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Spanish art celebration slated for summer at La Posada de Santa Fe

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Aesthetics flock to Santa Fe, New Mexico for its artsy, crafty charm, and beginning July 21, 2014 they can get their fix of Spanish art at La Posada de Santa Fe. The Luxury Collection Resort and & Spa is hosting complimentary cocktail party receptions in honor of Darlene Olivia McElroy, 2010 and 2012 contemporary Spanish Market best of show winner and Native American artist, Patrick Dean Hubbell, the 2013 Indian Market best of show contemporary painter award winner, during the city's world famous Spanish and Indian markets this summer.

The 2014 Spanish Market celebrates the Spanish culture that shaped the city's past and continues to influence its art, music, architecture and cuisine. More than 175,000 people are expected to take to the Plaza August 18 - 24 for the 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market where more than 1,000 world-renowned Native American artists and artisans meet for the largest gathering of its kind. Hubbell, originally from Navajo, New Mexico and now working on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, exhibits extensively in the Southwest and in recent years has mounted shows in Italy, Spain and the UK, where his following is growing. In Santa Fe, Hubbell's work is available exclusively at La Posada, where he will meet fans and collectors at a complimentary reception starting at 5:30 p.m. on August 23.

"Patrick Dean Hubbell and Darlene Olivia McElroy are accomplished American artists, and both have been part of La Posada's Gallery Collection for many years," said Sara Eyestone, curator of La Posada's collection of more than 40 contemporary American artists. "We wanted them to have the chance to meet with fans and collectors in a setting that is more intimate than the market itself. "Long before Santa Fe became known as an art destination or had any galleries, La Posada de Santa Fe was providing work space, accommodations and exhibit space for artists who were drawn here by the extraordinary light and ever changing landscape," Eyestone added. "This hotel is as much a part of the city's artistic heritage as the artists themselves, and that is why for decades we have been known as 'the art hotel of New Mexico'." Eyestone paints in the hotel lobby Thursdays from 4 - 5 p.m.

The hotel is also offering a breakfast with painters series on Saturdays from 8:30 -10 a.m. giving art lovers a chance to meet and interact with the artists whose work is featured. Artists will discuss technique and style while creating works. Featured artists will join in the weekly Curator's Reception and Chef's Tasting on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m.

La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, offers 158 casita-style accommodations that are available a la carte or by packages starting at $535 per night. The hotel's concierge arranges market weekend packages with hard -to-come-by tickets to chef's tastings, private tours and receptions. Visit http://www.laposadadesantafe.com or call 800-325-3589.

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