So much to do in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. So little time! But here’s a bit about how I spent last week.
I kicked off my stay in Albuquerque with a delicious dinner with an old friend at The Artichoke Café. Five stars ***** from me.
Stayed at my friends’ home in Sandia Park, which is northeast of Albuquerque on Highway 14. As I discovered, Highway 14 is the ONLY way one should travel from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The natural beauty is breathtaking and you can stop (if you’re not pressed for time as I was) in the cute touristy town of Madrid.
On Wednesday morning I took Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail) to Santa Fe and was almost late to talk about my book to a group of artists at Jaqueline Butler’s studio. Jackie lives in Lamy on the top of a hill with another breathtaking view. Her studio is impressive and perfect for a small meeting. If it hadn't been for the visit to her studio, I wouldn't have seen any art in Santa Fe. I know. I deserve a good whooping, but sometimes these things just don't work out. Next trip. (That's Jackie's painting Tulip ©The Artist.)
Later the same day, I held an audience of about 15 artists hostage at Artisan art supply store in Santa Fe. This was the first time I have ever done one of my events in a purely retail space. I’ve had them in galleries previously, but it was interesting talking to a group while others were in the store shopping. I guess I’d better get used to this since I do my first Barnes & Noble in Loveland, CO next month. Artisan seems to really take care of their artists and you should stop in when you're in Santa Fe.
Thursday was a full day in Albuquerque and I got to see a lot of art! I had coffee and lunch with marketing consultant Mary Ellen Merrigan, whom I have met virtually, but never before in the flesh. We had fun! And I can recommend The Flyingstar Café (a local coffee chain) and Annapurna ayurvedic restaurant.
Galleries I visited in Albuquerque: 516 Arts (if you're in the area, be sure to go listen to the Guerilla Girls–making an appearance Friday 11/21), Sumner & Dene, Matrix Fine Art, New Grounds Gallery (top drawer prints), Palette Contemporary Art & Craft. I met Jeannie Sellmer at Sumner & Dene and saw her lovely New Mexico landscapes. I was very happy to hear she had been planning to attend the book reception later in the day. So I got to see her twice! (That's Jeannie's Valley Sunset at right ©The Artist.)
LATE ADDITION: I almost forgot one of the most important things. You MUST listen to this album while driving through New Mexico: Afterglow. It's the perfect music for the spiritual qualities of the high desert.