— mission —
For more than 13 years, Trend magazine has explored New Mexico’s unique influence on art, design, and architecture. Through well written articles and engaging photography, each issue spotlights a broad spectrum of extraordinary artists, their creations, and the unique, cutting edge products and services that enhance readers’ knowledge of the creative forces behind the trends.
— publisher —
— Cynthia Canyon —
I have always been excited about the future of Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. Now, more than ever, I sense a trend towards the spirit of cooperation arising from within the city I call home.
I’ve experienced this new energy through my work with various businesses and organizations. To me, it signals the exciting potential for unparalleled growth and a vision of a creative cultural community that could change the perspective of visitors from around the world and those of us who already live here.
After I read the Creative Santa Fe Q&A starting on page 44,my own ideas on how to address the Rubik’s Cube of Santa Fe’s development and improvement issues—issues with long-term implications for the city’s built environment—began to seemeven more real.
The different organizations that are collaborating to create the future of our city, including the newly formed nonprofit Santa Fe Friends of Architecture, of which I am on the board, give me hope. Many talented people are dedicated to evolving our city with structure, grace, and leadership, and working the puzzle of past decisions and future directions so that the solution makes sense.
Just as we are becoming a city that thinks and develops sustainably, I believe our vision for tourism will develop accordingly to create a harmonious and well-structured city offering grand experiences in art, design, architecture, and fine cuisine, and providing excellent quality services that promote relaxation and adventure.
I know this is only the beginning, but I have faith in the courage of the people rolling up their sleeves to pitch in and make significant changes that will inspire us all, creating a communal vision and pride as our city grows toward the next century.
I am looking forward to watching as courageous and forward-thinking young entrepreneurs are nurtured through their start-ups and grow their businesses, leading the way in a never-ending cycle that supports our community in its creative future.
Like the artwork of Stuart Arends showcased on the coverand inside these pages—the largest issue of Trend we have everproduced—we hope your peek into the vision of potential of our small corner of the world reveals a simple and pure reflection of truth that we all can trust and see manifest.
Thank you for your appreciation of Trend.
— editor —
— Rena Distasio —
I recently went through several early family photo albums, and the thing that strikes me most (other than my unfortunate series of little kid haircuts from about 1967 to 1970), is the number of snapshots my mother took of her stuff. Copper pots and pans she’d hauled over from Europe (she was a German immigrant), paintings by dad and other friends, the Navajo rugs she bought from the locals, even our Christmas trees, decorated with her distinctive flair.
The people also jump out at me—not my parents, brother, or relatives, but the others. Novelist Bill Eastlake and his artist wife, Martha, from whom we rented our house in my hometown of Cuba, New Mexico. R.C. Gorman, mugging wildly during a visit, neighbor Kirk Hughey dodging the camera. I remember how carefully my parents saved up to buy one of Hughey’s paintings and how my mother’s hard-won, polarizing choice quickly became part of family lore. When she died ten years ago, a common refrain among family members was, “I’d love to have something to remember her by—just don’t send me that Hughey.”
Unfortunately, there are no photos of Agnes Martin. Memories will have to do. Or, rather, my memories of my mother’s—I barely remember the woman with whom she shared a love of roaming the desert scrublands that surrounded both our homes. But I do remember the postcard-sized pen and ink drawing Martin gave my mother that I last saw stuffed in between the pages of a book. (Note to self: find that sketch!)
That was my early childhood, in a nutshell: surrounded by artists, surrounded by art, much of it now in my care. The pots hang in my kitchen, the rugs lie on my floor, the paintings—even that Hughey—hang on my walls. I keep them because my mother loved them, because she believed we should surround ourselves with objects that speak to us. That’s how we know who we are, she said. I long ago gave in and took her beliefs to heart.
I chucked a business degree in favor of art history to become, to borrow from the musicobsessed main character in Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity, a “professional appreciator.”
As I am about to help put my first issue as editor of Trend magazine to bed, I like to think it would resonate with my mother—indeed with anyone who has had a profoundly personal response to a work of art. In this, as in all our issues, we spotlight not only artists but also their champions, because for every impulse that wields a paintbrush, manipulates a piece of clay, or snaps a shutter, there must be another impulse willing to give it sanction, to show it to the world and say, “See, here? This is how we tell the stories of who we are.”
