Tidbits: can’t beat August in Santa Fe; Indian Market and more…

August is the busiest month of the year in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival are in full swing, bringing people to Santa Fe from around the country and even the world. The peak week for visitors is Indian Market Week, the lead up to the prestigious Indian Market, the largest market of its kind in the world, bringing American Indian and First Nation artists and artisans to The City Different from the U.S and Canada. Lots of other events including annual art and antique shows and gallery openings are happening as well. Here is a round-up of some of what’s going on in Santa Fe this August.

Santa Fe shout-outs

One of the luxury private soaking tub at Sunrise Springs, photo Steve Collins

One of the luxury private soaking tub at Sunrise Springs, photo/Steve Collins

Kudos to the City of Santa Fe for being named the number two city on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top 15 Cities in the United States list for 2017 and the number 11 slot on The World’s Top 15 Cities list. And congrats to Santa Fe’s Sunrise Springs Spa Resort and its sister property, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs & Spa for both nabbing a place on T + L’s Top 10 Destination Spas list for 2017. Sunrise nabbed the number two spot and Ojo the number four. Both properties offer guests a chance to relax and rejuvenate. The historic Ojo has been completely renovated and expanded over the last decade. Sunrise Springs was opened in 2015.

Food and dining news

The Pueblo Food Experience

Bison and Blue Corn Posole, photo Raymond Naranjo, courtesy the Pueblo Food Experience

Several years ago Santa Clara artist Roxanne Swentzell along with a group of fellow Pueblo people took part in a food experiment. They limited their diets to the foods their ancestors were eating when the Spanish came to New Mexico introducing new foods. More dietary changes came with the arrival of Anglos. Pueblo Food Experience participants returned to the traditional foods of their ancestors: corn, beans and squash, supplemented by game. After several months the group reported their health improvements, noting many positive results. In 2016 Swentzell published the Pueblo Food Experience, her book about the project. Inspired by this, Swentzell and Santa Clara chef Raymond Naranjo created the Pueblo Food Experience. They plan to hold monthly presentations including a meal, featuring  the ancient foods and cooking traditions of the Pueblo people, on the last Sunday of each month at Swentzell’s Tower Gallery in Pojoaque. You can find more information on their Facebook page. Cost for these events is $65.

Changes and arrivals

El Nido

El Nido’s main dining room, photo Steve Collins

El Nido’s main dining room, photo Steve Collins

The Santa Fe chef dance continues. Chef Enrique Guerrero, who reopened El Nido in Tesuque late last fall has left to devote himself to his food truck business. Chef Cristian Pontiggia, formerly of Osteria d’ Assisi has taken over the helm of the mostly wood-fired kitchen.


Arable, Loyal Hound's new Eldorado restaurant, photo courtesy Arable

Arable, Loyal Hound’s new Eldorado restaurant, photo courtesy Arable

The Eldorado area in on its way to becoming a dining destination. The popular Café Fina has been drawing people for years, last month in Tidbits we announced the revival of Bobcat Bites slated for 2018. The newest addition to the Eldorado restaurant scene is Arable. Dave Readyhough and Renee Fox of Loyal Hound opened their new eatery last week. The comfort food inspired menu made from local organic ingredients when possible.  They also feature the state’s largest selection of wines “on tap” as well as a selection of craft beer and hard cider. The state’s largest offering of “tap wines’ as well as a selection of craft beer and hard cider. will be on offer. The contemporary dining room was designed to create a farmhouse feeling reflecting the couple’s commitment to locally sourced foods.

Other openings

Dolina Cafe and Bakery, photo Steve Collins

Dolina Cafe and Bakery, photo Steve Collins

The New Santa Fe Baking company is finally open for business at the Cordova Road location of the original Santa Fe Baking Company. It’s run by former Baking Company cook, Filiberto Rodriguez and some of his family members. The menu, modeled after that of its predecessor, will feature soup from former Back Street Bistro owner David Jacobi. One new restaurant has resurrected two beloved Santa Fe dining spots.

