By Karen Denison
Santa Fe is known for its vibrant colors: turquoise skies, earth-tone architecture, sage green hills and rock formations in rich pastels. The colors have inspired artists and craftsmen for centuries. This summer, many of the city’s galleries and museums are highlighting Santa Fe’s love-affair with color with special exhibits and events. Three of particular note:
“The Red That Colored the World” at the Museum of International Folk Art explores the history and widespread use of cochineal, a New World insect-based dye that produces brilliant reds. The tiny cochineal beetle is common on cactus in the Santa Fe area.