Getting Married At An Elite Folk Art Museum
I spent the other day at the Museum of International Folk Art, a piece of prime real estate on Museum Hill, one of the showcases of Santa Fe. One walks up a few step onto a broad outdoor plaza littered with sculptures and gardens and bordered by museums on three sides. A most impressive panorama.
At the museum, I met with Laura Lovejoy-May, who manages the events held on site. At first, she was more docent than event manager, giving me tour of the museum and pointing out highlights of the collection. The folk art collected there, most of which has a Spanish flavor, is a riot of color. The paintings and freestanding pieces have an air of fun about them, not a word one usually associates with museums.
Ms. Lovejoy-May was a charming woman and, when we got to the rooms where weddings were held (the dance floor is pictured above), she spoke with expertise and authority. I would feel very comfortable entrusting her with my wedding or party. You can see my Wedding Photography here.)
She led me back onto the plaza, which has a beautiful view towards the Jemez mountains, and into the other institutions in the complex—the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Laboratory of Anthropology Library. At every turn, Ms. Lovejoy-May greeted somebody, asked about the rescue dog this person had adopted, asked another last night’s event.
All in all, the morning was lovely, both for the locale and for the person who showed it to me.