Jul
27

Canyon Road Trail to Kiln-Formed Glass in Santa Fe

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I hate to turn this blog into a travel log but when I travel art and design are always front and center.  Paul and I just returned from a short five days to Santa Fe and Taos, NM.  What a mecca of wonderful natural and man made art!  There was so much to see and so little time. In Santa Fe there is a gallery district called Canyon Road. It is seven blocks of residential properties converted to art galleries.  I took Paul in and out of more galleries than he ever cared to see. 🙁  Because of my new found fused glass interest I was thrilled to find so many incredible “kiln-formed” glass pieces.  (Kiln-formed is another term for fused glass fired in a kiln). Here is a sampling.Kiln_formed_glass_thelookout_suzannewallacemears_eightfoottall_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryLoved this 8′ tall sculpture by Suzanne Wallace Mears called “The Lookout”. Could be scary but so impressive.  To see more of her work go to the Pippin Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe NM.Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_face_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegallery Kiln_formed_glass_steel_garden_sculpture_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryHere is another garden sculpture by Mears.  I had to share the close up of the expressive face.  Kiln_formed_glass_redlamp_suzannewallacemears_santafe_carolelaroachegalleryOne more Mears’ piece called Red Lamp, a 16″D decorative disc.kiln_formed_glass_stainlesssteel_makeawish_craigmitchellsmith_garden_sculpture_santafe_An incredibly large kiln formed glass and stainless steel sculpture called “Make a Wish” by Craig Mitchell Smith at the Canyon Road Contemporary Gallery.  The dandelion seed spray is constructed of fused glass and steel.  Impressive!kiln_formed_glass_flower_birdofparadise_artistunknow_canyouroadcontemporary_santafeAnother work by Smith in this Bird of Paradise sculpture is called “Tropical Splendor”.kiln_formed_glass_artistunknown_americanartistgalleryhouse_santafe
This smaller piece was on display at the BnB where we stayed in Taos,  the American Artists Gallery House BnB.  It was a delightful place with lots of Taos character.  Our hosts, LeAn and Charles, where very gracious.  I would highly recommend this place if you like quaint travel accommodations.FullSizeRender 55Here is Paul relaxing in front of the BnB with his morning coffee.  They also had a peacock called George who just took up residence 17 years ago. Meet George-FullSizeRender 88

There is so much I would like to share about this trip such as the other accommodations, the food, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Pueblos.  Is there anyone interested in more?  Let me hear from you.  Tell me your favorite things to do in Santa Fe and Taos.  I’m sure this will not be our last trip.

Happy, happy!

Mary

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Comments

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Anne: Yes, George,the peacock, has a yard buddy. Good to hear from you!

  2. Mary says:

    Hi Jane:
    The southwest is so incredibly different. I am still amazed at all the different culture and natural varieties. You will have to come see for yourself.
    Glad you enjoyed the blog!
    Mary

  3. Mary says:

    Hi Shirley: Yes it is very different than the East coast but Santa Fe has its own charm. Good to hear from you!
    Mary

  4. Shirley Anschutz says:

    Makes me think of my trip to Mexico many years ago. Once I got use to things being different I loved it ..

  5. Jane Howell says:

    The southwest is an area we have not explored. I enjoy reading your blog about all the beautiful views, galleries and places to visit.

  6. Mary says:

    Hi Kathy:
    Yes, we are having an amazing adventure. I loved Santa Fe and Taos. So me! Yes, I will do a blog about Georgia O’Keeffe. The history behind her work is what really makes it come to life.
    Great to hear from you!
    Mary

  7. Anne Nicholas says:

    Peacock bird in front of Pracock sculpture.. Nice!

  8. Kathy Casey says:

    Hi Mary-
    Looks like you’re having a tremendous adventure! I just love the fused glass pieces you found- especially the bird of paradise one. I would love to see pictures of the Georgia O’Keefe museum- she’s one of my favorites. I have never been to Sante Fe , maybe some day…. Say hi to Paul for me. Kathy Casey

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