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2014 Santa Fe events: Bikes, art, turquoise and opera

Spring is a marvelous time to visit Santa Fe
Spring is a marvelous time to visit Santa Fe
Elizabeth R. Rose

Spring is one of Santa Fe’s most celebrated seasons and now it’s in full swing with warm days, blooming gardens, and the promise of summer just ahead. Here are a few of the things that are changing along with the weather in this alluring city:

The Outside Bike & Brew Festival is a new event celebrating Santa Fe’s vibrant, and growing, bike culture. Scheduled for May 15-18, the event officially kicks off Friday with a craft beer fest, bike expo, live music stage, food trucks, live art demonstrations, a bike beauty pageant and a pedi-cab mobile mariachi band that will serenade festival-goers Santa Fe style. The weekend will also include a bike in movie, Single Track Sampler demo rides, a ‘Tour de Brewer” ride to four breweries, endurance bike poker race, pro rider led special clinics and, on Sunday the 18th, the 29th Annual Santa Fe Century, a 100-mile ride–and several shorter distances–that explore the history, culture and beauty of the Santa Fe area. For competitive riders the Century Gran Fondo timed event will be another part of the day’s activities during the century.

Santa Fe Art Trifecta features three major art events in ten days. First, the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe, July 10-13, is a colorful international event that brings talented artists from all over the world to sell their handmade creations in a party-like atmosphere on Museum Hill. ART Santa Fe, a sophisticated international art fair, also on July 10-13, draws galleries and artists from all over the world with an array of contemporary and modern art, at the Santa Fe Convention Center. There will be a bus running between the two events. Then, a few days later on July 17, opening events begin for SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial concept, SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscapes. Contemporary art by artists and artist collaborates from all over the Americas will participate in the exhibit. The public opening is July 19.

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography finds the combustible intersection of art, science and blind luck. More than 200 photographs ranging from a 1917 New York streetscape by Laura Gilpin to the Manhattan Project’s first atomic bomb test to modern masters of this old-school craft make up a surprising exhibit. Check out some of the handmade and factory-issued pinhole cameras that produced them. Step inside a life-sized camera obscura to experience an ancient principle of optics come to life—upside down and backwards. Opening April 27 at the New Mexico History Museum.

All that glitters in Santa Fe this summer will be blue. Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning just opened at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. This much anticipated exhibit celebrates all aspects of turquoise—from raw stone to breathtaking jewelry. There are hundreds of pieces of the very finest work on display.

The newly revitalized Jean Cocteau Cinema in the Santa Fe Railyard will be one of the venues for more than 40 film programs in this year’s Santa Fe Film Festival. Filmmakers and film fans come from all over the world to see provocative new indy films, meet the artists, and mingle with the industry. The festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts –in New Mexico, regionally and globally. The annual event honors everyone working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production and showings to the public. The festival takes place May 1 through 4, with screenings at the Center for Contemporary Arts and the beloved Jean Cocteau Cinema.

Sculpt Santa Fe, a new event, will take place June 27 -29 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa downtown. The show and sale will feature 50 well-known sculptors whose work will be displayed in the hotel’s spacious pavilion beginning on Friday evening at 6:00. An after-party will follow in the hotel’s popular Agave Lounge. The show is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday with a Saturday Gourmet Dinner (reservations required) held at the Old House where patrons may meet with the artists.

Origami in the Garden is a large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition created by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box and installed in the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Box’s origami-inspired sculptures are whimsical and beautiful and are his own compositions as well as collaborations with respected origami masters. The show opens April 25 and runs through October 25, 2014.

This year’s Santa Fe Opera season (June 27-August 23) opens with Carmen, starring the beautiful young soprano, Ana Maria Martinez. Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale, is scheduled as is Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. A single cast will perform two short operas in a double billing of Mozart’s The Impresario and Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol. Then there is the American premier of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, by the Chinese born American Composer Huang Ruo with tenor Warren Mok recreating the title role. The open-air theater is in the mountain foothills with stunning views and translation devices on the back of each seat.

Two new and very different exhibitions are coming to the New Mexico Museum of Art. On April 25 Southwestern Allure: The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony opens displaying the work of more than 40 artists who helped establish the city as an artistic center. Opening on June 6, Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 will not only highlight the broad range of topics the artist has addressed in her work but also the variety of media she has worked in with the inclusion of cast bronze, needlework, stained and painted glass, works on paper, and painted porcelain.

Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB

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