Native American and Southwestern
Blue Rain Gallery (130 Lincoln Ave., Ste. D, 505/954-9902, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.) showcases contemporary work from pueblo residents and beyond. In particular, see Tammy Garcia’s modern takes on traditional Santa Clara pottery forms—she sometimes renders bowls in blown glass or applies the geometric decoration to jewelry.
If you’re a “pot head,” go straight to Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery (100 W. San Francisco St., 505/986-1234, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun.), where only the finest Native American plates, bowls, and figurines are on display—some are antique, such as works by San Ildefonso innovator María Martinez, and others are new and edgy in style. Pieces can run well into the thousands of dollars, but it’s a treat to see these works up close and not behind glass.
Near Canyon Road, Gerald Peters (1011 Paseo de Peralta, 505/954-5700, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.) has a bit of everything: 19th- and 20th-century American painters, Taos Society of Artists members, obligatory bronze sculptures of cowboys, and even a very solid stable of contemporary artists, which all tend toward the figurative. The space is so big that several shows are going on at any given time—you’re sure to find a room that suits you.
Along with Gerald Peters, Nedra Matteuci Galleries (1075 Paseo de Peralta, 505/982-4631, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat.) is the other gigantic art dealer in town. The selection here runs more toward art of the American West, with Taos painters Ernest Blumenschein and Victor Higgins on the roster. Even if that’s not your scene, the one-acre sculpture garden out back is a treat.
© Zora O'Neill from Moon Santa Fe, Taos & Albuquerque, 2nd edition