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Peaceable Kingdom

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The endless Jemez ridges and the dramatic Pojoaque Valley skies inspire this year’s Claire Kahn. She invites intense loyalty because her clients know that a necklace or bracelet by Claire is more than jewelry. It is an expression of self. The wearer completes it. “Claire has a mind for beautiful design in the way she has a mind for beautiful music.”  Allison Barnett, co-owner of Patina Gallery This year, a new spirit animates each piece, because Claire now works from her dream studio north of Santa Fe, where she moved earlier this year. Here she makes her beaded ropes luxurious through...

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60 Shades of Black

Posted by Allison Barnett on

The celebrated German jewelry studio Atelier Zobel has created a special collection inspired by one of Santa Fe’s own jewels – The Santa Fe Opera. The muse is Don Giovanni, and the pieces in 60 Shades of Black feature black diamonds as a nod to The Opera’s 60th Anniversary.  Peter Schmid is the creative force behind Atelier Zobel. As Mozart’s infamous rogue lived by no rules, Schmid pushes the limits to create jewelry both passionate and provocative. “My intention is to be receptive to the world’s many artistic and visual influences and the infinite variety of stimuli they provide,” says...

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Alfa Portraits

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For Michael Furman, the world’s preeminent automotive photographer, fine automobiles deserve to be seen as fine art. “We’ll give the audience a sense of what Alfa Romeo means to the car world,” Furman says. “Pre-World War II, it was as fine a performance car as any ever made – extraordinarily well designed and very advanced technically. They were a wonderful combination of power and beauty. The Italians know how to make cars beautiful.” Furman’s fine art approach creates what he prefers to call portraits, elegant studio photographs that express the historical and aesthetic importance of each car. The photographer succeeds...

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