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, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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