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thought the church would be the perfect place to display and sell their work,” he said. And so he moved his gallery of santos and bultos to the vacant church. Now that he has had a chance to visit the town’s other art galleries — which wasn’t hard, as most are found on the milelong stretch of road that runs through town — Móntez even suggested that some Truchas art “is on equal footing with Canyon Road and downtown Santa Fe.” Consider painter-sculptor-potter Ramon Cortina, who has done art restoration for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He moved into his 100-year-old adobe 10 years ago, transforming it into Cortina Fine Art Gallery. Figurative paintings, coasters, sage burners and bread plates fill the gallery. Cortina is as interested in thoughtful conversation as he is in selling art. “If you want to talk about string theory and quantum physics, let’s go,” he offered. “Politics, war, philosophy — I’m an existentialist. I don’t believe in male gods, but I do believe goddesses reign supreme, and all of this is reflected in my art.” A few blocks away, Bill G. Loyd welds architectural bells and sculptures from industrial steel castoffs. Priced from $160 to $1,000, the colorful bells emit meditative tones that linger. When he isn’t outside making art, he’s inside reading Rolling Stone, Art in America and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. “It’s a loose mesh of people up here,” he said of the town. “We’re independent. I can fix about anything except a computer.” Elevating the whole Truchas art scene is the CardonaHine Gallery, representing expressionist Alvaro CardonaHine and abstract landscapist Barbara McCauley in a sophisticated exhibition space with gallery lighting on high white walls reaching to a slanted roof. She listens to Leonard Cohen and he used to conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony. They read The New Yorker, watch PBS and quietly tap into the local zeitgeist. “I love living in a place where the people are deeply connected to the land and there’s a respect for nature,” McCauley said. Nature is emphasized at Hand Artes Gallery too. Opened by Bill Franke in 1987, it now represents 20 artists, mostly from Northern New Mexico. “By the mid-’80s, the tourist traffic was growing as a result of publicity for the High Road concept begun by then-state

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MÓNTEZ GALLERY 505-689-1082, www.montezsantafe.com CORTINA FINE ART GALLERY 505-689-1123, yessy.com/djvolatile2/gallery.html BILL G. LOYD 505-689-1090, www.gongwiththewind.net CARDONA-HINE GALLERY 505-689-2253, www.cardonahinegallery.com HAND ARTES GALLERY 505-689-2443, www.handartesgallery.com GHOST PONY GALLERY 505-689-1704, www.ghostponygallery.com ANNA KARIN GALLERY 505-689-1090, www.annakaringallery.com ISABRO ORTEGA 505-689-2581 THE CORDOVAS HANDWEAVING WORKSHOP 505-689-1124 eL GALLERY 505-689-1018, www.ericluplow.com Senator Arturo Jaramillo.” he said. “Our focus is work inspired by nature.” At Anna Karin Gallery, there are graceful realist paintings by Swedish-born Karin along with abstract works by Jeane George Weigel, who writes an evocative blog at www.high-road-artist.com. “Being an artist in Truchas is not for the faint of heart,” Weigal said. That makes sense, given that the nearest café open some days is a 20-minute drive away in either Peñasco or Chimayó. Talented master woodcarver Isabro Ortega, who has lived here all his life, carves everything from doors, windows and ceilings to coffins and crosses, and he operates out of a rustic, castle-like structure. “The whole cemetery is full of my crosses,” he said. “I love Truchas — it’s away from the world.” The Cordovas Handweaving Workshop, a longtime family business near the town’s entrance, has been run by Harry Cordova for 42 years. He quipped, “There isn’t a lot of pressure and stress and I don’t have a 401(k), but the air is good, it’s pure, and I didn’t have to fight anybody but the gophers for a parking space.”

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Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico  

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico  

Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico