Dusty cowboy boots and six-shooters aren’t required for the 12th annual Quick Draw, but passers-by should not be surprised if a few paintbrush-swinging Monet-types end up in a showdown.
More than 30 artists will participate in the Taos Center for the Arts’ annual fundraiser that brings local artists out to work in public.
Artists will spread out to work at several locations in downtown Taos on Saturday (Sept. 29) from noon until 3 p.m. They’ll be set up at the Taos Center for the Arts courtyard and Stables Gallery at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; Bent Street at the John Dunn Shops; Ledoux Street at the Blumenschein Home and Museum; on the south side of Taos Plaza; and locations on Kit Carson Road.
Live music at the Stables will be provided by Don Richmond, Chipper Thompson, Kim Treiber-Thompson and special guest Kirsten Parsons.
At 3:30 p.m., participants gather for a wine reception and viewing of the finished pieces at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. A live auction begins at 4 p.m., with Quick Draw pieces as well as selected artworks up for bid.
Taos Center for the Arts Director of Programming Dancer Dearing explained that while the majority of artists participating in the Quick Draw are painters, other types of artists are also included. Katy George, for instance, is a hat maker who will craft at least one hat that afternoon. Huberto Maestas works in clay and bronze casting. Silversmith Mercedes Montoya will fashion a piece of jewelry during the art event.
Artists are allowed to start a piece before the Quick Draw and complete it that afternoon or create their entire piece of art during the event.
“Some do plein air and start it right there on the grounds, using people or architecture as themes,” Dearing said. “Some people bring photographs to paint from ... it’s all very spontaneous.”
A walking map directs participants to the various stops along the Quick Draw tour. The main site for Quick Draw will be the courtyard of the Stables Gallery where approximately 20 artists will be working, including Barbara Barrett, David Borenstein, George Chacón, Conrad Cooper, Jessica Gaddis, Katy George, Alan Heuer, Petro Hul, Elizabeth Jose, Huberto Maestas, Beatrice Miera, Mercedes Montoya, Dodi Nelson, Laurie Hill Phelps, RJ Pfammatter, Lloyd Rivera, Sam Richardson, Sally Russell, Hank Saxe, Patty Sheehan, Ron Stock and Thom Wheeler.
The next stop on the walking tour is the John Dunn Shops at Bent Street where artists Claudette Barker, Jim Barker, Geraldine Liermann, Judy VanHeyst and Jo Anne Paul will be located.
From there, head across Taos Plaza and down Ledoux Street, to the Blumenschein Home and Museum, where one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists (TSA) once lived with his wife and family. Quick Draw artists at the Blumenschein include Mary Beth Hill, Clarence Medina, Randy Pijoan, Sal Giglio, Dorothy Lampl, Richard Alan Nichols and Jeff Cochran.
Peggy Immel and some friends will be painting in the courtyard of The Couse Foundation on Kit Carson Road, the former home and studio of Eanger Irving Couse, also a co-founder of the TSA. The Couse Foundation also includes two studios used by Joseph Henry Sharp, another TSA member.
“The camaraderie is wonderful” between artists, Dearing said. “All the artists enjoy it, and usually come back every year. It’s a joyful and wonderful experience. The participants like talking to the people who come and watch them as much as the people like talking to the artists.”
This year’s live auction includes Quick Draw works created (or finished) during the day. The auction also features the work of the Taos Center of the Arts’ Patron Artists, including Larry Bell, Conrad Cooper, Alyce Frank, Gus Foster, Lenny Foster, Valerie Graves, Petro Hul, Ann Huston, Randall LaGro, Bea Mandelman, Paul Pascarella, Louis Ribak, Ed Sandoval, John Suazo, Thom Wheeler and Zoe Zimmerman.
The auction is free to the public, but a $5 fee is requested for bidder paddles. Richard Alan Nichols will serve as the auctioneer. Proceeds from the auction are split between the artists and the Taos Center for the Arts, which uses it to support the organization’s programming.