I’ll get back to that line later which came from the hilarious fella manning the Santa Fe train station info desk yesterday.
Before that moment I spent the morning wandering Santa Fe – couldn’t face a museum but did make my way to the Lew Allen Gallery where Carey hoped I may find a couple of Sammy Peters works, and yes there were two there. What a treat, and the gallery was so friendly and generous, giving me a bio and illustrated list of works. He is 73 years young and the paintings are so rich and developed – I know you guys mentioned this about him and seeing is believing.
‘Difference: tangled reconciliation’ 2013
And the surfaces – it looks like he uses wax on some sections of the surface. Hmmm where do we learn how to use wax?
Mmmmmm. The detail…
Didn’t get the name of this one but told the gallery attendant I wanted to hug it – she laughed and agreed (and didn’t throw me out).
I’ve also seen this artist in a few spots – Forest Moses – he applies the paint in an interesting way, kinda busy but up close quite minimalist with gesso ground showing through. ‘Meadow with woods’ 1998:
My last stop was the Jane Sauer Gallery and I really enjoyed this artist Krista Harris. The gallery link to her work is worth a peek.
And it’s also worth clicking on this artist Giles Bettison from Adelaide in Orrrrstraylia! Again the gallery attendant talked me through his process with this incredible Murrini glass technique. It’s so intricate and apparently one of his geniuses is keeping the tiny mosaic glass forms quite straight and square as they want to bend out of shape in the very hot oven.
So then it was time to hop the train to Albuquerque with the assistance of Joe, the quietly spoken man in the info centre. When I asked if he sold the tickets he went into a long routine that started with “Mam, you can give me the money but I’m a government employee and they don’t really trust me with money, so I’ll take your money but I won’t give you a real ticket…”.
5 minutes later he eventually got around to saying that I could “buy the ticket on the train from the conductor with either cash, check, Visa or American Express. But mam, even though you’re a famous movie star, they will not accept Mastercard”. I think he has a hat full of routines depending on the question, the right man for the job.