ell, well, well…guess who’s turning a year older? Hint: it has a penchant for pushing buttons and you’re browsing it right now. Yup, SFR is adding another candle to the cake—but don’t go calling us middle-aged just yet.
To celebrate, we’re putting together
, a shindig that features 20 of our iconic street boxes embellished, revamped and reinvented by a dream team of local artists that includes the likes of
, modern santero
and the subject of the first Arts Valve feature,
Before hitting a corner near you, the assemblage will be present for a one-night-only art show
at the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission’s
Piqued your interest yet? Conceptual sculptors
will also be presenting a box, as will airbrush master
and the guerrilla knitters of
serves up an under-the-sea-inspired piece and joins
, who gets his muerto on;
, known for his metal animal sculptures;
; the papertastic
Made by both established and fledgling artists, the boxes range in themes from playful to colorful, head-scratching to political.
“I’d just gotten off the
exhibit, and I started thinking about royalty and the New Spain,” Banks, the creator of “El Emperador: The Gold Standard” (pictured) says. “It’s about imperialism—the haves and the have nots.”
, half of Axle Contemporary, delivers an interactive blackboard box that he hopes will draw the community in. “I like the simplicity of it,” he says, “and I also like the old-schoolness of chalkboards, felt erasers and such.”
Many of us have been together for 39 years. We have hooted and hollered together; had our a-ha moments; have ugly-cried together and we’ve done our gratitude journals. Hold on…I just ripped off Oprah Winfrey’s
. Senior moment, I guess.
Back to the show. Swing on by, say hi to the love-them-or-hate-‘em team, and help us pave the way for the next 39. This love letter is yours, Santa Fe. Come open it. Facebook event info here.
6-9 pm Friday, June 28. Free.
201 W Marcy St., 955-6705