Here's a brief rundown of some of the arts events happening in Taos this week. For more, pick up a copy of the print edition of Tempo magazine, inside The Taos News, on sale early Thursday morning (March 9).
Ortenstone shows ‘Brushes with Light’
An exhibition of new paintings by Nancy Ortenstone, titled “Brushes With Light,” will open with a reception Saturday (March 11), 5-7 p.m., at Ortenstone Delattre Fine Art, 115 Bent Street.
“During these chaotic times, and with the loss of two very close friends, I found myself undergoing some dramatic changes in my art,” Ortenstone said in a prepared statement. “I felt a need to bring viewers into a space and time of grace, quietness and calm. I asked myself how my art could become a kind of refuge for those seeking solace and comfort. Influenced by my daily walks in the New Mexico countryside, I began by limiting my colors and paring down to the essence with a series of paintings in black, white and gray that would slow time down and offer more space for contemplation. I was feeling that I couldnʼt just paint for my own pleasure or even the pleasure of others; I needed to make an offering toward the restoration of calmness in the world.”
Then, she said, she said she found herself “coming full circle to what I wished to be very comforting colors, less dramatic than in times past, more subdued. Since so much of my technique is to brush liquid acrylics deep into the canvas until they attain a soft glow, and to leave spaces for light to break through, I call them ‘brushes with light.’ My focus now is to find a way for the viewer to re-enter the light of a new and more peaceful inner world.
For more information, call (575) 737-0799 or visit ortenstone.com.
‘Art Gala’ at Taos Retirement Village
This Saturday (March 11), 3-5 p.m., Taos Retirement Village will host its fourth annual “Art Gala” at The Village Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Artwork by Ray Vinella, Zelma Goldstein, Avis Vermilye, David Loveless, Mary Ann Rall, Dieter Rall, Cynthia Homire, Dorothy Zopf, Nancy Woodworth, Rod Lawson and Norbert Bach will be on display. There is no admission fee. The venue is located at 414 Camino de la Placita, facing Valverde Street. Tours of model apartments are available. For additional information, call (575) 758-8248.
Erica Collins at Sage Fine Art
Erica Collins will exhibit limited-edition woodcut prints, pastels and watercolors through March 31 at Sage Fine Art, 115 E. Plaza in Taos. An opening reception is scheduled to occur from 4-7 p.m. Saturday (March 11). Call (575) 758-9396 for additional information.
‘Learning the Collections’ focuses on Gene Kloss
A press release posits the question, “Who takes a 60-pound etching press on a camping trip… for a honeymoon? Only one artist that we know of: Gene Kloss.” The “Learning the Collections” series at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, will discuss the life and work of Kloss Wednesday (March 15) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. V. Susan Fisher, museum executive director and curator, will lead “a discussion of art, the dedication it takes to produce it, and methods that might seem a bit extreme… anywhere else than Taos.” The event is $10, free for museum members. Parking is free. Call (575) 758-2690, ext. 101 to reserve a space.
‘Meet the Girls’ with Caren Lorber
A collection of Caren Lorber’s portrait assemblages (”Meet the Girls”) is on view at the Trading Post Café and Gallery, 4179 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos, throughout the months of March and April. More of Lorber’s work can be seen at her studio/gallery located at 107-D Plaza Garcia, just south of Michael’s Kitchen. For further information, call (575) 779-9437 or visit carenlorber.com.
‘Rag Made Quilts’ at Taos Public Library
“Rag Made Quilts” is being exhibited at Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, through May 31. Artists include: Violette Alby, Melissa Larson, Concha Mondragon, Christine Robert, Winter Ross and Starr. A public artist reception will be held at the library March 24 from 4-5:30 pm. Wholly Rags, a local nonprofit textile recycling company, puts on this annual show at the library. Call (575) 751-9862 for more information.
Calls for entry
• Officials with “Arte de Descartes,” the juried show of art made from 90 percent recycled materials, have issued a call for entries. This year’s jury will be artists Mieshiel Murray, Lynda Jasper-Vogel and Joel Lage. Deadline for entries is Aug. 1. To download prospectus, go to whollyrags.org or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Wholly Rags, P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862 for more information.
• The 36th annual Arts Fest, which will occur in Angel Fire July 8 and 9, seeks artists to participate and submit applications. Applications are available at artup-nnm.org. Call (575) 377-6273 to ask questions.
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