Introducing #PureMesa

#puremesa

Introducing #PureMesa

 

#PureMesa

 

At Mesa del Sol, we’ve tried to take everything that Albuquerque offers and turn it up a notch. From an ideal location, just ten minutes from downtown, to our uniquely fun amenities, our approach to creating a neighborhood that brings people together has been a strategic part of our development plan.

Mesa del Sol is known for a high quality of life and our community encompasses the true beauty of New Mexico’s outdoors. In an effort to amass this beauty, we are utilizing the hashtag, #PureMesa to feature the fun, exciting, relaxing, and uniqueness of our community. To bolster this endeavor we’ve also expanded our social media to Instagram. Follow us, @mesadelsolnm.

We encourage everyone in our network to add the hashtag, #PureMesa to an image or content piece that captures this vision of beauty, culture, relaxation, closeness and neighborly. Users that use #PureMesa on their social media networks will have the opportunity to be featured on Mesa del Sol’s social media channels. It’s our way of saying, “thanks” for connecting with our community.

 

Get started, now.

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Who is behind the snakes of Mesa del Sol?

Snakes at Mesa del Sol slithering through the native grass on University Boulevard. Photo credit: Michael Brooks

Snakes at Mesa del Sol slithering through the native grass on University Boulevard. Photo credit: Michael Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve gone to a concert at Isleta Amphitheatre or simply live or work in Mesa del Sol, then you may have noticed two 275’ long rattlesnakes along University Boulevard. The snakes bask along the median of the four-lane road with their cobblestone bodies slithering through the native grass.

We caught up with the man behind the snakes, George Radnovich, ASLA, Senior Principal/Landscape Architect of Sites Southwest and asked him to tell the story about the snakes.

 

Q: Tell me about the conception of the idea and who was involved?

A: The County originally hired us and then the City became involved in helping fund the project. At the time, there was no water available out there, but they wanted to conduct a reseeding and vegetation of the medians. Mesa del Sol is an environmentally-conscious community, and wildlife became a large part of the concept. We agreed that having serpents welcome visitors was a winning idea.

 

Q: Why did you choose the snakes?

A: We wanted to blend the aesthetic concepts from the environment with the sun and wind of the Tijeras arroyo with the wildlife.

 

Q: When were the snakes built?

A: We began designing the concept of the project in 2005 and the snakes were built in 2007. Originally there was supposed to be three, but because the four-lane road wasn’t completed, the finished product comprised two snakes.

 

Q: How long did they take to be built?

A: It took 3-4 months for both snakes.

 

Q: What are the snakes made of?

A: There is a shell of concrete around a wire frame. Stones were placed alongside the outside of it to create a solid structure.

 

Q: How big are the snakes?

A: The snakes sit at 6’ tall and 275’ long.

 

Q: What has transpired since the conception of the snakes?

A.: The snakes have been part of Albuquerque’s definition of quirky, eclectic, catchy, interesting and a sense of place.

 

Q: How does the snakes connect to Mesa del Sol?

A: It speaks directly to the desert and how it fits into the landscape around it. The snakes fit the theme of Mesa del Sol with the interconnected open spaces combined with the landscape and wildlife that surround us in the central Rio Grande Valley. It made a lot of sense to us to encompass the linearity of the snakes as the entrance to the community.

 

A lot of people enjoy snapping photos of the snakes.

 

Here are some examples:

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: www.RoadsideArchitecture.com

Photo Credit: www.RoadsideArchitecture.com

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Sites Southwest

Photo Credit: Michael Brooks

Photo Credit: Michael Brooks

 

The next time you take a drive down University Boulevard, snap a selfie with our cobblestone friend and hashtag, #PureMesa to be featured in our social media channels. Or simply wave to the serpents as you pass by…

Albuquerque Named no. 1 Mid-Sized City to Visit

 

Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s most populous city was recently named the no. 1 mid-sized city to visit by World Property Journal. Photo Credit: Community-Wealth.org

Albuquerque was named the no. 1 Top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities to visit, according to World Property Journal. The high desert climate coupled with views from the Sandia Crest is among some of the reasons why the city topped the list.

Additionally, the Native American culture amalgamated with the lively restaurants and attractions of Nob Hill, Historic Old Town, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Tinkertown Museum, and the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum come together as a exciting, spicy mix.

 

The other cities that made the list comprise:

#2- Nashville, Tennessee

#3- Colorado Springs, Colorado

#4- Amarillo, Texas

#5- Boise, Idaho

#6- Roanoke, Virginia

#7- Spokane, Washington

#8- Fort Lauderdale Florida

#9- Portland, Oregon

#10- Savannah, Georgia

 

To read the full article, click here.

