I don’t get to the city very much since moving to New Mexico. Well, actually, not at all. I’ll go down to Taos or Santa Fe to galleries or to grocery shop, but they’re really more like small towns. Nevertheless, I had to go to the big city recently—to Albuquerque—to meet with Adam (I’ll be introducing you to him in a post tomorrow—Adam is the other half of the blog—he does everything technical and I’m forever indebted to him). In the 8 months of working together we’d never met. Welcome to the digital age! Anyway, Adam and I had some blog business that needed to be done in person, so I headed down to Albuquerque (I’ve only ever visited Albuquerque to go to the airport) and Anna agreed to go with me. We decided to turn it into a little over night vacation. Plus, we’ve just secured our new gallery space for the year and we wanted to look for a few things for the gallery.
Anna and I share a gallery here in Truchas that we run together. She had been in the old adobe church for 5 years (see previous post The Old Adobe Church, The Wolf and Survival) when she invited me to join her for her 6th year. We’d only been open for a few weeks before it flooded. The adobe walls were deteriorating, possibly becoming unstable, and we had to move out. We found a building that had been vacant for 11 years, fixed it up and moved in, but the rental wasn’t secure. We had to leave at the end of October and we didn’t know where we would land after that. There are very few rentals in Truchas, you see. While there are empty buildings, people don’t necessarily want to rent them.
On Easter weekend we found our spot. We’re very excited and happy with the place. It’ll take some work and preparation, but we hope to be open sometime in the beginning of June.
So, back to Albuquerque. We went to ReelzChannel first to meet up with Adam. That’s where Adam works and I’ll be telling you about it when I do the post about him. You’ll notice we were actually there the night before the royal wedding so this post isn’t happening in anything like real time. THAT’S ADAM’S FAULT! You see he and his wife, Deanne, went to Italy for a couple of weeks so everything had to be pre-posted before he left, thus the time delay. But don’t worry. It’ll end up being very much worth it (to US I mean—obviously a vacation in Italy is worth it to them already) because he’s kind of on assignment for the blog. I’ve asked him to shoot a bunch of art and then we’ll post it all in some format when he gets back—a kind of Italian Art Tour.
After lunch at an Internet café, The Flying Star on Nob Hill, Adam and I conducted our business—a new experience for me. I’ve never even BEEN to an Internet café before. That was perfect for Anna because Nob Hill is this great little section of the city with fun, funky shops, so she was very happy to have some time to look around while Adam and I worked. She and I, of course, ended our day there with margaritas.
We had a quiet night at the hotel, waking early to watch the wedding (how fun is that?), and then we headed out to Albuquerque’s Antique Mile—a stretch of town that is packed with antique stores. We had a lot of fun visiting most of them and did, indeed, find one thing we wanted for the gallery. We plan to return sometime soon but, first, we’re headed to Santa Fe this week to see what we’ll turn up there.
You know you’ll be a part of creating the new gallery space so stay tuned!
Love to you all,