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Summer Outdoor Music and Farmer's Market

by Susan Orth

Santa Fe Bandstand is a free summer music festival on the Historic Downtown Santa Fe Plaza that runs weekly throughout the summer.  Most performers are from Santa Fe but the venue has grown since its 1995 inception to now include upcoming national acts.  To check out this summer’s performers, click on this to go to the Bandstand’s schedule and website.


This free, outdoor community-building event is organized by Outside In Productions, which began to provide free live performances and workshops to people confined to shelters, nursing homes, treatment facilities and other institutions.  Places where people would not otherwise have access to the live arts. The Santa Fe Plaza is surrounded by numerous historic museums, shops, restaurants, and hotels.


Santa Fe also hosts one the top national Farmer’s Market and Artisan Markets.  Just additional wonderful outdoor activities in the Land of Enchantment!


Voted one of the “Top Ten Farmers’ Markets” by Sunset Magazine, the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful growers’ markets in the country. Serving more than 150 farmers and producers in 15 Northern New Mexico counties, the Market brings fresh food, education, and fun to our community and promotes small farms and sustainable agriculture.


Unlike most farmers’ markets in the U.S., the Santa Fe Market assures that all products sold by its vendors are always locally grown by the people selling them. One hundred percent of the vegetables, fruits, and nursery plants available at the Markets are grown in northern New Mexico. The same goes for at least 70% of the ingredients and materials used to make all processed and craft items.


At the same location, on Sundays, is the Artisan Market.  It began in 2009 and it represents a wide variety of New Mexico’s artists and craftspeople. The Sunday market offers a unique opportunity to enjoy local art and music inside the Farmer's’ Market Pavilion.  You will find pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, photography, hand-blown glass, artisanal teas and handmade herbal body products. It's the perfect place to buy a gift for yourself or a loved one, or to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs and mementos. Click here to go to the Farmer's Market website.

And, as usual, if you are in Santa Fe, please don’t hesitate to come by our centrally-located office, or give us a call or email.  We would love to go to work for you!




Art From Around the World in Santa Fe

by Susan Orth

Santa Fe is world-renowned as an art center, and it's commonplace for the greatest works of world art be on display in the city.  Here is a highlight of three innovative shows, which have already begun and will continue until early fall.

Museo Nacional del Prado of Spain

Cathedral Park , 131 Cathedral Place

Now through October 29, 2017


The Prado Museum boasts one of the world’s finest collections of European art featuring artists such as Diego Velázquez, Bosch, Francisco de Zurbarán, Titian, José de Ribera, Rubens, El Greco and Francisco de Goya. The exhibition is free and open to the public in the Cathedral Park next to Santa Fe’s iconic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in the heart of downtown where nature and architecture merge to create an ideal outdoor gallery.  The show will consist of  93 full-scale reproductions.

Santa Fe enjoys international prominence as one of the world’s great art cities,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales. “The arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century was a pivotal development in the creation of a unique and celebrated culture that evolves to this day. We’re especially honored to be the first U.S. site for these stunning Museo Nacional del Prado masterpiece reproductions and welcome all visitors this summer to experience them in the beautiful outdoors of our historic downtown. This exhibit will be a highlight to the Santa Fe Celebrate Global Art and Culture 2017 festivities that will happen all year long.”

Click here to learn about Santa Fe’s Global Art and Culture festivities.

Mirror Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo

Spanish Colonial Arts Society

May 6- October 29, 2017

Join the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art this summer for our exciting new exhibit “Mirror Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo”. Follow Frida from a self-possessed adolescent to a passionate wife and lover, an independent artist, fashion icon and object of cult-like reverence. On loan from Throckmorton Fine Arts in New York.

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now

On Loan from the British Museum at New Mexico Museum of Art

The exhibition examines the many ways artists have used drawing as a means of provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today. The artists are a ‘who’s who’ of artists through the centuries: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Franz Kline and Rachel Whiteread. Combining work from master artists of the past with current artists, the show clearly demonstrates the common thread of drawing as the basis for creation.

And, as usual, if you are in Santa Fe, please don’t hesitate to come by our centrally-located office, or give us a call or email.  We would love to go to work for you!


The Margarita Trail

by Susan Orth

The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Independence, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. It served as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880.

It is still a vital trade, adventure and leisure route today.  Many of the things traded have changed and many have stayed the same.  Still of great desire are things like authentic beautiful Native-American jewelry, gold and most important of all: tequila!

When the Spanish Conquistadors docked their ships in the Gulf of Mexico, they brought with them a still. In Mexico, the natives served the Spanish pulque, which is a fermented agave juice.  It was pretty awful tasting, but they used the still to twice distil the pulque that gave birth to tequila, and tequila gave birth to the Margarita!

Santa Fe is celebrating the Margarita with its first annual Margarita Trail that includes more than 31 restaurants and an almost infinite amount of creative Margaritas.  Naturally, some Margaritas will contain local cuisines like green chiles and prickly pear syrup.  Like any interesting travel, The Margarita Trail will require a passport (that will NOT be strictly enforced), to learn more about the  Margarita Trail passport and Santa Fe Tourism, click here. Another great article from the Denver Post is here.

And, as usual, if you are in Santa Fe, please don’t hesitate to come by our centrally-located office, or give us a call or email.  We would love to go to work for you! Susan


Eldorado Open Studio Tour

by Susan Orth

For 26 years more than 150 artists living in a beautiful, spacious development south of Santa Fe have opened their home studio doors for an annual tour.  On May 20 and 21 resident artists of  Eldorado show off their talent and wide spectrum of media, which include: ceramics, digital art, drawing/printmaking/paper, fiber art, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, recycled art, sculpture, wearable art and wood.

The Preview Gallery kicks off the Tour on Friday, May 19 at 16 Avenida Torreon in Eldorado from 5-7 p.m. with an opening reception. You can meet and talk with the artists, ask them questions about their inspirations, immerse yourself in their work and enjoy music and light refreshments. The Eldorado Studio Tour is one of the largest group shows in New Mexico, which provides a unique opportunity to see and buy the work of numerous artists in a single venue.

Some artists are sponsored by individuals and the artists also give back by supporting local organizations like the Eldorado Fire and Rescue Service, Vista Grande Public Library, Eldorado Community School, and the Ken and Patty Adam Senior Center.  To learn more about the community at Eldorado click

Susan Orth has been a Gold Sponsor of her longtime friend and Eldorado Tour participant Cynde Christie for many years.  Christie says, “As far back as I can remember, I was creating something…art, food, mud pies, whatever. I just had to make something that I thought was beautiful out of whatever was around me.    

“I have had the good fortune to travel worldwide and the colors that abound on this planet of ours are breathtaking. I enjoy bringing those colors home with my palette and brushes, which I am never without.  No matter where I roam, the beautiful sunsets, adobes and landscapes of Santa Fe, my home, steals my heart every time.”

Eldorado's attractive physical setting, large areas of protected open space, protective covenants, excellent elementary school and convenience to Santa Fe have made it a popular place to live in the Santa Fe area.  Please see our April 11, 2017 blog about Eldorado to learn more and visit the following websites to learn more about the fantastic tour this month.  And as always, if you come for a visit, don’t hesitate to contact us to preview homes in Eldorado or the Santa Fe area!


Above watercolor: "Taos Pueblo" by Cynde Christie    (This is a map of Eldorado and its art studios.)


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Susan Orth
City Different Realty
518 Old Santa Fe Trail #190
Santa Fe NM 87505