Tidbits: Merry May in Santa Fe

The weather continues to be amazing; lots of sunshine and warm days. Though we can get a hard freeze until mid-May and it sometimes snows in early May, it doesn’t look likely. We love May in Santa Fe. It’s when the city starts gearing up for the summer season. It brings the first artist studio tour and the first major artists market. Haven’t booked your Santa Fe trip yet? What are you waiting for?’

A few tidbits

Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon will show up on the Cultural Atlas, photo/Steve Collins

We’re excited about the new Cultural Atlas of New Mexico app from the State’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Download it and as you travel through NM, the app’s geo-locator will bring up the not-to-miss cultural attractions in that area. When traveling, finding the state’s rich cultural history will be a breeze!

Two of our favorite hospitality folks in Santa Fe are headed to new endeavors. Beth Allan former Director of Sales and Marketing at Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi will be the DOSM at the new Capelia Hotel opening in Atlanta, Rich Veruni, the former GM at Bishop’s Lodge is the new GM at the Allegretto Vineyard Resort and Spa in Paso Robles, CA. We’ll miss then both.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, photo SteveCollins

The Inn and Spa at Loretto, photo/SteveCollins

Another change in the Santa Fe hotel scene; the Inn and Spa at the Loretto was bought by Heritage Hotels. The NM-based hotel group now owns four downtown properties: the Eldorado, the Hotel St. Frances and Hotel Chimayó.

It’s the end of an era. Capital Cab is gone. Anyone needing a ride will have to download Uber or Lyft to their phones. Not sure what people who don’t have smart phones or credit/debit cards will do if they need a ride. More drunk drivers on the roads? Only time will tell.

April saw the end of an era. After over 45 years of casting bronze sculptures Shidoni Foundry has closed its doors. Many renowned and less known artists have had their work cast at the Tesuque site. The gallery and sculpture garden remain open.

We just heard that Starlight, the closest thing to a nightclub in Santa Fe will be closing on Saturday. We hear that Boxcar in the Railyard turns into a nightclub except Sundays and Tuesdays from 10pm to 2am. On Tuesdays they have entertainment from 8 to 11pm. Their slogan, “Boxcar goes clubcar.” The kitchen is open until 1:30am.

Santa Fe dining news

Taco Fundación

Ordering at the counter at Taconow open, photo Steve Collins

Ordering at the counter at Taconow open, photo/Steve Collins

Just about two years ago, Brian Knox of Shake Foundation, the city’s popular burger stand, got the lease on the iconic Bert’s Burger Bowl. But the enterprising Knox already had a burger place and had other plans for his new digs: tacos. It took a long time but Taco Fundación opened yesterday. The menu is short and to the point: a handful of meat and fish tacos and a few vegetarian ones. We got to sample them last Saturday during a surprise soft opening. Knox is on to something!

Cuba Fe

Lechón (slow-cooked pork) topped by an egg, photo courtesy Cuba Fe

Lechón (slow-cooked pork) topped by an egg, photo/courtesy Cuba Fe

Santa Fe has less world cuisine than one might expect. One void is being filled as of today. Robert McCormick and David Michael Tardy are opening Cuba Fe at 1406 3rd Street. Don’t be fooled by the sign in front that says “La Cocina de Balaam.” It’s a long story. Ask Robert or David when you stop by. True to its name, the new eatery serves Cuban food. The duo is starting out slowly. They’ll be open from 11am to 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays  offering a small menu including Cuban sandwiches, lechon ( Cuban-style slow roasted pork ) and a few other goodies;  an expanded menu is coming soon. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page.


Clafoutis'soon-to-open new digs on Don Diego, photo Steve Collins

Clafoutis’soon-to-open new digs on Don Diego, photo/Steve Collins

Clafoutis, the popular French bakery with a serious parking problem, solved it. They’re moving to a spot adjacent to Body on Don Diego and Cordova. The original bakery/café on Guadalupe Street is closing on May 13th with plans to open at the new location on June 1st. But you know how Santa Fe is. Call before going.

