Connoisseurs of fine art will find a sophisticated art experience with galleries showing everything – cutting edge and digital art, contemporary painting and sculpture, as well as Western, Native American and historically significant artwork. Three districts comprise Santa Fe’s walking art fair – Canyon Road Arts District, Downtown Arts, the Museum District and the Railyard Arts District, all accessed on foot or by hopping on the free city shuttle, Santa Fe Pick Up. Numerous galleries can be found by walking in any direction from the historic Plaza. Canyon Road, which is a narrow street on the East Side of downtown contains a third of Santa Fe’s galleries. Recently the historic Railyard District has been recently enhanced with modern architecture that houses contemporary galleries.
Summer heats up in July with Spanish Market. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society sponsored the market starting in 1926. It has grown and Spanish Market weekend now comprises two shows – the Traditional Spanish Market with over 250 artists and the Contemporary Hispanic Market with 134 artists. Since 1921, Indian Market has grown to be the largest and most prestigious Native arts market in the world as well as the largest cultural event in the southwest. Over 1100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork. Visitors enjoy this rare opportunity to meet the artists at these annual shows.
For more than a century Santa Fe has been a vibrant art center with its early 20th Century artists, maverick spirit, multi-cultural environment and natural beauty. With more artists per capita than New York or San Francisco, UNESCO honored Santa Fe with its worldwide “Creative City” designation in 2005, the first of nine cities holding that designation. From its artistic beginnings, the offering of artwork has become wide-ranging, providing collectors the opportunity to visit over 200 galleries in a two-mile radius, another benefit uniquely Santa Fe.