It’s officially summer. This year has really flown by! We’ve had a bit of a heat spell, but the monsoon rains are due; they’re great for cooling down the day and bringing needed moisture. Summer brings a bunch of annual events, one-time events and outdoor markets. It’s a busy time in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe art
Santa Fe Art Trifecta
The Art Trifecta, Art Santa Fe, International Folk Art Market and SITE Santa Fe all have shows coming up in July. They bring art lovers and collectors to The City Different from around the world. Two of the shows were named to USA Today’s 2015 Readers’ Choice 10 Best Art Festival list. The Folk Art Market garnered the number one spot and Art Santa Fe got fourth place. It’s a great honor to get two local festivals on this national list.
Art Santa Fe, a four-day juried contemporary art show, takes place at the Santa Fe Convention Center from Thursday, July 7th to Sunday, July 10th. The show, now in its 16th year, brings artists and galleries from around the world to The City Different. Thursday night there’s a VIP Party from 5 to 9pm. The show opens to the public on Friday. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 11am to 8pm and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 per day ($10 for seniors and students). A three-day pass is $25 ($10) and a VIP pass for two that includes Thursday night’s party is $100.
The 13th International Folk Art Market takes place on Museum Hill the second weekend of July. Dates for this year are Friday, July 8th (benefit Preview Party), Saturday, July 9th and Sunday July 10th from 10am to 5pm. Avoid the crowds with Early Bird shopping (special ticket needed) on Saturday from 7:30 to 9am. Over 180 vendors from around the world bring their handcrafted art which includes such treasures as textiles (rugs, clothing, accessories, mats and more), jewelry, baskets, masks, wood carvings, and metal work. Find complete information here.
SITE Santa Fe, the city’s cutting edge art house, presents the second installment of SITELines, their series focusing contemporary art from the Americas. SITELines 2016 much wider than a line opens to the public on Saturday, July 16th, preceded by two days of preview events. The show is “is an articulation of the interconnectedness of the Americas and various shared experiences such as the recognition of colonial legacies, expressions of the vernacular, the influence of indigenous understandings, and our relationship to the land.” The show brings together over 30 artists from 11 countries brought together by a team of five curators. The show runs through January 8, 2016.
Spanish Market celebrates the Hispanic heritage of Santa Fe and New Mexico. Artists practicing traditional New Mexican Spanish Colonial Art gather at the historic Plaza on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st to show and sell their handcrafted work. Hours are from 8am to 4pm. For more information on Spanish Colonial art, click here. Contemporary artists of Spanish descent have their own show on Lincoln Avenue just north of the Plaza.
Adelita: Women Soldiers of the Mexican Revolution opens at Gallery 901 opens on Friday, July 1st from 5 to 7pm, featuring a three-piece Mariachi band. The new body of work by artist and photographer Angel Wynn honors the Adelitas, women who followed and fought with their men in the Mexican Revolution. The exhibit runs through Tuesday, July 26th.
Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary launches its first duo show for the season, Flowers and Fields, featuring artists Mary Long and Daniel Phill, on Friday, July 1st from 5 to 7pm. Long, a self-taught encaustic artist, specializes in aerial views of urban landscapes. Phill is known for his botanical imagery. The show runs through Thursday, July 14th.
The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe opens C to See, an exhibition by Ellen Babcock, on Friday, July 1st from 6 to 8pm, at the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. The power of words, voice, and place are at the center of Babcock’s installation. The three lecterns, each a different size and sited differently, are “complete” when gallery visitors read from selected text stationed on the lecterns. The show runs through Sunday, September 11th.
Patina Gallery opens Touches of Grace, an exhibition by Taos artist Gretchen Ewert, on Friday, July 15th from 5 to 7:30pm. Ewert’s clay containers “interpret the mythic powers of nature.” The exhibition runs through Sunday, August 14th.
Circumspect, an exhibition of artwork by Drew Tal and Karen Yank opens at Turner Carroll on Tuesday, July 19th. There is an opening reception on Friday, July 22nd from 5 to 7pm. Yank, a New Mexico-based sculptor and protégé of the late Taos minimalist Agnes Martin, is known for using circles in her work. Tal, who hails from Israel, now lives and works in New York. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, August 9th.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture opens Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art, on Sunday, July 17th from 1 to 4pm. The exhibition ia re-imagining of objects from popular Western imagery by Native American artists. For example, visitors will see Sponge Bob Square Pants and Pac Man with a Native American twist. The exhibition runs through Saturday, October 22nd. Admission is $6 for New Mexico residents (the first Sunday of the month is free) and $9 for non-residents. Children 16 and under are always free.
Santa Fe music and dance
Four annual summer music events open in July. The Santa Fe Opera opens its 60th season on Friday, July 1st with Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), followed by four more opera openings in July. After all five operas open, they run in repertory. Santa Fe Bandstand, free open-air concerts at the Santa Fe Plaza, kicks off on Tuesday, July 5th running through August 26th. They feature a broad mix of music including blues, Latin, Native, northern New Mexican, country, rock, reggae, R & B, jazz, bluegrass and folk performed by local as well as national and international musicians. The 44th season of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival opens on Sunday, July 17th and runs through Monday, August 22nd. The 11th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival takes place in Albuquerque and Santa Fe from Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 31st. For more information on these music events read our Santa Fe summer music post.
The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents Santa Fe Flute Immersion 2016 in July. The three-event series starts with Concert of Music for Native Flutes on Friday, July 1st at 7pm at the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts at 1590 B Pacheco Street. Tickets are $75.There will be a catered reception at the Allan Houser Sculpture Gardens, with an introduction and tour by curator David Rettig, on Sunday, July 3rd from 1 to 3pm. Tickets are $50. The free closing concert will also be held Sunday, July 3rd at 5:30pm at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel. Admission is free.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season. They’ll be in Santa Fe from Sunday, July 10th through Saturday, July 23rd. where they’ll present the premieres of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Little mortal jump and Jiří Kylián’s Sleepless. Their Santa Fe season also includes three performances by Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe on July 10th, 19th and 23rd. All performances take place at The Lensic Performing Arts Center at 8pm. Tickets, from $25 to $94, are available online at the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet website, at the Lensic box office or at Tickets Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Misc
New Mexico gets a lot of revenue from oil and gas and with prices down, state budgets are slashed. One of the places affected are the state’s four Santa Fe Museums. New Mexico residents have long been admitted free on Sundays. Starting July 1st, this policy is no longer in effect. The good news: the first Sunday of the month will still be free, seniors are still free on Wednesdays and the two downtown museums, New Mexico History Museum and New Mexico Art Museum will still be free on Friday evenings from 5 to 8pm.
¡VIVA MEXICO! an event that celebrates New Mexico’s heritage as well as our neighbors to the south takes place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas on Saturday, July 16th and Sunday, July 17th from 10am to 4pm. The featured attraction this year is Superkick, a local group that practices Lucha Libre Mexican-style wrestling. There will be music, food, vendors from Mexcio as well as booths from 11 Mexican states. Full information is on their website.
We love Alabama Shakes and we think many of our readers will, too. They’ll be appearing in Taos on August 6th at the town’s Kit Carson Park. The town of Taos has teamed up with New Mexico Tourism and others to offer the Taoshakes Sweepstakes. You can win tickets to the concert (and a lot more). Entries are accepted through July 18th at the New Mexico True website. You will also find the full prize package details there.
That’s it for this month. Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in July. ¡Hasta Luego!
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