Saturday, August 21, 2010
You really cannot visit Santa Fe without attending the world-famous Opera. Whether you are a novice or an opera buff, Collected Works bookstore will give you background information on the performance of your choice.
Take your pick!
Friday, August 20, 2010
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Artist Ginny Hogan lives in Santa Fe and learned the ancient art of papermaking when she attended Colorado State University. Handmade paper is formed from the cellulose fibers of plants.
Hogan explains in a brochure how she works the process: The pulp I make is 100% cotton, beaten in a Hollander. This I press onto a screen to form sheets. When dry, I treat the sheets with layers of acrylic paint and add images with acrylic and gouache. The images I use come from rock art painting and pecking, called pictographs and petroglyphs made by native people all over the world. While no one can decipher the exact meaning of these images, it is commonly believed they were used for shamanic rituals involving healing, hunting, fertility, and protection.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Monday, August 9, 2010
When I look up from my reading, I often smile because these are typical scenes I see though the casa's windows. The top photo was taken at nightfall. The bottom was through a different window during a brief downpour. Look closely and you can see the water droplets.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The scarves in the bottom photo are equally as beautiful as the shawls.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The rug on the top is the Rio Grande Saltillos design; it approximates the style of a bordered rectangle with a serrate diamond in the center. The smaller photo is a rug woven int ehe Rio Grande style.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Julia Gomez' work definitely is prizeworthy. With infinite patience, she is an accomplished concha artist. This is more than just ordinary embroidery. Her designs are intricate and lovely. Too labor intensive for me, but what an artist!
The colcha technique is believed to have been brought to what is now New Mexico by Spanish settlers. Colcha embroidery, which is defined by a specific type of stitching, was used early on mostly for bed coverings, altar cloths and later, clothing. But now the technique also is used to create decorative arts for the home.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Textiles and tinwork are probably my favorite pieces of artwork, and I was particularly captivated by this white shawl. But, did I need another one? After contemplating it for about 30 minutes I decided to buy it. I returned to the booth to make my purchase, but... a wiser shopper had already purchased it; I guess I really do not need another one!!~
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
The Spanish Market is made up of two very distinct sections: traditional art, which is the largest, and contemporary art, which is growing with each passing year. Many artists are interested in exploring their traditions by placing them in more modern venues. Although this kind of art work is often more closely associated with México, I saw several examples of figures representing El Dia de Los Muertos. Many years ago I saw a figurine of a bride representing that tradition, but didn't buy it. Regretted it ever since and am still looking for another one.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Spanish Market honours the talents of students from elementary through high school age. If I lived here I would start collecting traditional art from the young people, who are the artists of the future. This retablo was created by Elias Pacheco, age 15! He deservedly won a ribbon for his representation of creation. I think I'll contact him before I leave to see if it's still available for sale.
Retablos come in various sizes, but here is a good definition of traditional retablos:
A retablo (or lamina) is a small oil painting on any variety of surface, typically a wood carving. Used to honor different saints of the Catholic Church, the retablo grew in popularity as the indigenous people were converted by Catholic missionaries. Retablos are designated as “portable, flat, two-dimensional, painted wood or relief panel” designs.
Aside from being found behind the altar, similar ornamental structures are built and carved over facades and doorways. When one wanted to express gratitude they could give retablos that described “the miraculous deed of a saint to whom the petitioner turned to in a time of need” (Correa 113). All of the numerous saints depicted on the retablos were thought to each remedy an array of problems faced on a daily basis. People often called upon these saints to bless them for events such as harvests or feasts.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I strolled the Farmers' Market today to see the colours of flowers, artifacts and food. These squash blossoms caught my eye. Now I have to find a good recipe. They're really too pretty to eat! PS. I'm still having tons of trouble posting and commenting. Thank you to all my loyal blogger friends who are still coming by, despite the fact that I'm not commenting on your blogs. I'm still trying to solve these problems!!
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Friday, July 23, 2010
Finally!! After many frustrating delays, I've found a place where I can photo blog, although it is slower than my old dial-up! It is my hope that I can begin posting on a daily basis. Spanish Market opens in the Plaza tomorrow and runs through Sunday, and I intend to spend time getting photos and admiring all the artisans' work.
The painting above by a Navajo artist, Bahe, is one that hangs in the hallway of my friends' home. I'm living in a splendid little casa with delightful artwork throughout!!
John Bahe Smith is a self-taught local native painter from Shonto, Arizona located on the Navajo Nation. Mr Smith has been painting with acrylics most of his life. Hist interest in painting began when he was 9 years old.
John Bahe draws his inspiration from the geological landscape that surrounds Navajo National Monument. He integrates this scenic, geological landscape with cultural Navajo crafts to create lively, picturesque paintings. John Bahe's original acrylic paintings are on display and for sale at the Navajo National Monument. While at the Navajo National Monument during parts of the year you will be able to meet John Bahe and learn more about his art.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
San Francisco de Asis in Rancho de Taos is probably the most photographed church in New Mexico because of a Georgia O'Keeffe painting. This is a view of the main entrance on the east side of the building. O'Keefe's painting is of the rear or west side. The small photo is the image painted by O'Keefe I took these photos on a rainy afternoon in 2008. Although I'm still in Saint Paul, Mn, I'm returning to Santa Fe on July 19 and will again be posting more photos on this site.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Because I love Santa Fe, it has been hard to leave and return to St. Paul, MN. Although I've been back for about a month now I continued to post photos that I snapped while there, and need to stop now. But, take heart! I'm returning to my favorite city in July, and will again post more photos during the two weeks when I will be housesitting for friends while they're on vacation! Can't wait!!
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Monday, May 3, 2010
I also posted a photo of a bench on my other current blog, Visual St.Paul. Go visit!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
On February 22 I showed you some statues commemorating the end of the Santa Fe trail on Museum Hill as well as a map. While exploring at Pecos National Historical Park we were able to walk on this boardwalk which covered a remnant of the old original trail. I can't imagine the hardships these traders and travellers endured so many years ago, but I was thrilled to be able to see this bit of history.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
I have posted many pictures of artistic statues that I have taken in this fair city: Native Americans because of their historical significance in this part of the country, animals of all species, and even naked/nude women exhibited in galleries on Canyon Road. But what could be more representative of the American Southwest than the ubiquitous cowboy! So here he is!
Friday, April 30, 2010
Want a fantastic visual experience? Take the High Road to Taos for a leisurely and enjoyable drive with a varied landscape, traditional villages, unusual arts and crafts studios, and historical churches. You won't regret a minute of it.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Taken from the highway, one can see only a portion of the OPERA HOUSE. Frankly, I prefer the OLD design rather than this ONE, but I still love the OPERA season.
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