Friday, August 19, 2011

A Break from Indian Market

The upcoming Indian Market, now in its 90th year, is certainly the big draw for guests of The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn.  However, if one day of Indian Market is enough for you, consider a trip to Georgia O'Keeffe country.  You might start with a quick trip through the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, currently showing Shared Intelligence, an exhibit exploring the strong relationship of painting to photography in 20th Century American Art.  There you will see some works of O'Keeffe, along with photographs and paintings by the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, among others.

Following this museum tour, head out to Abiquiu (50 miles northwest of Santa Fe) to visit  Ghost Ranch for the fabulous O'Keeffe Landscape Tour.  A knowledgeable guide will take you around various areas of Ghost Ranch.  The incredible landscape of the area inspired many of O'Keeffe's most notable paintings, and the tour takes you right to the spots where she sat to do her work.  The hour long tour is $25/person and happens every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:30pm.

Topping off the day in O'Keeffe country would be a tour of her home and studio.  Tour sizes are limited to 12, so you will definitely want to make reservations in advance by calling 505-685-4539.  This is a terrific opportunity to gain further insight into the private life of this renowned American painter. 

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