Santa Fe, NM
Canyon Road, October 18-19
This story was featured in the October 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2013 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story!
This month in Santa Fe, art lovers can experience historic Canyon Road in a whole new way, as art emerges from inside the galleries, spills into the street, and comes to life right before their eyes. The sixth annual Canyon Road Paint Out takes place October 18-19 and features more than 100 artists working outdoors in a wide variety of mediums and styles.
The weekend’s activities begin on Friday, October 18, with openings, artists’ receptions, and interactive exhibits at many of the 100 galleries and studios located along Canyon Road. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, artists work outside their respective galleries, providing the opportunity for visitors to talk to the artists, see them in action, and purchase their work. “One of the most popular aspects of this event is that people don’t just see the work being created, but they also get to interact with artists and ask them questions,” says Mark Greenberg, owner of Greenberg Fine Art and vice president of the Canyon Road Merchants Association, which organizes the event each year.
While the event is called a “Paint Out,” the participating artists work in a variety of media—including sculpture, weaving, jewelry, woodcarving, and more—in addition to painting. Some artists choose to paint or sculpt what they see at the event, while others bring live models or photographs to work from, and still others prefer to create from their imagination alone. “You really get to see a little of everything,” Greenberg says. The event also includes a variety of music, food, and activities for kids at many locations along the road on Saturday. A festival parade with marching bands takes place at noon, and students from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program perform in the early afternoon.
Greenberg is looking forward to another successful event this year. “What really gets me is the childlike enthusiasm of the people—no matter what their age—as they walk the street, watching the artists produce the kind of work they’ve marveled at in galleries for years,” he says. —Lindsay Mitchell
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