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 Ed Sandoval Gallery's Newsletter

102-B Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
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How My Horse Saved Two Lives
Toronado & Patron Playing in Pasture
Cinco De Mayo as a Baby
Ed & Cinco near Black Mesa
Ed & Cinco in 1991
Ed & Cinco Hunting in the Mountains
In Taos, if you drive up Quesnel Street, you will see my beautiful Arabian horses grazing in the Couse pasture: Toronado and Patron. Patron was given to me more than ten years ago by a wonderful friend – country music singer Lynn Anderson. At the time, I was unsure about receiving this incredible horse because I was still heartbroken by the death of Cinco De Mayo, my trusty companion of more than two decades.

I was in the barn when Cinco was born on May 5 (hence his name), and from the beginning we were best friends. He was so gentle, smart and intuitive, knowing exactly what I wanted him to do. I rode him in the mountains of northern NM, and there were occasions where he protected me from threats…like bears. We were so close and had such a strong man-horse bond.

One day, I became confused because Cinco absolutely refused to go where I wanted him to go. I was living in Truches, and each Sunday I would saddle Cinco and ride to church. There was a turnoff, and to the left was the dusty road down into the village and to the right was a winding road that led up into the mountains. It had snowed the night before, and I was relaxing and looking at the scenery while letting Cinco walk. He knew where to go – we had gone to church hundreds of times but at the turnoff, he turned and went right…toward the mountains.

“What?” I thought. He had never done that before. I turned him around and got him headed toward the village. Less than a minute later, he turned back around and started up the mountain road. I corrected him, but once again he turned the other way. This happened over and over, and I was getting frustrated and even angry.

A feeling came over me, and I thought, “Okay Cinco. Looks like we’re not going to church today. Take me where you want to go.” Cinco headed up the mountain road, which is remote, narrow and winding. As we went up, we were plodding through more and more snow. Four inches. Six inches. Eight inches. I didn’t know what to think, but I trusted Cinco. He was on a mission - he didn’t waver and kept going up.

Finally, around a bend, I saw a white van that had slid off the road into the ditch. Cinco went up to that van and stopped. I got off the saddle and looked inside. An old woman was slumped over the steering wheel and an elderly man sat limply in the back in a wheelchair. Neither were conscious. I rapped on the glass, and the woman came to and rolled down the window.

They had gotten lost, taking the wrong road that led up the mountain instead of to the interstate. When their van got stuck in the snow, they were trapped all night long and used most of their gas to keep the heater running. The man was unresponsive – I checked his pulse, and it was faint. I gathered up some brush, put it under the tires, got in the driver's seat and managed to get the van unstuck. I tied Cinco to the back bumper and started down the mountain quite slowly.
Once we got to the village, I called 911 (there were no cell phones in those days), and it took the paramedics about an hour to get up there. Truches is a mountain village with no hospital – the nearest was in Espanola. The paramedics checked them both and rushed them to the hospital. I am convinced if they had stayed there one more night they would both be dead. It is hard to describe how remote that mountain road actually is – NOBODY would have gone up there in the winter. If it weren’t for Cinco and his horse intuition, two people might have lost their lives. The couple called later to thank me, and I thought to myself, “Cinco deserves the thanks. He’s the one who absolutely insisted that I take that road that morning.” I love Toronado and Patron, but I still think about and miss Cinco.  
Featured Paintings

Here are a few of Ed's currently available works. To inquire or to request a high-resolution photo, please contact Ed at 575-770-6360 or edsandovalart@gmail.com.

To the right is his most recent painting called "The Healing Tree of Life," oil on canvas, 36x48.
"Walking Rain," oil on canvas, has been reworked to include a stunning northern lights influenced sky (58x36)
"Indian Maiden in Red Blanket" is available as a giclee (enhanced print on canvas) with or without gold leaf. Some potential sizes are 36x24, 30x20, 24x16, 12x8 and 6x4.
Buffalo Dance at Taos Pueblo

On January 6 th of each year, the Taos Pueblo holds their traditional and sacred Buffalo Dance. Visitors are welcome, which is quite a privilege, but photography is strictly prohibited. In this unique and awe-inspiring ceremony, about 30-35 men don ritualistic costumes associated with the hunt, namely the hides and heads of buffalo and deer.
Starting at one side of the Pueblo, the dancers move from area to area, stopping from time to time to stomp and sway to the drumbeats, songs and chants of the elders. The men are bare chested (which is incredible for January), and the characters in their animal costumes come to life amid the music and the fires. Although it is an extremely serious ceremonial dance, one can’t help but smile at the little boys of four to six years of age, dancing while keeping buffalo heads and hides erect upon their small frames.

Since no photography is allowed, Ed’s painting, “Spiritual Dusting,” captures the mood and essence of the Buffalo Dance. Ed says, “It’s an honor to visit the pueblo and attend their ceremonies. Where else in the United States can you experience something so personal and spiritual? We are blessed to be welcomed into the Taos Pueblo and to witness one of their most ancient ceremonies.” 
The "Taos is Art" Banner Contest
According to taos.org, the Taos is Art banner competition will " highlight Taos as an arts destination, celebrate and support the abundant creativity of our local artists and art scene, give visibility to our array of art, and delineate & beautify the historic district." Ed's painting "Taos Mountain" has been selected to adorn one of the lamppost banners from April 1 thru Oct. 31.

For more information and a list of the Taos artists who were chosen, click here.
Facebook Calendar Giveaway
To celebrate the beginning of 2018, Ed held a Facebook calendar giveaway. Followers responding with their home city and state were entered into the random drawing for a FREE calendar.

We were so pleased to have over 220 entries! Bob Innes helped me pick the winners, and we drew the names of 10 lucky folks from all over: Chandler, AZ; Spicewood, TX; Burlington, CO; Las Cruces, NM; Rochester, NH; Santa Fe, NM; Omaha, NE; Akron, CO; Seattle, WA and Aurora, CO.

Future giveaways are planned to take place every 2-3 months. Follow us on Facebook for your chance to win!
Featured Collectors: Martha and Jack Thomas

My husband and I ended up in Taos on a whim almost 12 years ago. From day one I’ve felt entranced by the place. We try to get there at least once a year and sometimes more. I always feel like I “need” to get back there!

Knowing little to nothing about art, I too was always drawn to Sandoval’s pieces. He seems to perfectly capture my feelings for Taos. For years I’d go thru town and see this guy outside painting, and I loved it SO much. Finally, this last trip in December we stopped so I could inquire about his artwork. He so graciously stopped what he was doing and invited me into the shop.

You can imagine how surprised I was to realize that was him!!!! I was totally embarrassed but also thrilled to pieces!!!! We had a really great visit and he was just so kind. It happened to be my birthday and my sweet husband got me a painting and a print, and I also got the 2018 calendar! Best birthday in years!!! I plan on getting more you can bet on that!

To add to my story.... my husband has always admired and stared at the painting in El Taosenio, and of course it’s featured in the last newsletter. I believe with all my heart that God puts people in our path at the right time. Thank you again Ed for everything.

Martha & Jack Thomas (Garland, TX)
Would you like to be a featured collector? If so, please send your personal story and photo(s) to edsandovalart@gmail.com.
Ed Sandoval Gallery  
 102-B Paseo Del Pueblo, Taos, NM 87571
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