5 Surprising Things You’ll Love About the Santa Fe Art Scene

There’s more to Santa Fe than turquoise, sunset paintings and pottery. If you’re an art collector and haven’t yet visited this iconic, historic city, here are five reasons why you should give it another look. Your collection will thank you.

#1. You can soak up history

One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Santa Fe is uniquely diverse, celebrating centuries of Native American and Spanish tradition that can be seen in the art, the architecture and the food. When paired with the city’s vast blue skies, these influences kindle inspiration. A new outlook and a new frame of reference can do wonders for an art collection. Step outside your comfort zone and allow yourself to be surprised by this tucked-away mountain oasis of beauty, expression and creativity.

Sculpture of Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer
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#2. You can find artistic inspiration all year round

No need to arrange your schedule and plan your vacation around a specific exhibition date or biannual art fair. Santa Fe’s inspiring galleries operate as showrooms all year round, leading to sensory overload in the best way. No matter when you visit, you’ll find a virtually endless well of options, guaranteeing that you’ll return home with an eye-catching work of art certain to become the centerpiece of your collection.

Canyon Road
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#3. Santa Fe is the third-largest art market in the U.S.

Yep, you read that right. With more than 250 galleries featuring art from all around the world, you’ll come across serious inspiration on practically every corner of this charming mountain destination. Santa Fe’s well-known and popular Canyon Road anchors an arts scene with districts as diverse as the Railyard Art District. And bonus: It’s walkable and far easier to gallery-hop on foot in Santa Fe than other popular art destinations. Plus, you’ll have the added experience of soaking up even more of the city’s rich culture and atmosphere. No matter what you’re into or what you’re looking for, chances are high that you’ll find it here.

Installation at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art
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#4. You’ll find amazing pieces at all price points

Whether you’re just starting your collection or you’re simply in the market for more affordable pieces, don’t discount The City Different. Sure, there’s plenty of uber-high-end sculptures, paintings and textiles available, but you’ll also find unique pieces at every price point in a wide variety of styles throughout the city, from folk art to contemporary.

Sculpture at Niman Fine Art
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#5. Santa Fe is the whole package

Santa Fe truly lives up to its global reputation as an arts destination. But when the art search is done, and the sun has set the city offers a feast of experiences ranging from inventive cuisine to fun cocktails, to indulgent spas, engaging theatre and live music. Simply put, come for the iconic architecture, culture and stunning landscapes, and stay for an art-fueled sensory getaway unlike any other. 

plate of food
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