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La Fonda is thrilled to host Sovereign Santa Fe’s second annual art event (Aug 10-16).  Sovereign Santa Fe features talented Native American artists whose work highlights NewSchool Native American Art and its elusive relationship between traditional and contemporary.  Organized by FaraHNHeight Fine Art, Tony Abeyta, Randy L. Barton, Keith Grosbeck and Gregory Farah, the exhibit will take place in La Plazuela and La Terraza and showcase a range of forward-thinking artists committed to challenging the status quo.  Of course, exhibitors, guests and hotel staff will adhere to the New Mexico Safe certification standards and follow the mandated capacity limits and social distancing recommendations to promote health and safety during the event.

Artists, Marla Allison and Cody Sanderson will present their work in La Fiesta Lounge, and Ira Lujan and Sheldon Harvey will have their artwork in the New Mexico Room. Other artists displaying work are: Monty Little, the Carson Twins, Melissa Cody, David Naranjo, April Holder, George Alexander, Raven Arbuckle, Aaron Kiyaani, Sandra Cohoe, Jamie Chavez, Antoinette Thompson, Jesse Raine Littlebird, Suann Davin, Jay Smiley, Robyn Tsinnajinnie, Orlando Allison, and more. Discover the innovative and creative works on display, then make your way to the Terrace Rooftop Garden Patio for classic cuisine and libations served in the open-air.   

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Santa Fe and La Fonda this year, you can still participate in the various events slated to honor Native American artists.  The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts has gone virtual to ensure their mission of bringing Native art to the world continues online.  During SWAIA’s month-long Indian Market, you can buy directly from over 400 participating artists from across the United States and Canada.  I encourage you to participate and check out their lineup of various online musical performances, panel discussions, virtual studio visits and SWAIA’s Live Gala Auction.  Please join me in support of the many artists and communities impacted by COVID-19.

And let’s be honest, we are all struggling to process the situation and understand how to best move forward.  Small businesses have been hit hard – especially restaurants without outdoor dining options.  At La Fonda, we’ve been fortunate in our ability to convert our gorgeous Terrace Rooftop Patio into one of Santa Fe’s premiere destinations for outdoor and socially distanced dining.  Not to mention, our famous Bell Tower Rooftop Bar has become an even more popular place to drink in the sunset.  Others haven’t been so lucky.  Let’s all do our best to support local establishments in need – in every corner of this country, and the world.

Remember, it’s Still Summer in Santa Fe, and we’re still doing everything in our power to support the traditions that make up the heart and soul of this city. We’ll miss the bustle and energy the summer art markets bring to our town, but we’ll do our part to honor the artists in new ways.

With love,


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Detours at La Fonda

Unique Gifts

At Detours you'll discover local and global gifts that highlight rich artistic traditions. We invite you to explore our inventory in the store or online!

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Tom Taylor

Virtual Indian Market and Mini-Trunk Show

Join Tom Taylor August 13th - August 16th for their Virtual Indian Market and Mini-Trunk Show to help the artists who won’t be able to exhibit at their biggest sales event of the year. See new and never before seen pieces from world renowned New Mexican silversmiths and leather artists, plus join in the fun during their “Show Us Your Tom Taylor” Gift Certificate Giveaway, and other exciting events all weekend long. Shop this year’s Virtual Indian Market at Tom Taylor, and be sure to subscribe to their newsletter for a personal invitation to their Virtual Opening Reception on Thursday, August 13th!


Gemsong Gallery

You're Cordially Invited!

Gemsong Gallery is celebrating their Grand Opening in Santa Fe! The gallery features a large selection of pieces by top Indigenous artists, along with a huge selection of collectible American Turquoise from the gallery founder's five decades of experience as a trade leader in the Gemstone and Indigenous Jewelry & Arts industries.

The gallery, located downstairs at La Fonda, is pleased to announce they will be joining the local activities celebrating Native American Artists this month (Aug 10-16). Stop by the gallery for special artist receptions August 13th, 14th & 15th from 5-9pm; numerous exceptional Indigenous jewelry artists will be present, including: Aaron Toadlena (Diné), Jimmie Harrison (Diné), Johnathan McKinney (Acoma), and others. Click here to learn more about the artists. Note: The gallery will respect all New Mexico state and CDC COVID-19 edicts and guidelines.

All gallery-owned inventory is discounted to celebrate the grand opening! Their motto of "Museum Quality at Extraordinary Value" is more true than ever.

Access Gemsong Gallery at 111 Old Santa Fe Trail or from the basement level of the hotel.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience!

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