Summer is flying by. There are so many Santa Fe happenings we can’t keep up. Wish we had more time to enjoy them.
The big news for this coming weekend is the 61st Annual Spanish Market, in the Plaza on Saturday and Sunday. Contemporary Spanish Market is on Lincoln Avenue, north of the Plaza. Both markets will have previews on Friday evening. It’s also the last weekend for the NM Jazz Festival which has brought some great music to Santa Fe. And of course, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Santa Fe Opera are in full swing. Lots to do in The City Different! In the wings: the 91st Annual Indian Market takes place at the Santa Fe Plaza on Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th . On Friday night, they too, have a preview event. All the previews take place at the Santa Fe Convention Center and are open to members only. Not a member? You can join at the door.
Ever wanted to see where your food comes from? The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market hosts its 17th Annual Farm Tour in Northern New Mexico on Sunday, August 5th from 9am to 3pm. Eight farms are participating this year. Go to one farm, or all eight. Depending on where you go, you can see ﬁelds of vegetables, colorful ﬂowers, fruit trees and honeybees. There are also farm animals including sheep, geese, turkeys, and chickens to discover.
Participating farms are:
In the Dixon/Peñasco area:
El Bosque Garlic Farm, Dixon, NM (505) 579-4288
Talon de Gato, Dixon, NM,
For the Love of Bees Rio Lucio, NM
The Fruit Basket, Velarde, NM
US 84 Corridor:
Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, Abiquiu, NM
Shepherd’s Lamb and Ganados de Valle, both in Tierra Amarilla, NM
South of Santa Fe:
Gallina del Sol, Stanley, NM (505) 249-6435)
For more check out the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market website or call them at (505) 983-4098.
Did you know that New Mexico and the south of France have something in common? Both have the perfect climate and soil conditions to grow grapes and lavender. El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ 10th Annual Lavender and Herb Fair takes place Saturday, July 28th and Sunday and Sunday, July 29th from 10am to 4pm. The event, at the living history museum southwest of town, will include will lavender and herbs and more. Events include learning how to make a lavender “wand”, presentations about lavender and herbs and more. Meet a traditional Curandera (herbalist), listen to music or sip lavender lemonade. Exhibits at the living history museum will be open with docents to demonstrate life during New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial era. You can also tour the homestead’s herb garden. In addition, the festival will have booths selling lavender and herbal products and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and teens (13-18). Kids 12 & under are admitted free.
Navajo Rug Auction:
On Saturday, August 4th, Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shops hosts its 22nd Annual Navajo Rug Auction. The sale, featuring about 150 contemporary museum-quality rugs, takes place in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Prospective bidders may preview the rugs starting at 9am. Bidding, starts promptly at 11am and continues until all rungs are gone, usually until about 2 or 2:30pm. Works by 50 of the region’s finest contemporary Navajo weavers, including Dennis Long, Julia Pete, Laverne Van Winkle, Rose Nargo, Susie McCabe and Mary Henderson will be offered for sale. Rug styles represented in the sale include Two Gray Hills, Ganados, Teec Nos Pos, Yeis, Pictorials, Wide Ruins, Storms, and Sandpain. Admission to the event is free. Bid cards are $5. Auctioneer Bob Payne of Bloomfield, New Mexico will conduct the bidding. He’s been the auctioneer since the event’s inception. Auction proceeds benefit educational projects, acquisitions and other programs at the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, six state monuments, and the Office of Archaeological Studies. For more information on the auction, call (505) 982-3016 ext. 21, or email [email protected]
Mountain Man Trade Fair:
The 28th Annual Santa Fe Mountain Man Trade Fair will be held in the courtyard at the Palace of the Governors from Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12th. Go back in time and meet authentic re-enactors displaying and selling items necessary for survival in the old west. They will also have jewelry, pottery, moccasins and more that, according to promoters, “make mountain living a pleasure.” Watch a blacksmith ply his trade over an open fire and see snakes and raptors from the Wildlife Center in Española at the family-friendly event. Sit in on informal lectures and demonstrations and enjoy music performance by J. Michael Combs. In addition, there will be talks about living off the land, a skill that could, some day, come in handy. There’s a full schedule of events on their website. Admission to the event is free; a $1 (or more) donation is welcome.
MIAC’s Breakfast with the Curators:
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC)starts their 2012 Breakfast with the Curators series on Friday, August 10th. Each morning begins at 8:30 with breakfast at the Museum Hill Café and is followed by that day’s program at the museum ending at 10am. The four-breakfast series is a chance to meet artists, curators and scholars. The 2012 schedule:
Friday August 10: Breaking the Rules: Margarete Bagshaw
Join modernist painter and artist, Margarete Bagshaw for breakfast. A talk and tour of her retrospective exhibit, Breaking the Rules: Margaret Bagshaw, will follow. The show remains on view at the museum through December 31, 2012.
Tuesday August 14: Indian Market Legacies
Bruce Bernstein, Director of SWAIA (South West Association for Indian Arts), organizer of Santa Fe Indian Market will be featured, followed by a talk about “artists who have left both left an indelible mark in the Native art world and advanced the understanding of Native arts and culture.” Dr. Bernstein will sign copies of his new book, Indian Market Legacies, about the history of this annual event that brings people to Santa Fe from around the world. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Friday August 17: Woven Identities: Basketry Art from the Collections
Join Terrol Dew Johnson (Tohono O’odham) and Valerie Verzuh. Johnson is an award-winning basket maker, teacher and activist and Verzuh is MIAC’s curator of the museum’s current exhibition, Woven Identities: Basketry Art from the Collections. Following breakfast, Johnson will give a talk about contemporary native basketry, his own work as a basket maker and the Tohono O’odham Community Action basketry co-op. The basket exhibition runs through March 4, 2013.
Friday August 24: They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets
The series ends with Joyce Begay-Foss, co-curator, MIAC director of education, and a Native American weaver. After the breakfast she’ll talk about the museum’s exhibit, They Wove for Horses: Diné Saddle Blankets and provide attendees with a very special viewing of additional pieces not on public view. This exhibit also runs through March 4, 2012.
The cost for each breakfast is $35 per person. Museum of New Mexico Foundation members can attend for $30 per person per breakfast or $100 for the series. Museum admission is included in the ticket price. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (505) 982-5057. You may also purchase them in person at the MIAC gift shop. The museum notes that topics are subject to change.
There are always gallery openings and receptions around town on Friday evenings in summer. The Santa Fe Gallery Association has a schedule of events on their website as does Pasatiempo, the weekend magazine in the Friday edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican. These free events offer an opportunity to see some great art, meet the artists, sometimes get to nibble hors d’œuvres and even hear live music.
SHIPROCK Santa Fe’s annual Opening Event takes place on Saturday, August 11th from 5 to 7pm. The gallery, on the second floor at 53 Old Santa Fe Trail, specializes in world-class contemporary and historic Native American art.
On Friday, August 17th (Indian Market weekend) they are hosting a talk NAVAJO WEAVING: SHARING THE TECHNIQUE AND TRADITION. The talk is at 2pm. Weaving expert and artist, Susanne Clark will share creations from her personal collection as well as speak about traditional Navajo weavings. Please call the gallery at (505) 982-8478.
That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. If you want to share Santa Fe happenings with us, we’d love to hear from you.