Once a month, Steve White makes the trek from his Albuquerque studio to
East Palace Avenue’s Todos Santos Chocolates & Confections, his
highest-volume retailer, to unload his latest batch of “outsider art.”
We met in a sitting area near the elevators on the second floor of the
Eldorado Hotel. Writer/director Emmett Mckinley requested I not ask
questions about his sons. Having no idea what he was referring to, I
Japanese-born artist Ai Krasner gives the term “plastic arts” a whole new meaning. Her latest solo endeavor, Plastic Garden, consists of colorful and thought-provoking pieces composed exclusively by the ubiquitous material.
Asked what it was like to be a photojournalist for LIFE magazine during
its 1960s heyday, Bob Gomel does not hesitate to answer. “It was the
mecca,” he says with a combination of excitement and nostalgia.
Helen and Charlie Sharpe are used to gawks, the sound of tires screeching and strangers constantly knocking at their door. The reason? Their picturesque garden—chock-full of statues, sanctuaries and figurines.
One glance at 55-year-old Kenneth Bennett, and it’s not hard to tell that he’s led a rough life. He’s sitting at a table outside Ecco Espresso & Gelato, meticulously carving a wood figurine, cedar chips landing on his long, scraggly beard.
“Maybe it’s like a calling,” Tim Foster says. He’s talking
about a need to create and sell 100 handmade meditation pillows, a
project he recently launched on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter with
the intention of attracting more people to the Zen-like practice.