The stunning landscapes and open roads of the American west provide the inspiration for painter Jono Tew and photographer Cody Brothers, and together they show their work at Modernist Frontier. Visitors to the gallery are immediately immersed in the artists’ sources of inspiration, from epic national parks to long stretches of rural roads.
Santa Fe is known as a destination for western-inspired art, and for good reason, and Modernist Frontier’s sophisticated pieces offer a slightly different take on the places that inspire so many creators who flock to this part of the country. Each work at Modernist Frontier invites viewers to see the world differently and to themselves become part of the landscape, contemplate the enormity of it and respect its silent, ancient beauty.
When it comes to all things contemporary in Santa Fe, the Railyard Arts District is absolutely the place to be. Located just a few short blocks from the Plaza, the district is bursting with galleries certain to inspire collectors, enthusiasts and fellow artists. With nine spaces and counting, why not make a day of it and explore everything that each one has to offer?
Galleries in the Railyard Arts District are some of Santa Fe’s most intriguing and popular, and are houses in spacious warehouse-style buildings all within walking distance of each other. In this area, you’ll find Blue Rain Gallery, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Evoke Contemporary, form & concept, Gallery Fritz, LewAllen Galleries, photo-eye Gallery, Tai Modern, and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. In addition, the Railyard Arts District is also home to the world-renowned contemporary art museum SITE Santa FE, as well as numerous options for dining, shopping and nightlife.
There’s a whole lot more to Santa Fe than traditional Southwestern art, and no gallery on this list is a better example than EVOKE Contemporary. Located right in the heart of the Railyard Arts District, the gallery is celebrating 10 years of pushing the limits in art both locally and internationally. Proud to foster and hone the talents of a unique group of artists from all backgrounds specializing in a variety of mediums, EVOKE is pulsating with young, unique energy. Over the past decade, it’s developed a reputation as hub for emerging artists worth talking about, and the gallery’s established artists have earned places in many permanent collections around the globe.
In addition to emerging artists, EVOKE provides works by established artists that collectors know by name – giving them both the excitement generated by early acquisition and the accessibility to more mature, established artists working in both painting and sculpture.
Founded in 2011 and located on historic Canyon Road, Pippin Contemporary describes itself as “a sensory experience of color and mood.” The impact that visual art has on one’s feelings is top of mind for owner Aleta Pippin, an abstract artist herself, when curating shows and selecting pieces to display.
Warm and engaging, Pippin Contemporary aims to make both seasoned collectors and novices alike feel right at home in the bright and welcoming space. In addition to building relationships with collectors, Pippin Contemporary fosters relationships with the artists represented, and each artist featured in the space has been working with Pippin for a number of years. The gallery’s artists are chosen based on the energy reflected in their art. And according to owner Aleta Pippin, “their passion creates an element of surprise and beauty, offering you the viewer, an opportunity to reflect, to access emotions, and to explore your thoughts.”
Santa Fe is home to more than 250 galleries, but the artistic journey doesn’t have to end at the city limits. Located 10 miles south of the city, visitors will find a tucked-away oasis filled with a unique array of sculptures. This stop on the historic Turquoise Trail is the ideal way to start your day of exploration, or to cap off a trip filled with inspiration.
Right now, visitors have the opportunity to explore Origami in the Garden, a one-of-a-kind traveling exhibition that takes the form of monumental outdoor sculptures.
Each piece is inspired by blank paper and the idea of making something out of nothing, a vision translated into metal and placed among the native vegetation in the quiet, tranquil valley south of Santa Fe. Created by the owners of the Sculpture Garden, the exhibition includes collaborations with origami masters from around the world. It’s only open until Labor Day, so be sure to add it your summertime bucket list.
This two-story space on Canyon Road shows off the very best of what Santa Fe artists have to offer, and it does so in a most unique way. This gallery is not afraid to do things differently than most, and often takes on unusual projects of the kind most galleries would shy away from. An example is the annual Giving Voice to Image project, in which ViVO’s artists collaborate with award-winning local poets. Every year, ViVO shows the poems alongside the visual art pieces that inspired the writers, hosts poetry readings and publishes a book containing the show’s content (both written and visual). The Giving Voice to Image projects inspires every creator involved and showcases the cross-disciplinary creativity that Santa Fe has to offer.
At ViVO Contemporary, all artists are shown every day, rather than in specialized shows or solo exhibitions. Because of this, make sure that ViVO is on your list every time you visit. You can always count on seeing new and exciting work from ViVO’s local artists.
One of Santa Fe’s best-known and iconic artists, Allan Houser is one of the most renowned Native American artists of the 20th century. Born in 1914, Houser remains a household name for those who love Native American painting and Modernist sculpture. His work can be found all around the world, including at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
At the Allan Houser Gallery, just north of the Santa Fe Plaza, visitors can experience over 100 of his works up close and personal, right in the city he called home until his death in 1994. A wide array of pieces spanning his career are represented, including bronze and stone sculpture, charcoal and pastel drawings, and tempera and acrylic paintings. Visitors can also explore the tranquil sculpture garden, created by Houser himself in 1976 and offering magnificent views of mountains, skies and meadows in all directions.
