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Santa Fe Local’s View: 50th Anniversary and International Folk Art Alliance


The Inn of the Governors has been celebrating all year with our 50th anniversary package that benefits not only travelers to our beautiful city, Santa Fe, but also local non-profits each quarter.

IFAA's amazing staff

International Folk Art Alliance’s amazing staff

We couldn’t be more pleased that with the help of our wonderful guests, we have raised $4.500.00 for a new artist at the International Folk Art Market, this past quarter.  We met with the team at the International Folk Art Alliance to share the good news and present them with a check. Don’t you just love all the colors represented in this photograph!?!

IFAA is an amazing nonprofit on a mission to celebrate and preserve living folk art traditions and create economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide. Each year more visitors have been drawn to Museum Hill to participate in the Folk Art Market. From a local tradition to the global stage, from limited resources to economic empowerment and sustainable income, the work of art is represented here through Market artists.

It’s never too soon to RESERVE your accommodations for next year’s event which will be taking place July 8, 9 and 10. We hope to see you for this very special annual event.

As we end this year with the final quarter of our 50th anniversary package, you too may participate by staying at certain times for four evenings with a 4th night at just $50, plus tax. (Call us directly at 800-234-4534 so that we can check availability for the package.) Your $50 will be donated to Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families. The last available day is December 18th, so that we can be sure to make the donation just prior to the holiday season.

We hope to see you soon.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: High Road Artisans Art Tour

Santa Fe & Taos were recently recognized by the Matador Network as two of the “top 10” small artistic towns in the United States.  We couldn’t agree more!  But, did you know that there is also a 2 ½ hour drive that takes you through small communities where many artists live and create?  This drive is referred to as the “high road” to Taos and this weekend, September 19 & 20 and next weekend, September 26 & 27, is the best time to be here and participate in the “High Road Artisans Art Tour.”

J. Chris Morel oil acrylic painting

J. Chris Morel – oil acrylic painting

The High Road Artisans Art Tour is an annual event that all are welcome to enjoy. Take a drive through our rural communities, all rich in history and clothed in beauty.  This is a time when the trees begin to turn a golden or rust color and the skies are bluer than ever. Time seems to slow as you spend time with the artist; see their work in their place of creativity and truly understand why so many of them have been drawn to the light and color of New Mexico.

Visit six different villages with over forty artists / galleries on either weekend. There are traditional and contemporary artists in their studios or at a village community center.  You will find paintings, weavings, micaceous pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, and so much more.  Whatever your interest may be, you will find something to bring home as a memory of your visit to Santa Fe and Taos.

If you are unable to visit during the art tour, you might want to plan for a future visit.  There are multiple workshops and art classes that are available throughout the year.  Try your hand and maybe you, too will be enchanted by the area and return with a memory of your own creative experience on the “high road.”

As always, safe travels.  Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: SWAIA – Santa Fe Indian Market


The Inn of the Governors welcomes a full house (many of those being repeat guests) each year for the Santa Fe Indian Market.  Santa Fe visitors get to enjoy the Southwestern Association of Indian Art (SWAIA) market’s 94th year beginning today, August 17 with the Native Cinema Showcase and ending Sunday, August 23rd with the Indian Market After-Party.

SWAIA Facebook photos

SWAIA Facebook photos

SWAIA’s market brings together artists from the United States and represents the world’s largest Native American arts show. We are quite blessed that this event takes place in Santa Fe and I invite you to read through the following paragraphs to plan your visit.

Today, Monday, August 17 at 7pm marks the beginning of this year’s Native Cinema showcase with Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.  Here’s the link for the full schedule.  Screenings are FREE, but seating is on a first come, first serve basis.  Just walk three blocks north of the Inn and view any of these showcased films at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. There’s something for everyone, from children to adults, and each will find one film that touches them in a very memorable way.

On Thursday, August 20 join revelers in the Indian Market 2015 Kick-off party from 8pm-10:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (SFCCC).  This event is also free and open to the public.

The Best of Show Ceremony and Luncheon takes place on Friday, August 21 from 11:30am-2pm at the (SFCCC) and tickets are available to all SWAIA members at 505-983-5220 x232.  Also, if you are a SWAIA member you can get the Sneak Preview at 5:30pm-7:30pm at the SFCCC.  This allows for the early preview of the Santa Fe Indian market award winning art that the artists have brought this year.  General public preview begins at 7:30pm and lasts until 9:30pm.

At last, the full market opens on Saturday, August 22 and runs both weekend days with fun filled events on the plaza and surrounding streets; including music, fashion shows and artisans displaying their best work.  Arrive early, (some do as early as 7am) and stay late to experience the full cultural exchange of this weekend.  Here’s the link for specific lineups and times of the weekend events. I’ve also included this link to Frequently Asked Questions as I found it to be very helpful in detailing just what Santa Fe Indian market is.  Enjoy the week and be sure to check out the special events happening at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the NM Museum of History, the numerous events at the Museum of Contemporary Native American Arts – all in connection with the Santa Fe Indian Market week.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: Indigenous Fine Art Market – IFAM


When thinking of Native American art and Santa Fe there are numerous museums, galleries and events that spring to mind.  With that said, I am excited to see the Indigenous Fine Art Market, also known as IFAM, celebrate its second year. Click here to see the video from last’s year amazing first market. This event brings some very exciting and fresh events to Santa Fe from August 20th through the 22nd at the Santa Fe Railyard – just a few blocks from the Inn of the Governors.

Raymond Tsosie IFAM 2015

Raymond Tsosie
IFAM 2015

IFAM’s genesis came from a grassroots collaboration of three talented, visionary individuals and a collection of artists. As noted on their web site, “It is a celebration of native art and the cultures that inspire it. IFAM is about sharing the Native narrative with the world through the connections and relationships made with those who experience our art.“

The IFAM art show and celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20 and continues daily through Saturday, August 22.  Each artist has been encouraged to bring a variety of their work to showcase their particular celebration of their own Native American culture.  The IFAM stage will have cultural performances representing tribal diversity and there will be numerous food trucks available.

Please “like” their Facebook page as they update their status daily.

There’s also this wonderful article in Indian Country Today that showcases some stunning photographs of works that will be at the market.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


Santa Fe Local’s View: ARTSmart New Mexico and our 50th Anniversary


The Inn of the Governors has been celebrating all year with our 50th anniversary package that benefits not only travelers to our beautiful city, Santa Fe, but also local non-profits each quarter.


We couldn’t be more pleased that with the help of our guests, we have raised $11,600 for ARTSmart New Mexico’s scholarship fund.  Sam Gerberding, our General Manager, met with Connie Axton (ARTSmart President) to share the good news.  Axton said “scholarships are critically important to serving our mission to provide enriching programming to all youth in Northern New Mexico.” We met some of the children benefiting from the summer program and learned of their creative projects they were working on. If you have any questions on how you, too might help this worthy organization we have provided the “ways to give” information here.


We are half way through 2015 with our 50th anniversary package and you too may participate by staying at certain times for four evenings with a 4th night at $50, plus tax.  Your $50 will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance or the Esperanza Shelter based on which quarter you stay at the Inn of the Governors.

We hope to see you soon.

Safe travels, Deb Swanson


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