 

2015 Calendars, Dogs of Mesa del Sol

Mesa del Sol Community Calendars are now available. First copy is free to residents and was delivered on December 29th. Additional copies available with requested after an online donation has been completed.   See mesadelsolnm.com for details - Proceeds benefit Paws and Stripes.

Mesa del Sol Community Calendars are now available. First copy is free to residents and was delivered on December 29th. Additional copies available upon request, Mesa del Sol asks you make a donation to Paws and Stripes for the additional calendars. See mesadelsolnm.com for details – Proceeds benefit Paws and Stripes.

New year, new calendar! Contact the Mesa del Sol office and pick up the 2015 Dogs of Mesa del Sol Calendar before they’re gone. The first calendar has been delivered to residents.

Office hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
Phone: (505) 452-2600

Additional copies are available at the request of a donation to the local nonprofit, Paws and Stripes.

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About Paws and Stripes

MISSION: To provide integrative service dog training and mental health support to U.S. military Veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury using rescue dogs from animal shelters, benefitting both the veteran and the rescue dog.

ABOUT: Helping Dogs, Helping Heroes: that is the essence of Paws and Stripes. Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for wounded military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. We help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve. Our dogs only come from local rescues and shelters. Paws and Stripes trainers teach the dogs and the veterans as a team. Our program actively integrates mental health treatment plans into their service dog training program. Mental Health services are offered to both the veteran and their family. These services are offered to each veteran without being required to pay for them.

 

Donate now.

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[Georgia] O’Keeffe Avenue Under Construction at Mesa del Sol

Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism has a road dedicated to her at Mesa del Sol. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism has a road dedicated to her at Mesa del Sol. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

The construction to support the next phase of development at Mesa del Sol has begun. This includes the expansion of the Dog Park, and a new neighborhood, which comprises the construction of O’Keeffe Avenue, in honor of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism.

“Mesa del Sol continues to prepare for the next phase of homes, and we are pleased with the progress being made,” said Karl Smith, Director of Residential Development for Mesa del Sol. “The next phase will continue to offer unique homebuilding and lifestyle opportunities for both Albuquerque residents and our new neighbors soon to make Albuquerque their home. ”

As most residents will tell you, Mesa del Sol is a different type of neighborhood. With the new urbanism approach to sustainability and quality of life, it only makes sense to name the distinguishing characteristics Mesa del Sol embodies after innovators, artists, and pioneers.

Each area of the development encompasses a different theme, such as: Creativity & Expression where the streets are named after artists who championed the areas of cinema, design, and literature.

The Mesa del Sol Neighborhood Naming Program is another way to deepen the physical naming relationship of the landscape, architecture, and core values of the project, the developers of Mesa del Sol chose a particular naming convention for each neighborhood, with the exciting addition of O’Keeffe Avenue well underway.

Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887-1986, Mother of American Modernism is best known for creating large-format paintings of enlarged objects, expressing the wideness of the world in her work. O’Keeffe utilized rocks, bones and the desert floor of New Mexico as distinctive architectural landscape forms of the area subjects of her work. She is well recognized for documenting the New Mexico Winter, Heartland New Mexico, and a vast amount of pictures of Navajo Nation. O’Keeffe’s work is preserved in the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.

“Anytime you see Georgia O’Keeffe’s name you know it is related to New Mexico,” said Miguel Gandert, Distinguished Professor in Communication & Journalism Director, IFDM. “This is a great way to generate interest in a community that is really exciting and educational.”

Caterpillar excavator bucket and the Jimson Weed 1932 art print by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Caterpillar excavator bucket and the Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932 art print by Georgia O’Keeffe.

The first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol was built with Stieglitz Drive, after Alfred Stieglitz, artist and husband of Georgia O’Keeffe.  Alfred Stieglitz, 1864-1946, was most known as a modern art promoter/photographer. Stieglitz helped make photography an accepted art form in the early part of the 20th century.

“Stieglitz was a huge supporter of O’Keeffe’s work,” said Gandert. “It is very appropriate to have the two of them as street names running parallel to each other at Mesa del Sol.”

Stieglitz Drive currently runs along the outskirts of the first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol. Upon completion, it will run parallel to O’Keeffe Avenue.

Stieglitz Drive currently runs along the outskirts of the first neighborhood at Mesa del Sol. Upon completion, O’Keeffe Avenue will run parallel to Stieglitz Drive.

“We are really looking forward to continually highlighting artists such as O’Keeffe and Stieglitz who helped make this region a prominent part of the southwest,” said Smith.

