About Trend

For over 21 years, Trend magazine has explored New Mexico’s unique influence on art, design, architecture, and now cuisine. With 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.  You can subscribe or purchase 10 past issues here.

PUBLISHER - Cynthia Canyon

 Inspiration and grace are the words that best describe what drives me to do what I do against all odds as publisher of Trend magazine these last 18 years. During this time I have seen trends come and go and society evolve through struggle and change. I always worked first and foremost to preserve my publication’s legacy, even if it meant doing so at great personal sacrifice.

I also have to give credit to the courage and dedication of my team, a group of people who love what they do and are committed to excellence in editing, writing, photography, and design. Together, trusting our knowledge and our instincts, having faith when the impossible had to become possible, we have sent Trend out into the world. It has been a great and humbling responsibility, and I am eternally grateful to have been able to achieve it.

I know you appreciate the quality of our magazine, and now we are evolving it even further. We present to you here a new format, a visual compendium of the best in regional art, design, and cuisine, along with ad sources of excellence and some pertinent stories. After this preview to show locals and our summer and fall visitors to Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos our new lookbook format, we will publish this annual Santa Fe Trend Lookbook once a year in December, lasting through next summer and into fall 2017.

You won’t want to miss being in such a widely distributed issue, so please consider advertising. The lookbook will highlight the work of local photographers and artists, as well as cover the latest culinary trends. We will distribute this issue year round regionally, alongside our regular Spring, Summer, and Fall issues of Trend magazine, which inform and inspire our readers from around the globe through national and Canadian newsstand distribution in print as well as international and tech savvy readers on our website. In 2017 I will take yet another important step in this publication’s evolution. I will continue as publisher of the lookbook but will offer the rest of Trend magazine for sale. We are seeking a national buyer with the vision and the means to evolve it into a global magazine of new media merit, including access to national advertising wells of revenue. Our legacy, Trendmagazineglobal.com, created in Santa Fe almost 20 years ago, will be catapulted like an arrow of light to serve at the vanguard of new technology and multimedia sources, bringing together exciting evolutions in print and website publishing while maintaining its longtime creative integrity.

The annual lookbook, with expanded content, will remain a publication that focuses on the region and spirit in which it was created. In a time when many galleries are evolving, and artists look to secure representation, we are proud to serve as a gallery of another kind, showcasing the artists and some of their latest creations, which help to define this beautiful place we call home.

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 music-obsessed 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 a 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, ghostwriter, 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.

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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.

production manager & associate graphic designer - Jeanne Lambert


Jeanne Lambert grew up in Maine. She graduated with a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, focusing in museum exhibit design and creative writing, and holds an MFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin.

Traveling inspires Jeanne’s creative process and human-ecological awareness. She has interned with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Exhibits Central; a museum in New Zealand; a museum exhibit design firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and with the national local food publication network, Edible Communities Institute, for whom she still contracts. Other opportunities brought her to Chile for a 1-month land-arts workshop and to England for a 6-month volunteer program.

Jeanne owns Magic in the Everyday, a freelance design business in Santa Fe. In spare time she works on her greeting card line, calling attention to the beautiful and thought-provoking qualities in ordinary things. At Trend, Jeanne enjoys deepening her understanding and appreciation for publication design, leadership, and community/national trendsetting.


— 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 California and studied Art and Architecture at University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started making documentary films. Filmmaking 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 graphics awards for his work with clients like Saks Fifth Avenue, GAP, AT&T, Levi Strauss & Co., Sony, Macy’s, Vogue, Marie-Claire, and GQ.

— Robert Reck —

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 HouseFacing 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 TimesWestern 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.


Publisher:  Cynthia Marie Canyon

Editor:  Rena Distasio, Christina Procter

Art Director & Graphic Designer:  Janine Lehmann

Production Manager & Associate Graphic Designer:  Jeanne Lambert, Kammi Matson

Photo Production:  Boncratious

Contributing Photographers for Lookbook Summer 2018:  Boncratious, Jude Delorca, Jennifer Esperanza, Kirk Gittings, Rima Krisst, Douglas Merriam, Peter Ogilvie, Daniel Quat, Meridel Rubenstein, Kate Russell, Matt Schulze

Regional Sales Director:  Anya Sebastian, 505 988-5007

North American Distribution:  Disticor Magazine Distribution Services, www.disticor.com

New Mexico Distribution: Ezra Leyba, 505 690-7791

Accounting:  Danna Cooper

Social Media Marketing:  Loka Creative, www.locacreative.com

Subscriptions:  click here to subscribe

PrePress:  Fire Dragon Color, www.firedragoncolor.com

Printing:  Transcontinentall Inc., Montreal, Quebec.  Lisa Paxton, 604-319-6381

Manufactured in the United States, printed in Canada. Copyright 2018 by Trend, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of Trend may be reproduced in any form without prior written consent from the publisher. For reprint information, please call (505) 988-5007 or send an e-mail to production@santafetrend.com.

Trend art + design + architecture + cuisine ISSN 2161-4229 is published 2 times a year

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