that afflicted many of the students, resulting in the deaths of two. To avoid further contagion, the students were quickly buried in the cemetery surrounding the church. When Doña Maria arrived in Santa Fe, she was horrified to learn that the graves of the two boys had not been identified and that she would never know the exact location of her son’s final resting place. Brokenhearted but determined, she never returned to her family’s ranch, instead devoting the rest of her life to the memory of her son. Day after day she prayed to St. Michael, the patron saint of the dying—and for whom the school was named—over the two gravesites, in the hope that her prayers would intercede on behalf of the soul of her son. In 2016 PERA moved its headquarters to Santa Fe’s southside, but some still believe that the ghost of the distraught Doña Maria continues to roam the large state office building at 1120 Paseo de Peralta. october/november 2019

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lived in + loved designed for comfort and family, every square inch of this Las Campanas home is thoroughly enjoyed

Living room, family room—both terms are equally appropriate for Gillian Pilgrim and Greg Pulido, who enjoy a lot of both in this beautiful and comfortable gathering space. Pilgrim, the home’s interior designer, loves mixing and matching textiles and texture. Adding in a few cherished keepsakes creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 80

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by Amy Gross photographs by Chris Corrie

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, AUSTIN, TEXAS, is a pretty happening place these days. Living in a very cool downtown high-rise, Gillian Pilgrim and her partner, Greg Pulido, realized that though they love the noise and excitement of living in the heart of a big city, they were beginning to dread the Austin summers and increasingly problematic traffic. The idea of a second home began to take shape. “We started thinking about places where we could enjoy the weather year-round,” says Pilgrim. Having grown up in London, England, beaches and lakes held little appeal for her, though as a former docent at the Frist Art Museum (formerly the Frist Center for the Visual Arts) in Nashville, and the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, art certainly did. And Pulido, an Arizona native, was at a place in his life where he wanted to be able to play golf again.

Left: A horizontally slatted steel and wood gate opens to an interior courtyard with seating areas, a fire pit, and a putting green.

Every person who walks into this home instantly experiences its feeling of warmth and comfort, and the same realization: Now this is a home I could live in! On a visit to Santa Fe, they made a fortuitous discovery: lots for sale in Las Campanas that overlooked both 18th holes of the community’s Jack Nicklaus golf courses, Sunrise and Sunset. The lots were owned by veteran builders Zachary & Sons Homes, one of Las Campanas Realty’s preferred builders. When Pilgrim and Pulido toured a house built by the company, they liked its floor plan, and contracted with Zachary & Sons to tweak that plan a bit and build their own version. Today, their finished home is sited perfectly to capture the stunning view of the golf courses’ lake from the rear portal—a view both owners marvel at every day. Right: The view from the living room is spectacular, showing the convergence of the two 18th holes of Sunrise and Sunset golf courses.

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Above: Pilgrim and Pulido love the flow of their kitchen, which they say is as convenient when there’s a crowd as when it’s just the two of them. A handmade tile backsplash and wicker chairs offer depth and warmth against the linear custom cabinetry, steel hood, and steel island. The cool pendant light shades? Repurposed from standing lamps that came from World Market. Pilgrim hired an artisan on Etsy to make the rope attachments.

“We love that this house is flexible enough to accommodate our extended family, yet it’s not overwhelming when we’re here alone,” says Pilgrim. “It’s just a perfect size. We have the main house at 2,700 square feet, but also a casita that flexes as additional bed space.” Pulido adds, “We’ve both lived in houses that we never walked in parts of, and we said, we’re not going to do that this time. Whatever we build, we’re gonna live in!” And live in it they do, sometimes when it’s just the two of them, where an easy walk to the Club at Las Campanas is a huge draw for the active couple, with its tennis courts, indoor-outdoor pools, fitness center, and restaurant. But more often, the house is filled with visiting family—grown kids on each side who are starting to get married and have children of their own. Left: Whether playing cards, drinking coffee, or just shooting the breeze with visiting friends, the rustic dining table with its oh-so-comfortable upholstered chairs is a favorite spot for both owners. This open space cleverly brings together contemporary and traditional elements for an updated Santa Fe look. 82

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“The layout is great; everyone has their space,” says Pulido. “We’ll sit around the fire outside and hang out, putt on the putting green, play ping-pong in the garage, or walk to the club.” If the house is livable, it’s largely due to Pilgrim’s innate design sense, developed over the years in decorating and designing other people’s houses. She started her own design company, Grey Thatch LLC, in 2014. Though not formally trained as a designer, her eye is unerring and her instincts spot-on—and every person who walks into her home tends to instantly experience its feeling of warmth and comfort, and the same realization: Now this is a home I could live in! Josh Shultz, along with his brother Aaron Shultz, represents the sixth generation of builders at Zachary & Sons Homes. Zachary Shultz, their dad, trained them both. “We really like the team approach; the combination of architect, builder, and interior designer really works for

Above: “I’ve always had wine cabinets in my previous houses, but this time I got to do it from scratch!” says Pulido, who collects mostly New World wines in his custom, temperature-controlled wine room.

Right: Tile artist Alessandra Haines created the wine room’s mural, its six panels filled with imagery that reflects the homeowners. The guitar represents their shared love of music; the Tudor rose and saguaro cactus speak to Pilgrim and Pulido’s backgrounds in England and Arizona, respectively; the mountains and sky are Santa Fe references; the wine glasses are self-explanatory; and the letters “GCP squared” are their shared initials.

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A cool and serene melange of neutral colors, natural materials, and textures both smooth and tactile, the master bath is truly a spa retreat. The tub already makes the room inviting, but coupled with a long, horizontal nicho, soft light from a narrow vertical window, and a dreamy cloud painting, it’s a place where one can truly release the cares of the day. 84

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Above: The casita was no afterthought in the design of this house. Indeed, it plays a vital role in providing privacy and extra sleeping space for Pilgrim and Pulido’s children and grandchildren, but its furnishings are chic and purposeful as in every other space in the home. And when no one’s visiting? Pilgrim uses it as her private art and music studio. Not a bad view to wake up to! The master bedroom is simple and unfussy, yet incorporates the textiles Pilgrim so loves. It opens directly to the rear portal and its view of the golf course.

Above: He doesn’t call it an office, but Pulido nevertheless gets a lot of work done in his study, where leather chairs and warm, chocolate plaster walls create a comfortable, masculine space.

us,” says Shultz. “And we also really like working with our homeowners to put together the product they’re envisioning and want to fall in love with. We could tell Gillian [Pilgrim] had a sharp eye for design.” “My personal interest in décor is that I like a home that feels warm, yet has a certain contemporary feel,” Pilgrim explains. “I think using different textures really makes that happen. For example, in the bathrooms I used tile that has an almost worn look to it, but had it laid in a contemporary style—some in a herringbone pattern or in a basket weave pattern, just to add to that feel of texture rather than everything being very linear.” “You can really see the ‘modern meets Santa Fe’ thing going on in this house,” agrees Shultz. “Gillian included a lot of nice touches, like the steel hood and island in the kitchen, but then also some traditional, Santa Fe–style elements like the handcrafted tiles in the bathrooms, concrete pavers outside, and beams on the ceilings.” It’s an aesthetic that Zachary & Sons has embraced in recent years as well, with many of their projects marrying clean, contemporary lines and finishes with organic, natural materials that pay homage to New Mexico’s building traditions. october/november 2019

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When the owners’ grown kids visit—often with their own children—everyone gathers in the enclosed central courtyard, where a fire pit, bubbling stone fountain, and natural grass putting green keep everyone entertained.

The spaciousness, flexibility, and desert modern feel of Zachary & Sons Homes’ floor plan works beautifully for the homeowners and is in keeping with its natural environment.

Above: Being right on the golf course isn’t for everyone, but Pilgrim and Pulido love it. “It’s therapeutic, especially around sunset when it cools off,” says Pulido. “Golfers are finishing, sun’s going down. We’re always sitting out on the patio watching life go by. With a glass of wine!” he adds.


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Being able to actually design their home from the ground up allowed both homeowners to accommodate their respective hobbies in it—a gorgeous, dedicated wine room for wine collector Pulido, and the casita, Pilgrim’s special space, where, when it’s not being used by visiting children and grandchildren, she can paint, sew, play piano, and indulge in other creative pursuits. She has long collected art, and an eclectic mix of different types adorns every wall. Much of it is from England, cherished paintings and prints from Cornwall that are reminders of family. “Santa Fe attracts creative talent,” Pilgrim observes. “If you have one artistic bone in your body, you want to be here.” And, she admits, she really wants, more and more, to be here full-time, to become involved in the community and possibly develop Grey Thatch LLC into a viable design business. For a while longer, at least, she and Pulido will continue to divide their time between Texas and New Mexico, but with a home designed so completely and comfortably around their hobbies, interests, and lifestyle calling to them in Santa Fe, it’s a sure bet that The City Different will eventually exert its magical pull and bring them permanently into its fold.

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Built for Fremont Ellis, one of the esteemed Cinco Pintores, this three-bedroom adobe home is located in the heart of the historic Eastside. Hidden behind adobe walls, the Pueblo Revival home is set among private gardens and patios and is full of artistic details such as carved wooden doors, Talavera tile, and hand-painted murals. Built in 1922, the home is a piece of Santa Fe history, yet it is in move-in condition and boasts plenty of modern amenities including Wolf/Sub-Zero appliances in the chef’s kitchen. The 3,730-square-foot home has been renovated with new plaster and refinished doors, cabinetry, and floors, as well as updated light fixtures and a new water heater. A flagstone walkway leads to a detached 600-square-foot guesthouse, complete with a vaulted viga ceiling, old Mexican doors, fireplace, kitchenette, and bath. List Price: $1.725 million Contact: Deborah Bodelson, 505-660-8001, Cary K. Spier, 505-690-2856, Bodelson-Spier Team, 88

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586 Camino Del Monte Sol

12 Via Estancia The spirit of the Old West comes to life on this 1.08-acre Las Campanas property with stunning mountain views. The compound’s main residence is a 2,500-square-foot contemporary log home that features a spacious living room with exposed ceiling trusses, a rugged stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and vintageinspired cabinetry, and a loft space that overlooks the great room. The master suite is a serene space with a stone fireplace and a claw-foot soaking tub in the master bath. The two-bedroom guesthouse provides privacy for guests. And, to enjoy the scenic views, French doors lead to airy portales where you will want to spend your free time. List Price: $1.595 million Contact: Deborah Day, 505-699-0290, Sotheby’s International Realty, santa-fe-real-estate



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This gracious 6700-square-foot home, originally built in 1977 by the first curator of photography for the Museum of Modern Art, has drawn prominent artists, writers, musicians and photographers—including Ansel Adams, who was a regular guest at this beautiful 5.3-acre retreat. Combining the best of a Northern NM ranch style with clean contemporary lines, the main house was recently expanded with artful attention to detail. Clerestory windows, French doors, wrap-around porches, plaster walls, soapstone countertops, fine custom carpentry, and skylights galore all contribute to the unique aesthetic of this light-suffused home. Set under towering cottonwoods in rolling foothills threaded with hiking trails, this partial adobe, clad in stucco and rusted metal exteriors, elegantly exemplifies a modern ranch style. At night, enjoy a carpet of twinkling city lights. Inside, the 5 bedroom, 4 bath main home has a large open kitchen equipped with Viking and Bosch appliances, twin refrigerators and dishwashers, farmhouse sink, and generous walk-in pantry. The detached 700-sq ft casita is perfect for visiting family or a tranquil artist’s retreat. The home offers solar in-floor radiant heat, evaporative cooling and a buried 5000-gallon rainwater collection vessel to irrigate gardens and orchard. When it’s time to get creative, there are two inspiring office options. Or…fade into the landscape on the back portal and soak in the sunset as the next photograph or novel comes to life.


