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Tour exposes visitors to a variety of art styles

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The 17th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour also takes pilgrims through Nambe, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho

By Special to the Monitor

It’s September, which means that local artists once again will share their prolific gifts with local art lovers, offering two days of color, beauty, inspiration, humor and an intimate glimpse into their creative environments.
Migrate through the Pojoaque River Valley north of Santa Fe and view the varied habitats of the artists — native, introduced, fledglings, endangered, old, wise and rare birds as well. Artist-watchers are invited to the 17th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18-19.
The Pojoaque River Art Tour, known for its tri-cultural nature, professionalism and the quality, freshness and variety of its exhibitors, includes 19 studios and more than 30 artists and artisans.
Located approximately 16 miles north of Santa Fe, the tour takes visitors through artists’ creative havens in the Pueblo of Pojoaque, along County road 84 (which parallels N.M. 502 to Los Alamos) and through the traditional communities of Pojoaque, Jacona, Jaconita and El Rancho.
 Visitors travel through the old farming community of Pojoaque, as well as Nambé.
The journey through Pojoaque can still be navigated in a day. As they follow the tour, art pilgrims will be rewarded with a wide array of paint and print styles and media, including contemporary and traditional oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, assemblage, monotypes, Sumi-e, water color, gouache and pastel and book arts.
Artist and artisans will also unveil original works in photography, jewelry, sculpture, ironwork, weaving and ceramics. Some will be involved in works-in-progress and provide demonstrations.
For more information visit www.pojoaoqueriverarttour.com. Tour maps are available at Santa Fe hotels and bed and breakfasts and maps and displays picturing representative works at studios can be found at the Pojoaque Pueblo Visitor Center, off Hwy. 285/84.
They can also be found at the El Rancho Community Center, off N.M. 502. Visitors can follow the road signs and obtain maps at artists’ studios.
Seniors at the El Rancho Community Center will sell Frito pies and refreshments.
There are a few local restaurants along the route that include: El Paragua, O Eating House and the Sopaipilla Factory.