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New Mexico

Book Association

25th Annual Gala

at The Wonder Institute

June 8th, 5:00 pm

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Linda Durham Explores

The Global Theme

Of Wonder For

Creative Mornings

at the New Mexico History Museum

June 21st, 9:00 am 

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I’ve been thinking of the word “through”…wondering if you are through with Winter and impatient for Spring…

The new season blossomed for me with the opening of a beautiful painting exhibition in Santa Fe. 
The Artist, Madison Cawein, captures beauty and mystery and (near) perfection in his interpretation of flowers in water, seen through glass…I am reminded of the power and beauty that sometimes appears as a gift through distortion.

Do you know the poem
Monet Refuses the Operation
   by Lisel Mueller? I offer it as a “gift” along with some images from PORTALS TO INVISIBLE WORLDS at LewAllen Galleries (through April).  

                                                    XXX, Linda

“Sheroes: She rose” an all-woman show curated by Linda Durham at Offroad Productions in April

“Sheroes: She Rose” is an exhibition of works by eight talented and seasoned Artists from New Mexico---all “Sheroes” of the curator, Linda Durham. The—one week only--show will be presented at Offroad Productions.  A reception for the Artists will take place on Friday, April 16th from six pm onward…The exhibition can be seen by appointment through April 23rd.

Featured Artists:

Sandra Filippucci

Ciel Bergman

Joan Brooks Baker

Dana Newmann

Anita Rodriguez

Jennifer Esperanza

Laura Skandrett

Gail Rieke


Eight Women Artists inspired by their Heroines


Offroad Productions

2891-B Trades West Road, Santa Fe, NM

Past News

"Incarnation" by Laura Davis Hays -Book Launch/Book Signing Celebration on Friday April 1st

You are invited to join us at a Book Launch Celebration for Laura Davis Hays' new book "Incarnation". This novel, set in the present, explores the possibility of life after death. The reading and conversation will take place at the Everyday Center for Spiritual Living, on Friday, April 1st, at six pm. Linda Durham will be in conversation with Laura, who will be read short passages from the novel. Mingle with writers and book lovers while you enjoy refreshments and live music.   Purchase a first edition of “Incarnation”and have it inscribed by Ms. Hays.

Linda Durham met with author Gail Sheehy at the

San Miguel Writers Conference

During a private luncheon, at the San Miguel Writers' Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Linda Durham had the opportunity to discuss her upcoming memoir (tentatively titled Mobius Strip Tease)  with author and keynote speaker Gail Sheehy.  Ms. Sheehy is the author of Passages (named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress), Understanding Men’s Passages, and Hillary’s Choice, among others.  She shared her insights and advice with an invited group of writers who are all currently working on their personal stories. Gail’s own memoir, Daring –My Passages was a New York Times bestseller, and is an insightful narrative of her remarkable life.

"Playboy," -"Playboy," -"Playboy" was the unanimous response when Gail asked the group what they were most curious about following Linda's brief description of her memoir about her years of travel, her decades in the gallery business and her three year stint as a New York Playboy Bunny...

Video of Bodies of Art now online

The Five Women of Ink presented their stories "Bodies of Art" to a full house at Teatro Paraguas Saturday evening, January 9th. You can watch the whole event on Vimeo thanks to videographer Grant Taylor, who has generously made it available free online. Additional StoryHealer events, facilitated by Marsha Pincus and Linda Durham, are currently in the planning stages. (Photographs below by www.cybernuns.com; "Polaroids" by each of the speakers themselves) 

Watch the video:

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"Being open to wonder means paying attention to spiritual muscle."  

-Beneth Goldschmidt-Sauer

"Two years ago, I took a special course on THE MYSTICS.  They and their teachings and philosophies fascinated and inspired me.  It was about that time when I “invented” the word “OptiMystic”.


I read and collected and memorized many quotes by Thomas Merton, St. Therese of Lisieux, Rumi and others…Soon I expanded my “collection” to include wisdom by many wise and well-known contemporary thinkers like Bob Dylan and Maya Angelou...


This first OptiMystic deck includes 42 cards with thoughtful, optimistic quotes by 39 timeless “mystics”.  Each quote is printed over a selection of serene and or mysterious images taken either at The Wonder Institute or on one of my travels to strange and exotic destinations like Turkey or Myanmar. 

