From fun to good causes to romantic jams,, this Valentine's Day weekend is offering plenty of to partake of for Taoseños. Here are some highlights:
A Valentine’s Day to remember
From fun to good causes to romantic jams, start your special day of hearts on Friday (Feb. 14) with a visit to the ReTails Cat Café, 1204 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, from 1-3 p.m. to make Valentine’s Day origami for your cats. After the $5 entry, the materials are free. All ages are welcome. Every visit benefits Stray Hearts Animal Shelter and promises to be heart-soothing.
Then, from 3-5 p.m. join the mass action to raise awareness of violence against women at Taos Plaza, One Billion Rising, which provides space for members of our community to dance, march, sing, express joy and celebrate that we have not (and will not) be defeated by violence and injustice. The 2020 theme is to raise the vibration and rise to revolution. Call Diana Arreola at (575) 758-8082 for more information.
Next, from 4-5:30 p.m., find yourself inspired by romantic verse and photographs as married couple Lawrence Gregory and Birgit Gutsche regale how they explore life together through poetry and photography, respectively. Gutsche happens to be the Hausmeister from The Blake. This is a free event at Martini Tree, 116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley. RSVP to Anee Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later, at 7 p.m., check out the special author’s reading at the Harwood Museum, featuring Chigozie Obioma, a Nigerian American novelist traveling from Lincoln, Nebraska. Obioma is the author of two acclaimed novels, “The Fishermen” and “An Orchestra of Minorities” – both have been finalists for the Man Booker prize – alongside such winners as Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo. Tickets for his reading are $10; $8 for SOMOS and Harwood members. The Harwood Museum is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call the Harwood for advance reserved tickets at (575) 758-9826.
Finally, end your night with some stimulating grooves at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership at 8-11 p.m. as two Denver, Colorado, bands get you in the mood: Tnertle is a electro/funk/hiphop group led by deep friends Trent and Kyle, now adding a horn section; and Telemetry is an electronic trio that mixes house, breakbeat, dnb, mid-tempo, jazz and jam to create an epic wall of sound and dance party. Tickets are $15; $10 advance at holdmyticket.com. Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado. Call (575) 758-1900.
Taos United Community Forum is a civil monthly gathering designed to inform, build bridges and strengthen connections for a better community. This month’s forum meets on Tuesday (Feb. 18) at 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road, and features guest speakers Kelly Nokes of the Western Environmental Law Center and John Blair, 3rd Congressional District candidate. Anyone is invited to share their project, events and concerns in a three-minute presentation. Contact Laurie Bender at (575) 770-3629 for more information.
Next Out Loud play reading
“Too Many Kings” by Joel Larson and “Axel and Abel” by Judith Rane are the two play selections to be read next Thursday (Feb. 20) from 7-9 p.m. as part of the Out Loud play-reading series ongoing at the Encore Gallery, Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. “Too Many Kings” chronicles a game of chance that brings together John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as they lie, cheat, steal, betray their friends and do whatever it takes to win. “Axel and Abel” touches upon individual fortitude during the near four-year siege of Sarajevo after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. For both playwrights this is a first play reading of their original work. Free and open to all. Call (575) 758-2052.
Adeana Carlyle shows at Hillcrest Bank South
Adeana Carlyle will be the featured artist at the Hillcrest Bank South (next to Enterprise Rent-a-Car) for the month of February. Her oil paintings include landscapes inspired by Northern New Mexico scenes. After moving to Taos in 2004, Carlyle became involved with various painting, drawing groups and classes at UNM-Taos. Her love for plein air, figurative and portrait painting had found the perfect environment. Carlyle's art doesn't fall into a specific genre - her eye is drawn to subjects that inspire her. A selection of her portraits and figures will also be on display. The exhibit will be shown through February at 1356 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur. For more information, contact the bank at (575)758-4500 or the artist at (575)751-3603.
Plein air painter Barbara Bartels at Sage Fine Art
Barbara Bartels, painting in the tradition of Euro-American plein air painters, is celebrating 19 years of living and painting in Taos with a reception on Saturday (Feb. 15) from 4-6 p.m. at Sage Fine Art Gallery, 115 East Plaza. The show runs the entire month. "Having a love and passion for plein air painting makes capturing the spirit of time and place in oils a challenge and a joy," she notes. The show includes landscapes of Ghost Ranch area, Río Grande Gorge, rivers including the Chama in autumn - with a favorite painting "Ba Ba Black Sheep." "A favorite," she says, "because I usually don't paint animals, and even though a challenge, I think it turned out." You can view her show online at sagefineart.com. Call the venue at (575) 758-9396.
Benefit for Men's Shelter
Hearts and Stars 2020 event for the Taos Men's Shelter takes place on Saturday (Feb. 15) from 5:30-8 p.m. at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road. The popular annual exhibition and sale features small works and fine art by local artists. There will be food, entertainment, a raffle. and plenty of good cheer and fun. All to benefit the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.
Rob Nightingale, owner of Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, notes, "This year most of the artwork is priced at $ 350 or less. Much more affordable and realistic. Some artists have even donated their percentage to the cause. The raffle includes an original floral watercolor by Pat Wolf that retails for $1,900. Raffle tickets are $5 each, 3 for $10." Tickets to the event are $20 per person. Contact Nightingale at email@example.com or (575) 758-3255.
Call for entries
• Seventh-annual Paseo Project is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 and will again take over the streets of Taos with projection, installation and performance art. They are currently seeking artists; the theme is "Transformations." Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29. Entries are accepted through CaFE with a fee of $15 per entry. Entry for Taos County artists is free. Visit paseoproject.org for all the details.
• Harwood Museum invites artists living and working in Taos as well as those who may have moved away but have deep roots in the area to apply for a contemporary art juried exhibition. All entries must be submitted digitally to harwoodmuseum.org by midnight on March 1 free of charge. Artists will be notified of the decision in mid-April. Each artist will have the opportunity to submit three works of art (six images total) created in the past three years as well as a biography and CV. Jury will consist of Harwood's curator, Nicole Dial-Kay, and Douglas Dreishpoon and Dakota Hoska. Visit the website for specifications.
Taos Town Hall presents autistic artist Jesse - "Taos Celebrates Diversity" by Taos Arts Council Art in Public Spaces through March 27. At 400 Camino de la Placita. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blumenschein Home and Museum of Taos Historical Museums continues to exhibit group show "A Winter in Taos" through March 1. At 222 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-0505.
At the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, "Marjorie Eaton: A Life in Pictures," is showing through March 1. At 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact (575) 758-2690.
Millicent Rogers Museum, El Prado, exhibits: "Majestic Owls," through Feb. 16; and "Millicent, an Icon of American Style" through April 30.
Four major artists exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, through April 26: Subhankar Banerjee, "Long Environmentalism"; Beatrice Mandelman, "Overflowing with Color"; Dean Pulver, "Elemental Resonance"; and Larry Bell, "Cubic Propositions." Call (575) 758-9826.
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