Monday, March 9, 2015

Taos History Tours “Off the Beaten Track and Hidden in Plain Sight"

See for yourself why Taos is much more than a Day Trip!

$90. (per person) Half Day 4-5 hours morning or afternoon
$160. (per person) Full Day 7-8 hours
$20. per hour, 2 hour minimum (per person)
All tours are self driving (transportation is not included), I will guide you to a number of locations unless arrangements are otherwise required.
Bring bottled water, camera or cell phone, camera or cell phone charging device, comfortable shoes and a hat. Do Not Bring a Computer Laptop or Tablet device.
Full Day Tours include time for a lunch break at a local restaurant, meals are not included in the price of the tour.
Please note: Tours include driving to various destinations and walking to specific places. If handicap accessibility is required, written notice of this is needed before any tour can be arranged. We can make some accommodation for special needs, understandably we do not control access to certain venues.
contact info: Robert Cafazzo 575-770-5580cell 575-758-4101gallery r2c2graces@gmail.com


Petroglyphs of Taos County Tour
This tour includes 2 to 4 Petroglyph sites within Taos County, imagery we will be viewing include many of these: Solstice Solar Marker, Calendar Marker, Elk, Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Snakes, Owl, Water Birds, Humanoid Figures, Kiva Emergence. Various Petroglyphs emerge during changing and shifting light patterns, not all images can be seen during any particular time of day. You will be awe inspired and impressed at just how many petroglyphs there are right here in Taos.
“…look deep inside of what we are - deep into the recesses of our existence, of our prehistory… These images are memories of long-forgotten dreams. Is this their heartbeat, or ours? Will we ever be able to understand the vision of the artists across such an abyss of time?” Werner Herzog director of ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ 2010.


100 Year Anniversary of Taos Society of Artists Tour
A tour of 100 years of art in Taos, visits will include Fresco Murals in Taos, Historic Art Collections, Homes of artists including a tour of the Couse-Sharp Studios, locations of where the artists painted, and the hidden location of the “Broken Wagon Wheel".
It is recommended that you take the time to visit local Museums on your own time before or after this particular tour.
“I think the colony in Taos is doing much for American art.” 1927, Oscar Berninghaus founding member of the Taos Society of Artists.


Scenic Taos Photo Op Tour
This tour includes the wide variation of landscape in Northern New Mexico, Adobe Structures, Churches, Flora & Fauna. There is a great deal to see and photograph here in Taos besides the primary attractions, we will take you to the next level of what is here down back roads and side roads. Wildlife viewing is best done at sunrise.
"I became interested in photographing some of the last vestiges of what was the frontier in America. Black clouds over the hills beyond Mabel's house which means rain somewhere--but down toward Ranchos that blue New Mexican sky with puffs of white clouds, over toward your beloved Hondo there is a grayness behind more white clouds--and a breeze blowing across the afternoon." Paul Strand of photographing in Taos, New Mexico 1931/32


Spirituality Tour (Full Day Only)
Visits to places of Worship including Capillas, Penitente Moradas, Churches, Sanctuaries, along with Hot Springs, a Kiva style Pit House. Part of this route will include the Northern section of the “High Road”. Healing Herbal Flora of Northern New Mexico will also be a part of this experience.
“See… they are always seeking something. What are they seeking? …we do not understand them. They say, they think with their heads.” stated Ochwiay Biano (Antonio Mirabal)
“Why of course, what do you think with?” replied Jung
“We think here.” indicating his heart.
“The idea… that a ritual act can magically affect the sun is… no less irrational than like every religion is permeated by the idea that special acts or a special kind of action can influence God (for example) through certain rites or prayers.” From “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” Carl Jung on a 2 week visit to Taos Pueblo in 1925.


DH Lawrence Taos Literary Tour (Full Day Only)
A visit to the Kiowa (Flying Heart) Ranch, the Lawrence “Forbidden” paintings and locations Lawrence was known to visit and write about, this includes Hot Springs and other sites.
“We find Taos very pleasant again, very beautiful… I must say I am very glad to be out here in the Southwest of America, there is the pristine something, unbroken, unbreakable, and not to be got under even by us awful whites with our machines, for which I thank whatever Gods there be.” D.H. Lawrence on his second trip to Taos 1924.


