1 Say baa.
Navajo Churro sheep set their hoofprints in New Mexico hundreds of years ago, and their wool quickly earned the adoration of weavers and textile artists. A new exhibit, Art and Legacy of the Navajo Churro Sheep, opens Saturday at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, in Truth or Consequences. The exhibit features fiber artist Minna White, who uses the naturally occurring tones of sheep’s wool from her own flock. Felted cream-colored star shapes stand out against a black background, like a woolly night sky. Wandering brown lines set against a tan background evoke a bird’s-eye view of a desert canyon. The exhibit includes rugs, potholders, coasters, wall hangings, and even felting kits that visitors can take home to make their own works of art.
Curator Susan Christie says, “I got to touch all those pieces. I hung most everything, and there’s nothing quite like seeing something like this in real life. We have a display so people can see the wool when it comes off the sheep all the way through to the clean, finished fiber. When you think of the fact that this started out on an animal, and then you get to use and wear it, it’s a really stunning thing.”
An opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Saturday. See the exhibit through January 29, 2023.
2 Find a treasure.
Garments and outfits created with repurposed items hit the runway Friday at 7 p.m. during the Trash Fashion Show at the Santa Fe Community Center. The event kicks off the weekend-long Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, with a 100-artist art market featuring creations made with rescued materials. Make-and-take recycled-art activities are open to all comers, including an artist-led paper-making class and a mandala collage course.
Sarah Pierpont, executive director of the festival, recommends it as a holiday gift bonanza. “If you’re like me, you know so many people in your life who are really hard to find gifts for,” she says. “These are really unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that are eco-conscious. I always feel really good about giving gifts that come from this festival.”
Note: The fashion show tends to sell out. Buy a ticket at the door or ahead of time via the Lensic box office. The weekend art market is free.
3 Pay honor.
Native people have long answered our nation’s call through military service. On Friday, Veterans Day, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, hosts a posting of the colors, art market, and performances by the Oak Canyon Dance Group from Jemez Pueblo from 9 a.m. to noon. “Every year, we honor veterans and their sacrifices,” says Jon Ghahate (Laguna and Zuni). The center’s cultural educator, Ghahate is also a veteran. “On Friday, veterans will also be able to share their stories as we recognize those who have served and currently serve in the armed forces.”
4 Put on a party hat.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum celebrates what would have been its namesake’s 135th birthday on Sunday with a Family Fun Day. Enjoy a treasure hunt, art-making activities, and story time in the courtyard with hot cocoa and warm blankets. The activities are free to everyone; New Mexico residents also get free museum admission. Get your day pass and schedule of activities at the museum’s education annex when you arrive.
5 Get out your jazz hands.
Since its inception in 2015, the Frank Morgan Jazz Festival has welcomed world-class musicians to venues around Taos. Named for the famous Taos-based jazz artist (1933–2007) who played with icons like Billie Holiday, the fest bebops around town Wednesday through Saturday with performances by George Cables, Grace Kelly, the Lorca Hart Trio, and more. Concerts take place at venues like the Harwood Art Museum and the Taos Center for the Arts.