Snowdrift Haiku

Mary Colter’s dream
Railroad legend on the brink
Saved by God’s good grace

I’ve been going to La Posada in Winslow a lot lately.

One reason is that I’m totally enamoured with the place,
and another is that I’ve been selling my artwork in their gift shop.

That all started in August of 2011 when I stopped at La Posada on my way home from a show in Santa Fe.  Daniel Lutzick, the manager/part owner bought 9 pieces to try them out.  I went back two months later and he bought 19 pieces.  Last week I returned and he bought 35 pieces!!!

I went with my friend, Donna, and of course, we had an awesome lunch at the Turquoise Room. Never has soup (1/2 corn, 1/2 bean) and salad (the most delicious caesar salad I’ve EVER eaten) tasted so incredible…and did I mention the cornbread???

Much to our delight, Dan invited us to his Snowdrift Gallery/home for a personal tour.  The 10,000 square foot building was originally a Babbitt Brothers Store in the early 1900’s.

It’s now filled with massive art pieces and numerous items that were given to him from locals, such as an entire skeleton from a horse that died in quicksand…why didn’t I get  a picture of that you ask???

There are tons of pictures telling the stories of celebrations that have graced the space – most recently Groupo Folklorico, a model train convention, and Dia de los Muertos festivities – all of which are whimsical and brilliant, stunning and outrageous, a delight to experience.

I’m eager to return, yet again…

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~ by Dawn Elliott on February 9, 2012.

15 Responses to “Snowdrift Haiku”

  1. That looks like it was a wonderful tour. I am always amazed at the ordinary objects you turn into such cool art. Not too long ago I was in a thrift store, I stood there looking at the “stuff” , telling myself to look at it with YOUR eyes.
    It didn’t work..:)…You have such a gift!!!

  2. What a wonderful place! Your haiku celebrates it in a perfect way!

  3. Thanks for the tour of this magnificent place! I’ll stop just because you mentioned corn bread. Your artwork on display for sale is a bonus! Thanks for sharing this. I am dreaming and planning on a trip to Arizona and New Mexico in March.


  4. A wonderful post. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and I believe I’d like to try the soup! Wishing you well!

  5. Congrats on selling so many pieces of your art ~ Wonderful places you live near ~ strong haiku ~~ namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) and HMH

  6. love your haiku so much, being so swept away by the work of mary colter, at a time when men dominated the world of architecture.
    love too that your shrine art has found a perfect home!
    not too hard to make deliveries to such inspiring destinations!

  7. I love everything about this post!
    Your success (YAY!) And the picture of all of your
    artwork in one pile! Omg, I have been a fan of your
    work for a few years…sure wish I could visit that gift shop!
    And that food! And all the rest…thank you for sharing it all!

  8. To think of the bones of so much artistic talent here… what an amazing post and haiku, so rich in history and beauty, a true feast that I can just linger and enjoy. Thank you!

  9. Surrounded by such an interesting collection of art and artifacts!!

  10. La Posada is cool. Loved the art of Mion that is everywhere there. We have stayed in the Amelia Earhart room. Cool how all of the rooms are named after celeberaties from 1930’s-1950’s.
    Great selling your art there too.

  11. Haven’t been in Winslow in many years and the last time I was, it seemed like it had been more or less abandoned. Obviously I am way off base although the song about Winslow is playing in my head as I type this. I love seeing all the art he purchased from you–and his own stash. Fascinating.

  12. What a wonderful tour! How awesome your work is being displayed and sold in the gift shop. 🙂

  13. WOW! Love that home! CONGRATULATIONS on selling your artwork and feeling so good about it! Nothing like loving the new homes your artwork flies away to!

  14. what a wonderful place! and your work?? congratulations!! that is so cool! a lesson in getting out there!! perfect haiku

  15. Wonderful haiku. Nice pictures too.

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