Known for its natural beauty, artistic spirit and unique southwestern ambiance, the best of Santa Fe – The City Different – will be on display this fall with festive celebrations, art displays, and much more. Santa Fe fall destination highlights include: Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Sept. 22-26 – the top attraction will be two Grand Tastings where more than 90 regional wineries and 35 local restaurants serve samples of their signature flavors. Throughout the week, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, guest chef luncheons, and nightly wine dinners will be held around the city, as well as a Champagne Brunch at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado and the Rosé All Day finale. Santa Fe National Forest Fall Foliage – in the latter half of September, the Aspen trees that dominate the forest turn a bright gold color that makes it especially beautiful. The peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower above the high desert offering a breathtaking vantage point of Santa Fe’s natural landscape. Ahead of ski season, Ski Santa Fe opens its main ski lift exclusively on weekends and holidays in September for visitors to take in a birds-eye view of the foliage throughout the valley. Rodeo De Santa Fe – brings the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country to town Sept. 15-18 to compete in rodeo events like Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, and Steer Wrestling. Harvest Festival – the first weekend in October, El Rancho de las Golondrinas – a 200-acre living history museum dedicated to 17th and 19th century New Mexico – will host the annual Santa Fe Harvest Festival where families enjoy cider making, pumpkin picking, and tortilla making while surrounded by historic adobe buildings and stunning high desert scenery. Canyon Road – the artistic hub of the Southwestern United States, the Canyon Road Arts District is home to more than 80 art galleries and studios within a half-mile, with crisp autumn air providing the perfect weather to explore the many mediums and styles on display inside and outside Pueblo-style adobe structures. Margarita Trail – experience the dozens of different styles of margaritas found along Santa Fe’s Margarita Trail. La Emi Fall Flamenco Season – Spanish influences found throughout Santa Fe take center stage in September and October, with weekly performances by New Mexico’s star Flamenco dancer and the owner of top local Flamenco dance company, La Emi. For more on Santa Fe, visit www.santafe.org.
Like the town crier in a fractured fairy tale, “Be My Herald of What’s to Come” rings in Vickie Pierre’s premiere solo museum show at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. In this new exhibition, her works cast a feminine deity spell within the Museum gallery. In the installation she created in 2020, titled “Black Flowers Blossom (Hanging Tree),” the artist honors the souls of people lost to racial injustice, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others. Grounded in the Arts and Crafts movement, her installations have a storybook feel. A fractured fairy tale is, after all, a new twist on an old story, reimagined and restructured for a contemporary sensibility. Just as fractured fairytales can be more subversive than the traditional fables, the playfulness and whimsical flourishes of Pierre’s assemblages are underscored by her pull towards the beautifully grotesque. The exhibition was curated by Kelli Bodle, the Assistant Curator of the Museum, and is on view until September 5. Vickie Pierre has also been commissioned to create two murals for the Museum’s entrance courtyard, as part of the new Sculpture Garden. She is best known for her wall installations that blend elements of her Caribbean heritage with contemporary culture. Vickie Pierre is a multimedia artist, born and bred in Brooklyn. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997. She currently lives in Miami. Her continued focus is on the universal themes of identity with references to design and nature, alongside the interconnectivity between her Haitian heritage (including the larger Caribbean community) and global cultural mythologies, while considering feminine and historic tropes that are relative to contemporary cultural politics. Visit bocamuseum.org/visit/virtual-visits to enjoy the Museum’s current online content, including video tours and digital gallery guides. Support for #BocaMuseumatHome and #KeepKidsSmartwithArt virtual programming is provided by Art Bridges Foundation and PNC. Museum hours, admission prices and more visitor information available at bocamuseum.org/visit.
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A current exhibition, the first rotation of Powerful Women: Contemporary Art from the Eiteljorg Collection, is open now until March 21. It features contemporary art by Native American women contemporary artists. A second rotation of Powerful Women opens April 18 and will continue through Oct. 3, 2021. It will feature contemporary art by a diverse group of women contemporary artists, including Native American, African American, Latino, Asian American and European American women artists. The exhibition is included with regular Eiteljorg admission. For ticket information, visit www.eiteljorg.org/visit or call 317-636-WEST.
One of the newest exhibits at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment showcases musical and visual artists that have created art as a response to unspeakable tragedy and to promote social justice. Artifacts include Aretha Franklin’s Valentino dress worn during her first appearance at Radio City Music Hall, a jumpsuit worn by James Brown and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” lyrics. Director of Curatorial Affairs Nwaka Onwusa explained, “we want to show what the power of rock ‘n’ roll looks like in the face of segregation and racism. These artists have stood above all that and done it elegantly.” Visitors can also experience the exhibit online with a virtual exhibit walk-through and an official Spotify playlist. Virtual exhibit walk-through: https://www.rockhall.com/its-been-said-all-along