Baca Railyard is inviting the public to its first Annual Block Party event to celebrate a great alliance of art and design business and the consolidation of its location as the southern end of the Santa Fe Railyard development.
June 23, 2017, from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Located in mid-town Santa Fe, Baca Railyard has become the new Santa Fe hip and cutting edge arts & design center. Forming since the early 2000s as part of the Santa Fe Railyard mission to transform the historic Railyard into a sustainable and inviting public space for recreational, social, artistic, and commercial activities in a way that embraces Santa Fe’s cultural and historical significance and upholds the community’s vision.
The wedged-shaped Baca area marks the southern end of the Railyard and once served as a coal and fuel storage yard for the Denver & Rio Grande and New Mexico Central railways, connected to the North Railyard site by a still visible old rail alignment across the area currently occupied by School of the Deaf. The completed Acequia Trail Easement now connects the Baca area to the North Railyard for hikers and cyclists and provides a major link in the extensive trail system throughout the city of Santa Fe and beyond.
Most of the pre-existing structures in the Baca Area were metal warehouses reminiscent of an earlier era. Warehousing, light industrial, stone yards, and art production made up pre-development activities, but the recent introduction of cutting edge contemporary architecture housing furniture showrooms, retail shops, and artists’ and architects’ live-work spaces are bringing an exciting new modern dynamic to this historic working district. The Baca Railyard area has grown organically with a bright future for locally owned businesses.
Some of the newcomers are Opuntia Cafe. The previous owner of Iconik Cafe Todd Spitzer and designer Jeanna Gienke will be completing the new space by the end of July.
“We’re looking to bring in some world-class tea as well as having Iconik coffee. Also, our menu is being done by Kim Muller, James Beard semi-finalist, who did the first menu for Izanami. We are going to have food-themed off of traditional tea cultures, Moroccan, Asian, Turkish, British, etc. and Jeanna is going to be selling artistic plant creations and micro-landscapes like terrariums, plant walls, and creations made with plants in pots made by local artists, potters, and glassblowers”. Solange Serquis is a landscape architect and she and her husband Andres Paglayan, are developing the building which will be set in a garden designed by Solange and will include 2 bed and breakfast units and she and Andres will have their offices and a conference room on the second floor, Andres does software development. The building was designed by artist/architect Tom Easterson-Bond. Solange Serquis is also working on the landscaping for the long-awaited St. Francis underpass and bike trail that will finally connect both sides of the Railyard.
One of the remaining parcels will be developed by Devendra Contractor of DNCA Architects, a designer of galleries in the North Railyard.
Local artist Michael Bergt has also set up a studio at the Shoofly Condominium, a great little modern office complex, originally designed by Nick Williams. Michael has been a professional artist for over thirty years. His symbolic and metaphorical images have been shown nationally and internationally.
Alan Burrus from The Twisted Cow Compound is expanding his live-work condominium which is near completion and was originally designed for artists, and creative professionals like architects, graphic designers, musicians, film, video, and web producers as well as small community non-profit administration organizations. Some of the artists and designers at the compound are commercial photographer Inga Hendrickson, who has
worked for Outside Magazine, LA Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Method Seven Eyewear, Katherine Jetter Collection, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, among others; Julia Walley from Letterpress Made, who produces
printing work from an old printing press named Vincent; architect and Passive House consultant Miguel da Silva who promotes Contemporary Regionalism in New Mexico and designs elegant, comfortable and energy-efficient buildings, by using state-of-the-art building materials to create spaces that speak to the history, culture, and traditions of the region. Tim Brown creates mixed-media assemblage sculptures and currently has made new lines of handmade Satchels and one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Many businesses and studios have been in the area for a while and are, Captain Marble; world-class artist Ricardo Mazal; Jonah Stanford’s Passive House and Net Zero architectural design firm; Railyard Enterprises, founded by Brett Chomer who designed and built the modern warehouse facility that leases spaces to Undisputed Fitness and Caveman Coffeeshop, Salon del Mar, and Justin Frame Designs with their newly launched gallery space.
Right across are antique dealers The Raven, previously known as Recollections, which is the best Fine Consignments & Antiques store for upscale furniture consignments; a newcomer
Jeff Littrell Antiques and Interiors who expertly edits and blends diversified collections of art, jewelry, and antiques from the 15th through the 21st century; House of Ancestors, who specializes in antique furnishings, ceramics, and devotional art from the Americas, and Circle Antiques, with one-of-a-kind treasures, jewelry, and art, as well as a fabulous collection of in-house designed bags, by owner Dana Waldon.
More recently, the neighborhood welcomed Santa Fe Modern and Rippel Metal Fabrication who partner in offering custom contemporary metal works and the prestigious collection of modern luxury furnishings from french maverick Ligne Roset.
Not long ago, Yares Art Projects found their way to Baca Railyard, relocating from their previous Palace Avenue space.
The primary focus of the gallery is Abstract Expressionism paintings from the 1950s and 1960s, with a concentration on the Color Field School. The Yares Art Galleries were originally founded in 1964 by Riva Yares in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Molecule Design settled in the area in 2007 with their shipping container building, Molecule sells and promotes contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories from some of the best national and international design firms, like Italian long-timer Moroso. Molecule also shows the work of contemporary local product designers.
The neighborhood is teeming with vitality and new energy. A stroll through Flagman Way, Shoofly Street, and Railfan Drive will invite the visitor to the vibrant mix of art and design objects and ideas for the home and commercial decor. Visitors will be able to chat with business and studio owners and become part of the activity. Some venues will be doing special events.
Adriana Siso, Molecule, June 23, 2017