Steven Boone participated in Santa Fe’s

Canyon Road, in Santa Fe, is called by some the “top art market in the world.” So what’s its annual art festival like?

Jo Anna Arnett was another participating artist at the “Passport to the Arts.”

The Canyon Road Merchants Association holds the “Passport to the Arts” event each year on Mother’s Day weekend, shining a spotlight on the more than 100 galleries and artist studios that pack a half-mile area in Santa Fe. This year’s event drew 50 artists for a speedy 90-minute quick draw competition, and all the pieces sold in a live auction, bringing prices ranging from $250 to $4,700. PleinAir magazine was proud to be one of the sponsors of the event.

Artists in a quick draw faced off for prizes.

“Canyon Road has long been a mecca for artists,” says Nancy Leeson, a Canyon Road Merchants Association board member. “‘Passport to the Arts’ honors the tradition of live art that has always made Canyon Road unique among art districts.”

The 5th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out, featuring about 100 artists, is scheduled for October 18 and 19. See the website for more information.


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