May 16, 2019: At over 400 years old, Santa Fe is a city with a rich history that continues to evolve. Outlined below are updates and happenings from the famed cultural and culinary scenes of The City Different.


New Restaurant – Sassella
The owners of Santa Fe fine dining staple, Sazón, are embarking on another culinary journey with the opening of Sassella. Chef Cristian Pontiggia will be presenting dishes from all over Italy in a fine dining atmosphere. The bar will feature gins from around the world as well as amaros and vermouths from Italy. There will also be an extensive wine list featuring wines from Italy. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner and is slated to open in June 2019 next door to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Website pending, more information to come.

New Restaurant – Lucky Goat
Lucky Goat is an Asian noodle house opening in downtown Santa Fe in June 2019. Lucky Goat will offer
creative, freshly made noodles, dumplings, and broths. The restaurant’s chef duo, Dale Kester and Marques Jackson, have trained in some of the best kitchens in New York City and Portland, Oregon, and bring this level of excellence and innovation to this casual, inspired venue. The wine, beer and sake list is
personally, curated by maitre d/sommelier Micaela Maestas, and offers carefully chosen libations to
complement the exotic flavors of the menu. Interior design by Jennifer Day will reflect an Asian-inspired theme. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

New “Downtown Santa Fe First Friday” Celebrates Art & Shopping in Historic City Center
As downtown Santa Fe continues to evolve, the downtown district will officially launch a “First Friday” program, beginning on June 7, 2019. At least eight businesses will participate in the evening arts and shopping experience including Patina Gallery, Detours at La Fonda, Niman Fine Art and Spirited Goods Shop. The event will run from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and take place on the first Friday of every month ongoing. Participating stores will be offering specials during their extended hours. Website pending, more information to come.

New Venue & Shop – Shelby House & Spirited Goods
Shelby House is Santa Fe’s premier multi-use event space located in what was once a private home, situated steps away from Historic Downtown Plaza. Inside Shelby House, visitors can find Spirited Goods, which features a carefully curated selection of products celebrating the cocktail & mocktail hour, entertaining at home, and gifts for all occasions. Shelby House will host art exhibits, interactive workshops, private lunches and fashion pop-ups. Those interested in visiting are encouraged to check the web site for upcoming programming.


New Event – Santa Fe Art WeekJuly 12-21
Santa Fe Art Week is a new nine-day festival celebrating the city’s visual arts and status as a vibrant thriving center for arts and culture. The week will be packed with more than 100 creative experiences offering behind-the-scenes access to artists and the creative process. The Inaugural Santa Fe Art Week will take place July 12-21, 2019 with events planned at locations throughout the city. Santa Fe Art Week begins with the International Folk Art Market and culminates with Art Santa Fe. During the week there will be a myriad of art experiences, exhibition openings, art talks, workshops, art walks and more at many of Santa Fe’s 250+ galleries and museums. A highlight of the week will be the Canyon Road Art Stroll on Wednesday, July 17, from 4-6 p.m. During this event a portion of Canyon Road will be closed to traffic allowing attendees to walk between galleries with a glass of wine in hand. For a full schedule of events visit:

New Events – HIPICO Santa Fe
HIPICO Santa Fe is a world-class equestrian facility located in Santa Fe, New Mexico hosting local, national and international equestrian competitions year-round. The Santa Fe Summer Series is one of the largest events and in 2019 will feature a longer season with an expanded roster of competitions. The inaugural Santa Fe International CSI2 will take place August 14-18 as HIPICO welcomes Split Rock Jumping Tour – an entertaining sporting event that has revolutionized show jumping.

New Event – New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week
The New Mexico Cocktails & Culture Festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2019. To enhance this annual weekend-long celebration of New Mexico flavors and master mixology, festival producers have created the NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week that will extend the festivities to restaurants around Santa Fe, June 3-9. The event will be similar to a “restaurant week” where venues around the city will feature special menus with beer, wine and cocktail pairings at special price points. There will also be cooking classes and a food/cocktail photography workshop. See the full list of participants at


New Consumer Experience – Santa Fe Studio Experience 365
Santa Fe artists are finding new ways to be accessible and offer visitors the opportunity to get up close to the creative process. The Santa Fe Studio Experience 365 (SFSE365) is a new year-round offering that expands on the successful annual Santa Fe Studio Tour, held over two weekends each June. Artists participating in the annual studio tour found that visitors were requesting studio visits at other times, outside of the yearly tour dates, and this request lead to the creation of SFSE365. Participating Santa Fe artists will now open their studio and galleries to the public year-round on specified dates and times. The list of 17 participating artists and a calendar of open studio hours of operation can be found at

New Rock Garden – Sorrel Sky Gallery
Sorrel Sky Gallery has opened a "Rock Art Garden" on the gallery's second floor. This revolving, open air exhibit features the work of sculptor Star Liana York. Her Ancient Impressions series is based on images she observed while hiking and riding through the canyons of the Southwest. Moved by the powerful beauty of the cave paintings and pictographs, she created her own interpretations in her Rock Art Mares, Stallions and Minis.

New Exhibition – Hail, Hail Rock ’n’ Roll 2019
The gallery presents its third annual show of legends of rock and pop, photographed by the men and women who were on assignment or simply at the right place at the right time with a vision and a camera. This year, the exhibition coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair. The gallery is combining its outstanding selection of classic rock portraits with an
exhibition featuring images and memorabilia from Woodstock, celebrating a pivotal era in American culture. Special Woodstock weekend events TBA. The exhibition opens July 5 and runs through April 9, 2020. Admission is free.

New Exhibition – Analog, a showcase of old media art at Axle Contemporary
The mobile gallery welcomes Analog, an exhibition of artworks that are manually operated, mechanical, or otherwise interactive. The work comments upon the “height of technology” with the benefit of hindsight. The exhibition was co-curated by Axle and special guest curator Christy Georg. The exhibition opens June 28 and runs through July 21.

New Exhibition – SITElab 12: What Endures
SITE Santa Fe presents a solo exhibition, SITElab 12: Nina Elder: What Endures, beginning June 14 and running through September 15, 2019. New Mexico-based artist and researcher Nina Elder creates work that examines geologic time, the influence of human activity on the environment, and changing cultures and ecologies. Elder’s cross-disciplinary practice takes the form of drawing, painting, narrative performance, creative publication and curated excursions. Using unique pigments such as radioactive charcoal, industrial waste, pulverized meteorites, and forest fire ash, Elder creates large-scale meticulous drawings that illuminate the contemporary landscape and call attention to the environmental impacts of industry, military, economy and policy.

New Exhibition – B.C. Nowlin at Manitou Galleries
This year marks 30 years of B.C. Nowlin exhibiting with Manitou Galleries in the downtown Santa Fe location. Nowlin, a New Mexico native, forces the viewer to become the participant and draws people in with color and depth. His southwestern roots and intimate relationship with Native American history and culture have a strong influence on his work and each piece is filled with emotion and illustrates a journey, both for him and his paintings. His work often portrays universal places filled with mystery and spirituality and tribes of every nation moving towards brighter destinations. The exhibition runs July 5-July 21.


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