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High Art

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Article from the magazine Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Sante Fe and Northern New Mexico
Article from the magazine Bienvenidos 2012 Summer Guide to Sante Fe and Northern New Mexico

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Published by: xaquatics on May 25, 2012
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ANARTSCENETHRIVESINTHEMOUNTAINTOWNOFTRUCHAS
HIGHART
BY WOLF SCHNEIDER
 After22yearsinadowntownSantaFelocation,ReyMóntezmovedhisMóntezGallerytothetinytownofTruchaslastyear.Whileitmighthaveseemedthathewasdroppingoutofthegalleryscene,itlookedotherwisetoartistsalreadybasedinthisfar-flungmountaintopvillageof611people;tothem,itwasanindicationthattheirartcolonywasgrowing.
 AlthoughremoteTruchasmightseemlikeanunlikelyarthub,situatedanhour’sdrivenorthofSantaFeontheruggedHighRoadtoTaos,ithasitsownquirkywayofattractingartisticandintellectualpeople.“Myfatherdiedinahospital[wherehehad]aroommatefromTruchas,
Móntezsaid.WhenMóntezpaidhisrespectstotheroommate’sfamily,henoticedthatthevillage’s100-year-oldadobechurchappearedunoccupied.“I’mtheguywhorepresentsthesaintmakersfromNorthernNewMexicoandsouthernColorado,andI2012
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thoughtthechurchwouldbetheperfectplacetodisplayandselltheirwork,
hesaid.Andsohemovedhisgalleryofsantosandbultostothevacantchurch.Nowthathehashadachancetovisitthetown’sotherartgalleries
whichwasn’thard,asmostarefoundonthemilelongstretchofroadthatrunsthroughtown
MóntezevensuggestedthatsomeTruchasart“isonequalfootingwithCanyonRoadanddowntownSantaFe.
Considerpainter-sculptor-potterRamonCortina,whohasdoneartrestorationfortheSmithsonianInstitutioninWashington,D.C.Hemovedintohis100-year-oldadobe10yearsago,transformingitintoCortinaFineArtGallery.Figurativepaintings,coasters,sageburnersandbreadplatesfillthegallery.Cortinaisasinterestedinthoughtfulconversationasheisinsellingart.“Ifyouwanttotalkaboutstringtheoryandquantumphysics,let’sgo,
heoffered.“Politics,war,philosophy
I’manexistentialist.Idon’tbelieveinmalegods,butIdobelievegoddessesreignsupreme,andallof thisisreflectedinmyart.
 Afewblocksaway,BillG.Loydweldsarchitecturalbellsandsculpturesfromindustrialsteelcastoffs.Pricedfrom$160to$1,000,thecolorfulbellsemitmeditativetonesthatlinger.Whenheisn’toutsidemakingart,he’sinsidereading 
 RollingStone,ArtinAmerica
and
Tricycle:The BuddhistReview.
“It’saloosemeshofpeopleuphere,
hesaidofthetown.“We’reindependent.Icanfixaboutanythingexceptacomputer.
ElevatingthewholeTruchasartsceneistheCardona-HineGallery,representingexpressionistAlvaroCardona-HineandabstractlandscapistBarbaraMcCauleyinsophisticatedexhibitionspacewithgallerylightingonhighwhitewallsreachingtoaslantedroof.ShelistenstoLeonardCohenandheusedtoconducttheGrandRapidsSymphony.Theyread
TheNewYorker 
,watchPBSandquietlytapintothelocalzeitgeist.“Ilovelivinginaplacewherethepeoplearedeeplyconnectedtothelandandthere’sarespectfornature,
McCauleysaid.NatureisemphasizedatHandArtesGallerytoo.OpenedbyBillFrankein1987,itnowrepresents20artists,mostlyfromNorthernNewMexico.“Bythemid-’80s,thetouristtrafficwasgrowingasaresultof publicityfortheHighRoadconceptbegunbythen-stateSenatorArturoJaramillo.
hesaid.“Ourfocusisworkinspiredbynature.
 AtAnnaKarinGallery,therearegracefulrealistpaintingsbySwedish-bornKarinalongwithabstractworksbyJeaneGeorgeWeigel,whowritesanevocativeblogatwww.high-road-artist.com.“BeinganartistinTruchasisnotforthefaintofheart,
 Weigalsaid.Thatmakessense,giventhatthenearestcaféopensomedaysisa20-minutedriveawayineitherPeñascoorChimayó.TalentedmasterwoodcarverIsabroOrtega,whohaslivedhereallhislife,carveseverythingfromdoors,windowsandceilingstocoffinsandcrosses,andheoperatesoutofarustic,castle-likestructure.“Thewholecemeteryisfullofmycrosses,
hesaid.“IloveTruchas
it’sawayfromtheworld.
TheCordovasHandweavingWorkshop,alongtimefamilybusinessnearthetown’sentrance,hasbeenrunbyHarryCordovafor42years.Hequipped,“Thereisn’talotofpressureandstressandIdon’thavea401(k),buttheairisgood,it’spure,andIdidn’thavetofightanybodybutthegophersforaparkingspace.
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NTEZGALLERY505-689-1082,www.montezsantafe.comCORTINAFINEARTGALLERY505-689-1123,yessy.com/djvolatile2/gallery.htmlBILLG.LOYD505-689-1090,www.gongwiththewind.netCARDONA
HINEGALLERY505-689-2253,www.cardonahinegallery.comHANDARTESGALLERY505-689-2443,www.handartesgallery.comGHOSTPONYGALLERY505-689-1704,www.ghostponygallery.comANNAKARINGALLERY505-689-1090,www.annakaringallery.comISABROORTEGA505-689-2581THECORDOVASHANDWEAVINGWORKSHOP505-689-1124eLGALLERY505-689-1018,www.ericluplow.com
Móntez Gallery Hand Artes GalleryHand Artes Gallery
GuatemalanMadonnaatMóntesGallery
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