Santa Fe Retirement

If you’re considering a
place to launch
a life in the arts,
Santa Fe is the place.
Santa Fe is now the second largest art market in the United States. If you’re considering a place to launch a life in the arts, Santa Fe is the place. There are so many organizations promoting arts and culture in Santa Fe you’re sure to rub shoulders with this pillar of the community. The tension between preservation and experimentation is the creative vitality of this city. We care as much about where we are going as where we have been.
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Traditions are honored as part of the strength of the community. To survive in an isolated colony people learned to make what they needed, embellish where they could and pass along skills to the next generation. Spanish colonial and Pueblo traditional arts, including pottery, baskets, jewelry, straw inlay, woodcarving, embroidery and devotional painting went from being made for personal and community use to becoming valuable collectibles in the 20th century. Spanish Market and Indian Market are two of Santa Fe’s blockbuster historic markets. No longer isolated, many Native and Hispanic artists freely moved beyond the traditional. Both markets have expanded to include a ‘contemporary’ arts division in the annual events. Once again, the creative force emerged victorious, supporting artistic freedom. For many, moving here means time to integrate career with passion. Live in Santa Fe and you won’t be alone in your creative endeavors.

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When Modernist painter Georgia O’Keeffe made northern New Mexico her home and the landscape her subject, she raised the bar on seeing the Southwest through the timeless eyes of abstraction rather than through its past. She had received national and even international recognition by the time she moved to the southwest. Her success afforded her the opportunity to retire from New York and live in the place that most inspired her work. While widely known for its regional painters (the Museum of Art has an outstanding collection of early 20th century paintings from the Cinco Pintores and Taos Society of Artists), Santa Fe’s growth from provincial art town to 21st century art center is evident in the number of new venues for contemporary art. Educational programs welcome locals into the sometimes unfamiliar zone of video and installation art. It’s easy to be a lifelong learner in Santa Fe – many educational events are free or at least affordable, so even if you are on a budget, you can exercise your brain with more than Sudoku.

Santa Fe Real EstateSITE Santa Fe hosts a Biennial exhibition that brings Santa Feans face to face with international contemporary art and its collectors, along with ARTSanta Fe, an annual art fair that brings together galleries and collectors from around the world. The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is a venue for emerging and acclaimed artists to show their work. It’s an outstanding example of art and government, Santa Fe’s economic wheels, working together. Neighboring one side of the CCA is the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. On the other, is the Santa Fe Armory for the Arts, and the New Mexico National Guard Bataan Memorial Museum, both housed in the old Armory building.

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