Thursday, May 11, 2006

My kinda Santa Fe

Maggie says:
There are only so many $30,000 bear sculptures I can admire in Santa Fe before I start itching for something a little more... real. Enter Ed Larson. As you wind down Canyon Road with that distinct sense of "haves and have nots" that is oh-so-prevalent there, he's the one who'll make you smile.

His shop is a breath of fresh air, a hug from an old friend, a spell on grandma's porch... it's home and real and funny and poignant all at once.

Ed's studio is clutter at its best - a true warming of the heart for all us packrats. He has paintings piled upon paintings, whimsical wooden toys teetering on uneven surfaces, old paint brushes everywhere, and Amy Goodman going in the background.

Amy's the perfect conduit for what matters to Ed. See, amidst his virile cowboys, naked ladies, and personable animals lies a very political bent. In Ed Larson's world of folk art, Bush&Co are art-worthy subjects in the most delightful of ways.

I took a little piece of Ed Larson home with me today to make my walls happier... you should, too. It's hard to miss him on Canyon Road. Just remember, he's the one who'll make you smile.

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