Blumenschein Home and Museum
Church of San Francisco de Asis
Before we left Taos there was one last Museum to visit. The Blumenshein House and Museum. He and his wife Mary (who was probably the better artist) were founders of the Taos artist colony. The original portions of the house pre-date our Lexington Historic Houses. The combination of house and museum give you insight into how they lived while viewing their art and the art of their fellow artists that they chose to adorn their walls.
Before leaving the environs of Taos we stopped at the Church of San Francisco de Asis. The massive clean exterior walls of this Church have been an inspiration to generations of Artists and Photographers. We had been to the Church on a previous trip but still marveled at their ability to entrance.
Scenes from the Blumenschein House and Museum (placeholder)
Scenes from the Church of San Francisco de Asis
Before returning to our car I was drawn into one of the shops for a look-see. Once inside I discovered the shopkeeper at work painstakingly hand sewing small feathers onto a headdress. The ensuing conversation was about his craft and his attempts to teach it to young boys at the Pueblo. He was, of course, also a painter and the shop was littered with his paintings as well as jumble of beads, native jewelry and artifacts. Everything from Native baby carriers decorated with woven porcupine quill designs, to Spanish Conquistador stirrups. Del Orr was definitely a man with many stories to tell. It would have been great to just sit and chat for hours.
But the open road was calling. We stopped at two other Churches along the road to Espanola must notably the El Santuario de Chimayo for it’s carved and painted altar piece and the legend surrounding the healing properties of the dirt found in the hole in the floor of the side chapel.
We arrive here in Medanales in mid-afternoon and only stopped talking when we retired for the evening. Great dinner outside on the patio as the sun set giving a red glow to the few clouds and the hummingbirds flittering around the feeders.
Scenes from the High Road to Española (placeholder)