New Mexican Biscochito Recipe

: Biscochitos are a popular New Mexican family recipe. Image courtesy: Gabrielaskitchen.com

Biscochitos are a popular New Mexican family recipe. Image courtesy: Gabrielaskitchen.com

The biscochito was originally introduced to New Mexicans by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. The biscochito, derived from the Spanish word Bizcocho, meaning pastry or cookie. Biscochitos are most prevalent during weddings, baptisms, and especially Christmas time with young children leaving milk and cookies for Santa.

In 1989, the New Mexico adopted the biscochito as the official state cookie. The biscochito is among one of the most popular New Mexican family recipes.

 

Biscochito Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 4 dozen cookies

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups lard
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

 

PREP-15 mins

COOK-10 mins

READY IN-25 mins

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the lard and 1 1/2 cups sugar until smooth. Mix in the anise seed, and beat until fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time. Add the sifted ingredients and brandy, and stir until well blended. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 or 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters. Place cookies onto baking sheets. Mix together the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the tops of the cookies. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bottoms are lightly browned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Renee Capenos: Twilight Homes Consultant

Twilight Homes Sales Consultant Renee Capenos

Twilight Homes Sales Consultant Renee Capenos

HOW TO REACH RENEE:

Email: rcapenos@twilighthomesnm.com
Phone 505-508-4846

Mobile 505-385-9285
Address: 5743 University West Blvd. 
Albuquerque, NM 87106

FUN FACTS ABOUT RENEE:

Q -”If you could be any sea creature what would you be?”
A – Angel Fish
Q – “What was the last song you listened to?”
A – “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
Q – “What is your sales philosophy?”
A – “To be respectful, honest and really listen to their needs.”

 

Dog Park Makeover

 

Mesa del Sol dog park is temporarily closed as it undergoes construction for new features.

Mesa del Sol Dog Park

 

The dog park at Mesa del Sol is getting a makeover. As Mesa del Sol continues to expand and construction commences to support new development, dog owners can currently utilize a portion of the park.  The final configuration in its entirety will be completed by February.

The construction is exciting for resident pet owners as these new features are currently being added to this popular amenity.

These features include:

  • Expansion to 1.2 acres
  • New configuration
  • Small and large dog designated areas

 

Future configuration of Mesa del Sol Dog Park

Future configuration of Mesa del Sol Dog Park

Thank you to everyone for your patience as we await this exciting improvement to our growing community.

 

Neighborhood Naming Program at Mesa del Sol

Neighborhood Naming Program at Mesa del Sol

Mesa del Sol’s developers show their appreciation for innovators, artists, and pioneers through the neighborhood naming program.

Mesa del Sol’s developers show their appreciation for innovators, artists, and pioneers through the neighborhood naming program.

Mesa del Sol is a different type of neighborhood. With the new urbanism approach to sustainability and quality of life, it only makes sense to name the distinguishing characteristics Mesa del Sol embodies after innovators, artists, and pioneers.

The Mesa del Sol Neighborhood Naming Program is as unique as the development itself. In an effort to deepen the physical naming relationship of the landscape, architecture, and core values of the project, the developers of Mesa del Sol chose a particular naming convention for each neighborhood. Each area of the development encompasses a different theme, such as: Creativity & Expression where the streets are named after artists who championed the areas of cinema, design, literature, architecture, and poetry.

The criteria for selection of artists’ included within the Mesa del Sol Naming Program encompasses significant ties to New Mexico as a native, or moved here in the early 1900s due to the sanatoriums in Santa Fe or Albuquerque. These writers and artists established the creative makeup of New Mexico. Many were bold, resilient pioneers risking everything to come west via train to explore their endeavors or seek medical treatment for tuberculosis, before antibiotics.

The location with The Apertures, which includes Aperture Center and Aperture Plaza/Park conveys luminescence, openings, and is thematic of the development section.

: The Aperture Center of Mesa del Sol is considered the town center. It houses the University of New Mexico Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) program, Mesa del Sol corporate offices, Sandia National Laboratory offices, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

The Aperture Center of Mesa del Sol is considered the town center. It houses the University of New Mexico Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media (IFDM) program, Mesa del Sol corporate offices, Sandia National Laboratory offices, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

 

Neighborhood #1-Illuminations. This neighborhood is themed after American photographers. The area flanks The Apertures, and Portrait Park is within its boundaries.

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Portrait Park sits within the Illuminations neighborhood.

Layout of the first neighborhood with artists’ names incorporated into the street layout.

Layout of the first neighborhood with artists’ names incorporated into the street layout.

The streets throughout the Illuminations neighborhood include several well-known photographers. A detailed breakdown of the artists is comprised in the following.

