Arte de Descartes Taos art show announces winners

The show is on view through Saturday (Sept. 6) at the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts

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Probably one of the best exhibits so far in the annual Arte de Descartes exhibition history will remain on view through Saturday (Sept. 6) at the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. It is open daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The juried show, which opened Aug. 23, was organized by Melissa Larsen of Wholly Rags, a Taos business that sells and processes recycled textiles. “All of the artwork in the show is excellent and the prizes very hard to determine,” Larsen said in a statement.

“We thank all the artists for presenting their work in this year’s show. We thank the jurors Terrie Hancock Mangat, Lynda Jasper-Vogel and especially Stuart Wittwer who brought together several artists who made art from old parking meters, which the Town of Taos was getting ready to dispose of.”

Prizewinners in the Arte de Descartes XIV are: Sarah Baseheart who won First Place for her piece titled “Pollinator Robot,” made of eyeglass lenses, parking meter parts, paint, pull tabs, bottle caps and miscellaneous junk. Noel Anderson won Second Place for her “Harmonique,” made of book covers, jewelry parts, harmonica parts, vise grips and brass rings. Kevin O’Donnell won Third Place for his “Taos Barnwood Sculpture,” made of barn wood, flip flops, cork, plastic, glass, metal, rope, cardboard, light bulbs, jewelry, toys, and clothes pins. Honorable mentions went to Jan Dorris for “Red Triangles,” Natalie Goldfinger for “Retire Lounge Chair,” Paul Eldredge for “Equinox Cross,” and LeRoy Blea for “Flutes,Dreams and Prayers.” The People’s Choice Award went to Phil Perea for his piece titled, “Roadrunner.”

Larsen said she wants to thank the people who helped hang the show: Terrie Mangat, Stu Wittwer and Carole Crews. Thanks also to local merchants who donated food: Cid’s Market, Bent Street Deli, Trading Post Café and El Gamal. “We also thank Art for the Heart, Wholly Rags and Manuelita Fernández for all their food contributions. We thank the helpers in the kitchen at the opening reception especially Minori Yata who rolled fresh sushi, and Carol Rippetoe Zamorra and Kathleen Woodall who helped keep the outdoor tables supplied with food,” Larsen said. “We thank Glam Trash Fashion for stealing all the press, and Elaine Nelson, Mark Barlos, Ben Wright and the Stand-In Band for playing music for the opening. We thank all the people who come to see the show and hope you come away entertained and inspired.”

For more information, call (575) 751-9862 or visit whollyrags.org.

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