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Railyard District

The Box

1611A Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 989 4897

Tai Gallery/Textile Arts

1601B Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 984 1387

Gebert Contemporary

544 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Tel: 505 983 3838's insider take:

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;

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