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Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque is closing

SANTA FE, N.M. — A Santa Fe-area gallery is closing its bronze-pouring foundry in Tesuque.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that as a result of mounting tax debt and other financial troubles, Shidoni Foundry and Galleries announced Tuesday that it is closing its foundry. Shidoni’s two galleries and a sculpture garden will remain open.

Shidoni Inc. President Scott Hicks says he will help the dozen foundry workers who lost their jobs find new work.


Dan Collett pours wax into cup molds at Shidoni Foundry on in 2007. (JOURNAL FILE)

Hicks says the closing is a result of the poor economy and a loss of artistic confidence in the foundry after the New Mexican published a story about the company’s $315,000 in overdue tax bills.

The foundry’s bronze pourings on Saturdays were a popular attraction for tourists and locals.