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22 the home issue
October / November 2017
32 A Gift to the Community
A top to bottom remodel gives new life to a century-old South Capitol property
42 A Home With a Purpose
A contemporary home in Monte Sereno boasts stunning views from every room
A brightly hued redo gives a downtown condominium new color and texture
50 The Life Bohemian
18 Publisher’s Note 22 City Different
David Shanfeld’s mesmerizing glass art, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico convene, and all the new art shows in town
Barkin’ Ball, studio tours, ShowHouse 2017, Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out, SITE Santa Fe reopens with a new look, and the autumn performance season
Chef Johnny Vee with the roundup on The Ranch House and a fabulous meal at the Inn of the Anasazi
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home issue ON THE COVER An award-winning contemporary residence in Monte Sereno captures awe-inspiring mountain views. Photo by Chris Corrie
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SANTA FE WAS RECENTLY recognized by National Geographic at an international awards ceremony in Berlin as being number one in the world for “sense of place.” Given our architecture, there’s no confusing us with any other city. Our homes, whether contemporary or traditional, reinforce the unmistakably Santa Fe look. Santa Feans are extraordinarily innovative in either preserving the architectural styles that first brought fame to the City Different, or creating modern homes that draw upon elements of the traditional. The homes featured in this issue beautifully reflect the features that define this Santa Fe feeling. More important, they are representative of the tastes and wishes of the homeowners. Santa Fe’s talented local architects, designers, builders, and interior designers are unusually adept in their ability to listen to their clients, come up with design plans, and build solutions that help create a sense of place in a home. Tess, the cat depicted on the cover, curled up on a cozy chair looking out over our incredible Santa Fe scenery, beautifully expresses the satisfaction and comfort that we all crave. (I’m told she thoroughly enjoyed that photo shoot!) Whether it is in a permanent dwelling or a vacation spot, a home is for relaxation and rejuvenation, as well as being the setting for all of life’s little dramas. In the end, it’s this sense of place that provides the ultimate goal of tranquility and contentment. Like Tess the cat, we want to enjoy our environment and to be totally relaxed and at peace. As you seek those feelings in your own residence, I hope the homes and the artwork presented in this issue help inspire you to create spaces that meet your greatest desires. There’s nothing like home ownership, or the peace and pride that come with it. DAVID ROBIN
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Marshall Noice, above, at Waxlander Gallery, and Elle MacLaren, left, at GVG Contemporary, both give passersby a look at the way a painting develops.
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The third weekend in October brings creative people of all types together on Canyon Road to interact with the public in the 10th annual fundraiser for Santa Fe Public Schools. On Friday evening, galleries and boutiques remain open late to show new installations, host artists, and share refreshments with visitors. On Saturday, painters, sculptors, jewelers, and other artists work outside the galleries, and they welcome questions about their techniques and inspirations. On Saturday from 11:30 am until 12:45 pm, Canyon Road is closed to vehicular traffic for a parade by hundreds of music students from the Santa Fe Public Schools, who show their skills through a broad variety of musical styles. More than 100 artists are expected to participate.—Anne Maclachlan EVENT
Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out, October 20–21; Friday until closing; Saturday 10 am–4 pm; free, Canyon Road, visitcanyonroad.com
Barkin’ Ball 2017, A Starry Night, October 20, 5:30 pm, $150, Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, barkinball.org 22
EVENT Let’s face it: Santa Feans are just the tiniest bit nutty about their pets, and “love me, love my dog” is the prevailing sentiment. Lucky for us—and for all the homeless animals in the area—the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (SFAS) works tirelessly to return lost animals to their people, find homes for the dogs and cats who need them, and provide spay/neuter services across the community. The shelter does all this as a private 501(c)(3), relying on community support to keep the kibble flowing. Barkin’ Ball 2017, A Starry Night, is a major source of funding for the SFAS. It’s also a favorite annual event for animal lovers, and it is the only benefit gala in town where Fido can come along. October 20th, at the Farmers Market Pavilion, 400 people accompanied by their fuzzy friends will be treated to cocktails, a plated dinner, a boutique, live and silent auctions, and music from American JeM. Tickets are $150, and full tables are available. This yearly event sells out, so don’t wait to purchase tickets.—Lisa Van Sickle
Above: “Who’s a good boy?” This golden retriever is, as he happily poses for a snapshot at the 2016 Barkin’ Ball.
The artists in the Galisteo Studio Tour make everything from weavings to retablos, like this one by Jean Anaya Moya.
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2017 fall studio tours
Above: Adrift in the Great Unknown by Julie Wagner, El Rito. Left: El Espejo (The Mirror) by Armando Adrian-López, Abiquiú Studio Tour.
TOUR Autumn in New Mexico is a magical time. The leaves change colors, crisp air swirls about, and the fall art studio tours are in full swing. Three towns close to Santa Fe—El Rito, Abiquiú, and Galisteo—offer locals and visitors a chance to meet the artists, discover their process, and perhaps pick up a unique piece to take home. About 50 miles north of Santa Fe lies the village of El Rito, where artists abound. September 30 and October 1 give you the opportunity to see what residents of the mountain village create during the annual El Rito Studio Tour. Retablos, tinwork, and quilting represent the traditional crafts, while abstract paintings, book arts, musical instruments, and pottery round out the offerings. Noted photographer David Michael Kennedy shows his platinum and palladium prints of Native dancers, the New Mexico landscape, and famous rock ‘n’ rollers. Food is available at El Mercado and El Farolito—and don’t miss the El Rito Library’s fundraiser, “Death by Chocolate.” Studios are open 10 am–5 pm. Columbus Day weekend is a pretty time to take a road trip, and the Abiquiú Studio Tour gives art lovers a reason to jump in the car. Area artists open their studios to the public between 10 am and 5 pm from October 7–9. Painting, weaving, woodworking, and sculpture are available from upwards of 80 artists in more than 30 studios lining both sides of Highway 84 and the Rio Chama. Food will be available at various stops along the way, including Las Parras De Abiquiú. The Galisteo Studio Tour is a must for both art aficionados and foodies. Each year, Cocina de Mela serves traditional New Mexican cuisine in the community center, including a to-die-for red chile. Jambo Café is serving African food, while Tanya’s Treats corners the market on desserts. Then there’s the art. Jean Anaya Moya’s Spanish colonial pieces, Judy Tuwaletstiwa’s paintings (which incorporate glass), Barbara Holloway’s handwoven clothing, and hand-forged custom knives by Arthur Lynn are just some samples of what is available. Jewelry, photography, paintings, and more all await on October 14 and 15, 10 am–5 pm.—LVS
Studio tours, dates, times, and locations vary, free, elritostudiotour.org, abiquiustudiotour.org, galisteostudiotour.org
Taos-made Cortez screens at Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
A journey of heart, soul, and back roads, the Taos-made film Cortez (starring Arron Shiver, Cheryl Nichols, and Cassidy Freeman) is screening at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.
When actress and part-time Santa Fe resident Cassidy Freeman (NCIS, Doubt, Longmire, Smallville, and more) heard about her friend Cheryl Nichols’s project, Cortez, she signed on right away as executive producer. With the town of Taos playing a solid background role in this strong story, the film has been picked up to screen at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October. Through the eyes of lead character Jesse, Cortez takes a gritty back road through life, relationships, and the Northern New Mexico countryside to reach its resolution in the fictional town of Cortez. It’s not only the mountains and deeply hued skies of Taos that lend their presence to the film; it’s little asides about Dennis Hopper and Mabel Dodge Luhan that bring additional smiles to local audiences. Freeman, who praises the film for being so relatable, explains, “We’re always on our own journey, and we never know when it’s going to coincide with what we want.” She notes that the production was touched by more than a little Taos magic mixed with reality. For a start, co-writers Nichols and Arron Shiver—who also star as one-time couple Anne and Jesse, taking a second chance—fell in love themselves during the making of the film. Then there was the moment a herd of wild mustangs suddenly appeared, adding beauty and wildness to a mountainside shot while Jesse has a painful phone conversation. Oddly, Freeman says, it was the lack of area cellphone service that added the final touch of camaraderie and warmth that shows clearly onscreen. “It caused us to become more present, to listen better, and to be considerate of one another,” she says, adding with a laugh, “and to remember things.”—AM peter prato
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, October 18–20, prices, films, screening times and locations vary; santafeindependentfilmfestival.com october/november 2017
music and more at the Lensic Santa Fe’s performing arts organizations are all in full swing. The Santa Fe Symphony presents Alexi Kenney, a violinist in his early 20s. Kenney will play Dvořřák’s Romance and the Haydn violin concerto October 15, followed by a recital October 22. On November 4 and 5, Santa Fe Pro Musica teams up with Anne-Marie McDermott to finish her cycle of Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott the five Beethoven piano concerti—this year Nos. 1 and 5, returns to the Lensic for Beethoven accompanied by the orchestra. Performance Santa Fe is concertos with Santa Fe Pro Musica. bringing acclaimed jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant to town November 15. November 18 and 19, The Santa Fe Symphony and Chorus is on the schedule with their annual performance of Handel’s oratorio Messiah, a holiday favorite since the 18th century. To close the month, Wise Fool presents its annual extravaganza, Circus Luminous, November 24–26. All performances take place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.—LVS PERFORMANCE
Performances at The Lensic, dates, times, and prices vary, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, thelensic.org
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum in La Cienega, just off I-25 south of Santa Fe. Dating to the early 1700s, the ranch was a stopping point along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro—the Royal Road of the Interior, the route between Mexico City and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Purchased in 1932 by the Curtin family, it spreads over 200 acres. The original buildings have been supplemented with historic structures moved from other sites. The 33 buildings include living quarters, facilities for livestock, a schoolhouse, a winery, a Penitente morada, and a working water mill. September 30 and October 1 bring the annual Harvest Festival to El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Costumed docents guide visitors through the activities of ranch life, preparing the bounty of the harvest for winter sustenance, 18th-century style. From 10 am–4 pm each day look for hands-on activities, demonstrations, entertainment, and fall colors.—LVS EVENT
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Everyone on a ranch pitches in to gather the harvest, burros included. This one is turning the sorghum mill to make sorgo syrup, miel in Spanish.
