The village of Placitas is known for its beauty, hiking trails, winery, and the many artists who live there. Like Corrales, Placitas is known for its artists and art shows. The Placitas Studio Tour takes place every Mother's Day weekend, and is a popular destination for moms and their gift givers. The 19th annual tour takes place May 7 and 8, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What makes this tour unique is the opportunity to visit the artists' studios and places where they do their work. For 2016, 58 artists will open their doors to provide a behind the scenes look at how they create. Sponsored by the Placitas Mountain Craft & Soiree Society, the annual tour will feature local artists and the chance for visitors to see what makes the community so unique.
The artists will display their work at 49 different studios. The wide array of fine arts and crafts will include paintings, wearable art, photography, ceramics, batik, woodworking, glass art, jewelry, mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, mixed media and more. At some of the studios, artists will share the process involved in making their art.
2016 Artists include:
- Karl and Mary Hoffman, stoneware ceramics
- Katherine Christi Wilson, paintings
- Kenneth Erickson, light fixtures and furniture
- Geri Verble, jewelry
- Stephen Feher, metal sculptures
- Gayle Reinhart, glass art
- Lynne Fusco, stained glass
- Erica Wendel-Oglesby, photography
- Robert Patrick Stanley, woodworking
- Nancy and Jon Couch, glass art
Placitas is located in the Sandia Mountains, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The village is known for its landscapes and the wild horses that roam the perimeter of houses. Take I-25 north to the Placitas exit, 242, and take and take a right onto highway 165 to go east into the village.
The tour is well marked with signs which show the way through much of the village. The website contains a map that directs visitors to all the open studios. While it isn't possible to visit all the studios in one day, they are open all weekend, so it's possible to do it in two.
What is it like to take the tour? You'll drive from sign to sign, taking in as many studios as you like. It's a collector's dream, so if you enjoy art and like to have it in your home, be sure to take money in case you buy something. Most artists take cash or check, and some take credit cards. Each home is unique, and provides insights into the artist. Some studios are in the home, and some are in studios. You'll get to meet and talk with the artists about their work, and what inspires them.
The rural village of Placitas is known for its beauty and spectacular views. Nestled in the foothills of the Sandias, it has the nearby mountains in its backyard, and the quiet of country living, away from the city. Placitas in many ways has the best of both worlds in that it has the beauty of New Mexico without the traffic and crowds.
While in Placitas, take a ride up into the Sandias to take a hike. A popular destination is Sandia Man Cave, located along Forest Road 165, which goes to the top of Sandia Crest. Sandia Man Cave was once thought to have been home to an ancient human ancestor, but the ideas has since been disproved. However, the trail is an easy one and goes through beautiful mountain vegetation until it reaches a set of stairs that take you to the cave. It's well worth a visit.
Another place worth visiting is the Anasazi Fields Winery. The winery is open for summer hours during the tour, Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The winery features dry table wines from locally grown apricots, peaches, plums, wild cherries and other fruits. They also produce a red grape wine and several New Mexico grape wines with some of their fruit wines. If you have a chance to visit, be sure to taste their apricot wine.
Learn more about the Placitas Studio Tour.