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Daniel Raven Valdes

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM

August 21st, 2011: The Raven Has Ascended

Daniel L. "Raven" Valdes, Painter, Gallerist, Philanthropist and Native American Floutist Succumbs at Age 65

Daniel Raven Valdes has been one of the Santa Fe artists featured here on this page since 2006, together with Lori Montoya and Cruz Eagleheart.

I have located a splendid piece on Daniel Raven Valdes by a fantastic photographer, Robert Jones. Click here to read the piece and see his touching photograph of Daniel, as well as one by his friend, Lori Montoya.

New Mexico for McCain

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Preserve our rights and our New Mexican energy economy! Vote the Western Ticket:
 John McCain and Sarah Palin

Senator Obama wants to tax you into oblivion and take away your gun rights. Faulty thinking in these troubled times. And think of how high oil and gas will go if we are going to get them mainly from hostile dictatorships like Venezuela and Iran. Obama's energy plan was to use up our strategic oil and gas reserves, which are to be used in emergencies, attacks on our nation,  and natural disasters. The Obamas think you are all a bunch of racists who can't think for themselves. They are elitists who wish to eliminate America as we know it, and replace it with a giant government that runs and owns absolutely everything--kind of like Hugo Chavez' Venezuela, and Putin's Russia.No, it won't be Washington politics as usual with Obama-Biden in charge--it will be a nation where they have more power than they had in the Senate--power to run every facet of our lives.

The Democrats are doing what they do best very year: calling every household and claiming that the next Republican president will "take away a woman's right to choose", when that is not even possible. Roe versus Wade cannot be overturned. But McCain and Palin are constantly badgered about their personal feelings on abortion. The McCains adopted a black baby long ago. They put their money where their mouth is. Sen. Obama voted to kill babies who were born alive. How does that show a respect for human life?

Cindy McCain went to Rwanda during the 1994 massacre that President Clinton ignored, while 800,000 citizens were being butchered. Bodies were lying around everywhere she went, but she set up medical aid for the living.

There are very  important issues to handle, and Senator McCain has the experience and the ideas to protect our security and sovereignty. McCain-Palin are determined to get America back to vigorous prosperity. Sen. Obama wants America to operate on the failed policies of socialist Europe. No wonder his name rhymes with "Osama". That is the ticket for our destruction.

We here in the west understand freedom and responsibility. Guys like Senator Joe Biden (plagiarist and entrenched Washington Insider) understand kick-backs and legislation that intrudes into your pocketbook, business, and your everyday life. Want to leave your farm to your progeny? Obama-Biden will take it out of their hide with the enormous Death Tax that makes it difficult for them to go on farming.

Please vote for the western team of McCain-Palin on November 4th.

From the Albuquerque Paper:

Friday, September 05, 2008 McCain's Speech Called Needed Rallying Cry By Michael Coleman Albuquerque Journal ST. PAUL, Minn. ? As they danced under a shower of red, white and blue confetti Wednesday night, New Mexicans at the Republican National Convention said presidential nominee John McCain delivered the rallying cry the party needs heading into the November election. "He talked tonight about change, which the Republican Party and the country is ready for," said Phelps Anderson, a delegate from Roswell. "His leadership will only strengthen America and provide us with a secure future and a safe and strong economy." Delegate Phil T. Archuleta of Mountainair said McCain conveyed a powerful message of character and resilience that will inspire voters. "There ain't anything more powerful in the world than a hero in the United States who is about to become the commander in chief," he said. "His is such a compelling story ? he uses good judgment to go against the grain and put country first," said Allen McCulloch, a delegate from Farmington. "He was a lot less flamboyant than Obama was, but he conveyed his message very strongly." Ceil Levatino, a delegate from Las Cruces, said McCain's speech will appeal to people who might still be on the fence about whom to vote for in November. "I really appreciate his willingness to reach across party lines and solve problems working with Democrats, independents or whoever," she said. "He'll work with anyone who really wants to solve problems." Fernando C de Baca, a delegate from Albuquerque, who worked in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, said McCain's speech hit all the right notes on issues Republicans care about. "I thought it was a great speech; he addressed the concerns of the American public with respect to the economy, schools and security," C de Baca said. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., attending his tenth convention, said McCain did exactly what was expected. "Conventions are about bumps and Republicans are going to get a whale of a bump out of this," the senator said.

