Monday, 22 May 2017

If it is Adobe Style, It is Santa Fe!

 

New Mexico, land of big skies!  The following images show highlights of our drive from Roswell to Santa Fe.

P1130052

P1130053

P1130054

P1130068

P1130075

Flowering Cane Cholla Cactus

P1130076

P1130079

P1130084

P1130086

P1130088

P1130108

P1130109

P1130110

P1130116

P1130134

P1130155

P1130151

P1130153

P1130158

“The pyramids” of New Mexico.

P1130162

Yup, Santa Fe

P1130168

Around the RV Park…..

P1130169

P1130172

P1130175

P1130178

P1130179

P1130183

P1130186

P1130187

P1130791

P1130288

P1130787

Can you spot the third bunny?

P1130789

Santa Fe is a great walking town, loaded with great restaurants, art galleries, sculpture on every corner and beautiful buildings, trees and gardens.

Historic Santa Fe

P1130190

P1130206

P1130225

Three dollars entrance fee is worth it.

P1130191

The original church bell.

P1130192

P1130201

P1130198

P1130202

Archaeological dig  showing the original steps to the altar.

P1130214

P1130217

P1130218

No entrance fee.

P1130222

P1130219

The Lorretto Chapel is a small Romanesque church famous for its staircase to the choir loft that was built by a craftsman in a record number of days who disappeared after they were completed.  Of course the nuns deemed that “a miracle”.  The staircase is a beautiful structure but unfortunately the nuns needed a bannister installed for safety and it hides the beauty of the wood work and masterful engineering of the original spiral stairs.  The balcony railing also blocks the view of the rose window in the choir loft.   A chinsy recording blasts through the chapel playing tinny organ music, telling the history of “the miracle” and asking for donations for the retired nuns!  It cost $5.00 each to enter the chapel and the place already has a steady income from weddings and funerals that they hold there.  The exit leads through a mammoth gift shop crammed with rosaries and religious knick knacks.  Gross!  The three dimensional stations of the cross were beautiful to see though.

P1130255

P1130238

P1130243

P1130245

P1130253

P1130249

Stations of the cross.

P1130250

 

Artistic Santa Fe

Art of all materials, styles and subject matter is everywhere in Santa Fe inside and outside.  Look at the corners where roads and sidewalks intersect, on rooftops, in restaurants, in back and front yards, in hotel lobbies, under trees, along fences, in parks and gardens and in the hundreds of art galleries and you will see a variety of visual treasures.

P1130256

P1130258

P1130259

We would have brought this home for the living room but it would not fit through the RV door!

P1130260

P1130265

The above is sad display of Indigenous folks selling their crafts in a space “donated by the government”. 

P1130796

P1130277

P1130798

P1130808

P1130809

P1130811

P1130812

P1130820

P1130828

P1130830

P1130836

P1130845

P1130848

P1130847

P1130873

P1130875

P1130881

P1130928

P1130930

P1130929

P1130934

P1130933

Architectural Santa Fe

“Big Brother” controls the colour palette available for painting details on the Santa Fe buildings.  Choices are limited to twenty colours only.  It is interesting to see the older structures, new homes, hotels and apartment buildings and all the chain stores and restaurants unified by the adobe “recipe”.  One of the most beautiful features of the style are the shadows that play across their flat, buff surfaces.  There are a few putty-gray coloured buildings that are being constructed now and they actually provide a refreshing break from the oatmeal, salmon, brick and auburn shades of the traditional adobe.

P1130224

P1130226

P1130230

P1130278

P1130279

P1130799

P1130797

P1130805

P1130806

P1130943

P1130819

P1130807

P1130813

P1130859

P1130817

P1130821

P1130831

P1130824

P1130823

P1130890

P1130899

P1130854

P1130829

P1130905

P1130904

P1130902

P1130907

P1130853

P1130861

P1130841

P1130832

P1130915

P1130918

P1130913

P1130273

Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi

P1130844

P1130851

P1130860

P1130877

P1130843

P1130927

P1130865

P1130867

P1130901

P1130842

P1130852

Gastronomic Santa Fe

There are many choices of casual and upscale dining in Santa Fe.  All nations are represented and the majority of establishments boast their use of fresh local ingredients.  Their taco and fajita trucks have great ratings for tasty food under $10.00!  We only ate out a couple of times but our favourite meal was at El Callejon Taqueria and Grill  where we enjoyed tacos, warm from the griddle, served with vibrantly coloured toppings and unique sauces.

P1130911

P1130912

We also visited the small and friendly C.G Higgins Confections a couple of times for fabulous coffee.  Chris had a triple espresso!

P1130271

P1130268

Day of the Dead chocolates, yum; love eating skulls.

P1130269

Beautiful western themed chocolates with gold details.

Museum Of International Folk Art

Chris was under the weather the day I visited the Folk Art Museum.  The fabulous collection houses more than 130,000 objects from over 100 countries.  The mission of the Museum is “to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape the humane world.”

