Artist in Residence at La Fonda

Join Us For a Creative Adventure in our Lobby

About the Artist-In-Residence Program

For 95 years, La Fonda on the Plaza has had a long-standing passion for the arts, collecting original art that graces our walls. Along with our expansive, wholly owned, art collection, La Fonda is proud to announce our Artist-in-Residence program. Now, you too, can experience a working artist studio every Thursday through Saturday afternoon in the lobby of La Fonda.

Joining with Santa Fe’s new Artists in Residence program, La Fonda will be offering a weekend art experience from November through February that will connect a variety of different New Mexico artists, including many whose work graces our walls, with our guests and visitors right here in the lobby of the hotel. From jewelry-making to basket-weaving to beadwork to painting, come experience the magic of art and interact with the artists as they create their masterpieces and experience first-hand their creative process. 

The program features a working pop-up studio and a gallery of the featured artist's work that is open to hotel guests and the public. We encourage all visitors to interact with the artist, while watching the evolution of each piece of work firsthand. The Artist-in-Residence Program serves as an extension of the hotel's large art collection and works hand-in-hand with hotel staff to both promote the program and provide a distinctly unique experience for guests and visitors of the hotel.

Upcoming Artist Schedule

The residency, which runs from November 1st – February 29th, is an opportunity for an artist to be at the forefront of Santa Fe, in an artist space, on the 1st floor of Santa Fe's most historic and revered hotel, La Fonda on the Plaza. Plan your weekend and stay at La Fonda and spend personal creative time with the artist that is in residence that weekend. 

Kathy Olshefsky - Painter

February 21-22, 4-7pm; February 23, Noon -3:00pm

Kathy paints the colorful world in which she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, canyons and other creative people.

Her textural oil paintings reflect some sculptural qualities and the influence of watercolor technique: She uses a minimum of brushstrokes and emphasize the background spaces to clarify the subject in its setting. And uses strong color and imagery to fill the whole frame of her paintings.

Jeff DeMent - Jeweler

February 7-8; 4-7pm
February 9; 12-3pm

Combat veteran Jeff DeMent jokes that he’s a first–generation jeweler. He began making jewelry after he sustained career ending injuries in the line of duty after 16 years of military service. After only a few months creating jewelry, he was invited to participate in the prestigious Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Jeff’s goal in creating jewelry is to “represent my culture in a positive way while setting an example of honor and integrity, that seem to be missing in today’s world.”

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Randy Chitto - Clay Sculpture

December 6-7, 4-7pm
December 8, 11-2pm
With Hollis Chitto, Beadwork

Randall (Randy) Chitto is an acclaimed clay artist whose works are in numerous prominent museum collections. His work is also shown at the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA), Heard Indian Market plus others. His son, Hollis, started working with glass seed beads & porcupine quills at age 10 and since then, these have been his principle medium. Hollis attended graduated from IAIA & has won many awards.

Hollis Chitto - Beadwork

December 6-7; 4-7pm
December 8, 11-2pm
with Randy Chitto, Clay Sculpture

Hollis Chitto's grandmother was a beadworker, but unfortunately she died when he was very young and he never met her. Many people have told him that her talent in beadwork was passed down to Hollis. The designs he come up with are contemporary and bold, and he uses only high quality materials. he says, "I never think of beadwork or quillwork as craft, but as fine art."

Derek No-Sun Brown - Painter

Derek No-Sun Brown is an artist who is carrying on his ancestry from the Shoshone-Bannock, Klamath, & Ojibwe people. He was raised with a strong traditional foundation & continues to maintain indigenous ways of prayer & philosophy that is evident through his art. A graduate of IAIA in 2013, No-sun has expanded his love for art, apparel and music online at War-Medicine Art, where he sells his art.

Glenda and Estella Loretto

December 20 -22, 4PM - 7PM

Glenda Loretto is from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. Her mother Albenita Loretto was a potter & her sister, Estella Loretto, is a well-known artist. Glenda graduated from IAIA in 1993, where she received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts. Glenda began as a potter but in 2000 she changed her medium to jewelry and studied under David Gaussoin & Fritz Casuse which both are well-known Navajo jewelers. She has exhibited her work at the Annual Santa Fe Indian Market; the Heard Museum Indian Market in Phoenix, Arizona plus many other galleries, museums and shows.

