It’s cold and somewhat quiet in Santa Fe at the moment, but happening later this month and early March. Winter Fiesta, ArtFeast and Santa Fe Restaurant Week are on their way. There are a few things going on this week and next. Even when there are no special events, there’s so much to see and do here: museums, galleries, great-day trips, outdoor activities and more.
Want something warmer to do? James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Cheryl Alters Jamison is giving a talk, Still Cooking: New Mexico’s Historic Diners, Chile Joints, and Burger Bars, at the New Mexico History Museum, Sunday February 13th at 2p.m. She’ll share places she’s discovered in her travels around the state that define New Mexico’s culinary heritage. Jamison, Culinary Liaison for the New Mexico Tourism Department, is working on the culinary trails initiatives project, including New Mexico’s Green Chile Cheeseburger and Culinary Adventures Trails. The talk is free with museum admission. New Mexico State Museums are free Sundays for state residents. Remember to bring your ID.
We’ve all heard of Meals on Wheels, but art on wheels is a new concept, at least in Santa Fe. artrapreneurs, Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel, have mounted a rolling gallery in a vintage 1970 aluminum step-van. Right now, Axle Contemporary’s van is parked around town and the curious can peep in the windows. Come warmer weather, the van will be parked and manned, visitors will be able to come inside the van and look at the paper art affixed to the walls of the 6’ by 10’ exhibition space. Want to tour the mini-gallery? Put the February 18th opening of artist, Nina Mastrangelo’s, Structures of Dynafluxian Exuberance, on your calendar. The show features 400 small paintings. Want to know how they get them all into the mini-gallery, you’ll have to come to the exhibition. The opening reception for the artist is at Kakawa from 5p.m. to 7p.m. After the opening, you can view the exhibition at locations around Santa Fe through March 12th. Locations are posted daily on Twitter and their website. On Tuesdays and Saturdays in warmer months, you’ll usually find them parked outside SITE Santa Fe across from the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market to coincide with their market days.
San Ildefonso artist Tony Da is a legend. Grandson of the famed San Ildefonso potter, Maria Martinez, and son of Popovi Da, Martinez’s co-creator for years, he followed in the family footsteps. Da, who passed away in 2008, was a potter and painter. He apprenticed under his grand-mother and father, learned quickly and went out on his own. Creative Spark! The Life and Art of Tony Da, opening at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on Sunday February 13th, features approximately 40 ceramic pieces and 20 paintings. According to the museum, the exhibition is an “unprecedented exploration of Tony Da’s life and the works he created”. Born in 1940, his career was cut short by a motor-cycle accident when he was forty-two. He went back to painting for a few years in the mid-eighties, but according to the exhibitions co-curator, Tony Chavarria, Curator of Ethnology at the museum, because of the severity of Da’s injuries, painting was difficult and his style changed radically. “These paintings have a strange, enchanted quality,” Chavarria says. Two of these paintings were included in the show, curated by the museum’s director, Shelby Tisdale and designed by Dawn Manges. The show will continue through December 31st 2011.
Grammy award winner, jazz pianist Danilo Pérez, offers his blend of Pan-American jazz at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Sunday February 20th at 4p.m. The Panamanian native, who’s led his own groups since 1993, has played with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Wayne Shorter. He is Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, Artistic Advisor of the Mellon Jazz Up Close series and Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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