Nationally known artist Diana Bryer pays tribute to the history and culture of northern New Mexico in her bright, colorful, and often humorous paintings and notecards. In doing so, Diana draws upon the inspiration of folklore, songs, and traditions. These she mixes with those of other cultures and religions throughout the world to produce something which is somehow simultaneously uniquely New Mexican and universal in its message of tolerance, love, and harmony. Come see Diana`s Gypsy Caravan.
The fine arts studio of Ellen Chavez de Leitner offers both visual arts and music. Visitors have a chance to see, learn about, and buy the work of a family of award-winning local artists who also exhibit annually in the Santa Fe Traditional Spanish Market. At the home studio you can find retablos (traditional New Mexican images of saints), affordable reproductions, notecards with prints of Ellen’s retablos, lithographs, and CD’s featuring musicians of the family. They offer retablo painting workshops to locals and visitors, and demonstrations to tour groups, as well as music lessons and concerts of classical music at the studio and other venues. Ellen’s family, who have lived in Chimayó for ten generations, take pride in continuing traditions, and welcome you to visit. Call or e-mail to arrange a visit, lessons, chamber music session, or workshop.
Chimayó native Carlos Santos (Charles) Ortiz has been painting the beauty of northern New Mexico for forty years. His oil and watercolor paintings can be found in galleries and private homes throughout New Mexico and in such places as the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol.
Studio Tour available by appointment.
Since 2001, artist Debbie Denison and photographer Liz Gold have been portraying in paintings and photographs the beautiful and sacred landscape of Chimayó and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Both were called to artistic creation when illness made it impossible for them to hold regular jobs. They consider all of their works gifts of the spirit. They offer many beautiful images of the Santuario and other sacred places, Pueblo life, and everyday life in Northern New Mexico.
acequia madre (ah·SAY·kee·ah MAH·dray)--the main irrigation canal. In arid New Mexico, it is the source, the giver of life.
acequia madres--acequia mothers. We open the gates of our acequia, which brings life to our apple, pear, and cherry trees. And we open the gates of our life spring, the creative source from which our efforts flow.