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Come celebrate the 27th Annual El Rito Studio Tour. Hidden in plain sight is a small community embraced by the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where residents have lived quietly for generations cultivating lives that foster independence. Fifty miles north of Santa Fe, just 12 miles off Hwy 84, El Rito has both traditional and contemporary media including sculpture, pottery, weaving, welding, tin and iron work, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, Spanish Colonial furniture and carving, and musical instruments.
Twenty stops, including two on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and one on the New Mexico Potter’s Trail, will display the work of more than 40 artisans in the setting in which it was created.
The tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6.
Visitors to the tour will be able to view a variety of art, from local village arts and crafts to contemporary artwork. Artists include renowned santero Nicholas Herrera, photographer David Michael Kennedy, musician Cipriano Vigil, realist landscape painter Jurgen Wilms, as well as many other established artists such as potter Barbara Campbell, mixed media artist Julie Wagner, Vanderbrook Studios offering prints, paintings, pottery, and sculpture, New to the tour this year are: Jan Bachman, a painter; Tom Kumpf, a nationally recognized, award-winning photographer, writer, and poet whose work has appeared in news publications and in exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and the former USSR; Kolleen Martinsen Grenier, a dancer currently expressing herself through a Flamenco Dancer series of paintings; Karen Sexton, a painter; Mike Sutton, a painter; and michaelm, a guitarist performing at Barbara Campbell’s studio.
Northern New Mexico College will host the Mercado, a venue open to all ages and communities.
They also open three departments for the tour: Fiber Arts, Spanish Colonial Furniture, and Retablos. Local musicians will be entertaining on campus as well.
The El Rito Library will host its “Death by Chocolate” fundraiser. The El Rito Quilters Guild will be selling quilts, pillows, art dolls, draw string bags. Proceeds from the tour fund the library’s general operating expenses.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. The college cafe will be open to the public. In the village, El Farolito will be cooking their famous chile, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, rellenos and Frito pies.
The tour is small enough that visitors can see each studio.
The El Rito Studio Tour is fiscally sponsored by Luciente, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and partially funded by the Rio Arriba County Lodger’s Tax Fund.
For more information and full map elritostudiotour.org.