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54 Churchill Road Are you looking for lots of space and privacy, but proximity to shopping, dining, and easy commutes? Look no further than this twostory five-bedroom, five-bath home sited on more than three acres in the La Pradera neighborhood. Spread over 5,243 square feet, the home is a contemporary Pueblo retreat with a two-story great room, a chef’s kitchen with granite countertops, and a master suite with a soaking tub. A second-story viewing deck and wraparound back patio offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. Outside, a kiva fireplace and fire pit are great entertaining spots. An attached garage houses three cars and a separate detached garage accommodates one more. A 769-square-foot guesthouse is ideal for hosting visiting family and friends while giving them the space they need to be comfortable. List Price: $995,000 Contact: J.C. Linson, 505-690-7333, Barker Realty/ Christie’s International Real Estate,

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Flaky, mouthwatering pastries fill the counter display at Madame Matisse.


Cerrillos Left Bank A little bit of Paris just popped up off Cerrillos Road, in the space formerly occupied by Bodega Prime. At Madame Matisse, a counter display chock-full of pastries and a charming waitress with lips as red as Piaf’s will transport you to the City of Light. Chef Eric De Margerie, a native Parisian, trained at a French pastry academy. After a 25-year stint in Los Angeles, where his own restaurant catered to celebs, kings, and presidents, he wanted a calmer life. He moved to Santa Fe in 2014, and we’re lucky he’s here—after sampling the hearty French onion soup and any of the flaky pastries, the bountiful sandwiches, or the creative salads, I’m sure you’ll agree. Easy parking, classic jazz on the sound system, comfortable seating, and a full range of coffee and tea options should make this your favorite Madame to visit. At breakfast there are Nutella crêpes, tender waffles, and a luscious eggs benedict. Don’t forget to take home a bag of confections for later enjoyment; the pistachio marzipan pain au chocolat is très bon. Life in Santa Fe just got a little sweeter. Oui oui!—John Vollertsen Madame Matisse, 1291 San Felipe,

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Sassella, a new Italian eatery, offers fine dining next door to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Sassella SANTA FE HAS HAD A LONGSTANDING LOVE AFFAIR with Italian restaurants. Local Italian eateries fall into three distinct categories; the cheap and cheerful, the mid-range-couple-times-a month type, and the high-end variety. I am a believer that this popular cuisine doesn’t necessarily have to be fancy to be wonderful; what’s better than a plate of spaghetti and meatballs and a salad dressed with oil and vinegar? But when you add stylish décor, attentive, knowledgeable service, and a chef who is as authentically Italian as Chef Boyardee (who was, in fact, a real chef—Ettore Boiardi— who came to this country in 1914) to the mix, the enjoyment increases triple-fold. The prime real estate that the new Sassella occupies has been a popular location for local restaurateurs. Right next door to the O’Keeffe Museum and just blocks from the Plaza, the space has enjoyed both successful and not-so-successful tenants. The setting is perfect: there’s a large outdoor courtyard, a handsome bar, and a separate dining area with large windows. The latest owners, Suzanna and Lawrence Becerra, have taken the knowledge and experience they garnered at Sazón, their other venture, and really spruced up the joint. I like the fact that designer Suzanna had so much fun creating the whimsical, artsy interior of the dining room—black and white with mix-matched mirrors and hanging rows of metal rings that create a see-through wall separating the upper level of the dining room. The overall effect is part midcentury modern, with a dash or two of humor thrown in. The night I dine at Sassella with three foodie friends, the Becerras are in attendance. They greet and schmooze their way around the room, thoroughly making us (and everyone) feel welcome. This industry is not noted for relaxed and happy investors, so it’s nice to see. Chef Cristian Pontiggia also works the room and he explains nuances of each dish in his inimitable accent. He tells us that the name “Sassella” comes from a town near where 92

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Above: Flavorful oysters are generously topped with béchamel, pancetta, Parmesan, and spinach.

