IT'S ZOZOFEST TIME!
The Annual Burning of Zozobra may be the most far-out show in town, but before the spooky specter of gloom and grief goes up in smoke, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is stoked for celebrating the impending doom with a fantastic Online Art Exhibit in a museum-style online gallery sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union!
AND IT'S ALL FREE!
You'll see amazing Zozobra artwork by some of New Mexico's most talented artists. You'll get first-look previews of Santa Fe’s most freaky character, before that ginormous head and cavernous body are joined together. What a great way to get excited about this historic tradition before Zozobra is raised up the pole to meet an eternal foe, the Fire Spirit, at the 96th Annual Burning of Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park. This year's unprecedented no-crowd burning on Friday, September 4, 2020, was televised for FREE on KOAT Channel 7, New Mexico's ABC affiliate and streamed on the web at https://www.koat.com/
Since ZozoFest has moved online this year, we want to make sure that you can still put your gloom inside Zozobra's ginormous body to burn! You can submit your glooms at this link to be put right into ZOZOBRA and also give someone else the gift of a gloom submission too. You can also choose what part of the monster's body you want your gloom to be burned and even better, you can even upload that divorce degree, pink slip, picture of your ex or mortgage document into Zozobra to become ashes!
The ZozoFest Art Exhibit recognizes the importance of Zozobra as an icon for the City of Santa Fe. The Burning of Zozobra is an unforgettable spectacle that has inspired artwork for over nine decades, and ZozoFest brings hundreds of inspired depictions of this Santa Fe icon to one place.
This year, the ZozoFest Zozobra Art Exhibit moves online to a museum-style online gallery featuring the work of some amazing talents who just can't get Zozobra out of their minds.
Zozobra's dedicated fans can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, limited edition prints, sculptures, photographs, and creative works in a variety of media to take home. Drawings created by Santa Fe Public School students will also be on display, showcasing the enduring love for Santa Fe’s oldest grouch.
“When the Kiwanis Club builds Zozobra, we accept that we have to get rid of him,” says Zozobra Event Chair, Ray Sandoval. “This is the entire purpose, but the artwork created in his likeness gives Zozobra a chance to stay alive year-round, existing as an important element in our history and culture. The art show is also extremely inclusive. We’ve never had to turn down any artists and the entry fee is $0. It doesn’t matter if it’s an artist's first time showing in an art show or their 100th––all are welcome.”
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe will have lots of fun items on display: historical artwork; photography and contemporary works for sale by local Santa Fe artists; and all the Zozobra merchandise your little heart desires –– including the 2020 Official T-shirts and posters –– is available here!