|New Mexico Museum of Art|
|Cafe Pasqual's interior|
After a hearty breakfast at Cafe Pasquals near the old historic plaza in Santa Fe, A. Paul & I strolled to nearby New Mexico Museum of Art. The pueblo-style museum was built in 1917 and has served as a hub to New Mexico's art to this day. Its open door policy, in its earliest days, enticed artists from afar to NM, strengthening the foundations of Santa Fe's art community.Today, the New Mexico Museum of Art is one of four institutes that comprise the Museum of New Mexico. The other three museums which round out the Museum of New Mexico are the Palace of the Governors, located in the state capitol building, the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the latter two located on Museum Hill.
|Pueblo Dancer (Matachina)|
Jan Matulka (1890-1972)
At the top the second level landing of the museum one will find the iconic works of Georgia O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe, though originally from Wisconsin, first visited New Mexico in 1917, later making it her home. Here, O'Keeffe drew upon the natural landscape forms and hues which became the basis of much of her works on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Not far from the NM Museum of Art is the O'Keeffee Museum which displays the legacy of her life and works in New Mexico. http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/
|"Black Mesa Landscape" at|
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
|Andrea Fisher (L) with Kerry (R)|
at Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery
A. Paul & I agreed that we would need a lot more time in Santa Fe to explore all the arts that it has to offer. We strolled the historic plaza after departing the Andrea Fisher's gallery and made our way to the Canyon Road Art District, where over 150 galleries dot the road.
|"Swish" M. Morrison|
In back of the Stevens gallery, art teacher/artist McCreery Jordan was putting finishing touches on her expressive, sculpted works. Jordan, though classically trained as a realist, creates a diverse collection of works ranging in realist to abstract expressionism working in bronze, mixed media, acrylics and oils.
|McCreery Jordan (L) and Kerry (R)|
A. Paul & I spent several hours visiting the various galleries along Canyon Road, realizing that it would be impossible to visit them all in such a short period of time. We were welcomed and engaged in conversation in all of the galleries we did visit and know that Santa Fe will be on our return list for a future visit.
We quickly made our way back to grab the car and head up to Museum Hill to catch the sun setting over the Santa Fe landscape. I leave you this evening with a slideshow of artwork and the sunset hoping to entice you to visit Santa Fe. It is without a doubt an art mecca that is a must see for any art collector and/or artist.