The anchor facility for the Plaza de Española is the historic Bond House, now a museum that highlights the transition of Española from frontier outpost to commercial center. Until the coming of the railroad in 1880, the Hispanic and Native American lifestyles of the area had been unchanged for more than three centuries. Coming from Canada, the Frank Bond family established the Española Mercantile, invested in sheep and land, and began the construction of an adobe home. By 1910, the house had grown to its current size, a testament to the power of the new cash economy.
The Bond House was added to the State Register of Historic Places in 1978, and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 1982, the San Gabriel Historical Society opened the house as a museum with its first exhibits.
Visit the Bond House today and you will see beautiful examples of turn-of-the-century craftsmanship in the intricate woodwork, parquet floors, and brass fixtures. The San Gabriel Historical Society maintains a schedule of changing exhibits that features historical artifacts and photographs of daily life in the Española Valley. Other galleries serve up a sampling of art from local community groups.
From the front porch of the house, look to the east and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains. You will then understand why the Bonds chose this spot on which to build their home. You will also understand why this area now represents the heart and soul of the Española Valley
(505) 747-8535 The Historic Bond House Museum 706 Bond Street Espanola, NM 87532
Nicholas Herrera in collaboration with Susan Guevara
Opening Reception October 25 5 - 7 PM Museum Hours: Monday Noon - 3:30 PM Tuesday & Wednesday by Appointment Call 505-500-7126 Thursday & Friday Noon - 4:00 PM
Antonia Lujan, Kiva Step Vase, micacous clay
PRESERVE THE OLD BUT KNOW THE NEW Traditional and Contemporary Native American Art July 12 - September 20, 2013
Michele tapia-Browning, Brandon Cata, Erik "Than Tsideh" Fender, Martha "Apple Leaf" Fender, Glenn Gomez, Allan Houser, Kenna, Leon "Lonnie Lovato, Antoina Lujan (Tseme), Debbie Lujan, Jocelyn Martinez, Elija Naranjo Smith, J. D. Roybal, George Toya, Andrew Tsinajinnie and Ferlin Yazzie.
De La Tierra y Cerca De La Tierra From the Land and About the Land January 18 - March 22, 2013
Clarence Medina, Chamisal
JOAN GENTRY DON KIRBY CLARENCE MEDINA CAMILLA TRUJILLO
Second Annual Northern New Mexico Colcha Exhibition September 14 - November 2, 2012
Loretta Atencio, Irene Brandtner-Martinez, Nestora Bringas Gloria Chavez, Connie Fernandez, Julia Gomez, Annette Gutierrez-Turk, Jerry Hopkins-Velarde, Irene Lopez, Victoria Lopez, Antonia Lujan, Cecilia Sanchez, Beatrice Maestas Sandoval, Pauline Sargent , Leo Trujillo, Esther Lujan Vigil
Edward Curtis, Yan-Tsire ("Willow Bird")
A Legacy of Light Photographs from the Bostick & Sullivan Collection July 20 - August 31
Historic and contemporary non-silver images collected over a 30 year period by Melody Bostick and Richard Sullivan. The exhibition includes examples of 19th century photographic processes, platinum prints by Annie Brigman, Edward S. Curtis,, Imogene Cunningham, P.H.Emerson, Frederick Evans, Doris Ulmann and Edward Weston; and contemporary non-silver photographs byElena Baca, Dan Burkholder, Zoe Dwyer, Howard Efner, Julio Galindo, Luther Gerlach,Tony Hauser, Bob Herbst, Kenro Izu, Koichi Kurita, David Michael Kennedy, Michael Lardavabal, Linda Madison, Gordon Mark, Andrea Modica, Joan Myers, Charles Palmer Jan Pietzrak John Richards, Meridel Rubinstein, Jennifer Schlesinger, Michael Silver, Dana Street, Nancy Suitor, Richard Sullivan, Rory Wakemup and Steve Weisberg
UNTITLED XII Limited edition photographs from the portfolios: The Lost Years and Waterproofs January 20 - February 18 2012
Untitled XII “a society of eclectic photographers” opens on January 20 with a reception from 5 – 7pm. The exhibition which runs through February 19 comprises images from The Lost Years and WaterProofs, two recently published portfolios. Untitled XII highlights the work of ten artists who met while taking classes at the Schoo of Art and Design at Santa Fe Community College. The group includes Henry Aragoncillo, Evan Hubbard, Jonathan Lewis, Paul A. Lewis, Odus Lynd, Eleanor Rappe, André Ruesch, Richard E. Saunier, Sherry Selavy and Missy Wolf.
Described as “cerebral, witty and often surreal”, the images reflect the diverse experiences of the artists who range in age from their mid twenties to late seventies. Their backgrounds include experience in conceptual art, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, science, medicine and goat herding. Untitled XII questions traditional ideas of truth to pursue a path that is personal and sometimes confrontational, in dealing with contemporary issues. It is psychological rather than documentary. It pushes the boundaries of both subject matter and technique, yet remains accessible. As Eleanor Rappe, president of Untitle XII points out “photography and the use of photographic materials opens the door to a world of magic.” Santa Fe Reporter Review