Santa Fe Art Colony
If to have an art colony it is necessary for the artists to live in a certain community, then Santa Fe, which has thought it had one before, is truly now to have one, which my be the beginning of a great colony. Who can tell?
Ina Sizer Cassidy
Santa Fe, New Mexico, in its early years, was an occasional destination for artists en route to other places. However, many remained or returned after realizing their enchantment with the area and its variety of challenging subject matter. Interest in Santa Fe increased dramatically in the 1920s, particularly after the attention resulting from the 1921 formation of Los Cinco Pintores by five modernistic artists seeking wider recognition of their work through organized exhibitions.
There were several reasons for the continuing development of artistic environment in Santa Fe. As noted by historians Joseph Dispenza and Louise Turner: "The bohemian life of Santa Fe was in full swing in the early 1920s. The town had all the ingredients to appeal to freedom-loving artists. First, it was isolated from the East Coast--as isolated and remote as one could get and still remain in the United Sates--and from the West Coast as well. . . . Here an artist could be an expatriate without leaving the country." 1
The formation of the exhibiting group Los Cinco Pintores in the early 1920s involved * Fremont Ellis, * Jozef Bakos, * Will Shuster, * Willard Nash, and * Walter Mruk. They had arranged to buy some land together on Canyon Road from a landowner who not only extended credit for the combined purchase but also agreed to help them pay for materials to build their own houses. As noted