Siri Hollander on her horse sculpture
Dixon is a very cool village in northern New Mexico, about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos. I was there this weekend for the 29th annual Dixon Studio Tour. Great stuff! You’ve got to see Siri Hollander’s welded-steel monumental horse sculptures, which I found her loading off her pickup truck and bringing into her gallery (http://www.sirihollander.com/).
With a population of just 1,500, Dixon is home to artists, authors like Stanley Crawford (his “Mayordomo” is a classic), a museum director who just moved in from Los Angeles, former New Yorkers, hippie types, and Hispanic families who’ve been here for generations. The median resident age is 42, the median household income is $36,000 (there’s a lot of trading going on in Dixon), and the median house value is about $200,000.
Zuly's Cafe is worth the drive
Dixon has its own radio station and at the library sale I spotted books by Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas and poet Tess Gallagher. We’re talking a certain strain of intelligentsia, no? I had two awesome lattes at Dixon’s higher-consciousness new restaurant, Zuly’s Café (http://www.zulyscafe.org/Dixonrestaurant.html). The green-chile Dixeño burger made with hormone and antibiotic-free beef that was grilled outside by Chris was fabulous. I’ll be back for the Zuly Salad with cranberries, nuts, and feta. I’m fascinated by Dixon—it seems like an enlightened place with a real sense of community. And by the way, caramel-colored cottonwoods are still draping SR 75 here.
Above: My mustang Ryo in Tesuque, NM. Our barn owner in Malibu described him as Ghandi-esque because Ryo didn't fight for the best feed bin like the other horses. When Ryo died in Tesuque, I turned on my car radio to hear John Lennon singing "Imagine"... that was Ryo "living life in peace."
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