With more than 250 art galleries, art lovers visiting Santa Fe have a wealth of choices to view and purchase art from local and internationally renowned artists. It’s no wonder that Santa Fe was designated as a UNESCO Creative City in 2005. The suggestions below represent just a sample of what is available for any style or budget.
Everywhere you go in Santa Fe, you are sure to find galleries featuring works from artists from around the world. Canyon Road is one of the most famous gallery neighborhoods in Santa Fe, featuring galleries such as Acosta Strong Fine Art, Adobe Gallery, Alan Kessler Gallery, and Alexandra Stevens Fine Art. Canyon Road also boasts many places to eat and drink, making it easy to spend part of a day exploring the street. located on a parcel of redeveloped land along Guadalupe Street, just a short walk from the Inn, the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District features nine galleries along with Site Santa Fe. Standouts include Tai Modern, specializing in Japanese bamboo and photography; Gallery Fritz, showcasing works by contemporary artists; and Blue Rain Gallery, which features contemporary Indigenous and regional art.
Artisan Markets and Festivals
For visitors to Santa Fe in mid-October, the Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out, featuring more than 100 artists creating works in real-time is a can’t miss event. Visitors get to interact with artists and learn about their work. The prestigious Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, also held in mid-October, is considered the premier juried event of its type and draws photographers from around the world. The event also features workshops, artist talks, and a special event honoring an iconic figure from the photography world.
Visitors to Santa Fe in late September should treat themselves to the Eldorado Studio Tour. Held at the Eldorado Community Center, the tour features works from more than 80 artists across more than 60 studios. In early October, the Abiquiú Studio Tour is an open house for local artists that also provides visitors with a self-guided visit to artists’ studios throughout the village of Abiquiu and the Chama River Valley, with its spectacular scenery of rock formations and the Piedra Lumbre Basin. Also in early October, the Santa Fe Studio Tour provides an opportunity to interact with more than 80 of the city’s best artists.
Santa Fe also features a variety of outstanding boutiques where shoppers can find everything from fine furnishings to gifts and souvenirs. Some favorites include Seret and Sons, with their unique collection of furnishings, rugs, and textiles; Green River Pottery for contemporary stoneware and ceramics; and House of Ancestors Antiques and Interiors, which offers pieces from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Honduras as well as antiques and folk art from New Mexico. Array features a wide selection of gifts, books and greeting cards, bath and body goods, paper products, and home accessories.
Located just a short walk from the historic Plaza, The Inn on the Alameda is ideally located for access to Santa Fe’s many museums, galleries, and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to stay during your visit. Check out our website for all the information to plan an art-focused trip to Santa Fe. https://www.innonthealameda.com/