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths is Canyon Road’s destination for wearable art. If you’re on the lookout for a piece of jewelry that’s unique, well-made and certain to garner compliments wherever you go, it’s a must-visit. The gallery represents 35 artists, each of whom put their own unique spin on handcrafted, one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Founded in 1982 by Tresa Vorenberg, the shop quickly gained a reputation as the city’s go-to spot for purchasing future heirlooms; for example, three generations of one family have exclusively shopped there for meaningful gifts. While many other artists are represented in the space that’s friendly to both shoppers and art enthusiasts alike, Tresa herself still makes custom pieces herself, ensuring a perfect fit as well as the ideal design. Making jewelry is more than her job – it’s her passion and her calling, and she loves sharing the beauty of wearable art with Canyon Road collectors from all over the world, sending them home with tokens of Santa Fe.
Tresa specializes in fine quality custom work suited for the individual. She is a master of many techniques and works with a wide variety of gemstones, diamonds, and fancy colored diamonds set in karat golds. Her fresh contemporary style sets her jewelry apart. Her concern with the function and comfort of each piece is the cornerstone of her success.
“What I love about jewelry making is the avenue it gives me to celebrate life and joy. I often have the privilege of looking into windows of people’s lives and getting to make something of significance to help them commemorate an event. It could be wedding rings, an anniversary or birthday gift, saying ‘Thank you, you’re special!’ or celebrating one’s self worth. It’s my own way of devoting my life to ‘The Good,’ and in some small measure, helping to bring it about.” Tresa muses.
Form & Concept Gallery offers a unique experience and perspective on art in Santa Fe. Challenging the perceived distinctions between art, craft and design, the gallery disputes the historic use of these terms to divide artists and rank their work. Form & Concept is passionate about starting conversations within the community about these topics, and seeks to educate the public through workshops, lectures and artist residencies. The gallery seeks to alter the perception of what art is and how it’s seen, and to provide a space where life-changing conversations go hand-in-hand with inspiration.
Form & Concept is proud to display a wide array of pieces, from ceramics and fiber arts to jewelry, glass, books and even 3D printed works. Visitors to Form & Concept can, in addition to interacting with the pieces on display, become artists themselves through workshops guided by artists in residence.
Santa Fe’s unique melding of the historic and the contemporary is showcased at Nüart Gallery on the iconic Canyon Road, home to 26 artists from all around the world. For more than 15 years, the mission of the gallery owners has been to seek out and show the work of the very best artists they can find. Since its founding, the gallery has mounted over 200 solo and group exhibitions by a wide range of artists, both emerging and world-renowned. Nüart is dedicated to providing the best service and collectors and clients, and is proud to have introduced many of its artists to the U.S. market and to the discerning collectors who visit Santa Fe in search of the perfect piece.
Nüart’s sky-high curatorial standards ensure than every collector can rest assured that only the best work is showcased and celebrated at the gallery, and each piece is chosen with the intention of enriching one’s life.
An immersive experience for art lovers and collectors, the Selby Fleetwood Gallery is more than just a space showcasing the work of regional and national artists. Simply being in the building is an experience in and of itself. The gallery is located inside a 250-year-old building in the heart of Canyon Road, and the antique adobe walls both highlight and provide contrast when it comes to the paintings that hang upon them.
Selby Fleetwood gears their ever-changing selection toward collectors who are in search of pieces that are one-of-a-kind and recognizable. The gallery is proud to show many artists whose unique work is immediately recognizable and pieces that contain personality. The work that Selby Fleetwood shows is presented in a diverse range of mediums, from sculpture to drawing and painting. The gallery aims to hold space for conversations between artists and collectors, leading to pieces that will stand the test of time.
Wearable art is one of the best ways for collectors both new and experienced to enjoy the pieces they buy to the fullest. Patina Gallery, located right off the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, showcases the most chic and sophisticated jewelry available in The City Different. Each piece is hand-selected by Patina’s owners to reflect the gallery’s inspiration: the landscape of northern New Mexico, drawing in creators of all kinds for centuries, seeking transformation in multicolored sunsets, endless vistas and forbidding mountains.
In addition to jewelry, Patina Gallery carries and displays paintings, sculptures, mixed-media pieces and fiber arts. Visitors to Patina Gallery can rest assured that only the best items are chosen for display and for sale, and that the owners believe that great design should inhabit all of the works they show. The gallery displays a diverse range of pieces from all around the world, but the beauty in the balance between form and function is common to each of them.
Located in a bright, open-concept space in the Railyard Arts District, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art specializes in works by contemporary artists from both the United States and Europe. This unique space is one of the Railyard Arts District’s longest-lived galleries, and is celebrating 30 years of inspiring locals and visitors alike.
