Explore a city from the point of view of its artists and artisans and you discover a rich and lively culture wherever you go. Santa Fe, with one of the largest art markets in the U.S., is no exception! Their Artists in Residence season is in full swing and here’s what you can anticipate seeing when you visit!
An Art Scene Seen Differently
Now through February 29, 2020, Santa Fe visitors can watch art come to life in notable and unique places at the hands of the city’s makers and artists. During Santa Fe Artists in Residence, visitors can interact with jewelry makers, painters, sculptors and ceramic artists across the city’s top-notch galleries and stylish hotels. Plus watch them at work, essentially seeing the most interesting contemporary art created in some of the city’s most interesting places. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore as Santa Fe has more than 250 galleries with a wide variety of art to visit and enjoy!
Draw creative inspiration from these in-depth and eye-opening exchanges and take the excitement home with you. Maybe even incorporate your experiences into your next artistic project or make a return trip to one of the places you visit for more inspiration in the future.
Here are six of the many artists participating in the Artists in Residence season and what you have to look forward to if you stop by to see them bring their creative work to life.
The Intricacies of Silver and Gold
Jewelry and design are dual passions for Randy Montoya. His skill with silver, gold, and intricate stone inlay is clear to anyone who sees his work. Many an eye is caught by the gorgeous metalwork and unusual styles of Randy’s necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
The artist started nurturing his passion in high school and then well beyond those formative years. With a mentorship and apprenticeship with master designer Douglas Magnus that lasted almost 20 years and an innate artist’s eye, Randy seamlessly blends the traditional with the contemporary in each of his pieces for jewelry that is timeless.
Randy’s work will be on display and available for purchase at La Fonda on the Plaza, the only hotel on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Old World charm and modern luxuries combine at La Fonda on the Plaza, so don’t be surprised if you decide to stay awhile.
La Fonda on the Plaza — In residence February 2019
Delight in the Fanciful
The work of Andrea Peterson offers an instant, alluring escape from reality. Her paintings bend the mind in the most delightful way as she incorporates figures, patterning, flora and fauna together on canvas. Her colors are both subtle and bold and her skill with the brush is clear as she produces oil painting after oil painting that are clearly one-of-a-kind.
Palace Avenue Arts, in exclusive partnership with Drury Hotels, brings Andrea’s work — and the works of several other exceptional painters, sculptors and photographers — to the Drury Plaza Hotel near downtown Santa Fe.
With a life story that moved her up and down the East Coast, Andrea also has a varied background, with experience in communications, illustration and, obviously, painting. She has exhibited her work both in the United States and abroad.
Palace Avenue Arts at Drury Plaza — In residence through February 2019
The Power of Word and Image
Photographer Tim Wong and calligrapher Akiko Hirano are partners in the creation of a body of work that pair stark and striking black and white images with notable Japanese calligraphy and quotes. The resulting artwork is poised and speaks to any viewer with words of ancient reflection.
Their work will be showcased at Edition ONE Gallery, in the heart of Canyon Road, which specializes in exclusive editions of one from emerging and established artists from Santa Fe and around the world.
Quiet, unpretentious beauty is the essence of the Japanese aesthetic as well as an enduring quality of the American Southwest. Tim and Akiko bring both together at Santa Fe Artists in Residence.
Edition ONE Gallery — In residence January and February 2019
The World Outside Her Door
Barbara Meikle is an artist who paints her environment of Tesuque, New Mexico in all its colorful wonder. She will be present at the Barbara Meikle Fine Art gallery, which provides an intimate environment to view just a few good artists and an eclectic mix of art.
Barbara is an artist from childhood, but grew up to earn painting and printmaking degrees in Denver. Her paintings leave bright and vibrant impressions on us, as well as an undeniable touch of whimsy and fun.
Barbara Meikle Fine Art — In residence through February 2019
A Lyrical Way
Roberta Parry watercolor paintings have a lyrical way about them. There is no other way to describe it as she showcases her absolute affinity for watercolor and the impact of light and color on her work.
They will be perfectly showcased at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado — a secluded refuge in the Land of Enchantment. The scent of piñon woodsmoke often fills the air in this ruggedly beautiful setting of 57 rolling acres in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, yet just minutes from downtown Sante Fe’s shops and galleries. Rancho Encantado is undeniably romantic and the perfect setting for an art- and nature-lover to explore.
Roberta’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows in New Mexico and neighboring states, as well as public spaces in Santa Fe. Parry studied art at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.
Four Seasons Rancho Encantado — In residence January 2019
Her Best Friends
Melinda Silver began her artistic career as an illustrator and graphic designer for print media, and pen and ink were her best friends.
Over the years, she expanded her range of media and artistic styles, and now concentrates on painting with acrylics and with encaustics (hand-prepared oil tints with wax formulations) as she ventures into the abstract, sometimes with vignettes of collage.
Melinda and her work will be present and on display at the Inn of the Governors, an intimate and charmingly authentic southwest-style hotel located in downtown Santa Fe. The Inn is a tranquil destination to be sure, but simply stroll outside the door and you will find yourself walking straight into the heart of Santa Fe’s historic plaza district—a world of enchanting landscape, culture, and history. Some of the city’s best restaurants, museums, shops and landmarks are just blocks away.
Inn of the Governors — In residence through February 2019
A Unique Opportunity in Santa Fe
Not only is Santa Fe Artists in Residence a chance to discover the creative community that makes this city so inviting, you have the opportunity at a one-of-a-kind visit when you enter the Santa Fe Experience Sweepstakes. It includes lodging, ground transportation from Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe, tours, meals, and attractions. Enter now for the opportunity to see and explore Santa Fe in this very special way!