Santa Fe: Wanderings and Musings

This video features Samantha Crain, an Oklahoma singer/songwriter.  We saw her open for Pokey LaFarge at Cain’s last year.   I loved this song and bought the album.   (Pretty sure they filmed part of this at Kowboyz.) This song sums up my feelings when we travel to Santa Fe: wanderings and longings.   Although I traveled solo this time around (see Tuesday’s post), I was able to sate my wanderlust for a bit.

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Georgia O’Keeffe Hitching a Ride to Abiquiu, 1944 (photo by Maria Chabot)

I think that Georgia O’Keeffe exemplified this wanderlust that New Mexico inspires.  (I want to be just like her….hitching a ride on a Harley when I am almost sixty and building a dream home in an enchanted land.)  I can’t go to Santa Fe without visiting The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and what I see inside always inspires me.

2014-06-16 13.32.33I was most anxious to see the Abiquiu Views exhibit.   Although we have been to Taos and Santa Fe and Albuquerque, we have never visited the true O’Keeffe country.   (That my friends, is our next trip.)   This exhibit was extraordinary and I was most taken with the details of her Abiquiu  home.

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These are her books from her home in Abiquiu.  Notice all the cookbooks. There are a some gardening books as well.

It took O’Keeffe more than a decade to secure her house, restore it and have the gardens planted to her specifications.

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Here is her garden plan. I want this garden!

Her gardens at Abiquiu  have been restored and a local high school is aiding in the upkeep.  How wonderful!

The other exhibit featured one of O’Keeffe’s trips to Hawaii in 1939.   (Talk about wanderlust.)   Dole paid for the trip and she was commissioned to do at least one painting for them to feature in advertising.  (Read more about that here.)

As for my wanderings around Santa Fe, I will leave you with a few more photos.

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The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

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A view from above.

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Down an alley.

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Poppies at the New Mexico Museum of Art courtyard.

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Street art

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Painted shadows

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Clouds and sky from the sculpture garden at New Mexico Museum of Art

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Hollyhocks in courtyard

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Chairs in sculpture garden at NM Museum of Art. (I want these in my garden.)

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Rose garden

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More of those great NM hollyhocks

Just two more artsy-fartsy suggestions for you.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is another gem.  I had never visited and I skipped out of the banquet-style lunch one day during training to make a very quick perusal through.   They were kind enough to let me return at 4:00 (with the same ticket) to finish my tour.   I was most taken with the Judy Chicago exhibit.

I stumbled upon Pop Gallery on my way to La Boca.   This was a cool find as well.  Had fun chatting with one of the owners and I am still smiling remember some of the art work here.   Great place!

Please know, readers, that I completed my training and I did not skip out on any sessions (although it was hard at times).

We really are planning a trip to O’Keeffe country this fall.  Can’t wait!

And, as you wander on this Fourth, please stay safe!   Happy Independence Day!



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