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Currently housed in Santa Fe, New Mexico at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and established by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage Exhibit portrays a fresh outlook for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Recognized for staged and cautiously lit portraits for Rolling Stones and Vanity Fair, Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage Exhibit displays images that were taken modestly due to her connection with the subjects.
Leibovitz traveled to Santa Fe and Abiquiu a handful of times to photograph Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and countryside at the famed Ghost Ranch. Leibovitz also visited to capture O’Keeffe’s Black Place, in the Santa Fe Museum’s vault.
While not containing people, the photographs in Leibovit’s Santa Fe exhibit have molded the viewpoint of cultural inheritance, hence the title. Visiting the homes of iconic figures, including O’Keeffe’s, she acceptable her intuitions and perceptions to lead her to connecting focuses. Her photographs express curiosity of the world by spanning landscapes, interiors, and objects that are amulets of historical existences.
Sponsored by local business and hotels, including The Inn and Spa at Loretto, this Santa Fe exhibit celebrates the current O’Keeffe display Faraway: Nature and Image, which contains artifacts of O’Keeffe’s cherished Southwest landscapes.
This exhibit is organized by The Smithsonian American Art Museum. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is the fourth stop on a national tour of this exhibition. During the run of this presentation (February 15 through May 5, 2013) this Santa Fe exhibit will be available seven days a week, when the museum opens at 10:00 a.m. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is approximately a half mile from The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, estimating a ten minute walk through The Plaza. For more information on Annie Leibovitz and The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, click HERE.
Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator
Bruce Murray from Murray On Travel stayed at seven Santa Fe hotels in seven days in December 2012. The Inn and Spa at Loretto was one of them.
Murray stayed in Room 311. He agreed the “bed was very comfortable with smooth, soft and luxurious sheets,” like many other guests and complimented the “beautiful artwork on cool dark red colored walls.” He also described the bathroom as “spacious, very nice with attractive fixtures and a large combined shower and bathtub.”
Murray ended his review with a gracious statement, “This has become one of my favorite hotels in Santa Fe.”
Read more and see Murrays’ photos.
Posted by Sandra Morello, Marketing Coordinator
These homemade Valentine's Day treats are the sweetest way to say "I love you" to everyone special in your life. Instead of just plain cheesecake and brownies, I took it a step further and made them exceptional for a Santa Fe Valentine's Day.
Santa Fe Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies Recipe
Serves approximately 12
16 oz cream cheese
1/3 c cocoa powder
1 tsp ancho chile
1/3 c red wine
1/3 c sugar
Cream together above ingredients. Set aside.
1 1/3 c heavy cream
1/3 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cocoa powder
Whip together above ingredients to stiff peaks and fold within cream cheese mixture. Cool.
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes.
12 oz semisweet chocolate bar or chips
2 sticks of butter
1 tbs vanilla paste
2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3 c flour
Present a large dollop (or form with a heart shaped cookie cutter) of cheesecake on top of brownie square and serve with your choice of fruit, caramel, or more chocolate. You can also use white chocolate instead of cocoa powder like I did below.
Posted by Andrea Clover, Executive Pastry Chef
Annie and Will chose the Inn and Spa at Loretto for their Santa Fe wedding and the photos are simply stunning. The event planner’s artful articulation of the event captures the ambiance and atmosphere of this elegant New Mexico wedding.
“Annie and Will’s nuptials combined time-honored, tasteful touches together with sweet, vintage elegance. Their traditional ceremony was held in the Loretto Chapel, home of the Miraculous Staircase. Guests were then paraded by a Mariachi band to a beautiful reception marked by graceful rusticity and a rockin’ dance party.” – Jessie Baca Wedding & Events
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Posted by Vickie Rojas, Catering Manager
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean we can’t indulge in all our favorite holiday meals. Try my Ancho Honey Glazed Ham with your preferred side any day of the week. Cheers!
Ancho Honey Glazed Ham Recipe
10 lb. bone in Virginia ham recipe ancho honey glaze (below)
Place ham in sink and soak in cold water for 24 to 36 hours, drain water and wash again. Position ham in large roaster (or pot), cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 2 .5 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove ham, let cool, and peel off skin. Use knife to carve off excess fat, if necessary. Place ham in large baking pan with the fat side up, bake ham for 30 minutes. Brush ham with ancho-honey glaze every ten to fifteen minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool before carving.
Ancho Honey Glaze ½ c New Mexico red chili puree ½ c honey 2 tbs maple syrup 2 tsp sherry vinegar ½ c unsalted butter, diced
Place all ingredients (minus the butter) in saucepot and reduce to a glaze. Add butter and stir until melted. Brush on ham while baking every ten to fifteen minutes while baking.
Posted by Brett Sparman, Executive Chef