Cultural Bytes for 16 November, 2011

- November 17, 2011

"Creative Economy for Artists..."

Eric Swanson at Destiny Allison Fine Art

Eric Swanson has been a freelance photographer for the last 22 years, working for numerous magazines, advertising agencies and publishers. He is also a partner in Provecho Press, a book-producing business in Santa Fe. In his presentation Creative Economy for Artists, Eric will discuss the various ways he has lived, worked and paid his bills in the Land of Enchantment, opening a dialogue on alternate ways and models for producing a creative income stream in these rapidly changing times. This presentation is part of the Art in the 21st Century series of monthly art-related talks held at Destiny Allison Fine Art. Eric’s talk is on Thursday, December 1 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free but seating is limited. Call the gallery at 428-0024 to reserve a seat.

Eric’s portfolio and projects can be viewed on his website at and his blog spot address is

La Cienega Studio Tour and Las Golondrinas for Thanksgiving Weekend

If the tryptophan from your turkey eating doesn’t knock you out for the weekend, or if you just want to make sure you keep your weight stable after Thanksgiving gorging, consider going on the La Cienega Studio Tour. This one is a great combination of walking and driving during the last good days of fall. This will be the 38th year of the La Cienega Studio Tour, one of the oldest of northern New Mexico’s studio tours.

I always appreciate the studio tours that feature a preview gallery – making it easier to plan your excursion. For this purpose, the Atrium on the Sunrise Springs property will feature one example of each artist's work so you can preview and choose which studios to visit.

And, while you are in the neighborhood, why not stop in at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just up the road from Sunrise Springs. The museum shop at the ranch will be open Thanksgiving Weekend, in correlation with the La Cienega Studio Tour. They will have many discounted items from 10% to 50% off throughout the store, special holiday merchandise, festive atmosphere and snacks and refreshments. And, while at the ranch, you might visit with mixed media artist Sean Palohiemo, Golondrinas’ Director of Operations (the Ranch is #6 on the tour). Find more information about Sean and the La Cienega Studio Tour, including a map, on their website.

This web site is filled with images of brilliant colored paintings, regional crafts, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, photography, unique clay works and metal sculptures created by the local artists of La Cienega. Many will have their studios open for visitors and some whose studios are too small will be exhibiting at The Atrium at Sunrise Springs.

Just a reminder about this wonderful exhibit.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture opens, Woven Identities, a major exhibition of North American Indian baskets this Sunday, November 20.

All objects tell a story, if you know the right questions to ask. At the time the baskets in this exhibition were collected, little to no information was recorded; the weaver’s names are largely unknown. Nonetheless, each basket has an identity, a woven identity. The identity of each basket—where it was made; when it was made; who made it; who it was made for; why it was made—is revealed by “reading” its individual characteristics.

On exhibit are baskets woven by artists representing 60 cultural groups, today referred to as tribes, bands, or pueblos. The weavers’ ancestral lands are in six cultural areas of western North America: The Southwest, Great Basin, Plateau, California, the Northwest Coast and the Arctic.