Tidbits: Santa Fe art, food, music and more…

It’s almost Labor Day. Wow, this summer has really flown. A bit of a short Tidbits this week. I think everyone here’s in recovery mode after and hectic summer. We have a few things to tell your about, starting with a major validation of the Santa Fe art scene.

Santa Fe architecture Jphn Gaw Meem design  photo Steve Collins

Pueblo Revival architect John Gaw Meem designed Museum of Spanish Colonial Art photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe art (and architecture):
More Santa Fe Kudos: the International news agency, Reuters, has named The City different lucky number seven in their list of Top art and architecture destinations. And that’s for the world folks. They cite our Native American art, our Canyon Road galleries and well-known artists, like Georgia O’Keeffe who have called Santa Fe home. If you don’t believe them, come visit. We have enough interesting art and architecture to fill a very long visit. We’ve lived here over eight years and are still discovering treasures. The wonderful thing about the art scene is it keeps changing. The Santa Fe Traveler can arrange a unique Santa Fe art and architecture experience for you.

Santa Fe dining

Chef/instructorsTanya Story and Rocky Durham of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy with a student (center), photo Gaelen Casey, courtesy SFCA

Santa Fe Food Scene:
For years, Santa Fe has had two great cooking school resources, the Santa Fe School of Cooking and La Cosas. While SFSC mostly offered demo-style classes, they did have some hands-on classes. Chef Johnny Vee (Vollertson) at Las Cosas has always done hands on classes that I hear are great fun. But, no one, except the local community college, was addressing the more academic side of cooking. Enter the Santa Fe Culinary Academy. Starting Thursday, September 6th, the school, founded by two local cooking pros, Chef Rocky Durham and Pastry Chef Tanya Story, will offer classes designed for professional chefs as well as ones that are just plain fun. Their facility at 112 West San Francisco Street will have two demonstration kitchens, three lab-kitchens, and a student run restaurant. They are currently waiting for licensing approval from the New Mexico Department of Higher Education. SFCA’s goal is to launch a one year professional cooking program in 2013.

Note: As of October, the Santa Fe School of Cooking, now in new digs at 125 North Guadalupe Street, will have a dedicated “hands-on classroom” and will be offering many more experiential classes.

Santa Fe music Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival at the Railyard  photo Steve Collins

Art of the Brew part of Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival will be at the Santa Fe Railyard photo/Steve Collins

Santa Fe Music:
The first Santa Fe Reporter Arts Festival is being presented b y the alternative weekly newspaper by that name in conjunction with local music promoters including Heath Concerts, T-Cubed, Meow Wolf, and Team Everything. The festival runs from Wednesday, September 12th through Sunday, September 23rd. Promoters call it the “first major music festival in Santa Fe’s recent history to target a younger, culturally progressive demographic.”  The second annual AHA Fest, presenting a host of local bands, will be the centerpiece of the Festival. One of the highlights of the 12 day event is the sold-out show presenting the eclectic Wilco with special guest, Jonathan Richman. Another highlight is Art of the Brew 2012 at the Farmers Market Pavilion in the Railyard on Thursday, September 13th from 5 to 9pm.  Participating breweries are Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, Marble Brewery, Rio Grande Brewing, Company, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, Monks’ Ale and Blue Corn Café and Brewery. Besides beer and ale tastings, there will be food and music. Early-bird tickets are available online for $15. Additional information and a full schedule for the Festival can be found on their website.

Santa Fe art:
The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD)  announced the theme for their 2912-2013 Artists for Positive Social Change series. It will be Art and Political Activism.  The school calls it, “A groundbreaking, university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances.” They focus on artists “who have respectfully and fearlessly pushed the creative boundaries of their profession.” The first event in this year’s series, Barbarians at the Gate – Stravinsky, Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes, takes place on Saturday, September 8th from 7 to 8:30pm at the campus’ Tipton Hall. The multimedia presentation focusing on Serge Diaghilev and the “artistic explosion” he created in Europe in the early 20th century will be presented by local arts supporter and musician Tom Maguire. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact SFUAD’s at (505) 473-6011.

New Mexico music Music from Angel Fire photo courtesy Music from Amgel Firel

Violinists, Ida Kavafian and Daniel Phillips at Music from Angel Fire, photo/courtesy Music from Angel Fire

Northern NM happenings:
Music from Angel Fire
has its last four concerts of the season coming up this week.  They’re on Wednesday, August 29th, Thursday, August 30th and Saturday September 1st, all at 7pm. The season finale is Sunday, September 2nd at 2pm. Concert programs and locations and ticket information can be found on their website.

New Mexico art Pilar Studio Tour Photo Bruce Gourley

PattyMara Gourley’s Day of the Dead Platters will be at the Pilar Studio Tour Photo/Bruce Gourley

Pilar, on the Low Road to Taos, is having their 15th Annual Pilar Studio Tour on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th from 9am to 5pm. Artist PattyMara Gourley, one of our loyal readers and a participant in the tour, sent me the info. “We’re so proud of our tiny tour,” She writes. “We call ourselves the ‘Jewel Box of Art Tours’ because we are probably the smallest tour in northern New Mexico, and our artists are jewels.” PattyMara, her husband Bruce and photographer artist, Meredith Garcia will have their work on display at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center on Highway 68. Ten other artists will open their studios in the village of Pilar, including well-known potter, Stephen Kilborn. The Artisan Faire Market, in an orchard overlooking the Rio Grande, will feature three local artists. Come watch them shine!

Enjoy your long Labor Day Weekend in Santa Fe or wherever you are. More Tidbits next Tuesday,

2 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe art, food, music and more…”

  1. payje
    August 31, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    Aw I loved that last part, I wish I could come watch them shine! Those plates are FANTASTIC I love them so much!
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    • Billie Frank
      September 1, 2019 at 7:53 am #

      I bet you love Day of the Dead creations. Not sure if “art” is the right term for pieces honoring the dead or inspired by them.

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