What's happening in Taos, March 5 - 11

Posted 3/4/20

From drumming to skating to powerful documentaries, there's a lot to take in around Taos this week. Here are some highlights:

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What's happening in Taos, March 5 - 11


From drumming to skating to powerful documentaries, there's a lot to take in around Taos this week. Here are some highlights:

'Howl' invites submissions

"Howl: The Voice of UNM-Taos" is a journal of literature and the arts that represent the powerful voices of UNM-Taos. UNM-Taos students produce the journal to showcase and celebrate the diversity of talent from our creative community. "Howl" is accepting submissions now from Taos-area writers and artists of all levels, ages and mediums. This year's theme is focused on equity, so the editors are especially interested in works that address diversity, ethnicity, classism, culture, and creativity. The deadline is Monday (March 9) at 3 p.m. Submission forms and complete guidelines are available at taos.unm.edu/howl.

Skating Club of Taos presents 'Frozen on Ice'

In one poignant performance on Saturday (March 7) at noon - dedicated to the memory of beloved skating friend Janet Edminson - the Skating Club of Taos will present "Frozen on Ice," based on the popular Disney musical and movie. The show features skaters from ages 3 to adult, beginning to advanced, in teams and solos, and is free, though donations are appreciated. Bring a blanket to sit on and come on over to the Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañón East for a moving afternoon. Contact Janet Gabriel at jgabriel@newmex.com.

Drum aficionados take note

Legendary drummer Tootie Heath's Whole Drum Truth moves the drums from the "back line" into the spotlight on Saturday (March 7) from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership. Three drummers, Tootie Heath, John Trentacosta and Lorin Bienvenu, perform classic jazz tunes - the music is all percussion, but melodies shine through, because of the drummers' exquisite subtlety on their tuned instruments. ​After a showcase set with the Whole Drum Truth, the Tootie Heath Trio with Burt Dalton and Colin Deuble takes the stage for a set of melodic straight-ahead jazz. Tickets $20; $15 in advance at holdmyticket.com. Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado. Call (575) 758-1900.

Tío Vivo illustrated lecture

Taos historic treasure Tío Vivo carousel has delighted children, artists and the general public in Taos since at least the mid-1890s. On behalf of the Taos Lions Club, chief steward Wayne Rutherford will present documented and not-so-documented facts about the carousel on Saturday (March 7) from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road. He will be offering a few oft-repeated tales coupled with "wild speculations." The talk is free and open to all. Call Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579.

'Undeterred' documentary benefit for Immigrant Allies

A powerful documentary about community resistance in the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona, will be shown Saturday (March 7) from 5-7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Since NAFTA, 9/11 and the Obama and Trump administrations, border residents have been on the front lines of the humanitarian crisis caused by increased border enforcement build-up. "Undeterred" is an intimate portrait of how residents in a small rural community, caught in the crosshairs of global geopolitical forces, have mobilized to provide aid to injured and often dying people funneled across a wilderness desert. Tickets are $15 - this is a fundraiser for Taos Immigrant Allies. Contact irene@tcataos.org

Rural environmentalism roundtable

Artist Subhankar Banerjee will moderate a discussion encompassing environmental art and activism on Thursday (March 5) from 7-8 p.m. at the Harwood Museum featuring Gwich'in Nation elder Sarah James, Duke professor of environmental studies Jennifer Garcia Peacock and assistant professor of art and ecology/director of Land Arts of the American West Jeannette Hart-Mann. Banerjee is currently exhibiting his work "Long Environmentalism" in the museum, which combines two bodies of photographic works--one depicting ecological nurseries and Indigenous relations with land and animals in Alaska's Arctic; the other portraying dying piñon in the New Mexico desert. Through his camera's lens, Banerjee explores how the Arctic and New Mexico are interconnected. This roundtable discussion is co-organized by the Harwood Museum of Art and University of New Mexico art and ecology and it is a free discussion. The Harwood Museum is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-9826.

'I am the fire' talk

Artist Sarah Bush will give a talk next Thursday (March 12) at 4-5 p.m. describing her deeply layered mixed-media pieces now on view at the Encore Gallery, at the Taos Center of the Arts, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. This series of 13 to 17 pieces are her vibrantly layered, glowing works on metal, all sparked by particular lines of poetry. This exhibit is inspired by Jorge Luis Borges' lyrical lines that she says never cease to resonate for her: "Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river. It is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger. It is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire." The talk is free and open to all. Contact (575) 758-2052.

All-woman cooperative features Kimberly Pollis

Las Comadres Gallery, Taos' only all-woman artist cooperative, announces that its featured artist for March 2020 is Kim Pollis, an accomplished metal worker in both tin and copper. Pollis hand-builds and paints hide drums, and paints exquisite animals. A recent commission is a Santa Fe bus shelter design. In addition, she teaches her skills to public school students in Northern New Mexico. Stop by the gallery at 120 Bent St #G - present a valid Taos Ski Valley pass and get 15 percent off any purchase over $25. Contact Pam Oestreicher at (412) 867-7366.

Call for entries and volunteers

Harwood Museum seeks volunteers for docent, gallery guard, assist in the collections, public programs and education departments. Call Susie at (575) 758-9826, ext. 104, email volunteer@harwoodmuseum.org or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Taos Center for the Arts encourages artists to submit works for the eighth annual Members Open exhibition, which will be on view from March 30-May 17, 2020 in the Encore Gallery. This year's theme is "Taos Water," and artists may interpret and depict this theme with the medium of their choice. Works must be delivered to the gallery, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, between 10-11 a.m. on March 30. Reception is April 2 from 4-6 p.m. All Chelsea Reidy for all specifications at (575) 758-2052.

Arte de Descartes XX seeking artists working in all recycled mediums: cloth, paper, wood, metal, plastic, etc. for 20th annual juried, recycled art show. Deadline to enter August 1, 5 p.m. Find prospectus at whollyrags.org or send SASE to: Wholly Rags PO Box 1051 Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Stop by 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite L. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862.

Taos Art Insurgency: David Anthony Fine Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Dragonfly Blue Gallery, and Greg Moon Art of Taos host this national juried show in conjunction with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. This four-galley show will have a regular juried section. In addition, each gallery will also pick no less than three pieces denotated as "Director's Choice" invitational pieces. The show will run April 25-May 16 with an opening reception on May 2. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight April 4t All entries must be submitted through the callforentry.org platform.

Fall Arts Festival seeks volunteers for Sept. 25-Oct. 4. Needs are marketing/promotion, setup and break-down art show, receive and place art works, install art and greet visitors daily. Contact Tracy Ivy at tracy.tfaf@gmail.com or (575) 770-6996.

Ongoing events

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 paulcfigueroa@gmail.com.

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.

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico showing at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, through March 15. Call (575)758-2690.


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