Tidbits: Solstice in Santa Fe and more….

Time has flown. I can’t believe I’m writing about the Summer Solstice, but I am. There’s so much going on in Santa Fe these days that, as much as we wish we could, we can’t do it all. Here are some up-coming events to keep you busy.

The Summer Solstice

Whether it was coincidence or deliberate planning, but the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 21st,  is hopping. It’s the perfect time for a party; get on out to some of these events.

Rancho de Chimayo,

Big anniversary at Rancho de Chimayo, photo/Steve Collins

Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante is heading into its 50th year. The official kick off to this exciting year is on Saturday, June 21st when they’ll be celebrating the launch the new Rancho de Chimayó Cookbook 50th Anniversary Edition with a book-signing party and you’re invited. Authors, James Beard Award-winning writers, Bill and Cheryl Alters Jamison along with restaurant owner, octogenarian Florence Jaramillo, will be signing their latest book from 11:30am to 2:30pm. There will be mariachis and free refreshments. The official 50th anniversary is on September 15th 2015 and there will be a host of events over the next year to celebrate this milestone. While in Chimayó, visit the local galleries, weaving shops and the Santuario de Chimayó, the church often called the Lourdes of the USA. It’s a great way to spend the day! Don’t forget to book table for lunch or dinner at Rancho de Chimayó Restaurante.

Johnson Street will be the site of teh Johnson Street Experience, photo/Nicole Curtis Ammerman

Johnson Street will be the site of teh Johnson Street Experience, photo/Nicole Curtis Ammerman

Have you ever been to Johnson Street? If not, you’re really missing something. This historic street, once home to a military barracks and a house of ill repute is today a trendy enclave, home to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, three restaurants, a bakery, a cooking school, a hotel and shops and galleries. On Saturday, June 21st, the merchants are hosting a block party, the Johnson Street Experience, and they’re hoping you’ll join them. The action starts at noon and runs to 5pm. There will be food including tastes from the newly opened Georgia, southwestern fare from the Santa Fe School of Cooking, wine tastings from Terra Cotta Wine Bistro, sake sampling at Shohko Café. In addition Shohko will have taiko drumming, the cooking school will have demos as well as a book signing from the busy Jamisons (see above) at 4pm. There will also be art demonstrations and the O’Keeffe Museum will have craft projects.


Allan House Sculpture Gardens, photo Steve Collins

One of Allen Houser’s sculptures at the Allan House Sculpture Gardens, photo/Steve Collins

Over the next year, there will be a host of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of renown American Indian painter and sculptor, Allan Houser. He was the first Indian sculptor and trained scores of young artists in this craft.  On Saturday, June 21st f from 5 to 7pm, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts holds Educate + Inform + Inspire: A celebration of Allan Houser’s 100th birthday. MoCNA will host Santa Fe’s kickoff celebration in Santa Fe. The artist’s widow, Anna Marie Houser, who will be 102-years-old  in August will say a few words,  In addition, there will be music by Native Roots a light reception and a chance to see recently installed outdoor Houser sculptures in the MoCNA Allan Houser Art Park.

Santa Fe Art

Ben Wright’s “Medicine Stick”, photo//courtesy Allan Houser Gallery

Ben Wright’s “Medicine Stick”, photo//courtesy Allan Houser Gallery

An exhibition of work from Cherokee artist Ben Wright’s new series, Within the Seventh Fires, opens at the Allan Houser Downtown Gallery on Friday, June 13th with a reception from 6 to 8pm. The series tells of the Ojibwa People’s seven predictions, also known as seven fires. The show runs until Wednesday, July 9th.

Piece by Alexandre Haulet  can be seen at Heidi Loewen Gallery, courtesy Heidi Loewen Gallery

Piece by Alexandre Haulet can be seen at Heidi Loewen Gallery, courtesy Heidi Loewen Gallery

Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery opens a new show, “Swirl, on Friday, June 13th  with an artist’s reception from 5 to 8pm.  The exhibit will feature large-scale ceramic sculptures by French artist Alexandre Haulet. The works, ispired by nature, have been well-received in Europe.  It runs through Saturday, July 5th.

Karan Ruhlen Gallery celebrates 20 years, photo/courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

Karan Ruhlen Gallery celebrates 20 years, photo/courtesy Karan Ruhlen Gallery

Karan Ruhlen Gallery is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a group exhibition of their gallery artists, including painters Martha Rea Baker, Elaine Holien, Ellen Koment, Mary Long, Martha Mans, and sculptors Gary Beals, Sally Hepler and Bret Price.  The opening reception is on Friday, June 20th from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through Monday, June 30th. Some artists represented, among others.

Erika Wanenmacher was inspired by Elizabeth Jacobson's stanza (#23), courtesy Axle Contemporary Gallery

Artist Erika Wanenmacher was inspired by Elizabeth Jacobson’s stanza (#23), photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary Gallery

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, will open their new mobile exhibition, The Renga Project (One year: 100 artists and poets), on Friday, June 20th from 5 to 7pm at the Railyard Plaza. Fifty-two drawings by 52 New Mexico artists linked to 52 poems written collaboratively by a group of New Mexico poet will be on view. A group reading of the entire poem, as well as a roundtable discussion, book signing, and writing workshop will be held on Sunday, June 22nd from 1 to 3pm at The New Mexico Museum of Art. Santa Fe Poet Laureate Jon Davis and Axle Contemporary project organizers and curators Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman will be there for this discussion.

Santa Fe misc

CCA Cinematheque and Santa Fe Opera are collaborating on the China Rising: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Film Series, as a way of celebrating the works of Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo. The world premiere of his opera, Dr. Sun Yat-sen will take place at the Santa Fe Opera this summer.  The Last Emperor will be shown On Tuesday, June 24th at 7pm at the CCA Cinematheque. This award-winning movie — it won nine Oscars– is, the story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China who ascended to the throne at the age three in 1908. Tickets. $10 ($8 for CCA and Opera Guild members) are available at the CCA website or by calling 505-982-1338.  The website also has the complete schedule of CCA films including the other two in this series

That’s it for this week’s Tidbits. See you next week. ¡Hasta Luego!

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2 Responses to “Tidbits: Solstice in Santa Fe and more….”

  1. Agness
    June 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I am always amazed by a great variety of art work in Santa Fe! You must be so proud of it!

    • Billie Frank
      June 15, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      We love all the art here. Santa Fe has the 3rd largest art market (meaning sales) in the US behind LA and NYC. Considering our size- about 80,000 people, it’s pretty amazing.

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