True grit, great treasures

Visit New Mexico's Madrid, an artist colony with some diamonds in the rough

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SHOP: Fuse Gallery. WHAT: Enameled copper panels, plus works in bone and found metal objects. WHEN: 11-5 Wed-Mon. WHERE: 2878 State 14; 505/438-4999.

Misenko Boldman Fine Arts. WHAT: Mainly contemporary, mostly local: landscapes, figurative works, ceramics, furniture, and sculpture. WHEN: 10-6 daily. WHERE: 2875 State 14; 505/473-9787.

Jezebel Glass Studio and Gallery. WHAT: Earthy motifs appear in contemporary furnishings including chandeliers and glass-and-iron lamps, as well as in jewelry and paintings. WHEN: 10-5 Mon-Sat, 11-5 Sun. WHERE: 2860 State 14; 866/539-3235.

EAT: Mine Shaft Tavern. WHAT: A smoky, rowdy, Harley-friendly saloon. Don't miss the juicy green-chile buffalo burgers, requisite beer, and live music on the weekends. WHEN: Lunch daily, dinner Fri-Sun. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 2846 State 14; 505/473-0743.

Java Junction. WHAT: A restored miner's house, circa 1914, jammed with souvenirs, snacks, and curios. Ideal for a cup o' joe and a bagel. WHEN: 7:30-5 daily. WHERE: 2855 State 14; 505/438-2772.

GO: Madrid Christmas Open House. WHAT: Madrid lights up with garlands and Santa visits, and stores serve refreshments and stay open late. WHEN: Call for details. WHERE: Downtown strip along State 14; 505/438-0782. ―Michelle Pentz Glave

INFO: The small hamlet of Madrid sits in the hills along State 14 on the scenic Turquoise Trail, roughly halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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