Tidbits: Santa Fe in the national media, art, music and more…

It’s May Day, was a “pagan” celebration that survived Christianity. Many cultures had them, In Ireland it was Beltane; in Germany, Walpurgisnacht. It also became a celebration day for workers. Whatever it means to you and if and however you commemorate it, Happy May Day.

Santa Fe happenings

El Zaguan was in last year's Historic House Tour, photo Steve Collins

Santa Fe has a few May traditions of its own. A popular one is the Historic Santa Fe Foundation’s annual Historic House Tour held on Mother’s Day. This year, the tour is in honor of New Mexico’s 100 years of Statehood. Tickets for the tour, which runs from 1 to 4pm, are $5 each. They can be bought at any of the featured houses. The historic properties on this year’s circuit are all in the same area; it’s definitely a walkable tour. They are:
441 Acequia Madre Casita
El Zaguán, the Foundation’s headquarters at 545 Canyon Road
The Olive Rush House & Studio - 630 Canyon Road
The von Horvath House - 728 Canyon Road

Santa Fe is getting national media attention again. It’s lucky number 13 on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters. Not sure what that means, but we won. The City Different snagged the magazine’s number two spot for offbeat people and placed fourth for museums and galleries. And for you shoppers out there, the city made first place for both independent boutiques and for home décor and design stores. That’s a lot of honors for a city of under 70,000 people.


Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image, an exhibit of drawings and paintings inspired by the land around her home at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM northwest of Santa Fe, opens at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on Friday May 11th. The exhibition will be on view until May 5, 2019, includes. There are also works that were inspired by the beauty she encountered on camping and rafting trips she made in the southwest including what the artist dubbed the “Black Place” in western New Mexico. The exhibit’s name comes from a comment the artist made in 1943, “Such a beautiful–untouched lonely feeling place – such a fine part of what I call the ‘faraway.’ It is a place I have painted before but I wanted to do again - and even now I must do again.” The museum closed for a brief period starting April 30th and reopens May 2nd. For the first time, the museum is not completely closed the approximately two weeks it takes to mount a new show. Visitors can tour Galleries 1-4 while the new exhibit is set up.

Axle Contemporary's van decorated in photos from E PLURIBUS UNUM photo/ courtesy Axle Contemporary

If you’re a loyal Tidbits reader or follow the mobile Axle Contemporary, you may remember their March 2012 interactive project E PLURIBUS UNUM. As part of SITE Santa Fe’s show Time Lapse, the compact gallery became a portable photo booth. People who stopped by were photographed holding an object, perhaps something they brought with them or a small drawing provided by the gallery.. Axle owners, Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel took the results and turned them into a book.  You can get a signed copy on Saturday May 12th, from 11 am to 1 pm at SITE Santa Fe

Santa Fe Art Orange Sunset Gleam, photo courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Jakki Kouffman's Orange Sunset Gleam, photo/courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Santa Fe has been attracting artists for almost 100 years. Many settled in outlying communities and Northern New Mexico boasts a lot of annual studio tours. The Eldorado Studio Tour kicks off the season each year. This year, the tour is Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th. The event kicks off at a gala Opening Night reception on Friday, May 18 with a gala Opening Night reception in the Exhibit Space at La Tienda in Eldorado 5-7:00pm. Attendees can meet the artists and view their work. Refreshments will be provided by local food purveyors and restaurants and there will be music by local musicians. The tour, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, includes 69 studios; 106 artists will display their work. Stop by The Preview Gallery at La Tienda and pick up brochures and maps for the participating studio visits.


Santa Fe music Los Pinguos photo courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic to present Los Pinguos, courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic Performing Arts Center presents the Argentinean band Los Pinguos on Friday, May 18th at 7:30pm. The show is part of their World Music series. The Lensic says the group has a “dynamic genre-bending musical range.”  The concert, according to the producers, will showcase their “stunning ability to integrate traditional Latin rhythms into thoroughly modern compositions.” The group, who has lived in the USA since 2001has played with such luminaries as as Ozomatli, Taj Mahal, The Skatalites, The Neville Brothers, Pablo Montero, Paul Anka and Plácido Domingo. Tickets are available at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, head to your favorite watering hole or New Mexican (or Mexican restaurant) and hoist a margarita to pay homage to our neighbors to the south. Ole!

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4 Responses to “Tidbits: Santa Fe in the national media, art, music and more…”

  1. Traveling Ted
    May 2, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    What a beautiful orange painting. Definitely has a nice southwest flavor to it.
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    • Billie Frank
      May 4, 2019 at 10:21 am #

      Lots of great art to be found on the studio tours.

  2. Bobby Beals
    May 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    Great feature - thank you for writing it!

    • Billie Frank
      May 5, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

      Thanks, Bobby. It’s up every week. Get us your openings etc. about 21/2 weeks prior and we’ll include them.

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