Georgia O’Keeffe in Taos Tour (Half Day Only)
Places O’Keeffe painted and places she stayed at. O’Keeffe visited Taos for the first time in 1929, walk where she walked, see what she saw right here.
Please Note: Currently there are no original O’Keeffe paintings in Taos on view to the public. A visit to the O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe is highly recommended.
“Wonderful. Well! Well! Well! This is wonderful. No one told me it was like this. I am having a wonderful time… I feel like myself, and I like it… It’s just unbelievable, one perfect day after another…” Georgia O’Keeffe on her first visit to Taos in 1929.


Taos Artists Studio Tour
Meet Taos Artists in their own studios, hear about their techniques and inspiration. This tour is designed specifically to your own taste. It is dependant on artist availability at any given time, therefore it requires 48 hours notice to make arrangements.
“The country outside of Taos is simply too beautiful, I have never seen anything so lovely in my life. It is not the kind of thing I thought I would see… these long chains of blue grey mountains, and the miles of sagebrush plains in front of them, with here and there rising out of the sage in the distance, clear blue hills standing alone.. and the most beautiful arroyos… and over all this acres of Blue sky. Well, I give you my word, I have never seen anything lovelier in my life. Taos is all that it’s name implies, ‘richness’, it is beautiful, and there was never a more beautiful single mountain than Taos Mountain.” Marsden Hartley on his first visit to Taos in 1918.

Hodge Podge Mix & Match
An itinerary for travelers who would like a little of everything, or perhaps just a few things. Some suggestions are: Mines/Mineral Deposits, Dennis Hopper, Dinosaur Tracks, Descansos, Torreon, Wheat Mills, Commune, Mushroom Hunting (late summer only), Shopping/Antiquing, along with any selections from any of the other ‘set’ tours.
Please allow 48 hours for planning.
“In about 3 minutes, you’re out of town, looking at the scenery. I love driving around, I never get tired of the great scenery. Blue. Well you know, I think it’s the sky. It’s so Blue, isn’t it? Here in Taos, the sky. Blue is my favorite color.” Agnes Martin on Taos 2001

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I have been actively listening, reading and writing about the History of Taos since 1991. My knowledge of Taos is quite broad and I have been granted access to many of Taos’ best kept secrets, which I share with visitors on tours of this historic culturally rich place.
You will want to take photographs during your tour, although we do not provide photo “workshops”, we do bring you to some of the most photogenic places in Northern New Mexico. My philosophy is to show you something just around the bend, to point out things others would never notice, to show you how to look and perhaps to filter a bit too. The major attractions such as the many Museums, the Rio Grand del Norte Gorge Bridge, & Taos Pueblo are easy and convenient to visit on your own and should not be missed. Our tours are designed specifically to show you how much more than this Taos has to offer, it truly is much more than a day trip from Santa Fe.
Trend Magazine, Taos.org Magazine & New Mexico Magazine have published my photographs in print and online. In 2013/14 I was hired to create specific itinerary tours to travel writers visiting Taos. A few of the writers have included Reuters, National Geographic, New Mexico Magazine, HIHO Magazine (Japan), Girl Gone Travel, Whiskey Sisters, Curve Magazine and Bay Area Reporter.

Reservations are recommended; a deposit of 1/3 is required. Deposit is non refundable if cancellation is within 24 hours, except due to inclement weather.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

High Tea with Joanna (Great Grand Daughter of Frieda Lawrence) & Richard Terry at Mabel Dodge Luhan House


                        Left to right Liz Cunningham, Sharon Oard Warner, Stan Rivelas, Bill Haller

Sharon Oard Warner gathered a few current ‘Movers and Shakers’ of Taos together for a High Tea Party at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House “Los Gallos”. The guest(s) of  honor visiting from Toronto was the Great Grand Daughter of Frieda Lawrence, Joanna Terry and her husband Richard Terry. During their visit to Taos the couple were given a tour of the DH Lawrence Kiowa Ranch by Bill Haller president of the Board of the Friends of D.H. Lawrence. A visit to the 'Forbidden Paintings of D.H. Lawrence' collection at the Taos La Fonda Hotel was a must see. Later they met with Taos legend Jenny Vincent who had befriended Frieda, one of the very few people still living today who knew Frieda personally.
 