Santa Fe Railyard Opens

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 9:40 AM
Local luminary Marco Gonzales was on KSWV Wednesday morning, talking about the Santa fe Railyard complex, a project that took 15 years to come to fruition. It is mostly natives like himself who established this family-friendly new attraction in downtown Santa Fe, blocks away from the troubled Plaza. Of note is the new REI store, a mountain-climbing outift based in Seattle, Washington. There is also a restaurant called "Flying Star". After the initial celebrating and introductory festivities are over, we'll come back and give a review here at Santa Fe Blog.

Site Santa Fe Obscenely Wasteful

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Site Santa Fe, across from the new Railyard complex of family-friendly business and farmers' market on Paseo de Peralta, has a gigantic sign on its roof, lit up extremely brightly at night, saying "XXX". It is a piece called "Tri-Christus". This is an outright assault on our Santa Fe local culture.The City of Santa Fe has one preservation code for poor business owners, homeowners and Spanish-American natives, and a different code for galleries that blaspheme and tear down local cultural tradition in order to make their little mark in the art world. The exorbitant amount of electricity used by this huge light bulb studded abomination makes the "environmentalist" art community look like complete morons. Not only do those hypocrites not "celebrate diversity" as they always preach, but Site Santa Fe is celebrating perversity and displaying its own religious intolerance and hatred. When little children see the unaccountably insane sign eclipsing our night sky on the roof of Site Santa Fe, and get inquisitive, parents could say, "XXX--that's the size of Santa Fe's carbon foot print!"

Democrats Use Felons to Register Voters

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 4:06 PM
Well, maybe not this year, but in the last election, a company called Acorn was here in Santa Fe registering voters on behalf of the Democrat party. They employed both a convicted child-molestation felon and an identity-theft perpetrator. Want to give your persona linformation to those people?

Santa Fe News

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 2:37 PM
Maria J. says:

12 people who ate at Diego's Cafe in De Vargas Mall contracted salmonella food poisoning between the last week of July and the first week of August. They range in age from 60 years old to one month old. The infant caught salmonella by feeding at his mother's breast, who had eaten at Diego's.  This is pretty serious, but all victims are recovering.

Site Santa Fe, a gallery on Paseo de Peralta, has a gigantic sign on its roof, lit up extremely brightly at night, saying "XXX". It is a piece called "Tri-Christus", and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe ought to be calling them on it soon. The City of Santa Fe has apparently got one preservation code for poor inhabitants and natives, and a different code for entities that blaspheme and tear down local cultural tradition. When little children see the vile sign blaring from the roof of Site Santa Fe, and ask what it is, parents can now say, "XXX--that's the size of Santa Fe's carbon foot print!"

A fake "church" of two members applied to the City of Santa Fe for a permit to protest during Indian Market Weekend. Their "protest" involves the right of women to go bare-chested in public, so that is just what their demonstrators will be doing--bringing a strip club style show to the downtown areas where tourists and local families will be attempting to peruse the native American culture. The Santa Fe City Attorney, a Mr. Katz (transplanted from elsewhere you can bet), gave the fake church permission, to the consternation of Santa Fe's native population. The City of Holy Faith is crying out to save its native culture. City Hall is deaf and dumb.

Pablita Velarde, Santa Fe Indian School Alumna

Posted on August 10, 2008 at 12:22 PM
The reckless demolition of Santa Fe Indian School, which was mentioned here at The Santa Fe Blog, caused the destruction of murals by New Mexican Native painter, Pablita Velarde.

