Hi friends! These two creative cats recently had the opportunity to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico to attend a few workshops at the Artfusion event. Our inspiring journey began the moment the plane took off; experiencing breath taking views from up above the world so high and the cutest little airport with one of the smallest baggage claims we have ever seen upon arrival.
Santa Fe is an incredible city full of history, culture, colourful art markets, and delicious traditional southwestern cuisine. It has been a legendary trading centre for hundreds of years and is a creative arts hotbed! On the Canyon Road, mile long, art walk you can find anything from ancient traditional art to contemporary pieces represented by hundreds of artists! It is host to one of the countries largest art markets!
We loved Santa Fe’s old world charm, mountain vistas and Pueblo style architecture. The adobe buildings were stunning and they were all adorned with the most amazing doors!
The Artfusion event was hosted at the Scottish Rite Temple, home of the area’s Freemasons. This historic cathedral was built in 1911 and was dedicated on November 17, 1912. The Building is of Moorish architecture and modelled after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The Temple is the most beautiful Masonic Building in New Mexico! To this day it is still cutely clad in the same pink stucco. What an inspiring venue to host an an art event. This building is full of interesting rooms, each with their own stories. If only walls could talk! Our favourite of the all the rooms was the theatre, so majestic, its hand painted set screens are still on their original pulley system! We were lucky enough to take a tour of the costume room which is still home to all the original costumes!! The theatre is still used twice a year to host their rituals and is rented out for other productions throughout the year.
Jen and I participated in four different workshops at the event learning from some of the best teachers! Angel Wynn, whose photography and encaustic work is stunning, taught us the art of encaustics; creating art with wax. Melanie Royals, innovator and designer, who is known world-wide for her beautiful stencils, taught us to make our own patterned papers. Debbie Dion Hayes, artist and creative superstar sharing in her blog “My Patch of Blue Sky”, taught us several new funky chunky furniture finishes. Darlene Olivia McElroy, accomplished contemporary narrative mixed media painter, shared with us her mixed media techniques and how to layer collaged elements. We are so excited to start playing in the studio and further exploring all these new techniques! Cant imagine what will happen if we combine them all!!
Feeling blessed and Inspired, filled up with new knowledge, having spent time with old friends and meeting new friends…it’s time to say Farewell Santa Fe! Until next time!