Saturday, July 30, 2011

Notice to All Hikers - BLM Lands Open Again!

July was a disappointing month for hikers staying at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn, as the Bureau of Land Management had closed off all the national forests and parks due to severe fires throughout the state.  Yesterday these bans were lifted, as we have been blessed once again with our regular monsoon rains.  The term 'monsoon' is a relative term here in the high  mountain desert, not to be confused with the monsoons of India!

Guests can once again visit such treasures at Bandelier National Monument, Puye Cliffs and hike in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  The only area still closed off is the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.  This land has been the staging area for fighting the nearby Las Conchas fire, and there are flooding concerns in the area as well.

So pack your hiking boots and mountain bikes - we have 13 million acres of public land in the New Mexico open for your outdoor fun.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SOFA Back to Santa Fe for the 3rd Year

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn spend a lot of their time in Santa Fe visiting the many art galleries of Canyon Road, the Railyard and around the Plaza.  Making art viewing that much easier this summer is the return of SOFA, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair.  Thirty-two dealers will be exhibiting exciting works from August 3-7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.  Dealers include specialists in historic, antique and contemporary art from Africa, Asia and the Americas as well as contemporary Canadian sculpture, furniture and an array of jewelry.

New this year is the collaboration with The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider ArtOutsider art refers to work done by self-taught artists and can be incredibly captivating, while Folk Art encompasses decorative or utilitarian work done by indigenous cultures around the world.  The August fair is a great opportunity to see some of the foremost dealers of both Folk and Outsider Art.

Santa Fe Convention Center, 
201 W Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 
Opening Night, August 3, 6:30-9pm, $50

August 4-7, 2011 noon-6pm
$15 admission for one day, $25 for a four-day pass

Friday, July 22, 2011

Woodblock Prints from East and West

The New Mexico Museum of Art, located just a few blocks away from The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, is now featuring a terrific exhibit - Kimono:  Karen La Monte and Prints of the Floating World.  There you will see a juxtaposition of life-size glass sculpture kimonos with actual 17th century Japanese woodblock prints.  This exhibit can be seen now through November 5, 2011.

Once you have seen these ancient Japanese woodblock prints, you will want to move on to the exhibit of Gustav Baumann's woodblock prints, which adorn many of the bedroom walls of our inn.  The concurrent exhibitions are a perfect example of East meets West in the art world.  Baumann's work, done in the early 20th century, shows a very clear influence from the earlier Japanese woodblock printmaking.  Using southwestern landscapes and Northern New Mexico themes, Baumann's use of asymmetrical compositions, bright colors and patterned surfaces are very similar to what one sees in the adjacent Japanese print exhibit.  The Baumann show runs now through December, 2011.

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Open 10am-5pm daily.
$9 admission, free on Friday evenings from 5pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ted Larsen Work Gets Rave Review

Santa Fe is a mecca for lovers of fine art, and I would venture to say that the vast majority of our guests at The Madeleine Inn make a point of checking out the galleries of Santa Fe that are scattered around the Plaza, the Railyard and Canyon Road.

Guests coming to us from the Denver area may want to check out a local show at The Robishon Gallery,  currently showing the work of my husband, Ted Larsen.  His exhibit,  Rejoinder, received a rave review from Westword Arts Denver.   In my opinion, his art appeals to lovers of both old and new.  Ted's pieces combine the form of contemporary art, but his use of salvaged and non-art materials imbue the pieces with a great deal of warmth and character.  For a real critique of the work, check out the review!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show

Guests of The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn make a point of strolling by the Native American vendors selling their jewelry under the portal of The Palace of the Governors, where they can buy exquisite pieces direct from the artists and their families.   This coming weekend is a chance to have the same experience, but on a much larger scale.

Taking place on July 17 and 18 is the Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Show (formerly known as The Eight Northern Pueblo Arts Show), the largest Native American owned and operated outdoor arts exhibition and market in the western United States.  Now in its 40th year, the event is a showcase of traditional art, Pueblo dances, drumming, flute playing and singing.  This celebration of Native American culture showcases the work of jewelers, potters, sculptors, painters and carvers, as well as dancers, drummers, flute players and singers.  The artists gather from the Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Taos and Tesuque. Visitors will also be treated to an array of traditional Pueblo food - red and green chile, posole, fry bread, oven bread and more.

Ohkay Conference Center - three miles north of EspaƱola on State Road 68
Saturday July 17 and Sunday July 18.
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Fly High with The Flying Men from Veracruz!

Bring out the kid in you while staying at Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn next weekend.  Back by popular demand is a performance by The Flying Men of Veracruz, on July 16 and 17, at Rancho de las Golondrinas.   Part circus, part ceremony, the event is an awe-inspiring spectacle, and entertaining to folks of all ages.

The ritual/ceremony is believed to have originated in central Mexican with the Nahua, Huastec and Otomi people.  You will see five men climb to the top of a 100 foot tall pole, four of whom then leap towards the ground while a fifth man remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing music.  Myth has it that the ritual was created to ask the gods to end a severe drought, and I sure hope it works!  We are in the midst of a severe drought ourselves here in Santa Fe, with no meaningful precipitation in months.

In addition to this awe-inspiring sight, enjoy a wide array of traditional Mexican art, music, dance, theatre and food during this special cultural weekend, including a performance by the comedic group Cornisa 20.

Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
I-25 exit 276, then follow the signs

July 16 and 17
Ticket prices:  $8/adults, $5/seniors & teens
Free for children under age 13

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The World Comes to Santa Fe

The upcoming International Folk Art Market is a not-to-be-missed event for locals as well as visitors to The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn.  Now in its 8th year, this festival of folk art, food, music and dance continues to get bigger and better with every passing year.  The market is the largest such event in the world, with a mission to preserve and support folk art culture and traditions of the over 50 countries represented.

This year's market features 170 different artists, showcasing and selling everything from masks to baskets, embroidery to pottery, jewelry to musical instruments and so much more.  In addition to beautiful handwork from around the world are drummers, flute players, singers and dancers from continents all around the globe.  Last but not least is a vast selection of ethnic food from some of Santa Fe's top restaurants.

The remarkable success of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market was key in Santa Fe being designated a UNESCO City of Folk Art.  The highly-acclaimed organization is also a member of the Clinton Initiative.

If you are anywhere near Santa Fe this weekend you will want to check out this fabulous event - a riot of color and sound.  Of the thousands of unique handmade pieces of folk art available, you are sure to find memorable gifts for friends, family and yourself.

Museum of International Folk Art
July 8, 9 and 10, 2011
Ticket prices range from $5-50, depending on Date & Time
Buy Tickets Online or at the Market
725 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505-7516
(505) 476-1189

Friday, July 1, 2011

Garlic Lovers Jubilee

Here's a heads up (no pun intended) to all garlic lovers, whether you are a guest at The Madeleine Bed & Breakfast Inn or a Santa Fean.  Many of us head to the weekly Santa Fe Farmer's Market for garlic, greens and more, but this weekend's Garlic Harvest Festival is an opportunity to get even closer to the source.

The event will take place on Saturday, July 2 at the Sostenga Farm from 6am-2:30pm.  Those brave souls who arrive at 6am (and beat the heat!) can enjoy a Sunrise Breakfast.  The day also offers a variety of food booths, a Garlic Harvest Competition, music and entertainment. 

Garlic has been utilized in foods and for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  Come to the Garlic Harvest Festival and learn more about this versatile and delicious plant.

Sostenga Farm
Railroad Avenue, at 921 Paseo de Onate
Northern New Mexico College
Espanola, NM