Winners of the 2017 Taos Fall Arts Festival have been announced, according to TFAF Board President Paul Figueroa.
In a break with previous festivals in the event’s 43-year history, the “Taos Open Exhibition” is being held in one venue, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Gymnasium, at 205 Don Fernando St. More than 200 artists working with a wide variety of mediums are participating in the show, as reported in this week's Tempo cover story.
The opening reception and award ceremony took place Friday (Sept. 22) from 5-8 p.m. “At 6 p.m., we will honor our award winners,” TFAF Board Vice President Rikki Pass said. This includes the Best of Show Award and Honorable Mention winners as judged by Peggy Lanning, a renowned Southwest gallerist.
The awards, as announced by TFAF Board President Paul Figueroa today (Sept. 22), are:
Best in Show ($500 award) Patience Heyl for "Just Passin' Through" oil painting
Honorable Mentions ($100 each)
• Diane Ainsworth, "Autumn Glory" acrylic painting
• Anna Magruder, "Lozen, Apache Warrior", oil painting
• Peggy Griffey, "On Way Home", glass
• Chris Dahl-Bredine, "WInged Rock" photograph
"Very hard decisions, a lot of wonderful art. My hats off to the Taos Fall Arts Festival and the Town of Taos for supporting the arts," said Lanning of Sedona, Ariz.
Figueroa, quoted in this week's Tempo cover story about the event and its focus only on exhibiting the Taos Open, said, “No invitations; no juries. By making this show all inclusive for both established and emerging artists, we are promising our most expansive exhibition yet – and the most representative of what Taos is.”
The “Youth Art Show” will also be housed at the gymnasium.
The Peter and Madeleine Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts Visionary Artist awards have already been announced. This year, the awards have gone to printmaker Sarah Hart and artist-art educator Siena Sanderson.
Hart is owner of the Hart Print Shop and co-owner of Ennui Gallery on Bent Street. Sanderson was a creator of the Neighborhood Art Project, now known as SmART House via Youth Heartline, an after-school program, while working with disenfranchised families through Las Cumbres Community Services.
For more on the Taos Fall Arts Festival and The Paseo art expo, see this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News or visit taosnews.com.