Went up the high road to Taos for some more gallery hopping. Another place with over 100 galleries; far too much to see it all. My last visit there was about 25 years ago.
The Plaza was disappointing and had only shops with tourists in mind. Little art was to be seen there. Just off the plaza I found a couple of co-ops with local artists.
On Kit Carson Road I hit the jackpot finding several nice galleries with excellent fine art. Galleries of note were Total Arts, Parsons, and Mission Gallery. I really liked the landscape paintings in those galleries.
Stopped for lunch at the tiny Mexican run La Cueva Café. Had the Enchiladas Nueva Mexicana with salsa verde; then treated myself to Key Lime pie for desert. Both were mouth watering delicious.
I strolled around some side streets enjoying the narrow walkways and old adobe buildings; occasionally peeking into the little boutiques and shops. Amazing how many called themselves galleries regardless of what they were selling.
Another nice find was Act 1 Gallery which featured up and coming artists. It had some very good artwork at reasonable prices. Also, the restored murals in the old courthouse were enjoyed. Other places like artist studios, historic sites, parks, and the native Taos Pueblo were skipped.
Museums, and famous studios like the Fechin, and the Blumenschein house and studio I had seen on my last visit. There were also the Harwood Museum of Art and the Millicent Rogers Museum which will have to wait for another time.
Prior to visiting Taos, I camped next to the Rio Grande at Orilla Verde south of town. Now called Rio Grande Norte National Monument-Lower Gorge. A sweet spot overlooking the river with only one other camper there.
Camp: Orilla Verde – Arroyo Hondo CG
Scene: Museums, galleries, shops, historic buildings, river