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Hanging Sky Cairn!
07/01/2022

Hanging Sky Cairn!

A beautiful new home for our Hanging Sky Cairn!  Bringing a little New Mexico to the east coast!
05/19/2021

A beautiful new home for our Hanging Sky Cairn! Bringing a little New Mexico to the east coast!

Four of our Hanging Sky Cairns just left for their new home in Massachusetts.  Thank you, Steve!
05/10/2021

Four of our Hanging Sky Cairns just left for their new home in Massachusetts. Thank you, Steve!

Valles Caldera Geology Tour (Part 1 of 6): Introduction
03/09/2021
Valles Caldera Geology Tour (Part 1 of 6): Introduction

Valles Caldera Geology Tour (Part 1 of 6): Introduction

Introduction - Today we will take a field trip to the Valles Caldera, the world's type example of a resurgent caldera. Famous in the world of volcanology, th...

Spotted a Hanging Sky Cairn  while out and about!
09/29/2020

Spotted a Hanging Sky Cairn while out and about!

07/31/2020

Indian market will run virtually this August.

Hanging sky cairns!
06/29/2020

Hanging sky cairns!

❤️ When you see your art hanging in a beautiful location!
06/18/2020

❤️ When you see your art hanging in a beautiful location!

A very restful evening at Abiquiu Lake Mes.

An artistic memorial.  And, part of New Mexico’s culture.
05/29/2020
The Evolution of Descansos

An artistic memorial. And, part of New Mexico’s culture.

The meaning and history of the descansos roadside memorials in New Mexico.

05/15/2020
05/14/2020

The Chili Line was part of the Rio Grande's original narrow-gauge route envisioned to reach Mexico. It was never extended beyond Santa Fe and abandoned in 1941.

❤️ when your art goes to a great home!
05/10/2020

❤️ when your art goes to a great home!

Hanging sky cairns.
02/25/2020

Hanging sky cairns.

10/27/2019
The Artful Life

The Artful Life

A retreat in the most beautiful setting in northern New Mexico, where the lake, river, mountain, desert and forests are your inspiring playground for creative and cultural exploration.

Stop 8 at the Abiquiu Studio Tour!  Today and tomorrow!
10/12/2019

Stop 8 at the Abiquiu Studio Tour! Today and tomorrow!

Studio Tour Preview show tonight at Galeria Arriba in Abiquiu, 4 - 6.  “Bones and Stones’ - $850.
10/06/2019

Studio Tour Preview show tonight at Galeria Arriba in Abiquiu, 4 - 6. “Bones and Stones’ - $850.

ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR - October 12 and 13.  Stop by Studio Stop #8 to say hello!!  Also, visit the Studio Tour Exhibit at ...
10/03/2019

ABIQUIU STUDIO TOUR - October 12 and 13. Stop by Studio Stop #8 to say hello!!

Also, visit the Studio Tour Exhibit at Abiquiu Galleria at The Abiquiu Inn (upstairs) October 6 - 31. The opening reception is from 4 - 6 pm on Sunday, October 6.

# Pedernal

Love the rock art!
09/25/2019

Love the rock art!

A very restful evening at Abiquiu Lake Mes.

09/20/2019

Studio Tour: Oct 12-13....catch us at Stop #8!

See you on the tour!
09/09/2019

See you on the tour!

26th Annual Abiquiu Studio Tour
OCTOBER 12th - 13th - 14th
abiquiustudiotour.org/
Cover Art: Hilary Lorenz

A great event!
08/25/2019

A great event!

Abiquiú Family Program: Foamtastic LandscapesThe O’Keeffe Welcome CenterSUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMFree for ...
08/07/2019

Abiquiú Family Program: Foamtastic Landscapes
The O’Keeffe Welcome Center
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free for the entire family

The talented artists who pass through Abiquiú.  Love this journal page documenting Pedernal by .
07/19/2019

The talented artists who pass through Abiquiú. Love this journal page documenting Pedernal by .

The art of journaling. Thanks for sharing your memory of Pedernal!

06/09/2019

Why So Many Artists Have Been Drawn to New Mexico
05/29/2019
Why So Many Artists Have Been Drawn to New Mexico

Why So Many Artists Have Been Drawn to New Mexico

Artists from Georgia O’Keeffe and Agnes Martin to Ken Price and Bruce Nauman have been lured to the solitude and sweeping landscapes of New Mexico.

Timeline photos
05/02/2019

Timeline photos

Thanks for all your patience while we build our new home and art studio!   Happy to announce that I will be showing my w...
04/07/2019

Thanks for all your patience while we build our new home and art studio! Happy to announce that I will be showing my work as part of the Abiquiu Studio Tour on October 12 and 13. More details to come!

Rockbow.
03/27/2019

Rockbow.

Rock Blooms.  14" x 17"
03/22/2019

Rock Blooms. 14" x 17"

What O’Keeffe Saw: Chimayo and Abiquiu
02/19/2019
What O’Keeffe Saw: Chimayo and Abiquiu

What O’Keeffe Saw: Chimayo and Abiquiu

A priest waited in the sacristy to bless a boy from the town of Chimayo. I listened to the benediction, muffled by adobe, while bending over el pocito, a shallow ...

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Abiquiu, NM
87510

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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About Abiquiu Art Gallery and Artist Brian Thomas

From here to up there.

​Here begins with a journey. A person's journey. Maybe your journey. Definitely my journey. A hike, a walk, gardening, working the land, excavating. Because of their abundance, most of us glance over rocks. They are sort of taken for granted. Some people, few, have made it their pastime and maybe even made a living out of sorting the gemstones from the others. But to find a rock that can be used in a piece of art is rare. It takes many discards to get to the keepers. And then when you do find the keepers, well, they are often so heterogeneous that they in themselves cannot be placed together. So to create a rock picture it takes thousands of rocks. Picking up what the glaciers left behind. Or, what man has unearthed. Or, what earth herself has unearthed. Discovering a rock. Or maybe it finding you? That is the journey. Is it too big? Cracked? Or is it just right? Is it of the quality that you would love to admire for a long time? Very few of the rocks that we find can meet the standard of 'can it be placed and admired upon a wooden canvas'. Probably less than 1%, or one out of a hundred.

​And once you collect the rocks that are eligible to be put on exhibit, then you have to prepare them. Thousands of them. They must be cleaned and then drilled. Drilling rocks takes a different talent set from finding them. While a few rocks are soft, most require special (and costly) drill bits attached to a powerful drill press that will work in conjunction with water. Since the bits need continuous water flow to keep them from burning up, most all the drilling is done in murky water by feel rather than sight. The water heated by the friction of the underwater bit needs several re-fresheners.

​Of the thousands of rocks drilled, about 10% do not make it. Rocks are very brittle and sometimes they crack or are too stubborn to be drilled. But those that do make it then go through the laborious process of have a screw attached. The screw needs to be of size enough to hold a heavy rock. The curing process takes a couple days and then the rocks can be sealed. There are a couple reasons for sealing a rock but the main one is that in most cases wet rocks are much more expressive than dry ones. Those rocks are sealed in high gloss, and in those situations where softness is preferred (e.g. clouds), then a satin seal is applied.

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