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Santa Fe hits the Bay Area.

Southwest shops, galleries in San Francisco, Oakland, Larkspur, Sonoma, Los Altos, Walnut Creek

Crooning coyotes, hand-painted furniture, and cattle skulls a la Georgia O'Keeffe are just some of the intriguing items you'll find in shops selling Southwestern crafts and art in the Bay Area.

In the past two years, more than a dozen emporiums of Southwestern style have opened in San Francisco, Sonoma, Larkspur, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Los Altos. They offer an array of folk art pieces: Native American and Spanishinfluenced furniture, paintings, pottery, jewelry, weavings, sculpture, and other crafts. All aim to bring the spirit of Taos and Santa Fe into your home.

Alacenas and antelopes, all handmade

Shop owners claim that handcrafted Southwestern-style furnishings have become an attractive alternative to hightech, machine-made designs. Since each piece is an original, it's possible to have -some items made to your specifications.

While prices (and quality) vary widely, don't be surprised to pay several hundred dollars for rare pieces. Some stores have older, hard-to-find items handsomely displayed as in a museum, so browsing is enjoyable even if you don't intend to buy. Look for furniture and sculpture made of pine, ironwood, cottonwood, wrought iron, and steel. Handcrafted trasteros (freestanding cupboards) and alacenas (wall cabinets) are built in traditional Spanish-colonial style. Some have a contemporary twist, whimsically painted with slithering lizards or stylized antelopes.

You'll find candlesticks made from branding irons and, for your walls, ristras (colorful bunches of dried red chilies) and Native American rugs and blankets. In the restaurant adjacent to La Ultima in Walnut Creek, you look at artwork displayed on the walls while enjoying typical Southwestern fare.

Thirteen Bay Area shops and galleries Unless noted, area code is 415. Sonoma. Coyote, 523 Broadway, Sonoma; (707) 938-2775. Store hours are 10 to 5:30 Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 to 5 Sundays.

Larkspan Salsa, 14 E. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur (near ferry terminal); 925-1810. Open 10 to 6 Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 6 Sundays.

San Francisco. Cottonwood, 3461 Sacramento Street; 346-6020. Hours are 10:30 to 6:30 weekdays, 10:30 to 6 Saturdays, noon to 5 Sundays.

Galisteo, 590 10th Street; 861-5900. The store is open 9 to 6 daily except noon to 5 Sundays.

Santa Fe, 3571 Sacramento Street; 3460180. Open 10 to 6 daily except Sundays.

Southwesterly, 698 Mason Street; 3915588. Hours are 9 to 6 Tuesdays through Sundays, or by appointment.

Southwest Tradewinds, 3901 18th Street; 255-9602. The store is open 11 to 7 daily except Mondays.

The Mitre Box, 4082 24th Strect; 8242272. Hours are 10:30 to 6:30 Mondays through Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; noon to 9 Thursdays; noon to 5 Sundays.

Oakland. Zia, 6026 College Avenue; 6524647. Hours are 11 to 6 daily except I to 5 Sundays.

Walnut Creek. La Ultima, 1516 Bonanza Street, Walnut Creek; 937-0383. Hours for both gallery and restaurant are 11:30 to 9:30 Tuesdays through Thursdays, till 10 Fridays and Saturdays, 11 to 9:30 Sundays.

Los Altos Earth Visions, 371 State Street, Los Altos; 941-6300. Open 11:30 to 5:30 Sundays and Mondays; 10:30 to 6:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; till 8:30 Thursdays; till 5:30 Saturdays.

Great Southwest, 398 State Street, Los Altos; 948-9185. Hours are 9 to 6 daily except Sundays.

Sunbird, 243 Main Street, Los Altos; 9411561. Hours are 10 to 6 Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays, till 8 Thursdays and Fridays, 11 to 5 Sundays.
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