4.16.2017

La Vie Boheme...


L A Z A R O   I G L E S I A S

Gallery & Studio



Photo courtesy of the artist

This wondrous, mixed-media piece was snapped up on the first night Lazaro's show opened, and I think I would have had to duke it out with the buyer if I had been there. But all of his imaginative, contemporary 'icon' pieces are delectable and if you find yourself in the Guadalupe District, do stop by and take a peek at all of this talented Cuban artist's handiwork. 



In the front window...

















Lazaro's studio is just behind the main gallery and it is chock-a-block full of all the 'ingredients' that stir his vibrant creativity.



In progress...






THANK YOU LAZARO FOR SHARING YOUR GALLERY AND
 STUDIO WITH CHASING!

LA VIE BOHEME

333 Montezuma Ave. - Free Parking in lot
Santa FE - NM

505-307-6542


LAZ'Z STORY



Born in Havana, Cuba and left at the age of 1 year old and was raised in Venezuela until the age of 7. I came to the United States with my family looking for the American Dream.

I've always been very involved with the art world. My inspiration was my aunt who owned a Couture boutique in Venezuela and I would always see her sewing dresses, making patterns from a persons body and her hand-beaded gowns were amazing.

She catered mainly to famous singers and stars from that era in Venezuela which made her work just even more stunning to see. That vision stayed for many years and that was the start of how I got into working with fashion doing windows, being a stylist in New York, dressing mannequins which got me into the Visual Merchandising world. 

I got to work with some inspiring company's like J.Peterman, Macy's, St.John Boutique, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and my last adventure Neiman Marcus. I have an excellent eye for fashion and dressing woman as well but I knew that my art inspiration was being put in the back burner just because I didn't have the time to do art with having positions as a Visual Manager and Visual Director-.

In 2016 I decided that it was the time to leave that 36 years of the visual world behind and start a New Journey. Here I am in Santa Fe, NM with a studio and gallery - after 2 years of had work -  a self taught artist with a passion for what I do.

I've been blessed and always have been. This new journey has been amazing. Meeting people, connecting hearts and energy through my work. It just gets better and better. So don't ever put our dreams aside or think It can't be accomplish. Look at my story and be inspired, cause it can be done- Follow your Passion...



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4.08.2017

BANGLES, BEADS & CASSOULET





SHARON SORKEN makes exquisite jewelry and LOUIS MOSKOW makes exquisite food. And it just so happens that they are Mother and Son and I thought it would be fun to capture their 
dual creativity for CHASING... 


S H A R O N   S O R K E N

I met Sharon a few weeks ago when I was looking for a pink hat for the Women's March. All I knew was that she was a knitter and had volunteered to make a slew of hats for anyone who wanted to show their solidarity. When I went to pick up said hat Sharon was wearing an exquisite necklace and when she said she had made it, I realized that I knew her work, but hadn't known the artist who created these delicately crocheted and hand-beaded jewelry.

Sharon's work is showcased at THE GOLDEN EYE - a jewel box of a store just off the Plaza - offering handcrafted, high karat gold jewelry. I met her there and as  she pulled each piece of her collection from its case, I found the perfect 'stage' to capture their splendor...




These lithe strands of beads and precious stones, with their delicate and perfect patterning,  look like they were birthed from nature - yes magnificent serpentes - but far more friendly.




The jeweled patterns in her work are endless, notes Sharon, and she uses 14 kt vermiel beads and diminutive tourmalines, sapphires, and rubies. 


Beautiful 14kt. gold plated beads...



Sharon invited me to her studio, a large space on the first level of the lovely home she shares with her husband Ed Sorken. The studio space is a repository of Sharon's talent and past artistic prowess. Before becoming a jeweler, Sharon created designer knitwear and patterns and also worked as a designer for the luxury yarn company - ARTYARNS.








How does she do it?  In simple terms Sharon strings beads and precious stones onto a thread and then sweeps her crochet hook up and over and under, working the beads into a perfect tube/shape. But, she says, it's tricky, if you're off just one bead, the design won't work when you're adding the accent bead.



And a high-powered magnifying glass helps the process along.


And, she roasts her own coffee!







115 Don Gaspar - Santa Fe, NM

505.984.0040
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L O U I S   M O S K O W


What's not to love about a French Bistro, especially when it's here in Santa Fe, has a contemporary flair and the impresario/owner/executive chef is Louis Moskow. I would always run into Louis at the Farmers Market so when I would dine at 315 I knew exactly where his farm-fresh ingredients hailed from. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Louis' first stint was at New Orleans' renowned Commander's Palace. He worked his way up through the ranks and then opted to hone his classical techniques in Europe. 

At the invitation of executive chef Matt Yohalem - who he had met at Commander's Palace - Louis moved to Santa Fe to be his sous chef, then executive chef at Bistro 315. When Yohalem  opened Il Piatto, Louis bought the restaurant. And what a delight both visually and gastronomically.




I'm a push over for crisp, white table linens...



Great French wine list...




Everything on the menu was tempting...but I opted for the CASSOULET...cant' get more French than that. It was sublime - a rich, slow-cooked casserole of lamb shoulder, house-made sausage, duck confit and garlicky-herbed white beans. And while I waited, I sipped a lovely  FRENCH 75 - a vintage Champagne cocktail with a splash of gin and simple syrup...with a perfect marinated cherry to go with...



Ah, but I get ahead of myself...before the Cassoulet...


Basil-wrapped Shrimp with Apricot Chutney & a Madras Curry Sauce.


And the rest of the magnificent meal - shared with Sharon and Ed Sorken - Oysters on the Half Shell, Beef Wellington,  Bouillabaisse, and  Profiteroles...





BRAVO LOUIS!
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 315 
RESTAURANT & WINE BAR


315 Old Santa Fe Trail
505.986.9190


OYSTER HOUR - EVERY DAY 5-7 AT THE BAR
TUESDAYS - 1/ 2 off Oysters & Wine!
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