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You Could Spend Your Life on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

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David McGary Sculpture

David McGary

Instead of Cathedral doors, at the entrance of Canyon Road are the life-size poignant and stunning bronze sculptures by David McGary. The emotional intensity of McGary’s Native American sculptures provoke questions not only of the psychology of Native people, but psychology of each of us.  McGary captures moments of nobility, pride, courage, endurance, determination – all cast in bronze to be viewed not as fleeting emotions, but frozen in forged metal to be admired and emulated.

Owner of Caffe Greco – Michael Lerner

We knew we were at the same place we had been on our last visit because we remembered the McGary sculptures.  This visit, we were able to actually meet a few of the people of the Canyon Road community. Michael Lerner just happened to be walking his little dog in the parking lot when we drove up and his dog (my Mike thinks his name was Senor came over to meet us. Mr. Lerner is a smiley, sunshine-y kind of guy and quickly struck up a conversation with us. In about 5 minutes we learned that he originally is from New York, is the owner of the charming Caffe Greco at the end of Canyon Road, that his daughter owns Jacqueline’s Place, a clothing shop adjoining thecafe, and that Michael Lerner is 80 years old. When you stop by to visit be sure to ask if Mr. Lerner is there. He didn’t tell me to say that, but I’m guessing he’s just the kind of guy who would come out and tell you all about Caffe Greco and the history of Canyon Road.

Artist David Jonason

Artist David Jonason

As we walked onto this particular section of Canyon Road, I heard pounding coming from one of the galleries. There was a handsome man next to a large frame that was next to a crisply colored painting hammering the frame together. Being a bit ignorant of the whole art gallery protocol and being that no other visitors were in the gallery, I asked the man if he was the artist. He told me he was and quipped, “Yes, you are now viewing a performance art piece.” Immediately a lovely young woman who represents the artists of this gallery appeared to answer any questions. I in turn explained that I was blogging about interesting places my husband and I were visiting on our summer road trip. Her name was “Jade” (I hope I’m remembering correctly). I joked with her that her name must have influenced her career choice in art, but then I realized I wasn’t exactly in a jewelry shop! I wish I would have convinced this lovely blonde, beautiful, and self-assured woman to let me take her picture, but I’m a bit new to this type of interviewing and a bit shy. (I’m planning on getting over this before too many interviews pass me by).

If you’re fortunate enough to visit the David Jonason collection of southwestern landscapes that he describes as a mixture of cubism and realism, perhaps he will be there and you’ll get to experience his quick wit that’s as sharp as the edges of his bold paintings.

Leslie Flynn

I was quite proud of myself when I walked into Leslie Flynn’s studio.  I remembered to ask before taking pictures of the works around the shop. When I explained that I wanted to blog about our road trip, I was given permission to take the pictures of the inside of the shop that are in the slide show.  My favorite is the “jewelry box” that hung on the wall.  Now if only our RV had enough wall space for that cheery practical piece of art.

There is an enormous amount of history you can find on the web about Canyon Road in Santa Fe and even though you might have been there, there’s enough to see that you could probably spend your whole life exploring the history of the art and artists of Canyon Road.

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