Passport to the Arts

- May 1, 2012

“Mother’s Day Weekend on Canyon Road…”

Canyon Road’s regular Friday evening art openings will have a special flair for the beginning of this year’s Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11-13. For the weekend, there are special shows and exhibitions planned at many of the 100 galleries and boutiques that line Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road.

The festivities continue on Saturday the 12, from 9:30 to 7:30 p.m. You can spend the day enjoying a variety of live musical offerings and a myriad of special events including an Artist Quick Draw and live auction, silent auctions and special demonstrations. Who knows, you might even find the best Mother’s Day gift ever for that special person in your life – take her along or make a surprise purchase for her. There is even a tour of historic buildings conducted by the Historic Santa Fe Foundation.

Here are just a few of the events planned for Saturday:

Artist Quick Draw – 9:30-11 a.m.

This is a rare opportunity to watch artists, using a broad range of media and very individual techniques, create original works under the pressure of time and in public view. Each of the 33 participating artists will create an original piece in 90 minutes and then they’ll have just 30 minutes to prepare their works for sale, frame them if necessary, and get their works to the Live Quick Draw Auction at 11:30. The participating artists have agreed to donate a percentage of the sale of their pieces to the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program.

There is also an exceptional collection of paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, weavings, and pottery available to be viewed and bid on at 50 galleries, boutiques and jewelers along Canyon Road. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the school music program.

Along the way, your Passport to the Arts will guide you through the intimate interiors and lovely gardens of the century-old adobes that line Canyon Road as you enjoy these special exhibitions, trunk shows, live music and food and, from 1 to 3 p.m., there are student musical performances by bands, choirs and orchestras from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program at a dozen outdoor locations on Canyon Road.

Jazz on Canyon Road -- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

John Rangel’s wonderful Tribute Trio will perform outdoors at Ventana Fine Art (corner of Canyon Road and Garcia Street) on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This piano trio, consisting of Rangel on piano, bassist Michael Glynn and drummer Cal Haines, was formed in 2010 to honor the powerful influence of jazz pianists/composers whose works have helped shape the evolution of jazz. In the past, they have performed full concerts of work by individual composers/pianists: Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Thelonius Monk, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans and Horace Silver. I hope to hear the music of as many of these jazz giants as possible on Saturday evening, May 12.

No wonder why Canyon Road is known as the “art and soul” of Santa Fe.

The Canyon Road Merchants Association website has all the details here.