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 Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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