Culture Vulture, July 29
I Need an Etymologist Before Spanish Market
Doctor: Thank you for seeing me on such short notice. My problem? Well, I need an etymologist. You see, I understand that acrophobia is a fear of heights; arachnophobia, the fear of spiders and so on, and so on. I know all this. I just need someone who can give me a name for my fear. As my therapist, you have always told me I need to be able to name my fears in order to overcome them. Well, that’s why I need an etymologist...You know, one of those people who know all about words, and stuff. But, I don’t know a name for my fear. What? Describe my fear? Well this weekend is Spanish Market. What is there to fear? Well, ah...Okay, I’ll let it out. Every time I am exposed to some of the great art in Santa Fe...I begin to feel this deep-seated desire. Well...you see...I want to bring some of it home. There, I said it. Is that so bad? Well, no but...uh...my wife and I have talked about the lack of wall space...you know...well...we are running out of space to hang things...yeah, like art and during Spanish Market and Indian Market and Folk Art Market... Yes, you get the picture. Sorry, no inside joke intended. So, then we bought a flat file...you know those large filing cabinets that they have in galleries with giant drawers, only a couple of inches thick. They use them for the extra art work that doesn’t fit on the walls...like at our house. Oh, you’ve seen them? Yes, I will get to the point. Well...when I go to Spanish Market...well, when WE go to Spanish Market, I see all these things that I want to take home...yes, yes art. I mean, Doctor, what else DO they have there? That’s what I’m talking about. What else WOULD they have? Oh, yes, food. Well, yeah, they have great food; but I can’t put that on the wall then, can I? Well, that’s right...there was Andy Warhol...but that’s not the point...is it? Well with all of these great works of art right there in front of us....we like retablos...already have quite a few and they don’t fit in that flat file I mentioned...did I mention our flat file? There is this santera...you know, a maker of saints. She does retablos...great ones. And, we bought a couple. Even had her paint four of them on a door in our kitchen and we got to choose the images for the door...San Francisco, ‘cause we like animals; San Yisidro...I like gardening; San Pasqual to help us with our cooking; and, of course, Our Lady of Guadalupe. We had to have another Our Lady. What? The artist’s name? Ah, Catherine Robles Shaw. She lives in Colorado but she always shows at Spanish Market and wins a lot of awards. She took our door home to her studio to paint it. We went to Colorado to pick it up...we put it in our camper and then there was no room for us and Chaco, our dog; so we stayed in a hotel. I want to go to Spanish Market, I really do; but I have a fear of going...you know...a fear of buying art, but that is the problem...there is no name for my fear...is there? That’s why I need an etymologist. I'll probably go anyway...just to look, you understand, don't you?
You know, when I lie on this couch I have a great view of the artwork on the wall behind you. Where did you get those?