Welcome to a special edition of Hungry Socialites by Karte Blanche & Co.
Ghost Ranch in Abiquiú, New Mexico has become synonymous with its most famous artist resident - Georgia O’Keeffe. But back in the 1800s, cattle rustlers - the Archeluta brothers had settled on the land. According to legend, the brothers spread rumors of evil spirits that plagued Box Canyon to deter any visitors and to conceal their crimes. This caused the ranch to be nicknamed Ranch of the Witches, which later became Ghost Ranch. The canyon may or may not have started out haunted, for "the Archeluta brothers were not content with just basic cattle rustling and when travelers passed through their land, they had a tendency to vanish..." In 1936, Arthur Pack a wealthy American naturalist who founded the American Nature Association purchased the ranch giving it raving reviews in Nature Magazine which enticed Georgia O’Keeffe's first visit. The artist soon fell in love with the ranch and began to divide her time between there and New York, eventually moving to the nearby village of Abiquiú. Today Ghost Ranch is a 21,000-acre education center and retreat - the towering red cliffs and its vivid colors still hold a hypnotic power and a feeling of stepping back in time.
O'KEEFFE: One Hundred Flowers
Illuminarium After Dark
images courtesy Illuminarium
Georgia O'Keeffe is recognized as the Mother of American Modernism, Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers, is one of the best-selling art books of all time with over one million copies sold worldwide. Illuminarium's O’KEEFFE invites you into a virtual garden where the flowers breathe life within a series of evolving visual landscapes synced to a soundtrack that celebrates the treasured floral stills. Meet up for a cocktail in the garden with the After Dark (21+) experience that includes full bar, small bites and live DJ - through November 18, 2022.
THE GRAND HACIENDA
Abiquiú Lake, NM
images courtesy Grand Hacienda website
The Grand Hacienda estate provides a luxurious stay in The Land of Enchantment - a feast for the senses in a remote and quiet location. This adults-only experience combines modern luxury and sophisticated service in an eco-friendly boutique inn that's blended with authentic architecture and southwestern style. The Hacienda is a serene escape, nestled on a mesa top overlooking Abiquiú Lake, Ghost Ranch, the Red Cliffs, Pedernal, and New Mexico plains of red, yellow, purple and green. In the middle of Georgia O'Keeffe country, you will feel as she did when saying, "It's something that's in the air – it's different. The sky is different, the wind is different." An extraordinary desert landscape rich of history, culture, geology, and beauty.
Oldest Ghost Ever Recorded
Huerfano Mesa, Sacred Navajo Mountain
Illustration of Vivaron haydeni
by Joschua Knüppe
The ghost of a 30-foot-long rattlesnake-demon known as Vivaron was said to haunt the area around Huerfano Mesa, hiding in tunnels under the mountain during the day and emerging at sunset to commence its nightly hunt. "In 2016, a new species of reptile was identified at Ghost Ranch. The reptile has been named Vivaron after the snake-demon and was identified as a new species of rauisuchid, a distant relative of the modern-day crocodile. Vivarons were between 12 to 18 feet long and lived in the area of Ghost Ranch around 212 million years ago. Rauisuchids were some of the largest and most dangerous carnivores in Pangea during the 16-million-year-long Triassic Period," according to Curious Archive. The Guinness Book of World Records awarded Vivaron the distinction of being the ‘Oldest Ghost’ ever recorded.
"Mojave Ghost is a woody composition inspired by the soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert. In this xeric wilderness, rare are the plants that dare to blossom. With a light and graceful character top notes of musky Ambrette combine with fresh Jamaican Nesberry. Powdery Violet then unfurls to reveal Sandalwood. Finally warm Chantilly Musk rounds out a base of crisp Amber and Cedar wood, leaving the raw spirit of Mojave Ghost to linger on the skin."
Georgia O'Keeffe series of paintings
New York City 1925 -1929
images courtesy WikiArt.org
November 1925, O'Keeffe moved into one of New York City's tallest skyscrapers, the Shelton Hotel on Lexington Avenue with her husband Alfred Stieglitz. They lived on the 30th floor with clear, unobstructed views of the city. O'Keeffe made about 25 drawings and paintings of NYC skyscrapers and cityscapes between 1925 - 1929. She was interested in capturing "the mystique of the skyscrapers" evocative of her own style as a symbol of the modern world.
(Formerly Restoration Hardware)
Manhattan, New York
renderings courtesy RH Guesthouse website
New hospitality project RH Guesthouse opened this fall in Manhattan's meatpacking district as an oasis of luxury and privacy. Offering six adults-only guest rooms and three 1,000 sq ft two-story suites with access to a private rooftop with garden, infinity pool, daybeds, dining terrace, plus lounge areas from which to enjoy the panoramic views of iconic New York City landmarks. But the crème de la crème is their spectacular full-floor penthouse boasting 2,600 square feet of space with 11-foot ceilings - RH's CEO Gary Friedman's personal penthouse which shall occasionally become available for rent when the right opportunity presents itself.
HAUNTED EVENING OUT
One if By Land, Two if By Sea
New York City, NY
images courtesy one if by land, two if by sea website