Cover image, John Nieto, Self Portrait, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Nieto Fine Art.

Letter from the Publisher

Kelly Haug, Publisher & Editor In Chief

April / May 2021

Greetings – 

Ahh, spring! As Santa Fe’s boutiques, stores, restaurants and galleries begin to resume normal activities, I look forward to “springing” into all our city has to offer. I look forward to again being able to go in person and fully enjoy its food, culture, art and shopping. There is much to be said for a morning spent strolling among shops and galleries, and then, when the weather warms, having a delicious lunch on a restaurant patio.

Kelly Haug
Publisher & Editor in Chief, Kelly Haug

I’m pleased to announce a new Santa Fean feature that we are debuting in this issue: icons that tell you the section of the magazine you’re in. They appear in the table of contents and at the bottom of most righthand pages. If Arts & Culture is your favorite section, you can flip to it first simply by looking for the pages with the paintbrush icon.

The theme of the Santa Fean’s April-May issue, “Life in Full Bloom,” celebrates our emergence from the shadow of the pandemic and the season’s invitation for renewal and growth, the chance to flourish once again. In “İQué Santa Fe! The Versatile Prickly Pear” and “Mix Master: Elena Trujillo, The Shed,” read about a uniquely Southwestern, spring-blooming cactus that dots our landscape and enhances our cocktails and cuisine. In “Santa Fe’s Virtual Marketplace:,” learn about a website that enables small businesses to come together to sell products and services online, an innovation that makes it possible for shoppers everywhere to bring a little more “Santa Fe” into their lives. “Rocky Mountain Youth Corps,” “Heritage By Hand: Eco-Friendly Products from Around the World” (available in print only) and “People We Love: Douglas Lynam” present some of the thoughtful ways environmentalism is significantly influencing young people, artisans and business people. In Arts & Culture, our feature story celebrates the life and career of legendary Santa Fe artist John Nieto and how he influenced contemporary art in Santa Fe. In that same section, read about four contemporary artists working in our four-hundred-year-old city. Love edible flowers? Even if discovering their delights still awaits you, you’ll enjoy reading “Flavor of the Town,” which tells a bit about them and the ways some local eateries use them as main ingredients and garnishes. If you’re dreaming of planting a beautiful garden that attracts beneficial insects and pollinators, such as birds, bees and butterflies, turn to “Pollinator Gardens.” To understand the long history and crucial importance of acequias, manmade irrigation ditches, read “Ancient Acequias Meet Modern Pressures” (available in print only). Both pollinator habitats and acequias are instrumental in keeping Northern New Mexico beautiful and blooming.

I look forward to spending and sharing my first spring as the publisher with you. Let’s explore Santa Fe together.

Much Love,

Kelly Haug
Owner/Publisher, the Santa Fean
The City Different Publishing LLC

Kelly Haug
Owner/Publisher, The Essential Guide and Santa Fean

Kelly grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She has a BS in environmental science and a Master in Resource Law (MRLS). For nearly two decades, she lived in the West before she and her husband moved to Santa Fe, his hometown. She is delighted they can raise their two daughters in a multicultural city with extended family nearby. Descended from a long line of small-business owners, Kelly is enthusiastic about contributing to and building community.


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