The history of Canyon Road is what brings the current artisans together for the 5th Annual Canyon Road Paint Out. Paying homage to their predecessors, they will come together on October 20th to honor the tradition of plein-air painting that was established early in the artistic history of Santa Fe. Several venues are also planning special events the night before to extend the celebration.
More than 100 artists from 25 galleries are planning to participate this year. Sculptors, jewelers and of course painters will be working in gardens and on the street to create original works of art for excited onlookers. The event runs from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday October 20th, but many festivities will start the night before with special openings and events.
Buying Your Favorite Paint Out Piece
So what happens to all of the art? That depends on the gallery! Some will hang the pieces as soon as they dry, others will allow collectors to purchase straight from the easel. Others still will hold mini-auctions to give connoisseurs the chance to win an original piece of art. Talk to the galleries representing your favorite artists to determine how the art will be handled once it dries.
Paint Out Preview
Medicine Man Gallery
Medicine Man Gallery is pleased to have P.A. Nisbet painting in the Paint Out this year.
Dawn, Sea of Cortez – P.A. Nisbet
P. A. Nisbet was born in North Carolina in 1948 and began the study of painting at age ten. He has been a student of fine art for thirty-five years, beginning in watercolors and proceeding to oils by age 25. P. A. Nisbet received a liberal arts degree from the University of North Carolina followed by a commission in the United States Navy. He served as a line officer at sea with a ten month tour of duty in Vietnam. During that time P. A. Nisbet was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to serve as Director of Art Services for the Navy’s Office of Information. Following Naval Service in 1974 he commenced a free-lance commercial art business providing graphic design and illustration for over 25 national organizations. In 1980, P. A. Nisbet located to the Southwest and began painting landscapes. Since then he has completed and sold hundreds of paintings which are derived from experiences throughout the world. P. A. Nisbet has traveled to such remote places as the South Pole and China, but his preferred locale for painting is in the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico.
Lucy – Linda St. Clair – Gallery 822
Linda St. Clair : Within the great tradition of painting, Linda St. Clair has set herself apart as an innovator who creates animal portraits that explore the personalities of creatures great and small. Whether her subjects are of the barnyard, domestic or wild variety, they are undeniably the product of an artist inspired by wildlife’s vital energy and its broad emotional range. “My goal is offer the viewer a rare, if not surprising, glimpse into an animal’s individuality, its endearing qualities and often complex internal state,” St. Clair said. “I want my work to tell a story, to make us feel a connection with the subjects, to remind us all that upon closer inspection, animal emotions and relationships are not unlike our own.”
Aspen Fireworks – Sandy Keller – Gallery 822
Sandy Keller: Keller’s oil landscapes are rich with color and texture. Clouds, water, and strong verticals, such as those found in Aspen trees, all are luminous and appear to glow from within. “It is always about color and creating that magic moment when two or more colors vibrate against each other. That compelling force draws the viewer in, perhaps evoking a memory of a transient moment once seen.”
El Coralino – Jane Chavez – Gallery 822
Jane Chavez: Chavez has been connected to the land of the Southwest and has owned and loved horses since childhood. Her passion for baskets goes back to her early childhood years in Argentina where she loved the horse drawn carts piled high with baskets for sale. “My art reveals a personal interpretation of multicultural interests and my environment. The baskets are contemporary in nature and traditional in materials. I use a coiled basketry technique with creative designs and imaginative sterling silver metal work. The baskets’ shapes vary, depending on the original hand-stamped sterling silver which serves as the base for the horsehair bundles.”
Selby Fleetwood Gallery
Cambria – Kirk Tatom – Selby Fleetwood Gallery
Kirk Tatom: Gravitating towards the rural and natural, Kirk Tatom’s representational landscapes are replete with convincing details and alluring beauty. His bucolic pastoral scenes and wild, open spaces transport the viewer into a private reflection of organic harmony. Encouraging translucency and softness in his work, Kirk crafts a place of romantic wonder in his work. His palette is mostly naturalistic but often veers into a selected and harmonious set of colors. In painting the seasons, Kirk might emphasize the monochromatic and neutral quality of a cold winter’s day just after fresh snowfall while amplifying the fresh yellow greens of a wet spring in other works.
