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Posted by admin on May - 8 - 2012 | 0 Comment

If you’re like me, you love to wander up Canyon Road in Santa Fe, strolling through galleries, admiring gardens, sitting on benches, admiring sculptures. But also, if you’re like me, you secretly wish you could rub elbows with the artists, get to know them personally, even if just for a minute or two, and watch them in the process of creating their amazing art.

Mother’s Day weekend will be the perfect opportunity to do exactly that – hang with the Canyon Road artists, watch them at work, and then have the chance to bid on your favorite pieces immediately after they’re finished.

Sound intriguing? That’s what I thought when I heard about Passport to the Arts, an event sponsored by the Canyon Road Merchants Association, scheduled for Saturday May 12. Passport to the Arts is a day-long event with art creation, auctions and musical performances, benefitting the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Programs.

Here’s how it works: At 9:30 a.m., the Canyon Road Artists Quick Draw will begin. 35 participating artists will have a very short 90 minutes to work in three different outdoor locations against the clock to creat an original piece. The locations for the Quick Draw are The Galleries at 225, Waxlander Gallery, and The William and Joseph Gallery. Click here for a list of the artists and location information.

At 11:00 a.m. sharp, all Quick Draw artists will put down their palettes, brushes, knives, paints and tools, and then they’ll have 30 minutes to deliver their work to the Live Quick Draw Auction.

Waxlander Gallery on Canyon Road - one of the locations for the Quick Draw

At 11:30, the bidding begins. If you’ve been watching an artist create a painting and you fell in love with it, it can be your’s. Think about the stories you can tell once it’s hanging on your wall! Click here for a link to the auction registration page.

Phyllis Kapp watercolor - just an example of the art you'll find on Canyon Road

All participating artists have agreed to donate a percentage of the sale of their pieces to the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program. And if bidding at a live auction isn’t quite your style, there will also be an exceptional collection of paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry, weavings and pottery on display at fifty galleries, boutiques and jewelers along Canyon Road, all of which you can bid on in a silent auction. A portion of the proceeds from the silent auction will also benefit the Music Education Program.

It's Canyon Road - there's art everywhere you turn. . .

 In keeping with the Music Education theme, the afternoon will feature student musical performances by bands, choirs and orchestras from Santa Fe Public Schools at a dozen outdoor locations along Canyon Road.

Tribute Trio

And then, as if you haven’t already had a fabulous day full of art and music, Santa Fe’s own Tribute Trio will have a special outdoor performance at Ventana Fine Art from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Nothing like a little jazz on Canyon Road to end what promises to be a perfect day.

You can find more details about the event here.  Besides the Saturday activities, you can catch several events and openings on Friday evening. So, if you were looking for a reason to visit Santa Fe and Canyon Road this spring, this is it! I plan to be there. . .

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