Neighborhood #1- Illuminations Artists

 

Newhall Beaumont 1908-1993

  • Preeminent authority on photography and his zone method
  • Photo historian/codifier of American photography, art historian, writer
  • Author, The History of Photography
  • Lead 20th Century black and white modernist photographer
  • Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico (1971), helped put UNM on the national map for Fine Art & Photography including a course in traditional photographic techniques, printing, to allow an artist to push and pull the depth of the black and white tones of a photo

Weegee, Arthur Fellig 1899-1968

  • Early “on-the-ground” photojournalist
  • Documented human drama, gritty, dark
  • Specialist of black and white street crime/emergency photography

Miguel Gandert 1956-present

Laura Gilpin 1891-1979

  • Came to New Mexico during the tuberculosis outbreak
  • Helped define and preserve Santa Fe’s unique character as part of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation
  • Native American photographer, Navajo, Pueblo and Southwestern landscapes
  • Awarded Excellence in the Arts by the Governor of New Mexico 

Man Ray, Emmanuel Radnitzky 1890-1976

  • American modernist artist, painter, photographer
  • Contributor to Dada and Surrealist movements, fashion and portrait photographer
  • Work has been featured at the University of New Mexico Art Museum

Diane Arbus 1923-1971

  • American photographer, writer
  • Known for black and white square photographs of deviant and marginal people

Irving Penn 1917-2009

  • Known for fashion photography, portraits, and stills
  • Worked with Vogue, Issey Miyake, Clinique

Joel-Peter Witkin 1939-present

  • Known for themes of death, corpses, and eccentric outsiders
  • Albuquerque photographer
  • Featured in the film, Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye

Richard Avedon 1923-2004

  • Fashion and portrait photographer
  • Worked with Vogue and Life
  • Featured a In the American West category of work that included Emory J. Stovall, a scientist from Los Alamos, New Mexico and Daniel Salozar, farmer Sanctuario de Chimayo

Imogen Cunningham 1883-1976

  • Known for botanical photography, nudes and industrial landscapes
  • Featured for her work, Women of Photography and Group f/65 in the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the University Art Museum at the University of New Mexico

Margaret Bourke-White 1904-1971

  • Soviet industry, first American female war photojournalist, and first female photographer for Henry Luce’s Life Magazine
  • Industrial and architectural photographer
  • Worked for Fortune magazine
  • Known around New Mexico for her picture, Acoma Pueblo

Alfred Stieglitz 1864-1946

  • Modern art promoter/photographer
  • Known for making photography an accepted art form
  • Operated New York art galleries in the early part of the 20th century
  • Husband of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mother of American Modernism

Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986

  • Created large-format paintings of enlarged objects similar to a magnifying lens effect, expressing the wideness and world
  • Utilized rocks, bones as the desert floor of New Mexico as distinctive architectural landscape forms of the area subjects of her work
  • Work is preserved at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe

Paul Strand 1890-1976

  • Photographer/filmmaker/modern art promoter
  • Married a style of geometric surface design to street life and machine culture
  • In his photographs of New Mexico, he revealed a deep awareness of what he called “the spirit of place.”

Dorothea Lange 1895-1965

  • Photographer/photojournalist of Depression-era
  • Humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced documentary photography
  • Known for showing an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway and the “Resettled farm child, From Taos Junction to Bosque Farms, project, New Mexico, and A farm child whose family resettled on the Bosque Farms project.”

Roy Stryker 1893-1975

  • American economist, government official, photographer
  • Most famous for heading the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression and launching the documentary photography movement of the FSA
  • Known for his work documenting New Mexico Winter, Heartland New Mexico, and a vast amount of pictures of Navajo Nation.

 

This is just a slice of the naming program’s plans for Mesa del Sol. We will continue to highlight these innovators, artists, and pioneers included in the distinguishing characteristics connecting Mesa del Sol with New Mexican and American creative history.

Mesa del Sol Collecting Pet Food for Animal Humane

Mesa del Sol is collecting pet food donations on behalf of Animal Humane NM.

Pet food donations can be dropped off at Mesa del Sol offices.

Animal Humane New Mexico is a leader in next-generation animal shelters. They offer a full-range of programs and services for those looking for pets. Currently, they provide a pet food bank that began servicing between 200-300 families per month. Now, that number has doubled to 740 families and the food bank is running low.

Mesa del Sol believes the community can make a difference for these pets and families in need. We are collecting dry and canned dog and cat food at our offices in support of this initiative.

If you are interested in donating, please drop off either dry or canned food on the third floor of Aperture Center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We will be taking the donations to Animal Humane daily, so they can be distributed to the families. Donations will also be accepted at Animal Humane, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Please call, 452-2600 with any questions.

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