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Along the Pojoaque River Valley of Northern New Mexico in September, the cottonwood trees begin to reveal their brilliant changing colors and the local artists of the valley share their prolific creations with art lovers from near and far, offering a weekend of color, experience, inspiration, and an intimate glimpse into their creative environments.
The Pojoaque River Art Tour will celebrate its 20th Anniversary beginning with a special reception, 5-8 p.m. Friday, at the Than Povi Gallery (next to Gabriel’s Restaurant in Cuyamungue).
This event is free and open to the public and will feature a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and Native American dances. The art tour will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21-22 where art enthusiasts are welcomed into the artists’ homes, studios and galleries.
The Pojoaque River Art Tour, known for its tri-cultural nature, quality of art and variety of its exhibitors, includes approximately 19 studios featuring 33 artists. The tour takes visitors through artists’ creative nests in the traditional communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita, El Rancho, and Nambé. Stop No. 1 is Than Povi Gallery where a group of talented artists will be featured. Visitors will travel through eclectic and lovely old farming communities as they head north, a wonderful opportunity for a bike or auto adventure on a fall weekend.
The journey through the Pojoaque River Art Tour can be navigated in a single day. Art enthusiasts will be rewarded with a wide array of paint and print styles including contemporary and traditional oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, Sumi-e, watercolor, egg tempera, gouache and pastel.
Artists will also unveil original works in photography, jewelry, sculpture, ironwork, textiles, wood-turning, glass, weaving and ceramics.
Some artists will be involved in works-in-progress and provide demonstrations. Sumi-e artist, William Preston, began his painting career by selling bullfight ink drawings in Mexico City. Now at 83 years and after winning national art competitions and illustrating books, he continues to express his artistic passion by creating Sumi-e New Mexico landscapes.
Preston and his wife, Marianne Hornbuckle, are the original founders of the Pojoaque River Art Tour.
Hornbuckle is a full-time painter and creates detailed figurative sculpture. “I am pleased that the tour has become part of this diverse community and that all cultures have shared in its success,” Hornbuckle said.
Tour maps are available at Santa Fe hotels, the Than Povi Gallery, Pojoaque businesses and may be downloaded from the website, pojoaqueriverarttour.com.
Look for the black/white banners and yellow wooden highway signs. Maps are also available at the artists’ studios.