We are starting it off right – with art! Did you know that Georgia O’Keeffe found much inspiration in New Mexico. In fact, her ranch is found in Abiquiu. That is in the northern part of the state, somewhat close to Taos and Santa Fe. “Somewhat” is a relative term here, folks, as there are many wide-open space in New Mexico.
Abiquiu is a small town that has played a big role in history and movies. There is a pretty good list of movies that have shot in and around Abiquiu. It was also the scene for some TV series shots. I know that is of interest to many people but honestly, I haven’t seen most of those. If I take look, I can find over 50 titles for films that have shot, at least partly, in the area.
Abiquiu was one of the original stops on the Spanish Trail in the 1800s which linked Santa Fe with Los Angeles. These stops were important for trade and safety.
The area includes many wonderful hiking trails and a lovely monastery (Monastery of Christ in the Desert). The Abiquiu Reservoir is a large lake that has some recreational activities available such as fishing, hiking, and boating.
My favorite part of Abiquiu is, by far, the association it has with Georgia O’Keeffe. As an artist, she fell in love with the light and the area. Beginning in about 1929, O’Keeffe spent a good part of each year in New Mexico. She eventually bought Ghost Ranch, close to Abiquiu. It provided her much to paint, from her beloved Pedernal to dry bones to bright desert flowers. The light and sky is a great attraction for many artists and O’Keeffe seemed to take much inspiration from it. Her work is beautiful and striking. If you want a neat book on Georgia O’Keeffe, check out the biography for children that I shared on a post a while back (it is towards the end of the post).
Ghost Ranch, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and a visitor’s center are all places to visit to learn more about O’Keeffe.
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Tagged: ABC blogging, New Mexico, travel/trips
We studied O’Keeffe last year in our artist studies. It would be neat to see the museum.
The museum dedicated to O’Keeffe is amazing. Her clouds and sky picture, I can’t recall its name, is HUGE. And all of the flowers are stunning in detail.
Abiquiu sounds like an incredibly interesting place.
Glad I was able to share my interest. I would enjoy getting to visit and to stay a Ghost Ranch sometime.
great start to your series. 🙂 Georgia O’keefe did some nice art.
Yes, she did.
This is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing in our Link Party and I cannot wait to see what you write for next week!
I always enjoyed the ABC series, both writing and reading.
I have to ask, how do you pronounce “Abiquiu”??
Good question! A/bih/cue. First letter is a short a sound. Some of the words that are coming up I may need to find links for pronunciation. Thanks for asking.
Thank you! I had it totally wrong!