Deeply rooted in the expression of the American West
Out of the various galleries in the US that specialize in art born of the experience of the American West, Manitou Galleries commands the lead and astounds collectors and enthusiasts, alike. The gallery boasts locations in Cheyenne, Wyoming and two locations in Santa Fe.
Housing the finest collection of contemporary representational paintings, sculptures, prints, glass and fine jewelry, Manitou’s gallery location is like stepping into a museum. Owner Bob Nelson curates and manages the Nelson Museum of the West in Cheyenne, Wyoming, along with the Manitou Galleries. Since 1975, Manitou Galleries have been deeply rooted in the expression of the American West and has built one of the most credible resources for fine art and historic artifacts known to collectors worldwide.
Whether photographic realism or semi-abstraction, the artwork at Manitou Galleries conveys an undeniable and unique spirit. Members of the gallery management actively participate in the exposure and success of their artists, whose work is regularly featured on the covers of the most well-known art magazines such as “Western Art Collector” and “Southwest Art.” Works by acclaimed Western modernists like Kim Wiggins, JD Challenger and Liz Wolf are a small sampling of the talent found at Manitou Galleries.
While the overarching theme is rooted in Western tradition, the work can often spin into something else. Dramatic expressionist oil paintings and exquisite watercolors are populated with ribbons of color and detail in work goes beyond a mere description of subject. It draws the viewer in for a more intimate connection with everyday forms and a sense of place.
The Palace Avenue location boasts Palace Jewelers, where they display both new jewelry from a select group of contemporary designers and antique estate jewelry. In their other location on the famous Canyon Road they host lively openings, which often include performances by one of Santa Fe’s beloved Mariachi bands.
There’s a fully-scheduled calendar of events, with regular group exhibitions and a monthly featured artist. With so much taking place at Manitou Galleries, it’s easy to dive deep into the timeless romance of the West.
Their website is fabulous and prodigious with information: www.manitougalleries.com