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Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Now in its 19th year, this colorful Santa Fe festival is a display of arts and fashion created from at least 75 percent recycled materials. It all begins Friday night with the hugely popular Trash Fashion and Costume Contest. The weekend includes both student- and adult-juried shows, along with opportunities for guests to create their own art to take home. Art is available for purchase. This is the oldest and largest recycled-art festival in the country, with close to 100 artists participating, and more than 3,500 visitors expected.—AM EVENT
November 17–19, times and events vary daily, $5–$20, Friday; free, Saturday and Sunday, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy, recyclesantafe.org and ticketssantafe.org
The entries in the Trash Fashion and Costume Contest come from designers of all ages. Most model their own creations in this very popular show.
Harvest Festival, September 30–October 1, 10 am–4 pm, $8 adults, $6 seniors and ages 13–18, 12 and under free, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos, golondrinas.org
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The long front portal of the main home makes for a grand entrance to this year’s ShowHouse.
ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017
“West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White”
ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017, opening night Putting on the Ritz Preview Gala, October 6, 6–9 pm; weekend home tours, October 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 11 am–5 pm daily, gala tickets, $125, tour tickets, $30, 5200 Old Santa Fe Trl, showhousesantafe.com 26
Above: David Naylor of David Naylor Interiors is reworking the kitchen: “My take on [the theme] is material—bringing new materials in and just showing them in a different way—I think all this blueness is very specific, and taking Chippendale chairs and painting them blue, to me, is a little ‘West of Contemporary!’”
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ShowHouse Santa Fe, now in its fifth year, has once again enlisted Santa Fe’s most talented designers to transform a luxurious, traditional Santa Fe estate. In 2017, 18 teams of interior, landscape, and artistic designers are exploring the theme “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White” at a stunning 10,000-square-foot main home on Old Santa Fe Trail. The estate, listed with Santa Fe Properties and Associate Broker Christine McDonald, is reenergized and revitalized inside and out, with design teams all putting their own unique spins on the theme. Cofounder David Naylor says of the theme, “‘West of Contemporary’ is trying to allow designers to pay attention to trends in a traditional house; the ‘Journey in Black & White’ helps the designers—it helps us stay cohesive.” Walk through and witness how they have infused style into their assigned rooms, outdoor area, or art studio—with a few artistic doghouses thrown into the mix! ShowHouse Santa Fe raises money for Dollars4Schools, a nonprofit organization that funds activities, materials, and innovative programs for Santa Fe–area schools. Last year’s ShowHouse project raised over $40,000 for this worthwhile cause. For the most up-to-date information, visit the official ShowHouse Santa Fe website.—Amanda N. Pitman
Above: Stivers & Smith Interiors has grand plans for this bright study/salon, including a private art collection and “a really eclectic mix, with some contemporary pieces and elements and some more traditional elements. The black and white of the theme this year lends itself to more of a contemporary feel,” notes Virginia Stivers.
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Pablita Velarde (1918-2006) Helen Hardin (1943-1984) Margarete Bagshaw (1964-2015) Original paintings, reproductions, bronzes, jewelry, books,and lots of 3D
Margarete Bagshaw “Moon Woman” cast bronze with patina - 30” X 24”
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SITE Santa Fe reimagined and revealed
Taking a cue from the Alvin Toffler book Future Shock, Irene Hofmann, the Phillips Director and chief curator at SITE Santa Fe, has gathered an eclectic mix of art investigating the conundrums of the present and the yet-tocome. “As we reintroduce SITE with the opening of a bold and expanding building this fall,” says Hoffman, “we will present an exhibition that examines our dynamic and decisive moment in global history and looks to the challenges and possibilities of the future.” Future Shock, which runs from October 7 through May 20, 2018, incorporates the work of 11 artists and includes disparate media such as graphic vinyl, painting, photography, found objects, and even one area involving facial recognition software. Visitors are alerted to this when they enter the gallery, where they are automatically scanned and then become part of the interactive piece called Zoom Pavilion, created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Krzysztof Wodiczko. Many of the new works grapple with the effect that rapidly changing technology is having on society and the world in general. Doug Aitken’s video Migration examines the collision of humans and animals caused by suburban sprawl. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s large-scale exhibit Infinity Engine poses questions about the effect of genetic manipulation of humans. Tom Sachs uses sculpture and other objects to celebrate the lunar landings and Mars missions in a participatory installation called Space Program. Dario Robleto, a self-described “materialist poet,” integrates themes of timelessness and advancement to compare seemingly unrelated phenomena. In Setlists for a Setting Sun (The Crystal Palace), Robleto uses found objects that coincide with early sound recording. Within the eight-print series The Sky, Once Choked With Stars, Will Slowly Darken, he experiments with immortality. Robleto uses “live album covers where the artist, the text, everything has been removed except for the stage lights.” He explains, “I had just happened to catch this program on the news about some new NASA photography coming in from a series of probes we had had recently. It turns out it was the solar 30
koto ezawa, Haineds Gallery, and christopher grimes
by Jason Str ykowski
Left: Kota Ezawa, Empty Frame, lightbox. Ezawa’s exhibit, The Crime of Art, explores the stories behind some of the world’s most famous art heists.
on-SITE: the new look
SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta, sitesantafe.org
Above: Guests are advised before entering Zoom Pavilion, the installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Krzysztof Wodiczko, that surveillance cameras and facial recognition software are in use, making them part of the exhibit itself.
Renderings of the southeast corner (top), Santa Fe Exhibition Court (above), and the lobby (below), with plenty of open public areas as well as spaces available for private functions.
system, and the images looked exactly like the stage lights. The light that hit Johnny Cash in a concert in the late ’60s is still on its way somewhere. These images are meant to suggest that, in that way, we’re all still alive.” Also reopening at SITE Santa Fe, in a fresh 2,000-square-foot gallery, is SITElab 8. The inaugural exhibit in this new space is Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art, a fascinating multimedia look at 13 high-profile art heists. It will run through January 10, 2018. Guests can preview these exhibits with ticketed events on October 5 and 6. The official public reopening of SITE Santa Fe is October 7.
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The long-awaited grand reopening of SITE Santa Fe includes ultra-modern, upgraded structural features. No longer a simple warehouse, the building has been greatly expanded with soaring spaces indoors; a sleek angular exterior; large yet private outdoor meeting areas; more comfortable seating and sound in the lecture areas; and improved heating and cooling systems throughout. The gallery now totals 36,000 square feet of interior and exterior space including an auditorium, a learning lab, a coffee shop, a gift store, and a mezzanine. Several spaces can be rented for private functions. The redesign by the New York City–based firm SHoP Architects (and overseen by Santa Fe architect Greg Allegretti) lends an airy—yet edgy—East Coast feel to the new complex. Green technology includes high-efficiency mechanical systems, repurposed materials, and rooftop water collection for irrigating the grounds. On Friday, October 6, opening celebrations include music, food, cocktails, and tours. 6 pm VIP tickets are $300 ($250 for members); general festivities begin at 7:30 pm, with tickets at $100. After-hours admission that evening is $25. Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, are free-admission community days, with family-oriented events throughout SITE Santa Fe.—Anne Maclachlan
a gift to the community restoring a South Capitol home to its former glory is a true labor of love
Edit Step on up and say hello! A graceful brick walkway leads to the framed entryway of Wendy Wilson and Douglas Turcoâ€™s home, located in a friendly and walkable old Santa Fe neighborhood. 32
In a sea of Pueblo- and Territorial-style homes, a 1920s-era Craftsman, complete with eaves and dormers, really stands out. Deemed a contributing historic residence, the home was subject to certain restrictions; the original street-facing windows had to be rebuilt rather than replaced.
by Jessa Cast
photographs by Kirk Gittings
ONCE IN A WHILE, someone is able to see beyond the tired façade of a languishing historic home and into its soul—someone with the means, patience, and dedication to restore an older house to its original vigor and vitality. Wendy Wilson and Douglas Turco looked into the soul of a local historic treasure, a Craftsman-style home south of the Capitol formerly owned by Santa Fe’s prominent Ragle family, and realized that by sympathetically restoring it, they might return a gift to a notable local neighborhood. Wilson and Turco met in Albuquerque while attending graduate school at the University of New Mexico. Their lives took a circuitous route around the country, where, drawing on the experience Wilson had gleaned from her architect father and interior designer mother, they restored and thoughtfully shaped other older homes. With their three children grown, Wilson and Turco’s thoughts kept returning to their favorite vacation spot, Santa Fe. As art lovers, foodies, gardeners, accomplished chefs, and outdoor enthusiasts, it became clear they were experiencing the fantasy of living in the City Different, and that a part-time arrangement simply wouldn’t be enough. Right: Homeowner Wendy Wilson is a master gardener. She designed every inch of the property’s lush, Santa Fe–appropriate landscaping. october/november 2017
Bringing in more light to the previously dark spaces was a major goal of the renovation, successfully managed here through the lovely, divided light windows of the dining room.
