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Santa Fe, NM
Canyon Road, October 16-17

Artists working along Canyon Road at last year’s Paint Out and Sculpt Out.

Artists working along Canyon Road at last year’s Paint Out and Sculpt Out.

This story was featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2015 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story

Eight years ago, a small group of seven galleries located on Historic Canyon Road in Santa Fe invited local artists to spend a day demonstrating their artwork in front of the galleries. The event sparked so much attention and excitement in town that first year that not only was the event repeated the following year, but also more galleries joined the event and more artists—and spectators—attended. Today the Historic Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out, which happens annually on the third weekend of October, includes dozens of galleries up and down the road and over 150 participating fine artists from all over the country—and each year new elements are added.

Beginning Friday evening, October 16, Canyon Road galleries open their doors for artists’ receptions, exhibition openings, artists’ talks, food, and music. Visitors are invited to meet artists, peruse the artwork, and sample local, world-class cuisine up and down Canyon Road.

On Saturday morning, artists represented by participating galleries fill the streets and sidewalks to paint and sculpt en plein air from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s impressive list of participating artists includes painters Marshall Noice, John Axton, Doug Dawson, Amanda Banker, Michael DeVore, Wendy Higgins, and Joseph Breza and sculptors Mike McKee, Suzanne Donazetti, Bernard Franz, and Mark White, among many others. Throughout the day visitors can watch as works progress. “It’s not a Quick Draw. No artist is expected to complete their piece,” says Bonnie French, president of the Canyon Road Merchants Association, which organizes the event. “My favorite part of the weekend is strolling up and down and talking to the artists. They are so excited to talk about their processes and their art. You can just see how passionate they are about their work.” Throughout the day visitors can see painters, sculptors, carvers, weavers, jewelers, potters, glass blowers, and more, with musical accompaniment provided by local students. A parade featuring marching bands and local dignitaries begins at noon.

It’s one of the largest artists’ demonstrations in the country, and French says, “At no other time during the year are you going to see so many artists on Canyon Road. This is our biggest event of the year.” —Laura Rintala

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Artists working along Canyon Road at last year’s Paint Out and Sculpt Out.