Ere he also has The Opportunity To Talk opportunity to talk great surety about the nature of painting as he sees it Eli has always been in the mix of Santa Fe s art scene He has always been observant and curious about the activities of others while continuing upon his prolific personal journey No one else in about the activities of others while continuing upon his prolific personal journey No one else in Fe could have written this book and I am thankful to him for having done so I wanted this to be better since I used to hang out with SF artists such as Phil Wilburn and Steve Catron in this era Inexpert. D burgeoning growth of one of this country's most well known *ART COLONIES ELI LEVIN THE SON *colonies Eli Levin the son novelist Meyer Levin is known for his paintings of Santa Fe night life He has run art galleries written art reviews and taught art history He hosts two artist's gatherings a drawing group since 1969 and the Santa Fe Etching Club since 1980 Levin studied painting with Raphael Soyer George Grosz and Robert Beverly Hale among others and has Master's degrees from Wisconsin University and St John's Colle. ,
Changed by the growth of the city A growth which had begun In Earnest By The earnest by the I arrived in 1981Eli is an agnostic humanist if ever there was one which allows him to take hard and sometimes cruel looks into the failings of others His socialist leanings make him not so much a graceful or poetic writer as a utilitarian one But his stories of early Santa Fe are vividly told and populated with real people It especially takes off for me when he speaks
With Such Love For His such love for his Arthur Haddock And All the fading generation of older artists and the newly arriving ounger generation; wild night life at Claude's Bar; artist's battles with conservative arts organizations; uestionable successes and tragic failure of careers; exemplary examples of lifetime dedication; and a number of suppressed scandals one even involving possible murders Packed with amusing anecdotes about the various artists with whom Levin painted plotted and partied this vivid memoir testifies to the exciting rebirth an. .
Eli is a friend of mine In this book he tells a gossipy story about the place I have called home for nearly 30 ears Told in a series of short chapters with titles such as A Memorable years Told in a series of short chapters with titles such as A Memorable at Claude s Bar and Indians Forever his stories deal with the very early days of the Santa Fe art colony and end about the time I moved to Santa Fe in the early 80 s It was a special treat to read about these people many of whom I met later in their lives and the places such as Canyon Road which have been forever. By the early 1970s an active bohemian colony had developed in Santa Fe and it became a cultural boom town The number of art galleries went from two to a hundred Besides the Santa Fe Opera there came into being endless festivals for art music literature theater movies fashion and the crafts of Indians and Spanish Americans The city's complex heritage of three interlocked cultures became Santa Fe Style But the fifteen ears between 1964 and 1980 held a special magic And Eli Levin experienced it.