This fall, Eldorado artists celebrate thirty years of creative community by opening their studios to the public during the Eldorado Studio Tour.
Eldorado Studio Tour
reception: September 23, 5-7 pm at the preview gallery
September 24–25, 10 am-5 pm
The community of Eldorado, Santa Fe is home to a plethora of artists and fine craftspeople. One weekend per year, the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association hosts the annual Eldorado Studio Tour. The roads bloom with flags, signs, and banners which help visitors find and visit artists’ studios. Being able to meet the artist in person, in their creative “natural habitats,” adds a special dimension to collecting art.
The artists also look forward to interacting with visitors. Painter Susan Faust, a first-time participant in the 2021 tour, says, “After working alone in my studio day after day, it was a real joy to have people show up at my door from all over the country. I met wonderful people and had the pleasure of talking about and selling my art to new collectors.” Sculptor and weaver Cindy Bass agrees: “The studio tour is a great way to connect with people who get pleasure from viewing and talking about art.”
Eldorado’s first tour was in 1992 and included twenty-five artists. They are now celebrating their 30th tour with eighty-one artists showing in sixty-two studios. Artists of every medium participate in the studio tour, and the quality is consistently high. As gourd artist Donna Sherry Boggins (Ageless Art Studio) describes it, “A few years ago, when we made the move from Southern California to Eldorado, little did we know that we were embarking on a delightful adventure into this amazing art scene! To this day, I am humbled by the level of talent and creative diversity found in this beautiful artist enclave.”
Since moving to Eldorado, Donna has become very active in the tour and has co-chaired the tour’s preview gallery for several years. Located at the Eldorado Community Center, the preview gallery features works by each artist. This helps visitors select which studios they want to visit. A brochure with a map of the studios is available for pick up, and works in the preview gallery are available for purchase.
The community of Eldorado has always been supportive of the tour, and the EACA returns that support. At the end of the tour, each artist is invited to contribute 5% of their sales (up to a limit of $75) to the EACA, which uses that money to support various community activities. In past years, EACA has contributed more than $30,000 to organizations such as the library, the fire department, the senior center, school art programs, and 285 Recycles.
Studios are open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. The preview gallery remains open all weekend from 9 am to 5 pm at the Eldorado Community Center, 1 Hacienda Loop, Santa Fe.