Between the Lines and Where I’ve Been, Landscapes by Mary Sweet, are exhibits continuing through Nov. 19 at the New Mexico Art League. Between the Lines is an exhibit of mixed-media work incorporating the written word, and Where I’ve Been, Landscapes by Mary Sweet is an exhibit of woodblock prints and paintings depicting personal views of the beautiful landscapes discovered on Mary’s adventures across the world. More at newmexocoartleague.org.
The Second Annual Contemporary Hispanic Winter Market at Expo NM is Nov. 12 and 13, showcasing contemporary Hispanic and traditional artists who are at least one-quarter Hispanic descendant and New Mexico residents. New this year is a children’s component, with entertainment by Ancient Bones. Like its big summer sister in Santa Fe, this event features original work and individual expression in the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and much more. The event is free, and details can be found at contemporaryhispanicmarketinc.com
Phase Two of the Santa Fe Botanic Garden at Museum Hill is open. Called Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, this two-acre addition is a place to explore ethnobotany—the shared history of humans and plants in northern New Mexico—through hands-on experiences and observation. The new area features native plants, tiered gardens that showcase what Native Americans and early settlers grew for food, medicine and other uses, three outdoor classrooms, a learning pavilion, and the 150-seat outdoor Gathering Place Amphitheater. Besides a variety of spaces to explore, visitors also can attend cooking classes and demonstrations at the Hornos Plaza featuring two traditional adobe ovens. Visit SantaFeBotanicalGarden.org.
Nov. 3 – 6, catch Review Santa Fe International Photography Festival at various venues around town. Review Santa Fe offers photographers, photo enthusiasts, collectors and the public a spectacular showcase of outstanding photographic talent from around the globe and an array of exhibitions and talks. A Friday evening portfolio viewing of the work of 100 photographers offers a rare opportunity to browse portfolios and speak with the artists. In addition to free public programming, Review Santa Fe Photo Festival offers a festival pass, which offers entry into two private receptions with artists and reviewers and VIP hour at Portfolio Viewing. More at visitcenter.org.
Santa Fe Indiginerds mark your calendars for the Nov. 11 opening at Form & Concept Gallery of Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present and Feature. The show is a companion to the Indigeneous ComicCon in Albuquerque (see that section for details) and features work by professional Native comic artists, and talented students and teachers of Zuni People. Native Realities shares the stories of superheroes across Native cultures, with comics created by youth and teachers in Zuni Pueblo, and the works of professional comic artists Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Jonathan Nelson (Diné), Jon Proudstar (Yaqui), Ryan Singer (Navajo), and Arigon Starr (Kickapoo), the show invites the public to consider the role of heroes—defined as everyday people doing extraordinary work—in our lives. Details at formandconcept.center.
The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. This exciting weekend-long event kicks off December 2 with the famous (ticketed) Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues during the free admission weekend with an inspiring art market, student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities. Located at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, the event is hosted by the newly formed non-profit entity Recycled Art Alliance, in partnership with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful. More information can be found at recyclesantafe.org.
The Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair is a highlight of the fall season in Taos. This year’s event is Nov. 25-27 at the Sagebrush Inn Conference Center. Join dozens of the area’s finest craftspeople and artists in their support of Community Against Violence. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculpture and handcrafted holiday gifts are offered for sale at this annual event now enjoying its 32nd year. Many festive events are scheduled, including photos with Santa, children’s art with Magic Brush Studio and face painting. More at taos.org.
by Kelly Koepke