Joseph Newman - Beadwork

Joseph J. Newman is from Anchorage, Alaska. He is Diné & Inupiaq. Newman has been interested in art since he was a child, where he watched his mother, Angela Newman, bead. He was inspired by both cultures of his parents. His parents raised him around the Pow-wow world, this is where he would learn how to bead his own regalia. He has been in Indian Market for 2 years & beads at a contemporary level.

David McElroy - Silversmith & Basketry

David McElroy, a member of the Choctaw Indian Nation of Oklahoma, is a Santa Fe based silversmith specializing in Native American jewelry. McElroy began his silversmith training while living and working in the UK and developed a love of working in sterling silver, particularly traditional Native and European repoussé techniques. He also integrates semi-precious stones in designs that are unique, classic pieces.

Sandy Vaillancourt - Painting

November 28 - December 1,10 am-6pm
December 25-29, 10am-6pm

Sandy's paintings reflect on people, places and scenes from everyday life, particularly in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Detours, La Fonda's gift shop, has been carrying Sandy Vaillancourt's work for years. Over the past several years, Sandy has been holding her holiday art shows at La Fonda and will continue to do so this year.

Ira Lujan - Glasswork

Born February 23, 1977 in Albuquerque, NM. Native American from Taos/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos. Introduced to glass blowing in Taos, NM. summer 2000 and started apprenticeship with the Native American Glass Artist Tony Jojola. Pilchuck summer 2006, 2009 studied under Preston Singletary. Working with Jojola brought forth the possibilities of incorporating native themes and influences with ancient techniques of glass blowing. Today, Lujan's work is highly influenced by everyday scenes of Native America. "I was fascinated by the movement of hot glass and the way it captures light, and the potential of creating Native Art with this exciting new Medium".

Del Curfman - Painter

January 31 - February 1; 4-7 pm
February 2; 12-3pm

Best known for his work with Apsaalooke’ (Crow Nation of Montana) imagery & cultural meaning, Del Curfman explores heritage, tradition, & humanity through painting. His work often incorporates techniques & styles of impressionism. With loose brushwork & semi-abstraction, he captures the essence of nature. Curfman looks to contribute to contemporary Native Artist history through his work.

Joshua Bingham - Silversmith

February 14-15; 4-7PM
February 16; 12-3PM

Born in New Mexico, Joshua is a 3rd generation Craftsman. Heavily influenced by his surroundings, Joshua's Silversmith designs are often rich in New Mexico’s Ranch & Western heritage. Attention to detail & unique details are his cornerstones of individualism, creativity and respect for all our deep heritages. As a Silversmith, Joshua is bold, subtle and edgy in his craft.

Nocona Burgess - Painter

Art is in Nocona Burgess’ blood. The descendant of two Comanche chiefs, he grew up traveling the country and around his family of artists. Seeking to develop his own work, Burgess found himself in Santa Fe exploring the fusion of traditional forms and contemporary styles of Native art. “I liked the idea of modern Indians; after all that’s who I am.” You can also find Nocona's work on La Fonda's walls.

Gasali Adeyemo - Yoruba Batik, Adire & Tie-Dye

Gasali is from Ofatedo, located in Osun State Nigeria. He realized his artistic potential at a young age & would attend social gatherings, offering to sketch portraits of the guest, for a small donation. He later joined the Nike Center for Arts & Culture in 1990, where he mastered arts of batik painting on fabric, indigo dyeing, quilt making, embroidery, appliqué, andYoruba Batik on rice paper.

Randy Montoya - Silver/Goldsmith

January 17-18, 4-7 PM; January 19, Noon-3 PM

Randy Montoya is a silver/goldsmith from Santa Fe, NM whose ancestry in Santa Fe goes back many generations to 1890. After high school he worked with local jeweler and designer, Douglas Mangus, that resulted in a 18 year career where he perfected his ability to work with silver, gold and intricate stone inlays. Randy now has a collection of traditional and contemporary jewelry that was juried and accepted into the 2018 Contemporary Spanish Market.