Monthly Archives: October 2014

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill & Botanical Garden

A Little Bit of Heaven on an Autumn Day

By G G Collins          (Copyright 2014)

Museum Hill Mountain Spirit Dancer

Museum Hill Mountain Spirit Dancer

As I walked up the steps to the huge courtyard at Museum Hill, southwestern music floated across the breeze to greet me. I could almost pluck the notes from thin air. Although the open space is large between the museums, the courtyard feels intimate with beautiful desert landscaping, en plein air sculpture garden and dedicated spaces. With the Sangre de Cristos as backdrop and storm clouds adding drama but no rain, it was a perfect Santa Fe fall day.

On this excursion I wasn’t covering the museums, but please don’t let that stop you. The “Hill” is composed of the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Wheelright Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Laboratory of Anthropology. You can stay the entire day and see them all. For a time-out, the Museum Hill Cafe provides food, drink, music and a place to rest tired feet.

Santa Fe Museum Hill Sculpture Garden

Santa Fe Museum Hill Sculpture Garden

Two things dominate the courtyard (also known as Milner Plaza), the Mountain Spirit Dancer by Craig Dan Goseyun. The massive bronze sculpture appears to be moving. Look at the fringe on his costume, the feathers caught up in his movement, the lightness of his feet. Throughout the courtyard the art runs from howling coyotes to mother and child. There is a performance circle included here for a cozy outdoor experience with the arts. But at the other end of the court is a labyrinth. Santa Fe is known for its many public labyrinths. This one is contemporary in style and is constructed using stones in the southwest colors of turquoise and coral. Set aside a few minutes and take a contemplative walk. Who knows what you’ll discover about yourself. There is another blog post about labyrinths at  https://reluctantmediumatlarge.wordpress.com/?s=walking+meditation

Santa Fe Botanical Garden "Rock, Paper, Scissors" by Kevin Box

Santa Fe Botanical Garden “Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Kevin Box

 

I crossed the parking lot to the new-ish Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Phase 1, the

Me in my "office." Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Me in my “office.” Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Orchard Gardens opened in July 2013. Phase 2, Ojos Y Manos: Eyes and Hands, is scheduled to debut in 2015. While wandering the grounds, notice the red bridge. Phase 2 will be beyond Kearny’s Gap Bridge.

While there, I enjoyed “Origami in the Garden” a series of metal fashioned through lost wax casting and fabrication techniques, by artist Kevin Box. Both whimsy and beauty are found in his work. From the his Rock, Paper, Scissors to Painted Ponies, they are all inspired creations with their origins in a sheet of blank paper. For more about his work: http://www.langorigami.com/art/gallery/gallery.php?tag=kevin-box

Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Art Walk in Background

Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Art Walk in Background

Coming up next is the GLOW, the winter lights event. It opens December 4, 2014 and runs through January 3, 2015. Along with the beautiful lights will be Santa Claus, music and hot toddies every Saturday evening. Tickets are $7 to $8 (non-members) with children 12 and under, free. To buy tickets: http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/events/glow/

There are many opportunities for education and community service. For more information:  http://www.santafebotanicalgarden.org/about/

To reach Museum Hill and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, take Old Santa Fe Trail southeast from the Plaza to Camino Lejo (there are Museum Hill signs along the way). Public transit is available. Please see for directions:  http://indianartsandculture.org/directions

Whatever the season, Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and Botanical Garden is a little bit of desert paradise for all the senses.

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Interview with character Rachel Blackstone, as told to G G Collins

Chris the Story Reading Ape Blog Features Rachel Blackstone

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You can find the story here:

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/10/11/reserved-for-g-g-collins/

Maybe Rachel will finally clue us in as to why she wears shoes she can run in. Did she really fly on a dragon?And what’s this about her being a medium?

Oh well, just see what she has to say.

2nd book in the series.

Second Book in the Series.

Debut Novel in the Series

Debut Novel in the Series

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