Posts Tagged ‘art’

Pick your adventure in Taos

February 27th, 2010
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Pick your adventure in and around Taos, a small town that offers a respected artistic community, many treasures of history and access to worlds of sporting thrills. Get a real taste of frontier history at the Kit Carson Home and Museum, the notorious Governor Bent Home, or the Blumenschein Home & Museum. Take in the artistic side of the area at the Fechin Institute or the Harwood Museum of Art. Taos also puts you within reach of spectacular skiing at Taos Ski Valley or Wheeler Peak, or whitewater rafting at Taos Box on the Rio Grande. Visit Rancho de Taos for historic churches, or Taos Pueblo to see an ancient American Indian community.

Brad Martin: Leather Artist

February 27th, 2010
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More about Brad Martin:

My Medium is Leather and my forte is carving and tooling original works of art. I grew up in North Carolina, my father, from Oklahoma, and my mother from Upper New York State, were huge influences in my continuing education and choice of vocation. I began tooling leather in 1967.

Leather is an extremely versatile medium and through the past 40 years, I’ve done it all. In the 1970’s, I opened a leather shop where I created belts, sandals, bags, repair work, restored antiques, classic cars; anything and everything. Designing and tooling leather was always my strong suit, so in the 80’s and 90’s, I entered and won every major national and international leather competition available. In the early 90’s, I began working with Falconhead Boot Co. in Los Angeles and from then until the present, I design and tool one-of-a-kind cowboy boots for movie starts and other famous people.

Of course, one trip to Taos was enough to se my sights on the Southwest. In 1997, I married the love of my life, Donna and in 2002 moved to Taos to pursue my apparent job in life – to educate and elevate the medium of leather carving to a fine art status. I’ve always happily engaged myself in exhaustive studies of indigenous cultures – Japanese, Chinese, Mayan, Egyptian, and especially Native American – predominately their art forms, lifestyle and religion. For subject matter, I find myself drawn to common connective aspects of life fostered by family and spirituality, the very essence of humanity. This interest is an inending source of art and fascination for me – an ever changing and expanding potential that proves the old adage – “The more you Learn, the more you realize there is to Learn!!”

Taos Bronze & Fine Art

February 27th, 2010
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About Taos Bronze & Fine Art:
Taos Bronze & Fine Art is a full service foundry with a special focus on the personal touch. Your satisfaction is our primary goal, and we work to provide you with high quality, custom castings that meet your satisfaction. Our services include all aspects of the casting process from pointing up, mold production, casting, finishing, patinas, up to monumental sizes and most importantly, consultations to ensure beautiful and cost effective productions. With over ten years of professional experience, we have cast for renowned sculpture artists Doug Scott, J.D. Challenger, Charles Collins, Ted Egri and more. We are a foundry run by sculptors for scupltors, committed to your satisfaction. Contact us to set up a visit or schedule a consultation. We are located on the Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico, 8 miles East of Taos. 26317 US Hwy 64, Taos New Mexico, 87571

Richard Visits the State Capitol

January 30th, 2010

I’ve lived in New Mexico for many years and have spent a great deal of time in Santa Fe.  You know – The City Different – the place that gives all of us a different perspective on New Mexico.  A travel Mecca for people around the world.  And a place that most of us who live here take for granted — as a result, we have our favorite places to visit and therefore we miss a lot.

Recently, I visited the State Capitol building for the first time.  My wife, Janine, had been invited by Governor Richardson to meet with him about Travel Guide NEW MEXICO and in-state travel in general.  Since I wasn’t on the invite list, I tagged along and started to look around the inside of the Capitol Building while Janine was in her meeting.  After a couple minutes I asked one of the guards if it was possible to take a tour and he said, “Sure, this is the people’s building … feel free to go wherever you would like and be sure and check out the great art we have here.”

Art? In the Capitol Building?  Feel free to walk around?  Unescorted?  Go wherever you want to go?  You’ve got to be kidding!  So I started off walking into the visitor’s gallery of the House of Representatives and the Senate, located on opposite sides of the building.  I sat and looked in amazement at our seat of government and in awe of the fact that I could just walk around and check things out.

The art is magnificent and you are even allowed to walk into the reception area of the Governor’s suite and check out the art there.  Wander the hallways and there is nothing short of a great art collection at every turn in every hallway.

New Mexico’s State Capitol was built in 1966 and from the air looks like a giant Zia sign.  There is no dome … the only capitol building in the country without one!  The atrium on the main floor is awe-inspiring.  Just walk in and look up and you’ll see what I mean.  Take in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors … walk up the steps or take the elevator.  It is one building that you need to see if art is your love.  Or, if you are just interested in how government works.

Martin Leger, the Advertising Manager for the New Mexico State Tourism Department, has great stories to tell of his father’s days as a state senator and I look forward to talking with him more about his Dad’s time in the “Roundhouse”, as it is called by those who work there.

If you prefer, you can arrange for a guided tour.  Call first (505/986-4589) to make arrangements for a once in a lifetime tour of a building where laws are made and art is king!  Janine and I have promised that everyone who comes to visit us will be treated to a tour of OUR State Capitol.  A building open year-round for all of us to see and enjoy!  Make sure you add it to your list of places to visit while in Santa Fe.   It’s an easy two minute walk from the Plaza … so you have no excuse for not stopping by!

The Albuquerque Museum

October 14th, 2009
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The Albuquerque Museum is located in the in the heart of historic Old Town and just across the street from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Explora, the Children’s Science Museum —as well as our closeness to many other memorable attractions in Albuquerque.

That is perhaps why The Albuquerque Museum is an enjoyable experience for so many visitors each year: one-third of our guests are nonresidents. It’s easy to reach us from the interstate, and there is plenty of available parking. There is great recognition of, and support for, art in our community. It also means we are able to offer a wide range of attractions and programs with only modest charge to the public.

Roswell: More than UFOs!

October 14th, 2009
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Looking for more than just aliens and UFO’s? You’re in the right place because thats not all Roswell has to offer!

In this video, Richard and Travel Guide NEW MEXICO visit Roswell, New Mexico. Interested in adventurous outdoor fun? Visit Roswell’s Bottomless Lakes, hiking trails, scenic bike trails, or wildlife refuge. Take a step out of the sun and cool off in one of Roswell’s seven museums where you can experience the art, history, and fun of Roswell!

Looking for UFOs or information about the Roswell UFO Incident? You’ll never know what you may find. Don’t forget the Amazing Roswell UFO Festival, held annually July 4th Weekend at venues throughout the city.

Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu

August 7th, 2009
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Cameras snap. Pens flow. Hearts open. Transformation begins. In this land of shifting light, boundless skies and fused cultures, Ghost Ranch offers two locations. The towering rock walls and vivid colors of our Abiquiu location — where Georgia O’Keeffe painted for fifty years — and our Santa Fe location, an oasis in the city different; both places for renewal, retreat and transformation.

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