I was sitting at my computer recently, working on the blog (so what else is new, right?) and an email came in from Sylvia Montesinos, a reader of the blog who lives in Albuquerque, NM, just 2 hours away. It was a gorgeous weekend and she and her husband, Mark, had spur-of-the-moment spent the night in Santa Fe. They were thinking of driving up the High Road and were wondering if I would be available. And, as things sometimes happen, I was! We concocted a loose plan and they headed up the mountain.
Their first stop was Cardona Hine Gallery (see previous posts A Journey of the Soul and Renaissance Man). I don’t remember if Sylvia had already met Alvaro and Barbara yet or not, or if she’d only seen their work on the blog. We’ll have to ask her: Sylvia? But she and Alavaro have something in common. They both grew up in Costa Rica. As it turned out, Sylvia knew one of Alvaro’s distant relatives. Imagine. And she’s given me a recipe for a Spanish-style stuffed pork roast that I’ll be trying soon. Can’t wait.
Anyway, something very special happened. Both Alvaro and Barbara were in the gallery that day (not something that often happens) and a couple came in to buy a painting while Sylvia and Mark were there. Wine was brought out and a celebration ensued, one that included Sylvia and Mark. I live here and Barbara and Alvaro are my friends and I KNOW how special those moments with them are.
Sylvia will have to tell us about the couple who bought the painting. If I’m remembering correctly, I believe she said they’d met each other at the gallery the year before, and had both admired the same painting. They’ve since married and they came back to buy the painting. Sylvia? (This could just be the romantic in me fabricating a story I want to believe, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?).
So we met up later and, although Anna and my gallery was closed that day, we headed over there for them to see it anyway (see previous post Anna Karin Gallery, Truchas, NM: Before and After). Then we went to Hand Artes Gallery, of course (see previous post Disparate Pieces), and we ended our day here at my house (I’m chagrined to tell you that I kept forgetting to take photos, so the best of the day, I think, were shot by Mark—those of Sylvia and me with my dear animals which are near the end of this post).
Sylvia is a doctor who has left the profession to pursue her art. She found the blog after having made that decision and she’s communicated with me about it frequently. She’s just started a painting class and has been doing The Artist’s Way on her own for a couple of months now. It was truly great to meet her in person, and to meet Mark. They are both lovely people.
As with everyone who visits the High Road, they realized there was just too much to see and do in one short visit. So they will be back. And Sylvia and I have a date to sit over a glass of wine discussing art and beauty and life… What could be better?
Love to you all,