The spring has been busy indeed! After the SAMA conference ended, the next gig was Artwalk in Little Italy. I hadn’t done this show in quite a few years but it reminded me how much fun it is do do a street show! Loved meeting new people and seeing old friends who dropped by!
I also managed to squeeze in our annual girl’s trip to Santa Fe. This is one of my favorite things to do and since I was unable to go last year, I was really looking forward to this get away. I missed the first few days because of Artwalk and found there was much catching up to do in the way of shopping, eating and soaking in all of the art.
This was a fun gallery in town called Pop. They carried a lot of wonderful work….including the work below by artist, Daniel Martin Diaz, that I fell in love with. His imagery reminds me of all the things that inspire me and that I use in my own work….sacred hearts, crowns, Latin text, etc…Always so nice to come across work that really resonates with me.
We also celebrated my sister’s birthday with a much anticipated visit to Meowwolf. It is hard to describe what this is!
It is an interactive art installation housed in an old bowling alley. It is part mystery theater where you try and uncover the story of the death of a family member. There’s over 200 hours of reading material there if you are willing to spend days there! (maybe that is why it is called the House of Eternal Return!!!)
There were some great Alice in Wonderland type passage ways….I particularly liked disappearing through the fireplace….and the fridge!
It was a fun way to spend the afternoon….a true visual delight! (and between the 4 of us, we got pretty far along in solving the mystery! That was my favorite part.)
On Canyon Road, the flowers were in full array.One of our first stops is always Karen Melfi Collection, she has a wonderful collection of jewelry and I was surprised and delighted to see my online buddy, Lorena Angulo’s work in there! We have been communicating for the past few years and she even sent me a few of her rubber stamp designs to work with! She works with metal clays and creates some of the most amazing and beautiful Mexican folk art inspired jewelry. One day……..We never tire of strolling up and down Canyon and from year to year so many things change, that there are always new galleries springing up.
Another favorite jewelry store is Bittersweet Designs….again the displays are fantastic and the jewelry designs are right up my alley! Lynn’s too….she went home with a gorgeous piece!
Every year we are in Santa Fe, I take dozens of pictures of this store….I just love it! Laurie Lenfestey, the owner and designer has a similar love of crowns with a royal-inspired, shabby-chic aesthetic (I think that might sum it up!)….and her jewelry designs are simple and beautifully elegant. Enjoy this tour of her wonderful shop.
Another favorite spot (especially for Lynn) is Kelly Moore’s Dark Bird Studio on Canyon Rd. Lynn has quite the growing collection of his work and it took mountains of willpower not to succumb this time….especially when we also saw him at the Tesuque Reservation flea market! (are you getting the feeling that I shop vicariously through Lynn! LOL, I do…through both she and Karen and Leslie for that matter too!))
Aside from shopping, strolling and immersing ourselves in art, we do find time to eat!This year on our last night, we celebrated Leslie’s birthday by treating her to a cooking class! It was so fun and delicious too….we made a New Mexican dinner feast with celebrated chef Johnny Vee. It was another wonderful year in Santa Fe, thanks to Karen!!! I may miss next year once again due to a teaching gig at Blue Moon Winery on Vancouver Island!~(more on that later!)
Speaking of wineries, upon returning from Santa Fe, I had the chance to go to the Bernardo Winery Art Show on Mother’s day. I really wanted to go to see a new friend, Teresa Green’s Icarus Studio at the winery. She and her creative partner, painter, Robert Caldwell, share a lovely space at this beautiful winery in Rancho Bernardo, Ca. I recently met Teresa at the SAMA conference in Sharra Frank’s class. Teresa was assisting Sharra and I was taking the class…anyway it was fun seeing her fabulous studio and work!!
It was a whirlwind trip where I flew to Cleveland on a Sunday, filmed three segments on Monday and flew home on Tuesday so that I could start getting ready for our son’s wedding on Saturday up in Lake Arrowhead! Definitely crazy timing, but I had no control over that! The host of the show Julie Fei-Fan Balzer changed the schedule so I could shoot on the first day so that worked out great. Thanks Julie!
It actually was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for the series to begin airing!