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Passport to the Arts: Canyon Road events in Santa Fe

Canyon Road Paint Out
Canyon Road Paint Out
Elizabeth R. Rose

Passport to the Arts 2014, May 9-11, is an annual public art event taking place on historic Canyon Road, voted the second most iconic street in the U.S. by USA Today. Artists from around the country visit Santa Fe for this three-day weekend art event. Openings, exhibitions, silent auctions, and receptions for artists will be held at many of the internationally known galleries and artist studios on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. Headlining Passport to the Arts is the Artist Quick Draw and Live Auction on Saturday.

Events are listed below:

Gallery Openings-Silent Auctions: Friday May 9, evening

Santa Fe’s fine tradition of gallery openings and events hits its peak on Friday evening with Meet the Artist receptions, artistic demonstrations, lectures and special shows. Silent auctions held at more than 50 locations that evening include bidding on paintings, sculpture, jewelry, weavings, pottery and more.

Artist Quick Draw: Sat, May 10, 11:00am – 12:30pm

40 Canyon Road gallery artists will have 90 minutes to start and finish an original work of art in the Passport to the Arts’ Quick Draw. Artists must complete the creative process under the watchful eyes of spectators and under the pressure of time. Sculptors, jewelry makers, potters and artists of all creative persuasions are set to participate in this outdoor event. Using a variety of media, they will demonstrate techniques refined over years of study and endless time in their studios.

Artist Reception: Saturday, May 10, 4:00pm

This is the chance to meet the artists who make Canyon Road one of the most important art streets in the world during a cocktail reception at Ventana Fine Arts, 400 Canyon. It is a rare opportunity to socialize with some of the finest and best-known artists who show their work in Santa Fe.

Quick Draw Live Auction: Sat, May 10, 5:00pm

The Quick Draw Live Auction starts at 5pm with a preview of Quick Draw items for interested bidders. Art lovers will find contemporary, abstract, modern, expressionistic, figurative and traditional pieces in a variety of media. A portion of the proceeds are donated to support the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program. Register for bidding at or 505-795-5703.

Year ‘Round on Canyon Road

The Art of Canyon Road

Nowhere else in the world can one find such incredible diversity of art and fine art galleries than on Canyon Road. In less than one mile, there are one hundred galleries featuring art that ranges from contemporary, abstract and modern to multicultural, expressionistic and figurative. Galleries showcase paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic; along with sculptures in stone, bronze, marble, clay, and wood. And all can be found in the century-old buildings and historic gardens of this magical old road.

Art Walks & Gallery Openings

On any given Friday of the year, it’s likely that openings and shows are scheduled after 5:00 PM on Canyon Road during weekly gallery crawls. However, treasures await discovery every day of the year behind Canyon Road’s adobe walls, carved, wooden gates, in open studios and in wonderful old buildings from the early 1900’s.

Explore History

The Historic Santa Fe Foundation located at El Zaguán, a historic property and garden at 545 Canyon Road, is open weekdays and features an incredible collection of photos and information on Santa Fe and Canyon Road’s early days. In addition to its architectural preservation efforts, the foundation supports the art community with its Artists’ Residency Program – an artist’s community of 5 working artists who live at El Zaguán. The foundation’s annual Sunday afternoon tour on Mother’s Day is held during the same weekend as Passport to the Arts. More information is available at

Canyon Road Merchants Association

The Canyon Road Merchants Association is an organization run by volunteers and fueled by the support of 100 Canyon Road businesses, industry, community, and government partners. The association members host numerous individual and group events throughout the year for Santa Fe visitors and the community. Canyon Road is located in a historically protected, carefully preserved neighborhood and is home to 100 fine art galleries and active artist studios, restaurants, boutiques, and shops.

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Information provided by: Santa Fe CVB

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