Finding the right home took some time. Turco desired something different from the typical Southwest adobe. It had to be a little unusual, a domicile that felt good and conveyed a sense of community. He and Wilson looked at beautiful homes all over town and discovered several good candidates in so-called “summer” neighborhoods, where most residents depart for the winter. But this social couple preferred permanently populated areas where one’s neighbors are part of daily life. “We wanted to live in a community, where the kids walk by in the morning and say hello,” says Wilson. A master gardener, she’s all too happy to stop for a chat over the fence with passersby. The Ragle house, located close to downtown and exuding lots of personality with its pitched roofs and decidedly non-adobe look, fit the bill perfectly. Records indicate the home was built around 1926. Eventually the Ragle family purchased it, along with several other homes in the area. In fact, Maggie Ragle, who grew up in the house, now resides just across the street, and happily supported the edifice’s new life. “Luckily for us, Maggie was born and raised in this house, so she could tell us all these wonderful stories!” says Wilson. Within a year of their October 2014 move-in, the new homeowners had identified inherent flaws in the house’s layout. The flow (or lack thereof ) hindered the homeowners and stumped visitors. During a party, Wilson and 34
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Left: Making excellent use of a small bit of space, the Tierra Concepts team created a desk nook in the entry hall with built-in bookshelves and a great view of activity happening on the street.
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The huge piece in the entryway came from an old haberdashery shop. “It’s been moved six times and the glass didn’t break!” say the owners. A sunny den beckons at the end of the hallway.
Above: The view from the den to the eggplant-colored dining room, with its dramatic and reflective gold metallic fireplace surround. The gold is picked up in a striking painting (inset) by Taos artist Miguel Martinez.
Turco noticed that their guests were not making use of the backyard, which was all set up for entertaining. Turns out, the guests couldn’t figure out how to get to it—or were afraid to navigate the scary staircase. Clearly, changes needed to be made. Nobél Davis, their real estate agent, introduced the couple to Kurt Faust of Tierra Concepts, Inc., and architectural designer Stephen Beili of Studio Beili, two entities who’ve teamed up for comprehensive remodeling projects such as this for 23 years.
“It’s an extension of who we are and how we like to live,” says Douglas Turco of the reinterpreted, modernized floor plan. After painstakingly measuring the home (there were no surviving blueprints), redesigning it, and clearing city and state preservation guidelines for a historic building, Wilson and Turco moved out, and a year of renovation began. “It’s a tricky little thing, designing for historic Santa Fe,” says Turco wryly. Every step of the process uncovered something unexpected, from sewer line and 38
foundation problems to leaky radiators and hidden windows. There were a host of surprises (what the remodeling team affectionately calls “discoveries”), and of course this was not the sort of remodel where one could just run to the store for inexpensive, matching parts. Quirky dimensions require custom work, hard-to-source items, and creative solutions. “The challenge was to add enough space to make it more gracious,” Beili explains. The original space of the twostory building was poorly distributed for today’s living. The team took that space back, cleaned it up, and intentionally redistributed it in a much more elegant way. Can you imagine moving the stairway in your home? This team did. Flipping the master bedroom with the kitchen provided better flow downstairs, while a small addition to the back (Turco’s favorite view, because of its angles and shadows) allowed for the creation of a family room and bathroom upstairs and a new first-floor master bath. In bringing the house up to Santa Fe green building code, a lot of work, including taking all exterior-facing walls down to the studs for insulation, went into certifying it for LEED—a difficult task in a modern home, never mind one that’s almost a century old. Much of the trim, and all of the street-facing windows, were meticulously restored. The 2,700-square-foot, four-bedroom residence now gorgeously celebrates its past in a more livable, modernized iteration. “It’s an extension of who we are and how we like to live,” says Turco. With a more logical flow, the house
Above: In addition to landscaping her own yard, Wilson has been beautifying the neighborhood sidewalks with attractive, aromatic, pollinator-friendly plants and flowers.
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just feels better overall, and now party guests can easily find their way to the lovely outdoor areas. Wilson not only landscaped her own property, but took her green thumb to the sidewalks, beautifying the neighborhood to the approval of its residents. For their meticulous restoration efforts, Tierra Concepts was rewarded with the Grand Award in the 2017 Remodelers Showcase this past spring. Says Tierra’s Kurt Faust, “It’s a remarkable act of stewardship, to spend that much time, effort, money and resource to transform an historic home and bring it into this century for another 100 years.” Indeed, it’s a gift to Santa Fe.
“The more we live in this house, the more we love it,” says Wilson. “It’s become part of our hearts and souls to live here.”
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Above: Colorful lawn chairs ring a fire pit in the backyard, while a fountain burbles in the background. It’s an ideal place for watching birds and enjoying the natural scenery.
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by Amy Gross
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DAVID GOLDSMITH AND Marie Motroni’s gorgeous contemporary home in Monte Sereno racked up several awards in the 2016 Haciendas—A Parade of Homes, including the big one, the Grand Hacienda. But it’s a little shocking to learn after the fact how narrowly the home came to not even being on the Parade. “David and Marie are really private people,” says Scott Wong of Solterra + Design + Build, the contractor on the project. “We sort of assumed they wouldn’t be interested in opening their home to the Parade, but we’re really thankful they did. We certainly weren’t thinking Grand Hacienda.” Neither were the owners, who as it turns out were delighted to participate in the event. What they didn’t expect was the overwhelming response from judges and visitors.
“We wanted a dead-on view of the Sangres the second you walked in the house,” says homeowner Marie Motroni.
Toby, a ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel, surveys his home, the architectural and interior design marvel that was named the Santa Fe Parade of Homes’ Grand Hacienda in 2016. A wall of steel-supported glass windows runs the entire east-facing length of the home, capturing—and indeed bringing inside—extraordinary views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
“Obviously we enjoy and love our house, but it never occurred to us that other people would; it’s so contemporary,” says Goldsmith. “There are at least a hundred things in here that are truly custom to us, but it was interesting to see so many other people enjoy and appreciate it.” Goldsmith, a business coach, and Motroni, a potter and former opera singer, had previously worked with Solterra and architect Robert Zachry, AIA, on the comprehensive remodel of their home in Sierra del Norte. It was, as Goldsmith says, a highly successful “test drive” of a great homebuilding team, so they partnered up again in the building of their glass-and-steel– forward hilltop residence. It was a challenging build on a difficult lot, but the entire team— Wong, superintendent Peter Prendoni, Zachry, and the homeowners—shared a passion for perfection and a fussiness for the tiniest details. Working closely with her architect, Motroni drove the design and interiors. “Our main goal was to capture the views from as many places as possible,” she says. “And we wanted a dead-on view of the Sangres the second you walked in the house.” The home october/november 2017
“We don’t have so many walls that we can afford to waste one,” notes Motroni. The large art piece, a bold acrylic by Bob Walters, is more than just visually interesting; it rises to reveal a hidden TV. A painting by Kevin Tolman hangs above the fireplace on an interior stucco wall that creates an indoor-outdoor effect.
actually captures 300-degree views, and that dead-on view of the mountains? Simply staggering. The entire east-facing side of the house pulls in trees, blue skies, and the Sangres through huge panels of steel-reinforced glass.
“There isn’t a square foot of this space that didn’t have a reason or a thought or a purpose behind it,” says David Goldsmith.
Above: A deliberate departure from the more contemporary whites, blacks, and blues of the rest of the home, the powder room is warm and rustic. The gorgeous tile is Motroni’s handiwork, the gold shapes and flecks created by a macro-crystalline glaze. 44
Other must-haves—all beautifully realized—were an interior atrium so they can sit outside even when it’s windy (cats Tess and Emma have decided it’s their space); a plunge pool; a storage-filled butler’s kitchen behind the main cooking spaces; and a floor plan that allows Goldsmith to get up and shower early, exit the master suite, and get to his office at the opposite end of the house without disturbing Motroni, who tends to sleep in later. Both wings of the house can be completely closed off. “The thing that’s been surprising to us is that how we envisioned the
house, and asked Bob and Scott to build it, turned out to be exactly what we were anticipating,” says Goldsmith. “We haven’t really had any thoughts of, oh, we wish we had done this differently.” Rapid-fire, he and Motroni tick off their favorite features of their home: Its lightness, thanks to abundant glass, skylights, and Solatubes. The heated driveway and the solar-powered electricity and hot water. The natural flow between the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor areas, whether it’s just the two of them or they’re hosting a family reunion or a Thanksgiving dinner for 25. The panoramic windows, which capture birds in full flight, not just swooping in to a feeder. Marie loves her lightfilled pottery studio, which takes up about half of the detached casita, and where she handcrafted the tiles for the powder room, studio bath, and guest baths. She also orchestrated the interiors. “I wouldn’t want someone else to design my home, and then I just live in it,” says Motroni. “Well, you have good taste,” her husband points out. The sleek, black and white furnishings of the living and dining areas serve the design in a supporting role, their midcentury modernist simplicity and monochromatic tones helping to keep the eye focused on natural
Above: The kitchen behind the kitchen is where small appliances are hidden, along with the microwave and the steam oven. Those walls and walls of cabinets? “We tried to valueengineer this entire project,” says Goldsmith. “IKEA cabinetry was one of those places, and we love them.” An arrangement of colorful Aboriginal art brightens the far wall.
From her “public” kitchen, Motroni has a glorious view of the mountains. Clean-lined and elegant, with Silestone countertops, Thermador appliances, and more IKEA cabinets and drawers, the kitchen is as efficient as it is lovely.
In an example of form meeting feline function, kitties Tess (right) and Emma love to gaze out the atrium’s windows. They quickly learned to escape, however, so their owners installed nearly invisible screens to prevent any cat-astrophes.