P1130291

P1130292

It has to be one of the most exciting museums I have ever visited!  I spent over four hours exploring and whenever I felt a bit tired or supersaturated, another exhibit would spark my interest and my energy would surge.  Everything about the place was incredible including painted details on the ceilings,  objects displayed up high, decorations and messages on the floors and even in the elevators and washrooms;  interactive stations for visitors to comment or create folk art themselves, a library, lecture hall, craft programs for school children, an incredible children’s play area and two magnificent shops.  

P1130335

P1130520

P1130660

P1130664

Children’s interactive wall, tree of life blocks, puppet show and books.

P1130668

Beautiful screen in kid’s playroom coloured on the inside, black silhouettes on the other.

P1130667

The inviting rest area for museum guests.

P1130743

In the elevator.

P1130757

P1130764

P1130698

P1130669

Doors to the bright sky lit atrium.

P1130741

P1130568

Look up or you might miss something!

P1130635

The Hispanic Heritage Wing is dedicated to the exploration of the Hispanic/Latino and Latin American Cultures.  The current show featured posters, costumes, instruments and historical documents and photos about Flamenco Dancing.

P1130670

P1130674

P1130686

P1130675

P1130689

P1130687

P1130690

P1130696

The Bartlett Wing is the original gallery space gifted along with 2,500 works in 1953 by Florence Bartlett.  Temporary shows are exhibited there and the interesting Tramp Art was on display at the time of my visit.  During the Depression,  some folks, mostly men, passed the time by carving wood and creating a variety of items, most commonly frames and boxes.  All that was required to make “Tramp Art” were the simplest tools (a knife), basic raw materials (scrap wood) and the fundamental technique (V-notch carving).  Individuals added their own creativity, clever design and wit.

P1130740

P1130701

P1130700

P1130706

P1130708

P1130710

Decoupage tray with photos and cigar bands.

P1130718

P1130717

P1130719

P1130736

P1130723

P1130729

P1130722

P1130726

P1130728

P1130731

Museum guests are encouraged to try their hand at Tramp Art.

P1130733

I made this frame….NOT!

The Girard Wing opened in 1982 with the long-term exhibition Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, an awe-inspiring display of approximately 10,000 pieces of folk art, toys, miniatures and textiles from the Alexander and Susan Girard Collection.” gallery brochure

The gallery is so crammed with objects, it is difficult to express the excitement and awe that I carried with me in my three hours here.  I have divided my images into three categories of my own, grouping works that were 1. Amazing, 2. Beautiful,  and 3. Amusing.

P1130329

P1130658

P1130471

P1130596

P1130659

P1130518

 Most of the displays are behind glass and the lighting is low in many areas of the gallery so my photography does not do justice to many of the pieces but even with the poor grade photos, editing and reviewing my Girard Wing images got me excited and inspired all over again!  The variety of materials used to create the works vary from wood, clay, paper mache, straw, wire, cloth, stone, wool, dried flowers, paper, icing, beads and various metals.  The scale of the figures vary from 2cm. to 30 cm. tall.

1. The Amazing

P1130294

P1130314

P1130318

P1130342

P1130351

P1130354

P1130355

P1130358

P1130359

P1130360

P1130373

P1130378

P1130384

P1130389

P1130391

P1130419

P1130426

P1130470

P1130432

P1130437

P1130479

P1130488

P1130473

P1130474

P1130445

Heaven

P1130439

P1130438

P1130442

Hell

P1130443

P1130444

P1130446

Day of the Dead…..

P1130449

P1130450

P1130451

P1130453

Icing

P1130455

P1130463

P1130514

P1130515

P1130524

P1130525

P1130526

P1130545

P1130546

P1130574

P1130583

P1130589

P1130591

P1130615

P1130638

P1130641

2. The Beautiful

P1130496

P1130497

Cut paper….

P1130498

P1130501

P1130507

P1130511

P1130528

Plan for a wall mural.

P1130529

P1130569

P1130594

P1130656

P1130298

P1130330

P1130331

P1130349

P1130364

P1130367

P1130383

P1130403

P1130428

P1130433

P1130462

P1130493

P1130481

3. Amusing

P1130293

P1130312

P1130315

P1130326

P1130333

P1130341

Looks like the Last Supper meets the Seven Dwarfs.

P1130343

P1130362

P1130374

P1130388

P1130406

P1130422

P1130425

P1130418

P1130457

P1130459

P1130495

P1130522

P1130523

P1130537

P1130541

P1130586

Liberace’s inspiration?

P1130595

P1130601

P1130603

P1130604

Bette Midler?  Meryl Streep?

P1130606

P1130611

Mary Tyler Moore/Laura Petrie?

P1130619

P1130617

Whoa….Call the Midwife…that head!!!!

P1130627

P1130752

P1130629

David Cronenberg, are you seeing this?

P1130630

P1130643

Does this remind you of anyone?

P1130745

The twelve dollar entrance fee also covers the entrance to neighbouring gallery “Museum of Indian Arts and Culture”. The sculpture gardens, seating areas and restaurant are connected by a beautiful terrace overlooking the mountains.

P1130775

P1130766

P1130769

P1130770

P1130767

P1130779

P1130778

P1130774

P1130780

If you have never visited Santa Fe, do!

P1130940

No comments:

Post a Comment