These are not (actually) fortune-telling cards…Or are they???  One can shuffle through the cards and read them like a book  or read them one day at a time for inspiration or to find clarity on a personal issue. 


They make WONDERful gifts! " 



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Video Interview with Ted Flicker

Women's International Scholarship Center (WISC) Symposium:
"Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World"

Linda Durham will be a panelist at the WISC symposium in the Focus Session "How Does the Field of Work Matter" on the "Women in Art" panel, alongside Arlene Goldbard, Naomi Natale, & Chrissie Orr.

The Women’s International Study Center (WISC) is pleased to host its inaugural Symposium, Risk & Reinvention: How Women Are Changing the World, on August 15-16, 2014 at the new Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM.


More than three hundred women and men will gather at this Symposium to explore women’s accomplishments, challenges and opportunities across disciplines, ethnicities and generations. Beginning with a conversation withU.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, more than 30 experts in scholarship, science, technology, engineering, art, law, cultural preservation, business and labor force analysis will engage in panel discussions to share their expertise, perspectives and experiences. The Symposium seeks to inspire participants to create a future that realizes the full potential of women and honors their contributions to our world.

The panelists will draw upon their personal and professional knowledge and expertise to distill lessons from what has been accomplished. They will explore what underlies the progress achieved, the lessons from success and failure, and the impact of evolving gender roles.  Further discussion will reveal how they have embraced risk, overcome obstacles and have reinvented themselves.  They will also address the current challenges within disciplines across generations, cultures, ethnicities and regions, and will posit possible solutions.


As part of The Wonder Institute's Consulting for Artists program, we will soon be releasing a major interview with one of our artist clients, Ted Flicker.


Here are some production shots from the two hour video, now in final cut.

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I am grateful to Robert Nott for his thoughtful tribute to Theodore J. Flicker in the newspaper (“Santa Fe filmmaker wanted to see vision through to the end,” Sept. 15). He certainly covered the highlights of Ted’s acting, writing and directing years in Hollywood and beyond.


I write to make note of his more recent accomplishments as a serious sculptor and studio artist. For more than 20 years here in Santa Fe, Ted (he officially changed his name to Ted Flicker years ago) created an impressive body of sculpture. His subject matter included bronze portraits of many of his artist friends: Michael Bergt; Carol Mothner; Fritz Scholder; Tom Berg; Patrick McFarlin; and Dan Namingha, among others. His oeuvre also included sculptures of biblical and mythological characters: Adam and Eve; Daphne and Apollo. Over the years, Ted created a private, 4-acre sculpture park on his Tano Road property.


Portraits of other friends grace the winding, manicured paths of the garden: Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson; Lew Pollock; Celine Cousteau; Dr. Tom Rees. At the time of his death, Ted was being considered for a major commission honoring Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician who, during the World War II, broke the German code, which resulted in shortening the war and saving the lives of countless Jews and others.


Because Ted Flicker was a longtime friend of mine as well as a friend of countless individuals and organizations in the Santa Fe community, I am moved to add to the many accomplishments enumerated in Robert Nott’s article. Ted Flicker was also a great scholar, philanthropist, artist and visionary. We who knew him miss him already.


-Linda Durham

Ted Flicker

June 6, 1930 - September 12, 2014

Theodore J. Flicker, 1930-2014: Filmmaker who fell in love with Santa Fe while making movie here dies at 84

By Robert Nott - The New Mexican 


Theodore J. Flicker, perhaps best known for directing and writing the 1967 cult film The President’s Analyst, died in his sleep at his Santa Fe home Saturday morning. He was 84.

“He went to sleep and didn’t wake up,” said his wife, Barbara. “He was lying on his back, I swear to God, smiling.”


Longtime friend and artistic collaborator Joan Darling, who first met Flicker when the two worked in improvisational theater in New York, said, “I loved him. I hope he is in the great improvisational theater in the sky waiting for me.”


Flicker was born in Freehold, N.J., in June 1930. In a 1995 interview, he said his introduction to theater came after he played Jiminy Cricket in a children’s production of Pinocchio. When the audience applauded, he said, “It was the fastest addiction in human history. I loved that clapping of the hands. And it carried me through to making a career.”


In the early 1950s, Flicker served in the U.S. Army and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where one of his classmates was Joan Collins, an actress he would later direct in the 1970 movie Up in the Cellar, shot in New Mexico.


