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'I am reluctant to call magpie a gallery," says the longtime Taos gallerist Georgia Gersh, enjoying her new space on 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, just north of Taos Plaza. "A gallery is focused only on art, but I have a lot of functional stuff, like pottery and lip balm and candles. It isn't pretentious like a gallery! It's a shop." [This is also why she lower cases the name magpie, stressing its unpretentiousness.]

Having reopened last Oct. 1, Gersh's shop is going great guns, featuring one artist on her large entry wall every two months, along with her stable of about 40 artists who have been with her...

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Writing on a snowy Valentine's night, 20 years later. I remember dressing up in 2001. We are celebrating our first Valentine's day. Painted vase, beautiful see-through shawl, candles and those 'almost' clumsy hands making the presentation. Those hands could type away. We walked through the snow holding hands from his house on Leatherman to the old Dragonfly. We had moved beyond hiking and long discussion and I had already been hired to sell ads and write for HorseFly. I was also becoming used to being edited.

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At the age of 78, Ray Wolf says he paints when he feels it. "Sometimes for hours on end," he adds, "and others with several days in between."

A Taos resident for over 20 years, Wolf has been surprisingly under represented in Taos. The artist's work can be seen at Rottenstone Pottery in Arroyo Seco and he has participated in many group shows in town over the years.

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This has been the year of Zoom meetings, which has worked well as a substitute for an office setting, but for those whose livelihood relies upon an abundance of tourist and foot traffic, this has been a particularly challenging time. 

The Taos Arts Council, ever mindful of supporting the many artists in Taos County, took matters in their own hands to sponsor the holiday show “Taos Today.” 

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When Georgia Gersh closed her popular gallery Magpie Taos at the Overland Ranch complex earlier this year, right after being featured on one of this editor's first Tempo covers, Taos' art community mourned its loss. Magpie was long a magnet for both established and up-and-coming artists who clamored to show in Gersh's lovingly curated space, filled with all manner of art and crafts made locally.

Since Georgia Gersh opened Magpie, her gallery at the Sheepskin Compound, in April 2014, it has quickly become an important landmark and a haven for the Taos arts community.

Peter Parks has been committed to painting for close to 50 years, most of which have been in Taos. In 1971, one of his mentors told him, "Taos is a really nice little painting …

An unusual event is happening at Magpie this month, namely, showing the art work of Ben Shriver, who lives and breathes art, but doesn't call himself an artist. Expect that to …

Here's a brief rundown of some of the arts events happening in Taos this week. For more, pick up a copy of the print edition of Tempo magazine, inside The Taos News, on sale early Thursday morning (March 16).