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Ted Gall and Hal Larsen at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary in Santa Fe: July 31-August 23, 2009

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Around the same time that TallBoy and ModelGirl reached New Mexico for their visit with Uncle Jake, I received a card from Hunter Kirkland Contemporary with this crazy AquaMan as the cover image.

Dear Friends and Collectors:

With this announcement, we are inviting you to the opening of our 7th annual show for Ted Gall, sculptor, and Hall Larsen, painter.  July 31-August 23, 2009

Nancy Hunter

I will have to check in with Jake to see if he had time to take TallBoy and ModelGirl to any of the galleries in Santa Fe, but I remember Hunter Kirkland Contemporary fondly for sculptor Eric Boyer and his naked men… still hoping to get one of his wire sculptures on display here in the Roxiticus Valley, NJ.

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary
200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 984-2111


TallBoy’s Wild Wild West

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Living in the Roxiticus Valley, New Jersey, I haven’t been very good about posting to Roxy’s Best Of… Santa Fe, New Mexico, snce we visited Rex’s brother, Jake, in Estancia, NM, two years ago.  However, Rex’s son, TallBoy, is starting law school in Santa Clara, California, in the Fall, and he and his girlfriend, ModelGirl, decided to drive cross country, visiting friends and blogging along the way. Over the past weekend, TallBoy and ModelGirl reached New Mexico and Rex received the following e-mail from Jake:

Dear Mom and Rex,

We had a great time with TallBoy and ModelGirl. We toured the Quarai Pueblo ruins, took the tram to the Sandia Peak in a storm, bought souvenirs and had New Mexican rellenos in Old Town Albuquerque. We had lunch on the porch of the oldest Spanish restaurant in Santa Fe on Canyon Road, toured the permanent collection at the New Mexico Museum of Art and strolled and bought Indian jewelry on the plaza. We visited Madrid, NM, an old coal mining town in the Ortiz Mountains.

They were a pleasure to be with, and I think they enjoyed their visit.

Hope all is well.

Love, Jake

TallBoy’s Wild Wild West blog got me singin’ this Escape Club song from the 80s, which of course has very little to do with Living in the Wild WIld West, but I’m going to share it with all of you anyway.

Forty-seven dead beats living in the back street
North east west south all in the same house
Sitting in a back room waiting for the big boom
I’m in a bedroom waiting for my baby

She’s so mean but I don’t care
I love her eyes and her wild wild hair
Dance to the beat that we love best
Heading for the nineties
Living in the wild wild west
The wild wild west

Mandy’s in the backroom handing out Valium
Sheriff’s on the airwaves talking to the D.J.’s
Forty-seven heartbeats beating like a drum
Got to live it up live it up
Ronnie’s got a new gun


Now put your flags in the air and march them up and down
You can live it up live it up all over the town
And turn to the left, turn to the right
I don’t care as long as she comes tonight


Heading for the nineties living in the eighties
Screaming in a back room waiting for the big boom
Give me give me wild west
Give me give me safe sex
Give me love give me love
Give me time to live it up



Speaking of Hunter Kirkland Contemporary…Check Out These Steel Wire Mesh Sculptures by Eric Boyer

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Speaking of Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, one of my fondest memories of our visit to Santa Fe was asking Rex if I could have three naked men for my 40th birthday.  Of course, Rex agreed to satisfy my every desire, but we still haven’t ordered our Olympians steel wire mesh sculpture by Eric Boyer… we need to figure out where they should be hung, and how to light them up!


New Pastels and Oil Paintings by Rick Stevens at Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico

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I just got a note in the mail from Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, promoting their third annual show of new pastels and oil paintings by Rick Stevens.  There’s an opening reception this Friday, October 3rd, from 5pm to 7pm, and the Paintings & Pastels show runs through Sunday, October 19th.  Nancy Hunter invites us to meet the artist and celebrate his recent move to Santa Fe.

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary is one of the galleries that Rex, London, Maddie, Grammy and I visitited during our Spring Break 2007 New Mexico trip.  We won’t be able to make it to the Rick Stevens reception, but we’ll have to let Rex’s brother Jake know about it.

Hunter Kirkland Contemporary, 200-B Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM.  Phone:  (505) 984-2111.