Artists concerned about O’Keeffe’s ‘Black Place’

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Some artists and environmentalists are concerned oil and gas drilling is encroaching on the black, white and gray hills in northwestern New Mexico made famous in Georgia O’Keeffe’s drawings and paintings.

While the “Black Place” itself remains untouched, the New Mexican reports that there dozens of drilling tanks 500 yards from the site and it’s surrounded by rigs and a maze of dusty dirt roads.

The head of the O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe says he had a preliminary talks with state officials and another meeting is planned, but state officials say it’s too early to say what could be done to protect the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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