Todos Santos Stories and Tips

Culture Vulture Feast

There might be pretension and parvenu about Todos Santos, but the art scene is legitmately excellent. U.S. artists have moved there, talented Mexicans have found the galleries lucrative. Something about the remote location and desert light brings out the best in painters--there is very little of the tired fakery you find in urban galleries. Much of this work is impactive encounter with Mexico, with the desert, with the human condition.
The Todos Santos Gallery on Legaspi and Topete is the flagship of the gallery scene. Owner Michael Cope does excellent work, but he is even better at selecting other artists to display. If you don't find something here that stops you in your tracks, there's something wrong with you.
At the Santa Fe Gallery (4 Centenario) you'll find excellent bronze and clay sculptures, and work that approaches folk craft.
The Casa Franco (Juarez and Morelos) is even craftier, with furniture and houseware items by fine artists from all over Mexico.
American painter Charles Studio has a gallery/studio/home in a lovely building at Centenario and Oregon. He opens during the mid day, or give him a call (5-02-65).
Othere galleries in the area include:
Galeria/Studio de N.E. Hayles
galeria logan
Galleria de Fidencio
Golden Cactus Gallery
In late January, Todos has its Festival de Artes, a two day arts blowout. And in February there is a tour of local historic homes, some of which could also be viewed as works of art.

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