DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey March 2014

A great opportunity for visitors to spend their 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.

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Paint Big, Live Big! Intuitive Painting with Julie Claire

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.

Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRWEB) November 05, 2013

Santa Fe Creative Tourism, a program of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, is proud to announce DIY Santa Fe: A Creative Tourism Journey, coming in March 2014 to historic Santa Fe, New Mexico. DIY Santa Fe is a month-long celebration of the great arts tradition that provides this region with its 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 their 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.

DIY Santa Fe has so much to offer. 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 café in the heart of historic Chimayo.

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, authentic experiences. 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 choose, and schedule as many workshops as they like directly with the artists.

Join in the festivities now. Santa Fe Creative Tourism and Heritage Hotels are partnering up for an ongoing series of contests and giveaways, with winners receiving a free DIY Santa Fe workshop and one night’s stay at the Heritage Hotel of their choosing. Contests include the Facebook Photo Caption Contest, open now through November 18. The contestant with the best title or caption for Julie Claire’s painting receives a one-day intuitive painting workshop with the artist, as well as one night’s stay with Heritage Hotels. More opportunities to win are forthcoming--check in at santafecreativetourism.org for updates.

It’s easy to book a DIY vacation in March. Just visit the website, 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.

ABOUT DIY SANTA FE:
DIY Santa Fe is a project of the City Santa Fe Arts Commission’s Creative Tourism program, which offers over 250 creative experiences throughout the year. In 2005, UNESCO named Santa Fe to the Creative Cities Network, the first American city to be so honored.

ABOUT HERITAGE HOTELS & RESORTS, INC.: Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. offers a collection of culturally designed hotels in New Mexico. Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town and Nativo Lodge are located in Albuquerque, NM; Hotel St. Francis, Lodge at Santa Fe, and Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe are located in Santa Fe, NM; Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces is located in Las Cruces, NM and Palacio de Marquesa is in Taos, NM. All hotels are locally and minority owned and support cultural preservation and causes.