“Art Matters | Santa Fe” Features over 27 Art and Exhibition Events in Galleries, including Artist and Panel Discussion and Lectures

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The Santa Fe Gallery Association will sponsor over 27 artist and panel discussions as well as lectures hosted in more than 17 different Santa Fe galleries and museums during the first annual “Art Matters | Santa Fe” to be held on the weekends of October 18-20 and 25-27, 2013. The complete list of participating galleries, events and speakers can be found on http://www.SantaFeGalleryAssociation.org.

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The Santa Fe Gallery Association will sponsor over 27 artist and panel discussions as well as lectures hosted in more than 17 different Santa Fe galleries and museums during the first annual Art Matters | Santa Fe to be held on the weekends of October 18-20 and 25-27, 2013. The complete list of participating galleries, events and speakers can be found on http://www.SantaFeGalleryAssociation.org.

The in-gallery events of “Art Matters | Santa Fe”, hosted by individual galleries and museums and sponsored by the Santa Fe Gallery Association, will feature the diversity of artwork in Santa Fe as well as critical discussions and lectures regarding the specific artists and art historical time periods presented by the host galleries. These events, intended to focus on the galleries, their artists and curatorial programs, will appeal to collectors and art enthusiasts as well as academics and historians and will showcase the depth and expertise of Santa Fe gallery collections and owners respectively. The artwork ranges from contemporary abstraction and figuration, modern masters and French Impressionists, film, installations and interactive presentations to historic and twentieth-century Native American art, Japanese Samurai warrior armor and Japanese painting. The participating galleries include: A Gallery, Adobe Gallery, Casweck Galleries, Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, David Richard Gallery, Evoke Contemporary, Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery, LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard, Matthews Gallery, New Concept Gallery, Pippin Contemporary, Jane Sauer Gallery, The Ellsworth Gallery, Turner Carroll Gallery, Winterowd Fine Art and Zane Bennett Contemporary. Additional events and participating galleries will follow in subsequent communications.

Santa Fe is one of the most distinctive cultural destinations in America, featuring over 200 world-class art galleries and more than a dozen museums presenting acclaimed exhibitions throughout the year. The art galleries are located in three distinct areas—Canyon Road, Downtown and the Railyard—all within two square miles, connected one to the other and accessible on foot or by car. The art scene in this small city is multi-dimensional and wide-ranging. Santa Fe became the first U.S. city to be chosen by UNESCO as a Creative City, one of only nine cities in the world to hold this designation.

Proudly embracing over 400 years of a rich, multi-cultural heritage, Santa Fe is equally unique and rare in its enthusiastic embracing of new and challenging art, while cherishing its traditions and cultural heritage. The city holds the reputation as an eminent center for contemporary and modern art as well as traditional and historic, each flourishing and adding to the narrative and part of the evolution of art and culture in this vibrant city. Santa Fe has been a haven for artists who have and continue to come to experience the abundant light, clear skies, open landscapes and cultural freedom. Northern New Mexico has attracted notable artists from Georgia O’Keeffe, Andrew Dasburg, Raymond Jonson and Louis Ribak to Agnes Martin, Ken Price, Bruce Nauman and Judy Chicago. It has and continues to be home for important Native artists from Maria Martinez, Fritz Scholder, Luis Jiménez and Allan Houser to Dan Namingha and Tammy Garcia.

Collectors of fine art will find a sophisticated art experience with professional and friendly galleries, many with critical programing and museum quality exhibitions, each featuring a wide range of art—cutting edge, digital and new media, contemporary painting and sculpture, glass, ceramics and textiles as well as traditional, Western, Native American, Spanish Colonial and historically significant modern artwork. The gallery programing promotes connoisseurship, education and creating a positive experience, whether for a seasoned collector or recent enthusiast.

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