The journey through the Pojoaque Valley’s inspired ambiance can be navigated in a single day. The 2016 tour included twenty-nine artists within the scope of 17 stops.
As they follow the tour, art-watchers will be rewarded with a wide array of media including, digital art, drawing, fiber art, jewelry and metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, photography, pottery and ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking. Some artists will be involved in works-in-progress and provide demonstrations.
Casa del Rancho is the first stop and hosts the Tour’s Opening Reception and Silent Auction on Friday evening, September 15th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The auction continues all day Saturday and Sunday.
On open tour days, follow the yellow directional signs with the familiar black crow logo, off Hwy 502, and obtain maps at individual artist’s studios during the tour. www.pojoaqueriverarttour.com
Occupied since the 14th century, San Ildefonso Pueblo is one of the best known of the New Mexico living pueblos. San Ildefonso and the Spanish mission there have been sites of both conflict and rebuilding during a turbulent period in the histories of the peoples of New Mexico. Today, the pueblo is a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places, recognized for its historical and cultural significance and its important role in the revival of Pueblo ceramics. Located at the foot of Black Mesa, about 24 miles north of Santa Fe, the pueblo is characterized by its adobe buildings, ceremonial kivas, a central plaza, and a replica of the mission period church.
Today the pueblo is an artist community and welcomes visitors. Artisans at San Ildefonso have built upon and expanded from the traditions revived by Maria Martinez in the early 20th century. The pueblo’s feast day is January 23, where the traditional dances are performed during the day. In addition to visiting Mission San Ildefonso, visitors can stop by the visitor center, shops, and the museum that displays Martinez’s work. San Ildefonso Pueblo is south of Española, New Mexico, on NM 502.
The pueblo can be visited daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please call 505-455-3549 for further information.