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Patssi Valdez, Artist: New Mexico

March 30, 2003|LESLEE KOMAIKO

I went to Albuquerque in February for the "Chicano Visions" opening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico. Then I stayed in New Mexico for four days. Usually I take a train there. You leave in the evening, have dinner on the train, go to bed, and in the morning, you're in Albuquerque. The hotel I stay at is La Posada de Albuquerque. From there I took the shuttle to Santa Fe. I stay at the Hotel Santa Fe. It's partially owned by Native Americans. I like gallery hopping in Santa Fe. [The art is] very international and diverse. I also went to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Discovery: The Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe is very small. But one artist shown there is one of my favorites: Gustave Baumann. He's a German who lived in Santa Fe. He's no longer alive. He [did] woodcuts that capture Santa Fe incredibly. He also [did] gouaches.

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