Each year, artists in communities surrounding Santa Fe open their studios to visitors. These annual studio tours offer a wonderful opportunity to meet acclaimed area artists, see where they work and learn about their creative process.
Many tours have been taking place for decades, drawing visitors from around the country who return year after year to visit their favorite artists and discover new artists. Galleries and local businesses join the festivities, too. You'll always find delicious food like posole and green chile and often, live music adds to the fun.
Purchase one-of-a-kind traditional and contemporary arts and crafts directly from the artists. You'll see an astonishing array of work, from painting and photography to pottery, weaving, wearable art, jewelry, furniture, tin work and more.
These tours are held in the city and in picturesque towns and villages near Santa Fe. As you make your way from studio to studio, you'll enjoy the town and admire the gorgeous views and vistas outdoors while experiencing the incredibly creative work on display inside.
Santa Fe artists open their studios to the public on the last weekend in June every year. See their working environments and demonstrations of their techniques. A good opportunity to see some of the best fine art in Santa Fe. This event takes place throughout Santa Fe. Check the website at www.santafestudiotour.com for more information
Eldorado, about 20 minutes southeast of Santa Fe off US 285
WHEN: May 17-19, 2013 Visit more than 90 artist studios in this tour near Santa Fe. There's an impressive array of work to see and buy, including stained glass, digital art, fiber arts, photography and more.
Pilar, about 1 hour and 15 minutes north of Santa Fe via US 84/285 to NM 68
Early September This lovely village along the Rio Grande hosts an annual studio tour, when about a dozen artists who make pottery, wearable art, paintings and more open their doors and invite you to visit their workspaces and view their creations.
Pecos, about 20 minutes southeast of Santa Fe off I-25
September 28 - 29, 2013 Drive just 20 minutes from Santa Fe to the peaceful, picturesque village of Pecos, where you can visit with about 20 artists in their open studios. You'll see paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, wearable art and more.
El Rito, about 1 hour and 15 minutes northwest of Santa Fe on NM 544 off US 84
October 5 - 6, 2013 Meet more than 25 artists who live and work in this sleepy village that was an early Spanish settlement, located about an hour's drive northwest of Santa Fe. The annual open studio tour features everything from blacksmithing, fiber arts and pottery to santos and retablos.
Abiquiú, US Highway 84/285, 18 miles northwest of Española
October 12 - 14, 2013 More than 70 artists welcome visitors to their studios in this annual tour. You'll see paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and much more as you explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O'Keeffe once lived and worked.
Galisteo, 25 miles south of Santa Fe off Highway 285
WHEN: October 19 - 20, 2013 Visit this once a year event where over 30 local artists open their private studios to the public. A free event, much of it walkable through our historic adobe village. All disciplines and media. Details, directions and artists on Website and also on Facebook.
Dixon, about 45 minutes north of Santa Fe on Highway 75, just east of Highway 68
First Weekend in November Nestled in the beautiful Embudo Valley, Dixon is home to a lively group of more than 50 artists who open their studios for the annual art studio tour. You'll find everything from painting, photography and jewelry to stoneware, wearable art, herbal bath and beauty products, handmade chocolates, local wines and roving musicians. Take care of the appetite you've worked up walking from studio to studio through this picturesque village by feasting on traditional Northern New Mexico foods.