Go RAD! Take the free Railyard Arts District tour

Art tourism is growing throughout the USA. Galleries spring up, art districts are born and the tourists arrive. Santa Fe has been a draw for artists and art lovers for over a century. It’s been touted as “the third largest market” in the country. The city boasts over 200 galleries. While many travelers to The City Different know about the Canyon Road Galleries, they may not know that a growing number of contemporary art galleries call the revitalized Railyard District home. Contemporary galleries in the area have banded together to form the Railyard Arts District (RAD) to bring people to the area their website calls “Santa Fe’s premier destination for focused regional and international contemporary art.”

Santa Fe Railyard Arts District Steve Collins

The tour meets under the Railyard water tower, photo/Steve Collins

USA Today’s 10 Best called it one of the top 10 art districts in the country, but if you didn’t know about RAD, you’re not alone. To promote the area to both locals and visitors, RAD’s forward-thinking gallery owners are offering a free tour on Saturdays at 1pm. The two-hour walk meets under the Railyard water tower at the north end of the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Guides are Tom Gallegos of True New Mexico and Santa Fe Travelers’ Steve Collins.

Santa Fe Railyard Arts District

EVOKE Contemporary, photo/courtesy EVOKE Contemporary

The Railyard Arts District tour is a great opportunity to get a look at these art houses and learn about them from their knowledgable staff. Participating galleries (Evoke Contemporary, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, James Kelly Contemporary, LewAllen Galleries, Photo-Eye Gallery, William Siegal Gallery, Tai Modern, and SITE Santa Fe) are housed in spacious, warehouse-like spaces within easy walking distance of each other. You’ll find works by some of the leading names in contemporary art as well as emerging talents.

Santa Fe Railyard Arts District

Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Photo/K Erickson

When the tour is over you can return to the galleries that interested you for more exploration. Maybe you’ll find an exciting addition to your collection or even buy your first piece of serious art.

In addition to the new Saturday Railyard Arts District tour, the galleries host the Last Friday Art Walk, and SITE Santa Fe, known a renown cutting-edge museum, offers Free Fridays.

Santa Fe Railyard Arts District

William Siegal Gallery, photo/Mark Kane

Want a souvenir of your RAD tour? After it ends, head back to Evoke Contemporary where there’s an innovative Instagram promotion going on. Pose for their Instagram site in one of their caps and you get to keep it.

Take advantage of the free Saturday afternoon Railyard Arts District Tour. You’ll get a fascinating introduction to the area’s galleries and the people who run them. It’s a great way to spend a summer afternoon in Santa Fe.

If you go:

Where: Railyard Arts District Tour under the Railyard water tower
When: Saturdays through September at 1pm.
How long: Two hours
How much: Free

For further information or to arrange a private tour contact either Steve Collins at Santa Fe Travelers at (505) 474-4155 or info@santafetravelers.net or Tom Gallegos at (505) 577-2980 or   nmtourguide@gmail.com.


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8 Responses to “Go RAD! Take the free Railyard Arts District tour”

  1. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru
    July 12, 2019 at 11:16 pm #

    Opportunities to visit a cluster of galleries such as this one are such a great way to introduce or reacquaint the visitor with the breadth and scope of what’s on offer. Santa Fe’s art scene is so well regarded, and this district looks like a fun place to hang out (and maybe even spend a few bucks).

    • Billie Frank
      July 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

      The Railyard district is up-and-coming and a definite place to check out whether you live here or are visiting. The RAD galleries should be on any art-lovers list and the tour is a great way to visit them.

  2. Paula McInerney
    July 12, 2019 at 11:26 pm #

    Love art and so a movement like RAD is a very good thing.

    • Billie Frank
      July 13, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

      I think it’s great that the galleries are working together to promote the Railyard art scene!

  3. Irene S. Levine
    July 13, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    What a lovely setting, both inside and out! Hope I get their soon for Steve’s guided tour!

  4. Carole Terwilliger Meyers
    July 14, 2019 at 5:23 pm #

    I heard about the art galleries in Santa Fe’s Railyard District when I was there years ago but didn’t get a chance to explore. It looks very interesting and I’ll definitely devote time to it next time I am in town.

    • Billie Frank
      July 14, 2019 at 7:04 pm #

      While there were some galleries years ago, over the last few years, a number of contemporary galleries relocated to the Railyard. It’s a very vital scene now.

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