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Latest Pecha Kucha night celebrates The PASEO and Taos Fall Arts Festival

By Laura Bulkin
Posted 9/13/18

The PASEO Festival, co-founded by J. Matt Thomas and Agnes Chavez in 2014, has become a joyfully anticipated fixture on the Taos calendar.Pecha Kucha Taos, co-organized by Thomas and …

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Fine art

Cavalcade of creatives

Latest Pecha Kucha night celebrates The PASEO and Taos Fall Arts Festival


The PASEO Festival, co-founded by J. Matt Thomas and Agnes Chavez in 2014, has become a joyfully anticipated fixture on the Taos calendar.

Pecha Kucha Taos, co-organized by Thomas and partner Richard Spera, has grown organically along with PASEO.

This Sunday (Sept. 16), Volume 28 of Pecha Kucha Taos celebrates "The PASEO and Taos Fall Arts" starting at 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte). Doors open at 6 p.m. for preshow refreshments and music.

"This has been a tradition for nearly five years," Thomas said. "We have celebrated PASEO and Fall Arts with this themed Pecha Kucha event. We bring in Taos artists and visiting PASEO artists. It's a great chance to hear the process and stories from the work that is on view this weekend and this fall. This is a really rare and exciting opportunity to hear from visiting artists from all over the world."

The scheduled presenters include:

Anna Novakov

"I am an art historian and writer," Novakov said. "I'm going to be talking about my work with olfactory (smell) art as both a maker and curator. I'm excited to share my passion with the Taos community and look forward to starting some interesting exchanges with new and old friends."

"I'm excited to hear from Anna," Thomas said. "She's an incredibly talented person offering so much to our community. I'm excited to hear about her current projects."

Parker Jennings

"I will be presenting a look into my process and expressing my overall bewilderment of the beauty and improbability of existence," said Jennings. "I am looking forward to the PASEO festival because I will be unveiling a new piece that has never been seen before."

"Parker is a PASEO 2018 artist and has been a PASEO artist in the past," Thomas said. "His work is deeply ingrained with the community and this year's piece, 'Push, Pull, Turn,' is no exception."

David Vedoe

"David is the poster artist for Taos Fall Arts Festival," Thomas said. "He is one talented guy. David is an architect, artists and much more. I was so happy to hear that he was selected as the poster artist for TFAF."

"It is the first time I am presenting," said Vedoe. "I will be talking about my background as an architect, artist and muralist, the 2018 TFAF Poster original painting, 'Harvest Dancer,' and how I create artworks, commission works and conceptual works."

Marshall James Kavanaugh

"Marshall is that guy you might have seen at Farmers Market or the John Dunn Shops typing away a special poem for a curious visitor," Thomas said. "He will be partnering artists at the John Dunn Shops during PASEO weekend. Creativity flows out of this guy's skin. I'm interested in hearing more about his work, his process and his current projects."

Cindy Atkins

"Super excited to have a local museum, The Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, represented at Pecha Kucha," Thomas said. "It's a great opportunity to hear about the collections and exhibitions we have available for the community to view."

"I'm on the board of the museum and run the docent program," said Atkins. "I am going to be doing a talk about Nicolai Fechin, one of Taos' most gifted and celebrated artists and a man whose entire life was dedicated to the arts."

Jason Culbertson

"Jason is our poster artist for Pecha Kucha. I met Jason recently as he also has a background in architecture. He's an incredibly talented guy, with a talent in graphic design. I love getting architects on stage and excited to hear the creative process he will share."


"CHiKA is a return PASEO 2018 artist. She's full of energy, has a deep interest in technology and art and always entertains with her creative spirit, warm personality and genuine love for arts and our community," Thomas said.

Erin Elder

"I was invited to guest curate a portion of this year's PASEO, called 'We Are All Space in Time,' for which I commissioned four new site-responsive projects," said Elder. "The work explores the complexities of coexistence with land and with each other."

"Erin is our first-ever guest curator for PASEO," Thomas said. "She will be talking about her process in curating. I'm interested in hearing more from her."

Hugo Cifre/Espacio Nube

"These are the Space Cloud guys," Thomas said. "They are architects from Madrid, Spain. This is the first time the Space Cloud is being shown in the U.S. It has traveled throughout Europe and has won many awards. It's sure to be the showpiece for this year's PASEO."

Julie Lake

"Julie is the featured artist for the Harwood's Studio 238 exhibition for September," Thomas said. "Her work is gorgeous. She is known for her smaller scale pieces, but for the Harwood she is presenting larger sculptural pieces that are hanging and attached to the wall. It's simply elegant. I love her work."

"The work in the exhibition is an installation of objects created from welded strands of stainless steel," said Lake. "The Taos Pecha Kucha events are always inspiring, and I've admired the courage and openness of the presenters. I feel so lucky to be able to present my work during this time."

Volume 28 will feature preshow and intermission music by the Fletcher and John Trio. "We are excited to bring Max Moulten and his Trio to Pecha Kucha," Thomas said. "Prepare to be moved."

Food will be provided by Donabe. "Richard Spera helped to select this," Thomas said. "You all know Marshall Thompson from his Great Noodles cart. Marshall is about to launch his restaurant, Donabe, to be located right next door to the Taos Center for the Arts where Caffe Renato used to be. The restaurant is due to open in October, so our guests will be the first to try his delicious food."

"We encourage everyone to come out Sunday evening and be entertained," Thomas concluded. "It's a great way to deepen the PASEO weekend experience."

Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance purchase at the TCA offices, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, or online at Call (575) 758-2052.


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