Goldsmith and Motroni designed the enclosed, ocean-blue atrium (above) as a place to be able to sit outside even on one of Monte Sereno’s windy days. The barbecue grill is in here as well, conveniently located right off the indoor kitchen.
beauty of the outdoors. A bright red sofa might be fun in any other contemporary space; in this one, it would merely detract from the views. Adding appropriate bursts of color to the gallery-like walls is art Goldmith and Motroni have collected over the years. “When we went to Australia a couple of years ago, I just went crazy for Aboriginal art,” Motroni says. “We probably have 17 or 18 pieces scattered around the house.” Local artists are well represented in the home as well—Kevin Tolman, Pascal Pierme, Bob Walters, Sue York, Cathy Aten. “I’m not a person who would buy a piece of art to go with my sofa,” Motroni says emphatically. “This is an accumulation of things I love. It’s all meaningful to me.” In fact, it’s safe to say that every inch of their home is meaningful to the owners. “There isn’t a square foot of this space that didn’t have a reason or a thought or a purpose behind it,” says Goldsmith, who notes that their main purpose—capturing the magnificence of the natural art outdoors—was beautifully realized and is a constant source of awe. “What are the clouds doing in the mountains? What’s the rain doing in the mountains? What are the aspens doing?” he marvels. “We never tire of this view out here.”
Now this is a view to wake up to! The mountain-facing master bedroom is light, bright, and easily closed off so that Goldsmith can get going early and his wife can sleep in. The cabinet at the foot of the bed cleverly hides a TV that rises on a lift when in use.
Below: A collection of Motroni’s pottery was given the ideal home just outside the master suite by Level Fine Art Services. “The eastern sunlight there was too much for a painting,” the artisan explains. “For them to figure out those pieces should go there, it was like a lightbulb going on!”
Above: Sparkling white, clad in tile from top to bottom, and with an open shower and west-facing views, the design of the master bath was inspired by a bath the owners enjoyed at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.
Left: The casita’s bathroom shower shows off Motroni’s handmade textural tile in soothing, watery blues and greens.
Right: “Having a studio at home is the best!” sighs Motroni, who has converted half of the detached casita into her own personal potterymaking haven, complete with kiln and soon-to-beglazed pieces (above).
Above: Covered and uncovered seating, a fire pit, and a 4-foot-deep plunge pool–spa combination keeps the homeowners outdoors as much as possible during good weather. Simple, xeric landscaping keeps the visual focus on the 300-degree mountain views.
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vibrant colors, classic Southwestern touches, and inspired vision give a small townhome huge personality
In a case of “drab to fab,” Sheila Walth’s charming townhome was transformed from a vanilla ‘70s-style condo into a colorful, girlie getaway. Vibrant fuchsias, tangerines, and limes are deliciously layered in the textiles and upholstery, earning the home the nickname “Casa Bohemia.”
by Eve Tolpa
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ROUGHLY 35 YEARS AGO Sheila Walth made her first trip to the City Different from Denver. Over the years she started thinking about purchasing property, but it wasn’t until a 2014 visit that she finally took the plunge. “I got to the point where I thought, ‘For crying out loud, you’ve wanted a place forever!’” she laughs. Walth opted for a townhome unit at Fort Marcy Compound that appealed for its stellar location, but especially for the view—the perfect Santa Fe pied-à-terre. Since it was built in the 1970s and hadn’t been touched since, Walth knew that a thorough revamp would be required to make it her own. A magazine ad for Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors showcasing a multihued dining room led her to Gloria Devan, an interior architect/designer who specializes in historic preservation. Though by no means historic, Walth’s 1,100-square-foot townhome was definitely dated, with painted popcorn ceilings, a cramped galley kitchen, and carpeting. Through Devan’s practiced eye, the spaces offered plenty of potential, but needed modifications.
Above: Interior designer/architect Gloria Devan of Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors designed the living room’s accent pillows using vintage Guatemalan textiles and had them made by her firm. The hot pink slipper chairs (in background) are from Hickory Chair, covered in Manuel Canovas Royan fabric. Top: Before any decorating was done, a wall was removed from the kitchen to open the downstairs spaces to one another, a refined flat-beam ceiling was installed, and a clunky column in the middle of the room was replaced with an elegant, hand-carved, antique viga. The stunning armoire in the living room, handmade by Leonel Capparelli of Hands of America, houses (and hides) the TV and electronics. october/november 2017
Edit It’s compact in size, but the galley kitchen lives large thanks to glass-front cabinetry, a flat, spacesaving cooktop, and simple Silestone counters. The Talavera tile backsplash steals the scene for sure, tying in with hues in the dining and living rooms.
Flanked by vintage (and newly electrified) metal sconces, an ornate Mexican tin mirror punctuates the Santa Fe vibe of the dining area. Notice how it makes the corner space look much bigger.
“If you don’t first fix the architecture,” she says of any project, “it will never look right.” Starting with the dark galley kitchen, Devan removed a wall, leaving the bottom portion as the base of a Silestone-topped peninsula. The space brightened instantly. A bulky, load-bearing column was replaced with an elegantly hand-carved antique viga, and, taking cues from Walth’s affinity for color, Devan arranged solid-color Talavera tiles in a fanciful, eye-catching harlequin pattern on the backsplash. “No matter how dreary the day is,” says Walth, “that kitchen never feels dreary.” Indeed, the kitchen’s super-saturated tropical tints are inspired by fruits and flowers—hyacinths, fuchsias, and tangerines—colors that (not coincidentally) echo the sunsets visible
through every window. Those bright, feminine hues, echoed in the living and dining rooms, inspired the townhome’s nickname: Casa Bohemia—a bold but refined “collected look,” according to Devan.
“No matter how dreary the day is,” says homeowner Sheila Walth, “the kitchen never feels dreary.” Opening the kitchen to the dining room offered a number of opportunities for furnishings in that small area, but Devan chose a rustic sabino table—“basically, a huge slab,” she says—surrounded on two sides by that most Southwestern of features, a banco, this one custom-made and dotted with embroidered pillows in the pinks and oranges of the kitchen. “I resisted that banco,” Walth admits, “but Gloria said, ‘Trust me, people love these, and it will look beautiful.’ Sure enough, the space just looks so much bigger and better. You can get eight or nine people around that table!” Visually expanding the area further is an elaborate Mexican tinwork
A custom banco in lieu of a space-hogging dining set was Devan’s idea. Covered in a striped Sunbrella fabric and dotted with colorful pillows, the dining nook is at once bohochic, sophisticated, and incredibly functional.
The master bedroom (or is it the mistress bedroom?) is soft and feminine, but still manages to capture some of that bohemian spirit with colorful pillows and upholstery, a romantic iron chandelier, and a Southwest-style rug.
mirror from the 1970s—“traditional, but really extraordinary,” says Devan. Vintage sconces flanking the mirror were custom-wired for electricity. In the living room, what Devan calls a “big, giant ottoman in really unexpected colors” serves as the centerpiece. Specially made for the space (and ingeniously using the reverse side of an upholstery fabric), it rests atop a Pakistani tribal rug Walth already owned and echoes the pinks, oranges, and greens of the furniture. Furniture maker Leonel Capparelli of Hands of America crafted the gorgeous carved cabinet in which the TV and audio equipment are housed. “He’s an incredible resource,” says Devan of Capparelli, who also custom-made the bathroom cabinetry and other furniture pieces in the home.
The feminine pinks, oranges, and limes that brighten every space inspired the townhome’s nickname: Casa Bohemia. Devan designed, and Wiseman & Gale & Duncan crafted, all of the accent pillows in the home, including the one above, made of a vintage Indonesian silk-embroidered textile.
Remember that awful painted popcorn ceiling? Downstairs, Devan covered it with plaster, and Capparelli installed 100-year-old, hand-adzed wood beams, cut lengthwise, for a clean and refined—and yet still traditional—look. The old carpet was replaced with engineered white oak, the
Above: After nearly three decades of dreaming about owning a home here, Sheila Walth is now the queen of her Santa Fe domain. With its bright colors and feminine touches, Walthâ€™s home directly reflects her personality and love for the City Different.
The eye-grabbing vibrant fabrics and textiles of the living room sofa pop against the cool tones of the plaster walls and the simple wrought iron railing.
Above: The guest bed’s custom headboard is covered in a luxurious navy velvet, which brings out the colors in the Indian embroidered textile accent pillow. The vintage tin chandelier was restored by local tin artist Cleo Romero.
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walls were given a hard-trowel diamond finish of the palest pink, and the lone staircase traded its original prison-bar look for an elegant Mexican wrought iron railing handmade by Capparelli. Upstairs, eclectic visuals extend to the two bedrooms, which are connected by a spacious balcony (a.k.a., “the margarita lounge”) that offers lovely westfacing views. In each of the upstairs bathrooms, the Talavera tile work is dazzling. The master bath’s sink area boasts a dramatic blue-and-white backsplash plus, while the asymmetrical composition in the tub suggests an avian flock taking wing. “I thought it was going to be overwhelming,” Walth says of the tile, “but how could you imagine it looking any better?” That observation might easily apply to the entire project— a complete transformation of every space in the home from dated and heavy to light, colorful, warm, and feminine. As Walth confirms, “There wasn’t anything I wanted that I didn’t get.” High praise indeed, as the remodel represents a the fulfillment of a three-decade dream of living in Santa Fe. A remodel is a highly personal, often emotional journey, and during their year of collaboration Walth and Devan became friends, with the former coming to trust the latter’s judgment implicitly. “I would not have brought a piece of silverware in there without Gloria’s approval,” says Walth. “She always has a very, very, very good reason for doing something; she’s thought things through.” In fact, Walth is so delighted with her vibrant little jewel box of a home that she’s hired Devan to redesign her primary residence in Colorado. “I’m going to give her carte blanche.”
