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Santa Fe Prints
Thursday, Jan 18, 2007 from Santa Fe, New Mexico
I’ve been told from a couple sources that Santa Fe is the third largest art city in the country. Driving around town it’s hard to believe it’s not the first. There is nothing but galleries among galleries, photography, sculptures, paintings, pottery, and everything in between from modern to ancient. As the oldest city in the country there seems to be no portion of art that is left out. The culture from Native Americans and Spanish settlements is present and alive everywhere you look. There is a culture in the Southwest that isn’t found anywhere else in the United States.
After eating at The Shed with Joani and Truel we wandered the town going to multiple galleries, but there are more than can be seen in even a couple weeks in this town. I was drawn to the photography galleries, particularly the Andrew Smith and Monroe galleries. They included some of the finest works from the greatest photographers: Karsh, Rosenthal, Eisenstaedt, Leibovitz, Forster, Erwitt and many more. To simply say that I’m inspired is a huge understatement. I personally feel that there will never be another era of photography so powerful as it was between the 30s and 60s. The images are breathtaking and frozen in time. One day one of those prints will hang in my living room.
Also, I almost spent $5,000 on some beautiful alligator cowboy boots. If anyone would like to buy them for me just let me know. The collection of boots at Back To The Ranch is quite impressive. However, as Truel said, you have to have some “I-don’t-care-money” to buy anything there.
Santa Fe would be a great place to live. Inspiration is seeping through everything, I guess it just kinds of hangs around in the air waiting to be swallowed. It’s a high enough elevation to get some good winter snow and where it’s not too hot in the summer like the lower elevations. Corporations haven’t taken over the town, which is quite refreshing. Rather than giant corporations, Santa Fe is consumed by culture and history. This is something I haven’t seen in many towns.
Posted: Jan 18, 2007 | 352 words | 2 Comments
Comment by mom
From baraga, MI
well, bugsy, someday someone will pay big bucks to hang one of your photos in their living room!!
Comment by Barb and Lowell
From L'Anse across the Bay, MI
We agree with your mom. :) Also nice to hear of city that has focus on the arts.