Rabbit Hunt, by Pablita Velarde, 1940

Zane Bennett Gallery of Santa Fe Hosts Hideous Paintings from Germany

Posted on August 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM
Zane Bennett Gallery Euro-Trashes Santa Fe with a Whole Host Hideous Paintings from GermanyPerpetrator is Gunter F?rg

Sitting on a prominent corner of Guadalupe and Paseo de Peralta is Zane Bennett, formerly of Canyon Road. They have two great local artists in their stable: Paul Shapiro and James Perigord, veteran painters with their own uniquely beautiful styles, but somehow the person who chooses the "art" for them lately seems to believe that if it isn't from Europe, it's not as good. The utterly hideous show that this pretentious art gallery has up now will blow your mind not because the "artist" is cutting edge or original, but because of its sheer ugliness and raw stupidity. It's a whole corner building full of slap -dash paintings that some German artist threw together in a few days.  Gunter Forg is the "master minimalist" in Germany, but that doesn't mean  when he throws up on canvas it's valuable! It's nothing new or different, just more of the same old rubbish posing as substance. The gallery walls are lined with these abominations, which are stultifying in their sameness. No, it ain't because I'm not "sophisticated" nor "enlightened" that I say this--I've seen it all. It's because it's more of the same lack of talent and inspiration that the sheep and lemmings have been promoting for decades. How much do these "contemporary" con-artists and idiot gallery owners think the public is going to stand? Crapping on all that is decent seems to be a ritual among the art poseurs in this town, but this is just a cynical, senseless assault on civilization. And not clever. Gunther Forg is the con-artist, and mysteriously he was chosen to represent Zane Bennett in their pre-Railyard opening month. What a travesty!

Note to Potential Tourists: Santa Fe Is Not a Desert

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 11:05 AM
Santa Fe is in a savannah, not a desert. It does rain here, and actually has done so a lot lately,

Current temperature  at 9:06 a.m. is 62* with broken clouds.

Idiots Tear Down Historic Indian School!

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 9:13 AM
This is an outrage. Since when is it OK to demolish a series of beautiful, real adobe buildings that were impeccably built? The sign says "Coming soon: Wellness Center". And think of the traffic that a huge new complex for out- of-towners will bring! Seeing the demolition is one of the most disturbing experiences ever. Those historic buildings, bricks, and other material that no one can afford anymore are all lying in tall, wide heaps. Cerrillos Road will be uglier and more congested than ever, now that one of its two jewels has been razed. Doesn't the city of Santa Fe's Historic Preservation group have any scruples? The other beauty on Cerrillos Road is the School for the Deaf. The decision to tear down The Indian School was just plain dumb!

New Mexico Blogroll

Posted on August 4, 2008 at 11:25 AM
I can't insert html here, because there's no "submit" button for it. I shall return with a link to the New Mexico Blogroll; meanwhile, it is at the bottom of the front page of Spanish Santa Fe.

Yelp Explained in The New York Times

Posted on August 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM
YELP, where real people review local restaurants and other business

We have links to Santa Fe Yelpers' reviews on our Restaurant Reviews. See menu at top of each Spanish Santa Fe page.

Juan Siddi Flamenco Company at The Lodge, Santa Fe

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM
FRIDAY, June 26th: Juan Siddi Flamenco Company will perform at The Lodge, located at the edge of downtown Santa Fe, end of N. St. Francis Drive, going towards Tesuque.

El Pintor: Flamenco Drama at The Lodge, Santa Fe

Posted on July 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM
This link will tell you all about El Pintor.

Art Santa Fe

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 4:44 PM
Art Santa Fe Opening Night Gala: Video
Amazing how many of those artists are doing the same thing! Stripes are everywhere, done to death. And gee, aren't those blank canvases a work of art? What is their message? I think I know what it is: "If I tried to paint, I couldn't."


Posted on July 8, 2008 at 10:47 PM
This is very cool:

Earthship Biotecture

Invented by Michael Reynolds of Taos, New Mexico

Art Santa Fe, Art of Santa fe, Santa Fe Art

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM
Art of Santa Fe

Real art, not the con-temporary con-artistry that Site Santa Fe and other entities here show, the bad crafts copycats who make a mockery of art. You won't see pieces of William Morris wrapping paper defiled with spray paint, shredded scrapbooks, squares of painted metal, puddles of water, or blank fields of color. No poseurs allowed. No, Art of Santa Fe features real painters.