While I've been to New Mexico quite a few times, discovering places and things on short trips, discovering it as a resident gives it a whole new meaning. So far it's fabulous!!
I thought I'd share some sights with you.
We live in a rural area with SPACE around us and our own private forest with Pinon Pines, Junipers, Cacti and some wonderful smelling wild flowers. I love walking around the property!
Last weekend, I attended a members' meeting at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center. I have been a member for about 4 years, taught summer workshops there and participated in a couple of shows from a distance. It was a real treat to show up and meet other members and dedicated staff and volunteers. Sorry that I didn't take photos. The shop is looking very nice and some new programs are taking up rooms in the back end of the building. You can read more about the center here: http://evfac.org/
After the meeting we drove to nearby Chimayo, a weaving village which has a big hold on me. Loved it the first time I saw it and couldn't pass up the chance to visit briefly since we were so near. This time, we didn't stop into any of the weaving shops, but visited El Santuario de Chimayo, a very special place. I'd never been here in the fall and the golden Cottonwood trees were spectacular!!
My first show as a resident New Mexican will be The Second Annual 2014 Fall Fiber Fiesta sponsored by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. This colorful show made up of handmade works by EVFAC Members contains a wide variety of traditional and contemporary handmade fiber artworks, including: tapestries, Rio Grande weaving, dolls, original knit and woven garments, materials, supplies and much more. For information and further details please contact EVFAC at 505-747-3577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.