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Sampling Santa Fe’s colorful art and architecture

September 22, 2022

Santa Fe tops my checklist as probably the most lovely cities in America. I really like the nice and cozy adobe partitions that mix with the earth and glow towards a brilliant blue sky; an abundance of public art that speaks to nature and Indigenous tradition discovered throughout city; and the human, walkable scale of the town. You can simply stroll out of your Airbnb or resort to the plaza and discover loads of issues to do, but be again at your personal place for a day relaxation earlier than dinner. And the temps on the finish of August, when it’s the Endurance Phase of summer season again in Austin, are joy-renewing, with highs round 80F, low humidity, and lows within the 50s. Ahhh.

Today I’ll share pics from our explorations round city, plus a few art displays we significantly loved whereas we had been there final month. Above is the vibrantly painted arcade alongside the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

A Bill Worrell sculpture outdoors Worrell Gallery, with Scotch broom in flower

An epic rider appears to leap over pink hollyhocks.

Let’s have one other have a look at these frilly beauties.

Chris Roberts-Antieau at Antieau Gallery

Exploring off the primary plaza, a grey satin gown hanging in a gallery window stopped us in our tracks. Lavishly embroidered with detailed scenes of wildlife (and dying), it had us questioning — is that this a piece of art or a vogue piece?

Maybe each! We stepped inside for a more in-depth look.

The embroidery is the work of Michigan-based textile artist Chris Roberts-Antieau at Antieau Gallery.

Bird and Bee

Most of her works on the market at her namesake gallery (there’s one other in New Orleans) are “fabric paintings,” a mixture of embroidery and appliqué.


Jazz artists function prominently in a few of her works.

Artificial Flowers

In others, animals, crops, and a solitary girl dominate the dream-like, generally darkish, generally whimsical imagery.

Painted Horse

Up shut you see the thread textures and designs. I discovered them fascinating.

Phantom Limb II

Her work could be very common and fetches excessive costs. Larger items like this one (a restricted collection) are listed for $35K to $45K. We admired them and left with a brand new appreciation for material portray.

Street scenes

Paper flowers and ceramic peppers make a picturesque scene outdoors The Rainbow Man store, the place we picked up a number of small souvenirs.

Dried chiles cling outdoors one other store. Ristras are common decorations for backyard gates, doorways, and partitions in Santa Fe.

Gustave Baumann at The Owings Gallery

Silver Sky

At The Owings Gallery on E. Marcy Street, I fell in love with Gustave Baumann‘s colour woodblock prints. This one goes for $35,000, in any other case it will absolutely be mine.

Old Santa Fe

“Born in 1881 in Germany, Baumann immigrated to the US by the early 1900’s. After a brief time in Chicago, Baumann moved to Brown County, Indiana in 1910. Baumann first visited New Mexico in 1918 and moved to New Mexico full time in 1919. Baumann’s images of New Mexico have become iconic scenes of Santa Fe and are highly sought after by collectors. The images shown here represent our current inventory of Baumann prints and drawings.”

Cottonwood in Tassels

I settled for a pack of notecards with Baumann’s photos, however if in case you have an opportunity, go and see his precise work.

New Mexico Museum of Art

One day we visited the New Mexico Museum of Art, housed in a century-old adobe construction off the primary plaza. A central courtyard with flowering perennials and grasses, a small garden, and a stone pillar fountain made an exquisite resting spot.

Everything appears to glow in Santa Fe. The gentle there actually is gorgeous.

The Voice of the Water

Four Will Shuster frescoes — the place paint pigment is blended with moist plaster, turning into a part of the wall itself — adorn the courtyard partitions. My favourite is The Voice of the Water.

Snake Dance, Oraibi

Among the collections contained in the museum, a number of work portraying conventional Hopi snake dances caught my eye. This is Snake Dance, Oraibi by Joseph Imhof.

Snake Dancers

And right here’s Snake Dancers by Tom Lea.

In the Patio II

While we didn’t make it to The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum this time, we did take pleasure in one in every of O’Keeffe’s works, In the Patio II, on the NMMA. We’d simply seen the precise patio door represented right here at her dwelling in Abiquiu throughout a tour the day gone by. I’ll be sharing about that quickly.

Seated Najavo Woman

R.C. Gorman’s Seated Najavo Woman rests towards an adobe wall in a small courtyard.

A pure work of art — an agave noticed on the stroll again to our Airbnb.

One late afternoon we drove half-hour up the winding Santa Fe National Forest Scenic Byway for a sundown view from the Vista Grande Overlook Observation Site. Santa Fe glittered under us within the Rio Grande Valley just like the jewel field it’s.

Up subsequent: A tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s dwelling, studio, and backyard at Abiquiu. For a glance again at Part 2 of my go to to Santa Fe Botanical Garden, click on right here.

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