Opening ceremonies: OTA Gallery

May 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico – Pasatiempo
Michael Abatemarco

OTA Contemporary Gallery for Prull Builders and Craig Hoopes, architect. Photography by Kate Russell.

Over time, the building at 203 Canyon Road has seen a lot of changes. In recent years, the address has served as the site for Crossroads Contemporary, Contemporary Southwest Galleries, and the Charles Azbell Gallery. Located at the corner of Canyon and Paseo de Peralta, it’s the first art space visitors pass along the “arts and crafts” road, and it has just received a makeover. The new gallery, OTA Contemporary, owned and operated by artist Kiyomi Baird, is built for new media, wired for multiple electronics, and installed with DMX lighting. Baird is hitting the ground running with a series of exhibits and events planned for the coming season.

“It’s been a big push just getting all the inspections done in time for our opening,” Baird told Pasatiempo. “We’re keeping the Territorial style but updating it, giving it a more modern look. My whole vision of the gallery that I want is to create a space where people from outside can come in and get connected to their inspiration, their passion, and grow. The artists that I show are on that same path.”