Drawn by Curiosity: El Rito, New Mexico
One of the things we love about New Mexico is the diversity of art and cultures. Driving around you never know what you might find. We were interested in going to El Rito, a tiny town not far from Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu, to search out a famouns restaurant and an outsider art installation. Most everything is on the two-lane road that goes through the town. A number of artists (Nicolas Herrera and David Michael Kennedy) live here in a beautiful landscape and they have open studios in the fall. (We'll be back).
Many historical buildings are still standing, some under restoration. We arrived before the restaurant, El Farolito, opened so we wandered down to the small cemetery at the end of the road.
At the cemetery we found these amazing tombstones, arrayed in a line, each depicting a different scene. This one shows a stovetop and chiles. Mary G Varoz, 1911-1990
An outsider art feature we were looking for was the Mars Polar Lander, built from scrap and found objects. You couldn't miss it; it was right in the middle of town.