Archive for January, 2014

Then, there’s Canyon Road. Of the hundreds of galleries in Santa Fe, a significant percentage are located along this street. Many have easily viewed and sophisticated sculpture. Some look like yard sales are in progress. Some just have weird stuff. Maybe this looks better at night, but, really, what is the Eiffel Tower doing inside that teepee thing?

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Southwestern Artist. A photograph of a photograph of photographs made by Julia Barello. She has dyed recycled X-Ray and MRI film and laser cut it into organic shapes. Part of the wall currently at Photo-Eye Gallery, right next to Downtown Subscription Coffee on Garcia Street.

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Southwestern Art. At Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, a striking collection of cans found over the years, in the desert, by David Emitt Adams. He then applies a photographic image of their location through a labor-intensive process known as wet-plate colodon. A find!

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Some of the Best Art in Santa Fe Can’t Be Seen in Any of the Hundreds of Galleries!

"Gold Star Mothers" by Gilberto Guzman

“Gold Star Mothers” by Gilberto Guzman

The Bataan Memorial Office Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s Capital city, is home to the State Office for Veterans’ Affairs, the New Mexico Arts offices…and a fine art collection belonging to the people of New Mexico. Most of them have never seen it. And, very few Santa Fe visitors think to visit a state office building to view this collection.

In the early months of World War II, over 900 New Mexico soldiers perished in the infamous Bataan Death March, near Luzon in the Phillipines. Of the thousands who died, this small state’s share seemed out of proportion. On the first floor, an impressive mural by Gilberto Guzman pays tribute to the grieving mothers those soldiers left behind.

stairThen, up the non-assuming stairwell, the mood is livelier with contemporary works lining the halls outside the Arts offices. Work by Robert Motherwell, our new painter acquaintance Paul Shapiro, and heavy sculptures of light slippers by Rachel Stevens.

So, if you find yourself in Santa Fe, and you tire of the endless galleries and “art” shops, take a break and know that the public is welcome to wander through the Capitol, and the Bataan Memorial Building in search of reverence and some fine art. You won’t see it anywhere else!

"Spanish Dancing Shoes" by Rachel Stevens, walking the halls in Santa Fe

“Spanish Dancing Shoes” by Rachel Stevens, walking the halls in Santa Fe

Back in Denver, the Pearl Street Pumpkin Patch Project Deserves Your Support!

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Where the corn is as high as the founder’s eye! Steve Koloskus in the Patch.

Well, so do the Broncos. But, since you probably are not headed to New York for the big game, and you’ll have all that extra cash laying around in Denver, here’s a terrific project for you to get behind.

And, if you live Downtown, you’ll want to learn from this and hope more projects like this spread to your own neighborhood!

Steve Koloskus is a long-time friend, colleague, and teammate of mine. He’s also been a long-time catalyst for positive activity in the South Pearl Street Neighborhood of Denver. Over the years, I can tell you, he’s been through a lot. But he’s a very creative guy, and in that time, a seed grew right next to his office. That seed became a garden. That garden is about to become the Pearl Street Pumpkin Patch and Urban Garden…with your help.

Look at the Patch Project at this link on the Neighborhood Catalyst site. Fund raising is modest, but only has a few weeks left. This is the way “crowd funding” should work. Real and beneficial projects that affect a community and a cause. Take a look!

And, here is just a preview of the information and the story Steve tells on the video you’ll find at that site:

Despite its playful name, The Pearl Street Pumpkin Patch & Urban Garden has an earnest purpose. This is a place where the best practices in urban agriculture, resource conservation, and community-building are available to local residents and businesses, civic and cultural organizations, and educational institutions. Here neighbors, colleagues, and like-minded merchants meet, share, learn, connect, and grow. The garden and its companion buildings also welcome those challenged by serious illness, trauma, tragedy, or other life challenges, offering a place to contemplate, commune, grieve, and even work as a means to cope.

Help this project grow!

Neighborhood Watch…Santa Fe Style!

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In one short week of living in Santa Fe, after one short week of visiting friends in Santa Fe, we have already made some discoveries.

The cappuccino is excellent at Ecco. The pastry (very French!) is terrific at Clafoutis. The Customer Service at Sprout’s is exceptional, throughout the store. The wine selections vary greatly at every market. The bratwurst made by Eddie, one of the butchers at Kaune’s Market, is, perhaps, the best of that style I have ever had in this country. Nearly everyone is very friendly, probably because they seem to be happy to have someone to talk to in January. We found the same thing in Croatia last January…just a different language.

Trader Joe’s is odd. Good prices, though, on some things. Fight the crazy cart-driving shoppers to seek out high value/low cost olive oils and wines. Do have breakfast at the Guadalupe Cafe. Do not eat at the Blue Corn Cafe. Really.

And, do enjoy the throwback atmosphere and the fine local beer, Alien, at the bar in La Fonda.

The only things missing so far in January in Santa Fe…are clouds.

Wandering around Downtown Santa Fe. Can you believe they have an entire Downtown without one 7-Eleven? What were they thinking?

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