Another veteran of the Santa Fe food scene has opened a new place. Ana Maria O’Brien, who opened Café Fina with her former husband, is back with Dolina, a new bakery café in Clafoutis’ former Guadalupe Street digs.

Indian Market Week

Indian Market Week is a vibrant time in Santa Fe. What started as a market to showcase the arts of the indigenous people and their handcrafted works has grown. There are several annual art events along with gallery openings held to take of art buyers who come to Santa Fe for Indian Market. There are two additional indigenous markets: WE ARE THE SEEDS and the Zuni Show that have sprung as well.

The Markets

Indian Market

Santa Fe Indian Market photo Steve Collins

Indian Market is almost here again, photo/Steve Collins

The 96th annual Santa Fe Indian Market, presented by Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), takes place Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th in and around the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The event, the largest show of its kind in the world, attracts dealers, collectors, art lovers and the curious from all over the globe. Saturday hours are from 7am to 5pm; Sunday the market is open from 8am to 5pm. No art may be sold before the official opening. Serious collectors line up early at award-winners’ booths, especially those belonging to really collectable artists. Even if you’re not going to buy, it’s fascinating to watch the action.  SWAIA’s pre-market start Tuesday, August 15th. A full schedule is on their website.

We are the Seeds

Rabbett Strickland's “Nomadic Mnidoos”, photo courtesy We are the Seeds

Rabbett Strickland’s “Nomadic Mnidoos”, photo courtesy We are the Seeds

The WE ARE THE SEEDS of Culture Trust will present WE ARE THE SEEDS, a three-day event, from Thursday, August 17th to Saturday, August 19th at the Santa Fe Railyard. The juried market will feature contemporary and traditional indigenous art from approximately 100 artists from diverse cultures and regions. In addition, Seeds will honor indigenous woman artists; featured artists will give demonstrations sharing the techniques they use to create their art. The festive event also includes musical performances including blues, R&B, rock, classical music as well as dancing, a fashion show and a poetry workshop. Bring your appetite. There will be food booths including one offering Native American foods as well as food trucks on site. Sunset Park Jam, with DJ Brian Frejo and special featured guests, kicks off the event with music and dancing on Wednesday, August 16th from 6 to 9pm.

The Zuni Show

Zuni show exhibitors Tim Edaakie and Bobby Silas display their fine pottery photo courtesy Zuni Show

Zuni show exhibitors Tim Edaakie and Bobby Silas display their fine pottery photo courtesy Zuni Show

The Keshi Foundation presents the 2nd annual Zuni Show at the the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta, on Saturday, August 19th from  9am to 5pm and Sunday, August 20th from 9am to 4pm. More than 100 Zuni jewelers, carvers, and potters will presented their handcrafted wares for sale. In addition, there will be information about the Zuni people and their culture, traditional food along with Zuni singing and dancing. Admission is free.

Other Indian Market Week Events

Objects of Art Santa Fe and Antique American Indian Art Show

A booth at Objects of Art Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

Americana at Objects of Art Santa Fe photo/Steve Collins

Promoters Kim Martindale and John Morris have two events both El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. Their first event, the 8th annual Objects of Art Santa Fe (formerly The Santa Fe Show), will be held from Thursday, August 10th to Sunday, August 13th. More than 70 dealers from around the country will exhibit what the show’s promoters call “unique, one-of-a-kind historic and contemporary works from around the world.” Thursday night’s opening gala is from 6 to 9pm. Proceeds benefit New Mexico PBS station, KNME. Show hours Friday through Sunday are from 11am to 5pm.

Antique American Indian Art Show

Their Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe 2017 takes place from Tuesday, August 15th through Friday, August 18th at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. Almost 70 exhibitors that promoters call “the world’s most knowledgeable experts in American Indian art” are bringing thousands of historic art objects from indigenous cultures throughout North America. The show kicks off on Tuesday evening with another benefit opening gala from 6 to 9pm. Show hours Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm.

Tickets are $15 per show and good for all three days. Tickets to the opening galas are $50 per show.

Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Show

Apache water basket from the Whitehawk Ethnographic Show, photo Steve Collins

Apache water basket at the Whitehawk Ethnographic Show, photo/Steve Collins

Whitehawk Antique Shows presents their Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Show at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from Saturday, August 12th through Monday, August 14th. Hours all three days are 10am to 5pm. There will be an Opening Night Party on Friday August 11th from 6pm to 9:30pm. Show admission is $10 per day or $17 for a two-day ticket. Preview Party tickets, $75, include admission to the show on all days.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian Annual Auction

The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian opens their 42nd Annual Benefit Auction on Thursday, August 17th with a silent auction from 3 to 5pm as well as a preview of the items that will be sold at Friday’s live auction. Friday’s events start off with the Youth and Adult Artist Demonstrations from 9am to noon. The live auction preview is between 10am and noon when the auction begins. Items offered for sale include contemporary Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, katsina figures, basketry, beadwork, fetishes as well as other art forms. There will be a food truck will be on-site on Friday. Because parking on Museum Hill is at a premium there will be additional parking with shuttle service to the museum from both the First Baptist Church on 1605 Old Pecos Trail and St. John’s United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail.

Shiprock Santa Fe

Detail of collaborative work by SONWAI and Ken Williams, Jr. photo phoyocCourtesy of Shiprock Santa Fe

Detail of collaborative work by SONWAI and Ken Williams, Jr.
photo photo/courtesy of Shiprock Santa Fe

Shiprock Santa Fe has two events planned for August. There will be an opening reception for Sonwai and Ken Williams Jr on Thursday, August 17th from 2 to 4pm. On Friday, August 18th silversmith and renowned turquoise expert Yasutomo Kodera of Skystone Trading will be at the gallery from 2 to 4pm with pieces from his Sky Blue Hawk Collection. He will also be available to identify turquoise stones.

Santa Fe Art

MILL Contemporary

Angela To “Meadow”, photo courtesy MILL Contemporary

Angela To “Meadow”, photo courtesy MILL Contemporary

MILL Contemporary opens ELEMENTS: An Exploration of Fragile Environments, an exhibition showcasing the works of three artists: Allison Stewart, Patrick Adams, and Angela To on Friday, August 4th, from 5 to 7pm. The paintings reflect the artists’ concerns for nature. The exhibition runs through Monday, August 28th.

Tansey Contemporary

Unfolding 1,” Melinda Rosenberg, photo courtesy Tansey Contemporary

“Unfolding 1,” Melinda Rosenberg, photo courtesy Tansey Contemporary

Tansey Contemporary presents Found and Made, a solo exhibition by wood sculptor Melinda Rosenberg, on Friday, August 4th from 5 to 7pm. The show will feature the Rosenberg’s three-dimensional wall sculptures made from new and found wood objects. The exhibition runs through Friday, August 25th.

Sorrel Sky Gallery

“Crow Indians Returning to Camp” Kevin Red Star, photo courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

“Crow Indians Returning to Camp” Kevin Red Star, photo courtesy Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery opens Horse People, a one-man show of Crow artist Kevin Red Star’s work on Friday, August 4th from 5 to 7:30pm. The exhibit highlights the works of the nationally and internationally acclaimed artist, who is said to fully capture the essence of his culture, providing the viewer with a visual history and authentic insights into the “Horse People.” The show continues through August.

Patina Gallery

From the exhibit, Tonal Elegance, Peter Schmid, jewels of Atelier Zobel, photo courtesy Patina Gallery

From the exhibit, Tonal Elegance, Peter Schmid, jewels of Atelier Zobel, photo courtesy Patina Gallery

Patina Gallery opens Tonal Elegance, an exhibition of Peter Schmid’s striking, expressive and ultramodern jewelry, on Friday, August 11th from 5 to 7:30 pm. Schmid is the creative force behind Atelier Zobel, a well-known German jewelry design studio. This will be his 16th exhibition at the gallery. The show runs through Sunday, September 10th.

Santa Fe Music

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution at St. Francis Cathedral on Tuesday, August 1st and Friday, August 11th at 8pm. There will be a free pre-concert talk 90 minutes before the performance by Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival executive director Steven Ovitsky (registration required). Tickets, $20 to 75 are available on their website or by phone. There are disconnt tickets for students and groups of 10 or more.

