Read More from Jenny on her blog, View from the Plaza.
As many of you know, I share the Ballens’ love of New Mexican art and have spearheaded the restoration of some of La Fonda’s most valuable paintings. While working to restore and build on this legacy, I thought it was time to honor La Fonda’s collection with a written history. We are thrilled to announce the publication of In Every Room: A Story of the Art, the first documentation of just a portion of the varied artwork at La Fonda on the Plaza.
What makes the collection uniquely La Fonda, is that every piece in it is connected to someone who owned, built, or worked in the hotel, and each piece offers a unique glimpse into our lively past. A lot of the early artwork was commissioned by architect-designer Mary Jane Colter and the visionary Fred Harvey, including Arnold Ronnebeck’s bas-relief panels and Willard Clark’s Art Deco woodcuts. Our historic paintings by Gerald Cassidy, on display throughout the hotel, were originally commissioned by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, and have become sought-after treasures. More recent acquisitions include paintings by Native American artists, Tony Abeyta, Marla Allison, and Mateo Romero.
La Fonda’s collection contains hundreds of pieces of collectible art, including original paintings in every guest room — a claim no other hotel in Santa Fe can make. In Every Room: A Story of the Art will be available in our Gift Shop mid-August. Pick up a copy and make your next visit to La Fonda an art history adventure.
Enjoy the tour!
Jennifer Lea Kimball