One of the main things visitors want to see when they are in Santa Fe is Canyon Road. Lined with galleries and quaint adobe homes, Canyon Road is a major draw. You can find high end art, decorator items for your home and even stop in a quaint cafe for a cup of coffee.
Friday Night Openings
One of my favorite times to visit Canyon Road is during one of the Friday evening gallery opening events. The openings usually run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Some of the galleries (Manitou and Meyer) serve wine and others offer sparkling water, fruit and cookies. Friday evenings are a good time to relax and explore some of the new art on Canyon Road.
It is also a place to see and be seen. Locals dress up in casually elegant garb, put on some of their best Native American jewelry and often sit for an hour in front of a gallery sipping wine and talking to friends. The street takes on a festive atmosphere.
Be prepared to walk a bit during these Friday events. You’ll want to go gallery to gallery to see what is being offered. Parking can be an issue to going early is recommended. If you are staying downtown at one of the historic hotels, you are in luck. Canyon Road is within walking distance. The Inn on the Alameda is the closest, right at the base of Canyon Road.While you are walking Canyon Road be sure and stop in to see Manitou Gallery, my favorite. They offer an eclectic range of excellent paintings and have a room of interesting Native American jewelry. They are located at 225 Canyon Road.
Finding Friday Openings
If you are not on the gallery mailing lists, the best way to find out about openings is to pick up a copy of Pasatiempo, and insert for the Friday Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. The gallery association website also maintains a list of openings. They also provide a handy printable map of gallery locations.
Canyon Road Galleries
Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose