Fine art

Taos arts in brief

Here's a sampling of what's happening this week


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 16).

Bill Gersh works now on view at magpie

Now through April 15, magpie features unframed works on paper by the late Bill Gersh. More than 20 pieces, most of them bring shown for the first time, will be on display. There will be an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. April 1. According to press materials, “Along with one of a kind prints and Gersh’s suite of Caravan linocuts, the show will include some very special miniatures and paint on paper. All of the work will be unframed which allows for an intimate interaction. While still incredibly strong and expressive, this body of work represents a softer and more subtle side of Gersh than his paintings on canvas.” Magpie is located at 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the Overland Ranch Compound, El Prado. Call (781) 248-0166 for additional information.

Shera Maher shows oils at Centinel Bank

Through March 31, oil paintings by Shera Maher will be on display at Centinel Bank of Taos, 512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. The majority of these paintings portray areas around Northern New Mexico and the Southwest. Most portray areas within 100 miles of Taos. All work on display has been conceived and created within the last six months. In a statement, Maher says, “I have gone on location, worked outside and from photos to make my own depictions of this land that I love.” For more information, call (575) 770-3199, email or visit

Kids can learn to garden like a master artist

The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House and Lettuce Grow Farms continue the Fechin Food Forest program this spring. First up is the Junior Master Gardener Program beginning on Saturday, March 25. The program consists of two sessions – eight weeks long each – on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon for kids from grades 3 to 5. The cost is $90 for each eight-week session, and one free scholarship will be available per session. The partnership between the museum and Lettuce Grow Farms launched the “Fechin Food Forest” program in 2016 to inspire and educate adults and children alike about permaculture, small gardens and the cultivation of healthy and free food. The concept links with artist Nicolai Fechin’s interest in and knowledge of gardening. For more information or to register, call (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Visit

Calls for entry

• Taos Center for the Arts seeks entries for its annual “Self-Portraits” juried exhibition. Color is the theme. Entrants may choose one color – any one color – and play with dark and light, warm and cool and hue and texture to create a self-portrait. Create works that reflect personality, life stories and feelings. It can be literal or expressive, realistic or abstract. All media will be considered, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Submission deadline is midnight Monday, May 8. For more specific information and to submit, visit

• Taos Fall Arts Festival seeks artists to submit images for its 2017 poster. The poster image will be featured on all print advertising for the festival. The artist will be awarded $500, a prominent wall at the exhibit, radio interviews and an invitation to speak at Pecha Kucha. The event will occur Sept. 23-Oct. 1. Free image capture for one work will be offered by Taos Fine Art Printing and Photography at Cabot Plaza on March 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Up to three entries are allowed; $10 per entry. Requirements and submission application are online at Entry deadline is March 31. For assistance, call Rikki Pass at (719) 492-1264.

• “After Dark 6” is a show that commemorates darkness and the varied reactions emblematic to this subject matter: nighttime, dark humor, dark fantasies, dark matter, etc. Greg Moon Art of Taos hosts this national show with guest jurors Matt Kennedy (director of La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles) and Stuart Ashman (executive director of Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe). The show will run June 24-July 15 with an opening reception June 24. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight April 27. All entries must be submitted through For additional info, visit The gallery is located at 109-A Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 770-4463.

• 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 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.

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