                           Holly Sievers, Joanna Terry, Richard Terry


As Mrs. Terry began to speak about her day in Taos she welled up in tears. Her first words when she began “My head is spinning”. The Terry’s spoke with me fondly of Taos, their curiosity had been piqued. They told me that they would indeed be back to visit, asking when would the best time to visit be. They had only planned a bit of a sightseeing journey through the southwest with friends, including parts of Colorado and New Mexico. As I like to remind visitors, Taos is much more than a day trip, and they whole-heartedly agreed.


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Joanna Terry speaking to the attendees

Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen) married David Herbert ('D.H.') Lawrence on July 13, 1914 after receiving a divorce from her first husband Ernest Weekly. Professor Weekly was DH Lawrence’ teacher at University College of Nottingham. Lawrence met Frieda on March 3, 1912 they immediately fell in love. Remembering her father’s words “Marry for Love” she followed her heart.
D.H. Lawrence and Frieda Lawrence
Ernest was bitterly hurt when Frieda ran off with one of his former students, soon he took out a court order keeping Frieda from seeing her 3 children Charles, Elsa & Barbara.
Lawrence wrote of her “She’s the finest woman I know.”
Frieda Lawrence

The Lawrences only owned one piece of property during their lives together, the 160 acre Kiowa Ranch previously named the Flying Heart Ranch then changed to Lobo Ranch (and later to Kiowa) just north of the Town of Taos by the village of San Cristobal. Frieda bequeathed the property “to an organization to be created and sponsored by the University of New Mexico, providing they succeed in making a perpetual D.H. Lawrence Memorial or Foundation.” This quote is taken directly from her Last Will and Testament, Second Section, Part A, dated August 23, 1956.

View from the Lawrence Kiowa Ranch


Frieda von Richthofen (8/11/1879-8/11/1956) was born into an aristocratic family in Metz, France (near the German border). Her father was Baron Friedrich Ernst Emil Ludwig von Richthofen (1844-1916), her mother was Anna Elise Lydia Marquier (1852-1930). 
Frieda is buried at the DH Lawrence Kiowa Ranch here in Taos alongside the shrine and burial place of Lawrence.


Frieda Lawrence memorial at the ranch, Bill Haller with Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Frieda wrote that her last words be printed in the local paper 
“To my friends: A last farewell to all my friends, thanking them for all their friendship.”
                        Far Left Nita Murphy, Mr. Healy, Richard Archueleta, MDL Staff Chef, D. Lujan, Rose Alexander, Trudy Healy Far Right 
In response, Rebecca Salsbury James composed this note: “No one who ever met Frieda Lawrence Ravagli, even casually, can ever forget the eagerness and assurance of her booming “Ja!” It always made them feel their own importance as living creatures, and certainly impressed them with her significance as a vital force and as a lasting influence for good on all who knew her.” “But it was she who inspired these friendships and she who should be thanked for what she so bountifully gave to so many of us.”

A personal note to Rebecca James from Frieda

Frieda was truly loved here in Taos, the Terry’s felt that love today, overwhelmingly so. 
In the few photographs here you can see a strong family resemblance between Joanna Terry and her Great Grandmother Frieda Lawrence.
Today was a very proud day for all of Taos, it was an honor to be invited and to attend this event.
Joanna Terry, Great Grand Daughter of Frieda Lawrence
Thankfully the Lawrence Ranch will begin the 2015 season earlier than expected and be open to the public Thursday, Friday & Saturday beginning in March 2015, in May the ranch will extend days which it will be open to the public (we hope 7 days a week).
On the front porch of the Lawrences Home 
The Bill Haller docent course at UNM Taos begins February 25, 2015 this link will give you the syllabus for the previous semester: http://www.taoscf.org/uploads/files/DHLawrencesyllabus.pdf
Frieda & D.H.
For the best source of updates on the Lawrence Ranch: http://www.friendsofdhlawrence.org
High Tea Treats provided by the Mabel Dodge Luhan House staff
For more of how you can be involved with the legacy of D.H. Lawrence in New Mexico please visit this site of Sharon Oard Warner: http://rananim.unm.edu/ 
Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Winter panoramic view with dovecotes