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It may be corny to call Hands of America owner Leonel Capparelli a chip off the old block, but it’s also apt. The Uruguayan of Italian descent was raised in a family of antique restorers, and founded his Santa Fe company in 1987 after moving here the previous year. At that time, most area homes were new-build and their owners were looking for authentic regional furnishings, which Capparelli happily supplied. Now, his client base tends more toward those who are remodeling properties, and much of his work entails retrofitting antique furniture and architectural features—beams, doors, tiles— to accommodate particular spaces. In that context, he says, “Everything we do, we do it with recycled material.” When a fire devastated his workshop in 2014, Capparelli lost just about everything— the physical structure, building materials, and “irreplaceable tools that were 100 years old.” How did he bounce back? “I haven’t!” he says with a laugh. “You never fully recuperate from a fire.” Still, he has remade his workshop and continues looking forward. He’s recently had requests to set up a mentoring program for local youth (back in the 1990s he mentored kids at La Nueva Vida). “Having teenagers come over here and learn the trade,” says Capparelli, is just one of the ways he continues to “preserve the history of New Mexico for the future.”—Eve Tolpa
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5200 Old Santa Fe Trail Situated on 36 rolling acres, this 17,489-square-foot Pueblo-style property includes seven bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, four fireplaces, and a rare basement. The 1940s-era house is enhanced by atmospheric traditional touches like vigas and latillas, wrought iron railings, and skylights, with extra-comfortable modern features such as a wet bar, central air conditioning, large insulated windows, a security system, and cable-ready capabilities. Custom draperies and cabinetry add an elegant personal touch, as do a variety of warm woods, marble, and stone. Ample porches overlook stunning mountain views, and the city below. On the landscaped grounds, which are equipped with sprinkler and drip systems, sits a 1,400-square-foot guesthouse, garage with 11 spaces, a swimming pool, and eight-stall stables. A putting green provides additional leisurely activity. This sweeping property has been selected for the upcoming ShowHouse 2017 in early October. List price: $9.75 million Contact: Christine McDonald, 505-984-7353, Santa Fe Properties, santafeproperties.com
41 Vista Hermosa Spacious and private, with sweeping views of the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this gated home with alarm system in the Vista Redonda subdivision is secluded without being too far from town. All features and amenities are carefully considered, and exude charm with hand-hewn latillas, vigas, high ceilings, and custom-sculpted plasterwork. Sleek modern touches include a Lutron light system. Throughout the home, six fireplaces add warmth and comfort. Five bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms across 5,319 square feet provide plenty of space for guests, though the master bedroom is the true respite with a sitting area and his-and-her bathrooms and dressing areas. Outdoors, a beautiful portal and fireplace make it a perfect location to kick back and enjoy the views. List price: $1.395 million Contact: Clara Dougherty, 505-989-7741, Dougherty Real Estate Co., LLC, dresf.com 62
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Roger Williams, Chamisa Basin, oil on linen, 10 x 8"
Plein Air Painters of New Mexico National Juried Members Show Sorrel Sky Gallery sorrelsky.com 125 W Palace November 3–30 Reception November 3, 5–8 pm
For the second consecutive year, Sorrel Sky Gallery is hosting the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) National Juried Members Show. The ninth annual show begins with a members’ paint-out on Friday, November 3, followed by a reception and awards presentation from 5–7:30 pm, all free and open to the public. Awards judge Bob Rohm, one of several plein air painters represented by Sorrel Sky, will demonstrate painting techniques on Saturday from 11 am–2 pm, with other PAPNM members doing so on Sunday. From November 5–7, Rohm also teaches “Poetry in the Landscape,” a workshop for intermediate and advanced-level students. The exhibition continues through November 30.—Lisa Van Sickle
Sean Wimberly scenes of the Southwest by Anne Maclachla n
Sean Wimberly’s brightly colored doorways, flowing rivers, and pathways through the woods offer urban dwellers a visual escape from the often monochromatic hues of the city. Wimberly’s splashes of paint create sunlit woods and shady groves that reflect the New Mexico he himself has come to love. As such, he is one of the featured artists selected to show at Bill Hester Fine Art. The Texasborn, self-taught painter employs acrylics to create an underpainting of abstract shapes, upon which he builds more traditional forms with paintbrush and palette knife. He strives for depth and shadow to contrast with the light and color in his work. “I believe that life is too short for drab gray color, so my paintings are very vibrant and colorful,” Wimberly states on his artist’s page. “People have commented that my paintings make them happy.” Sean Wimberly at Bill Hester Fine Art, 621 Canyon, billhesterfineart.com
Above: Late Evening Poppies, acrylic on canvas, 38 x 28"
Above: Evening Reflections, acrylic on canvas, 38 x 28"
Above: Pedernal Storm, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72"
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David Shanfeld begins the crafting process with a glowing orb of molten glass.
David Shanfeld master glass
by Efraín Villa photography by Gabriella Marks
“Working with glass is a meditative partnership with materials,” says David Shanfeld. “The glass itself is fluid, like water, and it wants to do certain things; sometimes I have to go along with it and other times I have to assert myself.” The collaboration is not limited to artist and material; Shanfeld enlists the help of assistants to create the gritty, rusted-looking textures that make his art look ancient and otherworldly. Although he has been working with glass and ceramics for 20 years, it has only been in the last decade that he has taken to honing his skills in crafting what he refers to as “ancient vessel art.” “Many people tell me it looks like the vessels have been in the ocean for many years,” Shanfeld says. “I like that people can’t really decipher if it’s old or new, or what it’s made of. Even I can’t really tell how the pieces will change once the glass cools, but that sense of mystery is the most important part.” Chalices, sea creatures, and bird forms are Shanfeld’s preferred subjects. “I think the shapes are timeless, especially the ones related to the ocean, and the process of blowing glass itself is a connection to people from the past who used similar techniques.” David Shanfeld at Barbara Meikle Fine Art, 236 Delgado, meiklefineart.com 66
Above: From his “Ancient Fish” collection, David Shanfeld’s exquisite sea life creations start with a simple, glowing bubble of ruddy glass and end as fully textured, gently hued pieces of art.
Striking textures, hues, and shapes make every one of Shanfeld’s pieces unique.
Fish fins begin to take shape from radiant globs of glass.
The fully formed fish starts off with a smooth, translucent finish.
“The powders are fused on by reheating the piece between each application of powder. If I overheat the piece, it will melt the powder and they lose their crusty appearance,” explains Shanfeld. “This is why I start with the colors that are stiffer ([with a] higher softening point) such as yellow, and then work towards softer colors, like blue.”
Assistants use salt shakers to add colored powdered glass to fuse to the main form. Shanfeld calls this step “seasoning the vessel.” october/november 2017
Right: Claire Kahn, Pale Sapphires Cupped in Gold, cylindrical glass beads, yellow and pale green sapphire briolettes, 18-kt gold, 44 x ½"
Above: Micha Tauber, Underwater, Timeless mixed media on canvas, 31 x 45" Gallery 901 555 Canyon gallery901.org October 20–November 6 Reception October 20, 5–7 pm Micha Tauber—Dutch by heritage, schooled in Germany and France—makes her home in Paris. She shows across Europe as well as at Santa Fe’s Gallery 901. Her large mixed-media paintings are colorful and complex, rooted in escapism, magic, and fairy tales. Each canvas becomes a journey through a distant, or perhaps even imaginary, world.—LVS
Friendship Forged in Gold Patina Gallery 131 W Palace patina-gallery.com October 13–November 12 Reception October 13, 5–7 pm Claire Kahn and Andrew Fisher, friends for more than two decades, share an October exhibition at Patina Gallery. Kahn and Fisher both use luxurious materials, both are excellent craftsmen, and both base their work on geometry and pattern. There the resemblance stops. Fisher makes elaborate tapestries, incorporating steel, paper, canvas, and oil paint. He gilds the richly textured pieces with 24-kt Italian gold leaf. The result is elegant and modern. Kahn makes necklaces and bracelets by crocheting tiny glass beads into ropes accented with gold and precious or semiprecious stones. Sensuous and sinuous, the colors shift along the length of the piece.—LVS
Impassioned Season Pippin Contemporary 409 Canyon pippincontemporary.com October 4–17 Reception October 6, 5–7 pm Cody Hooper freely admits fall is his favorite season, renewing his creative energy and opening him to new directions and fresh ideas. Trained as a graphic artist and a watercolorist, Hooper gave up landscapes after a number of autumns, in favor of highly colored abstracts as small as eight inches square and as large as four by six feet. Areas of softer neutrals contrast with swaths of intense hues, the brights made even brighter by their proximity to the quiet areas. Hooper lets his emotions loose in his paintings, enjoying the freedom from the constraints of representational painting. He says, “My wish is to make you want to keep coming back for more so that you may explore your own spirit, inspire who you are, and what you want to become in this lifetime.”—LVS Right: Cody Hooper, Find Your Light, acrylic on panel, 40 x 40"
David Knowlton, Danville, Kansas, oil on canvas, 31 x 55"
Light and Shadow Sorrel Sky Gallery 125 W Palace sorrelsky.com October 6–31 Reception October 6, 5–7:30 pm Sorrel Sky presents paintings by David Knowlton and Martha Kellar. Knowlton paints farm buildings, grain elevators, landforms, and bits of machinery, all in his signature style. Forms are simplified, edges are hard, and shadows distinct. Kellar’s still lifes and portraits are painted much more loosely, with softer shadows and edges. While Knowlton’s work flirts with abstraction, Kellar’s is grounded in realism. Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells appreciates the differences in the two painters, but also their similarities. She says of her decision to show them in tandem, “. . . when their works are exhibited together you can observe the elegant, seemingly effortless way they both control light and shadow . . .”.—LVS
Flora Fauna Frida 7 Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln angelwynn.com Through October 23 Inspired by the current fascination with Mexican artist and icon Frida Kahlo—Santa Fe’s Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and Phoenix’s Heard Museum have both featured Kahlo and her works recently—Angel Wynn addresses Frida in her show at 7 Arts Gallery. Wynn’s pieces are mixed media, using everything from photographs to cocktail napkins to construct her images. The “flora” and “fauna” parts of the show refer to Kahlo’s love for her animal menagerie and the flowers that were omnipresent in her images.—LVS Right: Angel Wynn, Flora Fauna Frida, encaustic on panel, 8 x 8"
