If you like art in any form- paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving- I recommend you plan a trip to northeast New Mexico to visit Santa Fe and Taos .
Of course, you may need to wait until New Mexico further relaxes its pandemic precautions. Their COVID-19 response has been aggressive but successful in minimizing disease and death.
“the focus on science may be the biggest factor in New Mexico’s resilience… the state has been “very proactive at implementing science-based decisions.”
Dr. Scrase adds that “it’s really exciting to have a governor who values science and evidence.” Reopening decisions did take economic interests into account, he notes, but ultimately, they were driven by data about health and safety. “I’m really proud of that,” ( quote in the article from New Mexico’s Secretary of Human Services)
You will be able to visit gallery after gallery, shop after shop for days on end, and still not see them all. If you arrive by air your art tour will start right at the airport which is small but sets the tone for what you will see during your stay.
As you step outside the terminal you will be greeted by the bronze statue Reverence by artist David Pearson. As described in an art guide,
“Hers is a pose of prayer, of openness to powers beyond all understanding,.. Her ancient gesture is transformed into one of welcome and benefaction in her perfect placement at the Santa Fe airport. “
Taos- city and the pueblo
Taos too is an art mecca both within the town and also at the Taos Pueblo, which is also a must see for those interested in Native American history and culture. At the pueblo, tribe members display and sell handmade arts and crafts.
As you travel around both cities and the surrounding areas, you don’t have to look for the art- it will find you.