Thursday, January 16, 2014

Express Your Creative Side in Santa Fe: March 2014 Classes, Specials, DIY Vacations


Explore your creative side in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is known for art and artists. But did you know that you, too, can express your artistic side during a Santa Fe vacation? In association with the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, Santa Fe Creative Tourism is proud to announce DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey, coming in March 2014 to historic Santa Fe, New Mexico, a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

DIY Santa Fe is a month-long celebration of the great arts tradition that provides this region with such unique character. This showcase of the Santa Fe community’s creative workshops and events, which includes a series of contests and giveaways, is a great opportunity for visitors to spend a vacation learning from some of the nation’s finest, most experienced artists and artisans, all while enjoying the bounty of Santa Fe’s world-class restaurants and accommodations. Visitors are encouraged to kick off their spring by taking part in this one-of-a-kind, immersive cultural arts experience.

Those interested in self-discovery or uncovering their creative side would love individual intuitive painting sessions with creativity coach Julie Claire. Open to all, from amateurs to formally trained artists, this class is specifically geared toward helping students “find freedom from the inner critic.” Or, for those looking for casual, family friendly activities, there’s always Family Clay Play with potter and sculptor Ginny Zipperer, who will tailor a clay-sculpture workshop specifically to her students’ abilities and interests. And tinsmith Sharon Candelario, who creates beautiful works using her own unique black-etching process, offers traditional tinsmithing classes from her studio, gallery, and family-owned cafĂ© in the heart of historic Chimayo, home of the sacred shrine of El Santuario.
Family Clay Play looks like fun.

There’s much more — Japanese paper making, intricate egg decorating in Southwestern motifs, spinning wool, bead making, silk painting, hand-building and wheel-throwing pottery techniques, photography, and printmaking are just a few of hundreds of possibilities. DIY Santa Fe is perfect for groups of friends, multi-generational families, couples, and the lone traveler. The workshops are engaging and life-expanding, and scheduling is flexible enough to accommodate even the most rigorous vacationers. Visitors can book the hotel, inn, or bed-and-breakfast of their choice for as long as they wish, including the Santa Fe Creative Tourism partners listed below that are offering special incentives and discounts for Santa Fe Creative Tourism and DIY Santa Fe participants.
·         Inn of the Governors
·         Casa Cuma Bed & Breakfast
·         Lodge at Santa Fe
·         Hotel St. Francis
·         Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe

Santa Fe Creative Tourism and Heritage Hotels are partnering up for an ongoing series of contests and giveaways, with winners receiving a free Santa Fe workshop and one night’s stay at the Heritage Hotel of their choosing. Contests include the Pinterest New Mexico Contest, starting January 15. The winner receives a workshop with the artist, as well as one night’s stay with Heritage Hotels. More opportunities to win are forthcoming – for updates and more information, visit santafecreativetourism.org.

To book a DIY vacation in March, visit the website santafecreativetourism.org and choose from the complete list of workshops offerings. Each listing contains links to exclusive DIY Santa Fe booking information. Accommodations ranging from private vacation rentals to the area’s finest hotels are available as well – see listings for details.

Visit www.santafe.org for more information.

Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB