Santa Fe

Opera, ballet, Shakespeare, the Symphony, the Desert Chorale, Flamenco, Fiestas, Native American pueblos, art gallery after art gallery -- the Land of Enchantment.

Santa Fe has been a cross-roads for over 400 years. Its three cultures and its consistent sun, incredible light, and mountain air, brought the artists who have made it a mecca for art collectors and music lovers. Apart from the world-class Santa Fe opera, there are musical and cultural events which fill every week of the year; and there are galleries which have made Santa Fe the number three art market in the world.

“West of the Pecos there was always activity overhead, clouds forming and moving all day long. Whether they were dark and full of violence, or soft and white with luxurious idleness, they powerfully affected the world beneath them. The desert, the mountains and mesas, were continually reformed and recolored by the cloud shadows. The whole country seemed fluid to the eye under this constant change of accent, this ever varying distribution of light.

In New Mexico he always awoke a young man; not until he rose and began to shave did he realize that he was growing older. His first consciousness was a sense of the light dry wind blowing in through the windows, with the fragrance of the hot sun and sage-brush and sweet clover; a wind that made one’s body feel light and one’s heart cry “To-day, to-day,” like a child’s. . . . for that wind that made one a boy again . . . . something soft and wild and free, something that whispered to the ear on the pillow, lightened the heart, softly, softly picked the lock, slid the bolts, and released the prisoned spirit of man into the wind.”

Death Comes for the Archbishop,
Willa Cather