I meant to blog during my recent week long road trip through New Mexico, but the trip was so beautiful and powerful it kept me outside and within myself in a state of awe and enchantment.

It began on the road from Albuquerque to Santa Fe where the most time was spent on Canyon Road, the lovers lane for those who live for art. With its winding one-way hill that meanders up and up, with gallery after gallery, even the adobe walls create art with shadows.

And what is outside the galleries is as beautiful  and interesting as what is inside.

 

One artist became the favorite of my friend Kelly, who was my road trip partner. This artist also shares the name Kelly. He describes his art as “raw art”,  even though the gallery at Canyon Alley off Canyon Road shows his art and essence, he and his art are most at home in the Kelly Moore art shed at the Tesuque Flea Market next to the Santa Fe Opera.

Every square inch is filled with his “raw art”.

This yellow finch became my friend Kelly’s, it even has her name on it!

We also stopped at Keshi in Santa Fe, to find hand carved fetishes and art by Hopi and other Native American artists. The fetishes would be our companions and guides during this journey. Badger carved out of Angelite stone by Lena Boone of the Zuni Pueblo shares her medicine with me now.  The smooth blue stone soothes and inspires with Badger energy.

We left Santa Fe in late afternoon, heading to North East  New  Mexico for an almost three hour drive to The Mandala Center, the number one reason why we came to New Mexico.

Stay tuned, for Part Two.

 

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