Born and raised in Northern New Mexico, Rena Distasio’s interest in the arts began at an early age. A brief run at business school in her late teens proved futile when she kept falling asleep during Econ 202. Eventually she shifted her focus to art history and photography, earning a degree in both from the University of New Mexico. Since then Distasio has worked as a graphic designer, photo archivist, ghost writer, and as an associate editor for a coffee table book publisher. She currently provides writing, editing, and researching services for clients nationwide. She lives with one husband and two dogs in Tijeras, New Mexico.
— editor at large —
— Ric Lum —
Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the health of the eye seems to demand a horizon, and we are never tiredas long as we can see far enough. Here in New Mexico we are blessed with an abundance of expansive views, and this great wealth of space and light is partly what draws so many creative people.
My own romance with New Mexico has its roots in the images of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work was introduced to me as a youth by my godmother, Mary Lee. I am grateful for her discerning and critical eye, as she just passed a few months ago. It was she who first took me to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where I had my first encounter with Clyfford Still’s enormous abstract paintings,which in some ways seem to ref lect the wide-open spaces of the American West. In this issue, writer Susan Bell and photographer Peter Ogilvie showcase the museum, built as a tribute to Still’s tenacity and no doubt a great gift to the city of Denver and to art lovers everywhere.
I wonder what Still would have thought of the frenetic upper reaches of today’s art market, explored by Kathryn M Davis in her feature on page 82. The market’s current disarray makes even more poignant Ad Reinhardt’sassertion that “Art is art. Everything else is everything else.”
We also turn our attention this issue to Stuart Arends, Kevin Cannon, and architect Rick Joy, who allow us a privileged glimpse into their workspaces and creative processes. In another piece, Gabriella Marks visits chef Charles Dale in his new restaurant, once again highlighting our belief that the essence of great food begins with the local farmers’ cornucopia.The fierce independence of the creative innovators in our region is exemplified by the life of Dennis Hopper. Lyn Bleiler examines his iconoclastic relationship to art, artist, and the place he loved to call home: Taos, New Mexico. Hopper has much to teach us, not the least of which is the importance of creative energy, the refined eye, and leading an uncompromising life.
— art director —
— Janine Lehmann—
Janine Lehmann has twenty years’ experience in graphic design and print publications in New York and Santa Fe.
She worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council on their quarterly publication the Amicus Journal (now OnEarth magazine), the Children’s Earth Fund, and volunteered for various environmental campaigns.
In 1994, Janine, a native New Yorker, relocated to Santa Fe and was hired by John Muir Publications to design and produce books on travel, health and other special interest titles including the redesign of Rick Steves’ European travel guides (1998–2000). In 2000, she founded Janine Lehmann Design and became the art director for Trendmagazine (formerly Santa Fe Trend).
Janine’s wealth of experience in fine art photography (Hunter College, C.U.N.Y), graphic design (Fashion Institute of Technology, NY) as well as her work at interior design and architectural firms in New York informs her editorial vision and design work today.
Passionate about the issues of ecology and sustainability, Janine heartily supports fostering the goals of sustainability in her community and shares this vision through her design work at EcoSource.
— Advertising Sales Director —— Kimber Lopez—
I have a passion, a passion that encompasses all aspects of sustainability, social justice, and our local community.
I grew up in Santa Fe and briefly moved to Southern California to receive my BA in Environmental Biology from Pomona College.
I became captivated by the ideals of sustainability and social justice, the growing green movement, and the search for solutions to numerous global problems.
I moved back home to put my enthusiasm and budding knowledge into tangible practice— within the community that raised me.
I have since worked with Earth Care to help build a local, sustainable food system; addressed climate change and adaptation strategies through New Mexico governmental policy work; and supported Northern New Mexico farmers through programmatic work with the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute.
We want to thank all the businesses that share our values, and welcome all those that are jumping on board for the next issue, out in July 2013. Please help us make Northern New Mexico a model for environmental success.
Pass this resource guide along to your friends, family, and colleagues—whether companions or competitors. By joining forces we can embody sustainable community living and enjoy a world that engages our future generations from this special quadrant on the planet—New Mexico USA.
— contributors —
— Kathryn M. Davis —
Kathryn M Davis, art historian, writer/editor and curator, specializes in modern and contemporary visual arts and critical theory. Based in New Mexico, she is a contributing writer for various Santa Fe–based and national magazines. Davis hosts a weekly radio show about art on KVSF 101.5 FM.
