The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, hosts the fifth Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival Oct. 7 and 8. The event is a showcase for 50 select Indigenous artists who create both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs and sculpture. The all-Native American art festival kicks off a weeklong celebration of Pueblo art and culture that includes more than 40 traditional Native dances. And whenever you need to pause and refuel, there’s also culinary art onsite at the Pueblo Harvest Cafe, offering a fall menu of New Native American cuisine. Details at indianpueblo.org.
Be part of something new and philanthropic at the first annual Art|Corrales, a fine-arts show featuring 35 Corrales-based artists, some acclaimed, Nov. 4 and 5, at the historic Casa Vieja Event Center. Opening the show is a Nov. 3 fundraising dinner, featuring a whole roast pig prepared by Jude Sanchez, owner/chef at Las Ristras Restaurant. The dinner benefits art education programs at Corrales Elementary School and the Cottonwood Montessori School. Details at corralesartcenter.org or nmartistsmarket.org.
The 110-year-old Wright’s Indian Art gallery and its three generations of ownership just welcomed a new generation. Stop by and congratulate Owners Lauren and Dan Hyman on the birth of their daughter Mariella Rae on Sept 18.
Perhaps you’ve been privy to the dramatic redo at SITE Santa Fe. The time has come for the not-to-be-missed re-opening, Oct. 5 – 8. Seekers have a variety of opportunities to vibe the new space, including The Reveal, an all-evening, 21-and-over party, featuring tours with artists and architects, delish food and drink, and multiple guest DJs, notably Supaman, aka Christian Parrish Takes The Gun, a Native American dancer and innovative hip-hop artist. Opening shows Future Shock and Kota Ezawa: The Crime of Art in the new SITElab project space run into 2018. Free Community Days are Saturday and Sunday, and include a My Life in Art lecture with media artists Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Director of HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) Sabine Himmelsbach on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Details at sitesantafe.org.
Guess who’s celebrating 30? The Galisteo Studio Tour, Oct. 14 and 15. More than 25 artists and craftsmen, one of whom is a recent Governor’s Art Award winner, open their studios to share photography, painting, ceramic art, jewelry, handmade knives, traditional straw inlay, sculpture and weaving. There are three culinary arts stops for the art (and food!) lover, including traditional New Mexican food (you can’t go wrong—red or green) at Cocina de Mela in the Community Center. All the while, there’s the soulful art that nature offers—you get to bask in the light of the Bosque’s golden cottonwood foliage all day long. Details at galisteostudiotour.org.
It’s now a double-digit anniversary for Radius Books, a nonprofit publishing company, the mission of which is to encourage, promote and publish books of artistic and cultural value for a wide audience. Their annual Artist Weekend, Oct. 6 and 7, ably represents their birthday celebration and promises more than 120 artists, writers and curators in attendance. Contact them for details about the Friday private book preview and the Saturday pop-up book show. Visit radiusbooks.org.
The Historic Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out is now a venerable decade old—all the more reason to walk the historic calle on Oct. 21 and interact with working artists in every imaginable genre and media as they showcase their skills in contemporary, abstract, modern, expressionistic, figurative, photorealistic, traditional, Western and Native American works of art. Music will fill the air compliments of 500 students in the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program, and refreshments will be offered throughout the open galleries. All events are free and open to the public. Details at visitcanyonroad.com.
Harwood Museum of Art’s Studio 238 features the work of local artist TJ Mabrey Oct. 4-30, with a free reception open to the public on Oct. 6. Primarily recognized as a sculptor in stone, TJ’s secondary medium of choice is paper. Her art can be found prominently in private collections in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and the Orient. According to Harwood Museum, the foundation of the exhibition is embossed paper, created on a large etching press, or by hand, pressing pulp through a template. The resulting pieces of paper and pulp are then incised, folded, manipulated, repeated and possibly painted—the process assisting TJ’s exploration of repetition as a concept in nature and science. Details at harwoodmuseum.org.
Soon, the weather turns woolly, so get inspired at the 34th annual Taos Wool Festival, Oct. 7 and 8 in Kit Carson Park. Four hundred years of tradition come to bear on wool and fiber wares created by juried artists hailing from Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Pause to enjoy demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, shearing sheep and many other fiber-related skills, or participate in contests for handspun yarn and fleeces (wool and alpaca). You may find it challenging not to mimic the constant bleating of the live wool-producing animals in attendance. Plus, there’ll be good food and live music. Details at taoswoolfestival.org.
by Cullen Curtiss