Sampling Santa Fe’s colorful art and architecture

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September 22, 2022

Santa Fe tops my database arsenic 1 of the astir beauteous cities successful America. I emotion the lukewarm adobe walls that blend with the world and glow against a agleam bluish sky; an abundance of nationalist creation that speaks to quality and Indigenous civilization recovered each astir town; and the human, walkable standard of the city. You tin easy stroll from your Airbnb oregon edifice to the plaza and find plentifulness of things to do, yet beryllium backmost astatine your ain spot for an day remainder earlier dinner. And the temps astatine the extremity of August, erstwhile it’s the Endurance Phase of summertime backmost successful Austin, are joy-renewing, with highs astir 80F, debased humidity, and lows successful the 50s. Ahhh.

Today I’ll stock pics from our explorations astir town, positive a mates of creation exhibits we peculiarly enjoyed portion we were determination past month. Above is the vibrantly painted arcade on the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

A Bill Worrell sculpture extracurricular Worrell Gallery, with Scotch broom successful flower

An epic rider seems to leap implicit pinkish hollyhocks.

Let’s person different look astatine those frilly beauties.

Chris Roberts-Antieau astatine Antieau Gallery

Exploring disconnected the main plaza, a grey satin formal hanging successful a assemblage model stopped america successful our tracks. Lavishly embroidered with elaborate scenes of wildlife (and death), it had america wondering — is this a enactment of creation oregon a manner piece?

Maybe both! We stepped wrong for a person look.

The embroidery is the enactment of Michigan-based textile creator Chris Roberts-Antieau astatine Antieau Gallery.

Bird and Bee

Most of her works for merchantability astatine her namesake assemblage (there’s different successful New Orleans) are “fabric paintings,” a operation of embroidery and appliqué.


Jazz artists diagnostic prominently successful immoderate of her works.

Artificial Flowers

In others, animals, plants, and a solitary pistillate predominate the dream-like, sometimes dark, sometimes whimsical imagery.

Painted Horse

Up adjacent you spot the thread textures and designs. I recovered them fascinating.

Phantom Limb II

Her enactment is precise fashionable and fetches precocious prices. Larger pieces similar this 1 (a constricted series) are listed for $35K to $45K. We admired them and near with a caller appreciation for cloth painting.

Street scenes

Paper flowers and ceramic peppers marque a picturesque country extracurricular The Rainbow Man shop, wherever we picked up a fewer tiny souvenirs.

Dried chiles bent extracurricular different shop. Ristras are fashionable decorations for plot gates, doors, and walls successful Santa Fe.

Gustave Baumann astatine The Owings Gallery

Silver Sky

At The Owings Gallery connected E. Marcy Street, I fell successful emotion with Gustave Baumann‘s colour woodblock prints. This 1 goes for $35,000, different it would surely beryllium mine.

Old Santa Fe

“Born successful 1881 successful Germany, Baumann immigrated to the US by the aboriginal 1900’s. After a little clip successful Chicago, Baumann moved to Brown County, Indiana successful 1910. Baumann archetypal visited New Mexico successful 1918 and moved to New Mexico afloat clip successful 1919. Baumann’s images of New Mexico person go iconic scenes of Santa Fe and are highly sought aft by collectors. The images shown present correspond our existent inventory of Baumann prints and drawings.”
Cottonwood successful Tassels

I settled for a battalion of notecards with Baumann’s images, but if you person a chance, spell and spot his existent work.

New Mexico Museum of Art

One time we visited the New Mexico Museum of Art, housed successful a century-old adobe operation disconnected the main plaza. A cardinal courtyard with flowering perennials and grasses, a tiny lawn, and a chromatic pillar fountain made a fantastic resting spot.

Everything seems to glow successful Santa Fe. The airy determination truly is beautiful.

The Voice of the Water

Four Will Shuster frescoes — wherever overgarment pigment is mixed with bedewed plaster, becoming portion of the partition itself — adorn the courtyard walls. My favourite is The Voice of the Water.

Snake Dance, Oraibi

Among the collections wrong the museum, respective paintings portraying accepted Hopi snake dances caught my eye. This is Snake Dance, Oraibi by Joseph Imhof.

Snake Dancers

And here’s Snake Dancers by Tom Lea.

In the Patio II

While we didn’t marque it to The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum this time, we did bask 1 of O’Keeffe’s works, In the Patio II, astatine the NMMA. We’d conscionable seen the existent patio doorway represented present astatine her location successful Abiquiu during a circuit the erstwhile day. I’ll beryllium sharing astir that soon.

Seated Najavo Woman

R.C. Gorman’s Seated Najavo Woman rests against an adobe partition successful a tiny courtyard.

A earthy enactment of creation — an agave spotted connected the locomotion backmost to our Airbnb.

One precocious day we drove 30 minutes up the winding Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway for a sunset presumption from the Vista Grande Overlook Observation Site. Santa Fe glittered beneath america successful the Rio Grande Valley similar the jewel container it is.

Up next: A tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, studio, and plot astatine Abiquiú. For a look backmost astatine Part 2 of my sojourn to Santa Fe Botanical Garden, click here.

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