The 19th Annual Patagonia ART WALK will return the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 – 27, from 10 am until dusk. It will showcase work of 40 local artists from Patagonia, Sonoita and Elgin.
Due to pandemic precautions, artists will display their artwork in open air “courtyards” created in existing vacant lots on McKeown Ave., the Patagonia Community Church (UMC), and the Patagonia Creative Arts Center (PCAC). (A big thank you to John Shelton and Ted Piper for donating use of their vacant lots on McKeown Avenue.)
Most Mainstreet businesses are participating. This year’s ART WALK includes amazing fiber artists, children’s art at Gathering Grounds, a Fine Arts Pavilion with oil paintings, watercolors, and more. Three additional Artisan Courtyards will showcase jewelry, acrylic paintings, photography and eclectic offerings. Find sculptures, ceramics, homegrown instruments, children’s art and more at PCAC. The Farmer’s Market will be on Friday only.
Don’t miss four special venues off main street. Look for local favorite potter Martha Kelly in the Tin Shed Theater courtyard, Judith H. Andrew’s artist studio at 305 Smelter Ave; Barbara Kuhns’ Textile Artists Courtyard on 3rd & Sonoita Ave., and a special exhibit of migrant children’s art incorporated into quilts in Cady Hall (Patagonia Public Library) curated by VOICES from the Border.
Children’s Programs in the Doc Mock Memorial Gazebo include storytelling by Christine Schlenker, Music and Movement (singalong) with Kathi Gordon for “littles” (and their grownups) and chalk art on the sidewalks. Coloring at the PCAC too.
Live music featured in the Central Park Gazebo includes participatory Drumming, and Americana Folk by Brett and Janet Dodd. The Hog Canyon Band will get you dancing on Saturday afternoon. Look for Mariachis too!
This all-volunteer ART WALK is organized by Mary Sky Schoolcraft, who gratefully acknowledges the help of many people. Regina Medley, Martha Kelly and Cassina Farley for advising; Mary Tolena for the website, email, and coordinating the music; Keith Spooner for excellent graphic design; Gisa Kroeger, an invaluable help in contacting businesses and artists; Heather Dodge on admin and press, and Don Borham, who installed the banners at both entrances to town.
Come stretch your legs, walk off Thanksgiving dinner, and be nourished in body-mind-and-soul by the wonderful original, quirky, elegant, handmade and heartfelt ART of our local talented artists.
Visit www.patagoniaARTWALK.com to read Artists’ bios, email patagoniaArtWalk@gmail.com if you have questions, ideas, suggestions, or if you want to volunteer.