It’s all in a day’s work. And, at the end you have a chance to bid on works of art by some of the most well-known Taos artists.

The event is the annual “Quick Draw” challenge, a benefit for the Taos Center for the Arts, taking place Saturday (Sept. 28) starting at noon. At 3 p.m., the call, “Brushes down!” is made, followed at 5 p.m. by a live auction at the Encore Gallery next door where patrons have a chance to bid on the artwork made that day.

For the artists, it’s a fun day and a chance to hang out with some of their biggest fans. In the past, the event has centered on the courtyard in front of the center’s Stables Art Gallery at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This year, organizers are spreading the love by designating several “satellite locations” throughout the Taos Historic District.

So, Saturday afternoon you’ll see around 50 or so artists creating works on the spot at the Dunn House shops on Bent Street, the Blumenschein Home and Museum on Ledoux Street, Taos Plaza, the Couse-Sharp Historic Site on Kit Carson Road and, of course, the Stables Gallery.

“Two and three-dimensional art in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, stone, glass and wood is represented,” a center press release states. “The event is open to established and new artists and culminates in a live auction that benefits the artists and the (Taos Center for the Arts).

The event is free and the public is invited. For more call (575) 758-2052 or visit

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