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Canyon Road Paint Out- Canyon Road Merchants Association

We’re 3 1/2 weeks away from the 7th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out & Sculpt Out, and excitement is building. As galleries all along Canyon Road register their artists for the event, it’s shaping up to be the plein air festival’s biggest and most diverse year yet. All day on October 18, art enthusiasts from across the country will have the opportunity to connect with painters and sculptors, jewelers and printmakers, photographers and clothing designers. Though their mediums are diverse, the artists are all tied together by this colorful ribbon of road that has fostered the creative spirit for more than a century.

Check out our last blog for more information on this exciting weekend, and make sure to follow the Canyon Road Merchants Association on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

But wait! We’re also planning a top secret event that has never happened on Canyon Road before. Follow our COUNTDOWN TO PAINT OUT blog series over the next few weeks for clues. For now, all we can give you is a time and a place:

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Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out- Canyon Road Merchants Association

Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18, 2014

Over 150 artists join in this exceptional outdoor event that stretches the length of Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. The Paint Out & Sculpt Out celebrates the tradition of painting & sculpting “en plein air” that began a century ago on this iconic Santa Fe trail. Experience the creative process of established and emerging artists – including weavers, jewelers, potters, and carvers – who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the sculptors and painters.

Throughout the day at numerous venues, a variety of artistic demonstrations and musical performances take place at myriad locations on Canyon Road. Artists at some locations will be working with children.

A festival parade with marching bands takes place at noon and students from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program will perform in the early afternoon. Music, food, art shows, and refreshments will be offered at locations all along Canyon Road.

Click here for more information, and connect with the Canyon Road Merchants Association on Facebook and Twitter for daily news from the road!

Letters from Canyon Road: Santa Kilim

Santa Kilim - Canyon Road - Santa Fe New Mexico

Santa Kilim at 717 Canyon Road

Santa Kilim established its new Canyon Road location 3 years ago in a building that formerly housed the art supply store, Artisan; many of our visitors recall with nostalgia how, over the decades, they came here to sift through fine pigments, canvas and paintbrushes. Carrying on the creative legacy of the landmark building, Santa Kilim offers visitors an alternate experience of Canyon Road, an opportunity to encounter Morocco and other parts of the world through material culture—textiles, architectural elements and antiques. Local artists now come to the gallery in search of textile fragments and objects to incorporate into their own work; tourists, locals, designers and architects find inspiration and statement pieces for their homes and projects.

Artist Johnny Masur- Santa Kilim - Canyon Road Paint Out

Canyon Road Paint Out

Periodically, Santa Kilim has featured artists in the gallery, such as Johnny Masur, who participated in the annual Paint-Out and whose rich oil-on-linen works have been characterized as ‘Romantic Realism’; Moroccan artist Hayat Saidi, founder of Women’s Art World, who took part in Passport to the Arts and Artist Quick Draw to create a piece for the annual art auction; and Icelandic artist Maria Sigridur Jonsdottir, whose ethereal paintings are currently on display.

Enamel Art-Pilar Martin Henry- Santa Kilim Santa Fe New Mexico

Enamel, Pilar Martin-Henry

The latest addition to Santa Kilim’s collection is ‘Glass on Metal’ by Spanish artist Pilar Martin-Henry; it is an example of enameling, an ancient art technique that involves using vitreous enamels (finely ground glass) applied to clean metal, such as copper, and fusing the glass to metal at high heat. Pilar’s artistic journey began 8 years ago following her study of different enameling techniques; she carries on the legacy of her mother, who was enameling from young adulthood. Pilar describes her art as ‘transformation channeled through enameling, which is a passage into light and color’.

Learn more on the Santa Kilim homepage, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date Canyon Road news. Also, don’t forget to plan your trip to Santa Fe for Passport to the Arts 2014!

Matthews Gallery Unveils Never-Before-Seen Artwork by William Lumpkins

William Lumpkins- Serigraph- Matthews Gallery

Architect and artist William Lumpkins (1909-2002) designed more than 2,000 buildings in Santa Fe, founded the Santa Fe Art Institute, and was an important player among the area’s early modernist artists. There’s no doubt this “Renaissance Man” left an enduring mark on the City Different, but one body of work by Lumpkins has yet to reach the public eye. This spring, Matthews Gallery will present never-before-seen prints and drawings from the private collection of a Lumpkins family member in NEW MEXICO MODERNS: The Lumpkins Files, opening April 18 from 5-7 pm and running through April 25.

Lumpkins lived in Santa Fe for most of his life, working among artists like Jozef Bakos, Willard Nash and N.J.O. Nordfeldt. He was a founder of the Transcendental Painting Group, a collective of Southwestern artists influenced by Wassily Kandinksy and other abstract expressionists. The Lumpkins Files features serigraphs and felt-tip pen drawings from the 1960’s and 1970’s, around the time Lumpkins settled in Santa Fe for the third and final time.

“Bill was in his late 50s and early 60s when he made these works, but they’re bold aesthetic experiments in unusual media,” says gallery owner Lawrence Matthews. “It’s a rare and exciting experience to discover new sides of an artist more than a decade after his death.”

Lumpkins was mostly known for his abstracted watercolor landscapes. Printmaking and drawing allowed him to stretch his palette and abstract vocabulary in new directions. In the series of serigraphs, dated 1965, the artist shattered the landscape into jagged blocks of color that overlap to form a complex, multilayered picture plane. For the drawings, made in the early-to-mid 1970’s, Lumpkins selected uncharacteristically bright hues and kept them starkly divided. Land forms, trees and buildings tumble across the page, often vanishing among many-sided geometric forms.

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime show at the reception for NEW MEXICO MODERNS: The Lumpkins Files on April 18 at Matthews Gallery from 5-7 pm. For more information, visit or contact us at