Ascend – Margi Lucena – Selby Fleetwood Gallery
Margi Lucena: The light and color of the southwest landscape captivate Margi Lucena and are the enduring subjects of her illustrative pastels on panel. Her intimate works convey an honest admiration for the desert, its rocks, canyons, cactus, trees, and skies. As she says, “I try to paint what I see and how I feel about the beauty of the natural landscape that surrounds us.” Painted mostly en plein air, Margi’s work empathetically details the characteristic qualities of light and shadow in the New Mexico landscape throughout all four seasons; the thin cold of winter and the lush heat of summer. Margi rapidly captures the shape of cool color in canyon shadows and the brevity of warm highlights on the edges of chamisa plants or cactus. With a fast and gutsy approach she achieves a rendering of the essential qualities that make the central and northern New Mexico environment particular and enchanting.
Confection – Gigi Mills – Selby Fleetwood Gallery
Gigi Mills: Like the work of Milton Avery, Gigi abstracts space and forms to merely reference the physical world. Her beaches, seasides, and interiors are placed in an impossible mixture of points of view, resulting in truly imaginary spaces. An attention to flat geometric shapes, a rarity of detail, and a tendency to define her figures as silhouettes lends anonymity to her subjects. Gigi observes, “The reduction of forms to a simplified elegance is essential to my paintings. A successful piece should have the psychological and aesthetic weight to hold the viewer, to entice them to keep coming back to it. It’s my goal with each painting to create extraordinary beauty with the ballast of emotional complexity.”
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths
Tresa Vorenberg Goldsmiths will have one artist, Gary Smathers, painting during the Paint Out. They will also be showcasing the latest jewelry designs of Laurie Donovan with a reception the evening before and a chance for custom design consultations that day.
Laurie Donovan – Tresa Vorenberg Jewelers
Laurie Donovan: Please join us as we feature new jewelry designs by award winning artist, Laurie Donovan, Oct. 19 – Nov. 30. Meet the artist during the Canyon Road Art Walk on Friday, October 19 from 5-7pm. Make a special custom design consultation appointment with her on Saturday, October 20 between 11 & 5:30. “My jewelry is designed to reflect classic elegance hand-fabricated in precious metals,” Laurie Donovan says. “Unusual and precious gemstones inspire scenes or creatures as a subject for the piece. I deliberate about the surface techniques on the gold that I will use to enhance the stone. The gemstones tell the story, my work puts it all together to create these one of a kind works of art. The techniques often evolve as the story unfolds. Some of the pieces are delicate or fragile-looking and precious, just like life itself.”
Gary Smathers – Tresa Vorenberg Jewelers
Gary Smathers: Gary’s artistic education includes study in painting, drawing, and printmaking at Cass Technical High School in Detroit Michigan, the Pratt institute of Art in Brooklyn, and a degree from Eastern Michigan University. He has continued his creative and technical development through professional work in the publishing world. Drawing from sources as diverse as the sciences, theater, and the vast tapestry of art history, his recent work emerged primarily from the immediacy of extemporaneous sketching, the more structured world of editorial illustration, and figure drawing classes. The bridge that links these different artistic expressions is a desire to learn more about the creative process and, of course, the journey that unfolds.
Ventana Fine Art
Ventana Fine Art announces an exhibition and Pre-Paint-Out Party from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, October 19, the eve of the fifth annual Historic Canyon Road Paint out. Ventana artists John Axton, Barry McCuan, Tom Noble, Tricia Cherington-Ratliff, and Frank Balaam will be present at the party and exhibition of their most recent works on Friday evening, and will return to paint in Ventana’s gardens from 10 to 3 on Saturday, October 20, when all of Canyon Road will bustle with artists at work.
Barry McCuan – Ventana Fine Art
John Axton – Ventana Fine Art
Tricia Cherington-Ratliff – Ventana Fine Art
Tom Noble – Ventana Fine Art
Frank Balaam – Ventana Fine Art
Please see Part 2 of this blog where we preview more participating galleries and some of the other events.