Santa Fe art


Cecilia Robertson “Spring in the Meadow”, photo courtesy 7 Arts Gallery

Cecilia Robertson “Spring in the Meadow”, photo/courtesy 7 Arts Gallery

The Local 7 Arts Gallery, a gallery and studio space owned by local artists, will have its grand opening and artist reception on Friday, May 12th from 5 to 7pm at 125 Lincoln Avenue. The artists represented at the gallery are Tom McGee (acrylic painter), Dayna Fisk-Williams (weaver), Angel Wynn (photo-encaustic), Cecilia Robertson (plein-air oils), Karen Waters (fiber artist), and Karen Milstein (clay). They’ll be open 7 days a week. As it’s also a working studio visitors may find the artist at work on new pieces. For more information call (505) 819-3255.

Artist Ivan Barnett at work in his Santa Fe studio, photo courtesy Patina Gallery

Artist Ivan Barnett at work in his Santa Fe studio, photo/courtesy Patina Gallery

Patina Gallery opens In the Garden & Beyond the Sky, an exhibition of sculptures for the garden by Ivan Barnett, on Friday, May 12th from 5 to 7pm. Barnett, gallery’s director, is a renowned folk artist. Part of the proceeds from sales will go to support the Santa Fe Canyon Preserve. The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 11th.

Art shows

Recycled Tin Jewelry by Artist Cynthia Inson, photo Cynthia Inson courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

Recycled Tin Jewelry by Artist Cynthia Inson, photo/Cynthia Inson courtesy Eldorado Studio Tour

The 26th Annual Eldorado Studio Tour takes place on Saturday, May 20th to Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 5pm both days. It kicks off on Friday, May 19th with a preview event at the Max Coll Center at 16 Avenida Torreon in Eldorado from 5 to 7pm. The tour, the largest event of its kind in New Mexico, features over 100 artists who will be showing their work in 68 open studios.  The work on view includes paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, furniture, wearable art, woodworking, and mixed media. Admission is free.

Kachina carvings at Native Treasures, photo Steve Collins

Kachina carvings at Native Treasures, photo Steve Collins

Native Treasures, on Memorial Day Weekend, is traditionally the first art market of the summer season. The invitational show, held from Friday May 27th through Sunday the 29th at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, features some of the country’s top Native American artists Proceeds from the show, now in its 12th year, benefit the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC). Every year the show designates an artist as their Living Treasure. The 2017 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure is Santa Clara potter Jody Naranjo. The weekend kicks off with the benefit preview on Friday night from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Tickets are $125. The show opens for early bird shopping on Saturday morning from 9am to 10pm (tickets are $25) and to the general public from 10am to 5pm (tickets are $10). Admission on Sunday from 10am to 5pm is free.

Santa Fe museums

Prado Museum Show

Fra Angelico, “The Annunciation”, © Museo Nacional del photo courtesy Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts

Fra Angelico, “The Annunciation”, © Museo Nacional del photo/courtesy Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts

This is wild! The Prado is coming to Santa Fe – sort of. Ninety-two full-scale mounted reproductions of the Madrid museum will have their U.S. debut here on May 1st. The wild part: the show is outdoors at Cathedral Park on the north side of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi. Copies of masterpieces from Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and German painters from the 14th to 19th centuries will be on view including works such as Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation, Titian’s Philip II, Hieronymous Bosch’s masterwork The Garden of Earthly Delights and Francisco de Goya’s The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid will be on view. The show, part of the city’s year-long Santa Fe Celebrate Global Art and Culture 2017, will run through October.

Frieda Kahlo in photos

Frida Looking Into Mirror, Lola Alvarez Bravo, photo/courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art

Frida Looking Into Mirror, Lola Alvarez Bravo, photo/courtesy Throckmorton Fine Art

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art opens Mirror, Mirror… Photographs of Frida Kahlo, on Saturday, May 6th. The exhibition of more than 50 photographs traces the artist’s life. Among the photographers included are Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Carl Van Vechten and Nickolas Muray. The exhibition runs through Sunday, October 29th. Tickets are available at the museum of online at Tickets Santa Fe* (see link under Santa Fe Music).

