The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art chronicles 500 years of influence on the culture of the American Southwest with more than 3,000 pieces collected to date, from the first days of the conquistadors up through 20th-century Hispanic art. Currently on display through Labor Day is a retrospective on Cady Wells, a prolific modernist painter and collector of New Mexican art who amassed a stockpile of retablos, paintings, bultos, tinwork, and textiles as part of his unfulfilled dream of founding the great state of Newer Mexico. Along with unlimited visits for themselves and their immediate families, members get free admission to many of the museum's ongoing lectures, classes, and aquatic musical numbers.
Big River Raft Trips owner Billy Miller, who has more than 10,000 river miles logged on his personal odometer, leads a team of expert guides that steers full- and half-day rafting trips along the Rio Grande. Big River Raft Trips categorizes each tour by its difficulty, delivering aquatic thrills to paddlers of all skill levels through placid, sightseeing rides for beginners as well as heart-racing treks through Class IV+ rapids for experts and human-dinghy hybrids. All rafting equipment is included for all trip.
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.
Bead Fest Santa Fe unites do-it-yourselfers and arts-and-crafters during a four-day celebration of beads, jewelry—and for good measure—some more beads. More than 150 booths and tables set up shop for the event, each ready to restock repertoires with gems, stones, and a hodgepodge of other supplies.
In between exploring the sea of exhibitors, attendees learn about the latest techniques, tricks, and tools at nearly 100 all-inclusive workshops (not included with the price of admission). There, artists from around the country provide education on specific topics in classes such as Intro to Metalsmithing and Wire Weaving, where guests learn the craftiest way to escape prison. Free demonstrations, book signings, and other attractions round out the fest's collection of creative attractions.
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.