State of the Art: New Mexico

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With gor­geous land­scapes that have cap­tured the hearts and minds of artists for cen­turies, it’s no won­der New Mexico is nick­named the Land of En­chant­ment. The state is home to the cliffs of Shiprock, the snow-capped peaks of the San­gre de Cristo Moun­tains, and the old­est cap­i­tal city in North Amer­ica—santa Fe, which was founded in 1610, 10 years be­fore the pil­grims landed at Ply­mouth Rock.

Over 100 fine art gal­leries pop­u­late

Santa Fe, scat­tered across three prom­i­nent arts dis­tricts. The Rai­l­yard Arts Dis­trict in the south­west cor­ner of the city is home to a group of con­tem­po­rary art gal­leries, as well as the con­tem­po­rary art space SITE Santa Fe. The Rai­l­yard fea­tures an art walk from 5 to 7 p.m. on the last Fri­day of every month.

Vis­i­tors to the Down­town Arts + Mu­seum Dis­trict can stroll among the heart of his­toric Santa Fe, vis­it­ing gal­leries, mu­se­ums and an ar­ray of restau­rants. The down­town art walk takes place on the first Fri­day of the month, also from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dozens of gal­leries are housed on the his­toric Canyon Road, a wind­ing street built up with cen­turies-old adobe gal­leries. The Canyon Road Mer­chants As­so­ci­a­tion hosts two ma­jor art events every year. The Canyon Road Spring Art Fes­ti­val takes place this year on Satur­day, May 12, and the Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out takes place the third week­end in Oc­to­ber.

A num­ber of auc­tions also take place in the city, in­clud­ing the Santa Fe Art Auc­tion, hap­pen­ing Novem­ber 10, as well as mul­ti­ple sales hosted by Al­ter­mann Gal­leries & Auc­tion­eers. Brian Lebel’s Old West Sale re­turns to Santa Fe this year with its show and sale taking place June 23 and 24 at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

On Mu­seum Hill in the south­west cor­ner of the city, art lovers can visit the Mu­seum of Span­ish Colo­nial Art, the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture, the Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional

Folk Art and the Wheel­wright Mu­seum of Amer­i­can In­dian Art.

Events in the city in­clude Arts­mart’s Ed­i­ble Art Tour, taking place June 9 and 10, and in Au­gust, Santa Fe will be flooded with Na­tive Amer­i­can artists and art en­thu­si­asts dur­ing SWAIA’S Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket. The 97th an­nual event will be held this year on Au­gust 18 and 19. The largest show of its kind, the 2017 it­er­a­tion at­tracted more than 150,000 peo­ple to Santa Fe’s down­town plaza.

To the south­west of Santa Fe in Al­bu­querque, vis­i­tors can get a com­pre­hen­sive tour of the gallery land­scape with the Al­bur­querque Arts Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s First Fri­day Artscrawl events. Gal­leries and arts or­ga­ni­za­tions in the city’s Old Town, Nob Hill, The Heights and down­town neigh­bor­hoods open their doors to vis­i­tors to view art demon­stra­tions and spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions.

In the pages of this spe­cial des­ti­na­tion guide, read­ers will find in­for­ma­tion about and art­work from the state’s lead­ing gal­leries, art or­ga­ni­za­tions and artists, in­clud­ing Acosta Strong Fine Art, Ger­ald Peters Gallery, La Fonda on the Plaza, Lyn A. Fox Fine Pue­blo Pot­tery, Karen Noles, Man­i­tou Gal­leries, Mon­te­cristi Cus­tom Hat Works, Ne­dra Mat­teucci Gal­leries, Plein Air Pain­ters of New Mexico and Vertu Fine Art Gallery.

Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis As­sisi. Photo by Fuesideas. Cour­tesy TOURISM Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Mu­seum of Art. Photo by Fu­sei­deas. Cour­tesy TOURIM Santa Fe.

En­trance to Canyon Road. Photo by Daniel Nadel­bach. Cour­tesy TOURISM Santa Fe.

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