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2014 Passport to the Arts to be held this weekend in Santa Fe

8 May 2014 5:40 PM
2014 Passport to the Arts to be held this weekend in Santa Fe

As one of the most geographically diverse states in America, New Mexico has long been the focus of artists. In fact, its capital city of Santa Fe is considered one of the country's most culturally vibrant areas, currently boasting a collection of celebrated museums and having formerly served as the home of revered Georgia O'Keeffe. 

The tradition of art appreciation is alive as ever, and will be visibly apparent during this coming weekend, as the 2014 Passport to the Arts - a three-day public art event on historic Canyon Road - will be held in The City Different from May 9 to May 11. If you consider yourself an enthusiast of fine art, you should consider attending this annual social affair, as it promises to be a memorable experience for all and provide opportunities for luxury real estate owners to expand their personal collections and decorate their high-end homes.

Weekend to contain myriad of exciting events, activities
As in years past, the 2014 festival will see a number of special exhibitions, exciting receptions, thrilling demonstrations, entertaining live performances and engaging silent auctions. Those who plan to attend the festivities can look forward to viewing unique works in such disciplines as painting, sculpture, photography, glass blowing, weaving, jewelry making and pottery throwing.

This year's Passport to the Arts will kick off Friday evening, when 50 different locations along Canyon Road open their doors and host a number of special events, such as gallery openings, artist receptions, gourmet food tastings and intimate concerts, among others. Participants will be encouraged to move at their own pace, experiencing first-hand all that the annual occasion has to offer. 

On Saturday, festivities will get underway at 11 a.m. when the Artist Quick Draw - an event in which participating artists will create a unique work in just two hours -  begins in multiple areas. It serves as a rare opportunity for individuals to see these artists in action, as more than 55 have signed up so far. Artists will be grouped in 10 different tents that will be located along the half-mile stretch in Santa Fe, allowing attendees to spend time observing each piece in progress. Those who wish to own one of the creative works crafted during this affair can partake in the live auction that will be conducted later that day. Starting at 5 p.m., Santa Fean magazine owner and publisher Bruce Adams will perform as the auctioneer from under the main tent at Ventana Fine Art. Preceding the auction at 4 p.m. will be a reception, complete with savory hors d'oeuvres and sophisticated cocktails.

Sunday will see the conclusion of the 2014 Passport to the Arts, but not before attendees are given additional chances to visit with their favorite artists and add to their growing art collections. At 11 a.m. many of the participating galleries, boutiques and shops on Canyon Road will reopen, with some even hosting artists' live demonstrations.

Attendees encouraged to explore Santa Fe after festival
As the events wind down on Sunday afternoon, those who partook in this year's festivities will be offered the opportunity to sample some of the region's finest cuisine at the city's most respected Canyon Road eateries.

During the day, special menus and exclusive events will be held at Café des Artistes, Caffe Greco and The Tea House, as well as Compound Restaurant, El Farol and Geronimo Restaurant, but reservations are recommended at these establishments due to high demand.

Whether your interested in any of the featured artists, or simply wish to explore this historic district of Santa Fe nestled into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this event is sure to be a good time for all.