An art experience like no other.
The following is excerpted from Canyon Road Arts.
The unique mingling of fine art galleries with gracious adobe homes on winding, shaded streets is the essence of Canyon Road's charm. Although it is just blocks from Santa Fe’s busy plaza, Canyon Road’s special quality arises from its history as a rural neighborhood of small farms scattered along an old Indian trail.
Today, Canyon Road is home to more than 130 galleries, boutiques and restaurants in the space of seven short city blocks. Santa Fe is the second largest art market in the country, and the compact, walk-able Canyon Road district includes more than half of the city’s total number of art retailers. The diversity of work shown by this multitude of galleries includes nearly every type of American art. A handful of shops sell historic art, such as the work of the early Taos and Santa Fe art colonies, but most represent living artists. The work ranges from traditional realism and impressionism, to abstraction, expressionism, and contemporary realism. In addition to painting and sculpture, many galleries represent glass, ceramic, jewelry, and fiber artists, and a few sell contemporary and Native arts of the southwest including Indian pottery, rugs, baskets, jewelry and paintings.
How can an out-of-the-way town, with fewer than 70,000 residents support so many galleries? The answer, of course, is that people from all over the country -- and the world -- come to Santa Fe for its phenomenal selection of fine art. Come see for yourself. Canyon Road is not just a cluster of shops at the center of Santa Fe’s artistic community. It is an ancient neighborhood of historic adobe houses, manicured courtyard gardens, and hidden alleys, all interspersed with some of the country's finest art galleries. It is one of the country's most celebrated art districts; an art experience like no other.
A beloved tradition.
From The Santa Fe New Mexican:
Santa Fe's Canyon Road farolito walk is one of our city's most beloved traditions. It starts at dusk each Christmas Eve and brings together thousands of locals and visitors. Remember to dress warmly and wear sensible shoes - especially with recent snows, the streets around Canyon Road are likely to be icy.
One tip to avoiding crowds. Drop by a little later, say around 8 PM, to avoid the crush of people who turn out at dusk. Leave dogs and other pets at home - the crowds can spook even the friendliest of animals. Additionally, because it can be difficult to maneuver strollers in the crush and along uneven streets and sidewalks, it's best to leave them behind.
Then take a deep breath, and lose yourself in the loveliest night of the year.