Taos celebrates the year 2015 as it's 100th anniversary of being an Art Colony with the formation of the Taos Society of Artists. Today was a reminder of how very rich Taos history truly is.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chocolate Cookies for Valentine's Day and a tribute to Top With Cinnamon

“Showing people you are worth it is a really good thing” Izy Hossack

Top With Cinnamon Baking Cookies in Taos

Inspiration is not something that comes easily, some days you need a bit of help, something to kick it into gear. Cooking supper each night can be like that too, sometimes in order to alleviate this, flipping through cookbook recipes or online can be a big help.
I write this 'recipe post' to inspire you and give you an idea of something simple for a Valentine's Day dessert treat.
Personal Valentine Collection
My niece is the creator of the website Top With Cinnamon, www.topwithcinnamon.com a cooking ‘blog’ full of inspiring recipes. In 2014 she designed, photographed and created recipes for her first printed cookbook “Top With Cinnamon, Stylish Sweet and Savory Recipes” published by Hardie Grant in the UK, with Rizzoli Books here in the US.
"Top with Cinnamon" the Book
Some people take the term top with cinnamon literally and as questions arise I explain that it’s just the phrase she has coined for her enterprise, NOT everything includes cinnamon, she also creates savory dishes (without cinnamon). Evidently in my experience not everyone loves cinnamon, not quite sure why not though!
As you peruse through her recipes you’ll see ones that you will want to make at home. She is an inspiration over and over again, she began doing this at 15, 2015 she turns 19, YIKES!
The Author book signing.
She has a creativity to her photographs that inspires other food photographers. Seeking out treasures of ‘props’ to use in her images is fun all in itself, and find treasures she does time and time again.
Then too some of her inspiration comes from old family recipes of both her ‘American’ and her ‘British’ sides.
Etta & Al dancing in the streets outside Rome, ca. early 70's
My Maternal Grandmother was born in Taormina, Sicily her family moved to California where they baked bread in an Horno Oven (similar to the ovens here in Northern New Mexico), which they sold to other immigrant families of the California melting pot. Needless to say, it’s in our blood.
Years ago I too tweaked and ‘improved on’ old family recipes, it turns out when my mom Etta, was learning to cook she watched her mother Lena cook and wrote everything down, including measuring out ingredients which my Grandmother rarely did. Now we pass these recipes down amongst us and try to remember that sometimes it’s just by ‘feel’ and sometimes it’s a bit of inspiration from our own heritage.
a couple of my Original TYPED recipes 
As a part of this family cooking and baking thing I also began making my own cookie cutters. With a strip of tin from a can and a pop rivet gun, it was just a matter of bending and shaping to a design drawn on paper. In a short while shop owners were asking me to design cookie cutters specifically for them, something unique, something with a vintage look to it. Eventually I became busy making art and cookie cutter variations became broader and available from large companies making all sorts of designs.
Here in time for Valentine’s Day I’d like to share with you one of my own original recipes for Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies, I hope you’ll enjoy them. Just remember that slightly under cooked is better than slightly over cooked with these. It’s a bit tricky to see how they are browning as they are already dark chocolate in color, so watch your oven.
My Original Handmade Cookie Cutters inspired by Bill Traylor

Uncle Bob’s Chocolate Cookie Cutter Cookies
Cream together: 1/3 cup softened Butter, 2/3 cup Sugar, 1 medium Egg, 1 tspn Vanilla
Stir in: 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder, 2 cups Flour, 1 tbspn Corn Starch, ½ tspn Baking Powder, ¼ cup Milk (or a bit less)
Roll out the dough to just over ¼” thickness, cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters. If you use a silpat, fantastic, if you use Parchment paper that's great too, it helps keep things from burning, also makes it easier to slide off onto a cooling rack.
Bake at 350F about 10 minutes or less until Lightly Browned.

