by cheri sabraw
Every time I anticipate a journey to New Mexico, in particular, a trip to Santa Fe, I picture the unparalleled beauty of the skies. And despite the snow and rain predicted for today, the show yesterday rewarded my reverie.
I have written widely about New Mexico and my early years here as a child when my father Hugh was the Army dentist at the White Sands Proving Grounds in 1952.
Yesterday, while my husband took a class on The Brothers Karamazov at St. John’s College, recently featured in Frank Bruni’s opinion piece in the New York Times titled The Most Contrarian College in America, I and my trusty Panasonic Lumix camera hit the uneven and at times dangerous sidewalks that hash mark along the streets of downtown Santa Fe.
I walked down the Paseo de Peralta, past the cathedral, headed for the farmer’s market.
The colors in New Mexico remind the child within us that life is bright and hopeful, even when the shadows come, as they always do.
The rich and sandy adobe graciously provides contrast for man’s colorful expression.
As I always do, I headed to the square, touristy as it is, to visit Lucchese Bootmaker.
Unable to get a seat at Pasquale’s for lunch, for the second day in a row, I head down to the Railyard, where, I understand, the farmer’s market is taking place.
On a small street outside of the tourist area, I visit some small art galleries. Here is Santa Fe, the dogs are not designer.
I continue on, wondering just how many steps I am taking. You do have to watch your step in this town. Finally, 17,000 steps later, I arrive at the farmers market.
The people and the produce do not disappoint.
On my way home, I stop at the Owings Gallery, which features what I call Old School Art, painted by old masters, many from the Taos Group, paintings that take your breath away.
On my other blog cheriblocksabrawfineart.wordpress.com I will write about the Taos School of Painters, but before I do, I shall post a picture painted by W.H. “Buck” Dunton (1876-1936) titled Five Broncos, painted in 1920 and for sale for $85,000.00.
Now, THIS is fine art.