Thursday, January 12, 2017

Call for Artists at the Southside Branch Library

Artists wishing to exhibit their work at the Southside Branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, should fill out a Southside Branch Art Application. The Southside Branch Art Committee will set a date to review and schedule art displays. For more information, please call 505-955-2824.

The Santa Fe Public Library accepts applications from local artists for consideration of art exhibits. All applicants must live in the city or county of Santa Fe, be eligible for a library card, and follow the Information and Exhibit Guidelines and Art Exhibit Policy.

Southside Family Movie Matinee: The Incredibles, Saturday, January 14, 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Evolution of the Mysterious: Transforming the Ancient Art of Paper Marbling, Jan. 14 at the New Mexico History Museum

Evolution of the Mysterious: Transforming the Ancient Art of Paper Marbling
Presenter: Pam Smith
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1 pm to 3 pm
Open to the Public; Free
New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, NM

A program of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group

Pam Smith’s talk will feature work exhibited at the 6th International Congress of Marblers (held in Istanbul in May 2016). Pam will show how both historic technique and ingenious new design have come together in a whole new artistry. Pam Smith is known for her marbled papers that she makes under the imprint of Marblesmith. She resides in Abiquiu, New Mexico, and was the longtime printer at the Museum of New Mexico Palace Press. She is the author of Passions in Print: A History of Private Press Artistry in New Mexico, 1834-Present.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, January 21-22 at all branches

FAA: Painted Paper Collage, Jan. 20 at Southside

Mayor Gonzales Launches Early Childhood Education Town Hall Series This Saturday Jan. 14th Meeting at Boys & Girls Club at Zona del Sol

Mayor Javier Gonzales is hosting the first in a series of Town Hall events focused on Early Childhood Education this Saturday, January 14, at 10:00am at the Boys & Girls Club at Zona del Sol, 6600 Valentine Way in Santa Fe.

The event will feature a short welcome and introduction from the Mayor and is expected to highlight the benefits and weigh the costs of the Mayor’s proposal to expand Early Childhood Education and high quality Pre-K to 3 and 4 year olds in Santa Fe. The event is also likely to highlight families who will be impacted by the program, but will largely be an opportunity for Santa Feans to come together and have their questions answered about the initiative and how it is likely to impact them and their families.
The public and press are welcome at each of what will be four events, starting this Saturday and wrapping up February 4th at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.

Mayor Javier M. Gonzales said, “Communication goes both ways – we want to get out and make our case for Early Childhood Education and why we believe that giving a generation of children a once-in-a-lifetime chance at success is worth the investment. But we also want to answer questions, dispel myths and misinformation, and consider real concerns that our community may have about this new initiative.”

Monday, January 09, 2017

Skatepark Design Workshop, Thursday, January 12 at the GCCC

City offers Free Public Workshops Breaking the Block: Artists Confront Creative Obstacles December 16, 2016 – March 3, 2017

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission will present three public programs as part of, “Breaking The Block,” an exhibit that explores the process and tools artists use to overcome creative blocks.  All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are FREE and open to the public.  For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email

Portals of DepartureOpening to the Creative New
Wednesday, January 18th, 5-7 pm in the Community Gallery

This conversation is an opportunity for artists to listen to their creative voices and embrace the new path awaiting them.  Join a roundtable conversation with gallery owner Karla Winterowd.  Engage in discussions on navigating through artistic change (inner and outer) from a gallery owner perspective.

Karla Winterowd, owner of Winterowd Fine Art, is an advisor to both artists and collectors, drawing upon her significant experience as gallery director and art aficionado, with a special interest in contemporary art. Winterowd’s knowledge and life-long passion for art and the creative process began early, with degrees in studio art and art history, and studies abroad.

It's Never Too Late: Becoming an Artist in Mid-Life
Wednesday, February 8, 5-7 pm in the Community Gallery

Bruce Warren Davis and Jami Porter Lara will discuss how many people find a second career in the arts after a successful career in another, sometimes unrelated field.  Warren Davis and Porter Lara will challenge the notion that artistic talent is something you must be "born with," and will discuss why age and experience may be your greatest assets to becoming an artist later in life. 

Bruce Warren Davis is an artist and architect whose work is rooted in the basic matter of physical structures and spaces.  As an architect he has completed hundreds of projects across the Southwest.  In 2012 he turned his attention to art, working both with discrete objects and more diffuse installations, sometimes collaborating with other artists.  He has shown at 516 Arts, South Broadway Cultural Center and Richard Levy Gallery, all in Albuquerque.

Jami Porter Lara is a conceptual artist whose approach to making remains deeply tied to her concern with cultural inheritances, ethics, and citizenship in the natural world. Her work is widely collected and has been featured in CFile, American Art Collector, Hyperallergic, and on PBS. Recent exhibitions include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2017 her solo exhibition Border Crossing will be presented at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She is represented by Central Features Contemporary Art in Albuquerque, Peters Projects in Santa Fe, and Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts in San Francisco.

The Silent Conversation:  Methods for Artists to Overcome the Creative Block   
Saturday, February 11, 1-3 pm in the Community Gallery

Ariana Lombardi’s workshop aims to create a space and a dialogue that allows participants to produce a work of art from silent discourse. It is dialogue wherein participants communicate without speaking. They are asked to write down answers to questions and thoughts and work to develop a text from what is written. This encourages artists to discover how poetry (or art) can be made through divergence and then collection of a stream of thought. Through this process artists are deprived of traditional communication methods, creating a deeper, more meaningful internal exchange that can inform their creative process.

Ariana Lombardi is a writer, artist and teacher. Her website, Home is a Lonely Hunter ( is a virtual think-space wherein she houses her artistic endeavors, ideas of home, collaborations, and of course, her writing. Lombardi produces, The Salon, and is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of KNACK Magazine. She is a member of Strangers Collective, based in Santa Fe, NM. Her written works have been published in That’s PRD, The Laurel Review, Pasatiempo, and The Essential Guide. She currently lives in Guangzhou, China. 

All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are free and open to the public.  For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email

The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (SFAC), an agency within the municipal government of the City of Santa Fe, provides leadership by and for City government in supporting arts and cultural affairs.  The SFAC also recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community.  For more information contact the SFAC at 505-955-6707, email, or by fax 505-955-6671.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

January 2017 Childrens Calendar at SFPL

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January 2017 Art Displays at SFPL

Stop by and peruse our great art shows that will be on display during the month of January!

Main Library Tybie Satin Davis Gallery: Patricia D’Andrea, “Eyes on Fire” (Photography). Reception will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor Community Room.

La Farge Branch Library: Cynthia Leespring: Handmade Books

Southside Branch Library: No artist, please apply at Southside if you’re interested in showing your work.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Santa Fe Public Library Holiday Closures

Friday, December 23 - All locations close at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 - All locations close at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 - Closed
Monday, December 26 - Closed

Sunday, January 1 - Closed
Monday, January 2 - Closed

Thursday, December 15, 2016

19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times: A librarian’s list

A great reading list by
"As an inveterate bibliophile, I naturally turn to books in times of stress, and because I’m a children’s librarian, those books tend to be ones written for kids. Children, too, are seeking guidance as they navigate these challenging and sometimes confusing times. Books can help"

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Painted Pony finds a new home

The painted pony in the Southwest room has been on loan to Main Library.  Now the owners have found a permanent home for it at Christus Saint Vincent Hospital where children will enjoy it for years to come.

The pony rode off into the sunset today.


Photos by AA; Photos and video by DC

Southside Family Movie Matinee: the Lego Movie, December 17th, 1:30 p.m.