Bear Mountain Lodge & Blue Dome Gallery
307 N. Texas St
Silver City, NM 88061
Bear Mountain Lodge is located on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail just outside of Silver City, New Mexico. The Lodge itself was built in 1928 and has been beautifully maintained by the owners Linda Brewer and her partner, John Rohovec. The building was originally the "Rocky Mountain Ranch School," a home for "mentally peculiar" children, but was closed during the Great Depression. The property was re-opened in 1932 as a country club and hotel. Since then, the lodge changed owners many times, but was always used for guest lodging. In 1999, the lodge was donated to The Nature Conservancy, who remodeled it and maintained it until 2009 when it was purchased by Brewer and Rohovec. The lodge, the gallery, and the surrounding grounds are full of gorgeous pottery, ceramics, functional clay, clay sculptures, as well as paintings, metal sculptures, and other kinds of artwork. The lodge displays work from over 40 clay artists, both locally and nationally known. There is even a whimsical "puma bench" where you can sit and take in the views on one of the many hiking trails on the property. We encourage you to visit this unique property on the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. Visitors are always welcome and their restaurant is open for dinner and weekend brunch (call 24 hours in advance for a reservation). You can find much more information on their website.
The Downtown Blue Dome Gallery is located in the Yankie/Texas art district in Historical Downtown Silver City, New Mexico. Blue Dome, winner of the 2016 Reader's Choice Award by Silver City Sun News, is the sister gallery to the Blue Dome Gallery located at the Bear Mountain Lodge. The downtown location is home to about a dozen clay and porcelain artists including John McNulty, Suzy Calhoun, Todd Shelby and Karen Pritchard, Jessica Wilson, Don Sprague, Barb Campbell and Larry Davidson. Blue Dome Gallery has been a premier gallery in Silver City since 1999.