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102-B Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
(575) 770-6360
Holidays in Los Alamos, NM, in the 1950's
Last month, I told you that I grew up in two worlds: our family's ranch in Nambe, NM, but mostly in Los Alamos because my father worked on the Manhattan Project. As a small child, living in this stark, military, top-secret compound / city was very strange to me.

I remember our house had dark, heavy curtains, and every now and then we had to close them completely to block out the light coming from our home. At the time, I didn't know why, but looking back I'm sure it was to hide the town from a possible air attack.

Heavily guarded and secretive - that's what Los Alamos was like back then. For example, there was a top-secret group of buildings called Tech Area. To get in, you had to pass through guard towers that were always manned with soldiers bearing guns. No one got in or out without being checked and cleared. Well...at some point when I was 8 or 9 years old, they moved Tech Area to another location, and the guard towers were abandoned. My friends and I thought, "Wow! This would be a neat clubhouse!"

We moved in - brought drawings, snacks, blankets and such, thinking this was the coolest thing ever. The next thing I knew, the FBI was at our house investigating who had infiltrated the guardhouse! It was a big deal. My father was interrogated by the FBI, and I got in a LOT of trouble. Eventually, they realized we were just children having fun, and the possible "threat to national security" went away.

So you can imagine what holidays were like. If we wanted to have family or friends visit, we had to apply a month in advance so they could be checked, cleared and receive a pass to enter the city. We had relatives visit, but it wasn't exactly easy for them!

The holidays were magical, festive and fun, and they still are today. I hope all of you will have a peaceful and wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.
30x40 Paintings 20% Off In December

Here are currently available 30x40 paintings. Normally retailing for $7,000, during December all 30x40 works are discounted to $5,600. To inquire or request a photo, please contact Ed at 575-770-6360 or edsandovalart@gmail.com.
"Colors of Taos II"
"Ancient Tree"
"The Orange Tree"
"Winter in Vadito"
"Leaving Trampas Church"
"Path of Inspiration"
Ed's Painting on Dec. Cover of Taos Magazine

Ed's painting, "Christmas Eve at Taos Pueblo," has been selected to adorn Taos Magazine's December issue.

Showing the beauty of Taos, the publication "is full of stories that will touch your heart and engage your mind, as well as informing you about what is happening locally. Taos is a little town with a big personality and has a thriving art scene, more music than some big cities, great food, and a long and storied history. We capture all of that in our pages."

Taos #3 on Top 10 Best Christmas Vacations by U.S. News & World Report

Ranking third, Taos came in just after Prague and Vienna as one of the best destinations for a magical Christmas vacation: " Why go: For a twist on the traditional Christmas, consider spending the holidays in this small town 70 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Snow-covered adobe buildings dot the historic downtown and handmade gifts are available at the Taos Folk pop-up store. The roster of unique events includes bonfires on Bent Street, which features traditional Aztec dancers."

NEW - Mini Giclees with Easels!

Just in time for the holidays, we now have mini-Giclees (4" x 5" canvas prints) that sit on adorable little easels for easy display.

Choose from six images (left to right & top to bottom): Sunrise over the Pueblo, Rhythm of the Wind, Moonlight, Purple Sky, Compassion and Clouds over New Mexico.

Those enhanced by Ed with extra paint are $110, and those that aren't enhanced are $95 (plus $7 shipping per address) - New Mexico residents please add 8.5% tax.
Who Is El Viejito?

I am often asked, “What was your inspiration for the old man?” He appears in most of my work, either alone or with a companion, and has become my signature.

Over the years, I have lived in several New Mexico towns and villages. While I was in Truchas, Robert Redford was filming The Milagro Beanfield War that’s based on the book by Taos resident John Nichols. They were filming on a property next door to my home, and they actually used some of my horses. I was invited on set and began spending a lot of time chatting with the actors and crew.

The character of Amarante Cordova (played by Carlos Riquelme) fascinated me. He’s the old, deeply spiritual man who talked to the saints, had a pet pig and was connected to the land and his people. Everyone thinks he’s a bit crazy, but he isn't - he has a personal, mystical relationship with saints and angels. He is humble and devout, saying upon rising out of his bed, "Thank you, God. For letting me have another day."

I was so drawn to this character, and Carlos and I would sit and talk for hours and hours. After hanging out with Carlos, I started talking to angels too. We should all talk to angels. I began including El Viejito (the old man) in my paintings, and found my inspiration.

People also ask me, “Why do you always paint him from the back? Why can’t we see his face?” To me, El Viejito represents the journey of life. In a sense, he is an archetypal “every man” figure. I have painted him from the front, but I prefer to think of him nearing the end of a journey. He has lived a rich, full life, and he is moving away from us toward his peaceful, content, golden years. 

Play the theme song from The Milagro Beanfield War. It will make you smile.
"A Peaceful Place"
"Morning Devotion"
"The Healing Room"
Featured Collector

For about 80 years (give or take), my extended family has spent a great deal of time in the Southwest - especially Taos. Each generation's appreciation of the people, culture, landscape, architecture and art was passed to the next. Enthralled by the desert beauty of this "land of enchantment," many of us also became avid collectors of Southwest art, including paintings, pottery, Navajo rugs, kachinas and baskets.

Because we have been coming to Taos for so many years, our family has been fortunate to collect paintings by some of the great masters, such as Joseph Sharp, Bert Phillips, Ernest Blumenschein, E.I. Couse, Oscar Berninghaus, Walter Ufer, Victor Higgins and E. Martin Hennings. Several of us (including myself) also collect Ed's work - his paintings adorn our walls right next to the masters, as they should.

Pictured are six paintings that I have acquired over the past decade. I adore each and every one, and even after ten years I find myself staring at their beauty. They remind me of my love for the Southwest, connect me to my roots and family, soothe any worrisome thoughts that I might have and inspire my imagination. Ed has received numerous awards for his unique, boldly colorful and masterful style, but I fervently believe that there will be much more recognition to come. He shares his talent so openly and honestly. I for one am grateful, and I will continue to acquire more of his beauty in the future.
Ed Sandoval Gallery  
 102-B Paseo Del Pueblo, Taos, NM 87571
www.edsandovalgallery.com | (575) 770-6360 | edsandovalart@gmail.com