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Santa Fe, NM
Canyon Road, May 10-11

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This month art lovers and collectors of all kinds can experience an entire world of art in a journey of just one mile. The second annual Passport to the Arts takes place May 10-11 on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. More than 100 artists are expected to participate in the event, which is put on by the Canyon Road Merchants Association in an effort to open the summer art season with “a celebration of the rich, multicultural tradition of historic Canyon Road.”

Many Canyon Road galleries are hosting special events such as artists’ receptions, demonstrations, lectures, and special shows beginning Friday evening and extending throughout the day on Saturday. Silent auction items—including paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, weavings, photographs, and pottery—are also displayed and up for bid at numerous locations.

Saturday’s main events begin with the Artist Quick Draw at 11 a.m., when artists have just 90 minutes to start and finish an original work under the watchful eyes of spectators. Painters, sculptors, jewelry makers, and potters are all set to participate in the outdoor event. “There are four Quick Draw tents set up along Canyon Road, with about 15 artists working in each tent,” says the association’s Mark Greenberg, owner of Greenberg Fine Art. “This way people can stroll up and down the street and observe many different artists as they work to complete their pieces.” The Quick Draw paintings can be viewed throughout Saturday afternoon at the corner of Canyon Road and Garcia Street, where they are auctioned off later that evening. “Ventana Fine Art’s entire parking lot is tented and set up for the occasion,” Greenberg explains.

Saturday’s concluding events start at 4 p.m. with a cocktail reception and artwork preview, followed by the live auction at 5 p.m. Bidding on silent auction items also closes at this time and winners are announced. The closing reception is new this year, and Greenberg is looking forward to the “culmination of people and art” at the end of the day. “It’s really a celebration of the arts and of what we have here on Canyon Road,” he says.—Lindsay Mitchell

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