"Sheltering the Creative Spirit"
Taos, New Mexico USA
We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful
Wizard Kiami, in our glorious pea-green gypsy wagon!
We’re off, that is, if we don’t prefer to sit in it for another
eleven years and feast our eyes upon the scrumptious landscapes surrounding us
here in Taos.
Mary Ann and Geoffrey Torrence have gifted
FWF with the Kiami Gypsy Wagon. Kiami,
meaning “eagle,” is the pet name given Mary Ann by her two grandchildren.
The “wagon” is actually a wooden shell the size of a large guest room
set on a 1946 Chevy pickup frame with original front end.
This whimsical contraption was created by
Ron Boyd about twenty-five years ago. In it he gypsied from California north to Washington, east to
Arkansas, as far south as Arizona, and then up here to northern New Mexico.
When he sold it, his pride-and-joy sat in the same Taos location for
eleven years without moving.
Raring to go after Torrences recently
purchased it for us, Kiami Wagon started right up without a whimper and jaunted
over to Ron’s house some distance away near Trampas.
Here he has been renovating its Victorian
gingerbread trim and pillars, its stained-glass and bay windows, its fancy green
grass wallpaper. A raised bed with
storage underneath, chairs, a desk, shelves, small salad sink, refrigerator,
stove, and woodstove will round out the amenities.
Soon we will be off and running with another
mini resident’s studio for creative movers and shakers!
Thank you for your blessings, Kiami.
Mary Ann Torrence and the Gypsy Wagon
Barbara Waters and Mary Ann Torrence
Mary Beth (Mary Ann's granddaughter), Mary Ann and Barbara