Here's a quick look at arts and entertainment in Taos and the area.
Christina Nealson book launch
Calling herself a “womad” (a woman nomad), author Christina Nealson may live on the road, but she is no stranger to Taos. “I have lived in Taos a couple of times and I consider Taos one of my communities,” says the author of five books. That is why, when she decided to launch her latest book, “Wild Road Home,” she knew it had to be at SOMOS. Nealson’s book launch is Sunday (Oct. 1), 4-6 p.m. at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Admission is free and the public is invited.
“Wild Road Home” is described in press materials as “the story of a courageous unfolding, from the icy waters of Alaska to the warm sands of Mexico.”
Nealson traded in her motor home and husband for a four-wheel-drive pickup and a 19-foot trailer (which she calls the “woman wagon”) – and headed off solo to Alaska. What makes her adventure even more remarkable is that Nealson embodies a whole new age period of individuals aged 50-70 years. “We have a vitality that we didn’t have 100 years ago because we’re now living longer. And we’re going right into the soul work after the kids are gone,” says Nealson by phone from Wyoming. She is wrapping up her summer position as an interpretive ranger at Devil’s Tower.
Although many locations factor into her book, Nealson explains, “I come back to New Mexico after some traumatic experiences in Alaska. This book is about learning to trust the unfolding of events. In this case, the unfolding landed me back in Taos. I went to the dances at the Pueblo – all three in a row: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. And those dances brought forth incredible life-changing revelations for me.”
A couple of Nealson’s other books include “New Mexico’s Sanctuaries, Retreats and Sacred Places” (Wildwords Press, 2014) and “Living on the Spine: A Woman’s Life in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains” (Papier-Mache Press, 1997; Wildwords Press, 2014). About the latter, author Julia Cameron (“The Artist’s Way”) wrote: “This is a book of eloquent witness to questions that cannot be answered, only lived.”
In “Wild Road Home,” Nealson hits on a number of important themes, such as the importance of synchronicity and simplicity in helping one to connect with inner and outer voices and paying attention to the unfolding of things. She writes: “Quests have no itinerary. I didn’t know if my tracks heading north would be there to follow when I returned south.”
For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.
— Yvonne Pesquera
STIG stops in Taos on first coast-to-coast tour
High-energy funk band STIG is setting out on its first coast-to-coast tour and will be stopping in Taos Wednesday (Oct. 4) at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge. This progressive jazz-funk project has been captivating the live music crowd since the group’s members performed as college students in Allston, Massachusetts. STIG was founded by Ryan Stigmon and Thomson Knoles, who have a long-lasting relationship that goes back to their high school days. Other STIG members include Artie Sadtler on bass, Riley Hoover on guitar and Jack McChesney on drums. For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit stigfunk.com.
PianoTaos plans community concert
“Americana: Stories & Legends” will feature piano works by William Grant Still, Samuel Barber, Scott Joplin and others as performed by members of PianoTaos on Sunday (Oct. 1), 1-2 p.m. at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. PianoTaos is Claire Detels, Vickie Ford, Martha Shepp, Ginger Mongiello, Annata Black, Kim Bakkum and Martha Grossman. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, call (575) 758-2690, ext. 206. Seating is limited.
Robert Mirabal with ETHEL in Santa Fe
Continuing a successful six-year collaboration “inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the sun,” contemporary string quartet ETHEL and Taos Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal will perform in a concert, titled “The River is Water,” Tuesday (Oct. 3), 7 p.m., at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe. Inspiration for the concert is, according to a press release, “the embodiment of spirit, and its essential role in life on earth. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic.” Tickets range in price from $25 to $45 and are available at Lensic.org, TicketsSantaFe.org, (505) 988-1234 and the box office at the venue.
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El Rito Studio Tour kicks off
This Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, El Rito Studio Tour will feature, according to press materials, “talent in both traditional and contemporary media including weaving, welding, tin and iron work, retablos, sculpture, pottery, paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography and collage, jewelry, handmade books and note cards, furniture and carvings, and musical instruments. Eighteen stops, including one on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trail and one on the New Mexico Potter’s Trail, will display the work of over 40 artisans in the setting in which it was created.” Visit elritostudiotour.org to see a map of the tour’s stops and explore each artist’s webpage with photos, biography, artist statement and contact information. Call (303) 817-0799.
Youth nature photo exhibit on display
This Sunday (Oct. 1), from noon-7 p.m., photos taken by 200 youths ages 6-16 will be on display. These photos were taken during summer camps. Photos will be available for purchase at the event. There will also be an obstacle course, photo booth, video microscope, crafting and more. It’ll all happen at Field Institute of Taos Base Camp, 9 D. Ben Romero Road, El Prado. Email email@example.com.
‘Meet the Artist’ at Taos Art Museum
This Saturday (Sept. 30), noon-4 p.m., Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will host Nathanael Volckening for this month’s free “Meet the Artist” program. At the venue, located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Volckening will display works, discuss his creative process and demonstrate some of his drawing techniques. The artist was raised in New Mexico into a family of potters, weavers and painters. Volckening now lives in Colorado and, according to press materials, “works predominantly with charcoal, ink, and oils, creating enigmatic images usually composed of human forms. He describes his work as ‘figural depictions of the sublime unconscious’ and has spent years studying the human form as a means of expressing archetypal narratives.” Call (575) 758-2690, ext. 206.
