It is an often-repeated, probably apocryphal assertion that Santa Fe, with more than 200 GALLERIES, is the third largest art market in the nation, falling behind NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES. Presumably, that position on the list is based on sales of artworks but, as even CASUAL GALLERY VISITORS can attest, there are galleries that sell art, and then there are galleries that mix it up with a little ART, some FASHION, some FURNITURE, and even HOUSEWARES. With more dealers and collectors poised to gather what they may as the season’s numerous art fairs get under way, and as Art Santa Fe celebrates its 14th year, Pasatiempo approached a random sampling of galleries in town to ask, “WHAT EXACTLY ARE PEOPLE BUYING?” If you’ve ever wondered what keeps some of Santa Fe’s long-running galleries afloat in a tough art market, the following should give you some idea.
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