It's already the second week of June – can you believe it? – and the Santa Fe Studio Tour is just around the corner. New Mexico is well known for studio tours that take place in towns and cities all over the state. Santa Fe's tour falls in June, kicking off summer's countless cultural activities.
What is the Santa Fe Studio Tour?
The Santa Fe Studio Tour is an annual event that provides an opportunity for the public to visit the studios of over 80 Santa Fe artists. The tour is free and self-guided, so participants can pick any number of studios and see paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and other work.
The 2016 Santa Fe Studio Tour takes place the last two weekends in June. On Friday, June 17, from 5 pm-8 pm, there is an artists reception at Santa Fe University of Art & Design. From June 18-19, the studios will be open from 10 am-5 pm, and the Preview Gallery will be open as well. From June 25-26, just the studios will be open from 10 am-5 pm.
Keep in mind that most of the studios are not within walking distance of downtown Santa Fe, so you’ll need transportation in order to visit them.
Which studios should you visit?
Although many artists participate in the tour, there isn’t necessarily a huge range of styles. If you look through this year's roster, you'll see a lot of saturated landscapes and whimsical subjects on view, and you won’t find much in the way of sleek conceptual work. That said, keep an open mind, do a little bit of exploring, and you may be pleasantly surprised. The beauty of the studio tour is that you can visit as many different studios as you want.
While many of Santa Fe's most sought after artists do not participate, there are still some incredible artists opening up their creative spaces to the public for the 2016 studio tour. Here is a list of highlights – you won't want to miss the work of these artists!
1889 Conejo Dr.
Sommers specializes in stone sculpture – his craftsmanship is worth a look!
Linda Picos Clark
Linda's process-driven, abstract paintings highlight form and color.
Martina de Avila
19 Arroyo Griego
Martina crafts unique pots made from local micaceous clay.
13 Blue Jay Drive
Another ceramicist working with micaceous clay, Karen also incorporates other natural materials, like weathered wood.
621 Old Santa Fe Trail, Suite #16
Robbi's vibrant and expressive portraits capture the inner spirit of her subjects.
For a complete listing of participating artists, visit santafestudiotour.com or download the 2016 Santa Fe Studio Tour catalog. Santa Fe Art Tours is not scheduling any regular tours of the studios on the Santa Fe Studio Tour, but if you are interested in step-on guide services to select studios or other guided tour options, please contact us!