One of the world’s largest art hubs, Santa Fe, New Mexico is elevating the art experience through the Santa Fe Arts Festival, which features a series of interactive events that not only celebrate art, but are designed to educate and engage. Two of the festival’s staple events are the Canyon Road Paint Out and Art Matters | Santa Fe, which both focus on artist and visitor interactions. Additional details are below:
Canyon Road Paint Out, October 18-19
A Santa Fe tradition, the public is invited to mingle as 100 artists take their work outdoors and paint along historic Canyon Road. The event celebrates and honors a tradition of painting “en plein air” that began over a century ago on this narrow trail leading to Santa Fe from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. More than just painting, artists will be working in a variety of forms including sculpting, weaving, carving and jewelry making. The event is free to the public and takes place Friday, 5:00 through 8:00 p.m. with gallery openings, artist receptions and interactive art exhibits. Festivities continue Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.visitcanyonroad.com.
Art Matters | Santa Fe, October 18-20 and 25-27
During the first annual Art Matters | Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Gallery Association will sponsor over 25 artist panel discussions and lectures in more than 16 galleries and museums over the course of two weekends. The in-gallery events will spotlight the diversity of the art scene in Santa Fe and give an inside look to the masterminds behind the art. Collectors and art enthusiasts will get the chance to go behind the scenes and hear where the inspiration for the work comes from. For more information and a full listing of events, visit www.SantaFeGalleryAssociation.org.
Additional events taking place during the Santa Fe Arts Festival month include:
Show House Santa Fe, October 5-6, 11-12
Established by Santa Fe Interior Designers David Naylor and Jennifer Ashton, this event examines the roll fashion plays in interior design with the exhibit, At Home With Fashion. All ticket sales proceeds benefit the community organization Dollars4Schools. For more information, visit www.ShowHouseSantaFe.com.
The 20th Annual Abiquiu Studio Tour, October 12–14
Experience the unique artistry of the region and explore the local color at this annual event featuring more than 80 artists. For more information, visit www.AbiquiuStudioTour.org.
The 2013 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF), October 16–20
SFIFF presents five days of independent film screenings, community events, and educational workshops. As part of the festival, famed independent film director John Waters will perform his one-man show “This Filthy World” Oct. 19 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Venues include the Lensic Performance Arts Center, CCA, The Screen, and Warehouse 21 at the Santa Fe Railyard. For more information, visit www.SantaFeIndependentFilmFestival.com.
The 26th Annual Galisteo Studio Tour, October 19-20
Tour the private studios and meet the artists who call this classic New Mexican village home. Visitors can explore the area by foot while taking in the photography, paintings, pottery, bronze sculpture and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.GalisteoStudioTour.com.
Fashion Heat 2013: Native Fashion as Art Show, October 19
Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts (PVMIWA) in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) showcase a local fashion show highlighting Native American designers who push the creative exploration of fashion. For more information, visit www.PVMIWA.org.
Santa Fe Fashion Week, October 23–26
Fashionistas can shop and stroll the trunk shows on Canyon Road and then head to Buffalo Thunder for a two-day runway show featuring local and celebrity fashion design talent and live performances. For more information, visit www.SantaFeFashionWeek.com.