Right: Warm ganache melts a dome of white chocolate, revealing a decadent mound of banana gelato and fresh whipped cream.

Left: A plate of potato gnocchi in a zippy tomato sauce arrives topped with olives, mozzarella, and basil.

he was born. As former chef at El Nido and Osteria D’ Assisi, Pontiggia is already celebrated for his cooking talents. We start with drinks. Peach season is in full swing, so we try the perfect rendition of a Bellini. It’s not too sweet, as they often are, with just the right amount of fresh nectar flavoring the prosecco. There are almost 50 brands of gin on display; on my next visit I’ll try one in a dry martini! The menu is priced toward the higher-end range, but there are several options that could lower your check average while still letting you enjoy the experience. Portions are large and sharing is easy. Our chef knows my penchant for oysters and starts us off with a half-dozen of his delicious gratin version, rich with béchamel, pancetta, Parmesan, and spinach—bingo! I’m won over already. The creatively designed Caesar salad hits all the right salty and cheesy notes, and we love the twist given through the addition of capers and a tuna-enriched dressing. Even the farmers market salad is special, with a host of fresh raw veggies and a dressing light enough to let the produce flavors shine through. A red wine poached pear, arugula, and goat salad is also a tasty spin on a popular dish. The house-made focaccia is served warm and grilled with crispy breadsticks, the basket warranting several refills. (Why don’t more restaurants serve warm bread?) The two pastas we try next continue to win us over, also delighting the vegetarian at the table. A light and delicate plate of potato gnocchi in a zippy tomato sauce is gilded with olives, mozzarella, and basil. It spends a few minutes in the oven and arrives all bubbling and sexy. We ask for the smoked duck breast that normally tops the classic cacio e pepe to be served on the side and it arrives sliced and gorgeously rare. The house-made tagliatelle is elegant in its minimalism, simply tossed in cracked black pepper and pecorino Romano. For me, the stunner of the evening is a fat and tender wild boar tenderloin sitting on roasted fennel with an herby rosemary demi-glace and more of those luscious pears—it’s the priciest entrée, but worth every cent!

Seafood lovers will swoon over Pontiggia’s take on bouillabaisse; it’s loaded with sea bass, shrimp, calamari, and mussels swimming in a tomato pesto garlic white wine sauce. The desserts continue to knock our socks off. One of my dining companions captures the moment I watch our server pour warm ganache over a dome of hardened white chocolate. It melts away, revealing a mound of banana gelato and whipped cream beneath; it’s posted on my Facebook page. Housemade vanilla gelato and raspberry sorbet cool us off and an incredibly dense chocolate torte with hazelnuts and cherries sends us over the top! Given the lighter, non-beef dishes we share, the crisp Friuli pinot grigio is perfect throughout the meal. The atmosphere in the room is buzzy and celebratory; it’s like being at a party with old and new friends. The scene is exactly what I feel dining out should be: delicious, exciting, relaxing, and, of course, free of cooking and dishes. Dining at Sassella is truly la dolce vita!—JV Sassella, 225 Johnson,

