Ah springtime in Taos. One day it's warm and sunshiny, the next it's cold and sleety. But, variety is what we love about this area and that's certainly reflected in the arts ...
Ah springtime in Taos. One day it's warm and sunshiny, the next it's cold and sleety. But, variety is what we love about this area and that's certainly reflected in the arts and entertainment events happening this week, Here's a quick sampling of what's in-store. For more, of course, check out this week's Tempo magazine inside this week's edition of The Taos News on sale right now.
Harry Potter movies continue at KTAOS
The KTAOS Solar Cinema will be showing a Harry Potter Marathon in April on a giant 20-foot screen with theater quality audio. This Friday’s (April 12) 6 p.m. screening will be “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), the third film in the series. It’s Harry’s third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new “Defense Against the Dark Arts” teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards’ Prison and is coming after Harry.
Bring blankets, pillows and pajamas and get comfortable. This is a no-babysitter-needed kind of evening so bring the whole family. Sponsored by Video Casa of Taos. Admission is free and all ages with parent/guardian supervision are invited.
For more information, call KTAOS at (575) 758-5826.
Skydyed at The Mothership
Skydyed is a three-piece band out of Colorado that blends cutting-edge electronic production with progressive live instrumentation. You can discover their sound Saturday (April 13), 8-11 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Cover is $5.
Featuring Andrew Slattery on bass guitar and synths, Max Doucette on guitar and keys and Craig Babineau on drums, Skydyed integrates generations of musical inspiration with their own deep-seated ties to the electronic music scene. With roots in rock, funk and jazz, Skydyed has created their own, diverse sound that intertwines organic live drums, bass and guitar through soulful jam, hard-hitting bass and profound break-beats.
For more information, call (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.
African photography exhibit previews Taos Environmental Film Festival
Photographs taken on the African continent by Marie Wilkinson and Cyril and Lysander Christo will be on view at an opening reception planned Saturday (April 13) from 4-6 p.m. at Philip Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. Admission is free.
The husband-and-wife team chronicle over a decade the complex relationship that the Samburu, the Maasai and the Waliangulu peoples of East Africa have with the elephant. The photographs were exhibited in Paris as part of the COP 21- 2015 exhibit, curated by the Legacy-Lucy Foundation. The photographer/filmmakers have published photography books and articles and have lectured and exhibited artwork on the subject internationally.
This exhibit is in conjunction with a film shot by Wilkinson and Christo titled “Walking Thunder,” which will be screened at the Taos Environmental Film Festival on Sunday (April 21), 4 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium. For more information, call (505) 660-1364 or visit taosenvironmentalfilmfestival.com.
Exhibit at 107B underscores sacredness of water
Water and its importance to the people of Taos Valley have been in the headlines lately. It is also a vital part of traditions, both spiritual and practical, for generations. This subject is now the focus of a new exhibition titled “Acequias and Holy Water,” which opens with a reception Saturday (April 13), 4-7 p.m., at Studio 107B on the northeast corner of Taos Plaza. Artists participating in the show include Larry Bell, Gary Cook, Sasha vom Dorp, Sharon Dry Flower Reyna, Sarah Hart, Juanita Jaramillo Lavadie, Desiree Manville, Pat McCabe, Lloyd Rivera, Anita Rodríguez, Hank Saxe, Brian Shields, Dawn Pollen Shorty, Bernadette Track, Jim Wagner, Zöe Zimmerman and many more. The exhibit continues through May 31. For more, call (575) 779-7832.
Trunk show of vintage jewelry, pottery and fine art
Taos resident Jack Mehegan presents a quirky trunk show on Sunday (April 14) from noon until 4 p.m. at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House museum store, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, Mehegan traveled extensively throughout the Southwest; he studied anthropology at Arizona State University-Tempe and began collecting Southwestern art. Contact Katy Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 758-2690.
2020 State Ornament Design Contest deadline is April 15
The New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation and the New Mexico Film Office have announced a design contest for New Mexico’s popular official ornament. The 2020 state ornament theme is “New Mexico Films the Great American West.” The Foundation and NMFO are partnering to promote the state’s history of film production and ranch culture. The top five designs will receive educational grants. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Past ornaments may be seen at NewMexicoGovernorsMansion.org.
The student with the winning design will receive a scholarship award, and his or her design will be the basis for the official state ornament. For more information and to download the contest entry form go to nmfilm.com/nmfo-events/#ODC.
Taos ceramics artist Hank Saxe exhibits at Peter Projects gallery
Peter Projects (Santa Fe) exhibit “Visceral Clay: Look Don’t Touch” offers works of sculpture by six international artists working in clay, showing now at the gallery through June 8. The artists in the exhibition are Anne-Marie Laureys and King Houndekpinkou from France, Aneta Regal from Poland, and Americans the Haas Brothers, Tony Marsh and longtime Taos artist Hank Saxe. Director Mark Del Vecchio describes their work collectively as “something you feel in the pit of your stomach, defying the intellect and leaving you with an emotional reaction.” Visit Peter Projects gallery at 1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Call (505) 954-5800.
Calls for entry
• Taos Fall Arts Festival 2019 is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee for the Taos Fall Arts exhibition. Time commitment is very light until the weeks preceding the opening of the exhibition on September 20. Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579 or email@example.com.
• The Questa Studio Arts Tour is seeking new artists to join our art tour. The dates for the tour is August 17-18. We have 14 different hubs with over 43 artists. Our hubs cover from Lama north to the Sunshine Valley. For more information, see questaartstour.com.
• Taos Community Foundation (TCF) is seeking local glass artists to submit proposals for a permanent and collective glass art wall at the foundation office. The art will be a permanent art-installation donor recognition wall at the entrance to Taos Community Foundation’s conference room. The selected work will be awarded a flat-rate $10,000 award. Interested artists should request the full RFP specifications via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the specifications at taoscf.org. Deadlines for proposals is Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. Contact Alix Henry at Taos Community Foundation (115 La Posta Road) at (575) 737-9300.
• The Taos Community Artist Co-op is accepting applications for a two-shelf artist (shelf space as opposed to wall space). We are ready for a great tourist season. Call Effie for an appointment at (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430.
• Elevation Coffee will be hosting a non-juried art show in the month of May as the spring run-off begins. Start creating a piece embodying the theme “Precious Water.” There is no entry fee – a 10 percent minimum donation of your sale will go to the Taos Water Protectors. We will be accepting art on May 3 and 4 and the opening will be Sunday, May 5 from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Call Janet with any questions at (575) 741-1323 – so begin creating now.
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