5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Art Collection in Santa Fe

Whether you’re just starting your art collection or you’re ready to take it to the next level, there’s no better place to find unique and beautiful pieces than Santa Fe. There are more than 250 galleries in The City Different, so no matter your budget or taste, you’re certain to come home with something special.

Find Inspiration in the City’s Museums

Every art-collecting trip to Santa Fe should begin with a museum day. Do some research, pick out a couple that strike your fancy, and spend the day getting lost in the exhibitions. Museum Hill is a great place to start, as you’ll find yourself surrounded on all sides by museums that are jam-packed with a unique assortment of art from all over the world. Venturing down to the historic Plaza, make time for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. You’ll be glad you did. After your day of museum exploration, you’ll emerge inspired, with a better idea of what you want, ready to take on the galleries and choose a piece or two of your own.

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

With such a wide array of galleries showcasing all manner of pieces, it’s easy to stay in a self-created bubble and seek out only what you know you already like. But why not take the road less traveled and check out something altogether new or unknown to you? There’s more to Santa Fe than traditional Southwestern-inspired pieces, and from Canyon Road to the Railyard Arts District, you’ll find pieces ranging from abstract contemporary to imposing sculpture and everything in between. For some of our favorites, browse galleryofgalleries.com. No matter your taste, be ready to surprise yourself. You never know what you might find.

Andy Moses, “Geodosy 123,” courtesy of Charlotte Jackson Fine Art

Visit One of Santa Fe’s Many Art Fairs

When to visit? Santa Fe’s galleries operate as showrooms all year round, so it’s entirely up to you, but The City Different also happens to host several major art fairs that draw visitors from all around the world. Each fair offers up the perfect opportunity to pick up unique pieces from both emerging and established artists. The International Folk Art Market, Spanish Market and Santa Fe Indian Market are just a few of the fairs that are worth the trip.

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Stay In-the-Know with Social Media

Ahead of your trip, refresh your feed by following your favorite Santa Fe galleries on social media. With their photos dominating your dashboard, you’ll be better able to plan and structure your time in The City Different based on what galleries are speaking to you.

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Keep an Open Mind

Simply put, buy it because you love it. If you’re just starting out in the collecting world, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the investment aspect. But if you focus too much on a piece’s monetary value, you lose track of why you wanted to start collecting in the first place. Art enhances your life with its power, beauty and meaning, and finding something that speaks to you in one of Santa Fe’s galleries should be the name of the game on your collecting trip. Don’t get too caught up in buying work by established artists only – there’s many amazing emerging artists with work on display in The City Different, and as a bonus, their pieces are more often budget-friendly.

Hyunmee Lee, “Inland Island,” courtesy of Nuart Gallery

Whether you’re a lifelong art lover or new to the world of collecting, there’s no better place to dive right in than Santa Fe. Get started in the Guest Curator section on galleryofgalleries.com, your one-stop-shop for all things gallery-related in The City Different and a great way to begin exploring the diverse array of art on offer. In short, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.