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Best of Show Artists Honored at La Posada de Santa Fe

During Annual Spanish and Indian Markets



SANTA FE, NM, June 23, 2014— La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa will host cocktail party receptions in honor of Darlene Olivia McElroy, 2010 and 2012 contemporary Spanish Market best of show winner and Native American artist, Patrick Dean Hubbell, the 2013 Indian Market best of show contemporary painter award winner, during the city’s world famous Spanish and Indian markets this summer.  Both receptions are complimentary and open to the public.

The 2014 Spanish Market, slated for July 21 – 27, is a celebration of the Spanish culture that shaped the city’s past and continues to influence its art, music, architecture and cuisine.  A Santa Fe mixed media narrative artist, McElroy will be the guest of honor at this complimentary curator’s reception and chef’s tasting event onSaturday, July 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the hotel’s library where her work is on display.

More than 175,000 people are expected to take to the Plaza August 18 – 24 for the 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market where more than 1,000 world-renowned Native American artists and artisans meet for the largest gathering of its kind.  Hubbell, originally from Navajo, New Mexico and now working on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona, exhibits extensively in the Southwest and in recent years has mounted shows in Italy, Spain and the UK, where his following is growing.  In Santa Fe, Hubbell’s work is available exclusively at La Posada, where he will meet fans and collectors at a complimentary reception starting at 5:30 p.m. on August 23.

“Patrick Dean Hubbell and Darlene Olivia McElroy are accomplished American artists, and both have been part of La Posada’s Gallery Collection for many years,” said Sara Eyestone, curator of La Posada’s collection of more than 40 contemporary American artists.  “We wanted them to have the chance to meet with fans and collectors in a setting that is more intimate than the market itself.

“Long before Santa Fe became known as an art destination or had any galleries, La Posada de Santa Fe was providing work space, accommodations and exhibit space for artists who were drawn here by the extraordinary light and ever changing landscape,” Eyestone added.  “This hotel is as much a part of the city’s artistic heritage as the artists themselves, and that is why for decades we have been known as ‘the art hotel of New Mexico’.”  Eyestone paints in the hotel lobby Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m.

This summer, the hotel will launch Breakfast with Painters, Saturdays from 8:30 -10 a.m. giving the public an opportunity to meet and interact with the artists whose work is featured at the hotel.  Artists will discuss technique and style while they work on a piece near the hotel’s patio.  Each Saturday’s featured artist also will join in the weekly Curator’s Reception and Chef’s Tasting on Friday afternoons at 4 p.m.

Appearance Schedule:

June 26 & 27                                       Trish Booth

Fridays & Saturdays in July                Jill Pankey

August 1 & 2                                      Darlene Olivia McElroy

August 15 & 16                                  Leonardo Pieterse

August 22 & 23                                  Cheryl Koen

August 30 & 31                                  Sally Delap-John

September 12 & 13                             Leonardo Pieterse

September 19 & 20                             William Stewart

September 26 & 27                             Sara Weber


La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, offers customized hotel packages for market weekends, including a two-night spa package with two, locally inspired spa treatments per person starting at $535 per night.  The hotel’s concierge also will arrange market weekend packages comprised of hard-to-come-by tickets to chef’s tastings, private tours and receptions.

Packages are subject to availability, and minimum stay requirements may apply.  For reservations and additional information, please visit or call 800-325-3589.


About La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, combines artistic beauty and legendary history creating a true artistic oasis in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features enchanting adobe-style architecture, vibrant artwork and a lavish spa. Located downtown, just steps from the Santa Fe Plaza, the resort offers easy proximity to the city’s best shops and art galleries. La Posada de Santa Fe is nestled on six historic landscaped acres and features 158 casita-style guest rooms including 30 suites, with traditional viga and latilla ceilings, local artwork, stylish furnishings, contemporary technologies, and, in many, kiva fireplaces and shady patios. For additional information please visit

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