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2014 September, October in Santa Fe is an Artist's Dream

September 9, 2014: Already widely recognized as a hotbed for creativity and one of America’s most renowned art and culture destinations, Santa Fe is outdoing itself in October with a month that features multiple events designed to provide a rare insider’s glimpse into the artists’ creative process. October events that celebrate the arts in Santa Fe include:

Abiquiú Studio Tour: October 11 - 13
More than 70 artists welcome visitors to their studios in this annual tour. Guests will see paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and much more as they explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O'Keeffe once lived and worked. Inhabited for centuries by Native Americans before and after the Spanish settled here in 1692, Abiquiú village is well-known internationally as a destination for visitors who come to tour O’Keeffe’s house in the village and visit nearby Ghost Ranch where she had a studio. The dramatic landscape that inspired her artistry has continued to attract a steadily growing community of traditional and contemporary artists.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: Oct. 15 - 19
Named one of "MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals on the Planet" the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is the fastest growing event of its kind in the Southwest and screens the most thought provoking independent films from all over the globe. This year’s festival will present five days of independent film screenings, community events and educational workshops. Among the announced screenings for this year include the “The Homesman” directed by Tommy Lee Jones and starring Jones alongside Academy Award winner Hilary Swank. Currently venues include the Lensic Performance Arts Center and Warehouse 21 at the Santa Fe Railyard.

Art Matters Santa Fe: Oct. 17 - 26
The Santa Fe Gallery Association will sponsor the second annual “Art Matters Santa Fe”, a series of citywide art events to be held October 17 – 26, 2014. Hosted by individual galleries and museums in Santa Fe, the events feature the diversity of artwork in the city with critical art exhibitions, discussions, lectures, workshops and artist presentations. A complete list of participating galleries, museums, events and speakers can be found at

7th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out: Oct. 17 - 18
Over 150 artists join in this exceptional outdoor event that stretches the length of Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. The Paint Out & Sculpt Out celebrates the tradition of painting & sculpting “en plein air” that began a century ago on this iconic Santa Fe trail. Experience the creative process of established and emerging artists - including weavers, jewelers, potters, and carvers - who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the sculptors and painters.

27th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour: Oct. 17 - 18
Just a few minutes south of Santa Fe is the village of Galisteo centered in the magnificent Galisteo basin. This all adobe village of some 250 residents boasts of an incredibly diverse artist population. These artists, drawn by the natural beauty of the high desert surroundings and breathtaking sunsets, have made Galisteo their home. Now in its 27th year, these artist residents provide visitors with one of New Mexico’s premier studio tours. This annual event is virtually the only time the public is invited to tour the private studios and meet the artists that call this classic New Mexican Village home. Much of the tour can be done on foot and guests will see photography, paintings, pottery and ceramic art, retablos, jewelry, bronze sculpture, weavings, many hand crafted local arts as well as tasty local fare.

El Rito Studio Tour: throughout October
Visitors can 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 retables.

The Lensic Performing Arts Center: throughout October
The Lensic Performing Arts Center, which serves as a national model for a sustainable arts center through its focus on performance, education and community programs, will present more than a dozen eclectic events exploring the arts in October. A sampling of performances include: the National Acrobats from the People’s Republic of China (Oct. 1), The Royal Ballet of Cambodia (Oct. 28), and the famed Globe Theatre production of King Lear (Oct. 30).

Media Contacts:

Cynthia Delgado

Carlyn Topkin/Emily Kingston
TOURISM Santa Fe Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (505) 955-6212 Tel: 212-891-0214; 212-891-0246,

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