I just love field trips and there are a few options for any participant at my workshop. Each is totally optional, some have an additional fee. Sometimes art workshop participants bring along a friend or spouse. They are most welcome to join our group on these outings! We certainly don't do all of them on any given year, but below are some of the options.
GHOST RANCH LANDSCAPE TOUR:
Ghost Ranch has a wonderful Georgia O'Keeffee Landscape Tour. We view a movie about Georgia O'Keeffe and her love of this area. A small bus then takes us to the private property of Ghost Ranch where we make several stops to view the places where Georgia O'Keeffee visited for her paintings. We will practically walk in her footsteps and view her artwork while at the same time seeing the vistas she was inspired to paint. Bring your camera! The timing of our field trip depends upon the schedule at Ghost Ranch for this event. Those choosing to not participate in the tour can use the time for individual art, leisure, or perhaps booking a horse-back ride on the ranch! Each year the views are a bit different. In 2014 we had a bit of unusual rain and marveled at the waterfalls over the high edges of the cliffs--even more robust than Georgia O'Keeffe painted them!
Cost: $42.50 (must be reserved months ahead of our arrival)
GEORGIA O'KEEFFE HOME AND STUDIO TOUR:
We will drive down to Abiquiu with a brief stop at the Chama River Overlook. While we wait for the bus we can watch a film about Georgia O'Keeffe and her home. Photographs are not allowed, so cameras must be tucked away in the car before we board the bus. Beginning in the gardens Georgia loved and depended upon for produce, we walk through her home--the enclosed patio, kitchen, pantry, and end with her studio/bedroom. The tour affords a person glimpse into the life of Georgia O'Keeffe. For those not wishing to see the home/studio, there is the option to wait at the Abiquiu Inn or pop around with Darla and see the backside of "The White Place" as Georgia O'Keeffe called it. There is also a lovely church in old Abiquiu. The tour takes about one hour.
Cost: $40 (must be reserved months ahead of our workshop)
Check out this video by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum: http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/her-houses.html
THE WHITE PLACE:
We used to pop into the White Place (as Georgia called it) but it tore up my van so we don't do it anymore. Several movies have been shot here and Georgia painted several paintings inspired by this area.
THE ECHO AMPHITHEATRE:
This is a natural feature and has been used as an outdoor theatre. It's a quick stop to snag some photos.
Cost: About $1 each donation
CHAMA ART STUDIOS TOUR:
We lucked upon this in 2011 and drove up to Tierra Amarillo to the Three Ravens Art Coffee Shop as one of the designated Art Tour stops in Tia Amarillo. Several artists were represented here and the baked goods were great. The scenery of this very small town is picturesque with an old hotel, farm and some deserted clay homes. The studio tour is usually in October.
ABIQUIU ART SHOW:
Never fails that the local Abiquiu artists are displaying their annual show on the second floor gallery at the Abiquiu Inn. We can catch it before or after the O'Keeffe Studio Tour.
ABIQUE SCULPTURE GARDEN:
There is a beautiful sculpture garden behind Abiquiu Inn and many sculptures have been added to the property surrounding the Inn.
Just down the road from Abiquiu Inn. They sell all kinds of lavender products and a stroll through the garden is a treat for the senses.
A local drum-maker artist is in the area and may be available to offer some insight to the history and fundamentals of his art. Drums are available for sale.
Cost: Free but we need to make an appointment
Since 1939 this has been the general store of Abiquiu. We will pop in to see some fun items, get any toiletries we are needing and maybe take an ice cream for the road!
Cost: It will cost to get out...they always have fun stuff to take home!
PEACE MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT:
If we have a four-wheel drive vehicle we can drive to the monastery which is remotely located about an hour from Ghost Ranch. The architecture, art and spiritual connections are well worth the vist. They also have a gift shop that benefits the monastery.
MESA PRIETA PETROGLYPHS:
About 2 hours from Abiquiu. We tried to find it this year, but next year may set out some dedicated time to visit this site.
CARVED ART CAVES:
I haaven't been yet, but it' on my list:
Always full of great things to see. We usually go to Jackalope for great images to photograph (imports from everywhere). In the past we have gone to the Governor's Palace and to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (I can get a group discount)