Thursday, January 07, 2010

Beyond the Tri-Cultural Myth:

Eleven Local Families Celebrate Contemporary Santa Fe
January 15 through March 19, 2010

Arts Commission Community Gallery
201 W. Marcy St. at Sheridan
In the
Santa Fe Community Convention CenterLines and Circles

Opening Reception:
January 15, 2010
5:30 – 7 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Presentation by the Families
and Family Recipes Feast
Saturday, January 16, 2010
2-5 p.m.

A new exhibition of art and poetry, entitled Lines and Circles: A Celebration of Santa Fe Families, puts to rest the myth of “tri-cultural Santa Fe.” The City’s Poet Laureate, Valerie Martínez, and eleven Santa Fe families present mixed-media works of art and poetry that celebrate the breadth of community life in the capital city.

The public is invited to the opening reception of the exhibition on January 15, 2010. The exhibition includes short films, music, audio oral histories, mixed-media pieces, installations, a four-generation quilt, a children’s book, and more. The following day the families will discuss their art and poetry followed by a feast of traditional family recipes. The City’s ArtWorks program will also sponsor related events and activities with public school students and their families.

For over a year and a half, Valerie Martínez worked closely with three and more generations of eleven Santa Fe families who created unique family works of art and poetry. Participating community members include the Akers Hunt Covelli, Brown, Carmona, Goler Baca, Gottlieb Shapiro Bachman, Ingram, Martínez Ridgley, Ortiz Dinkel Hasted Wilkes, Quintana Gallegos, Salazar and Strongheart families. Over 60 family members, ages 5-90, participated in the project.

Valerie Martínez says of Lines and Circles: “While many tout the landscape of Santa Fe as the city’s richest asset, the truth is that the people of Santa Fe, those that are here to stay, are its gold. The Lines and Circles families expand our notion of who we are and why we call this place home. These family works of art and poetry give us a lens through which we learn much more about contemporary Santa Fe—beyond the tri-cultural myth.”

The Lines and Circles project was sponsored by the City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate Program and supported by the Lannan Foundation, the Santa Fe Literary Education Endowment at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the First National Bank of Santa Fe, Littleglobe, Inc., Sunstone Press, and the 400th Commemoration of Santa Fe. A book about the project, published by Sunstone Press, will accompany the exhibition.

Community Gallery Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5 pm

For more information, contact:
Valerie Martínez, City of Santa Fe Poet Laureate, (505) 603-0866,

or Sabrina Pratt, Arts Commission, (505) 955-6707,

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