Santa Fe Tidbits: March comes in like a lamb….

We can’t say we have cabin fever. The weather until this week has been mild and sunny and we just got back from California a few weeks ago, but we’re really looking forward to spring! This time of year is a bit quiet in Santa Fe. There are still of course, concerts, and art openings and other events. Don’t forget, this is Santa Fe Restaurant Week where you will find great deals at many of the city’s eateries. Here are a few of the March happenings.

Santa Fe museums

Georgia O'Keeffe [Seated on Ground, Paint Brush in Hand], photo Alfred Stieglitz, courtesy Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe [Seated on Ground, Paint Brush in Hand], photo Alfred Stieglitz, courtesy Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will open their new show, New Photography Acquisitions, on Friday, March 27th. The exhibition will feature new additions to the museum’s photography collection and focus on rarely seen images of O’Keeffe’s life. Works from prestigious photographers including Alfred Stieglitz, Philippe Halsman, Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, John Loengard, Arnold Newman, and Tony Vaccaro will be on view. The exhibition runs through Saturday, September 26th.

Santa Fe galleries

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from "The Syphilis of Sisyphus", 2011 Single channel HD video with sound, Courtesy of the artists, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Pilar Corrias, London, Site Santa Fe

Mary Reid Kelley with Patrick Kelley, Still from “The Syphilis of Sisyphus”, 2011
Single channel HD video with sound, Courtesy of the artists, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and Pilar Corrias, London, Site Santa Fe

Congrats to SITE Santa Fe on its 20th anniversary. To celebrate, they’ve planned 20 events over the next year. The first show in the series, SITE 20 Years / 20 Shows Spring, will open on lucky Friday, March 13th from 5 to 7pm. Museum members can take advantage of a special preview on Thursday, March 12th from 5 to 7pm. 20/ 20 is a yearlong series of 20 projects including exhibitions and special events. Spring, featuring work by artists Gregory Crewdson, Deborah Grant, Roxy Paine, Mary Reid Kelley Rose B. Simpson, and Jessica Stockholder, runs through May 31st.

Connie Enzmann-Forneris, "Sunrise Sunset",  handspunwool, courtesy Marigold Arts

Connie Enzmann-Forneris, “Sunrise Sunset”, handspunwool, courtesy Marigold Arts

If you love weavings head for Marigold Arts new Rag Rug Show: New Mexico Artists Reinvent a Tradition. This exhibition of hand-woven rag rugs opens on Friday, March 20th. There’s an artists’ reception from 5 to 7pm. Works by New Mexico artists Elaine Anaya, Dorie Sanders, and Linda Running Bentley will be on view. The exhibition runs through Friday, April 17th.

"Translucent Memories" by Cody Hooper, courtesy Pippin Contemporary

“Translucent Memories” by Cody Hooper, courtesy Pippin Contemporary

 

It’s great when Santa Fe businesses work together! Pippin Contemporary and The Teahouse, will present Steeped in Art on Saturday, March 21st from 2 to 4pm at the gallery at 200 Canyon Road. The event, a tea and art pairing matches five different teas with five guest artists based on the tea’s special characteristics and the artists’ style, background, and creative inspiration. The afternoon, sponsored by the Santa Fe Gallery Association, is part of their Art Matters, a series on how food, conversation, and art nourish the mind, body, and soul. Steeped is free and open to the public.

Santa Fe music

The Santa Fe Community Orchestra’s Mid-Season concert will take place on Sunday, March 1st at 2:30 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium. They’ll perform Nielsen’s Symphony No.2: The Four Temperaments, as well as the symphonic poem, Finlandia by Sibelius. The performance will also feature winners of the SFCO Concerto Competition. Brian Newnam will play Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Orchestra, and Eve Kaye and Anne Hays Egan will perform the first movement of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor. Music Director Oliver Prezant conducts. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Pianist Debra Ayers, baritone Carlos Achuleta and soprano Christine Martos present “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, courtesy NMPAS

Pianist Debra Ayers, baritone Carlos Achuleta and soprano Christine Martos present “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”, courtesy NMPAS

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents Brush Up Your Shakespeare on Saturday, March 7th at 3pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. The event will feature the songs of William Shakespeare. Performers are soprano Christina Martos, baritone Carlos Archuleta, and pianist Debra Ayers. Tickets, $34 with discounts for students, are available at Hold My Ticket, at the door, or by calling (505) 886-1251.

Susan Graham, courtesy Performance Santa Fe

Susan Graham, courtesy Performance Santa Fe

Opera lovers take note. Performance Santa Fe will present New Mexico’s diva, Susan Graham performance on Thursday, March 12th at 6:30pm at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. .A highlight of the program will be Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben (A Woman’s Love and Life). pianist Malcolm Martineau will accompany Ms. Graham is a program tha is “musically, dramatically, and stylistically: varied. Tickets, $27 to $100, are available at the Performance Santa Fe website or online at Tickets Santa Fe*. Student and teacher discounts are available.

Serenata of Santa Fe presents Bach Mix on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church at 208 Grant Avenue. It will be an eclectic afternoon with the works J. S. Bach juxtaposed with that of contemporary composers. Besides the work of the master and his son, P.D.Q. Bach, the group will perform works by Alec Templeton, Kazuo Fukushima, Ken Benshoof, and Anton Hoffmeister. Tickets, from $15 to 30, are available at the Serenata website, at Tickets Santa Fe.*

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 Our travels

We’re off to Arizona on Sunday for a press trip sponsored by Xanterra, the largest park concessions management company in the nation. They manage both national and state parks including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park. We just discovered that Xanterra was originally the Fred Harvey Company. If you don’t know about this iconic hotel chain and its eating houses, there’s currently a Harvey Girl exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum as well as a PBS documentary The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound on PBS. We’re excited to be staying at La Posada in Winslow, a former Harvey House Hotel. While there, we’ll tour the hotel with one of the members of the Winslow Harvey Girls in period dress. We’ll also take the vintage Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to the Canyon where we’ll spend a few nights. Our April newsletter will be filled with this experience.

That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in March. ¡Hasta Luego!

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