Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Remembering a Free Spirit.(Art)

Byline: Artist's View JO BASISTE For the Journal

The current exhibition recalls a time when a thriving community of independent, creative women lived and worked in Santa Fe

Currently in the Salon of El Zaguan, on Canyon Road, is an unassuming show of drawings of the street life of Mexico. These were done by Dorothy N. Stewart in the l930s, '40s, and early '50s. Stewart's sister, Margetta Dietrich, had owned this historical hacienda since l927, and Stewart had her studio and galeria in or near the compound. It was on one of her frequent excursions into Mexico, in l955, that she died. The drawings chronicle a simpler world. But the circumstances surrounding this exhibition are complex and touch on important aspects of Santa Fe history.

This rediscovery of a forgotten female artist suggests the need for feminist research into the history of the Santa Fe art community. Many people are aware that two great art patronesses, Mabel Dodge Luhan and Mary Austin, and two of America's most respected female artists, Georgia O'Keeffe and Agnes Martin, made their homes in New Mexico. …

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