BAG member Victoria Rabinowe has installed 100 painted aspen poles that tower above and around you as you meander through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Some are painted black and white; some are bright and colorful; some are inscribed with cryptic calligraphy. Each pole is a provocative and unique totem inspired by Victoria’s dreams. This illuminated garden encourages the viewer to drift off into a spiritual journey that connects us with the deep, communal roots of aboriginal ancestry that we all share.
Join Make Santa Fe in preparing for the holidays by crafting decorations and gifts with your family. For $20 you get an afternoon of crafty excitement (1 kid free per paid adult). Stop by one or all of the stations including the SMASH Bus, decorations made via laser and microcircuit, ugly sweater decoration (bring your own sweater), forged triangle dinner bells, and paper ornaments.
The S.M.A.S.H. Bus will be at MAKE ready to teach your kiddos to make their own paper and other festive goodies. If you haven’t seen the Bus it is a mobile interactive art studio designed to create inclusive and accessible art-making opportunities for a variety of diverse communities.
In addition the Santa Fe Book Arts Group will be back this year making decorative cards and ornaments. We’ll also have a food truck on hand and beverages inside MAKE to keep you creating all afternoon.
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival is the United States’ largest and oldest recycled art market and is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials. It kicks off with Friday night’s Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make-and-take art activities. More than 100 artists (including BAG members) offer their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit. This event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family-friendly art-making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits, and perfect gifts.
All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials—everything from vintage tin cans turned into earrings to scrap-metal sculptures. Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one-of-a-kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.
Friday, November 30
Art Market 5 pm to 9 pm; $5 general admission
Trash Fashion show 7 pm; $15-20 for assigned seating; includes general admission to the art market. You can buy fashion show tickets ahead of time at www.ticketssantafe.org or at the door.
Saturday, December 1
Art Market 9 am to 5 pm; free admission (Reminder: BAG Annual Holiday Party is at 1 pm at SFCC’s Jemez Room)
Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Artists’ Books in Denver announces “The Art of the Fold,” a multi-venue exhibition that will be on view in the Denver metro area from February 2019 through fall 2019. Venues include a public library, a university library, and a gallery. Alicia says she is “still ammering out the gallery details.”
The submission deadline is Monday, December 17, 2018. Full details are here. The prospectus is here.
This exhibition is open to those working in the book form worldwide who are at least 18 years of age.
Eligible are any artist book works created using structures found in The Art of the Fold by Hedi Kyle & Ulla Warchol. Books may be editioned or unique, sculptural or more traditionally bound, interactive or passive. Books that measure more than 14 inches (closed) in any dimension are ineligible. Unframed wall works with maximum dimension of 24 inches in any direction, and weighing less than 20# are eligible.
Please note that the works needn’t be recent because some of us have been working with these structures for a while.
Selections will be made by Alicia Bailey, Director, Abecedarian Artists’ Books. Alicia typically uses submissions to juried shows as a starting point for artists she’d like to work with in the future. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing what Hedi and Ulla’s book inspires,” says Alicia. “Thanks, as always, for your continued support.”
Tonalpohualli: Count of Days, a solo exhibition by Moira Garcia, will open with a reception this Sunday, November 11, 2018, from 3 pm to 4 pm. The exhibition and opening is at the Lloyd Kiva New Gallery of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Moira Garcia is a mixed-media artist, printmaker, and bookmaker residing in Santa Fe.
She has a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and has also received art training from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the University of California in Santa Cruz, and Santa Fe Community College.
Born in Gallup, New Mexico, and raised on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, her art reflects her diverse multicultural experience. Her current work explores conceptions of living and lost cultural knowledge, journey, and trajectory of Native America, especially Mesoamerica.
She is the founding artist of the initiative Art for Change NM, where art sales support grass-roots social actions that benefit our earth and future generations.
The New Mexico Art League is holding its Art Stuff Sale on Saturday, October 27, from 10 am to 3 pm. These are slightly used art supplies
(and some new!) for sale. There will be great deals on easels, brushes, paints, canvases, frames, and art books. The New Mexico Art League is at 3407 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111; https://newmexicoartleague.wildapricot.org/
The Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild’s 2018 Quilt Fiesta is this Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. For more information visit http://quiltfiestasantafe.org.
Back by popular demand: a Traveler’s Notebook Salon with Cynthia Leespring and Julie Filatoff.
In this four-hour salon/workshop you’ll create a Traveler’s Notebook (TN), which you can use as a planner, sketchbook, journal, art journal, scrapbook, study guide, and so much more. Thanks to easily changeable inserts, you can use your TN for more than one purpose. All you need to bring is a short list of bookbinding tools; materials will be supplied.
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 1 pm to 5 pm
At the home/studio of Julie Filatoff in Santa Fe (SFCC area)
Minimum students: 4. Maximum students: 8. If there is sufficient interest and a waitlist, a second salon may be added.
$35 (includes lots of supplies); must be a current BAG member
(Repost, because it’s too good to miss!) BAG member Gail Rieke let us know that Martha Egan, who used to own Pacha Mama on Canyon Road, has a new project: Casa Perea, a beautiful multi-use venue in Corrales, New Mexico. Calligrapher Marina Soria will teach a three-day workshop, “Weaving Words,” on Friday, February 22, Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, 2019 (see graphics below). For more information on the workshop, contact Frances Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Casa Perea, visit https://casapereaartspace.com/.