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Your comprehensive guide to the gallery scene in Taos and surrounding area. In this year’s guide we go into the studio with renowned contemporary artist, Larry Bell. Best known for his glass cubes and large-scale sculptures, Bell has been an iconic figure in the Taos art world since the 1970s. Plus, we go behind the scenes with five museum directors to learn how they honor the legacy of Taos’ artistic traditions. Inside you’ll discover 60 unique galleries, maps and more.   Find your copy in this week’s edition! more
"Poetry and Art in Public Places" is a collaboration of SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) and the Taos Arts Council. Originally intended to be displayed in coffee shops, town facilities and galleries, the project will now exist online throughout the poetry month of April on the SOMOS website - somostaos.org. In this ekphrastic project, poets and artists respond to one another's work. more
While most of us are getting used to social distancing and staying at home in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, Joanne Forman said she hasn't noticed much of a change in her daily life. The Taos composer is used to spending most of her time at home, and she is keeping to her regular routine. more
Be certain to check into these quarantine-friendly activities over the weekend! more
All humans are creators. It's not something we just do on Saturdays, or when we graduate from art school or retire from the 9-to-5 grind. Every human being, indeed, all life itself, is one big bang of nonstop, emerging, engaging, intensifying and expressive creativity. more
There's long been talk of an art renaissance in Taos. It seems counterintuitive when isolation is the mantra, and everything is closed. Taos artist Máye Torres said she thinks the time is ripe. more
How self-imposed quarantine affects artists is something Tempo was wondering last week: how they're dealing with the self-imposed solitude and how different that solitude is from their normal creative space. more
After Taos artist Nicole Kowalski hit the nail on the head on Facebook March 18, noting that she wanted a new word for "the guilt associated with feeling a little bit happy about getting some time to make art," a few more artists talk of their imposed solitude. more
FaraHNHeight Fine Art returns to Taos with the "Sovereign Spring Quake Show," an exhibit of contemporary Native American Art. The pop-up show will be at the TCA's Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. It opens on Wednesday (March 18) at 11 a.m. more
Easter and Passover are part of ancient Spring Equinox rites celebrating the spectacle of rebirth, renewal, divinity of the radiant dawn and all that brings joy and blessings. To honor this annual new beginning, Kit Carson Road galleries are planning (tentatively as of press time) to offer music, refreshment and open doors from 4 to 7:30 p.m. this Saturday (March 21). more
The Paseo Project is pleased to announce PPAIR: The Paseo Project Artist-in-Residence program. This opportunity, new for 2020, supports sending Taos-based artists on a fully-funded residency program to develop their work. For 2020, The Paseo Project is offering a one-month artist residency at the world-renowned Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, Vermont. more
Rhoda Blake (1918-2015), first lady and ski pioneer of Taos Ski Valley, is the star of Founders Day this Saturday (March 7), when her children Mickey, Wendy and Peter Blake gather together to remember this iconic force of nature who practically built the ski valley from the ground up. more
Zoë Zimmerman is an acclaimed art photographer who has lived in Taos since she was seven years old. Born in New York City and raised on the south side of Taos, she has received renown internationally as a fine art photographer since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. more
This Friday (March 6) at 7 p.m., John Biscello and SOMOS present a variety show benefiting the production of the indie film "Ballad of the Cuckoos." The film is written by Biscello, the novelist, poet, playwright and spoken word performance artist who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and has called Taos home since 2001. more
Since Georgia Gersh opened Magpie, her gallery at the Sheepskin Compound, in April 2014, it has quickly become an important landmark and a haven for the Taos arts community. more
Today, Thursday (March 5) at 7 p.m., the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, in partnership with the Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico, will host a roundtable on "rural environmentalisms." The event is free to the public. more
It's every artist's dream to be at work in your studio, when two well-connected art collectors stroll in, buy several large pieces, commission you to work on a few projects and invite you to do a one-man show at a museum in Washington, D.C. Taos artist Thom Wheeler is living that dream. more
Taos Onstage board president Charlotte Keefe said a few years ago she read and put aside the script of their current production "Circle Mirror Transformation'' by Annie Baker. more
There's a hush of holiness about "The Art of Stamping" (Brynmorgen Press, 2019; $40), the second book by former Taoseño Matthieu Chiminée, exploring the multifaceted world of metal stamp-making. more
When Melody (Melwell) Romancito was a child in Kansas, her grandmother would save the cardboard sheets that came with laundered men's shirts, and she would fill the cardboard with her paintings. It would seem like the perfect beginning for an art career, and Romancito continued to paint and study throughout high school, winning national awards. more
Two shows opening in Taos this week - "Borders and Bounty" and "What Is Love?" - both take on global and political themes from an emotional point of view. more
Two women artists, both the daughters of artist mothers, both fiercely independent and autonomous, with rooms of their own. Rooms to live, dream and create in, but mostly rooms that afford one the time to "know oneself." As Virginia Woolf noted in her seminal book, "Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action." more
Driving along the West Rim Road you will pass an array of attention-grabbing metal figures rising out of the sagebrush. This art is more than compelling to look at - it demands you take it in, asks you to think a little bit more about the landscape and your perspective. more
Visual artists who either live and work here in Taos County, as well as those with deep ties to Taos, are invited to submit work for consideration for the Harwood Museum of Art's "Contemporary Art/Taos 2020." more
Sarah Bush has an outrageous, art-full sensibility. She tackles such scary, yet invigorating themes as "timelessness and impermanence, fragility and resilience, the physical body and spiritual self" - no mean feat considering such themes have captivated the world's geniuses since time immemorial. more
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