Art in New Mexico
By Jill Lane
There are art galleries of every style, medium and personality.
And each one lures a lover of a particular style. Our New Mexico
galleries showcase the talent that flocks to this state. Perhaps the
draw is the lure of the blue skies and the majestic mountains.
Perhaps it is the starkness of the high desert beauty and the aura
of the earth touching the skies. But no matter the reason, once
here, artists are captured. And they create. And we are blessed with
their various and sundry art styles and creations.
What makes a gallery great? Does it need to have the great masters
locked inside their cases? Or can it bring the local artistry to
your sight, your touch and your feel. Must a great gallery house
magnificent bronze sculptures or showcases of gems, of turquoise,
silver and gold? Or can it offer to the world creations of all
What makes a New Mexico art gallery New Mexican? Is it the Santos
and rebultos that are steeped in the Hispanic culture? Is it the
beauty of Native American pottery and weavings that are unique to
our Puebloan culture? Is it the grace and cut of southwestern
designed furniture? Does a great gallery include beautiful, flowing
scarves and clothing…that become wearable art?
Perhaps all of the above. And if you could find such a place, what a
fun gallery to explore. Discoveries of all styles of art and
creations would be there to look at, touch, pick up, sit upon and
Yes, New Mexico is a haven for artists and art lovers. Our state is
home to hundreds of galleries, from ones in world-renowned Taos and
Santa Fe, to tiny clusters of art locales like Silver City, Truth or
Consequences and even Chimayo. And Albuquerque is no stranger to art
and great galleries either. Old Town has its share, as does Nob
Hill, among other areas of the city.
Take your time, pick a local and explore till your heart's
Below are several articles about local artists and where they
It's always the
Personal Touch at Galleria Azul i
Old Town Albuquerque
New Mexico Originals: Colcha, Embroidery and Encrusted Straw