As we get ready for turkey and gratitude, here are some interesting Santa Fe happenings coming up soon. Stay tuned for our holiday concert round-up coming next week.
Vera Marie Badertscher, co-author with Charnell Havens of Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist will be at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse on Wednesday November 30th at 6pm. Badertscher will talk about Tahoma, a Navajo artist who turned out hundreds of painting from the mid-1930s to 1956, when he died. He studied at the Santa Fe Indian School under renowned teacher Dorothy Dunn. Havens discovered a family collection of the artist’s work which had been bought in Santa Fe over a period of years. She wanted to write about it and asked Badertscher, a friend and writer to join her in researching and writing about the relatively unknown artist. The research leading to the book took years. Badertscher’s presentation will include slides of the artist’s work. She will also sign copies of the book, a great present for any serious collector of Native American art.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Many don’t realize that New Mexico was the site of an important battle. The Battle of Glorieta, was fought near the town of Glorieta, north of Santa Fe. In honor of this momentous anniversary, The Lensic Performing Arts CenterJohn Brown’s Body will present a dramatic reading of Stephen Vincent Benet’s 1928 epic American poem, John Brown’s Body. Local actors, Jonathan Richards and Ali MacGraw are joined by Lensic executive director, Robert Martin for the reading, an adaptation of the 1953 Broadway presentation of John Brown’s Body, directed by legendary actor, Charles Laughton. Molly Sturges provides vocal and musical accompaniment. She will play the banjo, guitar, concertina and other instruments. The reading takes place Sunday, December 11th at 7 pm at the Lensic. Tickets, $10 to $15, are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.
Santa Fe has two new stores with items to enhance your home décor.
Zuma opened in September in the Guadalupe/Railyard District. Located on Montezuma Street, hence the name, the new shop offers adornments for both the body and the home. Owners, Carmie Giuliano and Bill Krafchik, recent Santa Fe arrivals, wanted to open a unique shop that would attract both locals and visitors. Their collection includes a range traditional and contemporary items from the United States and other parts of the globe. The store is located at 328 South Guadalupe (entrance on Montezuma), the former location of Paper Unlimited. They can be reached at (505) 992-0304.
Jane Smith Home opened its doors this week at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in the small strip mall that houses Ohouri’s Coffee, Kaune’s and other businesses. The shop combines new and antique decorative items and furniture collected by shop owner Jane Smith, an interior designer who lives both in Santa Fe and Basalt, Colorado. Her interiors have been featured in many decorating magazines including Architectural Digest and Country Home. Visit the shop at 511 Old Santa Fe Trail. You can reach them at (505) 988-5670.
El Zaguan, a historic home at 545 Canyon Road owned by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, presents Deck the Walls: Celebrate Art with the Zaguanista. The show, opening Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 7pm, runs through December 17th. It features the work of the six artists who live and work in the historic El Zaguan compound (formerly the James L. Johnson home). The six, Greg Tweed, Max-Carlos Martinez, Brenda Roper, William McLane, Bethany Orbison and Adam Eisman represent a range of media including painting and photography.
Historic Madrid, an old mining town south of Santa Fe, is a quaint town of shops and galleries. Cowgirl Red, a shop/gallery specializing in vintage western boots, art jewelry and more, presents Quilts of the Southwest, an exhibition of new art quilts of art by Mary Ezell. The exhibit opening is Saturday, December 3rd, from 3 to 5pm.. The quilt show runs through March 1, 2012.
The Lighting of Ledoux, Saturday, December 10th from 5 to 7pm, is the unofficial kick-off of the holiday season in historic Taos. The narrow street will be alight with farolitos (paper bags filled with sand then topped with lit votive candles) and luminarias (small piñon fires). Not only will Ledoux be alight, neighboring courtyards will glow too, lighting the way for the crowd. It’s a magical site. Museums, galleries and shops stay open for the evening. In addition, there will be food and entertainment. This popular event draws a lot of people; plan to come early. For other Taos holiday happenings, click here.
We wish all our readers a Happy Thanksgiving. If you live elsewhere in the world, we invite you to take a moment to reflect on what you have to be thankful for.
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