Onward we march through the 2012 edition of Tradiciones. This week The Taos News brings you Artes, a celebration of the artistic spirit that serves as one of the cornerstones of our community. This follows on the heels of sucessful releases of Leyendas (Sept. 20) and Raíces (Sept. 27).
Each year, we bring you the stories of artists and art that help give Taos a huge part of its cultural identity, here and around the world. And while we didn’t necessarily have a theme in mind for this year’s publication, per usual one found us.
As we toiled to put together stories on a young santero (William Lovato-Hyde), an established and flamboyant painter (Ed Sandoval), a quirky silk screen whiz (Joan McDonald) and two generations of Pueblo artists (Eva Mirabal and Jonathan Warm Day), we hit upon a struggle that seems to perplex many artists. That struggle being the conflict between making art to satisfy the muse versus making art to satisfy the market.
And while some of the artists we featured have enjoyed critical and financial success, not a one of them has achieved the latter without first satisfying the former.
In addition to this semi-revelation (it’s likely not a surprise to most), we also have outstanding features about the not-so-mythical roots of symbology in Native jewelry, the art of the cowboy hat and the phoenix-like return of colcha embroidery.
Next week we’ll wrap up this year’s Tradiciones when we unveil the Citizen of the Year and our Unsung Heroes for 2012. To be sure, it’s an exciting time of the year, but it goes by oh-so fast.