Sunday, September 14, 2014

Santo Domingo Pueblo (NM) Shell Pendant

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.

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.

One older Santo Domingo jewelry artist told me recently over Labor Day at the pueblo's annual arts and crafts festival that she thinks the piece could date to the 1950s. So far, I haven't seen another piece like it. Maybe I'll know more about it someday, more that is, than that I like it, a lot.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer Retreating into Fall, Santa Fe New Mexico 2014

Labyrinth garden on the plaza of St. Francis Basilica

New Mexico Audubon Center (above and below)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

La Fonda on La Fonda—Santa Fe, New Mexico

 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

Mid-20th Century Zuni Turquoise and Silver Art

Pin on left attributed to Dan Simplicio. Pin on right attributed to Juan Calavaza.

Monday, September 1, 2014

My office window—sorta

Buddleia davidii, Randall Davey Audubon Center
Santa Fe New Mexico
This is where I hang my hat every Tuesday, as a volunteer in the visitor center of New Mexico Audubon. I just celebrated my fifth anniversary.

As a bumper sticker I saw recently declares:
"It isn't new and it isn't Mexico". So noted.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Salinas Pueblo Missions, Quarai

According National Park Service research, "Pueblo Mounds at the site suggest that prior to Spanish contact, Quarai was a very large pueblo"…"attributed to the presence of a year round water source flowing from springs along Zapato Creek." Spanish explorer Don Juan de OƱate found a thriving city of Puebloans at Quarai when he arrived in 1598. Quarai Mission and Convento were established in 1626. Construction of La Purisma Concepcion de Quarai, 1627-1632.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Celebrating 42 Years of Friendship

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.