High on Art
If you really like art and want to meet artists, check out one of the Art Studio Tours held in the fall in the region. Artists spend months preparing their best work, and then open their doors to visitors. Wares range from pottery and paintings to furniture and woodcarvings to ristras and dried-flower arrangements. The most notable tour is the High Road Studio Art Tour (www.highroadnewmexico.com) in mid- to late September. If you're not in the region during that time, watch the newspapers (such as the Santa Fe New Mexican's Friday edition "Pasatiempo") for notices of other art-studio tours. Good ones are held in Galisteo (in mid-Oct; www.galisteostudiotour.com); Abiquiu (early Sept; www.abiquiustudiotour.org); El Rito (mid-Oct; www.elritolibrary.org/studiotour.html); and Dixon (early Nov; www.dixonarts.org). If you're not here during those times, you can still visit many of the galleries listed on the websites.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.