Summer in Santa Fe is a season of festivals – this week the city is celebrating Spanish Market. Traditional arts – like the carving and painting of Santos, tinwork, and straw-weaving – can be found in the Plaza. Modern media and edgier subjects are featured in the Contemporary Hispanic Market on Lincoln Avenue. And I, having no Andalusian ancestry, will be setting up my usual space in the air conditioned pavilion at Paseo and Guadalupe, the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. I will be working on my new piece and displaying original collages and posters and prints and cards for sale.
Last Sunday brought many out of town visitors to the city, including several from Louisiana. They came to the Market and watched me work on my latest collage piece. One of the original Autumnal Haiku series, “Arroyo, Early Morning” is speeding its way to Louisiana. This series of colorful landscapes features scenes of autumn in Northern New Mexico – at least how I see it. I embed a haiku which I write especially for each piece.
Posters and cards and prints found new homes as well; the pear card collection continues to be popular. And over at Ohori’s Coffee, my show “Across the Universe” will be on display for three months. This show features my collage depictions of planets and galaxies. I will be swapping out pictures from time to time – already have installed a new one to replace one that sold last week. Enjoy a good cup of joe and take time to absorb the atmosphere. Visit during regular shop hours – they are open every day!
Today, I took to the hills. I often get inspiration walking the mountain trails under the aspens. Monsoon season has begun (finally!) and the woods were lush. Santa Fe starts off most mornings with blue skies and bright sun; by mid-day clouds build up over the mountain ranges. These often lead to thunderstorms which end with rainbows as the sun re-emerges. (The monsoon torrent inspired one of the Autumnal Haiku pieces). My hike took me along Tesuque creek and its many tributaries, all gurgling and burbling – I had music the entire way up and down. Highlights from my walk included the tiny crescent moon in the blue, straight overhead, dozens of butterflies in the meadows, and a young buck on the mountain road, nonchalantly licking a salty spot. His antlers were the length of my forearm.
TTFN! Much to do!
Love and Peace,
“Across the Universe”,
the exhibit of galaxy and planetary collages,
opened last week at Ohori’s Coffee
(the Luna Center location).
We launched the tribute to the unearthly realms with a Coffee Reception on July 19, which was also the night of the full moon. Visitors enjoyed strong coffee (I was flying for hours later!) and tasty pastries while milling around the art.
As usual at gatherings like these in Santa Fe, connections were found between strangers (yes, the people from Jersey all found each other) and new friendships were forged. Open to view during regular business hours (7 am to 6 pm), the show continues through mid-October.
Afterwards, in the cool of the evening, I opened a bottle of wine that I had been saving for this occasion. I love the label. Full moon, good friends, and more than one reason to celebrate. Cheers!
This morning I took an early morning walk up Canyon Road, before any of the galleries opened. With its tall cottonwoods and flowery gardens and quaint galleries, this mile-long stretch of galleries is a pleasure for the eyes. Santa Fe has five arts districts, but Canyon Road must be the most charming. I usually stroll here on a Friday evening to hop to the art gallery openings, but in every hour and every season, it offers something enticing.
I am busy with the creation of a new work – it really took form during my work time at the Market on Sunday. Very colorful, and a bit bizarre. I’ll be working on it this Sunday as well at the Santa Fe Railyard Artisans Market. In the pavilion at Paseo and Guadalupe in Santa Fe, open 10 am to 4 pm. Nice and cool inside, coffee and ice cream, live music, and amazing art by talented artists – what a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Peace and Love!
“Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears,
Inciting and inviting me…” so sang John Lennon in his beautiful “Across the Universe”. The shades of life have been bright and sunny in Santa Fe. I am pleased to announce that I have just opened a little exhibition featuring several of my planetary and galaxy pieces. I have named the show Across the Universe. The invitation to present my work was unexpected and sudden, but very welcome. I signed the contract in the morning and was displaying in the afternoon, with the timely help of two artists, Rachel Freeman and Steph Thompson, who straightened every slanty edge. Writer Carol Norris was on hand to record the work.
I had to be very selective about the pieces I put in the exhibit, but two of them feature the planet Mars. the first is at the top of the page, "Under the Influence" and the second is to the left and above. One of the pieces in the show, “Limitless Undying Love” was inspired by the lyrics in the song: “Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on, across the universe…”
D E C O
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