Saturday, August 31, 2013

Golden Light

I loved golden light that was shining through this woman's umbrella. We were all watching some music performers at Indian Market.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Native Pride

This is Fabian Fontenelle. He is the great great grandson of famed Chief Big Elk and the husband of musical artist Shelly Morningsong. I caught this as he was posing for photos for a large crowd at the Indian Market. To read more about Mr. Fontenelle click here. Have a great Friday everyone. Looking forward to the three day weekend.

Thursday, August 29, 2013


This beautiful shawl is the work of TahNibaa Naat'aanii, a Navajo weaver from Shiprock New Mexico. To find out more about the artist and to see a gallery of her work, click here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Artist of Another Kind

Here was another artist who was also inspired by all the work and performances at Indian Market. She had a beautiful voice and drew quite a crowd.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


During Indian Market there were those like me who were inspired to purchase. Then there were others like this young man who were inspired to create.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Not Only Art

At Indian Market, it's not only about the art and the food you can find Native American music and a whole tent dedicated to books about Native Americans. This guy was making sure people knew where to find them.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Before the Buffalo Dance

This is where I was when I heard the drums of the Buffalo Dancers. This dancer was performing for a crowd while another set of drummers beat their drums. So what did I do, I shot and ran. I think it still came out pretty good.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Telling It Like It Is

These women's blouses were a design by a young Native American artist at this year's Indian Market. They sure did get alot of attention.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Buffalo Dancers

There was quite a bit of entertainment on both days of the Indian Market. I was in the middle of shooting another photo when I heard drums in the distance. I missed the first dance but these kind men were more than happy to pose for the group that had gathered to watch them perform.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


These beautiful bronze pieces are the work of Gerry Quotskuyva. Most of the Kachina Dolls at the market were carved from wood. My photo does not do these pieces justice. They should really be seen in person. To see more of his Kachina Dolls click here.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Art of Brent Learned

This was one of my favorite paintings at Indian Market. I liked it for the use of color which to me helps to convey the excitement of the scene. Mr. Learned is of the Cheyenne/Arapaho tribe.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Thing Of Beauty

There were many wonderful pieces of jewelry at the Indian Market this year both for sale and on some of the shoppers. This was one that caught my eye because of the color of the Turquoise stones. This is the work of Tonya June Rafael. To see more of her beautiful artwork click here and go to the Galleries page.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Seed Pot

This wonderful piece of artwork was created by Pauline Romero of the Jemez Pueblo.

Here is a quick definition of the Seed Pot: "Traditionally, seed pots were used to store just what their name suggests—seeds. But these containers were different from other Native American Indian pottery wares. Seed pots were designed to protect the seeds for next year’s planting from rodents and insects. A wide-mouthed vessel like a traditional bowl, jar or olla could not keep vermin out. So, seed pots were created with only a tiny hole that would allow one seed to be dropped in at a time. When the time for spring planting came, the seed pots would be smashed so all the seeds collected during the winter months could be used."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Starting The Day With A Dance

Yesterday while walking to the Indian Market I came across these young Native American dancers dancing a Buffalo Dance in front of a gallery. They were so adorable that it made for a great start to the day. I didn't make it through the entire market yesterday partially due to a very large crowd. Oh well I guess I will have to make another trip today. Good thing I only live 5 minutes to the plaza.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Man in Red

Yesterday I walked around the plaza watching people prepare for Indian Market and the next wave of tourists that have arrived for the weekends festivities. The day before you see everything even our skies are full of private jets carrying private collectors ready to shop. What I was not prepared for was the man in red standing at the edge of the plaza dressed all in red. I guess he didn't know Turquoise is the color of the weekend.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Bringing Home the Sunshine

This woman was loaded with a great assortment of flowers that she purchased at the Farmer's Market. I was more attracted to her Sunflowers. Speaking of markets, it's Indian Market weekend. Looking forward to see some wonderful artworks. Enjoy your Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wonder Woman!

Who knew you could find a Superhero at the Farmer's Market. For those of us who love organic food, farmers are our superheros.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Seeing Red

Do you have a favorite vegetable? I do, you guessed it Beets. While shopping at the Farmer's Market for the perfect bunch I caught sight these. I just might have to go back for another colorful bunch.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Two Stepping

Of all of my bandstand event photos this season, this is my favorite one so far. The best part, it was totally accidental.

Monday, August 12, 2013

From Taos New Mexico

Meet Max Gomez a singer songwriter from Taos. I have been a fan of his music since first hearing him at the Taos Solar Music Festival more than 4 years ago. We were fortunate to have him come to the Santa Fe Bandstand last week. If you would like to know more about him or hear a song from his new cd take a look at this video.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Quiet Place

I recently made a run to my quiet place to clear my mind. I took this shot standing at the edge of my property in Abiquiu an hour north of Santa Fe. I have five acres that one day will have a small house on it that will be used as a weekend get-a-way. If you walk about another 15 minute north of my property you would be a standing at the edge of the Abiquiu Lake.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Fiddler

Today is Farmer's Market day. A few weeks ago I heard this quartet playing at the market and I could not help but take a photo of the violinist. Truth, I am a sucker for violin and cello music. If someone is playing I will stop in my tracks just to take it all in.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Reality through Design

This is a close up of a mural near my house painted on a wall that surrounds a dumpster. I must say it makes for a more appealing view. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Crafts and Sky

As I entered the plaza for the Girls Inc Arts and Crafts show I was taken back by the clouds that were soon to threaten the afternoon with a thunderstorm. Needless to say it was a quick shopping trip. I'm going to a concert tonight so I won't be able to stop by tonight. See you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Colorful Artwork

I was walking around as artist were setting up for the Girl's Inc show on Friday. My eye's quickly focused on all of the color in this artist booth. Get a load of the chairs.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shelter from the Sun

This past weekend was the Girl's Inc Arts and Crafts show on the plaza. I caught these two blocking traffic and hiding from the sun while the show was being set up on Friday.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cowboys: Real and Imagined

I took this shot as I was leaving Spanish Market. Cowboys, Real and Imagined is the current exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum. These posters were hanging outside of the Palace of the Governors. I just might have to spend a lunch hour there. Have a super week everyone! To read more about this exhibit click here.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Spanish Market: Guadalupe Retablo

I really like these more contemporary version of the traditional Retablos. This is the work of Charles M. Carrillo.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Spanish Market: Amanda Griego

We're back to Spanish Market. This is Amanda Griego, one of my favorite Spanish Market artists. Here she is holding a retablo she made of San Ysidro, Patron Saint of Farmers. I also want to wish her congratulations on her pending wedding. Too see her work from last year click here.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Adios Kate

Kate has left home and returned to St. Paul. In her honor Norma did a farewell dance. The day that Kate left I went to see Mariachi Buenaventura at the bandstand. Norma was the first one to hit the dance floor. If you don't remember Kate's photos of Norma check out her blog here. Enjoy your Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Theme Day: Street Lamps

This month's theme day is Street Lamps. These street lamps surround the perimeter of the plaza as well as inside the plaza. I like this time of year when they are adorned with these large planters filled with colorful flowers.