Homage to the counterculture

Kitchen at New Buffalo, photo Seth Roffman, courtesy New Mexico History Museum

Kitchen at New Buffalo, photo/Seth Roffman, courtesy New Mexico History Museum

The New Mexico History Museum opens Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, on Sunday, May 14th. The exhibition explores the influx of young people into the state during the tumultuous 60s and 70s. There were communes in Santa Fe and Tao and Placitas: Lama and New Buffalo near Taos and Dome City in Placitas. Easy Rider was shot in Taos and Las Vegas. It was an exciting time in the Land of Enchantment! The show, which runs through February 11, 2018, calls on archival footage, oral histories, photography, ephemera and artifacts and “examines this cultural revolution and asks how these forms of rebellion inform the ways we think about contemporary social and political questions of what it means to be an engaged citizen.”

A side-note. I made my first trip to NM in the summer of 1973. I spent a week in a tent behind Sonny Spruce’s store on the Taos Pueblo. Taos was a small town in those days! I also spent a night camped out on the ground at the Theater of All Possibilities (now Synergia Ranch), a commune south of Santa Fe. It was an interesting time!

British Museum Show

Rembrandt “A Clump of Trees in a Fenced Enclosure” Image ©The Trustees of the British Museum, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

Rembrandt “A Clump of Trees in a Fenced Enclosure” Image ©The Trustees of the British Museum, courtesy New Mexico Museum of Art

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Saturday, May 27th. It’s the exhibition’s international debut; Santa Fe is one of only two United States cities the exhibition will visit. According to the museum’s website “The exhibition examines the many ways artists have used drawing as a means of recording and provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today.” Featured artists include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The show, part of runs through September 17th is part of Santa Fe Celebrate Global Art and Culture 2017.

Santa Fe Music

New Mexico Performing Arts Society

One of Richard Kurman's paintings, photo/courtesy NMPAS

One of Richard Kurman’s paintings, photo/courtesy NMPAS

The New Mexico Performing Arts Society presents The Creative Fire, on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm at the Immaculate Heart Chapel. The concert honors honors Santa Fe artist Richard G. Kurman. In addition to an exhibit of Kurman’s paintings, the evening features a performance of Haydn’s music by the New Mexico Bach Society as well a Shakespeare reading by John Andrews from The Shakespeare Guild. Tickets ($30) are available at the NMPAS website or at Hold My Ticket.

Serenata of Santa Fe

Kathleen McIntosh at the harpsichord, photo courtesy Serenata of Santa Fe

Kathleen McIntosh at the harpsichord, photo/courtesy Serenata of Santa Fe

Serenata of Santa Fe presents Bach in Spring on Sunday, May 7th at 3pm at the First Presbyterian Church. The concert will feature Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by Kathleen McIntosh. Purchase tickets, $15 to $35, at the Serenata website or at the door (cash or check only). Student tickets ($10) are available at the door only.

Santa Fe Symphony

Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, photo/courtesy Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra

The Santa Fe Symphony presents Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Lauridsen, conducted by new Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa, on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm and Sunday, May 21st at 4pm at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. They’re joined by the Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Linda Raney. Figueroa will give a free pre-concert lecture both days one hour before the performance. Tickets, $22 to $80, are available at both the Lensic and Symphony box offices as well as online at TicketsSantaFe.* Half-priced tickets are available for children 6 to 14 with adult purchase.

On Wednesday, May 31st, the Symphony presents In Honor of Memorial Day on at 7pm at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The Symphony will be accompanied by The Symphony Chamber Ensemble and soloists for a “night of uplifting and consoling music.” Admission, on a pay-what-you-wish basis, is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm.

That’s all we’ve got; told you it was a short month! Tidbits will be back on the last Tuesday in May. ¡Hasta Luego!

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