Art escaped institutional confines long ago. In addition to the many Santa Fe galleries and museums, one can get an art fix from a retrofitted truck, city walls and even an old-timey grocery store.
Changing Gallery uses long-empty real estate listings as sites for one-off art exhibitions; the Palace Grocery Store sets the stage for the gallery’s most recent exhibition, Fresh Goods and Staples.
“We ask owners to cooperate on the strength that a lot of people will see the property,” Malissa Kullberg, a former gallerist and current Prudential Real Estate consultant who organizes Changing Gallery, says. A free venue means that artists show for free, keep all of their proceeds and exhibit in an unlikely space.
“The Palace Grocery Store is really a lot like it was way back when: old coolers, shelving, the whole deal,” Kullberg says. “It’ll make you laugh when you walk in; it’s cool in a retro, funky way.”
In addition to work by Mark Frossard, Laird Hovland, Willow Howard and Carole Langrall, who all use a wide range of media, multi-instrumentalist Mike Tait Tafoya plays original Latin music—to take you from the walk-in cooler to the art-world center.
Where: Palace Grocery Store
Address: 853 E Palace Avenue