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During the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, we invited artists to bring the trail to life through art. This video showcases winners in the Adult Artist and Professional Artist categories. Ranging from oil paintings to digital coloration, the featured art is a beautiful collection of works inspired by the Santa Fe Trail.
December 3, 2021 - April 29, 2022
Artist’s drawings and poetic writings about the Santa Fe Trail captured the imaginations of many, prompting some to seek out opportunities to travel the trail. Artists continue to bring the trail to life by vividly depicting scenes, stories, landscapes, and life on the trail that otherwise, we could only imagine.
In 2021, artists continued this long tradition by participating in the Santa Fe Trail 200th Anniversary Virtual Art Contest. This virtual exhibition features the award-winning works of art. Thank to all the artists who participated!
Advanced Artist Category
1st Place: Kim Mackey, "Santa Fe Traders at Bent's"
2nd Place: Timothy K. Lewis, "Fort Union Ruins on the Santa Fe Trail"
3rd Place: Glorious Glorieta, "Ryan Schlee
Honorable Mention: Brittany Darpino, "Francisca Lopez, the Santa Fe Trail Traveler"
"Santa Fe Traders at Bent's"
Oil on Canvas
16 X 20
Bent's Fort, located along the Santa Fe Trail in southeastern Colorado was an important trading post for Santa Fe, New Mexico traders. My painting depicts Santa Fe traders at Bent's Fort in the 1840's.
"Fort Union Ruins on the Santa Fe Trail"
Oil On Canvas
12" x 24"
This painting depicts the once bustling grounds of the Fort Union Corral Post, in the Territory of New Mexico, now a quiet and peaceful place of rest along the Santa Fe trail, located to the left of the ruins structure. The seven birds flying, from east to west, above the fort represent perfection and completion of a duty of those who were assigned to this fort to protect life and property of the travelers from the east to the west. - The New Frontier.
10" X 14"
Glorious Glorieta you’re a surly desert landscape
Tan and pink transmissions from past trail missions
Thick shady verde of Sangre de Cristo Peaks Drape
Azure New Mexico skies that hold ancient bone clouds' transitions
Bronceado rocky mesas hold only mention of past prairie schooners races
History is the arid huesos found scattered in zia’s suitors faces
Francisca Lopez, the Santa Fe Trail Traveler
Mixed Media, Digital Colorization & Restoration
For better educational opportunities, Francisca Lopez and her three brothers traveled with their father, Damaso Lopez, a Spanish trader, across the Santa Fe Trail after the unfortunate death of their mother, Maria del Carmen Severina Ruiz de Esparza.
Original photograph of Francisca Lopez Kimball provided by the descendent of Francisca, Mary Kimball Outten.
Adult Artist Category1st Place: Dennis Maloney, "Vibrant Morning"
2nd Place: Mary Lynne Pruett, "Parley at Bent's Fort"
3rd Place: Craig Voorhees, "Prairie and Sky"
Acrylic on canvas
Mary Lynne Pruett
"Parley at Bent's Fort"
16 x 20"
Travelers on the Santa Fe Trail came from all walks of life. They includedmountain men, entrepreneurs seeking to make a fortune and those lookingfor a better way of life.
"Prairie and Sky"
Acrylic on Canvas
16 x 20"