Magazine article Sunset

A New Mexico Ranch Where Art Is King

Magazine article Sunset

A New Mexico Ranch Where Art Is King

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Visit a gallery, stay in a casita, or enjoy spring blossoms

"Of all the seasons, I suppose spring arouses the most excitement," artist Peter Hurd wrote of his ranch in southeastern New Mexico's Hondo Valley, some 45 miles west of Roswell. "The subtle pinks and reds of tamarisk and acequia willows first appear along our water course, the green of young cottonwood leaves to follow soon."

Now, decades later, Peter Hurd's son Michael stewards the family's 2,500-- acre Sentinel Ranch, including a gallery and guest houses. A well-known artist like his father, Michael captures the ranch's beauty with the translucence of watercolors and the power of oils. In 1991, Hurd opened Sentinel Ranch to the public, and spring is certainly the best time to visit. Soon the ranch's apple orchards will erupt in a profusion of white blossoms, which just may be enough to inspire the artist in you.

Visit the ranch's Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery and you'll see work not only by father and son but by Michael's grandfather N.C. Wyeth, Michael's uncle Andrew Wyeth, and Peter's wife, Henriette Wyeth. …

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