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Santa Fe, NM 87507
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Arts & Museums
Tribes Coffeehouse, a longtime, local favorite, independent coffee shop, offers specialty coffee drinks, milkshakes and smoothies, plus an all-day food menu that is primarily comprised of breakfast items. Try their sandwiches, burritos, soups, salads, or baked goods. Tribes is also a co-op gallery, with artwork lining the walls and pottery, jewelry and vases for sale. The works are created by local members of the Independent Artists Gallery.
Located at the Santa Fe Community College, this planetarium educates the public about stars and space in general. Events are quite regularly held here and vary in number and kind each month, check the website for upcoming programs. Tickets go on sale at the door, 30 minutes before the program begins. Note that latecomers are not admitted; show begins promptly.
Upon entering the Linda Durham Contemporary Art Gallery, you sense the owner's quest for art that inspires. While the gallery mainly showcases New Mexico-based artists, they vary in the stages of their careers. Sculptures by Linda Fleming are eye-catching, while the abstract ideas of Joanne Yanoff are intriguing. Many artists spend time visiting the gallery, so you may get to meet the artists behind the inspiration.
When you enter this gallery you will automatically know why both the store and the artists have gained worldwide recognition. Each piece of art is individually displayed to enhance the artist's work. Unlike a number of the Santa Fe art galleries, this gallery only represents a small number of elite artists. You will have a chance to view Navajo sculptor, Ed Natiya's, intricate works.
SITE Santa Fe is a private non-profit contemporary arts organization. This museum helps enrich the cultural atmosphere in Santa Fe by encouraging young upcoming talent. The center provides an excellent venue for local, national and international exhibitions. Free tours are available during public visits, with the price of admission. Note that admission is free all day on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.
The TAI Gallery and Textile Arts, owned by Robert Coffland and Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, will give you a glimpse of Far Eastern art. The contemporary Japanese bamboo baskets are mesmerizing. They seem to convey a tranquil beauty that emanates from the simple lines and complex weaving. One basket takes anywhere from three to six months to complete. Navajo textiles have been in demand since Europeans first came to the American Southwest; this gallery has a great collection of pieces that span centuries and can sell for more than $100,000.
If you appreciate the arts of Africa, China, Indonesia and pre-Columbia you must include the William Siegal Galleries on your itinerary. Located in the Railyard District, you will see why serious art collectors from around the world claim that this is one of the finest galleries of its type. Discover the beauty of finely woven textiles with intricate designs, pottery, 1,000-year-old baskets and much more. Check out the feather textiles--it is hard to imagine the time it took the artisan to weave the brightly colored feathers into these wonderful pieces of clothing and masks.
Billing itself as "New Mexico's destination for contemporary arts in all media", the Center for Contemporary Arts hosts many different artistic happenings within the three main areas of which it is comprised. The cinematheque is a 127-seat movie theater that shows arthouse films, frequently as part of festivals or series. The Munoz Waxman Gallery is a 6,000 square foot exhibition space for art installations. The Moving Image Lab is a smaller space used for lectures, performances, workshops and digital media art classes. The community-minded Center also operates a scheme called "artREACH", enabling disadvantaged community members to benefit from their programming at no cost.
If your children are bored and antsy at the historic sites in and around Santa Fe, treat them with a trip to the Santa Fe Children's Museum. The museum is packed with hands-on exhibits like a climbing wall, obstacle course, bubbles, music, and a working greenhouse featuring daily scavenger hunts. For the fearless, there are even snakes on exhibit. The gift shop has an array of educational toys, puzzles and games to remember your trip by.
In 1942, the Japanese took over 1,800 men from New Mexico as captives on the island of Bataan. After the brutal death march and three years of captivity, less than half of these soldiers could returned home. The Bataan Memorial Military Museum and Library is dedicated to the memory of these soldiers and their families. You will find military manuscripts in the library section, and over 30,000 military artifacts in the museum. On occasion, you may encounter a veteran from the death march who'd be glad to recount his story in person. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Upon entrance to the Touching Stone gallery, you notice a palpable sense of peace. The artwork on display is primarily Japanese, although there are some Native American works scattered throughout the gallery. The simple lines of the ceramics give a sense of stability, utilitarianism and understated beauty. Be sure to take your time and see the ink paintings, black and white photographs and calligraphy works that adorn the walls.
Mary Cabot Wheelwright founded this museum in 1937 as a way to preserve the traditional Navajo religion. Over the years, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian has undergone several transformations and currently houses an amazing display of traditional and contemporary Native American arts and crafts. The exhibits are on a four-month rotation, so you can always encounter something new. At The Case Trading Post Museum Shop, you can purchase books, jewelry, kachinas and more. Admission and most of the events are free, but donations are accepted.