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Enduring Culture

About the cover: Sculpture by Somers Randolph (2021), Italian black marble


A year has passed since our last summer issue came out online, and by September 2020 we were able to print one of our best issues ever. Trend now publishes as an annual—and what a year it has been. It is our fervent hope that by the time this new issue reaches you we will have taken the needed strides toward regaining our health and our economic footing, along with our physical and spiritual equilibrium.

But the road back may continue to force us into unexpected detours for some time to come. So how do we cope with so many life-altering events and circumstances without becoming discouraged? Most of us turn to the stabilizing force that is our culture: those collective beliefs, values, and goals that give us the strength to face the unknown. Here in New Mexico, that unifying culture is more inclusive but also more complex than in most places—it’s an amalgam of Native, Spanish, and Anglo values that, while touted by the tourism folks as an appealing example of tricultural harmony, has always been a bit more fractious than that. At one level we see how people who once waged war on one another have managed to establish a fragile but productive collaboration, each drawing from the other culture to create a collective ethos and aesthetic that nourishes our hearts and souls.

But social divisions and historical resentments have always played a role in the ongoing struggle to achieve spiritual and cultural stability, and during this past year we’ve seen this phenomenon play out in events close to home. Issues that have festered quietly for many years have been shifted to the forefront, demanding that unhealed wounds and misrepresentations from the past be addressed forthrightly and with a new spirit of understanding and reconciliation. At home on the Santa Fe Plaza, for example, we’ve seen passionate actions and reactions regarding the controversial obelisk, occasioning a long-delayed conversation about historical accuracy versus myth, and how to honor our overlapping cultures while allowing them to tell their own distinct stories.

Trend has long been committed to seeking out and sharing these stories as we celebrate the intertwining artistic traditions that make New Mexico unique. In the current issue we offer a broad array of photo essays that highlight the work of outstanding photographers who use their artistry to capture the essence of New Mexico’s talented population. Taos-based Bill Curry’s revealing portraits of local residents (“Reflections,” page 116) explore the diversity and depth of Northern New Mexico’s broad cultural origins and influences, while Peter Ogilvie shows us his keen eye for architectural detail as he presents the stark beauty of a home built to integrate itself into the landscape (“Functional Design for a New Era,” page 156). Audrey Derrell’s stunning portrayals of four local artists and their work (“Eureka!,” page 88) examine the beauty and challenges of the artistic life. Kate Russell of Santa Fe turned her photographic talents to architecture (“Collaborative Vision,” page 60) to celebrate the results of an artistic cooperation that resulted in an elegant, livable home that showcases the owner’s vision.

With these stories and many others, Trend seeks to continue to expand the conversation that has emerged from the challenges of our times, forging new ties and revisiting old ways of thinking that need to be adjusted to our current reality. Viewing our situation through the unflinching eye of our creative community provides us with a mirror that reflects the joy and pain implicit in the human condition. In the end, we all seek to find truth and beauty in the world around us, and our enduring culture and artistic tradition will help us on our way.
—Cynthia Canyon, Publisher


Trend magazine was born and raised in New Mexico. In print for over two decades, it’s a product of synchronicity, conceived by publisher Cynthia Canyon and raised by the profound arts and culture in this diverse state. Trend belongs to you, our reader, as much as it is a labor of love for our team.

At our helm is publisher Cynthia Canyon, an L.A. transplant who fell in love with New Mexico many years ago and has made it her home. She is the spark of energy that pushes us to excellence. At her side for decades has been art director Janine Lehmann. A native New Yorker who studied fine art photography and designed books for years, Lehmann’s artistry has brought Trend to vivid life since the magazine’s inception. Contributing to graphic design and managing our production with grace is Jeanne Lambert, while Rena Distasio, Nancy Zimmerman, and Christina Procter have helped lead Trend’s editorial vision for years now.

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