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

Like the rest of the country, Santa Fe has been in the grips of a heat wave for the last few weeks. The good news is because of our low humidity it’s bearable and the temperatures drop at night. With the monsoon rains which returned this week late afternoons and evenings can be cool.

Another media honor for The City Different: it was voted the number four city in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 Readers’ Survey.

August is an exciting month in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival are in full swing bringing people from around the country and the world to The City Different. Add the free Santa Fe Bandstand concerts in the Plaza most evenings with its mix of genres and there’s a lot of music in the summer air.

The end of August brings Indian Market and the busiest tourist time in the city. Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the city for the largest American Indian market in the world. In 2014, the Indigenous Fine Art Movement (IFAM) held their first market, adding to the richness of the week. Here are our August tidbits.

Food and dining news

Chef Marc Quiñones doing a cooking deom at the Inn and Spa at Loretto photo/Marc Quiñones

Chef Marc Quiñones doing a cooking deom at the Inn and Spa at Loretto photo/Marc Quiñones

Marc Quiñones, one of our favorite Santa Fe chefs (and a fellow New Yorker)  headed t he kitchen at Luminaria, the restaurant at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, for the last two years, recently announced his departure. He’ll be the Executive Chef at Albuquerque’s El Pinto, the iconic family-owned and run North Valley restaurant that’s been serving up New Mexican food since 1962. When asked if he’d be able to flex his culinary wings in his new position, his emphatic answer was, “I’ll be absolutely stretching my wings, I promise you that, my friend!!” We wish Marc the best of luck. We’ll miss him here but look forward to sampling his food at El Pinto.

The Razatos family (Plaza Cafe) is opening a new restaurant in the former home of Zia Diner, photo Steve Collins

The Razatos family (Plaza Cafe) opening Sonder Cafe where Zia Diner was, photo Steve Collins

The Razatos family has been running the Plaza Café, which opened in 1902, since 1947. They have taken over the former Zia Diner space at 326 South Guadalupe. They expect to open their new enterprise, Café Sonder, in September. Jared Garcia, son of the café’s owner said the café is going to bring an affordable new dining concept to Santa Fe. and will be “affordable”. Chef Chef Jon Helquist, who’s been working in San Francisco eateries for the past 27 years, will oversee the kitchen. Sonder’s website promises that in addition to their “Locally inspired contemporary American cuisine” they promise “a frequently changing selection of craft beers, artisan wines, and seasonal house made aqua frescas. “

Indian Market Week

Santa Fe Indian Market photo Steve Collins

Indian Market is almost here again, photo/Steve Collins

The week leading up to Indian Market (and IFAM) is a busy one in Santa Fe. These two shows bring a lot of American Indian artists to town. In addition, to take advantage of collectors, dealers and art fans in town for the markets there are art shows, gallery openings, and other events preceding and during this busy time.

Indian Market

Indian Marjket pottery artist on in a booth on Old Santa Fe Trail photo Steve Collins

Indian Marjket pottery artist on in a booth on Old Santa Fe Trail photo/Steve Collins

The 95th annual Santa Fe Indian Market, presented by Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), takes place Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st 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 and 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.

Official SWAIA events leading up to the market include:

Tuesday August 16th: Start of the Native Cinema Showcase at the New Mexico History Museum which runs through Sunday August 21st. It’s free and open to the public.

Thursday August 18th

From the fashion show at the 2015 Edge, photo Steve Collins

Clothing form Native American designers featured at Market Edge 2015 photo/Steve Collins

Indian Market Edge Preview Reception
at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from 6:30 to 8pm, previews Indian Market Edge, a contemporary art show which includes native artists and the galleries and organizations that represent them, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This is a ticketed event.

Indian Market 2016 Kick-off Party from 8 to 11pm, also at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, officially launches Indian Market. There will be DJs, VJs, light installations, urban art battles, muralists, performing artists, dancing and a chance to view the Indian Market Edge art show.

Friday, August 19th
Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon
celebrating the 2016 award-winning artists and their work from 11:30 to 2pm at the Convention. Tickets are required.

Preview of the award-winning art:  the Sneak Preview from 5:30 to 7:30pm is followed by the General Preview from 7:30 to 9:30pm. These are ticketed events.

Saturday, August 20th
Haute Couture Fashion Show 1pm at the Convention Center at 1pm: the show features native designers whose work has been show at fashion weeks including New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as  well as other prestigious fashion events.  Tickets are $10 for a seat, standing room is free.

