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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See the Contemporary Side of Santa Fe

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3. What to Do


SITE features work by internationally acclaimed artists; above, Pae White's Still, Untitled, 2010.  

Skip the traditional (and predictable) Canyon Road galleries and instead make your way to the Railyard District, home to a dozen spots that push the local aesthetic beyond Georgia O’Keeffe. Standouts include Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, specializing in minimalist American and European works, and Box Gallery, which exhibits the work of emerging artists. Visit on a Saturday and you can also stroll through the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market at the Market Pavilion, the largest of its kind in the state.

Make a mandatory stop at SITE, a nonprofit art space opened in 1995 and modeled after a European kunsthalle. The place has previously landed big names like Ed Ruscha, Andy Goldsworthy, and Jenny Holzer; new chief curator and director Irene Hofmann is known from her time at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore for bold, collaborative shows. Next up is "Material Mutters," an exhibition of Pae White’s large-scale tapestries, starting June 18.

Take a break from looking at art to make some of your own at Liquid Light Glass, a studio and gallery where you can take beginner-level courses ($150 per hour) and take home whatever you create. If handling molten glass isn’t your thing, count on the experts at the Santa Fe Traveler to find the perfect hands-on pottery, painting, cooking, or photography class for you. These former hotel concierges and travel insiders craft bespoke experiences at remarkably reasonable rates (one-day/one-night recommendation and reservation service: $55; two days for $95).


Published on May 26, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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