He worked with various improvisational groups and acted in theater shows before joining the Compass Theater — the antecedent of The Second City troupe — in Chicago and later in St. Louis. In New York, he founded The Premise Theater to mount satirical and spoof-ridden improvisational skits, where he worked with other comic notables including Buck Henry, George Segal and Darling.


Flicker’s efforts to open and run a New York theater without paying off corrupt officials led him to direct his first film, the autobiographical satire The Troublemaker, co-written with Henry, in 1964. Darling, who acted in the film, recalled that it was not a success. “This was in the early days of independent cinema, and there were no film festivals or outlets for it; it had a very limited release,” she said. “It had an exuberance about it that I thought was quite wonderful.”


Of his early days at The Premise, Flicker recalled theater critic Walter Kerr writing, “The hissing from the coffee machine was far more interesting than anything he had seen on stage.” But the company remained a success, and Flicker later said it was a high point of his career.


After directing some episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show, Flicker got a chance to direct a major motion picture with The President’s Analyst. James Coburn played the title role, a man who finds himself being chased by the FBI, the CIA, the Russian secret service and pretty much everyone else as they come to realize he knows all the secrets of the most powerful man in the world. “It is one of the funniest movies of the year, ranking with The Graduate andBedazzled in the sharp edge of its satire,” wrote critic Roger Ebert of the film.


Good reviews didn’t save the anti-authoritative satire at the box office, and Flicker later said it incurred the wrath of J. Edgar Hoover, then head of the FBI, as well as other government officials. He said he was blacklisted in Hollywood, though he continued to direct television episodes and made-for-TV features before creating, with Danny Arnold, the long-running sitcom The Barney Miller Show.


According to Darling, Flicker expressed bitterness over the way Hollywood treated him. “Ted worked the best when he owned the store, so dealing with stupid authority was a real problem for him,” she said. Barbara Flicker said, “I don’t think Ted really liked making movies. There were too many people on the committee. He had a vision and wanted to see it through from beginning to end, and it kept getting warped by 200 other people.”


Flicker occasionally acted in films, playing a victim of the Blob in 1972’s Beware The Blob! and Buffalo Bill Cody in the 1981 western Legend of the Lone Ranger, shot in New Mexico. According to Barbara Flicker, that’s when the two fell in love with Santa Fe. They moved here in 1986.


In later years, Flicker wrote a novel, The Good American — one of the first to be published and marketed on the Internet — and turned to sculpting.


Flicker married Barbara in 1966. He is survived by two brothers and many nieces and nephews. According to Barbara Flicker, she will plan a memorial service later this autumn.


“I will miss him. I am glad I had him for 48 years,” she said.


When they first met, Barbara told him, “I don’t want to be bored.”


“Boy, did he live up to that,” she said.

Isabelle Rudolphi : "Life Blood"

Aug 29 - Sept 30 2014

Linda Durham and The Wonder Institute are pleased to present "Life Blood",  an exhibition of recent work by mixed media Artist, Isabelle Rudolphi .

"Life Blood" will open on Friday, August 29th, with a private reception from 5 to 7.  It will be on exhibit through the month of September.
To have your name added to the Guest List or to view the work at another time, please contact the Institute to make arrangements:  505 466-4001 or linda@lindadurham.com 
See "Exhibitions" for more information...

Work by


Brandon Behning

Caity Kennedy

Marcus Hunter

Matt King

Sarah Bradley

Sean DiIanni




Sarah Bradley

Sarah Bradley

Matt King

Matt King

Caity Kennedy

Caity Kennedy

Brandon Behning

Brandon Behning

Sean DiIanni

Sean DiIanni

The Wonder Institute adopts a river!


In February 2014, The Wonder Institute demonstrated its support of the Santa Fe Adopt a River Project by sponsoring a stretch of river between Galisteo and Sandoval streets in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Join us. Learn more. Keep our Living Rivers alive.

The Santa Fe Watershed Association and the City and County of Santa Fe partner on the Adopt-the-River program to enlist businesses, groups, and individuals to help take care of the river.

Sponsors and Stewards are credited with their name and logo on hanging signs along their section of river. Their ultimate goal is to continue bringing the river back to life.


See ARROYO ROGER for more information.