On the trail of Spanish colonial art and artists

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Driving the High Road. Many artists on the High Road to Taos (State 76) have showrooms or galleries open to the public on a limited basis. "The High Road to Taos Arts Guide" (available at shops or from the Art Tour number above) provides a good list.

Look for signs placed by the highway, especially around Cordova, for unfinished wood carvings (two of the finest carvers are sisters Gloria López Córdova and Sabinita López Ortiz) and around Chimayo for weavings.

Castillo Gallery. Wood carvings by santero Terry Enseñat Mulert, with contemporary paintings by Paula Castillo. Off High Road to Taos, 1 mile into village of Cordova, at 181 Main Rd.; (505) 351-4067.

Cordovas Handweaving Workshop. Longtime weaving shop is a good stop for rugs. Closed Sun. On County Road 75 in Truchas; (505) 689-2437.

Good Hands Gallery. Contemporary and traditional works. Closed Sun. 700 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe; (888) 982-0510.

Owings-Dewey Fine Art. Represents Luis Eligio Tapia and his son, Sergio. Closed Sun. 76 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe; (505) 982-6244.



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