Below: Sean Wright, Echo Amphitheater Abstract, photographic image on metal, 40 x 70"
Nebulosity Eye on the Mountain Gallery 614 Agua Fria eyeonthemountaingallery.com Through October 27 Closing reception: October 27, 5–9 pm Sean Wright has spent countless hours wrangling camera equipment in his 22 years of working in the film and television industry. It may come as no surprise that still photography has interested him since his childhood in Liverpool, England. Though he has been a New Mexican for the past 10 years, Wright is hanging the first public exhibition of his photography at Eye on the Mountain Gallery. Wright’s images are contemporary bordering on abstract, and all are of water. Individual droplets form a random pattern on a surface. A closer look reveals that each and every drop contains a reflection of the surroundings—trees, sky, or another image—while the surface itself mirrors the same scene, broken by the droplets. Other photos are black and white, some of a single drop containing the entire sky. Wright’s photos are studies in light, form, and reverence towards water in the desert.—LVS
Ben Aronson LewAllen Galleries 1613 Paseo de Peralta lewallengalleries.com Through October 22 Landscape painters don’t always paint mountains and valleys. Ben Aronson paints the landscape of contemporary urban areas. Whether he is looking down a canyon formed by skyscrapers, across rooflines of neighboring buildings, or into the shadowy reaches under an overpass, Aronson arranges the colors, shapes, and shadows into bold compositions, often juxtaposing deep shadow with glaring sunlight. Son of one painter and father of two more, Aronson teaches as well as paints. His artworks reside in the collections of 50 museums across the country.—LVS Right: Ben Aronson, Closed Ramp, oil on linen, 84 x 74"
Above: Barbara Meikle, Board of Directors, oil on canvas, 36 x 12"
Gold in the Hills Barbara Meikle Fine Art 236 Delgado meiklefineart.com October 6–29 Reception October 6, 5–7 pm Barbara Meikle and the five other artists she represents hold a group exhibition celebrating the light and color of autumn. Painters Barbara Meikle, Robert Burt, and Carla Spence all emphasize color, and all three often turn to the Northern New Mexico landscape for subject matter. Andrew Carson’s outdoor sculptures combine glass with steel and copper. Animated by the wind, they are colorful and whimsical. Ceramicist Randy O’Brien shows vessels with his unique glaze, giving them the texture of lichens. David Shanfeld works in hot glass, using blowing, casting, and kiln-firing techniques to create unusual colors and textures.—LVS
Left: Fritz Scholder, Dancers at Zuni, lithograph, 22 x 30"
Fritz Scholder: Indian Series Lithographs Adobe Gallery adobegallery.com 221 Canyon October 20–November 3 Reception October 20, 5–7 pm The late Fritz Scholder is a study in contradictions. Although he was an enrolled member of California’s Luiseño tribe, and was one-quarter Luiseño, he repeatedly said that he was not Native. Many of his teachers were Native—Oscar Howe (Yanktonai), Charles Loloma (Hopi)—but others, such as Wayne Thiebaud, were not. An early instructor at Institute of American Arts, Scholder was a huge influence on the students who studied with him during his tenure, 1964–1969. Likewise, the students were a major influence on Scholder. In 1970, the Tamarind Institute, a lithography workshop, arrived in Albuquerque from Los Angeles. Fritz Scholder was the first artist invited to produce a series of prints at the new shop. These first lithographs, Indians Forever, were far removed from the typical, romanticized portrayals of Indigenous peoples, and they cemented Scholder’s reputation as a major force in contemporary art. He continued to work at Tamarind through the 1970s. Adobe Gallery shows a selection of these groundbreaking prints.—LVS
Above: Peter Burega, New Paintings Lake Shore No. 9, Hunter Kirkland Gallery oil on panel, 60 x 60" hunterkirklandcontemporary.com 200-B Canyon October 6–22 Reception October 6, 5–7 pm Peter Burega’s paintings sit right on the line between figurative and abstract work. The large, oil-on-panel pieces, while they are, in the end, abstract, all have “. . . a landscape lurking within.” Concerning his process, Burega says, “My work always begins with photography. I travel extensively and take thousands of photographs, and it is the spaces where man meets the natural world that captivate me. Photographs of natural forms, such as waves, contrasted with manmade structures like bridges continue to inspire me . . ..” Burega’s route to painting was circuitous. He lists pianist, lawyer, and television director among his former occupations. While traces of all those experiences remain, Burega says that music in particular continues to inform his painting.—LVS
Xiang Zhang McLarry Fine Art mclarryfineart.com 225 Canyon October 13–27 Reception October 13, 5–7 pm Maybe it’s because he was born in the Chinese Year of the Horse, but in any case, it’s a long way from China to Sherman, Texas, where painter Xiang Zhang now owns a ranch. Drawing on his education, first at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and then at Tulane University in New Orleans, and on his deep familiarity with his adopted Texas home, Zhang is a respected painter of the West, and particularly of ranching life. Zhang’s paintings portray cattle drives, cowboys, historical scenes, and always a horse or two. His theater background ensures that the details of clothing, tack, and other props are perfect. Zhang also paints portraits, figure studies Above: Xiang Zhang, Eight Miles to Red River, oil on canvas, 32 x 40" (including flamenco and ballet dancers), and 1930s automobiles. No matter what the subject, Zhang’s use of light and color are masterful.—LVS 70
Left: Constance DeJong, Golden I, copper and wood, 22 x 36 x 6"
Constance DeJong: Measure and Light Charlotte Jackson Fine Art charlottejackson.com 554 S Guadalupe October 6–30 Reception October 6, 5–7 pm Constance DeJong creates three-dimensional work in metal, but “sculpture” might not be the correct term for what she does. Usually working in copper, DeJong chemically treats most of the visible surfaces to create dark, shadowy patinas. Her shapes and designs are often based on mathematical principles, particularly the golden ratio, a source of fascination for artists, musicians, biologists, and architects since the days of ancient Greece. DeJong does not darken the tops of her pieces, leaving the bright copper to cast a pinkish-orange glow on the wall behind. Calling her work reductive rather than minimalist, DeJong says, “Whenever you limit or narrow a field, it automatically deepens.” DeJong is on the faculty at the University of New Mexico.—LVS
Right: Nola Zirin, Yellow Zip, mixed media on panel, 12 x 12"
ENIGMA August Muth and Nola Zirin OTA Contemporary 203 Canyon Through November 9 otacontemporary.com New York painter Nola Zirin teams up with local hologram artist August Muth in a show that encourages the viewer to consider the relationship of space, light, and time. Shapes and colors in Muth’s holograms change according to the angle from which they are seen. “My work manifests light in space,” he elaborates. “Light becomes this tactile material that you can touch and feel, yet doesn’t have any mass. It’s a magic thing.” Zirin’s abstract mixed media paintings explore depth perception in new ways. “The complexity of these paintings and their virtual orbs mirror the macro and micro layers of the world around us,” she says of her collection.—Anne Maclachlan
Thais Mather, Plutocracy, altered found objects, 12 x 20 x 9"
Above: Greg English, Acoma and San Ildefonso, oil on panel, 36 x 18"
Greg English and Sandy Graves Worrell Gallery worrellgallery.com 103 Washington October 13–November 30 Reception October 13, 5–7 pm Worrell Gallery presents a show for two Western artists. Bronze sculptor Sandy Graves hails from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She pushes, pulls, and elongates the forms of her animal subject matter. Graves often ends up with more negative than positive space in a piece, giving it the look of a quick but skilled bronze sketch. Greg English takes the opposite tack. His paintings of Native American pottery, baskets, and artifacts show even the tiniest details. English’s mother is a painter, and by the age of 10 he had caught the bug, drawing everything around him. Now an oil painter, English’s paintings are filled with warmth and appreciation for his Southwestern subjects.—LVS
Reckless Abandon form & concept formandconcept.center 435 S Guadalupe November 24–February 18 Reception November 24, 5–7 pm Thais Mather is an artist, ardent feminist, and passionate environmentalist. She weaves these threads into her first solo exhibition, Reckless Abandon, in her hometown of Santa Fe. The show will include ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and performance art. While Mather shares the common perception that this is a time of great change and upheaval, she has hope for positive change. She says, “I think people are getting these catastrophic feelings, that this is the end. I don’t believe in that. I think this is a beginning.” Her hope is that outdated patriarchal structures will fall, clearing the way for a new paradigm to arise. The show is her call to action.—LVS october/november 2017
Right: Penny Spring, Broken Dream Catcher #3, fabric, metal, rubber, wire, and found objects, 8 x 9 x 1"
UNTHEMED natasha SANTA FE natashasantafe.com 403 S Guadalupe September 29–November 22 Reception September 29, 5–7 pm For this group show, gallery owner Natasha Nargis decided to forgo any sort of theme. She instead chose to let artists whose work she wanted to exhibit have free rein to create and present what interests them. Nargis herself is a weaver, fashion designer, and longtime Santa Fean. She will have several new pieces in the show. Also expected are Broken Dream Catchers from Penny Spring, new photographs by Cissie Ludlow, a kimono woven by Karim Jaekel, masks by Derge Eklund, and images of hands by Eleuterio Santiago Diaz. In other words, expect some of everything.—LVS
Above: Wookjae Maeng, Hiding—Nyala, porcelain and wood, 11 x 11 x 24"
Wookjae Maeng: BALANCE form & concept formandconcept.center 435 S Guadalupe October 27–December 23 Reception October 27, 5–7 pm Wookjae Maeng, a ceramicist from Seoul, South Korea, brings his provocative porcelain animal sculptures to form & concept. His sculptures, often just of an animal’s head, mounted on wood like a hunter’s trophy, portray the wildlife of the world, with an occasional puppy or human form thrown into the mix. Highly realistic in form, the white of the porcelain and the geometric textures and patterns of the surfaces give them a concurrent sense of unreality. Maeng is an ardent environmentalist, aware of the increasingly negative effect humankind has had upon the animal kingdom. His hope is that his sculpture will cause viewers to empathize, at least momentarily, with animals. Maeng says, “In my work I hope to provide an opportunity—however brief—for modern man to consider the realities of the environment in which he exists, even as he continues his daily existence indifferent to it.”—LVS
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The Ranch House platter (shown here) has a little of everything for the barbecue fiend—even some vegetables.