I hope you will also find the recipes from my niece Izy Hossack and Top With Cinnamon, inspiring to your family.
Happy Birthday & Happy Valentine’s Day to my niece Izy and my sister Karin.
My Nephew Jasper and my Sister Karin making handmade gnocchi dinner for us in Taos

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, a Historic Taos Home and Museum


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Taos Society of Artists I am writing a few articles pertaining to the Taos Art Colony, here's one on the Fechin/Taos Art Museum: 

“Art is not an end to itself, but a means to addressing Humanity.”
M. Mussorgsky (Russian Composer) 1839-1881
 Fechin House through the Aspen Trees

Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) in 1923 the family moved from Russia to New York City. He first visited Taos in 1926, the following year (1927) he moved to Taos with his wife Alexandra and daughter Eya.
Nicolai Fechin in the Taos Studio
Fechin purchased 7 acres of land and a small adobe home next to the estate of Mabel Dodge Luhan. There he began to build and carve out a home and studio to suit his own needs in 1928. Lumber was purchased at the nearby Randall Sawmill (the Randall Lumber & Hardware business still operates in Taos today) and ironwork was created with the assistance of the Bill Hinde Blacksmith shop (the same Blacksmith shop where the Broken Wagon Wheel was repaired). Fechin worked with a small crew of local craftspeople. On cloudy days or at the end of the day he would switch to carving the elements that make up this magnificent house. This masterwork of carpentry has been inspiring woodcarvers from near and far since it was begun. In 1979 the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When Alexandra asked for a divorce Nicolai moved to NYC for a short time with Eya, later deeding the house to his former wife. He moved on to Palm Springs, Hollywood and then to Santa Monica, California becoming a much beloved artist and teacher to a new generation.
Cardboard Model of the house as Fechin worked on it.

“Fine painting is simply a matter of putting the right colors in the right places on canvas.” Nicolai Fechin 
Panorama of Fechin Portraits

Fechin is known mostly for his portrait drawings and paintings. He also created narrative and historical paintings. The texture of his paint, a flash of brilliant eye dazzling color, his balance, the manipulation of matte to gloss is what artists respond to. His canvas was primed sometimes with rabbit skin glue, then gessoed with a mixture of white casein ground (casein is a mixture of a milk substance, in this instance derived from cottage cheese, mixed with a pigment), this preparation could effectively absorb the mediums used in oil paints. He worked with brushes, palette knives and his fingers, at one point developing blood poisoning from the various paint pigments. A Fechin drawing has a textural quality extremely different from every other artist, thus highly recognizable as a “Fechin”.
Fechin Self Portrait

"We stand before a work of art and our spirit is lifted by it: amazing that someone is like us! We stand before a work of art and our spirit resists: amazing that someone is different!" Katherine Mathilda ‘Tilda’ Swinton (1960-)
Rebecca Salsbury James & John Young-Hunter dressed for the annual Taos Fiestas

While in Taos he seems to have kept to his work, even when he’d take a break and go fishing he went on his own. His friends here were Mr. & Mrs. John Young- Hunter, along with Bill & Rebecca Salsbury James.
Fechin and fellow Russian artist Leon Gaspard who came to Taos in 1918, and built his own home here, were not known to be friendly towards one another. Both men had rather feisty reputations among the many others in the small art colony. It’s rather odd that 2 Russian artists settled in Taos, New Mexico at this time period. From what I read about this coincidence there are similarities to their homeland in Taos with the landscape and indigenous people, I believe this to be a bit of a stretch. Artists are a competitive group, in a small art colony where each is trying to stand out, to this day it is a constant struggle. Imagine someone visiting Fechin’s studio, seeing a painting they might want to purchase, then telling him they would first visit Gaspard’s studio before deciding. Gaspard may then sell them a painting for a bit less and vice versa, it would be cutthroat (it still is).
Carved Swinging Doors to the Great Room of the Fechin House

“Art does not stand still.” Leon Gaspard (1882-1964)
Short video of the Taos Society of Artists room.

