a little bit of soho in magdalena
802 ARTWORKS-GIFTS is nestled in the quaint town of Magdalena, New Mexico off the historic Highway 60.
Here you will find a beautifully curated collection of handmade goods and original artwork both locally and internationally. From paintings, metal sculptures, hand woven baskets, leather bags, jewelry, pottery, and more.
This unique one stop shop and gallery attracts both locals and road trippers.
You can drop by during store hours or make an appointment.
Ginny Galer, the owner of 802 ARTWORKS-GIFTS in Magdalena, NM, grew up in Massachusetts &, in 2000, transitioned her interior design business “TRADEWINDS INTERIORS” from the Boston area to Sarasota, FL, where she enjoyed a very successful career for 20 more years. In 2008, her partner, Joe Stanley, a very talented furniture designer & fabricator/ building contractor & she took an impromptu trip to New Mexico & traveled the state extensively. That was it for Ginny! She fell instantly in love with the mountains, deserts, dry climate, and especially the much less crowded cities, towns & villages. Joe was onboard! After several years, they made their now permanent home in the sweet, very small “cowboy & ranchers” town of Magdalena & bought a ranch that was at one time the original stagecoach stop-over for people to water their teams before traveling on. Magdalena was the shipping hub for livestock for many, many years until the advent of cross-country livestock-hauling by truck.
In 2019, Ginny & Joe bought a few buildings in the Village of Magdalena, NM, right on the main thoroughfare, Highway 60, which at one time was considered the coast-to- coast highway & is still a busy, vibrant road. So, “what to do with these buildings?” Ginny is about “having fun” & really wanted to create a first-class shop featuring local, US, and international artisans. She took the smaller of the buildings, came up with the name “802 ARTWORKS- GIFTS” & was on a roll, with the intent of providing a selling venue for local artists, potters, jewelry makers, metal workers, etc., as well, by buying internationally-made items, “802” could help make a difference to people in other parts of the world. Sales of internationally-made items help sustain individuals & families in some of the remotest places, literally helping to subsidize their everyday living, children’s education, & healthcare.