Bioneers and StarAxis Sculpture-Observatory Among Highlights of Exclusive Seven Directions’ New Mexico Tour Combining Art and Sustainability to Spread Eco Awareness

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An exclusive Seven Directions Tours exploration of Northern New Mexico’s unique culture, striking landscape, and extraordinary blend of creativity and sustainability. Meetings with innovators, artists, farmers and chefs dedicated to bringing about restorative ecological and social transformation. A rare opportunity to learn from and enjoy a variety of experiences manifested in diverse forms of art, nature, human vision and dreams.

World-renowned artists and sustainability experts join forces this summer to spread the message of eco-awareness on a one of a kind sustainable tour by Seven Directions Tours, “A Unique Exploration of New Mexico Art and Sustainability: Art, Agriculture, Architecture and Dreams for a healthier future in The Land of Enchantment

The 9-day adventure includes a day-long experience with the renowned Bioneers organization, recognized worldwide for their creative solutions addressing earth’s environmental and social issues. Another highlight on this highly innovative tour includes a visit to the land art sculpture StarAxis, located 80 miles outside of Santa Fe. After touring the eleven story land sculpture that literally places viewers inside the earth’s trajectory, guests will be able to discuss the piece with StarAxis’ creator, famed land artist Charles Ross.

The original tour is the creation of Seven Directions Tours owner Patrizia Antonicelli. Antonicelli explains, “I wanted to put together this new tour to show how art and sustainable projects go hand in hand in creating and spreading an eco-consciousness, which is a cause very important to me.”

The tour combines high levels of interaction, education and intimacy to provide guests with the experience of a lifetime they won’t soon forget. The tour kicks off on Friday, July 20th as guests arrive to the historic Hotel Andaluz where they will check-in and commence the activities with a tour overview and a lecture by Loretta Hall on earth-sheltered construction in the desert Southwest.

For those that enjoy the view from the water, the Native Cultural Feast and Float River trip through a particularly tranquil section of the Rio Grande will prove to be entertaining and educational. To augment the spectacular views, the excursion will be led by a Native expert sharing his unique culture and history.

Other highlights of the tour include:

  •     Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Land Art installation Numbe Whageh
  •     Old Town Albuquerque
  •     Petroglyph National Monument
  •     Santa Fe Art Race. Through museums and galleries
  •     IAIA-Institute of American Indian Arts campus and Digital Dome
  •     Canyon Road Art Walk
  •     SITE Santa Fe, a private tour of the cutting edge summer exhibition
  •     Harwood Museum: Bea Mandelman “Collage” exhibit
  •     Corn Dance at Taos Pueblo
  •     Earthships Biotecture
  •     Material based fine crafts and jewelry at Santa Fe's Patina Gallery
  •     Santa Fe Opera for Rossini’s Maometto II

Each day of the tour features amazing outings to places like the Institute of American Indian Arts campus, where guests will tour the location’s sustainable buildings and state of the art Digital Dome. A private visit to SITE Santa Fe contemporary arts space exhibit “More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness” followed by a city tour with a twist: visit the city’s More Real? side and get to know what is real and what is not!.

Along with the experience of participating in this interactive tour, guests will leave empowered with the knowledge of conservation and sustainable farming practices, and a deeper awareness of the influence of the arts.
Therefore, besides the wonderful outings planned by Seven Directions Custom Tours, what makes the tour so special is the amount of time guests are able to spend with world-renowned artists and sustainability activists like Roxanne Swentzell and Nora Naranjo-Morse learning about art, Native traditions, and ecology.

Participants will be escorted by experts, stay at a historic hotels, taste the distinctive food of the regional and Native cuisine, including a private dinner at the home of Native American chef Lois Ellen Frank and a phenomenal cooking experience.

Every day opens a new window on a rich universe of creative ecological and social ideas.

The all-inclusive tour runs from Friday, July 20 to Saturday, July 28. Reservations by May 11, 2012.

For further information and media inquiries: Patrizia Antonicelli – Tel.505.820.3305

About Seven Directions Tours:
Seven Directions Cultural and Sustainable Tours has established itself as one of the finest sustainable tour operators in the Southwest. They facilitate exceptional tours that create a memorable and authentic experience that is relaxing and profound in every respect. Seven Directions Tours caters to a wide-ranging audience that seeks a hands-on experience by putting them in touch with the landscape and the people. Clients learn salient information in the comfort of a tour they can customize. Seven Directions Tours can accommodate large and small groups, and individuals. They also specialize in Fly & Drive programs that clients can take on by themselves. To learn more about Seven Directions visit them at http://www.sevendirections.net.

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