Liz Simon is a photographer, writer and cyclist who likes to combine the three in her quest to discover the nooks and crannies of New Mexico. Sometimes, means of transportation other than bicycle are employed---including the Rail Runner and motorcycle.
I rode my bike down to the Plaza this morning to mingle with crowds and hopefully find my former santero teacher, Felix Lopez. I took his carving class for one year and loved it. You won't find a more patient or caring teacher. You can feel the calmness, serenity and joy in this man the minute you meet him. On his small, but elegant, promotional card it says, "As with early santeros, the focus has been not to seek fame and fortune but rather to emulate them in pursuit of this art form while maintaining pure intentions and humility." I'd say he's done that and I rejoice in his success and achievements.
I did find Felix with his beautiful carvings, surrounded by First Prize blue ribbons. I lost count of them all, although some did belong to his son and daughter. As I've been doing more and more; I will let my photographs speak for themselves and you can see those below (unless the folks at SantaFe.com put them to the side….in which case, you'll see them over there somewhere!)
I'll also let the video speak, sing and dance for itself. This musical tradition goes all the way back to the Middle Ages, and the modern embodiment is simply irresistible. You can have a look-see-hear over at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeXgMn0MmvM
The Spanish Market is an event not to be missed, and by the way, the food was great!
There were blue ribbons all over the Lopez tables.
Detail from above.
Carving by Felix Lopez, or was it his son? Ooops. Not sure.
Fresh fruit juice drinks coming out all the time at this stand with plenty of ice and a smile.
I got the "peace sign" from this gent.
These pulled pork sandwiches not only looked amazing, the smell was knee-buckling.
And here it is. Take a whiff.
Relaxing in the shade.
Looks like Santa Fe to me.
These carvings were by another santero, but I thought they were first rate as well.