Meet Jade Gonzalez, the drum facilitator at Bishop’s Lodge. If you’re interested in experiencing the power of drumming, call us at 800-732-2240.
Source: ABQ Journal
By Emily Van Cleve
By 11 a.m. one recent morning, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa’s art curator Sara Eyestone had done a full day’s work.
“I’ve sold four paintings this morning,” she said after ending a call with a client. “In the past four years that I’ve been art curator at La Posada, we’ve had three-quarter of a million dollars in sales.”
While La Posada has been inviting artists to exhibit their work for decades, other Santa Fe area hotels have developed an arts presence recently, with the Inn and Spa at Loretto actually installing artists at work on their pieces in the hotel’s lobby this year.
At La Posada, it wasn’t until Eyestone came on board that art has become a thriving business there.
“Before I came here, galleries were invited to show their art, but it wasn’t working very well,” said Eyestone, who is also a painter. “I proposed to hotel management that I wanted to capture the glory days years ago, when artists painted in the hotel’s gardens. Many of the artists we represent today come here to paint. I frequently paint by the fireplaces in the living room and the library.”
Paintings are visible on most walls in public areas. With work by 49 artists from around the country hanging in the bar, restaurant, library and throughout the hallways, it’s hard to find a solid white wall in the main building.
The business side of La Posada’s art is run with the efficiency of a well-established gallery. Artists agree to an exclusive relationship with the hotel, meaning that they do not sell their work at any other venue in town. Eyestone displays everything in the hotel’s art inventory. Many of the sales take place after guests or visitors have left town.
“They either contact me months later with inquiries about particular artists that caught their eye or they return and rediscover an artist that they begin to collect,” she said.
Paintings are offered at “studio” prices. “Our artists’ paintings sell for twice as much in galleries in other cities,” said Eyestone, who added that La Posada takes a small percentage of the selling price but wouldn’t say how much.
Landscapes, figurative work and still lifes sell well at the hotel, but abstract work does not. Eyestone said that more than 400 artists are on a waiting list to have their work shown there.
Early in the year, the Inn and Spa at Loretto decided to invite artists who are represented by galleries in town to show their work and do demonstrations in the inn’s lobby.
“At first, we hosted artists once or twice a month,” said the Inn and Spa at Loretto’s director of sales and marketing Dana Ortega. “The program has evolved so much in the past several months. Since July, we’ve had artists working in the lobby four times a week for four hours at a time.”
The inn’s management cleared out the furniture in a section of the lobby, upgraded the lighting and made room for jewelers, painters and sculptors to share the artistic process with inn guests.
“It costs us money to run our artist-in-residence program,” Ortega said. “We dedicate space to the artwork, and we have to maintain that space. We take the time to answer phone calls about the art and the artists. When an artist or gallery sells a piece, we don’t take a cent of the sales price.”
Ortega said that the inn’s intent in starting the artist-in-residence program was never to make money. “We want to provide our guests with the opportunity to walk right up to an artist and have the experience of connecting with them,” she added. “We’ve had lots of good feedback from our guests. They love it.”
According to landscape painter Margi Lucena, whose work is represented by Selby Fleetwood Gallery on Canyon Road, being an artist-in-residence has meant expanding her client base.
“It’s absolutely helped to be part of the program,” said Lucena, who lives and works in Socorro. “Sometimes people go to Selby Fleetwood after they watch me paint. Every time I’m there, and I’ve been there once a month since early in the year, people come up and talk with me. I like the contact. Some artists might not.”
Sculptor and goldsmith Larry Stark spent four days working at the Inn and Spa at Loretto at the end of August. A resident of California, his work is represented by Wiford Gallery on Canyon Road.
“Over the course of the four days, a fair amount of people stopped by,” he said. “I met all kinds of people. I saw some of my collectors and people who collect work from Wiford Gallery. I like showing people what I do. It worked for me.”
Enhancing their guests’ experience is the reason that Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa displays two- and three-dimensional artworks of 30 to 50 deceased and living artists throughout the property, said managing director Rich Verruni.
“We have a variety of work, from landscapes to horse stuff and Native American art,” he said. “Some of the work has a religious nature.”
Bishop’s Lodge works out business relationships with artists on a case-by-case basis. The management does not take a percentage of sales but has talked with artists about making some kind of donation to a nonprofit group the lodge supports.
Several months ago, Bishop’s Lodge decided to expand its art offerings and create a photographic gallery on the property. A call to artists has been posted on its website.
“We’re planning to select one photographer to show work here for a six-month period of time,” Verruni explained. “We’re open to a variety of subject matter that works with an historic lodge, so it will be interesting to see what submissions we get.”
Howdy y’all! I’m Cadillac. I’m a 16 year-old Draft cross Mare, which means I’m a girl horse. People often say I’m Chestnut because of my color, but that really just makes me hungry for chestnuts.
I got the name Cadillac because I ride like one – smooth! Not to mention, Cadillacs are usually good-looking cars and, well, I’m a good-looking horse. As much as I love riding with Bishop’s Lodge guests, it also feels good to get back to my home at the stables so I tend to pick up the pace on the last leg of my rides.
If you’re an intermediate rider looking for an adventure, call my friends at (505) 819-4013 to schedule a ride with me!
Fun fact: my favorite song is Cowboy Cadillac by Chris Ledoux
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Let us tie up the details for your next corporate retreat and we’ll give you the latest and greatest iPad. Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for your corporate retreat. Our group meeting package includes everything your group needs to make the event a success. Our group meeting package includes:
When you book by September 30, 2012 for group stays through April 30, 2013, you’ll rack up these rewards:
If you’re planning your corporate retreat, we encourage you to contact Maureen O’Dowd at by phone at 505-819-4026 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A veteran of the industry, Maureen will walk you through every step of the meeting planning process.
We look forward to seeing you and your group at the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa.
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Take “exploring nature” to a whole new level with Bishop’s Lodge’s Mountain Treasure Hunt. On Saturday, August 18th and Saturday, August 25th, use global positioning system (GPS) technology on the scenic campus of the Bishop’s Lodge Resort to find treasures hidden throughout Bishop’s Lodge land.
The hunt combines fun, physical activity and GPS technology. After being briefed on how to use the technology and given coordinates for the first hunt location, participants are given an advanced GPS device to search for hidden spots. At each location, children are rewarded with a treasure as the group unearths a clue to help them find the next destination. In addition to the GPS, a guide will accompany each group on the course to keep you in the right direction.
The cost is only $50 per person and includes guided hunt, beverages, children’s treasures and souvenir water bottle for each participant. Bishop’s Lodge to take reservations and collect payment. Children ages 4-8 may participate with a parent; children ages 9 and above may participate without a parent.
We’re offering two Mountain Treasure Hunts on the 18th and 25th of August, both from 9:30-noon. Reservations are required. To book reserve your treasure hunt adventure, call 505.819.4020 or email email@example.com.
Howdy partners! My name is Famous Shoes, or as some of you long-time Bishop’s Lodge stables fans may call me, River. Technically I don’t wear shoes, but I do have hooves, although you won’t see them on TV or anything, despite my name.
I’m a ten year-old black and white paint but just because I have white spots like a cow doesn’t mean I’m a cow. For instance, I don’t “moo,” I prefer the sound “neeeigh.”
I’m good friends with the other horses but my best buddy is Jeff, the stables manager. I often give him rides so we have the opportunity to spend a lot of time together. Plus, he feeds me so that always helps.
Next time you’re at the stables be sure to stop and say “hi.” Hey, maybe I’ll even say “hello” back!
School is out and the kids are home – how are you keeping them entertained? Leave it to us! At Bishop’s Lodge, we offer an award-winning kids camp, Camp Appaloosa, for children ages 5-11. A few of the activities we offer to keep the kids entertain include swimming, tennis clinics, pony rides, arts and crafts and hiking. With both morning and afternoon sessions, there’s always something to do for Bishop’s Lodge buckaroos!
We offer Day Camp from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm ($67.00 per Buckaroo) and an Evening Round-Up from 5 pm – 9 pm ($52.00 per Buckaroo). For reservations, call 505-983-6377.
What a week we had at Bishop’s Lodge! On Thursday and Sunday, several of us prepped for our small-screen debuts in a Bishop’s Lodge television commercial shoot. Then, on Saturday, we hosted our first Cowboy Cookout of the season!
Preparation for the TV commercial shoot called for an early morning last Thursday as we started our day well before the sun had risen. With all that Bishop’s Lodge has to offer, it wasn’t easy capturing every activity and amenity in one day. While our schedule called for one day of shooting, we ended up filming on Sunday in order to make sure we got every shot.
It’s a shame the Cowboy Cookout didn’t make the cut – everything was picturesque. We were lucky enough to enjoy beautiful Memorial Day weekend weather, our guests had a blast dancing to The Buffalo Nickel Band and Chef Christopher McLean completely outdid himself. The BBQ ribs were one of the biggest hits of the night!
Be on the lookout for Bishop’s Lodge on TV June 6th and if you missed our first Cowboy Cookout, don’t fret – we’ve got one coming up this Friday and another on Sunday, July 1.
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Enjoy the summer sun from Santa Fe this year – at a great deal! Make Bishop’s Lodge your backyard vacation destination with this package for the whole family. With this brand new package, you’ll stay in our deluxe rooms, perfect for families, for only $125 per person on the weekdays and $165 per person on the weekends (based on double occupancy). And, kids stay free!
The best part about this deal is that it comes with a $50 resort credit per day! This credit can be used on any of our services and amenities. If you’re looking for a family adventure, you can use this credit toward horseback rides or skeet shooting. Looking to relax? Maybe you’ll get pampered at the ShaNah Spa while your kids have a blast at Camp Appaloosa. And of course, if you get hungry, Las Fuentes is there to quench any culinary craving.
If this is the package for you, we encourage you to book now. If you do so before June 22, breakfast for four is on us for each day of your stay!
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May 7, 2012 was a milestone for the team at Bishop’s Lodge. It was the night of the New Mexico Lodging Association’s Stars of the Industry Awards Banquet and Bishop’s Lodge swept up seven awards!
Congrats again to these Bishop’s Lodge leaders who were recognized as the best of the best:
Stuart Clark, First Place, Front Office Employee of the Year
Adrian Francis, First Place, Back of the House Employee of the Year
Imelda Miramontez-Gonzalez, First Place, Housekeeping Employee of the Year
Tim Blair, Second Place, Special Services Employee of the Year
Maureen O’Dowd, Second Place, Sales Employee of the Year
Violette Serna, Third Place, Front of the House Employee of the Year
CeCe Tena, Third Place, Administration Employee of the Year