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15th Annual Realism Invitational, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

[From Fall 2008]

Santa Fe in the fall is at its peak. Dry, sunny days and cool, crisp nights - along with smaller crowds - make this an ideal time to visit the second largest art market in the United States. Although there are several clusters of galleries throughout the city, the hub of the art scene is along historic Canyon Road. Galleries hug each side of this winding, ancient road, housed in 200+-year-old adobe homes. Many of the galleries exhibit established traditional and western art. As a counterpoint, a number of gallery owners showcase accomplished contemporary artists, as well as introducing emerging talents. Among these is Klaudia Marr, at her eponymous gallery on Canyon Road.

New work by more than 40 artists comprise the 15th annual Realism Invitational at the Klaudia Marr Gallery. Held each fall, the exhibition brings together artists from around the country and the world. Klaudia Marr says the annual exhibition "continues to offer a personal dialogue concerning the illusion and the real through finely painted, woven, sculpted and drawn works of art."

Internationally known art critic and historian, Edward Lucie-Smith, offers his view of realism. "What is fascinating about the idea of realism in art is that it continually slips from your grasp. Every time you think you've got hold of it, it vanishes again."

When: October 17 - November 30, 2008, Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 5-7pm
Where: 668 Canyon Road, Tel. 505.988.2100

After Art Drinks and Dinner:
Rooftop Pizzeria (Bistro dining and covered terrace with western sunset view over Santa Fe rooftops. Ultra-thin and crispy blue corn crust pizza with fresh toppings, or tasty pastas. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Dinner for two from $40, before tax and tip).
60 E. San Francisco, Tel. 505.984.0008

Viga Restaurant at La Posada Resort (Seasonal outdoor dining in beautiful courtyard of historic property. Outdoor fireplace and regular jazz trio. From $75 for two, before tax and tip).
330 E. Palace, Tel. 505.986.000

Getting There:
All major U.S. carriers fly into the Albuquerque Sunport. From there, it is a one-hour drive to Santa Fe. Rental cars and shuttle service are available at the airport. For Santa Fe travel planning, contact

Artist Credits: Daniel Barkley, "Big Omar," acrylic on canvas; Margaret Bowland, "Murikami Wedding," oil on panel.

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