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27 Santa Fe, Taos, & Albuquerque’s Top 10 El Rancho de las Golondrinas For travelers along El Camino Real, the most vital trade route from Mexico, this historic Spanish Colonial ranch was the last stopping place, or paraje, before arriving in Santa Fe. Caravans of traders, soldiers, and other travelers paused at “the Ranch of the Swallows” to rest and to graze their livestock in the grassy meadows along the river. These adventurers not only brought books, medicine, tools, and fabric from around the world, but also their beliefs and know-how, as well as the news of the day.
Prolific artist known for his depiction of Navajo women going about their daily life. Houser ) Allan (1915–94) Internationally-acclaimed sculptor and painter. Allan Houser also served as an instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum see p43. Georgia £ Museum New Mexico’s most famous Arts and Culture resident artist loved the high desert sun and the clarity of form it brought to her favorite flowers and landscapes. This museum has the largest collection of her paintings (see pp14–15).
The exhibits include a fascinating range of Rio Grande textiles, straw appliqué designs, decorative tin and ironwork, pine furniture, and other finely executed everyday objects used by early settlers. Many religious artworks are also on display including ornate carvings (see p81). Located next to the Fiesta Park where the annual Balloon Festival occurs, Albuquerque’s newest museum features soaring gallery spaces that contain the world’s most extensive collection of modern and historic balloons and their memorabilia.
A Is for Aspen by Maria Kernahan