Alameda artist Jeff Potter, the founder of the Tour, had the original vision and passion for this wonderful event. Jeff founded and organized the tour in 2011, collaborating with area artists and bringing them together. He spent many hours working on all facets of the tour, ensuring its success for all involved. Jeff was a talented artist – genuine, warm and much loved. Jeff passed away in December 2015. He is greatly missed.
Alameda is home to many established and emerging fine artists and skilled craftspeople. The tour began in 2011 when 25 artists opened their studios to the public, inspiring, educating, and offering their work for sale. The event experienced great success and has grown each year.
The artists participating in the Tour include both traditional and abstract painters, sculptors, fiber artists, print makers, weavers, jewelers, glass artists, and more. The diversity of artisans and the natural, historic beauty of Alameda is what sets this studio tour apart from others.
Nestled in Albuquerque’s north valley is the historic village of Alameda. This area was the center of the Alameda Land Grant in the 17th century. Originally a farming community of handcrafted adobe homes surrounded by irrigated fields, Alameda retains much of its original character today. On the side streets, such as Guadalupe Trail, you will often find yourself on narrow dirt and gravel roads which lead to rustic adobe houses, horse and cattle pastures, apple orchards and brilliant green alfalfa fields. Hidden in the rural beauty are the studios of many artisans eager to share their creativity.