Artico is an Artist Collective founded by nine small business owners working in design, art and craft. They banded together to support each other amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In March 2020, as everyone began to feel the effects of COVID-19 in our communities, a group of artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico met in an online Zoom meeting room for the first time. All attendees were professional artists working in a variety of media including ceramics, woodworking, soap-making, metalworking, painting, jewelry and textiles.
The gatherings were initiated by Carolyn Lobeck, a local ceramic artist. She hoped to brainstorm ideas with fellow artists – all of whom were facing the new and sudden reality that their livelihoods had come to a near screeching halt. Art galleries and markets were closed by Governor mandate, and these venues had been their primary, if not sole sources of income.
One theme that quickly emerged was the desire to help others in need in their community, but all struggled with how to do so because of income scarcity and stay-at-home requirements. Brainstorming this led to an idea that gained traction – to work collectively in new ways to promote and sell artwork and forward a portion of the revenues to organizations that are best equipped to serve those in need.
In the subsequent weeks, the group discussed approaches to conducting art events and agreed that utilizing existing virtual platforms, such as Instagram, would lend themselves to the effort. With the creation of @artico.20, the group committed to network among artists, conduct art events and raise funds for local charity organizations.
The closure of our artwork venues prompted the formation of Artico. These markets, art shows and galleries cancelled, closed or went virtual in correspondence with regulatory mandates for social distancing and limits to public gatherings.
Art Markets, Shows and Studio Tours
NEW MEXICO and Elsewhere in the USA
Santa Fe Artist Market, Every Saturday at the Railyard, Santa Fe, NM – Website
Firefly Handmade, Fall Market 2020 TBD, Boulder, CO – Website
Eldorado Studio Tour, May 2020, Santa Fe, NM – Website
ArtFair Jackson Hole, August, 2020, Jackson Hole, WY – Website
New Mexico Artisan Market, September, 2020 TBD, Albuquerque, NM – Website
Galisteo Studio Tour, October, 2020, Galisteo NM – Website
Galleries, Retail Stores and Museums
NEW MEXICO and WASHINGTON
Cielo Handcrafted, Santa Fe, NM – Website
Green River Pottery, Santa Fe, NM – Website
Jett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM – Website
San Marcos Café and Feed, Santa Fe, NM
Bellevue Arts Museum Shop, Bellevue, WA – Website