Come celebrate the 31st 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 and creativity.
Fifty miles north of Santa Fe, just 12 miles off Hwy 84, El Rito is teeming with talent in both traditional and contemporary media including weaving, welding, tin and iron work, retablos, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, furniture and carvings, and musical instruments.
Eighteen stops, including one on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and one on the New Mexico Potter’s Trail, will display the work of over 40 artisans in the setting in which it was created. Visitors to the tour will be delighted by the variety of art, from local village arts and crafts to fine and contemporary artwork.
Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy a stroll in the crisp fall weather and work up an appetite. The El Rito Library will host its scrumptious “Death by Chocolate” fundraiser. The El Rito Quilters Guild will be selling quilts, pillows, art dolls, and drawstring bags with proceeds going to the Library. In the village, El Farolito will be cooking their famous chile, enchiladas, burritos, tamales, rellenos, and frito pies. The Mercado will be in full swing this year, a venue open to all ages and communities. Local musicians will be entertaining at the library as well as at the studios.