Premiere Issue Feature Articles

Talking with the Clay

IN 1918 ONLY 83 PEOPLE SURVIVED AN INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC AT SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO, just 25 miles north of Santa Fe. Now, it is hard to imagine how isolated the pueblo was in those days  —  and how poor. With much of their land taken by neighboring Hispanic and Anglo people, with their fields troubled by drought and too few men…


From the Outside In

Written By Laura Zuckerman      

TURN WEST OFF STATE HIGHWAY 21 IN CENTRAL IDAHO and the granite walls of the South Fork Payette River canyon open to the pine-topped plateaus and rolling grasslands of Garden Valley. Admirers of the work of artist James Castle, Garden Valley’s celebrated native son, will recognize in this remote ranching community a region whose ruggedness is only offset by the values…


Down by the Bay

By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

FOR PHOTOGRAPHER ROBIN HAUSER REYNOLDS, the most intriguing challenge lies in taking oft-attempted (and often clichéd) images and presenting them in a new light. Inspired by the ever-changing views outside her windows, Reynolds’ Water Series forgoes the typical horizontal presentation of ocean as seascape in favor of freeze-framed slices of surf. Suspended in air, white against blue, it’s water as…


Rooms with an Artistic View

NOT SO LONG AGO, A GREAT HOTEL MEANT 600-THREAD-COUNT SHEETS, premium vodka in the mini-bar, a 24-hour gym and you, swathed in a plush robe, watching Pay-Per-View. Your room — a veritable sanctuary — was almost perfect. Almost. There was that benign art on the walls that wasn’t particularly memorable. Maybe it was a faux Audubon print, a gilt-framed Monet…


Glass as Consequence

Written By Charles Finn      

GLASS IS FUSED SILICA (SAND). TRANSPARENT, TRANSLUCENT, voluptuous, fissiparous, it is the ultimate vessel for light — beautiful — with an inherent capacity to self-destruct. In May of 1968 a frizzy-haired American with a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, showed up on the island of Murano near the floating city of Venice,…


Santa Fe’s Hidden Gem

Photography By Audrey Hall      

BEHIND AN UNASSUMING ADOBE WALL ON A TRANQUIL RESIDENTIAL STREET IN SANTA FE, the School for Advanced Research is quietly celebrating its centennial anniversary. In a community that is synonymous with art and culture, SAR, or simply “The School,” is Santa Fe’s hidden crown jewel. Started in 1907 as the School of American Archaeology, the organization has transformed over the…