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The soft strains of classical music in his studio may seem a discordant backdrop for the artist garbed in jeans and a well-worn AC/DC T-shirt, but santero Leonardo Salazar assures you that is not the case.

“I was brought up to believe that great music and art are the things that make humanity what it is,” Salazar said. “Every Sunday morning my father would put on PBS and we’d listen to the Boston Pops [Orchestra], Arthur Fiedler and all the classical greats – whatever was on that day.

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One morning in June 1968, Taos photographer Dick Spas was drinking coffee in his Ledoux Street apartment when a friend dropped in and said, “They’re shooting a movie on the pueblo!” Spas grabbed his 35mm Exakta camera “with a Schneider lens and left-hand film crank” (he is right-handed) and jumped into his Karmann Ghia convertible to “go make some pictures.”

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Horse Thief Shorty is a well-known character described by Taos historian, activist, storyteller and river-running guru Cisco Guevara. Among other things, Guevara said the rapid named Horse Thief Shorty on the Middle Box of the Río Grande in La Junta area was the approximate location of a secret cable crossing and nearby cabin of Shorty’s, allowing him to sell horses on one side of the river and then steal them back overnight, changing their “spots” and selling them again on the opposite side of the river. Everybody also knew Shorty because he supplied most restaurants with game and fish.

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Sitting down in front of a lump of clay is like a painter with a full palette in front of a blank canvas or a composer sitting before a piano anticipating the exact moment when a key is struck. It’s picturing the shape that lies as imminent potential, a tactile birth of something that hasn’t yet existed.

Art is a major ingredient in the making and sustaining of Taos. You see it every day in gallery windows, in painters setting up their easels alongside a road, in murals and museums, in song, on stage, on-screen and in books.

It’s only one simple couching stitch; you're just making an anchor, pulling a single thread back to the right-hand side of where your design is and tacking it down. For centuries, this …

“I moved to Taos because of the great light and subject matter in the landscape,” explains artist Ray Vinella. “I’d been working as an illustrator at an advertising firm on La …

Tourists cruising State Road 75 on a mission to check the “High Road to Taos” off their sightseeing lists might all too easily mistake Peñasco for a mere signpost along the way, …

Quintessential Taos views surround the sprawling Anderson family cattle ranch in Arroyo Seco. The proper home was once filled with impressive paintings, tapestries and sculptures. The middle …

San Francisco de Asís Catholic Church has been mouth-watering subject matter for painters and photographers for over 100 years. Most artists choose to make imagery of the back apse end where …

Once seeing Autumn Borts-Medlock’s signature design in pottery, it shouts out among all other Native American potters’ designs. Her curvilinear, art deco style is as unmistakable as a …

Preservation of folkloric music and dance of the Southwest, particularly that of Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, is one of the key cultural missions of Sociedad Protección …

There is a long standing tradition in Taos of painting a front door blue. The color blue of doors and window frames next to the soft beige and flesh shades of adobe create a unique and striking …

Photographs are illustrative, undeniable records of family, friends, places and events that one day become an important part of history. From the 1940s to mid-1970s, one man was busy recording weddings, taking family portraits and snapping his camera's shutter around Taos.

Joseph Sharp. E. Irving Couse. W. Herbert Dunton. Ernest Blumenschein. O.E. Berninghaus. Bert Phillips. Anyone who knows of the founders of the famous Taos Society of Artists (TSA) has heard these …

 
 
 
 
 
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