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
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
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
Friday, August 13, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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!!~