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The Dennis Hopper Day motorcycle ride.

The Dennis Hopper Day motorcycle ride.

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

The New Mexico Fiber Arts Crawl returns this year for three days of celebrating all things weaving, knitting, felting, spinning and more.

The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center’s event takes place next weekend, May 17-19. Last year, the crawl tracked 4,484 people who stopped at 53 sites along the long crawl route. The approximately 40 galleries, farms, art centers and artist studios participating are located in Santa Fe, Española, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Mora, Taos and Tierra Amarilla, as well as in Albuquerque, and owners and artists will be available to talk shop.

Throughout the weekend, activities include artist demonstrations, sheep shearing, crafting events and juried shows. In Santa Fe, galleryFRITZ in the Railyard will be hosting “Fiber as Metaphor,” with about 60 invited artists from across the country. The show opens Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain up until May 31. Another show with more of a focus on local artists, “Earth Threads,” will open the same day at Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitor Center and stay up until July 27.

Each location will have a stamp for the crawl’s “passport,’ which can be printed online at or found at the sites. Those who complete the crawl can enter into a grand prize raffle. More details are available at

Dennis Hopper weekend: It’s called Dennis Hopper Day, but it would be more fitting to call Taos’ festivities for one of its most famous residents “Dennis Hopper Weekend.” The celebration kicks off Friday, what would have been the actor/director/photographer’s 83rd birthday. This year also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Hopper’s directorial debut, “Easy Rider.”

According to a post on the town’s website, Hopper first came to Taos in the late ’60s. Parts of “Easy Rider” were filmed in and around Taos, including at Taos Pueblo, the old county jail, Stagecoach Hot Springs and fields behind the Sagebrush Inn. Hopper ended up living in Taos for more than 10 years before returning to California. He bought the landmark Mabel Dodge Luhan house as well as the old El Cortez Theater in Ranchos de Taos. Hopper’s daughter, Marin, said at the first Dennis Hopper Day celebration in 2014 that Taos gave Hopper the “creative freedom he desired throughout his life.”

The celebrations kick off on Friday, with the 50th anniversary screening of “Easy Rider” at the Taos Center for the Arts. A party will be held at TCA following the screening with cake and an opportunity for old friends to swap stories. Another after-party will be held at Sagebrush Cantina.

On Saturday, festivities start at 10 a.m. at the Sagebrush Inn’s convention center, 1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur. A craft market and fair goes from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The motorcycle ride starts at 1 p.m. will start at the inn and go along the “Easy Rider” route, stopping at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and Taos Pueblo. A pre-ride brunch will be held at the hotel at 11 a.m. At 4 p.m., the hotel will have a buffalo barbecue from Taos Pueblo’s Tiwa Kitchen.

An end-of-day party with music and Hopper-inspired drinks, food and cigars will be at 7 p.m. in the Sagebrush cantina. Then, on Sunday morning, the hotel will host a Hopper-themed brunch. At 2 p.m., head on over to TCA for a screening of Hopper’s 1971 “The Last Movie.” To register for the ride or more event details, go to