A cinematheque, gallery, and educational center all in one, the Center for Contemporary Arts champions a diverse range of art forms, from digital media and performance art to independent and animated films, as well as Oscar-nominated documentaries. Culled from various artistic backgrounds, the art center's staff gained experience in various aesthetics by studying fine art, producing films for Sundance, and trying to calm down the guy from Edvard Munch's The Scream. Using their acquired knowledge, staff members educate guests during art exhibitions, movie screenings, and lectures.
Lauded for its inimitable art scene set against a stunning desert-dotted backdrop, Santa Fe might be the the ideal place to hold an art fair. Peppered with works from some of its 240 city galleries and pieces from international exhibitors, Art Santa Fe—now in its 13th year—expands on the city's proud tradition to showcase some of its most striking opuses alongside works by exhibitors from such far-flung locales as Madison, Wisconsin and Osaka, Japan. Visitors mingle with artists and art dealers while perusing gallery exhibits and art installations, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of the perfectly parallel yellow lines painted masterfully on many of America's highways. All tickets include admission to demonstrations of hanji papermaking by a Korean expert and monotype printing by a graphic artist.
Housing nearly 3,000 works, including approximately 1,150 O'Keeffe originals, the museum invites art-hungry viewers to sample the finest in American modernist art. With a membership, patrons can sop up a year's worth of art and history through unlimited admission (normally up to $10 for adults, free for youth 18 and younger), free or discounted lectures, a subscription to the museum’s Member News quarterly, and the right to use 12-inch voices while others are only allowed 10-inches. Members also enjoy 10% off sweets and savories at the O'Keeffe Café and a 10% discount at the museum shop, enabling guests to leave with more than just a full mind. See the full list of benefits here.
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures' geocaching excursions equip hikers with GPS devices to aid their search for hidden containers, or geocaches. After meeting at the Dale Ball trailhead, adventure-seekers will be briefed on how to use their GPS for good, before being given coordinates for the first geocache hiding place. Over two and a half hours, groups of approximately eight brave human explorers will be accompanied by an experienced local geocachist, and together they will progress to each successive point of interest while dousing the flames of thirst with swigs from complimentary souvenir water bottles. Kids will be rewarded with treasures at each hidden location. Geocachers are encouraged to share their exploits online via WiFi, Ethernet cable, or Bluetooth.
The Santa Fe Southern Railway revels in a rich history, one that commenced in the 1800s and was heralded in the Academy Award–winning Judy Garland song "On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe". Connecting Santa Fe to the rest of the country, the train line helped to build the southwestern city's reputation as a great arts destination as it transported visitors and wanderlust-filled paintbrushes to the picturesque terrain. During regular expeditions to nearby Lamy, the railway continues to dazzle riders with sweeping vistas just outside the windows of vintage 1920s train cars, which each sport their own snack and drink bar.
Kim Martindale helped coordinate the Santa Fe Antique American Indian Art Show when he was only 16 years old, and today produces the Marin Show and LA Art Show. John Morris was a production manager at the original Woodstock music festival. Local photographer Blake Hines’ work has appeared in publications, album covers, and hotels. Despite their disparate backgrounds, these organizers and artists pooled their talents to host the annual Santa Fe Show Objects of Art, which gathers more than 60 exhibitors of historical and contemporary art.
The four-day event fills the rooms of El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, nestled in the city’s Railyard District. Visitors navigate paintings, sculpture, furnishings, books, jewelry, and textiles from around the world, including tribal and folk art from American Indian, Oceanic, African, and Asian cultures. Every year, the show hosts special exhibits. On display this year will be objects from the Ralph T. Coe Foundation, along with a collection of works created by outsider artist Larry Palsson, which is curated by Jean Compton.