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A sampling of visual arts events in Taos


This is a brief sampling of visual arts events in Taos. For more pick up a copy of Tempo, inside The Taos News, on newsstands now.

Farm Security Administration photos to be shown

There is to be a Farm Security Administration photo event at Taos Public Library meeting room (402 Camino de la Placita, Taos) Wednesday (June 7) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The event will show FSA photos of Taos from the 1930s and 1940s. An email from event organizers states, “Every photo has a story to tell. And Taos has hundreds of photos of years gone by whose stories are yet to be told. At Taos Public Library, we want to spark your individual experiences and memories of our people and place. From the everyday to the extraordinary, we’ll illuminate our whole story for future generations. We’re running a trial photo/storytelling event to start with and we want to you to take part and tell us how we can best shape future events so our community, and other communities nationwide, can get the most out of the experience. Plus, pizza!” For additional information, call (575) 758-3063.

Maher shows works in Dixon

“Anything But Still” is a two-month (June and July) one-woman show at La Joya Escondido Gallery, which is located on the grounds of the Vivac Winery Vineyard, 2075 State Road 68 in Dixon. The show features the new contemporary works in oil by Ranchos de Taos painter Shera Maher. First Friday openings on Friday (June 2) and July 7, 5-7 p.m., will offer food, drinks (cash bar for wine) and entertainment. Call (575) 770-3199 for showings by appointment and updates.

Reception for Whettnall at magpie

This Saturday (June 3) from 5-7 p.m., magpie, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado, will host an opening reception for works by painter Jean Whettnall. In his artist statement, Whettnall notes he was born in France and “grew up in the surroundings of Foret de Fontainbleau, a magnificent reserve of ancient trees and amazing rocks,” which have often inspired his works. Since 1982, he has been living in Ojo Sarco, and he’s now attracted by the light and sky of the Land of Enchantment. Whettnall’s watercolors and oils catch the beauty of landscapes in an impressionist manner. According to press materials, he has a “sensitive and poetic approach to nature, which allows human shapes to merge with other organic shapes. Landscapes become a mirror to cross, a gateway to enter a subjective and mythic dimension. The singular strength of his style reveals a highly inspired visionary, an authentic artist.” The work will be on display through June 17. For more information, call (781) 248-0166.

Photography salon: ‘Photography as Art or Visual Literalism’

This Saturday (June 3), 3-6 p.m., Amore Gallery, 117-B Kit Carson Road, Taos, will host a photography salon discussion. The discussion will focus on whether photography is a medium to capture reality or whether it is a form of art. Press materials state, “That is the crux of the debate that often exists when discussing what is considered ‘manipulation’ - a dirty word in the world of some passionate on the side of photo literalism.

“In fact, some forms of manipulation have always been part of photography. Ansel Adams, well known for his works on photographing the Southwest, was also known for the creative work in the darkroom that produced the dramatic images.

“So, are any of these forms of photography more ‘valid’ than another? Are there boundaries that should be considered, especially with the newer technologies. What is the role of art in photography, and photography in art? And who should make these distinctions?”

For additional information, call (575) 779-3828.

‘First Saturday Art Walks’ in town

“First Saturday Art Walks” will return to Taos from 3-6 p.m. this Saturday (June 3) and the first Saturday of each month through October along Kit Carson Road. With more than 50 galleries and artist studios in downtown Taos, according to press materials, “this will be an opportunity to explore some of the galleries and studios that you may not have yet seen, or even known about. Up and down the main road, Bent Street, Ledoux and Kit Carson Road, get acquainted with the individual neighborhoods that make up the Taos Historic District. Participating galleries will stay open a little later on the first Saturdays of each month.” There will be artist demonstrations, refreshments, specials and more. For more information, visit

Pollard featured artist for June at Sage Fine Art

Pat Pollard is the featured artist at Sage Fine Art for the month of June, exhibiting abstracts and imaginary landscapes.  There will be a reception for the artist during the Saturday Art Walk on June 3 from 3-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered. Call (575) 758-9396 for further information. Sage Fine Art Gallery is located at 115 E. Taos Plaza.

Calls for entry

• ARTAOS seeks artists to do demonstrations in the Mobile Art Gallery at the Taos Veterans Creative Arts Festival (July 1-2 in Kit Carson Park). ARTAOS seeks artists who are veterans and would like to participate in outdoor art activities during the festival. Art activities have not been scheduled yet. They will be based on what the artists would like to showcase. “Portable” and “hands-on” activities are encouraged. An etching press for monoprinting will be available. Contact Jason at (505) 316-0237 or or visit for more information.

• Officials with “Arte de Descartes XVII,” the juried show of art made from 90 percent recycled materials, have issued a call for entries. Deadline for entries is Aug. 1. To download prospectus, go to or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Wholly Rags, P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 or pick it up in person at 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite L. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862 for more information.