Engaging art pieces are easy to come by in the Land of Enchantment. Whether you’re on the hunt for a fresh contemporary composition or an authentic Pueblo fetish, these diverse galleries promise extensive offerings for avid collectors.
Enchanted Circle Pottery
This studio and gallery combo is located on scenic U.S. Highway 64 in the Taos Canyon. Artists Kevin and JoAnne DeKeuster own and operate the venue, which has established a reputation for supplying locals with wood-fired pottery and sculpture pieces. Each of the functional pieces is dishwasher and microwave safe and is lead-free so you can safely use the items in your home to enhance your dining experience. What makes Enchanted Circle Pottery unique is that the couple constructs all of its wares with an ancient Japanese wood-firing process. The ash from the burning wood touches the ceramics when they are in the kiln, resulting in an iridescent color on the finished piece.
Keshi the Zuni Connection
Not only is Santa Fe the capital of the state, it also serves as a thriving artistic hub that attracts serious art collectors both near and far. One of the most reputable galleries in the city is Keshi the Zuni Connection. The establishment gets its name from the gallery’s close ties with the Zuni Pueblo. It first opened its doors in 1981 as a co-op for Zuni arts and crafts. Since then, it has continued to provide art collectors with one of the largest selections of Zuni fetishes around the world. Besides fetishes, the gallery also has traditional Zuni-style Petit Point turquoise jewelry, as well as pottery, available for purchase.
Another Santa Fe gem, EVOKE Contemporary holds its own within the context of the Arts and Museum District, which is known for its plethora of established galleries. The venue boasts an array of exhibitions and events spotlighting both local and international artists. Per the website, the showroom’s goal is to “provide collectors with the excitement of early acquisitions by up-and-coming artists, as well as that of mature talent in contemporary art.” To this end, the gallery features works from landscape painters Francis Di Fronzo and Lynn Boggess. Collectors can also peruse figurative paintings and sculptures from artists such as Kristine Poole, Lee Price, Aron Wiesenfeld and Kent Williams. It also sponsors annual events throughout the year, such as the “E.A.T.: Edible Art Tour,” to further engage the community.
Based in San Patricio, the Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery houses the artistic works of the Wyeth-Hurd family. Pay the gallery a visit to peruse oil and water color landscape pieces from Michael Hurd and witness the floral and still-life oil paintings of Henriette Wyeth-Hurd, whose work earned her the reputation of one of the 20th century’s greatest female painters. Fine-art connoisseurs should also check out the sketches N.C. Wyeth published in Scribner’s “Illustrated Classics,” which portray a glimpse of daily life in America. The gallery offers both prints and originals to purchase, depending on which pieces with which you’re seeking to augment your collection.
Stop by one or more of these quality galleries to expand your cultural sensibilities and add to your personal arsenal of art objects.
This article is presented by Rich Ford in Albuquerque, New Mexico.