In PRINT Summer 2021 with AAA Explorer Magazine


Thank you to AAA Explorer Magazine for allowing me to share about Flux Tufa Works in Gallup and Squash Blossom in Santa Fe.

Out and About: Flux Tufa Works

AAA Explorer: New Mexico Summer 2021

A fifth-generation silversmith, Jude Candelaria is continuing his family’s craftsman traditions at his new Flux Tufa Works gallery in Gallup. His great-great-grandfather, Juan De Dios (1882–1944), was one of the first Zuni silversmiths. “He learned from the Navajo,” says Candelaria, adding that Dios was known for tufa casting, which uses tufa or volcanic stone as a mold for the silver. Candelaria’s 92-year-old great-grandmother, Effie Calavaza, started making jewelry in the 1950s with a trademark design of a silver snake curling around turquoise and coral stones. “Everything I know has been taught from generation to generation,” Candelaria says. At his gallery—the only Native American artist-owned in town—Candelaria creates custom pieces with light-green Royston, the two-toned Kingman, and soft-blue Golden Hills turquoises. Each month, the gallery will also highlight a different visual artist and musical guest. Artwork, jewelry, and make-your-own jewelry kits are available online. (505) 870-7235;   

Out and About: Foodie Finds: Squash Blossom

AAA Explorer: New Mexico Summer 2021

Renew your commitment to healthy eating with a subscription to Squash Blossom’s “Blossom Bag.” Each Thursday, fresh, local-grown produce from dozens of farms located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range are assembled in canvas tote bags, ready for pickup or delivery. Founder Nina Yozell-Epstein says she created Squash Blossom to provide regular income to local farmers so they can steward traditional farming practices and bring healthier food to the community. In each bag, you’ll find Nina’s Notes, which include recipes and stories about the famers. Learn how kohlrabi can be transformed into a hearty side dish or how two brothers from Corrales grew hydroponic tomatoes in the middle of winter. The bags are available for pickup at El Dorado, Nambe, and six Santa Fe locations.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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