Fine Arts, Studio Tours & Events

In New Mexico, also known as the State of the Arts, there are more working artists, open studios, artist owned galleries, Fine Art galleries, specialty and artisan oriented shops, well you get the idea, than any other state in the union per capita. Our artistic tradition began over 2,000 years ago with the Paleo Indians. In fact an entire type of arrow head and flint knapping technology is named after the eastern New Mexico town of Clovis where they were first discovered.

From the dynamic Puebloan cultures to our Hispanic heritage through the colonial period to the beginning of contemporary Arts with the arrival of Georgia O'keeffe New Mexico's reputation for Fine Art and individual expression is unparalleled.

Whitehawk Antique Show

An annual antique show with more than 150 dealers, featuring Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental, Indonesian, and other ethnographic art from around the world. The energy is high and the pace leisurely, so browse and enjoy yourself.  The dealers are passionate about what they do and are happy to share their expertise.  A world of knowledge is yours for the asking!

Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

The Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival is Santa Fe's only museum-quality Indian art show and sale. More than 200 Native American artists participate, each of whom is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. Many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum's permanent collection. Participating artists represent a wide range of tribes and pueblos, as well as a wide range of art forms, from traditional to contemporary. There is also an Emerging Artist section to showcase new talent.

Silver City Clay Festival

The Silver City Clay Festival celebrates the humble material of clay in all its forms of adobe, brick, pottery, and tile throughout New Mexico’s history. The festival showcases nationally known clay artists conducting workshops and demonstrations.  Renowned lecturers in the fields of archaeology, indigenous cultures, ceramics and local history share their perspectives on the various roles that clay has played in society.

High Road Art Tour Taos

Each fall in northern New Mexico artists on the High Road to Taos open their studios and galleries for the High Road Art Tour. The tour allows visitors to see multiple arts and crafts, traditional and contemporary, created by local artists. Visitors have an opportunity to meet and purchase unique, one of a kind pieces of art directly from these artists. Many of the studios are open year-round, and some only during the tour.

Rio Grande Arts and Crafts festival

“...This juried show features the work of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.”

Every October thousands of shoppers from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which takes place at the same time as Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This juried show features the work of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.  The people of Albuquerque recognize the show by the landmark ‘Big White Tent’ – These soaring white peaks span one full acre of space. Crowds of shoppers return year after year to experience an art festival under a hot air balloon dotted sky, bustling with 280 talented exhibitors from all over the map. In addition to a fantastic juried artist lineup and lively crowds, the festival features entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, good eats, artist demonstrations, complimentary activities for kids, and samples of food and wine!

For its 26th year, the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival is picking up its huge tent and moving it to a fabulous new location, the 17 acre racetrack infield at Expo New Mexico!  This well-known location offers easy access from I-40, less Balloon Fiesta traffic, visibility from Louisiana Blvd, and an expansion of the festival’s parking lot by nearly double. And, Grande Pass and Festival Pass holders will enjoy free return parking!  The festival will make a grand entrance, with active horse races surrounding the event and a stunning panoramic view of the Sandia Mountains.

More Information

For more information about the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals call us at (505) 292-7457.