Taos Ski Valley is not just for snowbirds anymore. The resort community is ramping up its second year of multi-season offerings, inviting both locals and visitors to savor its alpine charms year round.
This weekend offers a free art talk Friday (Aug. 11) at 6:30 p.m. The Taos Ski Valley Arts Festival returns again for its second year Saturday and Sunday (Aug 12-13), from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in front of The Bavarian Restaurant & Lodge, 100 Kachina Road, on the back part of the mountain. Music starts at noon and goes to 3 p.m. with Christof Brownell on Saturday and Shannon & the Southern Souls on Sunday. Admission to the festival is free.
While artisans and musicians keep the air around The Bavarian humming, visitors can ride Chair 4 to the top of Kachina Bowl where sight-seeing, picnicking or a long saunter back down the slopes amid wildflowers and sparkling rivulets are enticing options. Other folks simply hop back on and ride the chair back down through the breathtaking vistas of Wheeler Peak, Gold Hill and other mountain ranges of the Sangre de Cristos stretching for miles into Southern Colorado.
Kaela Gillum, TSV events director, said she was delighted with the opportunity to expand the resort’s horizons, starting with the arts festival last year. “Here was the chance to bring two worlds together,” Gallium recalled of her skiing-into-art transition. “I loved the Paint For Peaks event and taking it on. So I came up with what I think will be successful ideas. It’s beautiful here.”
Some of her brainstorming includes the inaugural Summer Wine Festival coming next weekend (Aug. 18-20), plus this week’s Arts Festival, and last week’s Pecha Kucha event at the resort’s Martini Tree bar, attended by more than 200 people according to one participant, artist and TSV Welcome Center manager, Anee Ward (see more about Ward’s “Creative Channels” art talk below).
“Fiber arts, photography, painting, jewelry, dreamcatchers, you name it, we’ll have it again,” Gillum said about the artisan booths this year. “There will be a children’s arts and crafts booth again too. We’re doing live music each day and because it’s all inside the special alcohol premises, people can browse the show with their beer and wine in hand.”
Among the returning artisans are Minna White, whose Lana Dura wool products are made with Navajo Churro sheep wool; and fiber artist Tj Patton, whose various artisan items are primarily created with the alpaca wool she and husband Rock Schuster grow from their alpacas at Winter’s Hope Alpaca Ranch located in the foothills of Valdez.
New this year are the ARTAOS Mobile Art Gallery representing works from artists from the Taos Artists Organization and promoting this year’s Taos Studio Tour being held Labor Day weekend. According to Jason Rodríguez, master printer and activist-founder of ARTAOS, works of many media and disciplines will be available for view and sale.
Ken Feldman of Crookedman Studio fame on Camino de la Placita in Taos will bring his signature “poured-and-painted technique” – a brightly fluid, all-acrylic and mixed media style that is just this side of abstract “that captures movement and color” as he states it.
Beating the drum for Taos Fall Arts Festival’s booth will be Taos Arts Council President Paul Figueroa, spreading the word about TFAF, looking for volunteers, artists to enter the show and visitors to attend Taos’ oldest preeminent arts festival.
A.C. Ward will participate in the art fest this year as well. Her design house, Anee Ward & Co. booth will show various fashion, furnishings and fine art derived from her iconic landscape paintings. “We will have a little from our golf, ski, ranch and quartier lines found at aneeward.com – plus originals, prints and cards. It is a new experiment for us, and we are thrilled,” Ward said.
In addition to her booth at the art fest over the weekend, Ward is curating the art panel discussion titled “Creative Channels: An Art Conversation” on Friday (Aug. 11) at 6:30 p.m. at the TSV Welcome Center.
“We have all been very busy here at Taos Ski Valley this summer,” Ward states. “Pecha Kucha packed the Martini Tree venue. And the Welcome Center’s [Friday] Speaker Series program has featured geologists, historians, quartets and recently Mickey Blake, and will go on creating varied and thought-provoking programming. I am excited to be part of this Arts Festival as it brings together two worlds that I care about. Set in the mountains, produced by hard-working and passionate Taos Ski Valley employees, this is a rich opportunity to fuse the outdoor and arts culture unique to Taos.”
The Welcome Center is located on the front side of the mountain, at the top of the stairs opening onto the resort’s main plaza at the bottom of Chair 1, directly opposite The Blake Hotel’s 192 – the restaurant named for the plane piloted by Ernie Blake when he spotted the now famous snow-covered steeps of Taos Ski Valley.
At press time, the art panel’s confirmed speakers include representatives of ARTAOS, Pecha Kucha, Harwood Museum, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos Fall Arts Festival and Taos Arts Council. Ward said more panelists may yet be added for the evening.
The Arts Festival’s music and art lineups are still being finalized as Tempo goes to press, so check for updates at skitaos.com/event/artsfest17.
For more information, contact Kaela Gillum at (575) 776-2291, ext. 2434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.