Live Auction and Gala 8pm at La Fonda on the Plaza. This ticketed event that benefits SWAIA includes a silent auction and dinner.

Tickets to all these events are available through SWAIA.

Indian Market Week Independent Art Events

Objects of Art Santa Fe and Antique American Indian Art Show

From tObjects of Art Santa Fe photo Steve Collins

A booth 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 7th annual Objects of Art Santa Fe (formerly The Santa Fe Show), will be held from Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 14th at. 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’sw opening gala is from 6 to 9pm. On view in partnership with El Museo Cultural: Jose Bedia: Tribal Affinitie featuring works by Cuban-American artist Jose Bedia. Show hours Friday through Sunday are from 11am to 5pm.

The Antique American Indian Art Show Santa Fe, now in its third year, will be held from Tuesday, August 16th through Friday, August 19th 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 an opening gala 6 to 9pm.  Show hours Wednesday through Friday are 11am to 5pm. Show goers can view Woven in Beauty: 100 Years of Navajo Master Weavers from the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Region, a curated exhibition that explores historic textile traditions from the northwestern New Mexico region of the Navajo reservation held in cooperation with El Museo.

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 from the Whitehawk Ethnographic Show, photo/Steve Collins

For almost four decades Whitehawk Antique Shows has held two shows; the Antique Ethnographic Show and the Antique Indian Art Show one after the other. This year they’ve combined them. The new Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Show, takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from Saturday, August 13th through Monday, August 15th. Hours all three days are 10am to 5pm. afternoon. The Opening Night Party will be on Friday August 12th from 6pm to 9:30pm. Show admission is $10 per day or $17 for a two day admission. Preview Party tickets are $75 allow admission to the show on all days. For more information, check their website or call (505) 992-8929.

Wheelwright Museum annual benefit auction

The Wheelwright Museum of the Amerian Indian opens their 40th Annual Benefit Auction on Thursday, August 18th at 3:30pm with a silent auction and a preview of items that will be sold at Friday’s live auction. Friday’s events start off with the Collector’s Table billed as “Santa Fe’s favorite tag sale!” from 10am to 11:30am. Donated collectibles will be on sale at what organizers call “unbeatable prices.” The live auction preview begins at 11am.  The live auction, begins at 1pm. Items offered include contemporary Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, katsina figures, basketry, beadwork, fetishes, as well as other art forms.

Santa Fe Art

A few galleries have recently relocated. David Richard’s, formerly in the Railyard, has moved to 1570 Pacheco Street in the up-and-coming Midtown neighborhood. Their former digs at 544 South Guadalupe Street are the new home of Blue Rain Gallery, known for the contemporary Native American and regional artists they represent.

EVOKE Contemporary

Nicholas Herrera, Fiesta de El Rito, 2016, hand carved wood with natural pigments, photo courtesy EVOKE Contemporar

Nicholas Herrera, Fiesta de El Rito, 2016, hand carved wood with natural pigments, photo/courtesy EVOKE Contemporary

To celebrate Spanish Market EVOKE Contemporary opens VÍVIDO, an exhibition of the work of noted santeria and painter, Nicholas Herrera and painter, Patrick McGrath Muñiz, on Friday, July 29th from 5 to 7pm. The gallery calls it a “politically charged exhibition with insightful observations of our culture and contemporary issues.” The exhibition runs through Saturday, August 20th.

Turner Carroll

Georges Mazilu, “Double Portrait”, photo courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

Georges Mazilu, “Double Portrait”, photo/courtesy Turner Carroll Gallery

Turner Carroll, 725 Canyon Road, opens Morphy’s Law, an exhibition of artwork by Georges Mazilu and Mavis McClure on Tuesday, August 23rd  with an opening reception on Friday, August 26th from 5 to 7pm. Mazilu’s paintings, a fusion of abstraction and stunning realism, have been exhibited in museums all over Europe and the United States. McClure’s sculptures consist of stylized, iconic figures of humans and animals. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, September 13th.

Santa Fe dance

American Ballet Theater will be at the Lensic photo courtesy Performance Santa Fe

Stars of American Ballet will be at the Lensic photo/courtesy Performance Santa Fe

Performance Santa Fe presents Stars of American Ballet on Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th at the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm with pre-performance talks each night at 6:30pm. Each evening brings a different program. Complete program information is available on their website. Tickets, from $27 to $100 are available on PFSF’s website, at the Lensic box office or online at Tickets Santa Fe.

That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in August. ¡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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