Today we visited Galisteo, 25 miles south of Santa Fe, to organise a future portrait shoot at Rudy’s rodeo.
Photo by Matt Wright
- After meeting with Faustino Herrera de Vargas, a local artist who has painted over 700 churches around New Mexico, I felt compelled to visit the Cathedral downtown.
- Located near the plaza, Saint Francis of Assisi is one of Santa Fe´s key landmarks. Santa Fe is considered the oldest state capital in the USA as it was founded in 1610, the same year its first church was built. The original adobe church was replaced years later by a newer construction that was damaged during the Pueblo Indian Revolt of 1680. It wasn’t until few years later when the spaniards had already returned to New Mexico that the new church was rebuilt.
- The small adobe chapel dedicated to La Conquistadora, the statue that arrived to the new world in 1625 with the first settlers, still remains within the Cathedral. La Conquistadora is considered to be the best dressed woman of Santa Fe as she has more than 200 outfits that have been made by volunteers as a sign of devotion.
Today I visited the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe. While at the Museum, I was lucky enough to participate in a Colcha Embroidery class, where I was introduced to this way of stitching developed during the Spanish colonial period. This group of women meet once a month to share their creations with each other, keeping alive this tradition.
After a long flight from London and a brief detour through Denver where I was presenting at Imersa, I have finally arrived to Santa Fe. I hope that after a couple of days preparing the logistics of the trip I will have time to post more often. I just collected the RV that I will be using to travel across the Southwest. I will name it Orwell, because he first hit the road in 1984! Although he is not perfectly in shape I have no doubt he is going to be a great colleague in this adventure.
I am happy to be writing the first post of what will become the blog of my journey. In less than a week I will be arriving in Santa Fe to begin the project Spaniards: Moving forward, looking back, developed in collaboration with SPAIN arts & culture.