The story I am told about the shell mosaic pendant pictured here is that it was purchased from the shop of well known Santa Fe trader, Rex Arrowsmith, in the early 1970s. Arrowsmith's Relics of the Old West was my first stop on visits to Santa Fe in the late 1980s and early '90s. On snowy mid-winter days, the fireplace was stoking behind the heavy historic door, ornamented with hand forged iron straps, that led into Arrowsmith's on Old Santa Fe Trail. I've never met Rex. I think he was sort of retired by the time I discovered the shop. His name is key in the history of the marketing and trading of Indian art, including the famed Indian Market, which has taken place in Santa Fe for close to 100 years.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Artists of the Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo, situated about midway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe along the historic Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (ATSF), have a long history of selling their jewelry and pottery to tourists traveling to the West. As early as the 1880s/90s, traditional Santo Domingo objects of art found their way into the hands of travelers eager to carry home a piece of the West and Native America that appealed to their sensibilities. Travelers making their way along historic highway Route 66 added further to this history.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
|Mural on an outside hotel wall situated inside the entrance to the ground floor parking garage. It would be difficult to miss this striking image of La Fonda, painted by artist Tony Abeyta (Navajo), as one enters the hotel from the garage.|
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
|Buddleia davidii, Randall Davey Audubon Center|
Santa Fe New Mexico
NEW MEXICO, USA
As a bumper sticker I saw recently declares:
"It isn't new and it isn't Mexico". So noted.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
|Joy Stone and Judy Stone Nunneley|
on the "Taos Blue" Spanish New Mexican Bench
Harwood Museum--Taos New Mexico, July 24, 2014
|"One more, just to be safe," I urged.|
|"You both look so serious," teased Judy.|
Really, it's just me because...
|"I don't smile for the camera," I explained.|