pit stop For fans of great BBQ, there is no better season than now to enjoy all that smoky goodness. As for local finger-lickin’-food aficionados, The Ranch House on the Southside of town is where they go to get their fix all year round. What’s not to love? There’s fork-tender pulled pork; fall-off-the-bone ribs; moist and tasty brisket; brined and smoked chicken; charred steaks; slabs of luscious cornbread; bowls of creamy beans; and much, much more. To me, a sign that you are in the company of a true pit master is that the meats coming from the smoker don’t require additional barbecue sauce to be delicious. Owner and chef Josh Baum is that kind of pit boss. I always start with the queso waffle fries topped with smoked green
chile-Tillamook cheddar sauce. They’re addictive and filling—make sure you share. Although I’m tempted by the non-red-meat options (the grilled salmon is delicate and perfectly cooked with a yummy brown butter glaze), to me, if you’re going out for ’cue you get the one-stop Ranch House platter. I love the great prices, lovely and comfortable décor, friendly staff, and adore the green chile coleslaw. And the dreamy chocolate peanut butter mousse! Go for it; it’s sweater season!—John Vollertsen The Ranch House, 2571 Cristo’s Rd, theranchhousesantafe.com october/november 2017
Anasazi dish-dreams come true
Above: Poached wild halibut with bamboo rice, spring onion, trout roe, and ginger chips.
Above: Charred octopus with poached white beans, chorizo, sofrito, and turnip.
Every once in a while, I have the pleasure of enjoying an extraordinary meal that is so delicious and perfect in its execution, served in such a comfortably stylish setting by expert staff who so skillfully and unobtrusively guide you through the evening, that it almost seems like a dream: one from which I don’t want to awaken. I had just such a dinner in late August at the Anasazi Restaurant in the Inn of the Anasazi. Three friends and I, all serious foodies, sat in constant awe of each dish that was presented during our leisurely 3 ½-hour meal. Because of writing deadlines, I had to arrange the dinner quickly, and I wasn’t sure whether Chef Edgar Beas would have time to organize our tasting on short notice. Chef Beas and his staff rose to the occasion; moreover, Beas raised the bar on the fine dining scene in Santa Fe to a new and delicious level. On this evening (which will go down in my book as one of the best meals of 2017), Chef Beas greets us at the door of the beautifully revamped dining room. Immediately, glasses of sparkling Gruet rosé are brought to the table, with classy service from start to finish. Our
Above: Colorado lamb chops are accompanied by sweet Mokum carrots; light, crispy purslane; tzatziki; and young beets.
Below: Flavorful, savory duck breast is enhanced by smoked corn pudding, summer squash, and cherries.
his main course. This dish in particular shows off Beas’s expert command of flavor; hot, sweet, salty and sour are represented in many dishes, and this makes for scrumptious dining. Main courses continue to wow us. Had we had a vegetarian at the table—we didn’t—they would have loved, as we did, the tender sweet pea ravioli with wild mushrooms, a hint of honey, and sage. I love the chef’s use of fresh herbs; they are happily scattered on many dishes. Crispy, rare duck breast with a smattering of tart cherries sits on a bed of smoked corn pudding that warrants a side order, while flaky poached halibut rests on gussied-up rice with caviar and zippy dried ginger chips. If I’ve ever had more luscious lamb chops than the Colorado ones tonight, I can’t recall. Served with charred carrots and beets and a surprise tzatziki sauce, they are truly succulent. Desserts are as pretty as they are tasty. The table favorite is a cinnamon-sugared churro transformed into an ice cream sandwich, with vanilla bean ice cream and a chocolate swirl. Pretty little molded dulce de leche panna cottas melt on the tongue, sided with a tart goat cheese ice cream. Writing restaurant reviews as a food critic, it isn’t often that I run out of superlatives in just one story, but my dinner with Chef Beas at the helm leaves me fresh out of words. Go and taste for yourself, and see if flawless, wonderful, and world-class don’t come to mind. I can’t wait to return, to let the dream continue.—JV Anasazi Restaurant, 113 Washington, rosewoodhotels.com/en/inn-of-the-anasazi-santa-fe Above: Beas's delicately flavored, hand-rolled gnocchi are served with a spicy venison Bolognese, garnished with olives and mint leaves.
Below: Charred Little Gem lettuce is dressed for the evening with grapefruit, radish, bacon, and buttermilk dressing.
server, who has worked at the celebrated hotel for a whopping 24 years, offers suggestions as to what not to miss on the menu; given that we are all starving, we chime in, “Yes, bring them all.” For our first course we enjoy a simple, light Tangent sauvignon blanc, but for main courses, the bold Belle Glos Las Alturas pinot noir is the best bottle of red I’ve had this year. A basket of bread arrives quickly and is gobbled up. An intriguing jetblack style achieves its hue from burned onions; it is yummy. For starters, an heirloom tomato and burrata salad is a luscious celebration of the end of summer, its drizzle of caper and pine-nut aioli a zingy addition to the juicy tomatoes. A trimmed and quartered roasted globe artichoke sits in puddles of pistachio pesto and Meyer lemon mayo—so delish. Sad that soft-shell crab season is ending, we are delighted with the crispy one served here atop a green salad, and dressed up with avocado and blistered shishito peppers. The hit of the table is an appetizer of delicate housemade gnocchi, sauced with a rich (and spicy) venison Bolognese and gussied up with mint leaves and olives. As we finish the bowl, one of my guests exclaims he wants more as october/november 2017
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Cowgirl BBQ 319 S Guadalupe, 505-982-2565 cowgirlsantafe.com Since 1993, the Cowgirl has been serving up great BBQ and exuberant nightlife. A favorite with both visitors and locals, we feature mesquite-smoked BBQ meats, great steaks, and delicious vegetarian options along with a wide array of regional American dishes, ranging from New Mexican specialties to Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, and Caribbean. Nightly entertainment features Americana, blues, and touring bands, adding up to the best small club for music on this side of Austin. Check out our new taproom for the best craft beer selection in town! Best Patio in SF! Open seven days a week: 11 am–11 pm during the week and to midnight on the weekends. Bar open until 1 am Friday and Saturday.
1501 Paseo de Peralta, 505-955-7805 hotelsantafe.com/amaya Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe. Mixing classic technique, contemporary flair, and fresh seasonal ingredients, Chef Walter Dominguez creates innovative dishes sure to please any palate. Amaya highlights local pueblo and Northern New Mexican influences, as well as regional foods from around the U.S. Enjoy our newly renovated open air dining room, with lovely garden views.
Autumn is my favorite season in Santa Fe; the summer heat subsides, the vivid red chiles are strung to allow them to dry, and things calm down just a bit to let us prepare for the coming holiday season. When I first moved to town 24 years ago, there was a distinct lull between opera season and ski season, and it was felt especially in the restaurant business. But now, happily, we can boast a vibrant tourist season year-round. As a member of the hospitality community and a wine enthusiast—and for someone who writes about it as I do—it’s always terrific to hear about some of our local establishments receiving national awards. Therefore, following the annual Wine Spectator awards is a great way to plan the location of a good meal with some fantastic vino to go with it. Seven Santa Fe restaurants received nods for their wine lists this year, including La Plazuela at La Fonda; La Casa Sena; Luminaria; Il Piatto Farmhouse Kitchen; Restaurant Martín; Radish & Rye; and The Compound. Congrats to all; I’ll be in soon to toast! No matter how thankful we are every day, Thanksgiving always requires some special gratitude. We survived the summer heat and were showered with plentiful rains during the monsoons. The chiles were nice and hot, and there were impressive numbers of visitors to help us gobble them up. I am thankful for organizations that help our hometown folks, especially the ones I am lucky enough to participate in—including Cooking with Kids, The Food Depot, and Youth Shelters. If you would also like to join in the giving, come and have fun at the Youth Shelter’s annual Boots, Bolos & Boogie Ball fundraiser on Friday, October 6 at The Eldorado Hotel. For information and tickets, call Devin Dunsay at 505-983-0586 ext. 104. Giving back is always in season. Happy fall; I hope it’s delicious!—JV
The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon, 505-982-4353 compoundrestaurant.com Selected as one of the nation’s finest restaurants and highly regarded for its award-winning seasonal American cuisine, The Compound Restaurant has been a Santa Fe institution since the 1960s. Chef Mark Kiffin, James Beard Award–winning “Best Chef of the Southwest 2005,” has revived this elegant Santa Fe landmark restaurant with a sophisticated menu, an award-winning wine list, and incomparable private dining and special events. Beautiful outdoor patios and private dining available for up to 250 guests. Lunch is served noon–2 pm Monday through Saturday; dinner is served nightly from 6 pm; bar opens 5 pm. Reservations are recommended.