The Lensic Presents

Chris Botti to play at the Lensic, courtesy Lensic Performing Arts Center

Lensic Presents the programing arm of the Lensic Performing Arts Center is bringing Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Chris Botti to Santa Fe on Saturday, August 5th at 7:30pm. Botti, America’s top-selling instrumental artist, has been nominated for four Grammies since 2008. and his album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album in 2013. Tickets are $52 to $86.

They will present blue grass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder on Saturday, August 26th at 7:30pm also at the Lensic. Skaggs, a leader in the roots revival movement has won Fourteen Grammys and, eight CMAs. Tickets are $46 to $75.

Tickets to both shows are available at the Lensic Box Office online at Tickets Santa Fe. Great news: all Lensic Presents events allow patrons to bring their drinks, purchased at the Lensic bar, into the theater in special no-spill cups.

Garrison Keillor is coming to town

Garrison Keillor from his Prairie Home "Love and Comedy" Tour photo Emporium Presents

Garrison Keillor from his Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour photo Emporium Presents

Emporium Presents brings Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love and Comedy” Tour to the Santa Fe Opera on Sunday, August 27th at 7pm. Keillor, well-known for his books, including Lake Wobegon Days, is the creator and former host NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. He will be joined onstag by Richard Dworsky & The Roadhounds, Aoife O’Donovan, and Fred Newman. Tickets, $5 to $85, are available at Ticketmaster. Call 800-745-3000 for more details.

Northern New Mexico

Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup

There will be dancing at the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup, photo courtesy of Angel Fire

There will be dancing at the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup, photo courtesy of Angel Fire

Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, NM will host the first Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup from Thursday, August 24th through Sunday, August 27th at the resort. The four-day western-themed event, sponsored by Texas-based A Bar N Ranch, will offer attendees the best in western cuisine, Wagyu beef, fine wines, craft brews, artisanal spirits and western hospitality with famous chefs, winemakers, brewers, and distillers. Events include guest chef luncheons, cooking demos by top chefs from around the country, Dutch oven cooking demos, a Reserve Tasting, a Grand Tasting,

wine seminars, mushroom hunts, guest chef dinners in private residences, silent auction events and tastings of artisanal spirits and craft brews. In addition, there will be a Boot Scootin’ BBQ and Western Dance at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club, a benefit golf tournament, a Bloody Good Bacon Brunch and Chuck Wagon Breakfast event. Guest chefs include Chicago’s Meathead Goldwyn, Texan Cowboy Gourmet Chefs, Tom and Lisa Perini along with Harry Soo, Head Chef at LA-based Slap Yo Daddy BBQ. Santa Fe’s own. James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, food writer and radio personality Cheryl Jamison will emcee cooking demonstrations. You’ll find a full festival schedule of the, attending chefs, on the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup website. Tickets can be purchased there as well.

And there’s lots more happening in Santa Fe in August; we just hit the tip of the iceberg. Let us help you plan your perfect visit to The City Different.

That’s it for August Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in August to fill you in on September happenings. ¡Hasta Luego!

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6 Responses to “Tidbits: can’t beat August in Santa Fe; Indian Market and more…”

  1. Gil Garduno
    July 31, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    As always your tidbits are more substantive and exciting than four course offerings of the mainstream sameness. Thank you for continuing to inform, entertain and enliven.

    You definitely can’t beat Santa Fe in August especially with Chef Olea back in the kitchen where he belongs.

    • Billie Frank
      August 2, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      I knew you’d love the news about Fernando, Gil. It’s so exciting that he’s back and from what he says, the new place will be amazing.

  2. Edward Smith
    August 4, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    I really admired the paintings, they are very gorgeous.

  3. William
    July 27, 2016 at 3:15 am #

    We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Marc Quiñones in person when we had a quick dinner at Luminaria last few months. He’s really nice and I must say, famous! I even asked for a few tips to cook his specialty.
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    • Steve Collins
      July 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      So glad you got to enjoy Marc’s food when you were here. He’s a great guy and a great chef.

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