The one-of-a-kind pieces showcased in the space span a wide range of mediums and genres, include concrete, monochrome, light & space, modernism and color field painting. Since 1989, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art has been one of The City Different’s top destinations for collectors in search of bold statement pieces. If you’re seeking sophistication and works that aren’t afraid to evoke mood, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art has what you’re looking for. Well-known artists as well as those who are just emerging are represented and celebrated, and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art is known for always choosing and curating the very best of the best.
Explore an amazing array of contemporary and modern art July 18–21, 2019, at Art Santa Fe, taking place at the gorgeous Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Celebrating 19 years this summer, Art Santa Fe features extraordinary artwork from local, national, and international galleries, as well as extraordinary show programming, live entertainment, and other exclusive events.
Art Santa Fe provides a unique opportunity for exhibitors and attendees alike to honor the region’s deeply rooted cultural traditions while launching into the future with cutting-edge artwork and inspiring events. Art Santa Fe will feature an exciting slate of programs specially curated for the show, including Art Labs, the Spotlight Program, Art Talks, and the [SOLO] Project, a special section of the show featuring a curated selection of independent emerging artists.
Help us celebrate our best year yet by welcoming and mingling with top local, national, and international galleries and artists and being a part of the Art Santa Fe tradition of celebrating this vibrant art scene.
Robin is an editorial consultant and a respected arts writer and journalist. She was the longtime executive editor of ARTnews. Called "One of the Leading Lights of Art-world Social Media" by ARTNET, Robin visited Santa Fe and turned her well-trained eye on the art scene happening here in July, 2019. Here are her selections of work that she found compelling in their representation of Santa Fe's gallery and museum community.Close Window
As part of its ongoing Contemporary Voices series, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presents work by Ken Price (1935-2012). One of the foremost American sculptors of his day, Price was also an accomplished graphic artist. Price Family, courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery. © Ken Price, Inc.
Doti is an open-source desktop Jacquard loom—a tool to enable craftspeople to render their ideas with expression and repeatability. Doti is the product of the artist's lifelong fascination with weaving and toolmaking.
The Dream Life of Objects
"Images flow through our thoughts every day. They flow through our dreams every night. Images float out of us and into us. They wait for us. Sometimes, they ambush us. As an artist, I am responsible to images to give them form, to give them life. " – excerpted from Judy Tuwaletstiwa's artist statement. Her exhibition, "The Dream Life of Objects" is on view from June 7 to September 15, 2019 in the CCA Tank Garage Gallery.
Ocean Mother Shrine
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths presents the exclusive artistry of medicine man Heyoka Merrifield, from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Heyoka’s sacred arts, symbolic jewelry, sculpture and writings are featured. His works honor the ancient ancestors & sacred arts that celebrate their mystical world. The artist described the meaning in his Book of Shrines - "The Great Ocean Goddess of the Romans is called Venus, and the Greeks called her Aphrodite. She was the ocean goddess born in a seashell from sea foam. Ocean Mother is sacred to the morning star and the second planet was given her name."
Regina Silveira’s powerful graphic interventions explore perspective, shadows, and spatial relationships. Her works are site-specific and engage both interior and exterior architectural spaces. MUNDUS ADMIRABILIS, 2007/2017, creates a sense of frenzied movement within SITE’s new building with giant digital renderings of insects swarming across windows, walls, ceilings, and outdoor spaces. These creatures that are usually hidden are now overhead and underfoot conjuring associations between biblical plagues, the ills of the modern world such as corruption and degradation, and perhaps prophesize a future when only the resilient cockroach or prehistoric centipede will survive. This work was part of Silveira’s contribution to SITE Santa Fe’s Future Shock exhibition in 2017, and is courtesy of the artist; Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo.
Jono Tew has developed his signature abstracted style that combines aspects of his favorite movements in art: Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The painting represented here is part of his work that resulted from his photographic excursions to some of the great locations of the American West such as Yellowstone, Monument Valley, Arches National Park and Great Sand Dunes.
Alexander Girard Collection
Market Scene, installation view
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond, Alexander Girard's collection of folk art, has been the destination for well over a million first-time and repeat visitors to the Museum of International Folk Art. With his singular vision and intuitive understanding of the multiplicity of cultures and artistic genres, perhaps Girard himself felt the same unflagging delight when he was designing the exhibit. Girard rewards those who look carefully with touches of wit and whimsy, amazing viewers with his command of detail and sense of perspective. This piece is part of this exhibition.
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art exhibits contemporary American and European art, with emphasis on monochrome, concrete, light & space, modernism and color field painting. The gallery is part of the Railyard Art District, and is housed in a modern warehouse-style building in the heart of the Railyard. This selection is part of their exhibition "Celebrating 30 Years: part one," on view through July 28, 2019.