The Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts presents
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Introduction by JOSEPH VALDES
Born in Santa Fe, Sept. 4, 1930, Joseph E. Valdes attended local schools and graduated from St. Michael's High School. He served in the Korean War and returned to Santa Fe as employee, then manager and finally owner of Valdes Corporation, Paint & Graphic Arts.
His grandfather, Manuel Valdes, was the second Mayor of Santa Fe, serving in 1892. His is the only Santa Fe family with a grand-parent/grandchild mayoral combination in the history of the city. Joseph's rich history of community service includes: founder of the Caballeros de Vargas, and service on the Santa Fe Fiesta Council, and Fiesta Foundation, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, President of the Sons of Italy, Capital City Lions Club, and Boys and Girls Club. He was elected to the City Council, and ultimately became Mayor of Santa Fe, 1972-1976.
Joseph Valdes was selected a Santa Fe Living Treasure and honored in October 1999.
Born and raised in Santa Fe in an adobe farmhouse purchased by his mother Lois in the 1920's, he graduated from Harvard and went on to work for Polaroid where he established and developed their design department.
His graphic design business has won hundreds of awards both regional and national. His history with the Spanish Market goes back to his youth and his family membership in the Spanish Colonial Arts Society from its earliest years. William has had a personal relationship with artists, members and collectors over the years. He is a former Director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, winner of the Santa Fe Rotary Club's Distinguished Artist Award and the recipient of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure in 2013.