This post on Northern New Mexico studio tours was first published April 10,2014. It was undated and republished September 4, 2016.
Artists have long been attracted to Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico for its magic, the light, the sunsets, the unusual landscape and more. Each artist has their own reason for choosing to live and work here. One of the most exciting things in the local art scene is artists band together in an effort to attract people to view their work. The results: there are a host of Northern New Mexico studio tours each year featuring the artists living and working in that locale. You’ll find a range of artistic and artisanal mediums represented in each show. Northern New Mexico art studio tours start in May and continue through June, followed by a summer hiatus. During summer, Santa Fe’s summer art calendar is full of shows, annual markets and fairs and many local artists focus their energies on these. When things slow down a bit in September, the studio tours resume. Each studio tour has its own distinct flavor. What they share in common: the opportunity to meet the artists in their creative environments. Most tours offer refreshments for sale at a specified location.
Here’s the schedule for Northern New Mexico studio tours and a bit about each distinctive tour. Many of the tours have preview parties where artists mix with patrons, enjoying food and good conversation. Check each tour’s websites for the current dates, times and other information.
Northern New Mexico studio tours
Eldorado Studio Tour
Eldorado Studio Tour is always on the weekend after Mother’s Day. This vibrant community southeast of Santa Fe attracts a lot of artists. Over 90 take part in the annual studio tour. Mediums represented include: painting, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, doll making, pottery, stained glass, sculpture, digital art, drawings, collage, glass and woodworking. Start your tour at the Preview Gallery at the Eldorado Elementary School. Eldorado artists also present a Fall Show, which recently moved into Santa Fe. Information for both events can be found on their website.
Santa Fe Studio Tour
Santa Fe Studio Tour is held at the end of June. Over 40 artists open their studios for this event. Mediums include painting (oils, watercolor, and acrylics), photography, pottery and more.
Pilar Studio Tour
Pilar Studio Tour calls itself the “jewel box of art tours.” It’s a small show compared to others in the area, but pair your day with some of the unique places this area, about a half-hour south of Taos, has to offer.
Pojoaque River Art Tour
Pojoaque River Art Tour features studios along County Road 84 in the communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho. The road ends at the San Ildefonso Pueblo where some of the Pueblo’s traditional potters open their studios and welcome visitors for this event. Besides the traditional Pueblo pottery, attendees will find paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, ironwork, weaving, jewelry, pottery and retablos. The El Rancho Community Center has refreshments and some local artists displaying their work for the weekend.
High Road Artisans
High Road Artisans, a tour that follows the High Road the Taos, takes place the last two weekends of September when the leaves on the mountains are starting to turn yellow and temperatures are still balmy. Over 60 studios from Chimayó to Vadito, (where 518 turns west toward Taos) open their doors to visitors. Besides art, there’s a bounty of traditional fall foods offered along the way.
Pecos Studio Tour
Pecos Studio Tour featuring about 20 artists is probably the smallest studio tour, but that makes it easy to get to visit all the artists. Work on view includes paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, wearable art and more. Is you have time after viewing the art, check out the Pecos National Historical Site (home to the archeological remains of the Pecos Pueblo). On Sundays, by reservation only, the site offers a tour of Forked Lightening Ranch, former home of movie star Greet Garson and her husband, cattle rancher Buddy Fogelson. The house is one of the first designed by architect John Gaw Meem. You can also take a ride up to the Pecos Wilderness area. The scenery is beautiful with extensive hiking trails and good fishing.
Madrid Cerrillos Studio Tour
Madrid Cerrillos Studio Tour, another two weekend tour, includes over 20 studios showing about 30 artists. Cerrillos is an old ghost town and Madrid, a former mining town, now an art destination. Mediums represented on the tour include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture (wood, steel, stone, clay, and mixed media) jewelry, ceramics, wearable fiber art, glass, encaustic, and more.
El Rito Studio Tour
El Rito Studio Tour, southwest of Abiquiu (former home of Georgia O’Keefe) takes you through this small hamlet with its strong local art tradition. Some of the mediums on display at the over 25 participating studios include traditional Spanish Colonial Art (santos, retablos and furniture) photography, blacksmithing, weaving, painting, pottery, ironwork, musical instruments, quilting and more.
Abiquiu Studio Tour
Abiquiu Studio Tour (always held over Columbus Day Weekend) takes you to the heart of Georgia O’Keeffe Country. Besides art studios, visitors can also stop at a local winery/B and B and lavender farm to visit. Art mediums include painting, drawing, prints, photography, pottery, sculpture, collage, mosaic, jewelry, stained glass, silk paintings, art quilts, wearable art, textiles, weaving, tinworks, candles, furniture, rattles, crosses, retablos, santos, angels, and children’s art.
Galisteo Studio Tour
Galisteo Studio Tour features over 30 artists working in mediums including painting, pottery, photography to jewelry, prints, and weaving. On your way back from this picturesque hamlet southeast of Santa Fe take a detour and discover the historic town of Lamy.
Dixon Studio Tour
Dixon Studio Tour, one of the oldest in the state, is always held the first weekend in November. Over 50 artists open their studios for the tour. Mediums represented include painting, photography, jewelry, stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath and beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and more. . A few of the local farms also welcome visitors for the weekend. You can also stop at La Chirapada Winery or Vivac’s tasting room. On the way back to Santa Fe, check out the Classical Gas Museum and Sugar’s BBQ, both on NM Route 68 just south of Dixon.
La Cienego Studio Tour
La Cienega Studio Tour, always held Thanksgiving Weekend, takes you to the studios of over 30 artists to see work in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, pottery, glass, weaving, jewelry and more. Don’t miss the art demonstrations and refreshments.
There’s a wealth of annual Northern New Mexico studio tours. Visit one, visit a few, visit them all!
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