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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


Santa Fe Local’s View – Summer of Color and Music

There are so many wonderful events kicking off this year’s “Summer of Color” celebration that I won’t be able to fit everything into this blog, but here’s a quick rundown of the happenings in Santa Fe, New Mexico starting this month and yes, they include music – so much music.

The Santa Fe Opera begins their 59th season this evening with an opening night of tailgating extraordinaire and The Daughter of the Regiment that Director, Ned Canty describes in this video “as a full and complete work of art as one has never seen before. “   A Verdi opera may be more your style and Saturday evening has Rigoletto on the stage.  Georgia Jarman (soprano who performs Gilda) describes in this video how this opera “immediately grabs you and takes you in until the very end.”  What a stunning way to celebrate this year’s opening weekend!  But, of course, the opera runs through August and I’ve linked their calendar here so you can plan your visit around your favorites.


Need more music in your life?  Here are the links to what Santa Fe has to offer and I think are worth a visit alone. Santa Fe Bandstand 2015 offers FREE live performances in the heart of Santa Fe.  Yes, that’s two blocks from the Inn of the Governors to experience an amazing mix of top national artists and the best bands from our very own local scene.  Opening night is July 7 at 6pm with Son Como Son. Listen here to see what you might be missing if you aren’t here for the kickoff.   Don’t worry though – if you are visiting another time through August 28, you might be able to catch a tune, tap a foot or dance with a local on the plaza. Another wonderful free event is the annual Music on the Hill. July 8, 15 and 22 families, friends and couples join each other on the lawn to listen to an open air concert that is hard to be beat in Santa Fe. Bring a picnic and a blanket and cozy up to your neighbor for a truly local experience.  Juan Siddi Flamenco performs at the Lensic on July 12, 21, 26 and August 1 & 29 and September 5. Enjoy the passion that this flamenco company shares through their dance and music.  The Santa Fe Desert Chorale begins their 33rd season on July 9 and runs through August 9 and you might also enjoy the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival which begins its 43rd season on July 19 and runs through August 24. Do you love jazz?  Wonderful!  The New Mexico Jazz Festival brings talent to Santa Fe in July and August.  Plan your time around their schedule, if you’d like.

IFAA-Market-small-218x218When you’ve filled your soul with music, you can take in the “Summer of Color” events happening all over Santa Fe.  Beautiful, vibrant colors at various museums, galleries and special annual events such as the International Folk Art Market are taking place.  The market brings 750 artists from 88 countries to town July 10 – 12 for three days of shopping, eating, music and workshops.  Tickets usually sell out in advance so if you have the time to come and attend, buy them ahead of your visit online. Or, experience the colors of the Spanish Market taking place just two blocks from the Inn, on the plaza, July 25 & 26.  There are many historically significant events preceding the weekend and here’s an easy link to find your favorite. Now, don’t think that the festivals end in July, because August is home to the annual SWAIA Indian Market and the Indigenous Fine Art Market, too.  Both occur in the 3rd week of August and throughout the weekend.  Turquoise might be my favorite color for these very special annual and culturally full events.

As always, travel safely and we’ll see you soon. Deb Swanson



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