Gigi Gatewood at Atrium Gallery
Atrium Gallery, at University of New Mexico-Taos Klauer Campus, along County Road 110 in Ranchos de Taos, is showing works by Gigi Gatewood. The photographs on display are a mixture of two bodies of work “dealing with the spiritual landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.” In a press release, Gatewood states, “Everywhere I turn, objects, places and even people are imbued with meaning. We as humans take comfort in connecting with our environment, and there is power in that.” The show will be on display through mid-October.
First Presbyterian arts and crafts
From Friday through Sunday (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, First Presbyterian Church of Taos will host an arts and crafts exhibition. This building will be open for an arts and crafts fair and a gallery. All are invited to participate. Works by church members and children will be on display. There will also be an interactive station. Call (310) 259-2107.
‘In Comparison’ opens at 203 Fine Art
At 203 Fine Art, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite I, there will be an opening reception for “In Comparison” Friday (Sept. 29) from 2-6 p.m. According to press materials, the venue “presents a collection of early Taos Moderns, Taos Legends and relevant current local and nationally known artists hanging side by side, in comparison. This is a continuation of our previous exhibition, with new works and artists added! Over 40 objects, paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, from the 1930s to 2017, Dorothy Brett to Larry Bell,  artists are on display for the viewer to enjoy, to compare, and to draw their own conclusions.” Some other artists whose work will be on display include Ted Egri, Bea Mandelman, Louis Ribak and others. Call (575) 751-1262.
• Shari Ubechel’s paintings are influenced by master artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. Ubechel revisits their paintings and subject matter in her own 3-D style. Earth and Spirit Gallery, 132 Bent St., shows her works. Call (575) 770-3390.
• “The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective,” through Jan. 7 at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, features the art of a man whose work “has embodied the Southwest for four decades.” Call (575) 758-2690, ext. 101.
• “Havana Hallelujah” features the photography of David Smith-Soto, who captured images of Cuba and the people there. The work is up at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.
• More than 25 artists have created or captured images of Northern New Mexico churches, cemeteries and moradas in “Solace in Sanctuary.” The show will be up through Oct. 9 at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-3255.
• Linda Grams-Henderson’s watercolor paintings are of nature scenes and landscapes from all times of the year painted in detail. They will be showing at Farmhouse Café and Bakery, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Compound, north of El Prado, through September.
• A show with work by Taos-area inmates, “Outside Looking In,” will open at the Historic Taos County Courthouse at 121 N. Taos Plaza. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 1. Inmates will receive 100 percent of proceeds from their art.
• “New Mexico Churches: An Elemental Phenomenon” (photography by Mark Goebel) will be on display through Jan. 15 at the Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (575) 758-2052.
• “Pressing On 7” features works by 21 contemporary Taos printmakers and will be on display at Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, through Oct. 1. Call (575) 751-3752.
• “Earthly Elements” features ceramic sculpture by Hank Saxe, works on paper by Dora Dillistone and paintings by Brian Shields at the Philip Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado, through Sept. 29. Call (575) 770-0946.
• Seamus Berkeley’s new show of oil paintings will be on display through Oct. 31 at Black Mesa Winery - Taos Tasting Room. Call (575) 758-1969.
• “Catching the Moon” is an exploration of the life of British artist and Taos resident Elizabeth Jose at Sage Fine Art, 115 E. Plaza, Taos, through Sept. 30. Call (575) 758-9396.
• Maye Torres and Gretchen Ewert have ceramic sculpture and drawings on display at magpie, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Complex, El Prado, through Sept. 30. Call (781) 248-0166.
• Reto Messmer’s “Sepia Moments” (sepia oil paintings) will be on display through Oct. 7 at Envision Gallery, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Overland Complex, El Prado. Call (575) 751-1344.
• Taos Plein Air Painters will host an annual fall exhibition and sale of artwork through Oct. 31 at Trading Post Café, 4179 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Nine oil paintings by Taos artist Shera Maher are on display through September at Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco. Visit sheramaher.com.
• “Paper, Paper, Paper” features works created with various forms of paper as the medium at Encore Gallery at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2052.
• Millicent Rogers Museum features an exhibit highlighting the significance of corn in Southwest Native American art through Feb. 18. Call (575) 758-87571.
• The south U.S. Bank (1021 Paseo del Pueblo Sur) is showing the handiwork of the Talpa Community Center Quilters group. These ladies meet weekly to learn from each other as they create quilts, pillows and wall hangings. Call (575) 751-1014.
• “Trees of Life,” a collection of paintings by Lucy Herrman, is on display at ACEQ, 480 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco. Call (575) 776-0900.
• “Taos Memories Forgotten Now Remembered” is a dual-museum show that features historical photography at Hacienda de los Martinez and Blumenschein Home and Museum, 708 Hacienda Road (off Lower Ranchitos Road) and 222 Ledoux St., respectively, Taos. The show runs at both locations through Oct. 9. Call (575) 758-0505.
• LED light-illuminated paintings by Kathryn Tatum will be on display through October at Untitled Annex, 125 Kit Carson Road. The LED lights, which are mounted behind the canvas, slowly move through the color spectrum, exposing various paint layers containing hidden images and symbols. Call (970) 708-1331.
• David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, hosts “Taxonomy of Memories: Chronicles in Clay” with ceramics and works in clay by Deborah Rael-Buckley through Oct. 28. Call (575) 758-7113.
• An annual group pastel show features new works by Kathleen Smith’s pastel and drawing classes. Peoples Bank, 219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The exhibition continues through Sept. 30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.