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digestifs Autumn is my favorite time of year. The heat calms down and our hospitality industry gets a chance to catch its collective breath, if only briefly, before the ski and holiday season approaches. There are numerous food-themed events to attend. One event I am involved with is the annual Fred Harvey Foodie Dinner, benefiting our history museum and commemorating the amazing impact Fred Harvey had on American dining habits. At one time New Mexico boasted nearly a dozen of the prodigious hotelier’s hotels and dining rooms. If you haven’t seen the permanent Fred Harvey exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum, it is well worth a visit. Perhaps you remember Judy Garland singing, “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” in her hit film The Harvey Girls? There is a whole weekend of events planned, with meals and tours of two former Harvey establishments, including the revived Legal Tender in Lamy and the newly restored Castaneda Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico. A celebrity chef dinner is planned for Saturday, October 26, at the lovely La Fonda on the Plaza; I get to emcee the delicious proceedings, full of Harvey Hotel–inspired dishes prepared by local chefs. To book for any of the events and for more information go to Kick off the fall season at the Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. The two-day fiesta on October 5 and 6 offers visitors a step back in time. You and the kids can taste syrup from the burro-driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick pumpkins from the scarecrow-guarded patch. Children can stomp grapes by foot, make harvest wreaths, and roll their own delicious tortillas by hand. Now that the fiery green chiles have turned red, every year I recommend sneaking some of the crimson goodies into your holiday dishes. How about serving some red chile sauce next to your turkey gravy or adding some chile Caribe to your mashed potatoes? Then there’s my favorite: spicing up that pumpkin pie with a tablespoon or two of ground ancho. That will make for some very happy New Mexicans at your dinner table. ¡Buen provecho!—JV 94

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO’S FINEST DINING EXPERIENCES Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 For 26 years, the Cowgirl has been serving up Authentic Comfort Food and Fabulous Pit BBQ to fun loving locals and visitors. Saddle up to some killer burgers, great steaks, carefully sourced seafood, creative salads, New Mexican specialties and exceptional seasonal specials. Nightly our restaurant transforms into a rockin’ Western Honky Tonk with Live Music, creating the best small club scene this side of Austin. Don’t miss our soulful week end brunch. Featuring 24 Award Winning Craft Brews on tap and a vast selection of Tequilas, Mezcals and Craft Distilled Spirits. Enjoy the Best Margaritas in Santa Fe on the Best Patio in SF! Open daily at 11 am and serving food and drink til late. Happy Hour Monday to Friday 3–6 pm and 10–CL. All tap beer and appetizers on special! Award Winning Caterer! Look for us on the Food Network. Kid friendly. The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served

nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended. El Flamenco 135 W Palace, 2nd floor 505-209-1302, El Flamenco de Santa Fe offers the best of Southern Spain in Santa Fe! Authentic Spanish Tapas, a great wine selection and resident flamenco company Antonio Granjero + Entreflamenco. This restaurant/cabaret is the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award winner to the City of Santa Fe. Come and enjoy an unforgettable evening of Tapas, Wine and live performance at El Flamenco! Open nightly during high season from 6:30–11 pm. Doors open for Tapas at 6:30 pm, shows start at 7:30, Sunday brunch-matinee at 1:30 pm. El Mesón 213 Washington, 505-983-6756 A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffroninfused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm.

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113 Washington, 505-988-3236 American Cuisine Inspired by Local Ingredients. Menus fuse old world techniques with modern innovative recipes and thoughtful menu creation. Executive Chef, Peter O’Brien’s menus are consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal ingredients. The Anasazi Restaurant celebrates the creative spirit of Santa Fe, offering guests a comfortable dining experience with sophisticated but approachable dishes. Santa Fe’s only Tequila Table featuring specialty tequilas, Social Hour Sunday through Thursday and live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

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326 South Guadalupe, 505-982-9170 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 modern comfort food.

Plaza Café

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

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35˚ North Coffee 60 E San Francisco St, 505-983-6138 35˚ North Coffee is made up of a small crew of passionate people who love good coffee and the hard work that goes into every cup. The people and landscape of Santa Fe inspires us to produce coffee that’s both adventurous and creative. We take a hand-crafted approach to sourcing, roasting and brewing our coffee because we care about what we’re drinking and we love sharing it with you. We also serve fresh pastries, beignets and a handful of breakfast classics. Located in the Arcade building on the Plaza, we’re open daily from 7 am to 5 pm.

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

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Rancho de Chimayó 300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 am–8:30 pm, closed Mondays. Breakfast served on weekends from 8:30–10:30 am. Shop our online store.

