One of the unique things about Santa Fe is the arts community. It's huge! Some cities have a Starbucks on every corner, in Santa Fe it's an art gallery. It seems that every street (besides it's most famous, Canyon Road) is lined with art. There really is something for every taste.
Wandering around I absorbed tons of gorgeous art, but the artist who struck me the most was Lisa Kristine at the easy to remember Lisa Kristine Gallery. She's a photographer who travels extensively around the world taking humanitarian images. As someone who loves to travel, seeing these images struck a cord with me.
An excerpt from her artist's statement: I am keenly interested in the different ways in which people find meaning in their lives, how an individual explores his or her existence through philosophy, religion or tradition. I believe that human forms are as engaging and mysterious as the lives they lead.
I particularly loved her images of people. While the huge image of Machu Picchu was striking for it's grandeur and clarity, the images of Andean children wrapped in bright textiles, women in India drying their saris in the sun and monks praying surrounded by red fabric were breathtaking and engaging.
Check out the above link to the gallery and click on the images link to see examples of some of her stunning images. If you're heading to Santa Fe, be sure to put it on your list of places to hit.