The 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market opens with a preview show Aug. 22 and a live-auction dinner and gala on Saturday at La Fonda that is the black-tie event of summer. The gala will feature Virgil Ortiz, an internationally acclaimed Pueblo artist, potter, fashion designer, and photographer, who will be recreating his stunning motifs onto live models during an exciting “Live Paint” during dinner. Limited editions of the motifs will auctioned off—though not the ones on the models! Indian Market offers something for everyone, from films to concerts to fashion shows; check the website for a full schedule.
Practically every gallery in town breaks out its finest Native art this time of year, and there are a plethora of opportunities for collectors. Art objects from around the world star at the Objects of Art Santa Fe (Aug. 15-17), produced by the same folks behind the Antique American Indian Art Show (Aug. 20-21). The opening night gala of the Antique American Indian Art Show will be held at La Fonda as a benefit for IAIA (Aug.19). Also in antiques, there’s the venerable Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic At Show (Aug. 16-18). The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has its annual benefit silent auction (Aug. 21) and live auction (Aug. 22) of antique and contemporary Native art.
Contemporary art-lovers can get their Native fix at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, right across the street from La Fonda, which opens its fall exhibitions Aug. 21.
The revamped Santa Fe Concert Association, now known as Performance Santa Fe, continues its operatic offerings this summer with soprano Corinne Winters (Aug. 3), tenor Paul Groves (Aug. 8), and soprano Brenda Rae (Aug. 10). At Lensic Performing Arts, they present the Stars of American Ballet, made up of principals and soloists of the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre (Aug. 13-14). The 2014 season opens with an orchestral concert (Aug. 31) that includes a world premiere of operatic highlights. See the full 78th season in their online brochure.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s summer festival runs through Aug. 17 with a wide variety of choral music, from the Mozart Requiem to Spanish mystics to a pop series with VOASIS, known for its vocal pyrotechnics and snazzy arrangements (Aug. 15-17); the band will also entertain at the Chorale’s “You only Sing Twice” black-tie gala benefit (Aug. 14).
The Santa Fe Opera continues its summer lineup of five shows in rotation through the end of August: Carmen, Don Pasquale, Beethoven’s Fidelio, a double billing of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. For something a little different, enjoy the spectacular setting sans sopranos when Tony Bennett (Aug. 24), the Avett Brothers (Aug. 27) and Dwight Yoakam (Aug. 28) take the world-renowned Opera stage.
Contemporary national acts coming to town this summer include Ray La Montagne (Aug. 5), The Hold Steady (Aug. 6), Lake Street Dive (Aug. 10), Eric Johnson (Aug. 17), and Lila Downs (Aug. 27), all presented by Heath Concerts.
Southwest Pickers will hold their 40th annual Santa Fe and Old Time Music Festival (Aug. 22-24), featuring local and national acts on three stages, plus a barn dance and other alcohol-free, family fun at the County Fairground annex.
The Santa Fe Bandstand continues its program of free shows at the Plaza, including national acts The Greencards (Aug. 12) and Severo y Grupo Fuego (Aug. 23). And the Railyard continues its free movies and concerts, along with the Saturday and Tuesday markets and Last Friday Artwalk (Aug. 29). Check the website for upcoming shows.
AT THE MUSEUMS
The New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World is the inspiration for performances of “Echoes of Mary” by Schola Cantorum Santa Fe (Aug. 3, 10, 17) at locations around town. Also at the museum, the artistic couple Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman discuss partnership and collaboration (Aug. 6) in conjunction with their twin shows at the museums of art and of history. La Fonda is offering a special “Judy Chicago”package that includes tickets, accommodations and dinner. Also at the museum, a California pinhole artist explains the process (Aug. 8) in conjunction with the exhibit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography.
The New Mexico Museum of Art is holding a series of gallery conversations every Monday at 12:15 this month with local luminaries, free with admission. Docents offer tours spotlighting specific topics on Wednesdays at the same time, including Agnes Martin (Aug. 6), Georgia O’Keeffe (Aug. 13), Gustave Naumann (Aug. 20) and Judy Chicago (Aug. 27).
Admission to the Museum of International Folk Art will be free all weekend Aug. 9-10 to support the 11th Annual Rag Rug Festival and Gift Show, featuring handmade items from around the state that help women develop economic independence. All proceeds go directly to the artisans. And the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture offers the helpful free seminar buying turquoise (Aug. 9)
Our good friend, the irrepressible Chef Johnny Vee, offers half-day cooking classes at Las Cosas Kitchen Shoppe, including grilling fish (Aug. 5), summer Thai (Aug. 8), green chile fest (Aug. 9), chilies old and new (Aug. 22), food-truck cookery (Aug. 23), and fresh pasta (Aug. 26). Moroccan cuisine may be the last thing you expected to explore in Santa Fe, but this international city offers up a talk and family-style dinner with Sephardic influences (Aug. 3), a workshop on Indian biryanis and kebabs (Aug. 13), and Japanese cuisine (Aug. 15) at Santa Fe Culinary Academy.
The St. John’s College Film Institute wraps up its series of great art films with Andrei Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev (Aug. 2-4). The documentary Kill Team, about an infantryman in Afghanistan who blew the whistle on war crimes, will be screened with a Skype introduction from the director, followed by a panel discussion (Aug. 23), with additional screenings earlier in the month (Aug. 3-7). These are all part of the eclectic offerings at the Center for Contemporary Arts, which always has intriguing works in its gallery, free on Fridays.
Experience a piece of Santa Fe history at the Santa Fe Playhouse, incorporated by Mary Austin in 1922. The theater is showing Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, a debut by the newly formed New Mexico Actors Lab (through Aug. 17).
OUT & ABOUT
Come hear from three santeras—Marie Romero Cash, Arlene Cisneros-Sena, and Lorrie Garcia—at a breakfast and panel discussion, “The Art of Inspiration: Three New Mexican Santeras” (Aug. 12) at the Spanish Colonial Art Museum. If pottery is your passion, a visit to Santa Fe Clay is a must. Their summer workshop series with visiting artists includes free Wednesday night slide lectures to learn about their work.
Fiber fanatics will want to visit the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, north of Santa Fe. One-day classes in traditional New Mexico arts include weaving, colcha embroidery, and the upcoming “Everything Tapestry” for anyone who knows the basics of weaving (Aug.11). Check the Facebook page for other classes.
If you’re headed to Taos, our progenitor Fred Harvey is the subject of an exhibit at the Millicent Rogers Museum (through Jan. 31), which includes Fred Harvey jewelry from private collections and for sale in the gift shop.
Fiestas de Santa Fe, the largest Hispanic celebration of the year, takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 7 around town and includes religious processions, a mariachi extravaganza, and classic Spanish arts to mark the reoccupation of the city in 1692. Check the website for events, which include the ever-popular annual Burning of Zozobra in Fort Marcy Park (Aug. 29).