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Andrew Smith Gallery
122 Grant Avenue
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 984 1234

After admiring Alfred Stieglitz's black-and-white photographs at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum head next door and pick up your own print at Andrew Smith. This is Smith's second location; his first, on West San Francisco, has been selling world-class original photography since 1995 (203 W. San Francisco). In both locations you'll find stunning works by Stieglitz—his The Hand of Man, which depicts a stream train barreling out of a depot, is priced at $110,000—as well as one of the largest Ansel Adams collections in the world. There are also newer works by the likes of Annie Leibovitz (check out the shot of a wrinkled Willie Nelson); Herman Leonard (a massive print of Billie Holiday), and Miguel Gandert, a New Mexican who specializes in native cultures.

Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Canyon Road

This lovely lane is one of the oldest roads in Santa Fe, established when the Spaniards settled in the 1600s. These days the old adobe houses lining the mile-long narrow road are mostly fine art galleries. Devote an afternoon to poking your head in, and don't miss the many backyard sculpture gardens. You'll find vintage Western art at Zaplin Lampert, with original oils by Frederic Remington. For a look at up-and-coming painters, pop into the beautiful space at Selby Fleetwood, which sells Dennis Hartley's gorgeous abstract barns, and Nathalie Guarracinto's textured oil paintings. Similarly, Gallery Moda shows a number of modern masters from Rauschenberg to Lichtenstein. The whimsical world of Hahn Ross is populated by crocodile sculptures made from typewriter parts and expression-filled sculptures of bemused-looking Native Americans by New Mexican Pueblo artist Roxanne Swentzell. When you're ready for a break, grab a beer on the deck of El Farol, Santa Fe's oldest bar (808 Canyon Rd.; 505-983-9912;

110 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 988 1414

When all the jewelry in Santa Fe starts to look the same, head to this shop on the Plaza with an excellent portfolio of contemporary jewelers. Most designs are quirky but accessible, and some—like artist Kit Carson's massive crosses with semiprecious stones and subtle skulls—display Southwestern flair without surrendering to kitsch. Other pieces to note are Sydney Lynch's fusion necklaces of bright gold and silver and Kathie Harper-Revak's sea glass and turquoise bracelets.

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Michael McCormick Gallery
106C Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos , New Mexico
Tel: 505 758 1372

One of the most successful Taos painters of recent years is Miguel Martinez, who works in mixed oils and pastels to depict beguiling local women with limpid eyes. The McCormick gallery sells works of his from small paintings to giant canvases, and takes commissions. It also represents New Mexican Alvin Gill-Tapia, whose Missions Series renders adobe buildings and churches in neon colors—unexpected and arresting.

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Monroe Gallery of Photography
112 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 992 0800

This photo gallery moved from downtown Manhattan to Santa Fe after 9/11, and there's an interesting dissonance in finding many of the 20th century's most famous (and infamous) photojournalism prints on a quiet Santa Fe street. The gallery represents some 50 photographers or their estates, and you'll see everything from original prints of Eddie Adams's famous shot of a Vietnam policeman executing a Vietcong prisoner to Joe Rosenthal's Iwo Jima flag raising. It also hosts as many as six shows a year; a 2007 Steve Schapiro retrospective included shots of Edie Sedgwick cavorting with Andy Warhol, Martin Luther King in Alabama, and Truman Capote sitting on a bed. You'll find exceptional works by luminaries such as Margaret Bourke-White, Sebastião Salgado, Harry Benson, and Jacques-Henri Lartigue, and a collection of AP and Life magazine photographers. Heady stuff, even if you don't want to buy.

Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.

Navajo Gallery
210 Ledoux Street
Taos , New Mexico
Tel: 505 758 3250

Lawyers have been clashing over famed Navajo painter R.C. Gorman's estate since his death in 2005, but this gallery of his images of Native American women in repose is the picture of tranquility. Here since 1968, the space sells original paintings as well as numbered oil pastels, lithographs, sculptures, drawings, and bronzes. A small 1981 bronze titled Laughing Sisters, one in a series of 14, costs $38,000, but you can also snatch up a Gorman poster for a mere $50.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 5 pm.

Railyard District

Santa Fe's most up-and-coming neighborhood has a distinctly contemporary bent. Anchored by nonprofit SITE Santa Fe, which took over an old brewery building in 1995, the formerly desolate area by the tracks now hosts a number of funky galleries and a handful of bars and restaurants. Right across from the SITE building is The Box, a bright, high-ceiling space that shows contemporary New Mexican artists, including Valerie Nielsen, who paints abstracts of bursting colors using acrylic on wood. Nearby is the Tai Gallery/Textile Arts, which specializes in bamboo artists from Japan. The sensuous forms of all sizes look nothing like traditional baskets. The latest addition is an outpost of Gebert Contemporary, whose main space is on Canyon Road. The new gallery is a massive rectangle that shows off Japanese artist Jun Kaneko's huge ceramic human heads to great effect. The best pit stop is the patio at the Railyard Restaurant & Saloon, where the oyster po'boys, pecan-crusted trout, and other classic American dishes are surprisingly good (530 S. Guadalupe St.; 505-989-3300;

Seret & Sons
224 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 988 9151

Walk into this large but discreet building on Galisteo Street, not far from the Plaza, and prepare to be overwhelmed by a vast, labyrinthine souk of colorful rugs, marble tables, and thousands of antique doors. In business for more than 30 years, the Serets import furnishings, rugs, and architectural elements like cornices and moldings from Tibet, India, Afghanistan, Spain, Peru, and Southeast Asia. You'll find chests and doors from as early as the 14th century, but a large part of the business is also new furnishings and wares patterned on old designs and made to look antique. To see it in a real-life setting, take a gander at The Inn of the Five Graces, a hotel the Serets founded and decorated. The store takes custom orders and ships around the country.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Terrie Bennett Gallerie
103 Paseo Del Pubelo Norte
Taos , New Mexico
Tel: 505 758 3911

The local artists who show in this two-story painting and sculpture gallery, just off Taos's main drag, manage to convey a sense of place without resorting to hackneyed landscapes. Leigh Gusterson's bucolic scenes feature dogs out of old '50s pickups, zany perspectives, and a charmingly bright and eccentric palette. Issa De Nicola uses smudged pastels to depict churches and local houses, and Ton Stormberg's photographs of horses on a local farm are stunning.

Open daily 10 am to 6 pm

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