Atelier Santa Fe #3

- February 13, 2012

“The best of all possible worlds…”

In “Candide,” Voltaire’s protagonist seeks out Eldorado as “the best of all possible worlds.” Well, the small community some nine miles southeast of the Plaza might not fit this lofty, mid-18th-century description, but for artists it has begun to rise as a place where artistic expression can flourish. The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association (EACA), some 175 members strong, presents both a studio tour in May each year (May 19 and 20 this year) and a Fall Show in Santa Fe in November. When you add to this the many cultural activities presented by the non-profit arm of La Tienda at Eldorado (one of Eldorado’s two commercial centers), you might understand why so many cultural types have been drawn to the area.

Coming up at La Tienda:

On February 25 at 7 p.m., Sarah Berges Dance will take the stage at The Performance Space, with an 8 p.m. reception following. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance through For more information: 310-403-9983 or

This performance is produced by artist and cultural entrepreneur Destiny Allison and La Tienda in conjunction with 5 Submerging, a visual arts show featuring Thayer Carter, Andrew Davis, Geraldine Fiskus, Dee Homans and J. Barry Zeiger at the Exhibit Space. This show opens with an artist’s reception on February 18 from 5 to 7 p.m., an Artist’s Talk on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m., and the show runs through March 11.

Also at the Performance Space: IMPLUVIUM, a poetry reading by Andrew Davis on Wednesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 424-0024 or 629-6418.