Brenda Beeley on mon 30 oct 00
The rainy gray days of Fall are already starting to remind me that I want
to get out of here for part of the winter. I'm thinking of going to Santa
Fe for a month and renting studio space at Santa Fe Clay . Has anyone done
this? What was your experience? Any ideas on where to stay cheaply?
Brenda in the Pacific Northwest
Cleo on mon 30 oct 00
I agree about the gray days settling in. I live in Montana, west side and
it's starting. I get the urge to flee every year at this time. I'll be
interested in the responses. A month or two..3..4..5 well I'll settle for a
month for now would be nice.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brenda Beeley
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2000 10:37 AM
Subject: Winters in Santa Fe
> The rainy gray days of Fall are already starting to remind me that I want
> to get out of here for part of the winter. I'm thinking of going to Santa
> Fe for a month and renting studio space at Santa Fe Clay . Has anyone
> this? What was your experience? Any ideas on where to stay cheaply?
> Brenda in the Pacific Northwest
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Snail Scott on mon 30 oct 00
Warning: all about rentals in Santa Fe... boring!
Feel free to delete this if you're not Brenda.
I never rented studio space at Santa Fe Clay, but I
did live in Santa Fe for a few years. I honestly don't
know where to live cheaply in Santa Fe - I commuted from
Albuquerque to my day job there for several years, just
to save on rent, but the time spent in the car (an hour
each way) ate all my art-making time. So, I bit the bullet
and moved to 'Fanta Se'. I shared a house on the unfashionable
(south) side of town with an old friend. This place had no heat,
no insulation, leaky roof, cracks in the walls that you could
see light through, and a collapsing septic system. On the
other hand, it was outside the city limits (no regulations
to speak of), and large enough to allow studio space. For
this gem of real estate we paid over $1000 per month.
I'm not trying to scare you off, but so many people come to
Santa Fe expecting something different. It's a lovely town,
with terrific galleries, performing arts, and culture, and
if I ever make enough money, I'd love to move back, but it's
not a cheap place to live.
Because housing is so expensive, though, many people share
housing, and many people have rooms to rent, even in the
nicer parts of town. (The opera puts its seasonal employees
and performers up in such accomodations during its (summer)
season, for instance.) Since you would be looking for short-
term housing, this would probably be your best bet.
Such housing is regularly advertised in the daily paper, the
Santa Fe New Mexican; the local free weekly, the Reporter;
and on the bulletin board at Wild Oats Grocery and at the
downtown library. I know you can't very well check these
from where you're at, but maybe someone at Santa Fe Clay could
help out. It is possible to get the paper out of town, though,
and it would give you a starting point. You might want to
place your own 'housing wanted' ad. (By the way, because
Santa Fe is a very art-oriented town, ads for 'studios' mean
just that - art space, not residential, unless specified as
'live-work' studios. A one-room apartment is always referred
to as an 'efficiency', to avoid confusion.) Plan on a minimum
rent of $500.
There are not many places to live outside town that are close
enough to be convenient, but some of these are : Madrid, a former
ghost town reoccupied by hippies and now quite upscale; Cerrillos,
a former mining town which is less trendy than Madrid but getting
there fast; both of these are about half an hour south. North of
Santa Fe is Pojoaque, the town next to Pojoaque Pueblo, which is
a bit cheaper, but you have to cross Glorieta Pass to get into
Please note: Santa Fe is in the desert, but it's at 6500 feet
elevation - it's NOT warm in the winter! There is a ski area
15 minutes from town, and it's already open for the season.
It will certainly be sunnier and drier than the Pacific North-
west, but probably not warmer. Bring your snuggies!
The folks at Santa Fe Clay are good people, and they bring in
some good visiting lecturers. The private studios aren't huge,
although there is a large common area. People who throw and
do smallish work seem to 'fit' better there. (I do large
handbuilding, so I never really looked into it seriously.)
The building is in the 'Railyard', quite close to the Plaza
and lots of trendy shops and galleries and historical stuff.
I hope I'm not too discouraging; I think a month in Santa Fe
would be tremendous fun, but a lot depends on your financial
situation. (Mine is probably tighter than yours, so take
my analysis with an appropriate grain of salt.) Besides, what
would be unaffordable on an ongoing basis might be justifiable
as a one-time special trip.
Please let me know if I can help further, although someone
who actually still lives there could probably help you more.
Good luck- -Snail
At 09:37 AM 10/30/00 -0800, you wrote:
>The rainy gray days of Fall are already starting to remind me that I want
>to get out of here for part of the winter. I'm thinking of going to Santa
>Fe for a month and renting studio space at Santa Fe Clay . Has anyone done
>this? What was your experience? Any ideas on where to stay cheaply?
>Brenda in the Pacific Northwest