Category Archives: Caught Our Eye

Caught our Eye: ARCOS Dance at SITE Santa Fe

Ok, you all probably know by now how much we love our friends at ARCOS Dance.  I got to see them in a special VIP Preview performance at SITE Santa Fe last night; the company will be offering free dance performances open to the public throughout this weekend.  Their presentation, Kinetic Encounters, is a 30-minute journey through artist Enrique Martinez Celaya’s 12,000 square foot installation at the museum, entitled The Pearl.


Performance times are:
Friday, September 13th at 6pm
Saturday, September 14th at 10:30am
Sunday, September 15th at 2pm and 4pm

Here are a few of my photos from the evening:




Learn more on the ARCOS website, which we recently had the pleasure of designing >>


Photos by Kristin Carlson



Tiny Beads

Pattern and texture, and a lot of patience. This elaborately covered VW Bug caught my eye at the San Diego Museum of Modern Art. The inside (down to the steering wheel) was even covered in tiny beads!

We are currently working on a website facelift for Wings of America American Indian Youth Development Programs, and have been perusing stunning patterns to include in their design. Looking forward to revealing the final design!


Jones Organic Garden

In the middle of the bustling beach city of San Diego there lies an urban farmer working the soil in between sounds of the freeway (which at night passes for the ocean) and fast city life. Tomatoes, kale, corn, string beans, apricots, lemons, avacados, squash, peppers, and many many orange trees are all found tucked into a beautiful home I’m grateful to know as The Jones Organic Garden.

With each visit to Andy’s family in San Diego, his dad fills us up with fresh squeezed orange juice to start the day (each morningreally!), and his mom sends us home with bounties from her garden. Last night we polished off the gorgeous array of light yellow and green string beans. There are so many great resources out there now encouraging urban gardening in any size space. You really can’t get any better than eating food sourced from your own (or if you’re lucky, your friend’s!) backyard.

“..the earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us…”
– Big Thunder [Bedagi] (late 19th century) Wabanaki Algonquin

– Jackie

photos by Jackie McCormick

Grand Opening of David Richard Gallery in the Santa Fe Railyard

Contemporary David Richard Gallery (also one of our website design clients) hosted the grand opening of its new location in the Santa Fe Railyard District this Friday, May 25th.  The incredible new space is light, airy, and huge—the second largest in town, ideal for presenting large-scale paintings.  The aesthetic is an expansion of the gallery’s sleek mainstay location downtown on Lincoln Avenue.

Exhibitions ‘Color Affect‘ by Robert Swain (boasting paintings 72 x 84 inches in size), and ‘Seeing Red‘ (the inaugural group show in the new space) are on view through June 23rd.  We love the ‘color theory’ behind both presentations:


Color Affect:
“Robert Swain has spent his entire career devising a unique system for organizing over two thousand colors and studying how humans interact with and feel color.  Through his rigorous evaluations, Swain has gone beyond how we perceive the physical effects of color to how we experience the emotional and physiological sensations produced by color in certain arrangements and configurations. His paintings go beyond physical observation to a phenomenological affect.”
Seeing Red:
“…features many of the gallery’s artists and their abstract artwork in a variety of media, including canvas, paper, stainless steel, fiberglass, cast resin, and photography. Abstraction uncouples color from reference and allows for a perceptual experience through the memories, emotions, and feelings triggered by color—relative to composition, medium, and context in the work of art.”

Congratulations, David and Richard, on your fantastic new space!  We can’t wait to see more David Richard style in the Railyard this summer.

Map to both of the gallery’s locations >>


Photos by Kristin Carlson

Green for Spring: Hiking in Scotland

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
-Algernon Charles Swinburne

May is a tumultuous month in a state of limbo, when days can prove equally hot and sunny or cool and windy.  Long afternoons here in Santa Fe still hold promise of late-season hail or snowstorms—or big summer thunderclaps, downpours, and searing flashes of lightning.  It’s also the time of year when gentle new leaves can be seen peeking out between gray rocks and in ragged, winter-worn flowerbeds and gardens. In fact, experiencing May in the Southwest is not so different from my recent trip walking the Scottish Highlands in March, when the teensiest bits of green are beginning to show on every surface: around bubbling icy streams, beneath forest groves, trailing furry sheep up still-frozen peaks, shimmering in spots of sunlight as clouds move over the meadows.  That very first, very beautiful color of spring green found in March in Scotland (or May in Santa Fe!) follows; enjoy, and happy spring to everyone.  I am looking forward to summer, and in the meantime, every spot of green and sunshine brings a smile to my face.


Photos by Kristin Carlson