Santa Fe tidbits: historic house tours, new exhibit at the O’Keeffe Museum and more

May is National Preservation Month which probably explains why there are two historical property tours in town this month. On Mother’s Day, Historic Santa Fe Foundation has a tour of four historic properties scheduled (see last week’s Tidbits). On Saturday May 21st, join Cornerstones, a non-profit group that helps communities preserve and restore adobe buildings, for Gateway to the Past … A Group Walking Tour of Three Private Santa Fe Residence. The actual properties are not announced in advance. The tour, from 9:30am to noon, is $50 per person. Proceeds go towards the group’s Technical Assistance Fund and will be used to provide pro bono visits, assessments, materials, and assistance with funding to projects in communities and Pueblos throughout the southwest. You can find out more about what they do on their website. They’re currently assisting with the restoration of San Miguel Mission, which some say is the oldest church in the USA.

Alter retablo in San Miguel Mission, Santa Fe, NM, photo/Steve Collins

Art and music:

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s has a new exhibition opening Friday May 20th. Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph explores the relationship of painting and photography. According to the museum, “a crucial theme of this exhibition is the way in which the two mediums have always intersected and spilled into each other.” The show pairs photographs and paintings in 20th century American art where the “visual relationship is both compelling and intrinsic to the creative process.” Among the artists represented in the show are: Georgia O’Keeffe, Frederic Remington, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and David Hockney. Photographers include: Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White. The exhibit runs through September 11th 2011. The museum will be closed from May 9th to 19th for the exhibit changeover. During this period, tours of the Research Center and Archives will be available. Contact the museum for more information.

Andy Warhol's "Jackie", © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Andy Warhol's Jackie © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. (See photo credit at bottom of this page)

The Santa Fe Arts Commission has announced its annual art competition. The contest, begun in 1984, is expanding this year. Formerly called the Annual Poster Competition, two things are different this year. For the first time, 3-D art forms are being accepted and instead of the winning entry being turned into a poster, the work or a photo of the work in case of 3-D will be featured on a note card. Residents of Santa Fe County over the age of 18 are encouraged to enter. Winning entries are eligible to be displayed at Common Ground: City of Santa Fe Art Exhibit and Prize, at the Arts Commission Community Gallery at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. (Last year’s winner didn’t make it into the exhibit, it sold when the prize was announced.) The show opens on August 26, 2019 and runs through September 9, 2019. For complete details click here. If you have any questions contact Julie Bystom at 955-6707.

From our bedroom wall. artist Maureen Freyn's prize-winning poster: City of Santa Fe 2004-2005 Photo/SteveCollins

Heath Concerts has some great upcoming shows planned for the Santa Fe Brewing Company. If you want to drive down to the Duke City, Emmy Lou Harris is at Popejoy Hall June 19th. They are also sponsoring a free Railyard concert featuring James McMurtry on July 9th. The full concert schedule is on their website.

Orgone appearing at Santa Fe Brewing Company May 11th, photo/courtesy Heath Concerts

Odds and ends:

Encantado, an Auberge Resort, north of Santa Fe has a new General Manager, Martin Nicholson. Nicholson has worked at a number of luxury properties in the USA and around the world. He comes to Santa Fe from Pasadena, CA where he served as Managing Director at The Langham Huntington Hotel. He has also served as the General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica and the Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA. Prior to that he was the Managing Director at Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands and at the Mount Juliet Hotel, Kilkenny Ireland (he’s a graduate of the Shannon College of Hotel Management in that country). The Encantado is Santa Fe’s only Five Diamond property and they have the town’s only Four Diamond restaurant, Terra.

The Santa Fe Farmers Market’s Tuesday Market is back. Both the Saturday and Tuesday markets are located in the Railyard. Spring and summer hours are from 8am to 1pm. Come on out and buy some fresh from the farm produce, locally baked bread, artisanal cheeses and more.

Flowers at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, photo/Steve Collins

And last but not least, a shameless commercial. May is also National BBQ Month; Santa Fe Traveler’s Steve Collins is a monthly columnist for National Barbecue News. Check out The Home Chef for recipes, neat things to buy and more.

If you have any Santa Fe happenings to share with us, please let us know.

Photo Credit for the Andy Warhol photo: Andy Warhol, Jackie, 1964, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 20 x 16 (50.8 x 40.6), The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.

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3 Responses to “Santa Fe tidbits: historic house tours, new exhibit at the O’Keeffe Museum and more”

  1. Traveling Ted
    May 4, 2019 at 11:48 am #

    I love the painting by Maureen Freyne on your bedroom wall. What wonderful colors.

    • Billie Frank
      May 4, 2019 at 12:26 pm #

      It is. It was a birthday present. I met Maureen when she was welling greeting cards from her paintings and fell in love with her work. I love waking up to it in the morning.

  2. Kelli Jones
    July 20, 2019 at 12:12 am #

    Love the brick pathway with flowers at the sides. Always dreamed of having like this at home.

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