She has taught art history at the Santa Fe University of Art + Design and the University of Tennessee as well as at nonprofit arts organizations. Davis received an MA in the Art of the Americas from the University of New Mexico in 1998.
— Gussie Fauntleroy —
Gussie Fauntleroy began her writing career in 1986, covering the cow town of Magdalena for a newspaper in south-central New Mexico. Since then she has written about hundreds of artists for magazines both local and national, among other subjects.
Fauntleroy is also the author of three books on visual artists. She has lived in Santa Fe for about 25 years but would love to have attended one of Randall Davey’s dinner parties.
— Peter Ogilvie —
Peter Ogilvie was raised in Southern Californiaand studied Art and Architecture at University of California at Berkeley. After graduation he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, andstarted making documentary films. Film making lead to still photography, both fine art and commercial.
Pursuing his career in advertising, fashion, and fine art photography, he has lived in San Francisco, Milan, Paris, New York,and now New Mexico. He has traveled the world on assignments and has won numerous advertising and graphic awards for his work with clients like Saks Fifth Avenue, GAP, AT&T, Levi Strauss & Co., Sony, Macy’s, Vogue, MarieClaire, and GQ.
— Wesley Pulkka, PhD —
Arts writer, critic, and sculptor Wesley Pulkka, PhD, moved from Boulder to Albuquerque’s East Mountains in 1992 to restore an old cabin.
Since 1993 he’s written columns, features, profiles, and reviews for the Albuquerque Journal, Architectural Digest, Altitude Magazine, Ministry and Liturgy, The Collector’s Guide, and other publications.
His art has been shown at the UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum, Baltimore Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Harwood Art Center, Harwood Museum of Art, Seattle ArtMuseum, and other arts institutions.
— Robert Reck —
is an internationally recognized architectural and interior-design photographer whose work is distinguished by a masterful use of light and a passion for design found in nature and the built environment.
He has been traveling for Capella Hotels for the past two years and is a staff photographer for Architectural Digest. He was the lead photographer for the book Santa Fe Style and the exclusive photographer for The Small Adobe House, Facing Southwest, and Stone Design for the Home.
— Kate Russell —
Kate Russell is a nationally recognized photographer based in Santa Fe. Known for her ability to create evocative images and elevate simplicity, Russell’s sensitivity to light and the moment can be seen in her photos.
Her work has appeared in numerous local and national publications, including The New York Times, Western Interiors, Santa Fean Magazine, and the books Old World Interiors by David Naylor and Designers Here and There by Michele Keith.
Kate’s work with a traveling circus and the arts brought her to the world of photography, and they continue to provide inspiration for projects both near and far.
— Susan Bell —
Susan Bell was raised in Albuquerque and returned to New Mexico 12 years ago to settle in a house she built outside Santa Fe. In this issue she collaborates with her husband, Peter Ogilvie, and rediscovers her love of art criticism, studied long ago at Mills College.
When she is not remodeling houses or designing jewelry or traveling, she writes for pleasure and occasionally for Trend.
— Louis Leray—
Louis Leray (who shot pages 162–183 andCoyote Café Experience) is a commercial photographer who graduated from UNM with a Bachelors Degree in Film Theory and Criticism.
He worked in New York City for documentary pioneer Albert Maysles and later shot and directed television commercials, music videos, short films, feature films, corporate videos and PSAs, while also working with the Kirshenbaum & Bond advertising agency and director Barry Levinson. He moved to Santa Fe in 2002 and launched the arts and culture publication BLISS.
— staff —
Publisher: Cynthia Marie Canyon
Editor: Rena Distasio
Art Director: Janine Lehmann
Copy Chief: Cyndi Wood, Creative Project Management, Inc. www.creativeprojectmgmt.com
Editor-at-Large: Ric Lum
Contributing Writers for Summer 2012: Jan Ernst Adlmann, Lyn Bleiler, Jon Carver, Kathryn M. Davis, Rena Distasio, Gussie Fauntleroy, Christian Leahy, Ric Lum, Gabriela Marks, Wesley Pulkka, April Reese, Darryl Lorenzo Washington
Contributing Photographers and Artists for Summer 2012: Lee Clockman, Lisa Law, Gabriella Marks, Peter Ogilvie, Robert Reck, Kate Russell
Sales Manager: Cynthia Marie Canyon, (505) 470-6442
Regional Sales Director: Judith Leyba, (505) 820-6798
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