The Pojoaque River Art Tour was created in 1992 by artists William Preston and Marianne Hornbuckle as a vehicle for exposure of artwork independent of the gallery system, and for creation of community among the artists and artisans living in the Pojoaque River Valley.
Though non-juried, the tour has gained a reputation for the high quality and variety of fine art presented, and has been especially appreciated by out-of-town visitors lucky enough to visit Santa Fe the weekend of the tour, for it affords an opportunity for a glimpse into the rural artist's lifestyle at a particularly beautiful time of year. The participants have numbered from 20-35 artists/artisans located at 12-20 studios and shops, organized so for the convenience of the tour-goer.
As the tour evolved, it grew to include contemporary artists at Pojoaque Pueblo and more traditional artists at San Ildefonso Pueblo, thus becoming one of the few tours truly representing the tri-cultural nature that informs Northern New Mexico art, and creating a venue for friendship, dialogue, and shared opportunity among its participants.
To complete the community spectrum, Seniors at the El Rancho Community Center sell crafts and provide food for the tour-goers. The business communities of both Los Alamos and Pojoaque have enthusiastically supported the tour with funding for the past sixteen years. The tour's proximity to Santa Fe and its compact nature appeal to the art-lover who has only one day to spend and is seeking a more adventuresome experience and personal contact with artists than the gallery tour scene. The tour from the outset has provided a positive outcome for participants and tour-goers and has made a positive impact on the Pojoaque community.