Fall studio tours begin this weekend

Artists meet and greet their fans at the first TAO Studio Tour exhibit reception last year. Photo by Rick Romancito © The Taos News

You know autumn is right around the corner when studio tours start floating through the air like aspen leaves in the high country. This weekend, the next wave of tours includes two that will introduce members of the public to artist’s studios located in Taos and along the famed High Road.

Taos Artists Organization

The second annual Taos Studio Tour is happening Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 19-20) and the following weekend of Sept. 26-27, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The tour will feature 80 members of the Taos Artist Organization who will open their studios to the public. This year, according to TAO spokeswoman Bonnie Cooper, studios on the tour “will be much closer in to Taos,” which means art lovers won’t have quite as far to drive.

Those who would like to see a collection of the artist’s work all at once will get to do just that at a Preview Show reception planned Friday (Sept. 18), 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Taos Art Plaza, 223 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. At the show, not only will you get to meet the artists and see a display of their work, you can also pick up a map and tour information.

Member Lois Fernández says“one of our “very special individuals” is having his first art opening hosted by the Taos Artist Co-op, Friday (Sept. 18), from 4 to 7 p.m. Gabe Ramirez works with acrylic on canvas and creates compositions expressive of his moods. The gallery is located at 226 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, next to Brodsky bookstore. Refreshments and live music will kick off this event! For more, call (575) 751-7122.

Cooper said the TAO membership has changed a little since the first studio tour last year. Membership in the tour is down from 128 to 80, but this means visitors will have a more concentrated choice in town. The tour information pamphlet the TAO prepared will also serve as a membership guide showing who’s who on the tour. In addition to the Taos Art Plaza, you can also pick up the Tour Guide at the Taos Visitor Center on the corner of Paseo del Pueblo Sur and Paseo del Cañon East. Visit online taosartist.org.

High Road

“Each fall in Northern New Mexico, when the trees turn yellow and the autumn sky deepens to cobalt, the artists of the High Road to Taos open their studios and galleries to the public,” a press release announcing the 12th annual High Road Studio Tour reads.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 19-20), 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. It will also take place the following weekend of Sept. 26-27.

“This is the time when the locals and their guests celebrate one of the loveliest drives in the best season of the year. On view are multiple crafts, traditional work of all kinds, and contemporary painting and arts. Many of these studios and galleries are open year round as well. The High Road Art Tour offers the opportunity to deal directly with the artists as well as visit the tiny, historic Land Grant villages along the route.”

More than 70 artists, galleries, studios and shops from Chimayo to Vadito on the High Road to Taos will be open to visitors. The High Road is basically a byway that stretches from State Road 520 north of Chimayó, through Truchas following State Road 76 to Peñasco, then east along State Road 75 to State Road 518, which goes over U.S. Hill and finally leads into Taos.

Presented by High Road Artisans, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing local talent and traditions in northern New Mexico villages, the tour is partially funded by the New Mexico Arts, N.M. Tourism Dept., Río Arriba County and Taos County Lodger’s Tax.

Brochures with map will be available at tourist information centers. Updated information and downloadable map can be found online at www.highroadnewmexico.com.

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