Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:15

Birds-eye view of Santa Fé 1776

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Birds-eye view of Santa Fe 
painted by Wilson Hurley after a map of Joseph de Urrutia
This is what Nedra Matteucci writes of Wilson Hurley: "Wilson Hurley, a resident of New Mexico since 1935, is recognized as one of America's premier landscape painters. Working in the great American landscape tradition, he has often been compared with Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Church, and Thomas Moran, the great landscapists of the 19th century. Though honored by the comparison, Hurley creates paintings which are truly contemporary in that they combine the realistic beauty of nature with the best of 20th century technological achievement, thought and expression. Hurley is credited with bringing Western realist landscape painting to the forefront of American painting. His influence on current and future generations of artists is incalculable. His work embodies the spirit of Western individualism and presents his experience, enthusiasm and appreciation to all who see his paintings so that they, too, may understand his extraordinary perspective."
A link for Captain Jose de Urrutia: 

Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:15

The Alley Theater - 1960 and 2012

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Here's The Alley Theater, then and now.  Quite a contrast, que no?

Friday, 23 March 2012 17:14

Spanish Names Fade Into History

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Spanish Names Fade Into History 
By Leslie Linthicum
Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer
One day last week, in between the rancheras and community announcements on KDCE radio in Española, Matthew Rivera, owner of the Rivera Family Funeral Home, delivered the news of 81-year-old Eustaquio Montoya's passing. 
The departed was preceded in death by Matias and Estefanita Montoya. 
The same morning, Johnny DeVargas of DeVargas Funeral Home announced services for Estanislao Roybal, an Arroyo Seco resident who passed away at age 92. 
He was preceded in death by Procopio and Tonita Roybal. 
Just about every day in New Mexico, another great old Spanish name passes on as a family loses a viejo.

What are considered forms of Northern New Mexico art today, were originally created as functional and utilitarian pieces by the indigenous people:  Pottery, baskets and weavings to name a few.  Some forms of "art" were created by these same people as a reflection of their spirituality: Retablos, bultos, Kachinas, drums, etcs.  As other people migrated to this intriguing frontier in the 1800s and early 1900s, incoming artists paid tribute to the environment and the culture through their own creative visions.  Paintings, drawings, and photography depicting the landscapes and the vibrant communities were created, some becoming iconic pieces of the southwest.  Along this same path, Zozobra was born.  The internationally known Santa Fé and Northern NM area continues to draw artists and connoisseurs of art from around the world.

Sunday, 18 March 2012 20:40

1943 Santa Fe High School State Football Champs

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My father, Jimmy Baca, is in the bottom row, second from left.  I believe Santa Fe High School has only won the state championship one other time since 1943.

Sunday, 18 March 2012 18:42

The Rabble

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Around 1925, in response to Los Cincos Pintores, poets Alice Corbin, Witter Bynner, Haniel Long, Spud Johnson and Lynne Riggs formed their own group, The Rabelais Club, which became known as The Rabble.  Bynner did this small ad for the 1931 Santa Fe Visitors Guide.

Saturday, 17 March 2012 04:38

1946 Nativity Play in Agua Fria revived

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New Mexican article of 12/19/1946.  The nativity play "Los Pastores" was done through the Depression years and was featured in WPA writeups at UNM.

Saturday, 17 March 2012 04:33

1914 Agua Fria gets new school building

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March 20, 1914, Agua Fria Village District 5 gets a new school building with three rooms!  Not just the old One Room School House anymore.

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