El Mesón 213 Washington, 505-983-6756 elmeson-santafe.com A native of Madrid, Spain, chef/owner David Huertas has been delighting customers since 1997 with classic recipes and specialties of his homeland. The paella is classic and legendary—served straight from the flame to your table in black iron pans; the saffron-infused rice is perfectly cooked and heaped with chicken, chorizo, seafood, and more. The house-made sangria is from a generations-old recipe with a splash of brandy. The ¡Chispa! tapas bar offers a fine array of tapas. Full bar includes a distinguished Spanish wine list and special sherries and liqueurs imported from a country full of passion and tradition. Musical entertainment and dancing. Dinner is served Tuesday–Saturday 5–11 pm. Gabriel’s Restaurant 4 Banana Ln, 505-455-7000 gabrielsofsantafe.com Located five minutes north of the Opera on US 285, savor the cuisine of the Southwest and Old Mexico at the eatery Zagat labels “one of America’s top restaurants, a true Mexican classic, rated excellent in all categories.” Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with spectacular mountain views. Inside, thick adobe walls and kiva fireplaces create a cozy romantic atmosphere. Featuring guacamole made at your table, renowned margaritas, handmade corn tortillas and seasonal dinner specials. Reservations recommended. New weekend brunch. Open daily 11:30–9:30 pm. La Casa Sena 125 E Palace, 505-988-9232, lacasasena.com La Casa Sena is located in downtown Santa Fe in the historic Sena Plaza. We feature New American West cuisine, an award-winning wine list, and a spectacular patio. We are committed to using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. La Casa Sena has been one of Santa Fe’s most popular restaurants for more than 30 years. Our bar, La Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner.Let La Cantina’s singing waitstaff entertain you nightly with the best of Broadway, jazz, and much more. Open daily 11 am until close. Our popular wine shop adjacent to the restaurant features a large selection of fine wines and is open Monday–Saturday 11 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm. Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W Cordova, 505-983-7929 marias-santafe.com Maria’s now uses only 100-percent agave tequila in every one of the more than 200 hand-poured, handshaken margaritas served—no wonder Maria’s has been chosen “Santa Fe’s Best Margarita” for the 16th consecutive year. Maria’s uses no sugar or mixes— totally pure and natural. A Santa Fe tradition since 1950, Maria’s specializes in authentic, home-style, Northern New Mexico cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, and fajitas. You can watch your flour tortillas being rolled out and cooked by hand. Open Monday–Sunday from 11 am until close. Reservations are strongly suggested.
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The Ranch House 2571 Cristo’s Road, 505-424-8900 theranchhousesantafe.com The mouthwatering aroma of smoky barbecue greets you at the door of The Ranch House, a southside restaurant with the feel of a historic Santa Fe hacienda—warm and inviting, sprawling yet cozy. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining, and pair a signature cocktail, like the smoked pineapple margarita or BBQ Bloody Mary, with Ranch House favorites like the brown butter salmon and of course our famous baby back ribs and barbecue. Also open for lunch, with daily specials, The Ranch House is proud to serve premium natural hormone/antibiotic-free Angus steaks sourced from Meyer Ranch in Montana, and we offer gluten-free and vegetarian options. Save room for one of our delicious, house-made desserts! Open Monday–Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–10 pm, Sunday 11 am–9 pm; happy hour 4–6 pm. Rancho de Chimayó 300 Juan Medina Rd. in Chimayó on the scenic “High Road to Taos” 505-984-2100, ranchodechimayo.com Winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award! Rancho de Chimayó Celebrating more than 50 Years! A New Mexico treasure and “A Timeless Tradition,” Rancho de Chimayó is woven into the tapestry of the
historic Chimayó Valley. Since 1965, serving world-class, authentic New Mexican cuisine from recipes passed down for generations, Rancho de Chimayó is like coming home. Try our Carne Adovada - a Rancho specialty. Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm (May-Oct), Tues-Sun 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (Nov-Apr), closed Mon. Breakfast served weekends. Shop our online store. Santacafé 231 Washington, 505-984-1788 santacafe.com Centrally located in Santa Fe’s distinguished Downtown district, this charming Southwestern bistro, situated in the historic Padre Gallegos House, offers our guests the classic Santa Fe backdrop. Step into the pristine experience Santacafé has been consistently providing for more than 25 years. New American cuisine is tweaked in a Southwestern context, and the food is simply and elegantly presented. Frequented by the famous and infamous, the Santacafé patio offers some of the best people watching in town! During high season, our courtyard, protected by a sun canopy, becomes one of the most coveted locales in Santa Fe. Open daily for lunch and dinner. For specials, photos, video walk-through, and menus, please visit our Facebook page: Santacafé Restaurant Bar. Open all holidays. We are now on Open Table! october/november 2017
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October October 1 Harvest Festival El Rancho de las Golondrinas puts on one of the best. Food, animals, cider-making, and chile ristras all set against the fall colors at the ranch. $6–$8, 12 and under free, 10 am–4 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos, golondrinas.org. October 4 Pierre Bensusan The Algerian-born, French-raised guitarist, composer, singer, and recording artist draws from all genres of music. $20–$24, 7:30 pm, GiG Performance Space, gigsantafe.com. October 7 Big Tesuque Trail Run The 33rd annual run covers 14 miles and a 2,000-foot gain in elevation. The run begins at Aspen Vista, climbs to the radio towers on Tesuque Peak, and heads back down. 9 am, $30, State Road 475, mile marker 14, bigtesuquetrailrun.blogspot.com. October 7–15 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Mass ascensions, balloon glows, distance races, a music festival, and a car show make the weekend an annual “must.” $10 and up, 5:45 am–9 pm, Balloon Fiesta Park, balloonfiesta.com. Through October 15 Fall Music and Activities at Ski Santa Fe Ride the chair lift to the top of the ski basin to revel in fall color, then hike or ride back down. Coffee bar and café open 10 am–3 pm. Event is free; chair lift $10 one way, $15 round trip; 9 am–3 pm (last ride down at 3:30 pm); Ski Santa Fe, end of State Road 475, skisantafe.com. October 6–8, 14–15 ShowHouse Santa Fe 2017 Interior designers show off their skills by dressing up 10,000-square-foot house, using the theme “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White.” The house is open for tours, with the proceeds benefiting Dollars4Schools. Preview Gala $125, October 6, 6–9 pm; home tour $30, October 7–8 and October 14–15, 11 am–5 pm; 5200 Old Santa Fe Trl, showhousesantafe.squarespace.com.
October 7 The Met: Live in HD A new season of live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera opens with Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma. Ten productions will air between October 7 and April 28, 2018. $22–$28, 11 am, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, tickets.ticketssantafe.org. October 14–15 Galisteo Studio Tour The 30th annual tour once again offers New Mexican food and the artwork of more than 25 nationally and internationally recognized artists living in the Galisteo Basin. Free, 10 am–5 pm, Galisteo, NM, State Hwy 41, galisteostudiotour.org. October 18–22 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival Screenings, workshops, and educational events. Prices and times vary, various locations including the Lensic and Violet Crown, santafeindependentfilmfestival.com. October 20 Barkin’ Ball 2017 Dig out your dog’s tuxedo and take him to the 20th annual Barkin’ Ball to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Cocktails, dinner, music, a boutique, and live and silent auctions all raise money for local animals. $150, 5:30–9 pm, Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, barkinball.org. October 20–21 Canyon Road Art Walk and Paint & Sculpt Out Receptions, demonstrations, and people making art up and down Canyon Road. Students from the public schools provide music. Free, 5 pm Friday, 10 am–4 pm Saturday, Canyon Rd, visitcanyonroad.com. October 28 Spirits of New Mexico’s Past Walk through the old ranch by the light of lanterns and campfires and converse with ghosts from New Mexico’s past. $6–$8, 12 and under free, 5–8 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos, golondrinas.org.
NOVEMBER November 3–5 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Juried Show Exhibits, demonstrations, reception, and a workshop. Times and prices vary, see website for details. Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 E Palace, sorrelsky.com, papnm.org.
November 4–5 Beethoven Piano Concertos Part II Acclaimed pianist Anne-Marie McDermott returns to The Lensic to finish her performance of Beethoven piano concertos with Santa Fe Pro Musica. This year, Nos. 1 and 5. $12–$75, Saturday at 4 pm, Sunday at 3 pm, Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, tickets.ticketssantafe.org. November 17–19 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival The nation’s oldest show and sale of art made from recycled and repurposed materials attracts more than 100 vendors. 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, recyclesantafe.org. November 18–19 Santa Fe Symphony: Messiah The Symphony Chorus joins the Santa Fe Symphony and soloists in Handel’s masterpiece, a staple of the holiday season. $22–$80, 7 pm Saturday, 4 pm Sunday, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, tickets.ticketssantafe.org. November 23 Ski Santa Fe Opening Day If there is sufficient snow, ski season begins Thanksgiving Day. Seven lifts, 83 trails, lessons available. $38–$78, 9 am–4 pm, Ski Santa Fe, end of State Road 475, skisantafe.com. November 24–26 Circus Luminous Wise Fool New Mexico presents its yearly professional circus performance set to live music. $TBA, November 24 at 7 pm, November 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm, November 26 at 4 pm, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco, tickets.ticketssantafe.org. Copyright 2017. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Santa Fean (ISSN 1094-1487 & USPS # 0018-866), Volume 45, Number 5, October/November 2017. Santa Fean is published bimonthly by Bella Media, LLC, at Pacheco Park, 1512 Pacheco St, Ste D-105, Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA, Phone (505) 983-1444. © Copyright 2017 by Bella Media, LLC. All rights reserved. CPM # 40065056. Basic annual subscription rate is $14.95. Annual subscription rates for Canada and Mexico is $24.95; other international countries $39.95. U.S. single-copy price is $5.99. Back issues are $6.95 each. Periodicals postage paid at Santa Fe, NM and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946. Subscription Customer Service: Santa Fean, P.O. Box 16946, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6946, Phone 818-286-3165, fax 800-869-0040, email@example.com, Monday–Friday, 7 am –5 pm PST. santafean.com
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