When I flew to Santa Fe on Tuesday to teach The Big Picture workshop, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d never taken a destination workshop, much less taught one for four days straight. Tonight, after the culmination of a delicious, yet intense week and several 14 hour days, I am humbled and renewed by the experience.
The Santa Fe Workshops
are a well-oiled machine, but the people that keep it running so well are far from machine like. I encountered so much warmth and welcoming, an unusual level of appreciation for the faculty and students, and a program that allowed for learning, inspiration, good food, and new relationships. It was an atmosphere of joy and excitement and Director Reid Callahan sets the tone with grace and enthusiasm.
Last night, the 5 classes had their final presentations, and each teacher had to speak about their class, with a slide show to follow. I didn’t expect to get choked up, but I did, because I have made a group of new friends who I respect and admire, and truly look forward to their successes.
Sally deFord, Untitled
Santiago Vanegas, Antarctica #1823
Randy Karg, Self Portrait
Brandon Johnson, from Cowboy and the Angel
Yvette Meltzer, from Picasso’s Playground
Jay Ritter, Abstract #4
Alex Arzt, from Human Animal
Christa Blackwood, Hanukkah, France’s crib, wetplate