There is a lot to take in around Taos as the first of month of 2020 draws to a close. Here are some highlights of what's happening in Taos in the arts and entertainment scene this week.
For more, of course, check out this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.
There is a lot to take in around Taos as the first of month of 2020 draws to a close. Here are some highlights of what's happening in Taos in the arts and entertainment scene this week:
Met Live in HD: 'Porgy and Bess'
One of America's favorite operas, "Porgy and Bess," by George and Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward, has returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Robinson's stylish production starring the dynamic duo of Eric Owens and Angel Blue in the title roles transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront - vibrant with music, dancing, emotion and heartbreak. Hear it on Met Live in HD on Saturday (Feb. 1) at 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; $20 members; youth (17 and under) free at tcataos.org. Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call the TCA at (575) 758-2052.
Reception for Veronica Golos' book of poetry 'Girl'
Accomplished Taos poet Veronica Golos is the author of "Vocabulary of Silence," winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, among three other books of poetry, and is presenting a new work, "Girl," at an Op. Cit. Books reception today (Jan. 30) at 6:30-8 p.m. "Girl" (3: A Taos Press) features alternating voices rubbing against the sensual life: the splendid mane of horses, leaving the body for a night sky, the dive into green waters. Golos' use of poetic and visual form, prophesy, fairy tale and myth captures a delicate vulnerability in a threatening world. Her poems explore via daughter-motherhood an arc of loss and reunion. The poet will be introduced by Taos poet laureate Catherine Strisik and music is provided by Rachael Penn. The reception is free and open to all. Op. Cit. Books is located at 124A Bent Street. Call Jan Smith at (575) 758-0081.
Night at Harwood features young writers and musicians
A group of featured young writers will share their work onstage at the Harwood Museum accompanied by musical guest Jack Boaz, a violinist whose inspiration and lifelong study spans Celtic folk to classical music and free jazz. The evening takes place Thursday (Feb. 6) at 6-8:30 p.m. and is hosted by Isobel O'Hare and Michael Vigil. The group blends folk with their own multi-instrumental looping to create unique soundscapes.
A product of the Young Writers Program, the event attracts students aged 10-19 from the town of Taos and neighboring areas. In addition to featured readers, there will be an open mic at the end of the event for any young writer who hasn't signed up in advance and would like to share their work. This is a free event. The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call Rivera at (575) 758-9826.
'Growing up in Taos'
A talk by Roberto Lavadie, a native Taoseño who has been in the woodwork/furniture business for the last 40 years, follows the Taos County Historical Society's annual meeting and election of officers on Saturday (Feb. 1) from 2-3 p.m. Lavadie is a self-taught first-generation woodworker, featured on national television, trade journals and magazines, and he is in the permanent collection of the Millicent Rogers Museum. His designs are influenced by the Spanish Colonial motif but has managed his own unique style in what would be classified as Northern New Mexico. He will surely have some precious memories of early Taos to share. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event at the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, located at 118 Cruz Alta Road. Contact Paul Figueroa at (575) 779-8579.
Plein Air painters exhibit at Fechin Studio
Starting Tuesday (Feb. 4), the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), a professional association of artists dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting “en plein air” – in the open air or outdoors – will be displaying their work at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to advancing plein air painting in the tradition of New Mexico’s renowned early and mid-20th century artists, PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during monthly “paintouts” and hosts annual juried and open exhibitions of members’ work. The free opening reception takes place Feb. 8 at 2-4 p.m. Call Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.
18th Annual Miniatures Show and Sale coming up
This delightful miniature show tradition at the Millicent Rogers Museum opens Tuesday (Feb. 7) and runs through March 1. The show and sale includes paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, pottery and jewelry, all produced by Taos County artists – and over 150 artworks were submitted for consideration. These works are offered for sale as a way to support both the local arts community and the museum. This event provides a great opportunity for emerging and established artists to exhibit their work side-by-side. Vote for best of show in 2D and 3D works, as well as jewelry submissions. Opening reception is Feb. 7 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; or $10 for MRM members. Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado. Call Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.
Free master classes in oil painting
Widely regarded as a master draftsman of the human form, Michael Hensley will present a series of interactive sessions over four Sundays in February, at 1-2 p.m., featuring inspirational painting demonstrations. The theme will cover realistic oil painting best practices (e.g., materials, painting surfaces, grisaille, brunaille), for both the beginning and advanced art student. Classes are free and suggested for ages 16 and up, starting Feb. 2 at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road. Contact the museum for suggested materials list: Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.
Changes at Taos Artist Organization
As the new vice president of the Taos Artist Organization, Sarah Bush, reports, the group will be announcing some changes to its upcoming annual studio tour at a membership drive cocktail party (cash bar and appetizers) on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sagebrush Inn. Some of the highlights include: a three-week preview show for the studio tour at the Paseo Norte Gallery (next to Vortex Yarns) in August and September that will include artist talks and demonstrations; a discount for joining the group in February; and additional spring and December shows for group members to participate in. Come to the cocktail party to learn more about the organization – the Sagebrush Inn is located at 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.
Call for entries
Annual Hearts and Stars Fundraiser for the Taos Men’s Shelter is seeking small works (100 square inches for image size ) to be for sale (40 percent commission) or for donation. Email Rob Nightingale at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Hearts and Stars” in memo for more info, questions or send your image and info for promotional. Deadline is Wednesday (Feb. 5). Event happens Feb. 15.
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.
• Taosfolk, the ingenious winter pop-up store, will pop up this summer at the Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, from July 2-29. Artists are encouraged to have a “green angle” to their art – recycled, upcycled, reloved, repurposed, reimagined. All are encouraged to apply. Go to taosfolk.com, click on “participate.” Submissions end Feb. 7. Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.
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.
UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery, located in Fred Peralta Hall on Klauer Campus, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, features Nikesha Breeze’s ‘Ritual and Remembrance’ through Feb. 6.
Encore Gallery at TCA, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Ambos Lados is an international Mexican-U.S. print exchange of 158 prints, on exhibit till Feb. 9, with talks and a live demo.
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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