Locals love to tell visitors to "take the high road." The reason is because the route from Española north to Taos through the winding roads among high mountain villages is one of the …
By Tempo staff
Locals love to tell visitors to "take the high road." The reason is because the route from Española north to Taos through the winding roads among high mountain villages is one of the best ways to fall in love with New Mexico's scenic wonders. That maxim holds even more meaning at this time of year when the annual High Road Art Tour gives visitors and locals a chance to get out and take a cruise through the early fall landscapes to view some of the creative wonders at several stops along the way.
Art lovers never tire of the annual tour which takes place over two weekends: this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 21-22) and Sept. 28-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along the 55 miles of country road, artists live and work in altitudes between 6,000 and 8,500 feet, tucked away in ancient villages, creating their traditional and contemporary works in beauty and serenity. In this, the 22nd annual tour, artists along the road open the doors to dozens of studios and galleries when the mountains display the brilliant colors of autumn.
The High Road Artisans organization was created to enhance the economic viability of the artists and artisans of the rural communities along the High Road to Taos. This nonprofit was developed by and has continuously been run by working artists of the area. Many of the tour artists are widely known nationally and internationally and exhibit in galleries and museums throughout the country and abroad, as well as at the renowned Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
From Chimayó on the south to Vadito and beyond on the north, many art forms are represented, including weavings, retablos, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, sculpture, pottery and photography.
Brochures with photos and maps are available from tourist information centers, hotels and B&Bs as well as at the artists' sites. They may also be printed from the website, highroadnewmexico.com, where additional information about the High Road area is also available.
High Road Artisans announces High Road App
New Mexico High Road Artisans have announced that the free High Road Art Trail mobile app is now available. "The app accurately reflects the stunning beauty of our scenery, art and culture on the High Road," said Lisa Trujillo, board president at High Road Artisans.
The app introduces this groundbreaking effort to bring year-round access to many of the artists and experiences found on the High Road.
"We realize that many of our artists are producing works of art all year, but may be harder to access beyond tour weekends. With the app you can learn more about them and their work, through images, videos and text. If you choose, you can reach out to them via email or phone by the touch of a button. You can easily get maps and directions to their studios and galleries. The app also brings places to eat, sleep and visit to your fingertips as well," an announcement reads.
"There are a lot of great things around here we want to share with the public," said Chuck Jones, an artist on the tour who developed the app. "We want the app to be the place to go to learn about and experience the High Road."
The free High Road Trail App is available on Android at Google Play, and for the Apple platform it will soon be on the App Store.
For more information, contact Lisa Trujillo at (505) 351-2180 or info@.highroadnewmexico.com.
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