Sparks: Off-Beat New Mexico

Sparks talks are cozy gatherings in the SAR boardroom that have become member favorites for illuminating some of the quirkier aspects of New Mexico’s regional and historical character. And the fact that Sparks talks are in the afternoon (and free) may have something to do with their popularity. (One attendee said, “I think you discovered that late afternoon is a perfect time for the ‘cultivated senior member.’ I’m sure that’s why Sparks has been so successful!”)

Sparks talks take place in the boardroom of the School for Advanced Research, 660 Garcia Street in Santa Fe. For more information call (505) 954-7203. Seating is limited—come early.

Please check back for upcoming sparks talks.

March 2015
Chamisa Sparks
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free Navajo Cultural Uses of Native Plants in the Four Corners Region Arnold Clifford The traditional use of plants by the Navajo people in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico will be the focus of this presentation by ethnobotanist Arnold Clifford.
April 2015
Sheldon Parsons Sparks
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free They Came to Heal; They Stayed to Paint: The Birth of the Santa Fe Art Colony Nancy Owen Lewis Over a century ago, four artists came to New Mexico hoping its climate would heal their tuberculosis. Recovering sufficiently to resume their careers, Carlos Vierra, Kenneth Chapman, Gerald Cassidy, and Sheldon Parsons became the first members of Santa Fe’s fledgling art colony. This presentation examines how their experience in Santa Fe changed the art they produced and the city they now called home.

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