Today the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House is a proud example of one of the very best Historic Home Museums here in Taos, NM. The collections include the paintings of Nicolai Fechin and examples of the Taos Society of Artists and other Taos Art Colony artists.
A few of my favorite paintings in the collection are Walter Ufer’s ‘Kit Carson House’, ‘Indian Man and White Horse’ by Bert Phillips and ‘Tulips’ by Andrew Dasburg, all beautiful examples of early Taos art.
 Walter Ufer "Kit Carson House"
 Bert Phillips "Indian Man & WHite Horse"
Andrew Dasburg "Tulips"
While viewing the collections please be sure to also take a look at the interior itself, furniture, beams, doorways and lintels are all hand carved with various motifs, a bit of Russian style meets Southwest style. The woodwork today is maintained with a bit of S.C. Johnson’s Paste Wax from time to time, keeping the luster of the wood rejuvenated in the dry Taos air.
Carved Post and Fireplace in the Great Room
The building is open to 2 floor levels, there is currently no wheel chair access to the second floor, the first floor I am told by staff is a bit tricky to navigate (stepped levels) for those using wheelchairs, they will do their best to accommodate.
Three Dorothy Brett Paintings upstairs
Exhibitions change from time to time, mostly they are held on the second level. It’s best to check the T.A.M. website to see exactly what is on display at any given time, www.taosartmuseum.org
Fechin Studio window with Northern Light
The Fechin Studio is a separate building the front room of which today houses the museum gift shop. Saturday afternoons throughout the year hands-on workshops and demonstrations are held in the large studio itself. Both of these rooms are not to be missed, staff is welcoming and want you to enjoy the entire experience of this treasured museum.
Carved Cabinet Door inside Fechin Studio

Recently I asked one of the staff members to tell me if she had any particular favorite work of art in the collection, her response; “Where do I begin, there are so many beautiful treasures here.”
Painting to the left by E. Martin Hennings on the right by Herbert Buck Dunton
A bit of background to the Museum:
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House originally formed as the Van Vechten/Lineberry Taos Art Museum in 1994 to honor the wife of Edwin C. Lineberry and their collections. His wife Duane Van Vechten passed away in 1977, she was an artist who studied with Taos artist Emil Bisttram, yet she shied away from ever selling her artwork. They named their home “El Rancho de la Mariposa” which was decorated with a butterfly motif throughout. Edwin & Duane also built the Kachina Lodge which she helped design Zuni Knifewing and Kachina motifs to enhance its appearance.
Zuni Knifewing Architectural Drawing for Kachina Lodge by Duane Van Vechten, available exclusively at Two Graces Plaza Gallery
The Van Vechten/Lineberry Museum eventually closed and merged with the Fechin Institute in 2003. Much of the original collection was sold at auction. Recently the V/L buildings were opened to an Estate Sale where much of the remaining household items and collectibles were sold off.
Abstract Painting by Mrs. Duane Van Vechten at Taos Art Museum
The Van Vechten home (which is currently closed to the public) is located at 501 and the Fechin at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, (approximately 3 blocks form each other).
The Fechin Institute (basically a historic home opened to the public) was founded by Eya Fechin in 1981, it had begun to fall into disrepair before her death in 2002. Eya’s son & daughter-in-law sold the house to the Taos Art Museum foundation.
                                                               Taos Blue Door and Gate at the Van Vechten Lineberry Home
The Worldmark Hotel, a Wyndham Resort is built in the style of the Fechin House, it’s located directly behind the Museum. www.worldmarktheclub.com/resorts/ta/ the telephone is 575-751-3275
If you were to drive straight back through the fence and wall at the back of the parking area you would be driving onto the Mable Dodge Luhan B&B property.
Fechin at his easel Painting

The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is a true jewel in the necklace of museums and historic homes we are so very fortunate to have and enjoy here in Taos. Their telephone number is 575-758-2690