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

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OCTOBER October 5 Big Tesuque Trail Run The 12-mile run starts at an altitude of 10,000 feet, climbs to the top of Tesuque Peak— 12,003 feet—and then comes back down. 9 am, $35–$40, State Road 475, mile marker 14, October 5–6 Harvest Festival Food, animals, cider-making, and chile ristras all set against the fall colors at the 18th-century ranch. Activities for the whole family. $6–$8, 12 and under free, 10 am–4 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos, October 5–13 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Mass ascensions, balloon glows, distance races, fireworks, chainsaw carving, films, concerts, and a car show make the weekend the world’s most-photographed event. $10 and up, 5:45 am–9 pm, Balloon Fiesta Park, October 12 The Met: Live in HD A new season of live broadcasts from New York’s Metropolitan Opera opens with Giacomo Puccini’s immortal Turandot. Ten operas, old favorites and new productions, will air between October 12 and May 9, 2020. $22–$25, 11 am, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, October 17–20 Review Santa Fe Film Festival A conference and festival for photographers looking for critical discussion and audience expansion. Also find pop-up exhibits and a print raffle. $75, Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta, October 16–20 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Five days of screenings, workshops, and educational events. Prices and times vary, various locations include the Lensic and Violet Crown, 96

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October 19 Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out Artists create en plein air outside the galleries up and down Canyon Road. Free, 10 am–3 pm, Canyon Road,

November 17 Tig Notaro The comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director visits Santa Fe. $35–$45, 7 pm, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

October 25 Fred Harvey Meet & Greet A kick-off to the 10th annual Fred Harvey History Weekend, meet former Harvey Girls who worked at La Fonda Hotel and celebrate the Fred Harvey legacy in New Mexico. Free, 5:30–7:30 pm, Santa Fe Antiques, 1006 Marquez Pl,

November 23–24 Santa Fe Symphony: Messiah The Symphony Chorus joins the Santa Fe Symphony and guest soloists in Handel’s oratorio, a staple of the holiday season. $22– $80, 7 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

October 26 Spirits of New Mexico’s Past Walk through the old ranch by the light of lanterns and campfires, listen to stories, and converse with ghosts from New Mexico’s past in this spooky, family-friendly event. $6–$8, 12 and under free, 5–9 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos,

November 28 Ski Santa Fe Opening Day If there is sufficient snow, ski season begins Thanksgiving Day. Seven lifts, 83 trails, lessons available. $38–$80, 9 am–4 pm, Ski Santa Fe, end of State Road 475,

NOVEMBER November 8–12 Land of Enchanting Nativities: A Biennial Convention of Friends of the Crèche A convention focusing on nativities of the American Southwest. A special exhibit and nativity markets are free and open to the public on November 10 at La Fonda on the Plaza. $250, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, November 14–15 Journalism Under Fire Speakers, international journalists, photojournalism exhibits, and more. This year’s conference explores the question, “How does technology shape the truth?” $150, November 14–15, La Fonda on the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco, November 15–17 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival The nation’s oldest show and sale of art made from recycled and upcycled materials celebrates its 21st year. Friday evening’s Trash Fashion Show is always a favorite. $5 Friday, free Saturday and Sunday, Trash Fashion and Costume Contest $15–$20, 5–9 pm Friday, 9 am–5 pm Saturday, 10 am–5 pm Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy,

November 29 Holiday Lighting on the Plaza Hot chocolate, caroling, and entertainment on the bandstand. Santa Claus rides in on a vintage fire truck at 4 pm, volunteers light 1,000 farolitos at 4:30, and the main event begins at 6 pm. Free, 3–7 pm, Santa Fe Plaza, 63 Lincoln, November 29–December 1 Circus Luminous Wise Fool New Mexico presents its yearly professional circus performance set to live, original music. A favorite since 2003. $20–$45 adults, $12–$27 children, November 29 at 7 pm, November 30 at 2 pm and 7 pm, December 1 at 4 pm, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco,

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