Santa Fe, New Mexico is a city unlike any other with a timeless and earthy soul.
Legendary history and culture, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary, accommodations with an intimate local feel yet world-class status, award-winning cuisine and countless art-filled experiences to encounter.
Highlights will include private, guided tours of gorgeous art galleries on Canyon Road, and visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio with a picnic at Ghost Ranch, the landscape of many of her works. A day excursion to Taos, an intimate feast-day-style lunch and pottery demonstration at San Ildefonso Pueblo, and visit's to artists' studio tours. The geology of the Southwest especially lends itself to mosaic inspiration as does the spiritual and peaceful nature of the desert.
Traditional with Maverick Mosaic art-filled tours we will create a one of a kind personal memento artwork. Working in the studio of Santa Fe artist Lauren Mantecon learn the alchemy of mixed media an interplay with mark making, collage, and painting. What a terrific souvenir!
4 star hotel accommodations , hassle free travel, comfortable coach transportation and wonderful company. This is a perfect mix of guided tours to unique sites, private studio visits and free time. And a dream come true for art lovers! Especially fans of Georgia O’Keefe.
Trip is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, our tour officially begins with our early evening meet and greet on March 12 at our hotel. We will stay at the same beautiful 4 star hotel for the duration of the trip.
Bonnie Fitzgerald is an artist, educator, and author. As the owner of Maverick Mosaics, LLC, she specializes in offering unique learning experiences and creating beautiful art.
Guiding art enthusiasts on the journey to discover and develop their own personal artistic voice through the art of mosaics, sculpture, and travel is Bonnie’s longtime passion.
She has been leading art-filled foreign and domestic travel adventures and workshops for the past 8 years including Europe, Ireland, Mexico and USA locations. Bonnie is also the exclusive instructor of Contemporary Mosaics for the Smithsonian Institution’s Studio Arts Department in Washington, DC.
Dedicated to furthering the art of mosaic education, Bonnie has authored two best-selling books, 300+ Mosaic Tips, Techniques, Templates and Trade Secrets and Bonnie Fitzgerald’s Guide to Mosaic Technique. Both books are the result of Bonnie’s expertise and collaboration with other artists over the past 20 years. 300+ Tips has been translated into five languages.
Elaine fell in love with art at the age of five. She still remembers learning about Monet and van Gogh and being struck by the rich and vibrant colors they used. It's this same fascination and love for art that she brings to her tours.
Elaine has a master's degree in art history and has worked as a gallery teacher and art museum educator in the US and abroad. She specializes in discussion-based teaching and creates meaningful, art-centered experiences that promote visual literacy, inspire personal awareness, and deepen connections with the world around us. After a three-year stint in Croatia, where she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Artists, Elaine returned to New Mexico to launch Santa Fe Art Tours.
Elaine is also an arts, culture, and travel writer. (Here’s her online portfolio, if you’re curious.)
When she's not gathering people together around great works of art, Elaine enjoys exploring the desert landscapes of northern New Mexico and relaxing at her adobe casita with a good book.