Santa Fe Art Colony

For today’s visitor, a walk along Canyon Road between Paseo de Peralta and Cristo Rey Church is a walk back through time, on a road of one story structures–authentic adobe architecture interspersed with Spanish Pueblo Revival and American territorial styles. This narrow, winding road with equally narrow sidewalks provides a uniquely intimate and inviting experience for pedestrians.

Centuries-old walled gardens invite visitors into serene courtyards, with dark, cool gallery interiors waiting beyond. Old growth trees shade the streets, and everywhere wildflowers and sage meet the eye, punctuated by latilla coyote fences, hand hewn wooden doors distressed by time and weather, and brightly colored mailboxes. Canyon Road is the perfect living example of authentic Southwest style.

Today, the dozens of galleries which line Canyon Road feature traditional art, art of the American West and contemporary art alongside Native American and Spanish arts and crafts. And while visitors will find a great deal of traditional painting and sculpture here, there are antiques, collectibles, crafts, fiber arts and clothing. And there is a lot of folk art and whimsy. Kinetic sculptures catch the breeze–and the eye–outside one gallery. A life-size stone dog with a biscuit on his nose greets visitors just inside the door of another. And a favorite of many is a jackrabbit the size of Babe the Blue Ox tucked into a tiny courtyard.

Much of Canyon Road’s art is displayed outdoors. Sculpture gardens fill courtyards and run the length of portals up and down the road. Side roads and walks through courtyards lead to more galleries and more sculpture gardens, many revealing hidden treasures! One such gem is the cottage garden reproduction of the one originally planted by Adolph Bandalier in the 19th Century. The centerpiece of this garden is a century-old peony bush. You will find this beautiful little garden behind the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.

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