Each doorway had a story to tell, a past as much history as mystery, as much climate as culture, a story of isolation and adaptation, family and abiding religious faith. And while it was more than I can do justice in a single post, it was all fascinating reading, complete with colorful pictures! Here are a few highlights of Santa Fe's story.
It didn’t take long, strolling through this charming city with an Old World feel, to discern that Santa Fe is a haven for artists; apparently since the 1920s, when five impoverished painters, dubbed the "cinco pintores," moved into the rundown adobe houses on Canyon Road and began throwing wild parties and painting exotic scenes of the Southwest reminiscent of Morocco, at least according to the tame Easteners living on the other side of the continent. Today, two hundred private galleries, many housed in extraordinary historic buildings that are themselves works of art, showcase a proliferation of mediums and talent that confirm Santa Fe’s reputation as an international art scene. At every corner (and rooftop), that art spilled out into the street challenging expectations while adding a delightful (and often unique) splash of local color.