Show Preview | Canyon Road Paint Out

Santa Fe, NM
Various locations, October 17-18

Artist's paint along Canyon Road at last year's  event.

Artist’s paint along Canyon Road at last year’s event.

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Historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe has been an artistic destination for over a hundred years. As early as 1912, artists settled along the road, and by the 1930s they started establishing art colonies, fascinated by the beauty of the landscape, the magnificent skies, and the abundance of warm, inviting light. This month the seventh annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out celebrates that history on October 17 and 18, with artists working en plein air in various media along the iconic trail.

Visitors can expect a plethora of engaging activities starting at 5 p.m. Friday, with many galleries, restaurants, and boutiques offering everything from entertainment to artists’ receptions to food and special events to kick off the paint- out. It’s a chance for art lovers to traverse the road, experiencing the creative spirit of past and current artists. “Friday evening there are just a lot of fun things to do with the artists and receptions,” says Meg Shepard, assistant director of the Canyon Road Merchants Association. “Many places are open and will have music and food, so it’s going to be quite a nice time to stroll Canyon Road.”

Saturday at 10 a.m. starts the paint-out and sculpt-out, where nearly 150 painters, sculptors, carvers, glassblowers, and
weavers set up in front of their galleries and create works of art until 5 p.m. Visitors have the chance to meet and talk with the artists and to purchase the works being created on site. Event organizers added Sculpt Out to the title of the show this year in an effort to truly encapsulate the breadth of art created along this road. “There is an exceptional diversity of artistic talents who use different media in various genres, they all come from completely different places, and they’ll all be on Canyon Road,” Shepard says. “There are a lot of opportunities to experience every sort of art in the process of creation.” —Joe Kovack

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