Santa Fe Two

Feeling even better today…

we returned to Santa Fe and explored the many galleries of Canyon Road.

We feasted on richly patinaed bronzes, paintings of the Southwest, still-lifes of consummate skill, Native clay work of the highest caliber, as well as edgy contemporary art and interior design. Over all, the clear, deep blue sky complemented the soft, earth-tone adobe buildings with their colorful wood trim and elegant signs, and Spring was just bursting out everywhere in the sculpture gardens, making the entire street a work of art.

Eventually over-stimulated, parched, and hungry, we stopped at the Tea Bar for chai, iced coffee and a great marinated chicken sandwich, to fuel our afternoon.

Then we struggled to find parking downtown for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, only to find it closed on Wednesdays!

Instead, we explored the Andrew Smith Gallery on the corner, which had original photographs by the likes of Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, and others. Adams’ massive prints, developed with his darkroom genius, froze natural times and places of the West of 70 years ago: images into which one could gaze for days and not see everything captured there. The people of the gallery directed us to their other gallery on the Plaza, which held still more originals, such as Annie Liebovitz’s famous image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. They also had Ansel Adam’s ‘Moon over Hernandez’, which he’d printed four times over the years: each one subtly different and special in its own way and demonstrating the many ways in which one image can be seen. It was a thoroughly satisfying replacement for our would-be O’Keeffe experience.

In addition, we had a nice surprise. For years, beginning in our home in New Canaan, CT we’d had a poster in our house by a fine landscape photographer, Eliot Porter. There, on the back wall of the Smith Gallery, was the original print of ‘Maine Woods’ that Ansel Adams had printed for Eliot because Eliot didn’t have the equipment to print that large. Just three prints exist and we could have this one for $68,000.

Afterward, we strolled back to The Shed to celebrate our better health and 40 years’ past with a leisurely dinner. Their blue-corn tortillas were as good as we remembered and a charming waitress kept our water glasses well filled, helping to quench the fires of their spicy red and green chili sauces and salsa.

P.S. we’ve made two posts today (trying to catch up), don’t miss the previous exciting entry!

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